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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

386 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 386
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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Thick legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and some herbal scents. Taste is of grains and grassy flavors with a mild herbal hop quality on the finish. A very mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a nice crip, clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener but nothing too exciting.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tballz420, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of nyctrance2
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

nyctrance2, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

wrightst, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of McGrumpster
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

McGrumpster, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of tubacharlie
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A low profile white head quickly dissipates to a thin film over the clear, honey-yellow brew with very little lacing. It clouds up a little as the last dregs from the bottle drip in some yeasty sediment. It has the smell of Euro mineral water and damp wood.

The beer has a decent grain bill, with a touch of sweetness in the cereal malts and some light hops giving a bit of bitters character. Overall a pretty smooth product, easily consumed, with a nice, straightforward label and well rounded flavor profile. Probably would pair well with a roast pheasant dinner.

tubacharlie, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

tbeckett, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mmilyko, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of doctorb
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

doctorb, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of fartkowski
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml green bottle, bought at the LCBO. Poured a nice brass color, with about a 1" foam head. Another average beer for me. A very mellow, light beer. This had a bit of sweetness to it. Nothing really stood out one way or another.
Again with the green bottle, I was hesitant, but It didn't taste skunky at all.

fartkowski, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of cjac
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

cjac, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of KellyScottMad
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

KellyScottMad, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of rabbitguy
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

rabbitguy, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of drewfromboulder
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

drewfromboulder, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

KStark, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

chasmandocharles, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

flagmantho, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

biegaman, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle purchased from LCBO for about $2.60 CDN. Served cold into a st Pauli girl pint glass.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color. A finger or so of head rests on top. Some bubbles rise to the surface and the head leaves a thin trace of lacing and a wispy residue remains.

Smell - definitely a skunked aroma out of the bottle, however that is less prevalent once poured. A mildly grainy aroma with a some fresh flowers thrown in for good measure. Pretty appetizing.

Taste - grainy, mild bitterness, and lacks the cracker aspect that,any other pils have. Maybe just slightly metallic which melds with the bitterness, and there's the faintest hint of honey in the beer too. Pretty tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel - super smooth with just enough of a prickly sensation on the tongue to indicate the active carbonation.

Overall - a solid pils that is enjoyable, accessible and is a bit smoother than others in the style. A recommended buy for pils lovers.

DenisKolkin, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of ThaCreep
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ThaCreep, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

daliandragon, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of BierStein711
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

BierStein711, Jan 21, 2013
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.