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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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259 Reviews
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Reviews: 259
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 259 | Hads: 436
Photo of BierStein711
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like this a lot more than Pilsner Urquell, I'll tell you why.

Bottle

Head was two fingers in the long neck. I did not see a freshness date, but it looked fresh.

Smells of lemon and grapefruit, and not like skunks.

Taste: Cereal, wet grain, a hint of metal.

Mouthfeel: thin

Overall, this is a decent representation of this style which is generally hit or miss for me. I'd have to say this was better than I expected! (426 characters)

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

Medium straw color with a thin layer of head.
Sharp hop smell, borderline lemon and grapefruit smell. There's a metallic smell too.
A mild metallic taste, strong lemon and dry bitterness.
Crisp and clean texture. Moderate carbonation.
A descent and good Czech Pils. Enjoyable and worth trying out. (298 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a clear yellow with big thick white head. Super tight bubbles that never leave the top and leave great lacing.
S : a small hint of skunk. Mild sweet pils malt. Corn. Not really any discernible hops.
T : starts light, husky tannic flavor. Straw, grass, and corn flavors. Mild hop bitterness that lends a bit of earth and mustiness to the flavor.
M : light bodied, well carbed, easy going with high drinkability.

A really good beer. Light and easy to drink, but a good representation of the style. Would be a great beer for the islands in the Caribbean. Very drinkable yet still nicely flavorful. Much Better than American lagers. (641 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grapes, although no hops are noticeable.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is a bit sweet but this isn’t cloying because there is also alight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad, but it isn’t as malty compared to other pilseners. (639 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, primarily near the surface of the beer and at the edges of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a mottled surface of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of carbonation are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn adjunct malts with some light hints of skunk. The corn smell is rather sweet and there is a very light presence of grassy hops.

T: The flavor of this beer is very similar to the smell - starts out a little sweet upfront with the taste of corn adjunct malts but then the light bitterness of the grassy hops becomes present.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is enjoyable, the flavor while slightly sweet initially there is a pretty good balance to the flavor. Easy to drink and definitely sessionable. (991 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear straw golden, fluffy head held its own and left lots of random lacing
S - big grassy and herbal hop aromas, light toasty grains and light metallic
T - grassy and peppery, light toasty grains and a buttery finish
M - light and well carbonated, slightly watery, finishing crisp and dry
O - a classic czech pils in many respects, not best in class but a tasty and easy drinking brew well worth a try or two (413 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich golden amber coloured clear body beneath a thick soapy white head with great retention and brilliant lacing follows up.

S - Grassy hops, dry salty malt, grain and bread.

T - Nice bittersweet balance, floral hops, pilsener malt, bread and spices.

M - Low carbonation, medium body.

O - Refreshing summer beer, nice example of the style. (347 characters)

Photo of Beermazter310
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 Ml bottle....pale yellow with foamy white head. Skunky smell fills the air as soon as I pop the top. Taste is light and watery with a little bit of hop bitterness that hangs around after swallowing. the mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Overall this is a slightly above average beer, no off tastes, very easy to drink. Im glad I tried it. (353 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't sampled this old favorite in a long time and when I saw it on sale at a local ($7.50 a six) a week or 2 ago, I knew I should have jumped then -- just a little worried about these green bottles sitting out under the fluorescents all this time.

Hmm, twist-off caps.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a firm, long-lasting white head. Near perfect Pils look.

S -- Skunkiness that gives way to spicy hops, with a touch of citrus, and light bready malt and vague DMS (not corn, people).

T -- Smooth breadiness up front that blends into spicy hops with hints of diacetyl in between, The finish is spicy, bitter hops that linger into the dry aftertaste. Some vague lemony citrus back.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and silky with a crisp, light-medium body.

