Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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271
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464
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
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Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1pt .9 oz bottle with a pheasant in the middle of their logo, gold foiled cap, green tinted glass. Poured into a pilsener glass. Real nice appearance some decent pure white head and some lacing which is commendable for this style. medium carbonation.

Is this a heinekin? immediately after I took a whiff I was taken back to Las Vegas. Yes Yes I go there a few times a year and I have to bow to the Heinekins for a couple days as they are free. I'm a sucker for free beer. Golden Pheasant is very similair in smell and taste with a distinctive skunk taste that is not spoiled at all this is their intent and its not that bad because its countered more with a toasted wheat flavor and a burnt aftertaste that is cleansed quickly.

Decent.

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Photo of beertunes
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, clear golden yellow with a tall fluffy white head that had good retention and lacung.

The first aroma was green bottle skunk, and a healthy dose of it. Under that is a nice grainy scent with some pleasant hops hiding in the background. There was just a tinge of skunkiness on the tongue, otherwise this was a nice blend of grain and hops.

The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, except for the skunk, this was a decent litle example of the style. I'd like to try a non-skunked one sometime. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma was quite noticable just upon opening the bottle. It had a spicey hoppy note that wasn't nearly as evident after pouring. That was more flat malt, with hints of hops. Big full head, brilliant clear gold. Has some nice qualities of many European versions of similar style, but some unusual and less pleasant aspects, such as a real flatness of aroma upon taking a drink (like drinking water), and the finish has a spiciness that ventures into sourness, grassiness and chemical tastes leaving a less than pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems a little too flat. An average overall beer. Not undrinkable, just can easily do better.

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Photo of wl0307
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second time to try this beer. The first enounter was due to a Slovak's friend's kind recommendation, brought back from his home country. Yet this bottle obtained in London has English translations of Zlaty Bazant on the label: Golden Pheasant. Well, does it mean it's now widely available and popular? At least this is the only Slovak beer I've managed to find in London so far...
BB 21/06/06, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: pale golden in colour, the restrained beer head builds up fast yet retreats equally w/o hesitation; the sporadic carbonation contains huge bubbles occasionally ascending with growing speed from the bottom of the glass.
S: a dried-grassy note skirted with an eggy note that is quite common to mass-produced lager these days... (or is it?) The malt content is medium, not full, but sufficient to keep a balance with the grassy note. Also noticeable are a honeyish malty aroma and sweet-ish grains, while a swirl could bring up a more fragrant and lemony fruitiness. Not bad.
T: slightly metallic in texture upfront, coupled with a very soft-bodied maltiness pouring onto the palate... wrapping very faint flavours in the middle, nothing more considerable than toast-like bitter-sweet bready malts and a very mild edge of lemonade... slowly and quietly, a dryish-bitter aftertaste comes of age, marking welcomed presence of bunches of hops, and resulting in a mildly hoppy yet quite chewy finish.
M&D: smooth and semi-clean (not crisp), on the texture, pleasant enough for quaffing in quantity. Yet the flavour profile is slightly too boring, as the hoppy entry only brings aboard its body rather than sufficient flavours, hence a beer feeling better in the end than its overall taste... An O.K. Pilsner-style lager I have to say--NEEDS MORE FLAVOURS!!

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Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant pours a pale straw color with a white head froma a green 500 ml bottle with a foiled neck and cap. The smell is a little skunky at first, but that cleared up by breathing for a few minutes. A mild hop aroma dominated after the skunk cleared. The flavor is mild, not unpleasant, but not exciting either. Fairly well balanced, it's hard to pick out any flavors. Better than a lot of eastern European lagers I've had.

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Photo of paxkey
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer really tries to go for a champagne feel. from the gold tinwrap on the bottlecap this stuff pours out bubbly and champagne colored. a solid yellow fizzy. lots of bubbles coming up from bottom.
a white head is gone really fast.

aroma.
vinergar aroma. cidery apple smell. this settles with some aeration.
after that i get citrus hops. very light on the nose. faint aroma, weak. a little sweetness under that from malt. a faint honey.
smells average at best.
the carbonation goes and goes. more honey as the beer sits.

the beer is surprsingly bitter for its genre. eastern europe mass produce. bitterness is nice and lingers and cuts through the lemon pledge taste underneath.
going in for a second sip brings a reminder of the unappealling nose.

lots of carbonation. this beer makes a good digestive in that regard. healthy burps.i'm gonna give that a bump in the mouthfeel category.

overall not recommended. leaves a bit of dryness and bitterness but which i like but there is too much negative for me in the nose. and the style is not very ambitious or good.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is very clear, although the slightest bit cloudy. Had no head.

