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Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,843
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
484
pDev:
16.07%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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Photo of Burnerdale
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMcLemore
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Golden Pheasant is a light, cheery beer that's great for a hot early afternoon. Overall, this is a smart pilsner.

It's vanilla ice cream instead of Dutch Chocolate, but sometimes just plain vanilla is more satisfying and allows one to appreciate how sustaining a beer can feel going down.

Nothing stands out about the Golden Pheasant, though it is certainly well-made with good ingredients and slightly surpasses the blandness of most Czech pilseners.

It's not quite Stella Artois, but it is from Slovakia, so I say give it a try and gain bragging rights for your extensive knowledge of Slavic beers (how many other ones can there be?).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a pilsner. Pours a little better than your average, but I guess I'm a little soured by the American bastardization of pilsner. Smells zesty, kinda impressive.

Taste is a little flat after the hop zest aroma got my hopes up. Might enjoy this more next time if its sampled in the summer. I could see this enjoyable in a more appopriate season. Its got the lemon tang and whatnot.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden straw, clear and extremely effervescent with a thick frothy with a pure white head. When I look at this its what I imaged beer looked like when I was a kid. The big glass of yellow with a white foam that homer was always drinking at moe's tavern. Leaves a beautiful white lacing.

S: grassy and slightly lemony with a small hop profile. Malt is noticable as is yeast and it makes for a nice white bread smell.

T: light smooth hop profile and a lot of yeast and malt backing. Dry lemongrass and not a whole lot else. All the flavors from the malt hops and yeast blend well and makes for a nice smooth flavor profile. Very typical of a good czech style pilsner.

MF: light, smooth, effervescent, not very bitter however it is not watered down. The flavors blend smoothly and do not attack the mouth.

D: very typical of a czech style pilsner and a very drinkable beer; that beening said for a beer I have to search all over and fear to find fresh at its price I'd rather buy somthing locally and just as good. A great beer but the availability takes away from it.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of albern
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent Czech pilsner style lager. It has a nice golden clear color with tons of foamy and billowing head, retention, and lacing. The nose is quite grassy with a very typical lagery type aroma, a touch of florals in the nose too.

The taste gets a bit thin and watery as the beer settles. Right out of the bottle, the beer was quite crisp, had a sharp little hop spicy bite, some definite graininess, husk flavors, and grassiness. The beer is settling in and it is getting smoother, sweeter, a little less spicy, and less interesting. The beer had a certain crisp refreshing taste and has evaporated and I'm getting too much bland, watery sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very light.

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Photo of MKV
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: A nice gold, with moderate head
Smell: nothing too particular, but pleasant enough grain
Taste: standard grain flavor, not too overdone. Not too bitter or too sweet. Well balanced.
Feel: comfortable enough mouthfeel. No bad aftertaste.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grapes, although no hops are noticeable.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is a bit sweet but this isn’t cloying because there is also alight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad, but it isn’t as malty compared to other pilseners.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate yellow with a medium head.
Skunky aroma but that fades fairly quickly.
Crisp and slightly bitter, this is a non descript pilsner.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich golden amber coloured clear body beneath a thick soapy white head with great retention and brilliant lacing follows up.

S - Grassy hops, dry salty malt, grain and bread.

T - Nice bittersweet balance, floral hops, pilsener malt, bread and spices.

M - Low carbonation, medium body.

O - Refreshing summer beer, nice example of the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. green bottle with a production code of 5225703A00:30. Sampled on December 15, 2016.

It pours golden yellow with a tremendous, lasting white foamy head. Bubbly carbonation.

The aroma has all those Euro-Pilsener esters I like including toasted bread, biscuit, sweet malts, and grassy hops. Just a tad skunky in the green bottle.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The skunkiness is not in the flavor but the toast, sough dough, sweet notes, and grassy hops are. It finishes clean and crisp. I think it was pretty likable and I would have it again.

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Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine pale golden color with a thin soapy head. The aroma definately has the saaz thing going on...grassy, floral, spicy...delicate and enjoyable. Crisp, hoppy flavor wrapped around a soft sweet maltiness, though I wish there was more as it leaves it feeling somewhat "raw". Medium-light, bristling mouthfeel goes down real easy.

A pretty good, if simple, pilsner. Definately fits the style, though I feel it could use a malt boost...very drinkable.

