Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

429 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle with pheasants on the neck. Indecipherable production code on back of label. Sticker over the cap illustrating that it is a twist cap.

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass. Color is a gold tinted slightly amber, with lots of bubbles. Decent sized head.

Smell: Crisp hop smell and some bready malts. Simple, but clean. Very slight "green beer" smell that I associate with Grolsch and the like.

Taste: Starts with a crisp hoppiness that fades to the sweet malts near the end. Again, clean and simple flavor.

Overall impression: A decent pilsner - nothing outstanding. It is being marketed by Heineken as an ultra-premium, and the price tag reflects that. This one was left over from a party, and I won't be seeking out more.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiny golden amber topped by a substantive head of off-white foam. The surface is gently divoted and falls in sections, leaving arching strands of sudsy lace behind. Not a bad look.

The nose is decent and is helped by the fact that there's no trace of skunkiness or nastiness of any kind. Thanks to the brown bottle for the former and thanks to some degree of brewing skill for the latter. It's soft, floral, citrusy (lemon peel) and is really rather nice.

The flavor follows the aroma in that it's friendly, soft and approachable. I don't like it quite as well though since it's a little too laid back. The word 'insipid' comes to mind, but that's not quite fair. Golden Pheasant is grain-like, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Nothing really stands out.

The finish is short and relatively clean, the body is light-medium and the carbonation is on the subdued side. Like the flavor profile, it's all very middle of the road. This beer needs a 'peg' (as they say in the news business). Rather than something to hang a story on, it needs something to hang a personality on, something to give it purpose, a reason for being.

Golden Pheasant is pleasant enough. If you're looking for an easy drinking, balanced, 'don't want to think too much about it' kind of pilsener brewed in the Slovak Republic (and who isn't?), this just might be your beer.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist-off green bottle. Pours a typical golden pils color with a fluffy white head. Bready and grainy aroma with a hint of Euro hops. Swayed more toward the malty side for a pilsner. A touch of malt sweetness and crisp and clean throughout, finishing with a faint astringency. Not the best pilsner I've ever had, but not bad either.

Photo of elricorico
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, a clear golden colour with a big bubbly white head. The head has settled, but it hasn't disappered, and it has left lacing all over.

The smell, when the head was big, it was full of citrus flavour, but now, there is barely any aroma, just a little bit of lime.

Taste is on the sweet side, not very complex, but not straightforward a the same time. Mostly citrus, but there is something sweet that reminds me of a hefe-weizen flavour.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. It is on the thin side, and the carbonation isn't overdone. The beer goes down easy and has nothing offensive to it.

I don't claim to know a lot about Pilseners, but I like this brew, it would certainly fit in as a session beer.

Photo of rousee
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good marketing on this one in the beer publications. Thats why I bought it. Unfortunately, it strikes me as average or below for the style.

A-clear, gold, no head, very little lace, some carbonation that continues for a while.
S-typical pilsener smell, some strong metallic elements and malty herby grassiness is there.
T-frothy salty malt--metallic. A bit too metallic although the frothiness is pleasant.
MF-dry and slightly salty but foamy.
D-just average or worse. There are many examples of this style that are better not just in drinkability but smell and more importantly taste.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow beer with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite weak but some malt can be detected. Taste is quite crisp with some malt that can be detected and some bitterness at the end. Overall, I would classified this as a better then average pilsner without any watery taste and no skunk taste from the bottle which are two major accomplishments for this type of beer.

