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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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 steveh
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't sampled this old favorite in a long time and when I saw it on sale at a local ($7.50 a six) a week or 2 ago, I knew I should have jumped then -- just a little worried about these green bottles sitting out under the fluorescents all this time.

Hmm, twist-off caps.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a firm, long-lasting white head. Near perfect Pils look.

S -- Skunkiness that gives way to spicy hops, with a touch of citrus, and light bready malt and vague DMS (not corn, people).

T -- Smooth breadiness up front that blends into spicy hops with hints of diacetyl in between, The finish is spicy, bitter hops that linger into the dry aftertaste. Some vague lemony citrus back.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and silky with a crisp, light-medium body.

O -- This is a classic Bohemian Pils; a beer that is very refreshing and begs for more tastes. It's lighter in mouthfeel and body than Budvar or Urquell, but not as delicate as some German Pilsners. Very nice.

Photo of freed
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of stoutman
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright-gold color witha normal hop nose, but ordinary dry hop flavor, just a small amount of malt flavor. Finishes just like it starts with a medium to brief dry hop aftertaste. Good, but lacks the complexity found in outstanding Czech beer. Pretty decent with crusty rye bread and sharp cheese.

Photo of biggmike
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film along the top. Aroma was very nice without a trace of skunkiness to it. Very crisp, very clean, a very well done Czech Pilsener. The drinkability on this one is sky high. I will definitely have again.

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of brywhite
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with bubbles throughout, and a fair amount of dense white head. A film retains well enough to leave some lacing.

S: Mildly sweet, slightly earthy grain.

T: Still sweet, with mild grain and very mild hops to finish. Pleasant enough, though certainly nothing spectacular going on.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite nicely.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - extremely clear, light golden straw color with a thick foamy head: very pretty beer; head settles thick and chunky; leaves a nice lacing

S - sweet malt aroma with some noticeable hoppiness

T - very clean lager character; malt comes through first but the flavor turns somewhat hoppy at the end so it doesn't finish as sweet as first anticipated; from the flavors I would guess this to be brewed using decoction methods due to the malt character

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is quite a nice pilsner and definitely worth a try. However, the flavors are so delicate here that having this after any strong flavored beers would be a mistake to appreciate it fully.

Photo of taylor714914
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of shirfan
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of slitherySOB
2.37/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden Pheasant. What can I say. Though not awful, I won't be purchasing it again. The Pheasant pours a light, pale gold colour with a whopping four finger head!!! After a while, the head creeps down to two, and is finished at 1 1/2. Small rings of lace are left after every sip. Smells a bit funky. Not quite lightstruck skunkiness, but off. Definite spicy hop aroma. Didn't care much for the taste. Perhaps I just don't like the taste of Saaz hops, but I found it lightly skunky again. It was a green bottle, so light would be a problem. But I just find Saaz hops to have that light skunk smell and taste. Their is a bit of spice and malt, even citrus. Overall, it's balanced, but the Saaz hops/skunk is in charge. Mouthfeel is lightly crisp and thin. I guess it's drinkable, but I won't be upset if I never drink another.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ThaCreep
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A-Opens well and pour a head that is gone in 10sec. Clear

S- Smells like a Heineken

T- Tastes like a Heineken

M- A Heineken

O- Pretty much a Heineken

Food Pairing

This ok beer goes well with.... Anything a Heineken goes with

Enjoy

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 marcobrau
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, judging from some of the other reviews, I must have got lucky and grabbed a fresh bottle of this beer. Poured from a half-liter bottle, this Golden Pheasant had a nice fluffy head with a fairly neutral nose. Crisp and fresh, with a fairly assertive hoppiness backed by a firm maltiness. A dry and just slightly bitter finish aroused my appetite prior to dinner. I would fit this beer somewhere between Pilsner Urquell and Czech(Bud)var. It's not the best, but I found this Pheasant to be worth the hunt, at least when found fresh.

Photo of Schmoog
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of wahhmaster
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small stemmed Pilsner glass at a cafe in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Appearance: Golden and translucent...Left a nice head which dissapated quickly and left little lacing...Nothing too special.

Smell: Hoppy and grainy...The smell is strong; you can pick it up from the instant the bottle is opened.

Taste: Hoppy and a little bitter. Definitely one of the better pilsners I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. A good representation of the pilsner style. Highly recommended.

Photo of funkengruven
3.97/5  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.

Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear light golden yellow with a threefinger bone white head. Lumpy head falls to skim.
Smells of sweet toasted malt and light hops. Smells like a great pilsner.
Taste is crisp light toasted malt sweetness followed by a nice bitter hop finish.
Light in body with a nice mellow and fine carbonation.
A very good pilsner. Crisp and fresh. I think I must have opened a very fresh bottle as it is better than other bottles that I've had in the past.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the ..of the month selection. Didn't think much of it at first, though the label and cap band is a nice touch. Poured yellow gold in the glass with a bubbly clear look and a head that seemed to dissipate quickly. Grassy malt and a hint of hops in the nose, but the taste was surprisngly balanced and refreshing. Nice rounded (even a touch sweet) malt flavor with a fruity hops presence that is both refreshing and yet subtle enough to render the whole beverage extremely drinkable. Perhaps a bit too drinkable. Very nice rendition of the style. Very impressed. Worth trying. Not your usual bland Czech.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Arch578
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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