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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

377 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.95/5  rDev -42.1%

Who doesn't love pheasants? Beautiful birds! Used to roam wild and free in my home town. Glorious plumage, gentle creatures. And who wouldn't enjoy a beer made from them?
Wait...it's not?...okay, ...that's cool...anyway...

very clear, pale golden/amber appearance, nice, fluffy, snow-white head...

Aroma: skunkaroo! Sour lemon. Bad. Foul. Putrid. Ick.

Taste: Must I?
strong, fullish, fierce, grainy, and very bare thereafter....not much to brag about, Slovakia...blah, bleh, blech...Oooo, ish, ugh...not pleasure-enducing by any stretch.
Light bodied, dry finish, grainy all the way, with an unpleasant flavor, that never satisfies...
Does anyone like this stuff? Why? And why did I waste $2 on it that could've gone to online downloads of Falco's Greatest Hits? ("One Night In Bangkok makes a Hard man humble"...or is it, hustle? that's why I need it!)

These questions and more will be answered ...never...or, ...will they?

11-13-2005 12:00:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5%

poured a crystal clear golden color with moderate white puffy head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is a citrus and hoppy. Taste is crisp and refreshing with a slight hop bitterness. Finished more bitter that malty with a touch of citrus. A simple yet refreshing beer.

11-13-2005 02:18:30 | More by tgbljb
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%

Light golden color with a nice white head and decent carbonation. Spicy herbal hop aromas dominate. Spicy malt and hop flavors lend to a strong flavor profile. Medium-light bodied and creamy with a crisp dry bitter finish.

Per Label: Heineken Slovensko, Stefanikova, Slovak Republic

Per BOM notes: 5% ABV & 100% Barley

(11.2 oz.)

11-07-2005 22:21:36 | More by RBorsato
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured into a tall pilsner from a 12oz bottle. Cool bottle.

A - Golden straw color with a bright white head.
S - Pale malt and slight hoppy nose. Subdued.
T - Crisp, with malt dominance. Hop flavors follow, albeit slight. A little metallic-tasting.
M - typical pils. Some malty thickness, but well balanced by the hop undertones.
D - This is a better pils than a skunky Heineken all the way around. Pilsners are not my favorite style, but once in a while I'll enjoy one. I'd drink this again in a pinch.

11-03-2005 19:24:36 | More by beerphilosopher
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Daredevil

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +18.7%

This is widely considered to be the best lager brewed in Slovakia ... and rightly so ... It's a bit like a softer copy of the Pilsner Urquell, almost the same but slightly sweeter and therefore less dry ...

I remember while living in Hong Kong someone visiting had the kindness to bring me a bottle of this and I truly enjoyed it ...

10-15-2005 13:16:11 | More by Daredevil
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brewQ

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

Via Stanley Stawski, Chicago
Impossible to decipher production code.


Basic yellow color.
Light hop floral aroma.

A touch of sweetness and a very silky mouth feel and me daydreaming about drinking this in a nice bier garden.

Finish was slightly metallic but this is a drinkable brew.

Surprised they have a twist off cap, complete with visual directions, I am not a fan of this closure for imports. Still, it was fresh.

I'd drink it again.

09-11-2005 03:27:42 | More by brewQ
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Vancer

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -19.9%

A decent pilsner, just not something to seek out. A clear golden straw pour, with a quickly dissipating white head. A hint of euro yeast skunk in the nose, which also lessened by bottles end (500ml). Somewhat of a dry, bitter taste – which finishes with a harsh tone, not real pleasant.

Overall, was OK for a sample, but I will not return for more.

08-30-2005 13:11:59 | More by Vancer
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DogFood11

California

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%

1pt .9 oz bottle with a pheasant in the middle of their logo, gold foiled cap, green tinted glass. Poured into a pilsener glass. Real nice appearance some decent pure white head and some lacing which is commendable for this style. medium carbonation.

Is this a heinekin? immediately after I took a whiff I was taken back to Las Vegas. Yes Yes I go there a few times a year and I have to bow to the Heinekins for a couple days as they are free. I'm a sucker for free beer. Golden Pheasant is very similair in smell and taste with a distinctive skunk taste that is not spoiled at all this is their intent and its not that bad because its countered more with a toasted wheat flavor and a burnt aftertaste that is cleansed quickly.

