Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
464
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
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Photo of Shadman
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice medium amber colour, large bone white head, good retention, big gobs of lacing. A very nice looking beer.

Slight skunk when first opened, but then some spicy hop and a kind of rough graininess mixed with malty sweetness.

Interesting in that it's kind of all over the map. Smooth malt sweetness followed by a swift hop bite combined with a slight citrus zest. Finish is slighty dry and sweet.

Mosty smooth and easy to drink, maybe a slight astringincy the more I drink.

A decent session beer, but I am sure the Slovaks have better one's they keep @ home.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16.9oz pop top foiled green bottle...has what may or may not be a freshness date

Appearance: Medium-dark golden beer, nice clarity, a decent pour produces a stark white head which soon fades to a thick sticky film

Smell: Lacks the skunk aromas I was fearing...light grainy malt and grassy hop notes...simple, but dead on for the style

Taste: Surprisingly sweet malty flavors, almost sugary...I wasn't prepared for this and I'm not sure I like it...some mildly bitter hay-like hops on the finish...not a lot goin on here...the sweetness is actually a little off-putting

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, approaching medium

Drinkablity: Medium

Conclusion: Not a terrible beer, but not my favorite example of the style for sure

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on my day trip to Bratislava from Vienna.

A: Single finger head, clear straw/golden.

S: Malty, a little spicey.

T: A little more bitter than I like for my pilsner, otherwise typical crisp pilsner taste.

M: Very smooth, not too dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Similar to many other region beers,

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Photo of shadow1961
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant (after a hard pour) comes out a quickly
diminishing head over a clear yellow brew. There's not a
lot of carbonation, and the nose? A bit of malt, a bit of hop.
The flavor is thin malt up front and a mildly grassy hop
finish. Aftertaste is that grassy hop, but more muted. Not
a bad pilsner- the big question is whether you feel it's a
good value or not, since we have lots brewed domestically
and it's in that scary green glass. Remember, it must cross
vast oceans before it gets to you. Decent.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear yellow/gold body, soft white head.

s: Light aroma of sweet malt

t: light, sweet grainy malt. notes of hay and grass.

m: light body, very clean, appropriate carbonation.

d: An easy drinking pilsner that goes down like water. But I'm glad I didn't buy more than one because half-way through the bottle I am already bored with it. Not much complexity to this simple and light lager.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Came in a green 500 ml bottle, gold foil around the neck and cap, small pheasant logo embossed around the shoulder. A classy enough presentation. Pours out a deep clear gold, thick foamy white head with good retention. Sweet malt blended with crisp grain on the nose, along with grassy hops. This is an okay enough tasting pilsener, there are no serious defects, but there is not much character to it either to make it stand out. Husky grains at first, mellowing out in the middle, with a brisk herbal hoppy finish. Quite a bite on the aftertaste as well, the mouthfeel starts crisp, but becomes a bit abrasive throughout after that. The palate and throat feels rubbed raw after swallowing, very akin to sandpaper. Nice looking bottle, but I wouldn't pick up another for casual drinking, I'll be passing on this next time I come across it.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a clear, golden color and is topped with a generous white head with medium retention.
The aroma is dominated by malts, there are also some grains present.
The taste is pleasantly bitter and hoppy, clean and not watery. Finishes with a decent bitterness.
A nice example of what a nice pilsener tastes like.

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a large, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A slightly skunky aroma with hints of hops and malt. Nothing overly special.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, malt, an earthy quality, and the aforementioned skunkiness. A very average flavor. Not offensively bad, but pretty forgettable.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Nothing overly interesting here. Golden Pheasant is a typical, mass produced beer. There are worse examples of a Czech pilsner, but there are certainly better ones.

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Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle with pheasants on the neck. Indecipherable production code on back of label. Sticker over the cap illustrating that it is a twist cap.

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass. Color is a gold tinted slightly amber, with lots of bubbles. Decent sized head.

Smell: Crisp hop smell and some bready malts. Simple, but clean. Very slight "green beer" smell that I associate with Grolsch and the like.

Taste: Starts with a crisp hoppiness that fades to the sweet malts near the end. Again, clean and simple flavor.

Overall impression: A decent pilsner - nothing outstanding. It is being marketed by Heineken as an ultra-premium, and the price tag reflects that. This one was left over from a party, and I won't be seeking out more.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light golden amber in appearance with a bubbly two-finger sized head that settles to a thin lacing around the glass.

