Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant
BA SCORE
3.36/5
484 Ratings
Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic
zlatybazant.sk

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,440
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
484
pDev:
16.07%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Photo of Freiberger14
5/5  rDev +48.8%

Photo of bagnz0r
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.69/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep golden crystal, with a big frothy head.
S- Sweet malty aromas, with Saaz hops clearly present. Earthy smell.
T- The quintessential Czech (though Slovak) pilsner! Soft inviting taste, sweeter and more comfortable than a typical German pils. Very sophisticated delicate taste, of which IPAs seem like barbarians compared to.... Super-balanced hops to malt--very characteristic of the style.
M- Not watery, not heavy, just right.
D- An excellent, very drinkable, but sophisticated beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Czech pilsner and very "Czech" although technically Slovak, the Czechs' ethnic cousins. As with many great examples of the style, it combines great, firm but subtle flavours, nice complexity, and a nice combination of hop and malt, but is a delicate beer. Czech pilsners don't smack anyone over the head with their traits, but they can have rich flavours, complexity, and a wonderful interplay of elements that are rewardingly exciting and engaging but require care to enjoy fully. This is true of this beer.

Deep gold, it has a medium-big off-white head, slowly shrinking to a thin, rocky top and it leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is wonderful and very Czech: lots of lightly toasty bread, herbs, lemon, apple, and hay; it's very aromatic and full-bodied.

The taste is similar, with a lot of honey, herb, some apple, a little toasty bread that becomes more prominent near the finish. It has a nice, very Czech feel, oily yet spritzy-zesty, but is not as oily as some. It starts off lightly sweet but this is increasingly balanced by a light herbal-lemon bitterness that just barely takes over in the very end of the finish. It's flavours are full-bodied and solid, and it has great interplay of textures, flavours, sweetness, and bitterness - a nice, constant balancing act in the mouth.

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Photo of berserker256
4.55/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green bottle twist-off from the Slovak Republic. And of course the jipped me of .8 of an ounce of beer. It's an 11.2 ounce bottle. Tarnished brass color and a modest creamy white head. Good clarity and few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Smells like good quality ingredients were used to brew this beer. Smells like sweet malted barley. Smells just as the best German lagers that abide by the purity law smell. Light and flavorful, sweet carmely malt taste, good carbonation, and a touch of bitter hops in the aftertaste. Excellent beer. Perfect example of a Czech Pilsner. This is what beer is supposed to taste like. The taste, for this style, can not be improved upon.

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Photo of LJWalker
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of HeroJH
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of MaciekM
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrisinroch
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle:

Good head. Lots of light foam and good retention for the style. Nose is tangy. In the mouth, surprising sweetness that balances the tang. I would say that it is very typical of some local czech beers in that regard and very different from the typical bottles that make it across to the states. Very fresh tasting. Nice beer.

If you want to try a Czech Pilsener that's different yet still true to the style, I'd recommend you find a well-traveled bottle.

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Photo of FatSean
4.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20oz tulip pint.

Poured a golden color with touches of amber. The head was formidable and hung on for several minutes. Some lacing was apparent

On the nose the malts stood up to the hops without problem. A very mild scent for a pilsener, but just enough spices to keep it interesting

Nice sweet and spicy on the tongue with a mild hop finish that was just a little on the bitter side even though it was mild.

Moderate carbonation was noticable upon swallowing. Average body for a pilsener.

Pilseners are one of my favorite style. This is a great example of a czech pilsener in my opinion. Only price would keep it from being a regular drink..

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Photo of ProChorus
4.4/5  rDev +31%

Photo of KingEdward
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has nice lacing and smells malty and spicy, taste is very crisp and clean with a nice balance of malt and hops. Feel is bubbly and refreshing. I think it is very underrated. Will buy again.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.37/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big head and great lacing. Stays all the way in a tall pilsner glass. The carbonation on this can was very lively. Maybe the tall glass helped? I've had this before and it looked flat in a tulip glass.

Aroma is of noble hop... maybe Saaz? It also smells malty and nutty.

The taste is nutty with some diacetyl and and a good bitter aftertaste. Lightly roasted barley malt is also in there.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. A bit more chewy than many pilsners.

Overall there is a really nice balance of malts and bitterness here. This stands up to Pilsner Urquell as a classic Czech pils. The mild Saaz hop bitterness is there as is the buttery diacetyl flavour. A very good beer to remind one of the qualities of a simple but well made lager.

I would give this 87 out of 100.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CAN you believe what due diligence will uncover in the ongoing CANQuest (TM)? I almost CAN't, but here is another rare CAN!

From the CAN: "A Golden Pheasant in a field of ripen [sic] barley has always been a sign of a rich and bountiful harvest." It makes it sound like I should be drinking this at Thanksgiving, but I CAN't wait that long!

My pour got me two fingers' worth of fluffy, foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pretty, deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Liquid sunshine! Nose had a rich, Saaz-hop grassiness up front, with an underlying lager sweetness. In a CAN!?! I have been missing out with all of the AALs that have been part of this process. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pronounced molasses flavor on the tongue. Wild! Finish was slightly grassy and bitter, but lingering with a molasses tang. I have this as a "Gots" but if I do not get any takers, it will be going into my cooler.

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Photo of Spotupfor3
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of Magnus-Robot-Hunter
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Great even taste, no complexities.

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Photo of Guessed
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice foamy head without getting soapy or coarse. Has a pleasant medium earthy, organic, musky, yeasty quality after a nice clear swallow. Very old world European tending towards Mediterranean. It's the kind of beer that makes drinking regular Canadian and American beer difficult afterwards (microbreweries excepted, of course - they ROCK!). Blends nicely with food and is just bitter enough to give it some character. Refreshing and friendly, it should have a broad appeal to both sexes and to all those who don't need more sugar or more bitter. Yum.

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Photo of NathanE2047
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IllNate
4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent clarity. Pale gold colour.

S - Familiar Pils smell. Grassy spicy hops.

T - Rich malt character. Surprisingly complex malt character. Nice balancing bitterness with some spicy character in the end.

M - Very smooth and full bodied, excellent!

D - Very good.

I have to question the treatment of the beer others have reviewed. Not only does the beer have to be fresh, but it needs to be treated well. Green bottles are notoriously bad for poor shelf life.

I Did not get any 'floaties' and the head was bone white. An all round excellent pilsner.

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Photo of cknoch
4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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