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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

385 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of wl0307
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second time to try this beer. The first enounter was due to a Slovak's friend's kind recommendation, brought back from his home country. Yet this bottle obtained in London has English translations of Zlaty Bazant on the label: Golden Pheasant. Well, does it mean it's now widely available and popular? At least this is the only Slovak beer I've managed to find in London so far...
BB 21/06/06, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: pale golden in colour, the restrained beer head builds up fast yet retreats equally w/o hesitation; the sporadic carbonation contains huge bubbles occasionally ascending with growing speed from the bottom of the glass.
S: a dried-grassy note skirted with an eggy note that is quite common to mass-produced lager these days... (or is it?) The malt content is medium, not full, but sufficient to keep a balance with the grassy note. Also noticeable are a honeyish malty aroma and sweet-ish grains, while a swirl could bring up a more fragrant and lemony fruitiness. Not bad.
T: slightly metallic in texture upfront, coupled with a very soft-bodied maltiness pouring onto the palate... wrapping very faint flavours in the middle, nothing more considerable than toast-like bitter-sweet bready malts and a very mild edge of lemonade... slowly and quietly, a dryish-bitter aftertaste comes of age, marking welcomed presence of bunches of hops, and resulting in a mildly hoppy yet quite chewy finish.
M&D: smooth and semi-clean (not crisp), on the texture, pleasant enough for quaffing in quantity. Yet the flavour profile is slightly too boring, as the hoppy entry only brings aboard its body rather than sufficient flavours, hence a beer feeling better in the end than its overall taste... An O.K. Pilsner-style lager I have to say--NEEDS MORE FLAVOURS!!

wl0307, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of shirfan
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly good golden color with an underacheiving head.

Aroma of clean malt, pilsner hops, and a light honey scent like chewable cough drops.

Taste is good but unexciting. Starts with some mild sweetness, moves to crisp grassy tones, and dries in the finish with a light, peppery bitterness.

This is a good, but light, proper pilsner, not just another green-bottled euro skunkbrau.

Would be highly refreshing if chilled on a hot day. Enjoyable.

shirfan, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much-respected in Central Europe, this beer is nicely balanced, clear and delightful.

Color is pale golden, with small bright sparks, head medium, long-lasting, carbonation level also medium.

Aroma malty-hoppy, complex, with a bit of candy sugar and fresh hay.

Start fresh, taste dry, body firm. Hops are present from the first moment and slowly increase their force towards finish. Mouthfeel crisp, smooth towards the end. Aftertaste long, bittersweet.

Very good beer. Certainly the best from Slovakia.

ernie, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear straw with a loose head. Retention is NotBad.

S - Faint metallic hops smell and not much else.

T - Sweet-ish. Light bitterness and some grain taste.

M - Light mouthfeel.

D - Easy enough to drink. Not particularly interesting or tasty, but not bad either. I wouldn't be able to spot this one out of a lineup of pale euros and pils'.

allergictomacros, May 31, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
1.7/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours into the glass a slightly hazy golden to almost copper color. Starts with an impressive thick dense pancake batter-like head, fades quickly to a spotty cap. Lace is minimal.
When held to the light I note small suspended particles (are those sea monkeys?).

Smells like a skunk under a grain silo and a bit earthy.

Taste is an astringent graininess with an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

This can not possibly be what the brewer originally put into the bottle. I have to assume I got a bad bottle. The kitchen drain will have to finish this one (my apologies to the drain).

I will attempt to find another bottle and re-review.

EvilKeith, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep blonde colour moving towards a copper tone. The head started off huge and disipated almost instantly. Zero lace.
Not much of a nose but the mouthfeel is nice and beads on the palate. very drinkable in that respect. Not acidic. However not much flavour. As the farmer said "That'll do babe, that'll do." but not much more. Take it when it's offered but don't seek it out.

shamus, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a standard pilsner look, a yellow-orange look with some slight lacing. Smell is actually really good for coming from a green bottle, not a single bit of skunk in the nose. Taste is pretty good, fresh grain with strong bitter hoppy undertones that fade quickly. This is not overly carbonated which makes it a pretty positive drinking experience, and goes down pretty easy. I'd have another if offered, would go well with spicy food.

funkengruven, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of stcules
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, white foam, beautiful appearance.
Decent herbal hop, malt in the background, hay. Decent. Not the best pils, but pleasant.
Same notes in the taste, maybe just a little less fresh? Anyway, again honest and drinkable.
Light body, even if not too light.
Quite long aftertaste, with hop bitterness, and some maltiness.
Not so bad.

stcules, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
1.95/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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?

feloniousmonk, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tgbljb, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.)

RBorsato, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of beerphilosopher
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

beerphilosopher, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Daredevil
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ...

Daredevil, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewQ, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of Vancer
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Vancer, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

DogFood11, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

fisherman34, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of karst
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

karst, May 10, 2005
Photo of optikon44
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

optikon44, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of freed
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

freed, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gagnonsux, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

rowew, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

crookedhalo, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

elricorico, Mar 16, 2005
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.