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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

413 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | 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 bfreems1
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bit of a surprise for me. The bottle was chosen for me and I did not decline the offer. The yellow-green label left little to be impressed about. Once poured, there was very little head. This was expected.
The body was golden and not very translucent. The taste was very good for the style. Also,the taste was crisp and went well with the Indian food I was enjoying.
The smell was a bit skunky, but nothing to be upset about. Overall, the drinkability was smooth. I will definitely drink another one of these in the future.

Photo of Gehrig
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed this at the excellent Neil St. Piccadilly. Despite the green bottle, I figured I'd give this a whirl, hoping against hope that the notoriously skunky green-bottle aroma wouldn't accompany it. Fat Chance. It was all over it, and didn't fade nearly enough for my liking.

Rich golden body supports a thick head of white foam. decent lacing on the DAB mug gives me a glimmer of hope that this won't be a disappointment. That fades fast when the nose wafts upward, full of skunky nastiness. Otherwise, bland, sweet corn malt protrudes, dominating the taste--reason number two for my disappointment. Basically, this is Czech Molson Golden, only in a bigger bottle. The mouthfeel suffers from a fairy flat texture that appears early. It's not a bad way to beat heat on a summer day. However, it's not my first choice among Czech beers, nor for a cold pilsener on a warm day.

So-so.

Photo of Ecliptica
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since I've been reviewing a lot of green bottle pilsners lately, I decided to grab this during my beer excursion yesterday because of the very inexpensive price ($1.49) and the excellent name. Who doesn't want to drink a beer named 'Golden Pheasant'?

I twisted off the cap - I think this might be the first imported beer I've ever had with a twist-off cap - and poured the brew into a pilsner glass. The beer poured as it's name suggested - a golden hue with a big, frothy, almost two finger head. The head had a ridiculous amount of retention and above average lacing.

I smelled the brew out of the bottle before I poured it and got a horrible, horrible aroma of skunk. Needless to say, I was frightened. Upon pouring it into the glass, however, the skunk smell faded and the only real defining smell was that of grassy hops and minimal malt.

The taste was average for these green bottle pilsners. Not the best I've had, not the worst. As a matter of fact, I would compare this most not to any other European-style pilsners, but to San Miguel, as it was very average tasting with no real defining characteristics. The hoppiness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms and towards the end, but not enough to severely affect the taste.

Mouthfeel is a tad bitter with a dry finish, though it was actually quite nice on the palate. Easily drinkable yet not something worth revisiting. All these pilsners seem too much alike to me, so for the price I recommend it; for the flavor, I'd have to lump this with all the other green bottled beers less Hofbrau, which I think actually distinguishes itself from the rest.

All in all, no complaints on this beer but nothing outstanding either - except the twist off bottle cap. That was absolutely oustanding. I'm glad I just bought a single, because I doubt I'd drink a full six pack of this.

EDIT: 100th review of this beer. Cheers!

Photo of diablo14
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer at a Euro delicatessen, and proved to be a quite reasonable representation of the pilsener style.

Pretty much what you'd expect in a run of the mill Czech pilsener, lovely golden color, plenty of fizz, big foamy white head, and aromas of cut grass with a hint of sweetness behind it.

Quite tasty, not too grassy or skunky, a tad sweeter than the usual pilsener, with a balanced hop finish that is a little restrained, but good nevertheless.

Golden Pheasant isn't anything too exciting, but it's a pleasant drinker, particularly on hot days, that comes at a good price and will not leave you wishing you'd bought something else.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very minor foggy tone to a straw color. Crème head. Minor cereal nose with a stronger metallic tone. Flavor is tart in a way I don't consider positive. Metallic edge is there, but not the biggest character of the ride. Feel is typical. Overall this is average stuff. There is nothing interesting about it and the metallic and dirty edge just kind of kills it from ever being interesting.

Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool, poured into a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Light golden amber w/ a collar of white for a head.

S - A faint yeast aroma w/ a mineral quality w/ a hint of hops.

M - Malty mild feel w/ a full amount of carbonation.

T - Malt tast w/ light sweet flavor and a spiced hop w/ honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Slight spice flavor, but overall a very ordinary taste that dulls as it warms.

D -A very average flavored lager. Almost smooth taste w/ subtle European yeast qualities and slightly mineral malt flavor. An ok lager, but one is enough for me.

