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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Ratings: 413 | Reviews: 258
Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a golden yellow colour with a decent size fizzy and foamy white head. I can see lots of carbonation slowly rising to the top of the glass. There appears to be some average lacing and the head has lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a slight skunkiness, also a grassy scent. There are hops, malts, and a corn syrup sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - An average amount of carbonation, I wouldn't mind a little more, but it still has a nice mouth feel. The beer has a nice medium bodied taste, not watery at all. It has a very refreshing and satisfying taste. I can taste bready/grain notes, also a slight citrus zest and some hops. It ends with just a slight bitterness but the aftertaste is sweet.

Drink - An excellent euro lager, probably one of the best I've had from the category. I'd compare this with Pilsner Urquell. A definite session beer.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with streamers of bubbles and a tight rocky white head that leaves trailers. Old school lager nose: lots of sweet grain with a bit of cedar oil. Tart grain with hints of white bread toast and thin honey followed by woody hops with touch of lemon rind. Tight clove oil finish. Crisp, creamy, round.

Hops are more on the wood/perfume side than the grass/spice. Not hopped up to Budvar, but a good clean Czech pilsener.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Crystal clear yellow with two fingers of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, cut grass/floral hops, a bit of musky hop aroma. Overall: Malty sweet and floral.

Taste -- Grainy sweetness with grassy/floral hops. There's some mild fruitiness under the surface, but otherwise it tastes just like it smells. Finish is mostly clean

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Not a game-changer by any stretch, but I found it to be pleasant enough. It's more or less on par with the rest of Europe's macro lagers such as Carlsberg or Stella Artois.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid golden. Pretty flat. Not much foam or carbonation, unless you shake it a bit or take a sip.

Smell: Spicy hops, wet hay, and strong honey. A good balance in my opinion. Thumbs up!

Taste/Mouthfeel: I definitely taste the hops, hay, and honey. Overall, a solid taste, but a bit too sweet. A tad bit flat, but smooth. Suprisingly thick for a Czech pilsener though. A bit cloying.

Drinkability: You might like this if you can handle the sweetness and consistency. It might be a problem for some.

Overall: If you've tried other Czech pilseners, this is worth trying.

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CAN you believe what due diligence will uncover in the ongoing CANQuest (TM)? I almost CAN't, but here is another rare CAN!

From the CAN: "A Golden Pheasant in a field of ripen [sic] barley has always been a sign of a rich and bountiful harvest." It makes it sound like I should be drinking this at Thanksgiving, but I CAN't wait that long!

My pour got me two fingers' worth of fluffy, foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pretty, deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Liquid sunshine! Nose had a rich, Saaz-hop grassiness up front, with an underlying lager sweetness. In a CAN!?! I have been missing out with all of the AALs that have been part of this process. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pronounced molasses flavor on the tongue. Wild! Finish was slightly grassy and bitter, but lingering with a molasses tang. I have this as a "Gots" but if I do not get any takers, it will be going into my cooler.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Nice, a Slovak quasi-tallboy. Doesn't get much better than that, right? Oh, wait, it does: Johnny Cash's "Hurt" now fills the air about me. Right on. This bad boy pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of quick-to-death white foam. The nose comprises wheat, puffed rice, and a field full o' fragrant flowers. The taste rocks all o' these elements, adding a slight corn-syrup-esque sweetness in the back. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils; I may not be that big a fan o' this style, but this is pretty good.

Photo of wcintula
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. Poured from tap to a 0,5l Zwayt Bazant glass, by the time the beer got to me there was no head so I imagine it fell fast to the thin white film left before me. A clear golden body was shown with a good amount of activity. Smells faintly of malt and hops. There's a sweetness like honey in the beer very malty and a bit filling with slight hop taste as well. I really like the beer. Though slightly filling, I'd happily make a few of these my meal.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid golden color with a nice foamy white head. No lacing, but a good skim of head. Nice clarity.

Light malt and grass, with some herbal notes. Mild at best.

Light crisp flavors, with some sweet then dry malt, some firm bitterness, some sweetness, husk, and bitter finish. Some herbal, spicy notes in the hop area. It is what it is supposed to be.

Lighter bodie and good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, a good drinker. Not a hint of skunk, even from the green bottle. I liked this as a rep of the style. Pleasant, and enough uniqueness to edge this up. Worth a try.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Stange
TEMP: Served at approx 40 degrees, allowed to warm, while drinking

This has a slightly dark hue to it's golden yellow/orange color. Minimal head. No lacing.

