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Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won a sixer of this at a golf outing. I was not enthused to win it because I thought I had a bottle of this a couple years ago that was skunky - I'm glad I didn't trade it because this sixer was a nice surprise.

Bottle poured into chalice - thin head, a tad soapy in some areas - a bit hazy - golden thatch in color. Smell fairly clean grain some malt. Taste surprisingly malty for a pilsener hoppy aftertaste. MF - a touch creamy but pretty average body - nicley carbed. Very drinkable - I am generally not a fan of czech pilsener - could easily down a few of these with some salty snacks watching a ball game.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fresh tasting pils that resembles both in design and taste Pilsner Urquel. I liked the clean taste of the finish and decent hopping level of this beer . Put it in tall boy cans ands I would buy it again( most euro pils come in cans in BC). Not a world beater but a quality lager that does slovenia proud

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager is brass colored with fizzy, foamy white head and some trailing lace. The aroma is mostly malty with some hops and a trace of alcohol fuminess. Medium herbal malt with an earthy quality. Medium lemony hops. Crisp and clean and only a slight dull aftertaste.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with black tinges. Foamy white head that settles out to a wispy layer. Grainy smell. Clean smooth pils taste. Mellow hop in the middle, closes smooth. Touch lemony.

Really drinkable. Solid.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While this has a crisp golden bronze color, it had basically no head, but the aroma is nice and hoppy with a nice bread like character to it. The taste and mouthfeel are crisp and clean and again rather like raw bread dough in flavor. I will say I like the fact that it had a bit of an effervescent quality to it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this beer has a really great bottle (despite the light struck inviting green color). It has a bulge in the gold foiled neck, and a sleak profile.

It pours a nice gold color with a minimal white head and moderate lacing. The aroma is of doughy malts and a fresh mown hay, grassy hop character. The taste is some what watery with a malty beginning and a more hoppy, well rounded middle. The finish is a little slender, with moderate bitterness. This beer is a lot more characterful than maintstream imports like heinekin, grolsch and becks.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; BB date May 2012. Pours a deep golden-yellow, borderline-amber colour, topped with a foamy one-finger head that is largely gone within a few minutes. A patchy cap remains on the surface. The smell is skunky at first (when I am emperor, putting beer in green bottles will be illegal), but letting it mellow for a bit reveals the true aroma - grainy barley malts with a bit of grassy hay.

This stuff is pretty tasty actually, with a very good balance between sweet, bready barley malt and grassy, leafy noble hops. Faint leafy bitterness lingers briefly in the finish. A bit of nutty character in the malts. Light-bodied, with marginally lower carbonation than average for the style. Very smooth, and easy to throw back, but it's tasty enough that I'd rather pace myself and enjoy every sip.

A solid Czech - err, Slovak - pilsener. In fact, it's probably better than most of the Czech-made Czech pilseners I've had recently. Any pilsener fan would be doing themselves a disservice by avoiding this; I will probably pick it up again some time.

[Updated May 28 2016]

I picked up another 500 mL bottle, "best before" Jan 27 2017, which by North American import standards is reasonably fresh I'd say. This is one of those lagers that is only really good when it's fresh - but the green bottle doesn't help much in that regard, and neither do large retailers who overstock themselves (or leave it sitting unrefrigerated underneath bright lights, etc.). Do not judge this beer by what happens to it when it has been abused. If you enjoy Czech-style pilseners and can find a fresh box/flat of this, do not be afraid to pull the trigger because when it's at the top of its game, Golden Pheasant is hard to beat.

Final Grade: 3.79, a solid B+.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells of Pils malt sweetness and spicy Saaz-like hops with some obvious skunking (green bottles!!). Still not bad though. The flavor is right there also, first the malts make themselves known, but then the minerally hop bitterness comes in and gives the beer a drying impression. Overall, not that much different that some other green bottle Pils', but maybe not so one-dimensional as Urquell and a bit smoother on the palate. Probably would get consistenly higher ratings if they switched from the green bottles.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from "By the Bottle" in Vancouver, Washington.

Poured into a standard pint class.

This is a nice and solid Pilsner. Great impression in the glass. Aroma is right there with the great pilsners and the taste is clean with no fruity esters. A good medium bodied mouthfeel sends this one straight back. Bottoms up!

Long live the Bohemians!!!

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange amber into a pint glass. Visible carbonation. 2 fingers of white head that quickly recede into a thin cap. Very small bubbles in this milky head. Body is a lot hazier than any other pilsner I've ever had.

S - Rather weak smell for a pilsner. Bready and malty, but not the aromatic hop smell I was looking for. Slight roasted smell. Rather good.