Photo of TechMyst
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lager in months! A pils in even longer. Minimal head and lace, even with the most vigorus pour. Clear faint yellow. "Skunk" aroma, but plesant. Classic Saaz hop pils, but VERY refreshing. Some bitterness/metallic as palate goes along. Enjoyable lager, as lagers go (with me anyways.)

Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice golden color with a modest amount of head and decent lacing. It has a light flowery hop smell, with hints of grass and corn. So far it reminds me of a Stella. Now for the taste...

The taste totally reminds me of a Stella, perhaps a little drier and more bitter. The bitterness is complimented nicely by the taste of sweet malt. I feel as though this is a cross between a Stella and a Victory Lager. This beer would be a great thirst quencher for a nice summer day after mowing the lawn or something. A very drinkable beer that's worth a try, but I think you can get a slighty better experience from Stella Artois.

Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden in color and ever so faintly hazed with a thick frothy head that settles to a medium frothy head.
the aroma has got some floral noble hops and some grainy sweetness, and an odd tart lemon rind character to it, though it doesn't smell sour if that makes sense.
sweet grainy flavor with the noble hops backing it uo with a little floral herbal bitterness. pretty clean and pleasant. develops a little bit of a tea like character with warmth.
medium bodied with a fine moderate carbonation.
drinkability is good. a nice simple pilsener

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with an okay fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. The smell is lightly grainy, clean, has floral hops and a touch of lager yeast. Not bad. Taste is similar, quite clean with a crisp pilsner mouthfeel, slightly soft, and with noticeable floral hops. Not as robust as most Czech pilsners, but this Slovak version is pleasant enough in its own way.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on July 25, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. My particular bottle is 5.0% ABV.

The beer poured a translucent gold colour, darker than most North American lagers. The head was quite large and quite dense but disappeared quickly leaving a little lacing on the side. The aroma is hoppy with some yeasty tinges. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with ample carbonation and medium-bodied. The taste is very much pilsener like, but not as good as some of the common Czech Pilseners in my opinion.

Photo of ElGordo
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml green bottle into a pint glass. Bright golden color in the body, topped by a smallish, creamy white head that doesn't stick around for very long. Aroma of sweet, lightly bread pilsner malt, a touch of spicy Saaz hops, and a little bit of skunk. Palate is a nice balance between light pilsner malt and tangy hops, with a lingering bitterness. Body is nice and well-carbonated, but a strange antiseptic tinge emerges on the finish. A decent, thirst-quenching pilsner.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden yellow color with a massive sticky white head. The aroma is malt with some spicy and grassy hops. the taste is malt accompanied by a nice dose of spicy hops and a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable brew that I will surely revisit in the future. Recommended.

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

Bottle:

Pours a light clear gold pils into the flute. 2 finger rocky white cap decent retention for a commercial pils and left lacing on the glass sides.

Aroma was floral...wee bit of spice and earthiness...light dusty biscuit malts dominate.

Character...light to medium light hard mineral mouthfeel, metalic/ mineral quality to the chracter where it should be "spicy".

Profile: A tad sweet in the front but some good dryness from buiscuity malts and saaz hop "bite" soon prevails...mid palate things start to fall apart ..some mineral decernment dominate over the malts and hernal hops.. it's metalic, iron, blood ( probably the water) starts riding with the medicinal hops to dry out the finish...however this is a concerning metalic-blood aftertaste that lingers...it shouldn't

A decent enough pils..crisp clean but I dont care for this mineral/metallic taste.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze with effervescence & 2 fingers eggshell white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassy & perfumy notes

T: Perfumy & grassy notes up front. Some honey malt, soapy notes along with lemony hops as this warms. Finshes a little dry, with straw & lemon notes

MF: Medium bodied, soft & spritzy with good balance, a little more wouldn't hurt

Drinks easy, but a little too subdued to be more than a BBQ beer, although I do like it better than pilsner urquell

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to the Golden Invtiational, a meet where four golden lagers brewed in Bavaria, Bohemia, Central America, and the South Pacific go against each other to see which of these gold brews makes the rules. Golden Pheasant represents Bohemia, and is the first review in this series of four. Without further adieu, let's get on to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, it's a nice lighter golden color with a fluffy head. But before that, when the bottle was opened, skunk filled the area around it. However, the skunk scent fades away and spicy hops and some malt pull through. There plenty of flavor in this brew. It's hoppy, has a lingering malt flavor, and a featherly melon sweetness. Despite the amount of flavor, it's delicate, soft, and smooth. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

A superb first act here in the Golden Invitational, and a score that will take some work to overtake. Bavaria's offering will be next at the dish.

