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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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 Tone


2.7/5  rDev -19.9%

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of metallic, yeast, sulfur, and euro pale malt. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of supfur, yeast, euro pale malt, and slight grain. Overall, an obvisously light-struck beer (at least I strongly hope so).

11-16-2009 23:52:37 | More by Tone
Photo of gfreed


4.18/5  rDev +24%

Bought this because I liked the label; very glad I did. Nice and bright golden color, with plenty of rather large bubbles streaming from the bottom-center of my glass. A typically loose and fizzy white head with a brief but happy life releases a nice aroma of flowers, lemons and honey. Clean taste and light body make this very enjoyable; again, lots of flowers and honey with citrus in the taste and a lightly spiced, hoppy sting at the end. The bubbles left little pinpricks in my mouth. Nice! Very much worth your while.

10-31-2009 00:39:32 | More by gfreed
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is typical of a Pilsener with lager yeast, funky light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a little malt sweetness and some lager yeast breadiness that is quickly followed by a mild but complementary hops presence, creating a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad of a beer and it's worth drinking for a while if your choices are limited, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

10-17-2009 22:56:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of HeroJH


4.53/5  rDev +34.4%

Wow, a great example of a great Czech Pilsner, or any pilsner for that matter.

A - Rich Gold and a big frothy head
S - Light malt, european lager smell, but with some other spicy notes and character I can't quite place.
T - SO balanced, spicy sweet. Lasting rich aftertaste.
M - Clean and coating with flavor, but refreshing
D - Excellent! Flavorful and refreshing. Definitely have another!

10-15-2009 00:41:55 | More by HeroJH
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Golden Pheasant is a Heineken owned brand, purchased in 1995. My bottle was picked up after an acquaintence mentioned that a tasting amongst his friends has chosen it as the lager winner.

It looks fairly typical.. a golden lager with pinpoint sized bubbles creating a 1.5 finger head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head recedes to a small cap of foam.

The smell is decent.. some grain, sweet malts and hops. It smells like a good lager might.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side.. which explains why it might have done well in a tasting. It overpowers the bitterness and leaves a vegetably taste at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Quite nice for a lager.

Drinkability is average.

09-27-2009 19:32:24 | More by Ralphus
Photo of largadeer


4.15/5  rDev +23.1%

This was an extra from Dyan. Thanks! The weather is perfect for a pils.

500ml bottle into my half-liter Andechs glass, this beer is golden and brilliantly clear, topped with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head leaves rings of lace down the glass as it settles.

The nose is spicy and faintly honey-like. Saaz hops are apparent along with a touch of lager yeast. This is exceptionally clean and delicate.

Clean and crackery on the tongue. Crisp and dry at first, a touch of bready malt briefly appears mid-palate before the floral, herbal hop character takes over in the finish. Restrained bitterness, and I must emphasize how remarkably clean this is. Incredibly quaffable stuff, yet subtly complex. One of the better Czech-style pilsners I've had.

09-22-2009 03:48:30 | More by largadeer
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

The beer has a very nice golden color with a good head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the edges.

The smell is of cereal and sweet malts. There is a little hint of Corn Flakes and with hops. It has a nice, inviting, smell.

The taste is a bit more calm than the usual Czech pilsner. The typical crispness is a bit toned down, but the finish is very smooth. Cereal in the front and a little bitterness in the back.

The carbonation transfers the flavor nicely and the beer is fairly thick for a pilsner. Not watery in the least. It feels a little like a stout.

I really enjoy this beer. While it is not my favorite example of the style it definately makes my mouth happy. Very drinkable.

09-17-2009 04:28:45 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of HalfFull


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

From a 500 ml. bottle into a pils glass. This beer pours clear in a medium straw color. A half inch of nearly white head drops slowly and yields a fair amount of temporary lacing.

Some sweet malts on the nose accompany a light citrus hop presence. Somewhat floral and a bit of fresh cut hay as well, and with a slight sourness through some fresh foam atop the pour, attenuating to a typical light lager nose in the background.

Taste follows with a lightly sweet orange malt flavor that offers a lingering carbonation on the tongue and a hint of peppery spice. Body increases over time however as the carbonation shrinks somewhat quickly. This leaves a finish that becomes richer with malt flavors though it does refresh nicely with a topping off. Overall pretty good but slightly heavy on the finish.

09-10-2009 01:52:40 | More by HalfFull
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.2/5  rDev -5%

Pours a clear, golden colour, not terribly bright, but with an excellent frothy, gurgling and lacing head of white foam. Lacing is spectacular. Looks like a really excellent lager. Exactly what you want from the style.

Some light grassiness on the nose, with a hint of honeyed grain. Not particularly strong, and there's certainly none of the sharp clean Saazy freshness that you'd expect from the better Czech style pilseners. Comes out appearing rather weak.

