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Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 461
Photo of RandomExile
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: orangy straw like apple juice, paler yellow in the light; initial large foamy head, settles to thick surface film; scattered patches of lacing
S: pleasantly and distinctly malty, and something a bit like corn
T: surprisingly sweet; malt and corn
M: medium-bodied, oily, mild carbonation
O: too sweet for my tastes, and combined with the fuller presence, it doesn't feel balanced for its style.

12oz / Pint Glass

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a clear, golden color and is topped with a generous white head with medium retention.
The aroma is dominated by malts, there are also some grains present.
The taste is pleasantly bitter and hoppy, clean and not watery. Finishes with a decent bitterness.
A nice example of what a nice pilsener tastes like.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 500 ml green bottle (fortunately I failed to detect any skunk). This pilsener is a honey gold hue with an impressive rich white head, around five inches or so ... Stands out from many other pilseners in this latter regard. Aroma is rich pilsener malt and a subdued noble hops spice. The smell was middling or just below this but fortunately the taste compensated. Not a super dry or bitter pils but with a rich malt character and assertive hopping for a European macro-brew. Admittedly much better than I expected. Cracker and sweet bread malts predominate but there are also very nice noble hop spice and fragrant hay flavors, particularly in the semi-dry finish, along with sweet honey and vanilla notes, almost evokes raisins for a moment (!). I don't get much of the characteristic Saaz floral/herbal character. There is some diacetyl which actually works well, contributing to a somewhat buttery mouthfeel that fits many descriptions of the Czech style, which is supposed to be a bit chewier than a German pils. I also detect a mild fruitiness. Honestly a rather impressive Czech pils straight from the source (well, Slovakia). I dig the complexity and softer, sweeter, rounded-off corners. Your mileage may vary of course. Style purists might consider some of the traits I enjoyed here to be faults.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good beer and Has alot going for it.
A desent yellow orange color that had brilliant clarity. Big sreaming bubbles floating to a frothy whitehead.
The aroma smelled of pilsner malts. There was some spicy noble hops present that gave some kick.
The taste was big and bold. Nice malty taste with a crisp or spicy hop presence.
The only delta I could see was that it tended to drink a bit flat and not crisp like I was expecting. But, really this is a good beer.

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Photo of Daniil
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would say I must agree with most of the people who talk about this beer. Had this at 1. Slovak Pub in Bratislava, a great environment. The beer is served in what is called tankovar in Slovakia (and in Cech Republic too) which means it is brought in unpasteurized in tanks. This gives the beer a distinct earthy taste that is not found in the bottled version. In Slovakia of course, this beer is far cheaper than in North America, so it may not be worth buying if you live in Americas. Instead, perhaps try another more widely available Cech pilsner such as Staropramen or Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of leaddog
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an apple juice/straw yellow with a finger width of white bubbly head.

Smell - Grains, adjuncts (corn), hint of bready malts, lemon rind.

Taste - Grains, malts, grassy hops, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A step above from the other Euro Pale Lagers that I have tried in the past. There is a nice grassy hop finish that stands out in this brew in comparison to its competition.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to write a really long review for a big Euro lager because they are all so similar. This one is a cut above the rest, however.

Eastern and Central Europe make some fantastic big brews. Being from Eastern Europe myself, I say lots of North Americans must look past the stereotypes that the area is a shithole and just get some beer from there. They will be better than any Becks or Heineken you enjoy.

This beer pours a really medium yellow - not nearly as pale as coors light or that kind of stuff. The head is pretty generous at 3 fingers' worth and the smell is really hoppy, almost like a proper pilsner. The taste is fantastic for a Euro lager - it is much more hoppy than any of the big brands, with a smooth finish and a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue. If you enjoy a good pilsner, you'll take well to this. Definitely grabbing this again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle purchased from LCBO for about $2.60 CDN. Served cold into a st Pauli girl pint glass.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color. A finger or so of head rests on top. Some bubbles rise to the surface and the head leaves a thin trace of lacing and a wispy residue remains.

Smell - definitely a skunked aroma out of the bottle, however that is less prevalent once poured. A mildly grainy aroma with a some fresh flowers thrown in for good measure. Pretty appetizing.

Taste - grainy, mild bitterness, and lacks the cracker aspect that,any other pils have. Maybe just slightly metallic which melds with the bitterness, and there's the faintest hint of honey in the beer too. Pretty tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel - super smooth with just enough of a prickly sensation on the tongue to indicate the active carbonation.

Overall - a solid pils that is enjoyable, accessible and is a bit smoother than others in the style. A recommended buy for pils lovers.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells of Pils malt sweetness and spicy Saaz-like hops with some obvious skunking (green bottles!!). Still not bad though. The flavor is right there also, first the malts make themselves known, but then the minerally hop bitterness comes in and gives the beer a drying impression. Overall, not that much different that some other green bottle Pils', but maybe not so one-dimensional as Urquell and a bit smoother on the palate. Probably would get consistenly higher ratings if they switched from the green bottles.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 500mL green embossed bottle, chincey macro label.

Appearance: golden yellow in colour with plenty of carbonation. A foamy head puffs up and drops almost immediately to a half-finger head with good retention.

Aroma: a very clean, crisp, hop-orientated nose. Citric and grass hops hover over a sweet bread malt backing.

Taste: a typically reasonable and pleasant Czech pilsener. The hop flavours from the nose come through. Very easy to put down, this beer. Not brilliant, but refreshing.

Aftertaste: not much aftertaste at all which is fine as that is standard for the style. Just need to drink more.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a decent amount of carbonation. Could use a bit more.

Overall: not a bad pilsener at all, but with an equivalent of AU$60 for a case of 24 x 330mL, is it worth it? I don't think so. Just get a different, cheaper equivalent Czeck or German pilsener, which are just as good. this simply doesn't have the 'cut above' factor that would make the extra cost worth while.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of dansmcd
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.01/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.