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a pal gold color, with a generous sized white head on the top. Decent lace. It has a bit of that green-bottle euro scent to it, light malts. Light malt front, a bit of bitter hops in the backround, sweet candy. Fairly creamy mouth. This brew isnt horrible, but i cant see a repeat purchase.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Came in a green 500 ml bottle, gold foil around the neck and cap, small pheasant logo embossed around the shoulder. A classy enough presentation. Pours out a deep clear gold, thick foamy white head with good retention. Sweet malt blended with crisp grain on the nose, along with grassy hops. This is an okay enough tasting pilsener, there are no serious defects, but there is not much character to it either to make it stand out. Husky grains at first, mellowing out in the middle, with a brisk herbal hoppy finish. Quite a bite on the aftertaste as well, the mouthfeel starts crisp, but becomes a bit abrasive throughout after that. The palate and throat feels rubbed raw after swallowing, very akin to sandpaper. Nice looking bottle, but I wouldn't pick up another for casual drinking, I'll be passing on this next time I come across it.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this beer has a really great bottle (despite the light struck inviting green color). It has a bulge in the gold foiled neck, and a sleak profile.

It pours a nice gold color with a minimal white head and moderate lacing. The aroma is of doughy malts and a fresh mown hay, grassy hop character. The taste is some what watery with a malty beginning and a more hoppy, well rounded middle. The finish is a little slender, with moderate bitterness. This beer is a lot more characterful than maintstream imports like heinekin, grolsch and becks.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
1.11/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is probably a bad bottle, but it smells like a disturbed skunk on a hot summer night and the flavor, while not skunky, is not winning me over either. I have tried other Czech pilsners and they were nothing like this beer. Oh the tragedy that I spent money on this beer. I hope my liver and palate forgive me.

Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks completely normal, golden with a decent head. Smells like skunked hops and nothing else.

Doesn't taste all that skunky, though, thank god. Crisp upfront, a very bold malt and some grain. In the back there's some skunkiness and a little peppery hint that is actually quite unique and nice. Almost no aftertaste.

Light, crisp, and actually quite refreshing, this isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a good beer, either.

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz green bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear, medium yellow body with a small, white head that quickly drops to film, collae, and sporadic patch lace.
Aroma is Saaz hops, approaching the verge of euroskunk, but not that bad. Spicy and peppery, not sulfuric.
Mouthfeel is average for style. Light bodied, with medium carbonation.
Taste is crisp and bitter, with a light bodied malt charcter. Hops provide a white pepper character.
Drinkability is decent, but not outstanding. Just above average for style, and certainly worth a try.

Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker yellow and transparent, huge-bubbled head that has no chance of lasting past a quick photo shoot -- and it doesn't. Laces in thin tendrils, sugary look to them. Grassy aroma, light bit of white pepper. Flavor is skewed in the malty direction, smooth and suggestive of light brown sugar with some slippery graininess that approaches wheat starch in flavor. Arid hops, dried autumn leaves and a little underwhelming in balancing the first impression. Not fizzy, superior to some mass-market Lagers in that sense -- but there's not much else to say other than it is drinkable as a simple brew with a narrow profile.

Photo of Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another unimpressive LCBO import. Lighty saaz hopped. Malty sweet, dry and sour finish, creamy. Fizzy carbonation. Floral perfumy. Typical Ontario fare. Very Foamy head on yellow that dissipitates too slowly, not bad drinkable for a pilsner. Mild 4.4%

Photo of SaunaKing
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I dont know why i bought this, just the name of the beer seemed really lame. The green bottle didnt fill me with confidence either but this is a pretty decent beer. The appearence is a nice pale amber color with minimal head and good carbonation. Smell was better than expected and the beer went down nicely and tasted just fine. A slightly above average brew thats great for summer.

Photo of slitherySOB
2.37/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden Pheasant. What can I say. Though not awful, I won't be purchasing it again. The Pheasant pours a light, pale gold colour with a whopping four finger head!!! After a while, the head creeps down to two, and is finished at 1 1/2. Small rings of lace are left after every sip. Smells a bit funky. Not quite lightstruck skunkiness, but off. Definite spicy hop aroma. Didn't care much for the taste. Perhaps I just don't like the taste of Saaz hops, but I found it lightly skunky again. It was a green bottle, so light would be a problem. But I just find Saaz hops to have that light skunk smell and taste. Their is a bit of spice and malt, even citrus. Overall, it's balanced, but the Saaz hops/skunk is in charge. Mouthfeel is lightly crisp and thin. I guess it's drinkable, but I won't be upset if I never drink another.

