Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 431
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool, poured into a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Light golden amber w/ a collar of white for a head.

S - A faint yeast aroma w/ a mineral quality w/ a hint of hops.

M - Malty mild feel w/ a full amount of carbonation.

T - Malt tast w/ light sweet flavor and a spiced hop w/ honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Slight spice flavor, but overall a very ordinary taste that dulls as it warms.

D -A very average flavored lager. Almost smooth taste w/ subtle European yeast qualities and slightly mineral malt flavor. An ok lager, but one is enough for me. (602 characters)

Photo of TechMyst
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lager in months! A pils in even longer. Minimal head and lace, even with the most vigorus pour. Clear faint yellow. "Skunk" aroma, but plesant. Classic Saaz hop pils, but VERY refreshing. Some bitterness/metallic as palate goes along. Enjoyable lager, as lagers go (with me anyways.) (297 characters)

Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice golden color with a modest amount of head and decent lacing. It has a light flowery hop smell, with hints of grass and corn. So far it reminds me of a Stella. Now for the taste...

The taste totally reminds me of a Stella, perhaps a little drier and more bitter. The bitterness is complimented nicely by the taste of sweet malt. I feel as though this is a cross between a Stella and a Victory Lager. This beer would be a great thirst quencher for a nice summer day after mowing the lawn or something. A very drinkable beer that's worth a try, but I think you can get a slighty better experience from Stella Artois. (621 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden in color and ever so faintly hazed with a thick frothy head that settles to a medium frothy head.
the aroma has got some floral noble hops and some grainy sweetness, and an odd tart lemon rind character to it, though it doesn't smell sour if that makes sense.
sweet grainy flavor with the noble hops backing it uo with a little floral herbal bitterness. pretty clean and pleasant. develops a little bit of a tea like character with warmth.
medium bodied with a fine moderate carbonation.
drinkability is good. a nice simple pilsener (543 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with an okay fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. The smell is lightly grainy, clean, has floral hops and a touch of lager yeast. Not bad. Taste is similar, quite clean with a crisp pilsner mouthfeel, slightly soft, and with noticeable floral hops. Not as robust as most Czech pilsners, but this Slovak version is pleasant enough in its own way. (373 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on July 25, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. My particular bottle is 5.0% ABV.

The beer poured a translucent gold colour, darker than most North American lagers. The head was quite large and quite dense but disappeared quickly leaving a little lacing on the side. The aroma is hoppy with some yeasty tinges. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with ample carbonation and medium-bodied. The taste is very much pilsener like, but not as good as some of the common Czech Pilseners in my opinion. (528 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml green bottle into a pint glass. Bright golden color in the body, topped by a smallish, creamy white head that doesn't stick around for very long. Aroma of sweet, lightly bread pilsner malt, a touch of spicy Saaz hops, and a little bit of skunk. Palate is a nice balance between light pilsner malt and tangy hops, with a lingering bitterness. Body is nice and well-carbonated, but a strange antiseptic tinge emerges on the finish. A decent, thirst-quenching pilsner. (487 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden yellow color with a massive sticky white head. The aroma is malt with some spicy and grassy hops. the taste is malt accompanied by a nice dose of spicy hops and a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable brew that I will surely revisit in the future. Recommended. (339 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a light clear gold pils into the flute. 2 finger rocky white cap decent retention for a commercial pils and left lacing on the glass sides.

Aroma was floral...wee bit of spice and earthiness...light dusty biscuit malts dominate.

Character...light to medium light hard mineral mouthfeel, metalic/ mineral quality to the chracter where it should be "spicy".

Profile: A tad sweet in the front but some good dryness from buiscuity malts and saaz hop "bite" soon prevails...mid palate things start to fall apart ..some mineral decernment dominate over the malts and hernal hops.. it's metalic, iron, blood ( probably the water) starts riding with the medicinal hops to dry out the finish...however this is a concerning metalic-blood aftertaste that shouldn't

A decent enough pils..crisp clean but I dont care for this mineral/metallic taste. (878 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze with effervescence & 2 fingers eggshell white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassy & perfumy notes

T: Perfumy & grassy notes up front. Some honey malt, soapy notes along with lemony hops as this warms. Finshes a little dry, with straw & lemon notes

MF: Medium bodied, soft & spritzy with good balance, a little more wouldn't hurt

Drinks easy, but a little too subdued to be more than a BBQ beer, although I do like it better than pilsner urquell (499 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to the Golden Invtiational, a meet where four golden lagers brewed in Bavaria, Bohemia, Central America, and the South Pacific go against each other to see which of these gold brews makes the rules. Golden Pheasant represents Bohemia, and is the first review in this series of four. Without further adieu, let's get on to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, it's a nice lighter golden color with a fluffy head. But before that, when the bottle was opened, skunk filled the area around it. However, the skunk scent fades away and spicy hops and some malt pull through. There plenty of flavor in this brew. It's hoppy, has a lingering malt flavor, and a featherly melon sweetness. Despite the amount of flavor, it's delicate, soft, and smooth. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