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

A little pils-nut malt
with a touch of noble hops

the slightest hint
of green glass skunk
seems to have
mingled in

an average to good
pilsener

with a little bite at the end

smell is average
pils type malt

taste is predominant
nut heavy

mouthfeel-
decent
a soft carbonation

drinkability
good
an easy libation

Photo of shadow1961
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant (after a hard pour) comes out a quickly
diminishing head over a clear yellow brew. There's not a
lot of carbonation, and the nose? A bit of malt, a bit of hop.
The flavor is thin malt up front and a mildly grassy hop
finish. Aftertaste is that grassy hop, but more muted. Not
a bad pilsner- the big question is whether you feel it's a
good value or not, since we have lots brewed domestically
and it's in that scary green glass. Remember, it must cross
vast oceans before it gets to you. Decent.

Photo of gmfessen
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, dark-golden color with a two-finger, bubbly, white head. Smell is not very strong, but is sweet with pale malt and grain. The taste is pretty simple, pale malt balanced with a bit of hops, maybe a little spice to it. Pretty average. The mouthfeel is light and has a creamy-foam carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, not bad... I would drink this again but I don't think I would actively pursue obtaining more.

Photo of stephendr
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle- color of clear bright yellow , with a white medium head - nose of hay , slight hopps , banana , sweet corn , and malt – taste of hay , skunk , hopps , and sweet - body well carbonated , and medium acidity – aftertaste of sweet corn , resin bitter , and gummy

Photo of ski271
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-light straw with a medium-sized, white, foamy head with good retention. Light, thin lacing. Smell is moderately malty with a light hops balance. Grass, lightly sweet grain, light citrus. Taste is more of the same but with the hops more evident heading towards the finish. Nothing all that complex at all, but clean and crisp and very pleasant. I enjoyed this one.

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

Picked this one up in Bratislava. The bottle has the same label as the one currently pictured but with the Slovak name of Zlaty Bazant.

The appearance is a golden color just as the name suggests. The head was very white and about an inch tall when first poured. The head was still there after a few minutes but had diminished to less than half its original size with no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very faint but there was a hint of alcohol when first poured. After some warming there was mild evidence of a floral hop presence.

The taste also had a hint of alcohol when first poured but again that changed with warming. Some hop bitterness coming through, but not much noble hop flavor that usually accompanies the style. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these in an afternoon but its flavor is pretty basic. It drinks smooth and doesn't leave a whole lot of aftertaste.

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

Very golden color which is fitting to the nice title. White head and a ring of retention. Smell is very pleasant. Golden pheasant or golden pleasant? Nose is spicy, softly lemony, grainy and grassy. Pretty crisp with clarity and very easy to smell. Nicely basic. Taste is brisk, creamy in feel, lemony and peppered with sweet malts. Uncomplicated flavors and easy to enjoy. Mild bitterness, a clean finish and an energetic carbonation. Mouthfeel is partially gritty with a general smoothness. Drinkable like a lager.

Not bad. Decent but basic. All the pieces are in place. Probably great with food on a hot thirsty day.

Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine pale golden color with a thin soapy head. The aroma definately has the saaz thing going on...grassy, floral, spicy...delicate and enjoyable. Crisp, hoppy flavor wrapped around a soft sweet maltiness, though I wish there was more as it leaves it feeling somewhat "raw". Medium-light, bristling mouthfeel goes down real easy.

A pretty good, if simple, pilsner. Definately fits the style, though I feel it could use a malt boost...very drinkable.

Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant pours a pale straw color with a white head froma a green 500 ml bottle with a foiled neck and cap. The smell is a little skunky at first, but that cleared up by breathing for a few minutes. A mild hop aroma dominated after the skunk cleared. The flavor is mild, not unpleasant, but not exciting either. Fairly well balanced, it's hard to pick out any flavors. Better than a lot of eastern European lagers I've had.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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