This has a typical 'green-bottle beer' smell. Slightly skunky. Below that are some nice notes of grains and light hops.

The taste is much better than the nose, surprisingly. The skunk qualities are almost unnoticed. The graininess is very pleasant. The hops are earthy and well integrated. It has a nice, light, malty sweetness that lays across the top of it, quite nicely. The hops provide a nice bite of spiciness in the finish.

This one is medium-bodied and has a medium-to-almost-high level of carbonation. It is crisp, yet has a nice smoothness to it, as well.

This actually surprised me, I have to admit. From the packaging,style and smell, I did not expect to like this one. Oddly enough though, I find it quite drinkable and will look forward to having it again.

Photo of biegaman
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any resemblance to a bird but as for the 'golden' part, that's definitely true to its name. Golden Pheasant is indeed a lustrous, resplendent gold colour and it shines with a self-assured brassiness and irreproachable clarity. Although much of it has now expired, its head was originally built-up as a sizable nesting, home to its many tiny bubbles.

The malts and hops seemed to have escaped the onslaught of UV rays that is provoked by the use of green glass bottles, but they don't seem to have survived the journey over the Atlantic unscathed. In fact, less a faint and driveling breadiness, this has little else to claim aroma-wise. The bouquet could have really used those Noble hops.

Pilsners (and lagers in general) are always so much better when their brewers put some legs under them (translated: when they don't skimp out on the malt). Golden Pheasant certainly has a leg on which to stand and in that regard I'm pleased. It isn't, however, truth be told, the tastiest of legs but it's sturdy and sufficient and palatable nonetheless.

The beer is by no means insipid, although, at the risk of repeating myself, it really could have used a proper dose of Noble hops. Those floral, grassy little cones are responsible for the style's distinguishably sassy and somewhat spicy demeanor, and without them the mouthfeel is only nominally bitter and dreadfully bready and one-dimensional.

To many, Golden Pheasant may be just another mild, mainstream lager. And it is. But it bears noting that these kinds of beers are so often emasculated and corrupted with adjuncts that to brew an unadulterated and relatively uncompromising example is respectable and virtuous in its own right. Don't be so quick to call this one for the birds...

Photo of beertunes
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, clear golden yellow with a tall fluffy white head that had good retention and lacung.

The first aroma was green bottle skunk, and a healthy dose of it. Under that is a nice grainy scent with some pleasant hops hiding in the background. There was just a tinge of skunkiness on the tongue, otherwise this was a nice blend of grain and hops.

The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, except for the skunk, this was a decent litle example of the style. I'd like to try a non-skunked one sometime. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The touch of malt in the nose, which inevitably reminds the Czech lager, is pleasant. The body is fairly light, but complex flavors, but it offers a touch of malt sweetness to bring the drink and making it very pleasant to drink. The finish is not powerful, just a slight grassy bitterness (probably due to the Saaz hops) where the side joins the malt side more invigorating hops.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a rich brass color with a small white head. leaves lacing in fine arches

S: a buttery, spicy and citrusy hop aroma is most noticeable with a biscuit aroma in the background. very true to the czech pils style

T: wow, a big suprise from the predominantly hoppy aroma. a very unique malt flavor that is syrupy sweet and just slightly grainy is followed by the spicy, citrusy hops while the buttery characteristic noticed in the aroma is present through all of this, and reminds me of movie theatre popcornn. finish is sweet and peppery

M: a very full body, more than expected for the style and abv, but really gives a chance to experience the rich flavors of the beer. finishes clean

Overall, much better than expected and i will admit putting this one off for quite sometime. This beer has alot of character for the style, and I would definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys a tasty pils

Photo of BucBasil
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. This beer is everywhere, and I had one on tap at a bar there on a beautiful evening in the old town.

The beer has a surprising hop bite and good flavor. Nice and spicy with some floral hops and pretty well balanced too with some bready malt.

I had a few of these on my trip and it was never really disappointing.

Photo of eschbach
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at Total wine today in search of some new beers to try. And I came across this and it looked cool. The cap has gold foil on it like a fancy champagne.

