Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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78
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478 Ratings
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Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant
BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
478
Reviews:
274
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.98%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Photo of flagmantho
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that leaves an attractive lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: very light malt smell but not much there.

Taste: clean and crisp. Bitterness is mild but creeps up on you at the end. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but a good, albeit mild, flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: this has a nice drinkability, much like most lagers.

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Photo of biegaman
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any resemblance to a bird but as for the 'golden' part, that's definitely true to its name. Golden Pheasant is indeed a lustrous, resplendent gold colour and it shines with a self-assured brassiness and irreproachable clarity. Although much of it has now expired, its head was originally built-up as a sizable nesting, home to its many tiny bubbles.

The malts and hops seemed to have escaped the onslaught of UV rays that is provoked by the use of green glass bottles, but they don't seem to have survived the journey over the Atlantic unscathed. In fact, less a faint and driveling breadiness, this has little else to claim aroma-wise. The bouquet could have really used those Noble hops.

Pilsners (and lagers in general) are always so much better when their brewers put some legs under them (translated: when they don't skimp out on the malt). Golden Pheasant certainly has a leg on which to stand and in that regard I'm pleased. It isn't, however, truth be told, the tastiest of legs but it's sturdy and sufficient and palatable nonetheless.

The beer is by no means insipid, although, at the risk of repeating myself, it really could have used a proper dose of Noble hops. Those floral, grassy little cones are responsible for the style's distinguishably sassy and somewhat spicy demeanor, and without them the mouthfeel is only nominally bitter and dreadfully bready and one-dimensional.

To many, Golden Pheasant may be just another mild, mainstream lager. And it is. But it bears noting that these kinds of beers are so often emasculated and corrupted with adjuncts that to brew an unadulterated and relatively uncompromising example is respectable and virtuous in its own right. Don't be so quick to call this one for the birds...

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Photo of scbeerman
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old favorite back when I lived in southwestern Poland under its Slovak name of Zloty Bezant, which translates to this beer and how it's known stateside.

The color is a rich golden but the head dissipates almost instantly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzle to the top even ten or so minutes after opening. The nose is slightly hoppy but also laced with skunk. It was definitely better on tap in Krakow, oh well.

The taste delivers on the flavor I remember, with some biscuit inspired malt balanced nicely with the Saaz or Hallertau or whatever bitter European hops they're going with. The aftertaste is pleasing and slightly warming. A solid example of central European craftsmanship in their signature style.

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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DevWand
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice pils, not anything spectacular as far as flavor (but I guess that just adds to it's drinkability); because I know I could knock back a solid 12 pack (on a hot summer day, that is). Definitely stays true to the pilsner style...light, crisp, and clean.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle purchased from LCBO for about $2.60 CDN. Served cold into a st Pauli girl pint glass.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color. A finger or so of head rests on top. Some bubbles rise to the surface and the head leaves a thin trace of lacing and a wispy residue remains.

Smell - definitely a skunked aroma out of the bottle, however that is less prevalent once poured. A mildly grainy aroma with a some fresh flowers thrown in for good measure. Pretty appetizing.

Taste - grainy, mild bitterness, and lacks the cracker aspect that,any other pils have. Maybe just slightly metallic which melds with the bitterness, and there's the faintest hint of honey in the beer too. Pretty tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel - super smooth with just enough of a prickly sensation on the tongue to indicate the active carbonation.

Overall - a solid pils that is enjoyable, accessible and is a bit smoother than others in the style. A recommended buy for pils lovers.

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Photo of Rayek
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold color with good clarity and and very active carbonation. White head starts out firm, but quickly disappears.

S: Smells of raw malts and some straw. A hint of lemon is in the background.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that is only slightly sweet. Bitterness is well balanced and has a mild pepper flavor. Finishes fairly clean, with some lingering lemongrass bitterness.

M: Medium light body is a little slick. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: I didn't find anything all that special about this. Still, it's fairly well done and a fine session brew.

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Photo of mnrider
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle with a twist off cap. Bottle says Lager, but I think it's more of a Pilsner.

A: Pours a light golden color with almost no head. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Carbonation is medium.

S: Sweet with a weird funky aroma.

T/M: Sweet and smooth with a crisp lingering aftertaste. Malts are grainy and the hops are spicy. A nice balance, I think.

D: A nice normal, nothing special Pilsner. Tastes good and is refreshing. Although I think the six pack I have might not be as fresh as possible. So this brew could be even better.

Cheers!!

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Photo of summerlightning
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Nice golden color with with 1/2 in white head with medium heavy pour.
Nothing jumps out with the initial whiff.
I have had Pilsner Urquell, but no other Czech/Slovak brews.(Czechvar is on my radar.)Very easy to drink beer with a crisp feel and nice carbonation. No outstanding taste. A good thirst quenching brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid golden color with a nice foamy white head. No lacing, but a good skim of head. Nice clarity.

Light malt and grass, with some herbal notes. Mild at best.

Light crisp flavors, with some sweet then dry malt, some firm bitterness, some sweetness, husk, and bitter finish. Some herbal, spicy notes in the hop area. It is what it is supposed to be.

Lighter bodie and good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, a good drinker. Not a hint of skunk, even from the green bottle. I liked this as a rep of the style. Pleasant, and enough uniqueness to edge this up. Worth a try.

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierStein711
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like this a lot more than Pilsner Urquell, I'll tell you why.

Bottle

Head was two fingers in the long neck. I did not see a freshness date, but it looked fresh.

Smells of lemon and grapefruit, and not like skunks.

Taste: Cereal, wet grain, a hint of metal.

Mouthfeel: thin

Overall, this is a decent representation of this style which is generally hit or miss for me. I'd have to say this was better than I expected!

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Photo of diablo14
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a golden yellow colour with a decent size fizzy and foamy white head. I can see lots of carbonation slowly rising to the top of the glass. There appears to be some average lacing and the head has lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a slight skunkiness, also a grassy scent. There are hops, malts, and a corn syrup sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - An average amount of carbonation, I wouldn't mind a little more, but it still has a nice mouth feel. The beer has a nice medium bodied taste, not watery at all. It has a very refreshing and satisfying taste. I can taste bready/grain notes, also a slight citrus zest and some hops. It ends with just a slight bitterness but the aftertaste is sweet.

Drink - An excellent euro lager, probably one of the best I've had from the category. I'd compare this with Pilsner Urquell. A definite session beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear, rich, golden color with lots of rising carbonation and two fingers of foamy, yellowish head. The retention was good and the lacing consistent. The aroma was of macro grains, corn, pale malt and some faintly grassy hops. The flavors were less ‘macro’ than the aroma but still centered around the dry, grainy corn and pale malt. I also tasted some sweet malt, bread, and a touch of citrus and herbs in the hops. Clean, bitter finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, the body medium and the carbonation nice. A good example of the style, even if not a great stand alone beer.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
3.38 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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