Taste is a clean grainy freshness, with just a hint of bitterness on the very back. It's very light on, and not particularly sharp though. Overall, there's not much to say about it. It hasn't got a lot of character, but it tastes pretty clean and fresh. Mouthfeel crisp. Not too bad.

It's not a bad lager overall. It doesn't have the character of a good pilsener, which is a shame, but it does end up a fresh, clean and easy-drinking beer all the same. I'm not wowed, but I'm not repulsed either.

08-26-2009 10:54:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of BedetheVenerable


2.98/5  rDev -11.6%

Presentation: 16.9oz pop top foiled green bottle...has what may or may not be a freshness date

Appearance: Medium-dark golden beer, nice clarity, a decent pour produces a stark white head which soon fades to a thick sticky film

Smell: Lacks the skunk aromas I was fearing...light grainy malt and grassy hop notes...simple, but dead on for the style

Taste: Surprisingly sweet malty flavors, almost sugary...I wasn't prepared for this and I'm not sure I like it...some mildly bitter hay-like hops on the finish...not a lot goin on here...the sweetness is actually a little off-putting

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, approaching medium

Drinkablity: Medium

Conclusion: Not a terrible beer, but not my favorite example of the style for sure

08-21-2009 23:30:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of laituegonflable


3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a golden amber colour with healthy white head, visible bubbles and steady carbonation. Trace amounts of lace. Healthy-looking brew, nothing out of the ordinary but it's exactly as it should look.

Nose is quite pleasant, which is surprising considering the funky metallic whiff I got when I opened it. Tangy with a nice airy citrus fruit character, slight astringent phenols, light caramelly malt as well. Very hoppy, herbal but clean. Actually very pleasant.

Very malty on the taste, rich and buttery in character with a vegetable oil flavour as well. Hops came in midway and give distinct notes of basil, grass and tobacco - very herbal anyway, which trails off but leaves a soft lingering trace of bitterness for the finish. Palate is a bit short, and slightly oversweet on the mid. Hops are noticeable but in a pilsener should dominate more. Use by date is next year so I can't imagine it's an old bottle, just the hops aren't aggressive enough.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a nice sizzling texture across the tongue, perfectly crisp and lagery. It's a decent pils but not a fantastic one. More hopping to eliminate that weird sweet peak and bitter up the finish would be more than welcome.

08-14-2009 04:48:43 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of flagmantho


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that leaves an attractive lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: very light malt smell but not much there.

Taste: clean and crisp. Bitterness is mild but creeps up on you at the end. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but a good, albeit mild, flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: this has a nice drinkability, much like most lagers.

07-30-2009 03:57:47 | More by flagmantho
Photo of drabmuh


3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

Golden Pheasant is a Slovakia Pilsner and an overall good example of a Pilsner. It is easy to drink. My Golden Pheasant was serves in a tall slender Golden Pheasant mug (don't you love proper glassware) filled to the 500 ml mark. It is aggressively carbonated but did not form a persistant head. Easy to drink, interesting malt character for a pilsner. You can taste some hop flavors too. Overall, an excellent, drinkable, wet beer. I order it frequently and enjoy it everytime. Better on draught than in bottles.

07-21-2009 16:38:23 | More by drabmuh
Photo of tone77


3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp with some malt and hoppiness. Feels a bit watery in the mouth. Goes down very smooth and easy. Overall a pretty good brew.

07-21-2009 00:02:38 | More by tone77
Photo of Rayek


3.55/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Deep gold color with good clarity and and very active carbonation. White head starts out firm, but quickly disappears.

S: Smells of raw malts and some straw. A hint of lemon is in the background.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that is only slightly sweet. Bitterness is well balanced and has a mild pepper flavor. Finishes fairly clean, with some lingering lemongrass bitterness.

M: Medium light body is a little slick. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: I didn't find anything all that special about this. Still, it's fairly well done and a fine session brew.

07-17-2009 02:07:57 | More by Rayek
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

I had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Dull yellow in color and bubbly. Great foam head.
S- Nice bitter pilsner scent to it.
T- Very crisp. Slight bittnerness but has a good sweet balance to it. Kind of light tasting.

Definitely a solid pilsner even if it doesn't quite compete with some of the Czech offerings.

07-14-2009 21:27:25 | More by Amalak
Photo of bark


3/5  rDev -11%

The colour is pale gold; the large white head sinks to a thin white lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sour-sweet malty with some chemical yet clean bitter flavours. Hints of vegetables and alcohol.

The taste is sweet with some Central European hops, vegetables, some fruit drops, a light bitterness and a touch of boiled meat. I cannot find much of the Czech buttery flavours. The light aftertaste is dry with notes of French loaf and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are medium-sized and the liquid semi-smooth.