I filled my pilsner glass wit the beer and was impressed. It;s a rich golden color and it's quite foggy. It has a frothy head that sticks around a while. The smell is great. It smells like pure hops! The taste is very bitter. It tastes just like a czech pilsner should taste. It has a strong floral aftertaste. The beer feels very creamy in the mouth. It's not that easy to just throw back fast like a bud light, because it has strong flavors.

If you like a good czech pils this would be the beer for you. I really like the taste of it. It's a little expensive and it is not easy to find. Most stores don't have it.

Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with bubbles throughout, and a fair amount of dense white head. A film retains well enough to leave some lacing.

S: Mildly sweet, slightly earthy grain.

T: Still sweet, with mild grain and very mild hops to finish. Pleasant enough, though certainly nothing spectacular going on.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite nicely.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange amber into a pint glass. Visible carbonation. 2 fingers of white head that quickly recede into a thin cap. Very small bubbles in this milky head. Body is a lot hazier than any other pilsner I've ever had.

S - Rather weak smell for a pilsner. Bready and malty, but not the aromatic hop smell I was looking for. Slight roasted smell. Rather good.

T - Wow. This is so unlike any other pilsner I've ever had. First of all, it isn't the light, crisp taste I'm used to from a pilsner, like Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas. This taste is slightly orange, a little grapey, and slightly roasted. Hops aren't very overpowering on this, good for a pilsner. Very fruity and tangy.

MF - Very heavy for a pilsner. Slightly syrupy.

D - I think the pint 0.9 ounce serving is perfect for this. Very strong flavor and big body, but still very drinkable.

Photo of mnrider
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle with a twist off cap. Bottle says Lager, but I think it's more of a Pilsner.

A: Pours a light golden color with almost no head. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Carbonation is medium.

S: Sweet with a weird funky aroma.

T/M: Sweet and smooth with a crisp lingering aftertaste. Malts are grainy and the hops are spicy. A nice balance, I think.

D: A nice normal, nothing special Pilsner. Tastes good and is refreshing. Although I think the six pack I have might not be as fresh as possible. So this brew could be even better.

Cheers!!

Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar16 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots bubbles stuck to the glass and popping up from everywhere. the loose two finger head had average retention and left a few partial rings of lace

S grassy hops with a hint of lemon

T not far from the smell but has a fair bit of malt to balance things out a bit

M crisp and clean but a little thin not to bad though and good carbonation helps its cause

D easy enough to drink and on a hot summer day this would sink like a ship

a decent beer and worth trying, those Slovaks know how to make a decent lager

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L emptied into a Pilsener.

A: Pours straw gold with a 2-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: Grassy Saaz hops with notes of sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

T: Light toasted malts come to the fore, balanced nicely with Saaz hops through the midrange. Hoppy, astringent aftertaste, clean and crisp.

D: Another fine Czech Pilsener. Checks all the boxes and refreshes the drinker. No complaints here.

Photo of rednrag
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Clean and refreshing. The Czechs and Slovaks know how to brew. Like this a little better than Budvar, maybe not quite as much as Urquell. Will definitely drink again. Will search to find this on tap. Will also try in the can, if it available.

Photo of morebeergood
2.84/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that I've always seen in the stores and wanted to give it a shot, so I picked one up last night. Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stemmed glass. Bright yellow color, decent sized white head, lots of carbonation. A good amount of lacing also. Then you notice that skunky, lightstruck, green bottle smell. Never pleasant, but expected. Taste was pretty average for a pils, clean and nondescript. Mouthfeel was good, it went down fairly easily. Beer seemed to lose that skunky smell ever so slightly as it warmed up to room temp. It's a decent pilsner, but I bet it would be better on tap.

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Pilsner. It is very balanced and has great carbonation. It is pours a nice clear straw yellow. It definitely has a skunky smell to it, but that didn't interfere with the taste.

This has a nice dryness that is very but is also a bit sweet. I get a slight hint of citrus as well.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with medium sized white head that recedes to a thin rim, and leaves plenty of lace. Nose is clean with a whiff of fresh white bread aroma. Palate is also somewhat clean with a subdued malt sweetness and crisp hop balance. Very approachable and easy drinking.

Photo of fartkowski
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml green bottle, bought at the LCBO. Poured a nice brass color, with about a 1" foam head. Another average beer for me. A very mellow, light beer. This had a bit of sweetness to it. Nothing really stood out one way or another.
Again with the green bottle, I was hesitant, but It didn't taste skunky at all.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.