Smell: Has a pretty standard European Lager smell of somewhat funky malts with a bit of hops.

Taste: The taste somewhat follows the smell in being somewhat funky, although it does have a very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thin.

Drinkability: This isn't bad. On it's own, it might be a little rough for me, but it goes really well with food. I could get this again if I'm in the right mood.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool, poured into a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Light golden amber w/ a collar of white for a head.

S - A faint yeast aroma w/ a mineral quality w/ a hint of hops.

M - Malty mild feel w/ a full amount of carbonation.

T - Malt tast w/ light sweet flavor and a spiced hop w/ honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Slight spice flavor, but overall a very ordinary taste that dulls as it warms.

D -A very average flavored lager. Almost smooth taste w/ subtle European yeast qualities and slightly mineral malt flavor. An ok lager, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that I've always seen in the stores and wanted to give it a shot, so I picked one up last night. Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stemmed glass. Bright yellow color, decent sized white head, lots of carbonation. A good amount of lacing also. Then you notice that skunky, lightstruck, green bottle smell. Never pleasant, but expected. Taste was pretty average for a pils, clean and nondescript. Mouthfeel was good, it went down fairly easily. Beer seemed to lose that skunky smell ever so slightly as it warmed up to room temp. It's a decent pilsner, but I bet it would be better on tap.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed this at the excellent Neil St. Piccadilly. Despite the green bottle, I figured I'd give this a whirl, hoping against hope that the notoriously skunky green-bottle aroma wouldn't accompany it. Fat Chance. It was all over it, and didn't fade nearly enough for my liking.

Rich golden body supports a thick head of white foam. decent lacing on the DAB mug gives me a glimmer of hope that this won't be a disappointment. That fades fast when the nose wafts upward, full of skunky nastiness. Otherwise, bland, sweet corn malt protrudes, dominating the taste--reason number two for my disappointment. Basically, this is Czech Molson Golden, only in a bigger bottle. The mouthfeel suffers from a fairy flat texture that appears early. It's not a bad way to beat heat on a summer day. However, it's not my first choice among Czech beers, nor for a cold pilsener on a warm day.

So-so.

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Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker yellow and transparent, huge-bubbled head that has no chance of lasting past a quick photo shoot -- and it doesn't. Laces in thin tendrils, sugary look to them. Grassy aroma, light bit of white pepper. Flavor is skewed in the malty direction, smooth and suggestive of light brown sugar with some slippery graininess that approaches wheat starch in flavor. Arid hops, dried autumn leaves and a little underwhelming in balancing the first impression. Not fizzy, superior to some mass-market Lagers in that sense -- but there's not much else to say other than it is drinkable as a simple brew with a narrow profile.

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Photo of Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another unimpressive LCBO import. Lighty saaz hopped. Malty sweet, dry and sour finish, creamy. Fizzy carbonation. Floral perfumy. Typical Ontario fare. Very Foamy head on yellow that dissipitates too slowly, not bad drinkable for a pilsner. Mild 4.4%

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Photo of Asgeirr
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Zlaty Bazants Golden Pheasant pours a light, light yellow colour along with barely no crown at all, small carbonation is visible.

Smell: Burnt malt and some nutty aromas are traceable, but nothing comes out as striking really...

Taste: Acidic sensations meets the tounge at first, no bitterness is noticeable. Although, relatively sweet through out the tasting experience which brings this Pilsner a stabile character.

Mouthfeel: VERY round, mild - and thus adequate - in carbonation which "makes itself heard" now and then.

Drinkability: Easy to down, sure, and it does so without becoming to bland but on the other hand, never really strikes me as something one would truly long for either.

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Photo of Redrover
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz green botle. Nice kind of a 1950's label.

Beer pours a goldish yellow with huge initial head. Some head stays for the duration and I got some decent lacing.

Smell is unfortunately not as good as the apperance. The skunkyness is clearly smell-able from 2 feet away. You also get some malt. This reminds me of a Heineken on steroids.

Taste is just average. You don't get much besides some malt sweetness and a little hops in the after taste. The skunk aroma is not that present in the taste (thankfully).