Well... Not better or worse than any of the Swedish macro lagers. An unnecessary import.

07-08-2009 20:13:54 | More by bark
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

A: Light golden (a bit pale), with a great, thick head, that sadly quickly dissipates.

S: At first a yeaty smell, but quickly you can find both grassy hops as well as a malty tone.

T: Bread (malt) is the first thing that comes to mind, a little sweetness follows. Then comes the hops (a little weak, though).

M: Nothing special, an average pilsener.

D: Not the best pilsener I've had (to my taste it lacks some hops), but in the summertime - it's a great thirstquencher.

06-27-2009 20:53:43 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of gatornation


3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

poured from a 500ml bottle..a nice clear yellow head with a fresh carbonated head that retains with nice lacing til the end..the smell is crisp with noble hops and malt and biscuits..the taste is a bit thin but it is a easy drinking pils with a crisp noble hop flavor it finishes with some sweet malts ... the mouth feel is crisp an you can drink these all day long.. a nice summer cookout pils or lawnmower beer.. try this one its pretty good! recommended for sure for the summer season

06-19-2009 22:32:01 | More by gatornation
Photo of albern


3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a decent Czech pilsner style lager. It has a nice golden clear color with tons of foamy and billowing head, retention, and lacing. The nose is quite grassy with a very typical lagery type aroma, a touch of florals in the nose too.

The taste gets a bit thin and watery as the beer settles. Right out of the bottle, the beer was quite crisp, had a sharp little hop spicy bite, some definite graininess, husk flavors, and grassiness. The beer is settling in and it is getting smoother, sweeter, a little less spicy, and less interesting. The beer had a certain crisp refreshing taste and has evaporated and I'm getting too much bland, watery sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very light.

06-07-2009 22:50:05 | More by albern
Photo of jsh420


3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

pours clear golden with a 2 white finger head that left some lacing

smell is strong grains and light grassy hops - standard pils

taste - the hop bitterness hit me tastebuds first then comes a wave of sweet malts

mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation that leaves a nice crisp finish

drinkability is good with flavor and as light as this beer is

06-03-2009 01:14:15 | More by jsh420
Photo of jarmby1711


3.63/5  rDev +7.7%

The mid golden lager is insipid in appearance , having virtually no caonation , but able to retain a decent head of 1 finger froth.
Pleasantly malty on the nose reminiscent of honeyed biscuit.
The malted aromas are reflected in the palate , but manage to not sneak into cloying sweetness., which sugests that the hops are cranking in with some bitterness.
Mouthfeel on the oily side of neutral and the lack of carbonation is reflected in the lack of tingle.
I feel this is a pretty well balanced beer , that has no major drwbacks but no real excitment.
Thus drinkable , enjoyable bt not memorable

05-20-2009 07:54:23 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

500ml bottle. I have to wonder how close this will be to the Slovaks' former compatriots' offerings for the style.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly frothy white head, which maintains good retention, eventually leaving some broad honeycombed lace around the glass.

It smells of punchy grassy, lemony, and leafy Saaz hops, with a slight hint of earthy skunk, and moderately crisp grainy, crackery pale malt. Not too shabby. The taste is slightly sweet grainy, white biscuity pale malt, a touch of lemon floor polish, and sassy grassy (yeah, I said it!), bitter floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft and coddling, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a small tic from the goodly amount of hops here. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, bready malt well persisting, alongside a still heady dose of slightly skunked grassy, leafy hops.

A decent example of a veritable Czech pilsener from their former (admittedly thrown-together) countrymen, with the normal amount of off-flavours likely due to the stupid green bottle. I can see you under there, my friend, too bad about that other stuff, eh?

03-21-2009 20:06:24 | More by biboergosum
Photo of skeetermoses


3.7/5  rDev +9.8%

I just picked up this beer today, just finished it, not too bad, it was not too impressive pouring it, but overall This is a pretty tastey beer. Would like to see what else they put out. It is also My first slovak beer. Overall, I could easily see myself drinking this again, perhaps with a good hearty meal.

03-20-2009 22:57:05 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

Had this in Bratislava during my current study abroad there. Being in Slovakia, it is under its original name, Zlatý Bažant.

Poured from 500ml bottle into tulip glass with an etching of Bratislava on the side.

Appearance: Golden, with a slight caramel tinge to it. Large, thick head that dissipates slowly with a lot of lace left behind.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of grain and some sweet maltiness.

Taste: Very sweet- bready malt with hints of caramel. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a bit of toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but seems a bit flat. This may not be the best bottle.

Drinkability: A very good session beer, and my favorite Czech pilsner so far (of which I have had many during my time so far in Slovakia). I do not let this affect my review because that would be unfair, but I would still like to note that this beer improves by leaps and bounds on tap.

03-16-2009 20:41:06 | More by Mosstrooper
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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