A superb first act here in the Golden Invitational, and a score that will take some work to overtake. Bavaria's offering will be next at the dish. (937 characters)

Photo of meadhead
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little pils-nut malt
with a touch of noble hops

the slightest hint
of green glass skunk
seems to have
mingled in

an average to good

with a little bite at the end

smell is average
pils type malt

taste is predominant
nut heavy

a soft carbonation

an easy libation (342 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant (after a hard pour) comes out a quickly
diminishing head over a clear yellow brew. There's not a
lot of carbonation, and the nose? A bit of malt, a bit of hop.
The flavor is thin malt up front and a mildly grassy hop
finish. Aftertaste is that grassy hop, but more muted. Not
a bad pilsner- the big question is whether you feel it's a
good value or not, since we have lots brewed domestically
and it's in that scary green glass. Remember, it must cross
vast oceans before it gets to you. Decent. (520 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, dark-golden color with a two-finger, bubbly, white head. Smell is not very strong, but is sweet with pale malt and grain. The taste is pretty simple, pale malt balanced with a bit of hops, maybe a little spice to it. Pretty average. The mouthfeel is light and has a creamy-foam carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, not bad... I would drink this again but I don't think I would actively pursue obtaining more. (469 characters)

Photo of stephendr
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle- color of clear bright yellow , with a white medium head - nose of hay , slight hopps , banana , sweet corn , and malt – taste of hay , skunk , hopps , and sweet - body well carbonated , and medium acidity – aftertaste of sweet corn , resin bitter , and gummy (277 characters)

Photo of ski271
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-light straw with a medium-sized, white, foamy head with good retention. Light, thin lacing. Smell is moderately malty with a light hops balance. Grass, lightly sweet grain, light citrus. Taste is more of the same but with the hops more evident heading towards the finish. Nothing all that complex at all, but clean and crisp and very pleasant. I enjoyed this one. (370 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Bratislava. The bottle has the same label as the one currently pictured but with the Slovak name of Zlaty Bazant.

The appearance is a golden color just as the name suggests. The head was very white and about an inch tall when first poured. The head was still there after a few minutes but had diminished to less than half its original size with no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very faint but there was a hint of alcohol when first poured. After some warming there was mild evidence of a floral hop presence.

The taste also had a hint of alcohol when first poured but again that changed with warming. Some hop bitterness coming through, but not much noble hop flavor that usually accompanies the style. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these in an afternoon but its flavor is pretty basic. It drinks smooth and doesn't leave a whole lot of aftertaste. (892 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very golden color which is fitting to the nice title. White head and a ring of retention. Smell is very pleasant. Golden pheasant or golden pleasant? Nose is spicy, softly lemony, grainy and grassy. Pretty crisp with clarity and very easy to smell. Nicely basic. Taste is brisk, creamy in feel, lemony and peppered with sweet malts. Uncomplicated flavors and easy to enjoy. Mild bitterness, a clean finish and an energetic carbonation. Mouthfeel is partially gritty with a general smoothness. Drinkable like a lager.

Not bad. Decent but basic. All the pieces are in place. Probably great with food on a hot thirsty day. (622 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine pale golden color with a thin soapy head. The aroma definately has the saaz thing going on...grassy, floral, spicy...delicate and enjoyable. Crisp, hoppy flavor wrapped around a soft sweet maltiness, though I wish there was more as it leaves it feeling somewhat "raw". Medium-light, bristling mouthfeel goes down real easy.

A pretty good, if simple, pilsner. Definately fits the style, though I feel it could use a malt boost...very drinkable. (455 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant pours a pale straw color with a white head froma a green 500 ml bottle with a foiled neck and cap. The smell is a little skunky at first, but that cleared up by breathing for a few minutes. A mild hop aroma dominated after the skunk cleared. The flavor is mild, not unpleasant, but not exciting either. Fairly well balanced, it's hard to pick out any flavors. Better than a lot of eastern European lagers I've had. (430 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.

Poured golden yellow with slow but steady carbonation. A two-finger head slowly descended and left a decent amount of lacing along the glass.

The smell was thin, but very clean - a touch of grass and some floral hops.

The taste was of sweet malt, which gave it a nice body, and grass backed by bitter, floral hops. Very well-balanced between malt and hops.