O -- This is a classic Bohemian Pils; a beer that is very refreshing and begs for more tastes. It's lighter in mouthfeel and body than Budvar or Urquell, but not as delicate as some German Pilsners. Very nice. (961 characters)

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear, rich, golden color with lots of rising carbonation and two fingers of foamy, yellowish head. The retention was good and the lacing consistent. The aroma was of macro grains, corn, pale malt and some faintly grassy hops. The flavors were less ‘macro’ than the aroma but still centered around the dry, grainy corn and pale malt. I also tasted some sweet malt, bread, and a touch of citrus and herbs in the hops. Clean, bitter finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, the body medium and the carbonation nice. A good example of the style, even if not a great stand alone beer. (620 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was given to me from a guy I work with. Strangely enough I haven't had this one before. The beer poured out s a lightly hazy looking yellow color. The head was white, it had a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer is earthy, and gives off that grassy pilsner aroma. The taste of the beer is sharp, it has a nice hoppy bitterness with a sweet malt finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean and crisp. Overall its a pretty good pilsner. I actually enjoy this one. (481 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden straw-like with a small fizzy head. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma has some honey notes along with grassy hops and a slight alcohol note.

Taste is spicy/grassy hops along with some sweet malt. There is honey in there too. Bitterness is moderate and crisp and kind of surprised me; it's a little higher than I would have thought.

A good beer all around and one that might become a regular in my fridge. (489 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 500 ml bottle brings back memories of when I went to Slovakia ten years ago. Plenty of Zlaty Bazant and Pilsner Urquell that trip. Beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a small layer and left some lacing on the side of the glass. A golden straw yello with carbonation coming up through the whole glass. Clarity is pretty good too.

Smell: malty, bready, grainy, sweet aroma like honey too produces from the malts.

Taste: Same as above, but pretty mild. Looking for more out of this pilsner and it is missing the flavor I could smell. Flavor profile needs to stick around more often.

Mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, and easy to drink. Somewhat very refereshing.

Overall: Once again, this beer put a smile on my face and reminds me of certain memories in the Easten block. A good pilsner from Slovakia that I will enjoy for many years ahead. (952 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; BB date May 2012. Pours a deep golden-yellow, borderline-amber colour, topped with a foamy one-finger head that is largely gone within a few minutes. A patchy cap remains on the surface. The smell is skunky at first (when I am emperor, putting beer in green bottles will be illegal), but letting it mellow for a bit reveals the true aroma - grainy barley malts with a bit of grassy hay.

This stuff is pretty tasty actually, with a very good balance between sweet, bready barley malt and grassy, leafy noble hops. Faint leafy bitterness lingers briefly in the finish. A bit of nutty character in the malts. Light-bodied, with marginally lower carbonation than average for the style. Very smooth, and easy to throw back, but it's tasty enough that I'd rather pace myself and enjoy every sip.

A solid Czech - err, Slovak - pilsener. In fact, it's probably better than most of the Czech-made Czech pilseners I've had recently. Any pilsener fan would be doing themselves a disservice by avoiding this; I will probably pick it up again some time.

[Updated July 24 2014]

Haven't had a fresh bottle of this in years, mostly because I haven't seen it locally. In the time since my last review, I've had considerably more experience with this style and I'm confident enough to say that Golden Pheasant is one of the best Czech-style pilseners available. I could do without the green glass, but other than that this is basically exactly what I want from a pale lager. Great stuff - crisp, refreshing and delicious.

Final Grade: 3.73, a solid B. (1,577 characters)

Photo of Graham5161986
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saw this at my local and had never heard of it before so I decided to check it out.

It pours a crystal clear golden colour with a decent two finger, slightly chunky white head. A bit of lacing is left on my glass as it goes down.

Smell is classic pils - light grassy, grainy hops with that slight malty sweetness. A bit subdued on the nose, however.

Flavour-wise, you get your sweet bready malts and that grassy hop background but, similar to some Belgian pilseners, there is a definite suagry, fruity character in there as well which adds some nice complexity to the brew and keeps you guessing on what flavours might come out.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice clean, spicy aftertaste on the finish.

Overall, a great pils. I'm glad I tried this beer out an I will definitely purchase it again the future. (818 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Austin Liquors in Shrewsbury. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden wheat hue with a creamy half finger head from a hard pour that leaves no side lacing by a halfway decent halo.

S - Malts and grain, with a little honey sweetness.

T - More of the same sweet honey and malts with light grain notes. Its all very thin tasting.

M - And here is the worst aspect. Stuff drinks just a hair above water. Thin, watery, almost completely devoid of carbonation. I can feel it on my tongue, but, its not making any other appearance.