Mouthfeel is thin, but the beer is well carbonated. Not one I would choose to drink all night. There are worse Euro lagers out there, but you can also find a ton of better ones.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly but eventually vanishes. The aroma is of faint noble hops, and a little skunk. The taste has some nice bready malt with a hint of hops. Unlike the aroma there is no skunkiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I doubt I'll drink it again.

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Photo of tigg924
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grain, grass, honey, and faint hops with lingering sweetness. Average to slightly below average Czech pilsener. Not a bad beer but, I have others that I prefer much more in the style.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner from a 12oz bottle. Cool bottle.

A - Golden straw color with a bright white head.
S - Pale malt and slight hoppy nose. Subdued.
T - Crisp, with malt dominance. Hop flavors follow, albeit slight. A little metallic-tasting.
M - typical pils. Some malty thickness, but well balanced by the hop undertones.
D - This is a better pils than a skunky Heineken all the way around. Pilsners are not my favorite style, but once in a while I'll enjoy one. I'd drink this again in a pinch.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guess it's ok stuck in the Czech Pilsner sytle...I would have said Euro Pilsner because of the earthy character with a noticable, but mild skunk aroma. Disguised neatly as herbal and must-ey hops, the beer comes across characterful but dirty. A common light yellow and neatly clear hue with adequate carbonation and a lacking head retention. Moderate malt sweetness with a grain quality (expected). Hoppy for sure, but more earthy flavors than balancing bitterness. Feels typically grain-ey, carbonated, and clean, but just slight of refreshing and crisp...just a little to muddy with the hops. Never really got over the pungent aroma and flavor.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: skunky;

T: pilsner malt, a little skunky; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; mildy dry finish;

O: can't get past the skunkiness; no date on the bottle;

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Belgium friend of mine gave me a can of this claiming it was 12% ABV because there was a 12% on the side of the can. There was also a 5% on the side, so I have no idea what the 12% meant. It poured extra foamy, and when it settled it was a mild yellow color. The taste at first was non-existant, but after a few sips, the pilsner style was reckognizable. Quite subtle, slightly citric, this was a beer meant for hot weather or just as a quick refreshener.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow beer with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite weak but some malt can be detected. Taste is quite crisp with some malt that can be detected and some bitterness at the end. Overall, I would classified this as a better then average pilsner without any watery taste and no skunk taste from the bottle which are two major accomplishments for this type of beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on the pour is a limpid deep gold with a generous bright white head that is frothy in texture and the residual lace a quite thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is citrus crisp, fresh and clean, sweet with the start also sweet and fairly well malted, top is middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation and the hops mild but pleasant in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste, drinkable at any rate.

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Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is pale gold; the large white head sinks to a thin white lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sour-sweet malty with some chemical yet clean bitter flavours. Hints of vegetables and alcohol.

The taste is sweet with some Central European hops, vegetables, some fruit drops, a light bitterness and a touch of boiled meat. I cannot find much of the Czech buttery flavours. The light aftertaste is dry with notes of French loaf and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are medium-sized and the liquid semi-smooth.

Well... Not better or worse than any of the Swedish macro lagers. An unnecessary import.

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Photo of putnam
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Promising looking dimpled mattress of foam on top of the yellow liquid.

The aromas are perfumy and dull but seem to come from grain, as opposed to processed, refined, purified ADM sugar. I guess that's what separates cheap European beer from its American counterpart. The Slovaks don't have the technological sophistication to completely strip the ingredients of the flavor of the earth. Or they don't see the point. And neither do I.

No hop presence to speak of. Nothing special. Worth drinking I guess.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A giant white four finger head rises quickly, and rests atop the bronze brew for a long amount of time. The head crackles and gets pitted as it slowly creeps down to a more sane two fingers. Tons of really crusty white lace looks like something from a salt cave. The beer itself is a depressingly dull bronze, but that beautiful head makes up for it.

S - Cracked wheat crackers, saltine crackers (definitely a Czech pils!), salty sea spray, ground black pepper, and seasoning salt. A little underpowered and unimpressive. It smells like what it should smell like given the style.

T - Peppercorn, salt, and meat tenderizer. This has some floral aspects to it also, but this seems a little to focused on the pepper IMO. I like pepper flavors derived from the saaz hop varietal, but this is a bit much.

M - Light bodied, crisply carbonated, and quite refreshing. Finishes slightly dry and peppery.

D - Not bad. I don't like the focus on the pepper notes, but this is a decent example of the style and it might go well with something that compliments pepper... like maybe a ham sammich.

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