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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

385 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fresh tasting pils that resembles both in design and taste Pilsner Urquel. I liked the clean taste of the finish and decent hopping level of this beer . Put it in tall boy cans ands I would buy it again( most euro pils come in cans in BC). Not a world beater but a quality lager that does slovenia proud

canucklehead, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a pilsner. Pours a little better than your average, but I guess I'm a little soured by the American bastardization of pilsner. Smells zesty, kinda impressive.

Taste is a little flat after the hop zest aroma got my hopes up. Might enjoy this more next time if its sampled in the summer. I could see this enjoyable in a more appopriate season. Its got the lemon tang and whatnot.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original Slovak beer poured a crystal clear golden color with a fitting head that left the faintest lacing. Grainy in the aroma, and fairly husky at that. A fairly typical aroma for beers of this style.

More grain and huskiness on the palate. A slight sweetness also contributes. It finishes with a touch of spice, leaving the palate dry.

Nothing wrong with this brew, but nothing particularly noteworthy either.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice golden color, with a small head which dissipated quickly.

S: The smell, smelled like most other Czech beers that I've had before, and wasn't overly surprising.

T: The taste was really good, and somewhat sweet, didn't really taste any bitter notes.

M: The mouthfeel was nothing extraordinary, did have a nice full bodied feel.

D: The drinkabilty was slightly above average.

Overall, decent beer. Best of luck with your beers. Cheers.

NicholasCasber, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of prosper
1.4/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a well-regarded beer, I see. Maybe I had a bad bottle, but my sample was downright awful.

Appearance was OK, but it's all downhill from there. Massive skunk in the aroma, and the flavour. So much so that you can't really taste much else. Some continental pils malt flavours make it though, but overall, it's just massive sulfury skunkiness.

Mouthfeel was OK; about the same as Urquell.

prosper, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vaguely remember having this one a while back. Best take another sample for the data pool.

Poured into a lager glass. Bright golden, no visible carbonation. Head is thick at first, disappears into little islands of foam. Some sticky lacing.

The smell is fairly typical. Hoppy, bready, wheaty, and a bit of spice in the back.

The taste is just fine. Hoppiness up front, with a bit of malts and spiciness near the back. Very smooth. Uninteresting, but definitely drinkable.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin. Could have used a bit more carbonation.

Not a bad little pilsner. Quite drinkable. For the price, it ain't bad. There's others I prefer, but every once in a while I'll give this Slovak option its due.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of aristeros
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried based on the recommendation of a friend from Slovakia. Poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a very clight yellow, excellent clarity, lots of visible carbonation, almost no head.

Smells of a light malt--some grain smell--and some hops. Also, something that smells halfway between Swiss cheese and socks that I associate with Continental lagers and some pilseners.

Sweeter, malty to start. Lightly hopped, but because the other flavors aren't too strong it seems almost moderately bitter by pils standards. Clear, crisp, with a watery mouthfeel, superior for the style. Slightly dry finish.

Not my favorite pilsener, but it's alright.

aristeros, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is very clear, although the slightest bit cloudy. Had no head.

Smell: Has a pretty standard European Lager smell of somewhat funky malts with a bit of hops.

Taste: The taste somewhat follows the smell in being somewhat funky, although it does have a very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thin.

Drinkability: This isn't bad. On it's own, it might be a little rough for me, but it goes really well with food. I could get this again if I'm in the right mood.

civilizedpsycho, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Tone
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of metallic, yeast, sulfur, and euro pale malt. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of supfur, yeast, euro pale malt, and slight grain. Overall, an obvisously light-struck beer (at least I strongly hope so).