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Photo of Mwalker526
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original Slovak beer poured a crystal clear golden color with a fitting head that left the faintest lacing. Grainy in the aroma, and fairly husky at that. A fairly typical aroma for beers of this style.

More grain and huskiness on the palate. A slight sweetness also contributes. It finishes with a touch of spice, leaving the palate dry.

Nothing wrong with this brew, but nothing particularly noteworthy either.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant is a Heineken owned brand, purchased in 1995. My bottle was picked up after an acquaintence mentioned that a tasting amongst his friends has chosen it as the lager winner.

It looks fairly typical.. a golden lager with pinpoint sized bubbles creating a 1.5 finger head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head recedes to a small cap of foam.

The smell is decent.. some grain, sweet malts and hops. It smells like a good lager might.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side.. which explains why it might have done well in a tasting. It overpowers the bitterness and leaves a vegetably taste at the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Quite nice for a lager.

Drinkability is average.

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Although the nose is initially cereal grains, the taste is all pilsner. Lightly hopped, rich golden color with soft, creamy head. Medium weight mouthfeel and some lingering malt/hops on the palate. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of smithj4
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is a brilliant golden color and has a foamy head about 1 finger thick and lots of carbonation. Has what I feel is a typical aroma for European beers. It is biscuity but has a little pit of spice to the aroma. The beer follows the nose pretty well, I get those biscuit like malts, slightly sweet followed by a freshness of hops to balance it out. There is a skunky aftertaste in my mouth though. The beer has good carbonation and is crisp.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a small head that quickly fades into a thin lacing.

Smells very malty, sweet with some hops, maybe a bit of fruit and some alcohol detected.

A tasty beer, but maybe a bit too sweet, needs more hops for sure.

Bland watery mouthfeel, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Ecliptica
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since I've been reviewing a lot of green bottle pilsners lately, I decided to grab this during my beer excursion yesterday because of the very inexpensive price ($1.49) and the excellent name. Who doesn't want to drink a beer named 'Golden Pheasant'?

I twisted off the cap - I think this might be the first imported beer I've ever had with a twist-off cap - and poured the brew into a pilsner glass. The beer poured as it's name suggested - a golden hue with a big, frothy, almost two finger head. The head had a ridiculous amount of retention and above average lacing.

I smelled the brew out of the bottle before I poured it and got a horrible, horrible aroma of skunk. Needless to say, I was frightened. Upon pouring it into the glass, however, the skunk smell faded and the only real defining smell was that of grassy hops and minimal malt.

The taste was average for these green bottle pilsners. Not the best I've had, not the worst. As a matter of fact, I would compare this most not to any other European-style pilsners, but to San Miguel, as it was very average tasting with no real defining characteristics. The hoppiness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms and towards the end, but not enough to severely affect the taste.

Mouthfeel is a tad bitter with a dry finish, though it was actually quite nice on the palate. Easily drinkable yet not something worth revisiting. All these pilsners seem too much alike to me, so for the price I recommend it; for the flavor, I'd have to lump this with all the other green bottled beers less Hofbrau, which I think actually distinguishes itself from the rest.

All in all, no complaints on this beer but nothing outstanding either - except the twist off bottle cap. That was absolutely oustanding. I'm glad I just bought a single, because I doubt I'd drink a full six pack of this.

EDIT: 100th review of this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp with some malt and hoppiness. Feels a bit watery in the mouth. Goes down very smooth and easy. Overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of GSS
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazed effervescent straw, with orange tints. Bone white head is one finger that dissapates to a slick and one ring of lacing.
S- Slightly floral, slightly lemony. Grainy. Not a terrible aroma, but very subdued and nothing really standout.
T- Starts grainy, finishes just a touch lemony. A bit sweet throughout, but not overly so.
M- Carbonation was a touch low, but body was slightly fuller than most in style. Together this caused a slightly syrupy note at times, but not terrible.
D- A good Czech Pilsner. though not necessarily standout in the style.

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Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner style beer. Very tasty, One of my favorite European Pilsners. Poured with a nice white head and a bit o lace. Malty aroma with the bitter hop fully present. Some neutral corn sweetness evident. Good finish. For sure a session beer if you're into this kind of beer. Burps too.

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Photo of TheBen5
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 484 ratings
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