Decent.

08-19-2005 02:12:47 | More by DogFood11
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Light copper in colour and well carbonated. Saaz hop type aromas are dominant, with some light honey-like malt playing a minor role. The body is somewhat thin and watery, but the flavors are alright, with notes of grassy hops, minerals, and light malt. Not quite bitter enough for my taste, and a little on the simple side, but not too bad at all. It compared favorably to the Urquell I had afterwards.

08-09-2005 16:47:34 | More by fisherman34
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karst

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

I bought my first Volvo in 1975, and the mechanic I used was Nick Papp, a Hungarian who loved Pheasant hunting. Nick had a dog that he brought to USA from E. Europe, it was the smartest bird dog that I have ever encountered. Nick's dog, a Hungarian Visla Bitch, was the most well treated hunting dog I ever saw or heard tell of http://www.portraits4pets.com/dogs_by_type/hungarian_visla/
After a long day in the fields of Iowa we returned back to Galesburg, Ill for a nice imported Pilsner and Nick's Visla got her own bottle.

Now the question is, is Pivovar Zlaty Bazant good enough for a fine gun dog?

Very nice appearance with strong head that puts on an excellent show ( a characteristic that is lost on a Hungarian Visla). Saaz aroma, sweet pilsner malts and grass and hay wafts. (My Lab loves the grass and hay aromas)

Lapping (tasting) starts sweet and is predominate malt, top feels middling with slight citris and the finish is brisk in its carbonation and mild hops with quite dry aftertaste.

But would the Visla lap it? We will never know but this light golden Pheasant is pleasing, refreshing although a little sweet for my taste.

To those days when we were young and the birds were thick in the cornfields of Iowa . . . Carpe Pheasant - seize the bird.

05-10-2005 20:11:59 | More by karst
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optikon44

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

My beer is light gold, with a bunch of medium-sized bubbles streaming to the top off the glass. The nice-sized head, made up of medium/large-sized bubbles dissipated within 30 seconds, so now I have lace around the edges of the glass.

As far as smell, no skunking apparent. I do get a lot of spicy hops, followed by some grainy pilsner malt.

At cellar temperature, the beer has a pleasantly-dry, light malt flavor.There is some hoppy bitterness appropriately woven in. The finish is big with lots of yeast, grain, and a bit of alcohol.

Golden Pheasant is a soft beer with just a bit of carbonated bite.

It's pretty easy-drinking stuff, but I prefer Topvar.

04-24-2005 19:38:42 | More by optikon44
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freed

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Simple but interesting labeling, golden foil over the cap. Pours an ultra-clear pale yellow with a gentle white wisp of foam. Aroma is primarily of skunked hop or skunk something, but it's so expected that it's no surprise.

The taste is dominated by the herbish green noble hops and complimented by a simple pilsner malt flavor. Nothing fancy, but more generous in flavor than a typical American Pils.

04-24-2005 01:58:59 | More by freed
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Color is golden yellow with below average head size. After a tiny initial whiff of skunk, the aroma is of doughy malts with an underlying herbal hop smell. Taste is mainly of malts, not too sweet, with just a tiny bit of spice. Taste is probably more like a euro pale lager than a czech pils. Mouthfeel has an above average crispness and the drinkability is very good.

04-22-2005 02:32:04 | More by Gagnonsux
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rowew

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -8%

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.

04-13-2005 17:03:37 | More by rowew
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

04-06-2005 17:18:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

03-29-2005 19:32:20 | More by crookedhalo
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

03-16-2005 03:38:18 | More by elricorico
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

01-07-2005 00:24:10 | More by rousee
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11%

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.

12-29-2004 18:59:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-16-2004 23:47:45 | More by Tballz420
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

11-24-2004 01:38:38 | More by IronDjinn
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

11-13-2004 23:07:04 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

1.1/5  rDev -67.4%

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.

11-13-2004 09:22:56 | More by RushLimbmalt
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mynie

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -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.

11-12-2004 03:57:14 | More by mynie
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-27-2004 22:44:55 | More by merlin48
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.