Tone, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this because I liked the label; very glad I did. Nice and bright golden color, with plenty of rather large bubbles streaming from the bottom-center of my glass. A typically loose and fizzy white head with a brief but happy life releases a nice aroma of flowers, lemons and honey. Clean taste and light body make this very enjoyable; again, lots of flowers and honey with citrus in the taste and a lightly spiced, hoppy sting at the end. The bubbles left little pinpricks in my mouth. Nice! Very much worth your while.

gfreed, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is typical of a Pilsener with lager yeast, funky light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a little malt sweetness and some lager yeast breadiness that is quickly followed by a mild but complementary hops presence, creating a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad of a beer and it's worth drinking for a while if your choices are limited, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
4.53/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, a great example of a great Czech Pilsner, or any pilsner for that matter.

A - Rich Gold and a big frothy head
S - Light malt, european lager smell, but with some other spicy notes and character I can't quite place.
T - SO balanced, spicy sweet. Lasting rich aftertaste.
M - Clean and coating with flavor, but refreshing
D - Excellent! Flavorful and refreshing. Definitely have another!

HeroJH, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant is a Heineken owned brand, purchased in 1995. My bottle was picked up after an acquaintence mentioned that a tasting amongst his friends has chosen it as the lager winner.

It looks fairly typical.. a golden lager with pinpoint sized bubbles creating a 1.5 finger head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head recedes to a small cap of foam.

The smell is decent.. some grain, sweet malts and hops. It smells like a good lager might.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side.. which explains why it might have done well in a tasting. It overpowers the bitterness and leaves a vegetably taste at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Quite nice for a lager.

Drinkability is average.

Ralphus, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an extra from Dyan. Thanks! The weather is perfect for a pils.

500ml bottle into my half-liter Andechs glass, this beer is golden and brilliantly clear, topped with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head leaves rings of lace down the glass as it settles.

The nose is spicy and faintly honey-like. Saaz hops are apparent along with a touch of lager yeast. This is exceptionally clean and delicate.

Clean and crackery on the tongue. Crisp and dry at first, a touch of bready malt briefly appears mid-palate before the floral, herbal hop character takes over in the finish. Restrained bitterness, and I must emphasize how remarkably clean this is. Incredibly quaffable stuff, yet subtly complex. One of the better Czech-style pilsners I've had.

largadeer, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a very nice golden color with a good head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the edges.

The smell is of cereal and sweet malts. There is a little hint of Corn Flakes and with hops. It has a nice, inviting, smell.

The taste is a bit more calm than the usual Czech pilsner. The typical crispness is a bit toned down, but the finish is very smooth. Cereal in the front and a little bitterness in the back.

The carbonation transfers the flavor nicely and the beer is fairly thick for a pilsner. Not watery in the least. It feels a little like a stout.

I really enjoy this beer. While it is not my favorite example of the style it definately makes my mouth happy. Very drinkable.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml. bottle into a pils glass. This beer pours clear in a medium straw color. A half inch of nearly white head drops slowly and yields a fair amount of temporary lacing.

Some sweet malts on the nose accompany a light citrus hop presence. Somewhat floral and a bit of fresh cut hay as well, and with a slight sourness through some fresh foam atop the pour, attenuating to a typical light lager nose in the background.

Taste follows with a lightly sweet orange malt flavor that offers a lingering carbonation on the tongue and a hint of peppery spice. Body increases over time however as the carbonation shrinks somewhat quickly. This leaves a finish that becomes richer with malt flavors though it does refresh nicely with a topping off. Overall pretty good but slightly heavy on the finish.

HalfFull, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden colour, not terribly bright, but with an excellent frothy, gurgling and lacing head of white foam. Lacing is spectacular. Looks like a really excellent lager. Exactly what you want from the style.

Some light grassiness on the nose, with a hint of honeyed grain. Not particularly strong, and there's certainly none of the sharp clean Saazy freshness that you'd expect from the better Czech style pilseners. Comes out appearing rather weak.

Taste is a clean grainy freshness, with just a hint of bitterness on the very back. It's very light on, and not particularly sharp though. Overall, there's not much to say about it. It hasn't got a lot of character, but it tastes pretty clean and fresh. Mouthfeel crisp. Not too bad.

