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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

369 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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.

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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 10:54:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 23:30:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 04:48:43 | More by laituegonflable
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:57:47 | More by flagmantho
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 16:38:23 | More by drabmuh
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 00:02:38 | More by tone77
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Rayek

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:07:57 | More by Rayek
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Amalak

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 21:27:25 | More by Amalak
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bark

Sweden

3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 20:13:54 | More by bark
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden (a bit pale), with a great, thick head, that sadly quickly dissipates.

S: At first a yeaty smell, but quickly you can find both grassy hops as well as a malty tone.

T: Bread (malt) is the first thing that comes to mind, a little sweetness follows. Then comes the hops (a little weak, though).

M: Nothing special, an average pilsener.

D: Not the best pilsener I've had (to my taste it lacks some hops), but in the summertime - it's a great thirstquencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:53:43 | More by Evil_Pidde
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 500ml bottle..a nice clear yellow head with a fresh carbonated head that retains with nice lacing til the end..the smell is crisp with noble hops and malt and biscuits..the taste is a bit thin but it is a easy drinking pils with a crisp noble hop flavor it finishes with some sweet malts ... the mouth feel is crisp an you can drink these all day long.. a nice summer cookout pils or lawnmower beer.. try this one its pretty good! recommended for sure for the summer season

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 22:32:01 | More by gatornation
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albern

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent Czech pilsner style lager. It has a nice golden clear color with tons of foamy and billowing head, retention, and lacing. The nose is quite grassy with a very typical lagery type aroma, a touch of florals in the nose too.

The taste gets a bit thin and watery as the beer settles. Right out of the bottle, the beer was quite crisp, had a sharp little hop spicy bite, some definite graininess, husk flavors, and grassiness. The beer is settling in and it is getting smoother, sweeter, a little less spicy, and less interesting. The beer had a certain crisp refreshing taste and has evaporated and I'm getting too much bland, watery sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very light.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 22:50:05 | More by albern
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jsh420

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden with a 2 white finger head that left some lacing

smell is strong grains and light grassy hops - standard pils

taste - the hop bitterness hit me tastebuds first then comes a wave of sweet malts

mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation that leaves a nice crisp finish

drinkability is good with flavor and as light as this beer is

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:14:15 | More by jsh420
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mid golden lager is insipid in appearance , having virtually no caonation , but able to retain a decent head of 1 finger froth.
Pleasantly malty on the nose reminiscent of honeyed biscuit.
The malted aromas are reflected in the palate , but manage to not sneak into cloying sweetness., which sugests that the hops are cranking in with some bitterness.
Mouthfeel on the oily side of neutral and the lack of carbonation is reflected in the lack of tingle.
I feel this is a pretty well balanced beer , that has no major drwbacks but no real excitment.
Thus drinkable , enjoyable bt not memorable

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 07:54:23 | More by jarmby1711
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. I have to wonder how close this will be to the Slovaks' former compatriots' offerings for the style.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly frothy white head, which maintains good retention, eventually leaving some broad honeycombed lace around the glass.

It smells of punchy grassy, lemony, and leafy Saaz hops, with a slight hint of earthy skunk, and moderately crisp grainy, crackery pale malt. Not too shabby. The taste is slightly sweet grainy, white biscuity pale malt, a touch of lemon floor polish, and sassy grassy (yeah, I said it!), bitter floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft and coddling, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a small tic from the goodly amount of hops here. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, bready malt well persisting, alongside a still heady dose of slightly skunked grassy, leafy hops.

A decent example of a veritable Czech pilsener from their former (admittedly thrown-together) countrymen, with the normal amount of off-flavours likely due to the stupid green bottle. I can see you under there, my friend, too bad about that other stuff, eh?

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 20:06:24 | More by biboergosum
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked up this beer today, just finished it, not too bad, it was not too impressive pouring it, but overall This is a pretty tastey beer. Would like to see what else they put out. It is also My first slovak beer. Overall, I could easily see myself drinking this again, perhaps with a good hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 22:57:05 | More by skeetermoses
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Mosstrooper

California

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Bratislava during my current study abroad there. Being in Slovakia, it is under its original name, Zlatý Bažant.

Poured from 500ml bottle into tulip glass with an etching of Bratislava on the side.