O - Overall, incredibly underwhelming and lackluster beer. Wont buy again, but, atleast I check off another country. (688 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Thick legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and some herbal scents. Taste is of grains and grassy flavors with a mild herbal hop quality on the finish. A very mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a nice crip, clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener but nothing too exciting. (489 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on my day trip to Bratislava from Vienna.

A: Single finger head, clear straw/golden.

S: Malty, a little spicey.

T: A little more bitter than I like for my pilsner, otherwise typical crisp pilsner taste.

M: Very smooth, not too dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Similar to many other region beers, (311 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden colour, completely clear with a nice foamy head.

The aroma is crisp with hops and a slight malt backbone. Quite fresh.

The taste is where this beer stands out. It starts out quite clean and crisp with a fair bit of bitterness. This gradually gives way to some light sweetness and maltiness. It finishes with some slightly spicy bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice, and slightly layered beer. A pleasant surprise. (446 characters)

Photo of alankwak
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Super clear and golden with good head retention and lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Lightly/moderately hopped(Sazz) with a malty aroma. There is a grassy aroma which is desirable.

T: A full bodied grassiness dominates here with a nice maltiness following. Full malt flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. No surprises.

O: Well if this is supposed to be a pils...no dice. No hops to earn remark for that. However..this would be a smooth lager.
Not a pils however. (458 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Williams Bros. Brewing pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Labelled as a Lager, not a pilsener.

A: Three finger head, pretty thin, devoid of cream, but of good retention (4-5 minutes). Clear pale yellow colour.

Sm: Clean barley and hints of cream.

T: Clean bland barley with a harsh cream undertone that doesn't suit the beer (or the style, for that matter) at all. Very poorly built. There is, however, a nice cream finish but the barley sharpens during the final act, throwing off the balance. Otherwise, this might be a nice effect.

Mf: Very wet, but strangely coarse and sharp. Not at all refreshing or pleasant.

Dr: It's far too expensive in Ireland, but I assume it's affordable elsewhere. It's a garbage beer, not to be consumed by proper beer fanatics. (790 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into a snifter...big pilsener head with decent retention on top of a clean body. Solid lacing for the style. Aroma isn't quite as funky with the yeast as I like in this style, but it's well balanced and also very clean. Taste is balanced, smooth, highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp too. I am using that adjective a lot in this review, but this is quite simply a super clean beer. Good value too, easy call to buy frequently, it's a classic of the style. (471 characters)

Photo of doppelbocker971
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light with a thin white head, looks similar to a light beer.
Smell: Very strong malty aroma, strange for a pilsner.
Taste: Once again very malty taste, similar to that of a bock. Not quite what I expected but very good nonetheless.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with no afterbite.
Overall: Very good beer, would definately recommend it to a friend or stranger. Slightly on the expensive side($12.60) for a 6 pack, but the flavor is worth it. Warning though, if you are a fan of normal pilsners you may not like it because of its aforementioned bock taste. (566 characters)

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

This beer really tries to go for a champagne feel. from the gold tinwrap on the bottlecap this stuff pours out bubbly and champagne colored. a solid yellow fizzy. lots of bubbles coming up from bottom.
a white head is gone really fast.

aroma.
vinergar aroma. cidery apple smell. this settles with some aeration.
after that i get citrus hops. very light on the nose. faint aroma, weak. a little sweetness under that from malt. a faint honey.
smells average at best.
the carbonation goes and goes. more honey as the beer sits.

the beer is surprsingly bitter for its genre. eastern europe mass produce. bitterness is nice and lingers and cuts through the lemon pledge taste underneath.
going in for a second sip brings a reminder of the unappealling nose.

lots of carbonation. this beer makes a good digestive in that regard. healthy burps.i'm gonna give that a bump in the mouthfeel category.

overall not recommended. leaves a bit of dryness and bitterness but which i like but there is too much negative for me in the nose. and the style is not very ambitious or good. (1,071 characters)

Photo of AdamMY
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While this has a crisp golden bronze color, it had basically no head, but the aroma is nice and hoppy with a nice bread like character to it. The taste and mouthfeel are crisp and clean and again rather like raw bread dough in flavor. I will say I like the fact that it had a bit of an effervescent quality to it. (313 characters)

Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
78 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.