Photo of JISurfer
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While not the best Czech beer I've had, it's still pretty decent. The head retention was fairly good, with the frothy white head. The head got less frothy after a while, and smoothed out to a laceing that was still pretty thick itself. The initial smell was a little bit of skunkiness, due to the green bottle, but then subsided over time to a grainy/light wheaty smell. The taste had small elements of skunk in it at first, but it went away as well. This gave way to the taste of mild hops and citrus. The mouthfeel was creamy too, so I liked that part. While I look at the other reviews, I think I may have lucked out with this bottle, cause it's previous reviews weren't that great. I really did enjoy this brew.

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

Nice golden color with slight carbonation and little head.Slight hop aroma and a slight "skunkiness".Average taste-pleasant enough malt flavor with a slight sweetness.Somewhat citrusy.Decent enough mouthfeel.An above average drinkable beer-the slight skunkiness detracts from what would otherwise be a good Pils-the first I have had from the Slovak Republic.

Photo of AudioGilz
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light gold in color with a fizzy short-lived head. The aroma is pungent and gross skunk! Yuck! I was hoping I might get a fresh bottle. Aroma is telling me obviously not, and you're an idiot for buying an import that's in a green bottle again. The skunk isn't anywhere near as strong in the flavor as in the aroma. It's still drinkable. The pilsener crispness is there with just enough hops for a slightly fun finish. I imagine this beer would taste pretty good and refreshing while fresh. But I doubt most of these green bottles sitting on shelves for months at a time are fresh.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Belgium friend of mine gave me a can of this claiming it was 12% ABV because there was a 12% on the side of the can. There was also a 5% on the side, so I have no idea what the 12% meant. It poured extra foamy, and when it settled it was a mild yellow color. The taste at first was non-existant, but after a few sips, the pilsner style was reckognizable. Quite subtle, slightly citric, this was a beer meant for hot weather or just as a quick refreshener.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on the pour is a limpid deep gold with a generous bright white head that is frothy in texture and the residual lace a quite thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is citrus crisp, fresh and clean, sweet with the start also sweet and fairly well malted, top is middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation and the hops mild but pleasant in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste, drinkable at any rate.

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

Well, judging from some of the other reviews, I must have got lucky and grabbed a fresh bottle of this beer. Poured from a half-liter bottle, this Golden Pheasant had a nice fluffy head with a fairly neutral nose. Crisp and fresh, with a fairly assertive hoppiness backed by a firm maltiness. A dry and just slightly bitter finish aroused my appetite prior to dinner. I would fit this beer somewhere between Pilsner Urquell and Czech(Bud)var. It's not the best, but I found this Pheasant to be worth the hunt, at least when found fresh.

Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty unremarkable stuff. Pours golden yellow with a decent head, some lace.

Everything about this is mild. Mild aroma of hops and malt, mild hops, mild bitterness to finish. Nothing fancy or memorable about this one at all, but nothing really offensive either.

As middle of the road as you want to get.

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

16.9 oz brown glass bottle, capped, with a "bottled on" code.

This beer poured a clear, amber color with white foam that settled relatively quickly. The smell was mild, biscuity malt and some floral hops. The taste was modest: biscuity malt and floral hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium light body and moderate carbonation. The flavor lingered. The drinkability was good. A decent pilsner.

Photo of Redrover
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz green botle. Nice kind of a 1950's label.

Beer pours a goldish yellow with huge initial head. Some head stays for the duration and I got some decent lacing.

Smell is unfortunately not as good as the apperance. The skunkyness is clearly smell-able from 2 feet away. You also get some malt. This reminds me of a Heineken on steroids.

Taste is just average. You don't get much besides some malt sweetness and a little hops in the after taste. The skunk aroma is not that present in the taste (thankfully).

Mouthfeel is thin, but the beer is well carbonated. Not one I would choose to drink all night. There are worse Euro lagers out there, but you can also find a ton of better ones.

Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.