Appearance: Golden, with a slight caramel tinge to it. Large, thick head that dissipates slowly with a lot of lace left behind.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of grain and some sweet maltiness.

Taste: Very sweet- bready malt with hints of caramel. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a bit of toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but seems a bit flat. This may not be the best bottle.

Drinkability: A very good session beer, and my favorite Czech pilsner so far (of which I have had many during my time so far in Slovakia). I do not let this affect my review because that would be unfair, but I would still like to note that this beer improves by leaps and bounds on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 20:41:06 | More by Mosstrooper
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old favorite back when I lived in southwestern Poland under its Slovak name of Zloty Bezant, which translates to this beer and how it's known stateside.

The color is a rich golden but the head dissipates almost instantly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzle to the top even ten or so minutes after opening. The nose is slightly hoppy but also laced with skunk. It was definitely better on tap in Krakow, oh well.

The taste delivers on the flavor I remember, with some biscuit inspired malt balanced nicely with the Saaz or Hallertau or whatever bitter European hops they're going with. The aftertaste is pleasing and slightly warming. A solid example of central European craftsmanship in their signature style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:27:41 | More by daliandragon
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed, copper golden. Topped by a white head that faded to a film. The aroma is malty with nice notes of caramel and fruit on swirling. There's not a lot in the way of hop aroma though.

Sweet bready malts with a milder caramel flavor upfront. Malts are attenuated through the center leading to a grassy hop bitterness with a hint of peppery spice. Light-bodied. highly carbonated, and crisp.

I was pleasantly surprised by a good bit of flavor in this beer. It was definitely the best of the round.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 20:48:12 | More by EPICAC
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark golden/amber, healthy sort of colour.The foamy head stays around for a surprisingly long while, which adds to the whole experience.

S - Grainy, hoppy. A typical pilsner smell that starts at the moment you open the bottle. Very appetising!

T - Crisp to the bone! Nothing that a typical pilsner/Central European lager would not taste like. It gets better with each sip, becoming fruitier.

M - Refreshing. The finish is a bit dry, but it's a good sort of dryness. Not bitter.

D - The quality, as well as tradition, is evident. Makes a good refreshment and does not leave you thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:24:54 | More by NightINgale
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small stemmed Pilsner glass at a cafe in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Appearance: Golden and translucent...Left a nice head which dissapated quickly and left little lacing...Nothing too special.

Smell: Hoppy and grainy...The smell is strong; you can pick it up from the instant the bottle is opened.

Taste: Hoppy and a little bitter. Definitely one of the better pilsners I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. A good representation of the pilsner style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 17:13:01 | More by wahhmaster
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FernMaster

Missouri

1.73/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer in a mix and match pack at the recommendation of the guy working at the liquor store = error. I poured the beer into a Boulevard pint glass and was instantly hit with a very pungent odor. The beer poured smoothly and gave off a nice display of head (which did disappear rather quickly), as to try and distract from the liquid disgust that emerged from the bottle. The look of the beer was clear and it drank smooth, but it was accompanied by the 'sour beer face.' The taste was a combination of failure and shame (with a hint of fruit) all leading to the grand finale of a quick pour into the drain.
There was no date on the bottle, sorry :-( However there was a code of some sorts (like a bottle cap) but I'm not sure what that meant (maybe I won a hat?).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 06:26:42 | More by FernMaster
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. green bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date, but coded? There was a light haze in the golden body. The head was modest and crisp white.

Smell was grainy and clean. Very light vegetal aroma. Not skunky.

Taste was light citrus and a bite of hops. Earthy. Very refreshing, one of the better Euro-lagers.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 14:56:57 | More by Cresant
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film along the top. Aroma was very nice without a trace of skunkiness to it. Very crisp, very clean, a very well done Czech Pilsener. The drinkability on this one is sky high. I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:12:17 | More by biggmike
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a nice clear coppery amber with a rather thick, slightly off-white head. The head stays for a bit, a point in this beer's favor. Crisp aroma is fairly strong and has a fruity hint. Flavor is crisp and has a surprisingly strong bitter bite, as well as just a hint of sweet fruit. Texture is smooth and tingly, and aftertaste is somewhat bitter but not nastily so. One of the better pilsners I have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 00:20:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.