T - Wow. This is so unlike any other pilsner I've ever had. First of all, it isn't the light, crisp taste I'm used to from a pilsner, like Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas. This taste is slightly orange, a little grapey, and slightly roasted. Hops aren't very overpowering on this, good for a pilsner. Very fruity and tangy.

MF - Very heavy for a pilsner. Slightly syrupy.

D - I think the pint 0.9 ounce serving is perfect for this. Very strong flavor and big body, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear golden colour, with a small white head, spotty lacing, average retention.

S: Lots of sweet sourdough bread with some spicy, grassy noble hopping.

T: Direct grassy hop character with a very bready center, the carbonation does play a bit of a role. A good flavour.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation, light-bodied, easy drinking.

D: A solid pilsner here, just be careful not to get it skunked. When it's at its peak it's a nice little beer.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Pilsner. It is very balanced and has great carbonation. It is pours a nice clear straw yellow. It definitely has a skunky smell to it, but that didn't interfere with the taste.

This has a nice dryness that is very but is also a bit sweet. I get a slight hint of citrus as well.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden yellow color with a massive sticky white head. The aroma is malt with some spicy and grassy hops. the taste is malt accompanied by a nice dose of spicy hops and a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable brew that I will surely revisit in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of bfreems1
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bit of a surprise for me. The bottle was chosen for me and I did not decline the offer. The yellow-green label left little to be impressed about. Once poured, there was very little head. This was expected.
The body was golden and not very translucent. The taste was very good for the style. Also,the taste was crisp and went well with the Indian food I was enjoying.
The smell was a bit skunky, but nothing to be upset about. Overall, the drinkability was smooth. I will definitely drink another one of these in the future.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear straw golden, fluffy head held its own and left lots of random lacing
S - big grassy and herbal hop aromas, light toasty grains and light metallic
T - grassy and peppery, light toasty grains and a buttery finish
M - light and well carbonated, slightly watery, finishing crisp and dry
O - a classic czech pils in many respects, not best in class but a tasty and easy drinking brew well worth a try or two

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good beer and Has alot going for it.
A desent yellow orange color that had brilliant clarity. Big sreaming bubbles floating to a frothy whitehead.
The aroma smelled of pilsner malts. There was some spicy noble hops present that gave some kick.
The taste was big and bold. Nice malty taste with a crisp or spicy hop presence.
The only delta I could see was that it tended to drink a bit flat and not crisp like I was expecting. But, really this is a good beer.

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Photo of wcintula
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. Poured from tap to a 0,5l Zwayt Bazant glass, by the time the beer got to me there was no head so I imagine it fell fast to the thin white film left before me. A clear golden body was shown with a good amount of activity. Smells faintly of malt and hops. There's a sweetness like honey in the beer very malty and a bit filling with slight hop taste as well. I really like the beer. Though slightly filling, I'd happily make a few of these my meal.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. This beer is everywhere, and I had one on tap at a bar there on a beautiful evening in the old town.

The beer has a surprising hop bite and good flavor. Nice and spicy with some floral hops and pretty well balanced too with some bready malt.

I had a few of these on my trip and it was never really disappointing.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to write a really long review for a big Euro lager because they are all so similar. This one is a cut above the rest, however.

Eastern and Central Europe make some fantastic big brews. Being from Eastern Europe myself, I say lots of North Americans must look past the stereotypes that the area is a shithole and just get some beer from there. They will be better than any Becks or Heineken you enjoy.

This beer pours a really medium yellow - not nearly as pale as coors light or that kind of stuff. The head is pretty generous at 3 fingers' worth and the smell is really hoppy, almost like a proper pilsner. The taste is fantastic for a Euro lager - it is much more hoppy than any of the big brands, with a smooth finish and a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue. If you enjoy a good pilsner, you'll take well to this. Definitely grabbing this again.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Beer pours with a good amount of head that has a slight tinge of brown to it. The head is very foamy with a lot of air pockets. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow with minimal carbonation. Some nice lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell a decent amount of hops and malt in the beer. A slight general based spiced smell as well.

Taste - Very good tasting beer, there is a slight taste of bitterness that does not ever take the taste. The beer has a strong presents to itself.

Mouthfeel - I may go as far as saying the beer appears to be flat in the mouth. The flavour remains the same as the taste, not much added here.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer that i will stock again. Overall, impressed with character this beer brings to the table.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly and decent amount of bubbling from the carbonation. Smells strongly of pilsener malts, sweet grass, and light floral hoppiness. No skunking whatsoever. Taste is similar in that the malt is dominant--grain is really the best way to describe it. The light sweetness is balanced by a clean, slightly bitter finish. Nice, thick feel, for what it is. Overall, a pleasant surprise from a beer for which I had low expectations.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
3.38 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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