It's smooth and refreshing. A touch more body than many others of the style. It goes down easily and flavors hold on for a little while.

It's a solid choice when looking for this style and above average for European pilseners. For the past few years, I've been getting this occasionally when I'm in the mood for a Czech-style pilsener, and it's never been a disappointment - never been harsh, metallic or skunked. (813 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a particular fan of the Czech Pils style, but decided to try this anyway, mostly because it was a gift. Golden Pheasant scores big points for the oversized, foiled bottle, though it remains to be seen what else this brew has going for it.

Pours from a 500mL green bottle into my pilsner glass a light golden straw colour, with some visible effervescence. Fairly translucent, but that's to be expected. Capped by two-plus fingers of exceptionally foamy white head. It dissapates gradually to a half-finger or so (though rather uneven), but leaves remarkably little lacing (what little there is is rather runny). Islands of foam after the head has virtually dissappeared. Not bad, a standard pilsner look.

Smell is also fairly standard for a European pilsner. Grassy, herbal. A touch of toasted malt. Dirty. A touch of skunk, though subtle, and perhaps a character of the beer, rather than true skunk. A touch of indistinct fruit. Some grain. Faint citrus. Not bad, but nothing special.

Taste is, as you might expect, more of the same. A touch of malt upfront (toasted) is balanced by an assertive hoppiness that is still subtle enough to appeal to your average lager drinker. Citrus. Grassy. Balanced. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of bitterness. A hint of candied sweetness throughout. Pepper. Tasty, but hardly complex and fairly unsurprising.

Mouthfeel is a tad unusual. Not as heavily carbonated as some pilsners I've tried, and a surprisingly nice feel to the body - light, but not watery. Faintly slick. Drinkability is good, perhaps better than some pilsners. The hop flavour isn't especially assertive, which is nice if you're going for multiple servings. Taste is good, but not complex enough to warrant paying especially close attention.

I may have Golden Pheasant again, but I don't think that it will ever be a mainstay in my beer diet. A fairly straightforward pilsner, worth a shot. (1,919 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guess it's ok stuck in the Czech Pilsner sytle...I would have said Euro Pilsner because of the earthy character with a noticable, but mild skunk aroma. Disguised neatly as herbal and must-ey hops, the beer comes across characterful but dirty. A common light yellow and neatly clear hue with adequate carbonation and a lacking head retention. Moderate malt sweetness with a grain quality (expected). Hoppy for sure, but more earthy flavors than balancing bitterness. Feels typically grain-ey, carbonated, and clean, but just slight of refreshing and crisp...just a little to muddy with the hops. Never really got over the pungent aroma and flavor. (646 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second time to try this beer. The first enounter was due to a Slovak's friend's kind recommendation, brought back from his home country. Yet this bottle obtained in London has English translations of Zlaty Bazant on the label: Golden Pheasant. Well, does it mean it's now widely available and popular? At least this is the only Slovak beer I've managed to find in London so far...
BB 21/06/06, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: pale golden in colour, the restrained beer head builds up fast yet retreats equally w/o hesitation; the sporadic carbonation contains huge bubbles occasionally ascending with growing speed from the bottom of the glass.
S: a dried-grassy note skirted with an eggy note that is quite common to mass-produced lager these days... (or is it?) The malt content is medium, not full, but sufficient to keep a balance with the grassy note. Also noticeable are a honeyish malty aroma and sweet-ish grains, while a swirl could bring up a more fragrant and lemony fruitiness. Not bad.
T: slightly metallic in texture upfront, coupled with a very soft-bodied maltiness pouring onto the palate... wrapping very faint flavours in the middle, nothing more considerable than toast-like bitter-sweet bready malts and a very mild edge of lemonade... slowly and quietly, a dryish-bitter aftertaste comes of age, marking welcomed presence of bunches of hops, and resulting in a mildly hoppy yet quite chewy finish.
M&D: smooth and semi-clean (not crisp), on the texture, pleasant enough for quaffing in quantity. Yet the flavour profile is slightly too boring, as the hoppy entry only brings aboard its body rather than sufficient flavours, hence a beer feeling better in the end than its overall taste... An O.K. Pilsner-style lager I have to say--NEEDS MORE FLAVOURS!! (1,800 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly good golden color with an underacheiving head.

Aroma of clean malt, pilsner hops, and a light honey scent like chewable cough drops.

Taste is good but unexciting. Starts with some mild sweetness, moves to crisp grassy tones, and dries in the finish with a light, peppery bitterness.

This is a good, but light, proper pilsner, not just another green-bottled euro skunkbrau.

Would be highly refreshing if chilled on a hot day. Enjoyable. (454 characters)

Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
78 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.