It's not a bad lager overall. It doesn't have the character of a good pilsener, which is a shame, but it does end up a fresh, clean and easy-drinking beer all the same. I'm not wowed, but I'm not repulsed either.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16.9oz pop top foiled green bottle...has what may or may not be a freshness date

Appearance: Medium-dark golden beer, nice clarity, a decent pour produces a stark white head which soon fades to a thick sticky film

Smell: Lacks the skunk aromas I was fearing...light grainy malt and grassy hop notes...simple, but dead on for the style

Taste: Surprisingly sweet malty flavors, almost sugary...I wasn't prepared for this and I'm not sure I like it...some mildly bitter hay-like hops on the finish...not a lot goin on here...the sweetness is actually a little off-putting

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, approaching medium

Drinkablity: Medium

Conclusion: Not a terrible beer, but not my favorite example of the style for sure

BedetheVenerable, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber colour with healthy white head, visible bubbles and steady carbonation. Trace amounts of lace. Healthy-looking brew, nothing out of the ordinary but it's exactly as it should look.

Nose is quite pleasant, which is surprising considering the funky metallic whiff I got when I opened it. Tangy with a nice airy citrus fruit character, slight astringent phenols, light caramelly malt as well. Very hoppy, herbal but clean. Actually very pleasant.

Very malty on the taste, rich and buttery in character with a vegetable oil flavour as well. Hops came in midway and give distinct notes of basil, grass and tobacco - very herbal anyway, which trails off but leaves a soft lingering trace of bitterness for the finish. Palate is a bit short, and slightly oversweet on the mid. Hops are noticeable but in a pilsener should dominate more. Use by date is next year so I can't imagine it's an old bottle, just the hops aren't aggressive enough.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a nice sizzling texture across the tongue, perfectly crisp and lagery. It's a decent pils but not a fantastic one. More hopping to eliminate that weird sweet peak and bitter up the finish would be more than welcome.

laituegonflable, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that leaves an attractive lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: very light malt smell but not much there.

Taste: clean and crisp. Bitterness is mild but creeps up on you at the end. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but a good, albeit mild, flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: this has a nice drinkability, much like most lagers.

flagmantho, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pheasant is a Slovakia Pilsner and an overall good example of a Pilsner. It is easy to drink. My Golden Pheasant was serves in a tall slender Golden Pheasant mug (don't you love proper glassware) filled to the 500 ml mark. It is aggressively carbonated but did not form a persistant head. Easy to drink, interesting malt character for a pilsner. You can taste some hop flavors too. Overall, an excellent, drinkable, wet beer. I order it frequently and enjoy it everytime. Better on draught than in bottles.

drabmuh, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp with some malt and hoppiness. Feels a bit watery in the mouth. Goes down very smooth and easy. Overall a pretty good brew.

tone77, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold color with good clarity and and very active carbonation. White head starts out firm, but quickly disappears.

S: Smells of raw malts and some straw. A hint of lemon is in the background.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that is only slightly sweet. Bitterness is well balanced and has a mild pepper flavor. Finishes fairly clean, with some lingering lemongrass bitterness.

M: Medium light body is a little slick. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: I didn't find anything all that special about this. Still, it's fairly well done and a fine session brew.

Rayek, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Dull yellow in color and bubbly. Great foam head.
S- Nice bitter pilsner scent to it.
T- Very crisp. Slight bittnerness but has a good sweet balance to it. Kind of light tasting.

Definitely a solid pilsner even if it doesn't quite compete with some of the Czech offerings.

Amalak, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is pale gold; the large white head sinks to a thin white lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sour-sweet malty with some chemical yet clean bitter flavours. Hints of vegetables and alcohol.

The taste is sweet with some Central European hops, vegetables, some fruit drops, a light bitterness and a touch of boiled meat. I cannot find much of the Czech buttery flavours. The light aftertaste is dry with notes of French loaf and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are medium-sized and the liquid semi-smooth.

Well... Not better or worse than any of the Swedish macro lagers. An unnecessary import.

bark, Jul 08, 2009
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.