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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
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369 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-08-2012 22:14:34 | More by t0rin0
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rabbitguy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-09-2013 20:54:38 | More by rabbitguy
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drewfromboulder

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2012 02:49:19 | More by drewfromboulder
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-24-2013 14:32:04 | More by KStark
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-12-2013 21:19:59 | More by chasmandocharles
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:57:47 | More by flagmantho
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any resemblance to a bird but as for the 'golden' part, that's definitely true to its name. Golden Pheasant is indeed a lustrous, resplendent gold colour and it shines with a self-assured brassiness and irreproachable clarity. Although much of it has now expired, its head was originally built-up as a sizable nesting, home to its many tiny bubbles.

The malts and hops seemed to have escaped the onslaught of UV rays that is provoked by the use of green glass bottles, but they don't seem to have survived the journey over the Atlantic unscathed. In fact, less a faint and driveling breadiness, this has little else to claim aroma-wise. The bouquet could have really used those Noble hops.

Pilsners (and lagers in general) are always so much better when their brewers put some legs under them (translated: when they don't skimp out on the malt). Golden Pheasant certainly has a leg on which to stand and in that regard I'm pleased. It isn't, however, truth be told, the tastiest of legs but it's sturdy and sufficient and palatable nonetheless.

The beer is by no means insipid, although, at the risk of repeating myself, it really could have used a proper dose of Noble hops. Those floral, grassy little cones are responsible for the style's distinguishably sassy and somewhat spicy demeanor, and without them the mouthfeel is only nominally bitter and dreadfully bready and one-dimensional.

To many, Golden Pheasant may be just another mild, mainstream lager. And it is. But it bears noting that these kinds of beers are so often emasculated and corrupted with adjuncts that to brew an unadulterated and relatively uncompromising example is respectable and virtuous in its own right. Don't be so quick to call this one for the birds...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:30:42 | More by biegaman
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The touch of malt in the nose, which inevitably reminds the Czech lager, is pleasant. The body is fairly light, but complex flavors, but it offers a touch of malt sweetness to bring the drink and making it very pleasant to drink. The finish is not powerful, just a slight grassy bitterness (probably due to the Saaz hops) where the side joins the malt side more invigorating hops.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-28-2010 09:57:45 | More by ThaCreep
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old favorite back when I lived in southwestern Poland under its Slovak name of Zloty Bezant, which translates to this beer and how it's known stateside.

The color is a rich golden but the head dissipates almost instantly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzle to the top even ten or so minutes after opening. The nose is slightly hoppy but also laced with skunk. It was definitely better on tap in Krakow, oh well.

The taste delivers on the flavor I remember, with some biscuit inspired malt balanced nicely with the Saaz or Hallertau or whatever bitter European hops they're going with. The aftertaste is pleasing and slightly warming. A solid example of central European craftsmanship in their signature style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:27:41 | More by daliandragon
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 16:57:54 | More by BierStein711
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Rayek

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:07:57 | More by Rayek
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a golden yellow colour with a decent size fizzy and foamy white head. I can see lots of carbonation slowly rising to the top of the glass. There appears to be some average lacing and the head has lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a slight skunkiness, also a grassy scent. There are hops, malts, and a corn syrup sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - An average amount of carbonation, I wouldn't mind a little more, but it still has a nice mouth feel. The beer has a nice medium bodied taste, not watery at all. It has a very refreshing and satisfying taste. I can taste bready/grain notes, also a slight citrus zest and some hops. It ends with just a slight bitterness but the aftertaste is sweet.

Drink - An excellent euro lager, probably one of the best I've had from the category. I'd compare this with Pilsner Urquell. A definite session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:26:25 | More by spinrsx
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summerlightning

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Nice golden color with with 1/2 in white head with medium heavy pour.
Nothing jumps out with the initial whiff.
I have had Pilsner Urquell, but no other Czech/Slovak brews.(Czechvar is on my radar.)Very easy to drink beer with a crisp feel and nice carbonation. No outstanding taste. A good thirst quenching brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 01:21:36 | More by summerlightning
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid golden color with a nice foamy white head. No lacing, but a good skim of head. Nice clarity.

Light malt and grass, with some herbal notes. Mild at best.

Light crisp flavors, with some sweet then dry malt, some firm bitterness, some sweetness, husk, and bitter finish. Some herbal, spicy notes in the hop area. It is what it is supposed to be.

Lighter bodie and good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, a good drinker. Not a hint of skunk, even from the green bottle. I liked this as a rep of the style. Pleasant, and enough uniqueness to edge this up. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 22:46:48 | More by OtherShoe2
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diablo14

Australia

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 05:52:17 | More by diablo14
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:15:03 | More by thekevlarkid
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alankwak

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Super clear and golden with good head retention and lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Lightly/moderately hopped(Sazz) with a malty aroma. There is a grassy aroma which is desirable.

T: A full bodied grassiness dominates here with a nice maltiness following. Full malt flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. No surprises.

O: Well if this is supposed to be a pils...no dice. No hops to earn remark for that. However..this would be a smooth lager.
Not a pils however.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:24:04 | More by alankwak
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with medium sized white head that recedes to a thin rim, and leaves plenty of lace. Nose is clean with a whiff of fresh white bread aroma. Palate is also somewhat clean with a subdued malt sweetness and crisp hop balance. Very approachable and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:45:11 | More by yemenmocha
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 06:00:36 | More by Flounder57
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately lined crispness within a light to medium body, a smoothness come from this. Spicy hop is noticeable upfront, hay and grassy flavours from the grain and hops set in with a mild spicy flavour from the hops that cuts through some of the malt. Then comes a slight citric hop that drops a zesty flavour in the middle to finish. Malt is very grainy in a semi clean way and linger far and broad into the after taste.

A simple lager, tasty without any complexities. Pairs well with any kind of smoked sausage, I had mine with some smoked sausage and slaw.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 22:51:31 | More by Jason
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Amalak

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 21:27:25 | More by Amalak
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. green bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date, but coded? There was a light haze in the golden body. The head was modest and crisp white.

Smell was grainy and clean. Very light vegetal aroma. Not skunky.

Taste was light citrus and a bite of hops. Earthy. Very refreshing, one of the better Euro-lagers.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 14:56:57 | More by Cresant
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atis

Finland

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always get confused when breweries translate names of their beer, got mine in Budapest, it is called Zlaty Bazant and has lot of Hungarian on it (I do not speak it), at first I though it was a Hungarian beer, but now it seems Hungarian Heineken is just labeling it.

Anyway, the beer is beautiful deep golden, extremely small head which disappears in 5 secs too leaving nothing - not a single patch of foam...lacing non-existent. Aroma is mild malty and fruity. Taste is clean bittery citrus with a bit sweet aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Very good Czech Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 17:28:19 | More by atis
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with amber body, one finger head, circles of lacing
incase the pint glass.

S: grain, earthy/pine, yeast.

T: sweet grain up front with dry bitter finish.

M: light/medium body, solid carbonation, light prick on the tongue.

D: Very nice import pilsner. fine session beer. Not phenomenal, but worth trying. Just wanted to try something different, this was an impulse beer buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 23:22:14 | More by BeerLover99
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:09:18 | More by CalgaryFMC
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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