A combination of grassy hops & citrus was masked somewhat but a skunky main aroma. Quite bland in general although not really unpleasant.

Quite a standard pale lager/pilsner that was a rather bland affair with the slightest of skunky tastes coming from the pint. The taste also hinted at some grassy hops, grain & citrus/lemon although this again was masked for the most part.

A light pilsener with a semi smooth texture that goes down incredibly easy & tingles the tongue ever so slightly.

A pretty average pilsener in my opinion although it does go down very easy & works wonders as a session beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant, or Zlaty Bažant to give it its native name, comes in a green glass bottle (calm down Texans!) that has Pheasants embossed on the neck and holds 1 Pint and 0.9 fl.oz, that’s a Half Liter for the Metric orientated of us!

The label is white golden and red, with the picture of a…... you already guessed right? yep - a Golden Pheasant. It also has gold foil around the top 3” of the bottle. This gives it a very uncanny similarity in appearance to its neighbor, Pilsner Urquell, which I am sure, is no accident.

It pours a lovely deep golden color with a large frothy white head that clings to the glass sides and laces well. Has a light straw hint when held to the light. The head is short lived, but can be maintained when constantly topped up. Otherwise you will soon have a broken scummy white head.

The Nose has a hoppy crispness with some biscuit malt. Not lavish, just utilitarian.

Introduction is hoppy at first but soon makes way for a soft butterscotch middle. The finish also has a diacteyl, sweet, almost cloying end with some bitterness.

Refreshing when served chilled, a little sickly when it warms.

The Slovak Republic borders the Czech Republic, but Golden Pheasant it much further away from Pilsner Urquell that the distance suggests.

Just another average Pilsner Style Lager, I would not miss it if I never had another.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice golden color, with a small head which dissipated quickly.

S: The smell, smelled like most other Czech beers that I've had before, and wasn't overly surprising.

T: The taste was really good, and somewhat sweet, didn't really taste any bitter notes.

M: The mouthfeel was nothing extraordinary, did have a nice full bodied feel.

D: The drinkabilty was slightly above average.

Overall, decent beer. Best of luck with your beers. Cheers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is typical of a Pilsener with lager yeast, funky light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a little malt sweetness and some lager yeast breadiness that is quickly followed by a mild but complementary hops presence, creating a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad of a beer and it's worth drinking for a while if your choices are limited, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Crystal clear yellow with two fingers of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, cut grass/floral hops, a bit of musky hop aroma. Overall: Malty sweet and floral.

Taste -- Grainy sweetness with grassy/floral hops. There's some mild fruitiness under the surface, but otherwise it tastes just like it smells. Finish is mostly clean

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Not a game-changer by any stretch, but I found it to be pleasant enough. It's more or less on par with the rest of Europe's macro lagers such as Carlsberg or Stella Artois.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color with slight carbonation and little head.Slight hop aroma and a slight "skunkiness".Average taste-pleasant enough malt flavor with a slight sweetness.Somewhat citrusy.Decent enough mouthfeel.An above average drinkable beer-the slight skunkiness detracts from what would otherwise be a good Pils-the first I have had from the Slovak Republic.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, dark-golden color with a two-finger, bubbly, white head. Smell is not very strong, but is sweet with pale malt and grain. The taste is pretty simple, pale malt balanced with a bit of hops, maybe a little spice to it. Pretty average. The mouthfeel is light and has a creamy-foam carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, not bad... I would drink this again but I don't think I would actively pursue obtaining more.

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Photo of marty21
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep golden colour with a big two finger white head. Settles to a thin cap with little clumps of thicker foam and left decent lacing.

S: Bit of a skunky aroma. But besides that there's a bit of a grass smell or at times it seems more like a vegetable smell.

T: More skunkiness. For other tastes I get grassy notes and it seems to have a little spice right at the end.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

D: I'm not sure if this beer is always supposed to be skunky like this or not, but the skunkiness overpowered the aroma and taste to the point that it was difficult to pick them out.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden body with streamers of active carbonation feeding a thick finger of soft, fine bubbled foam atop the drink. The head reduces quickly to a short collar and leaves thin rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is mild and toasty with a bit of musky fruit.

The taste is lightly sweet and malty with a mellow graininess. A bit of hop bitterness adds balance without flavor and a bit of character, but this beer is hardly what I'd call "complex".

Light-bodied and mellow with very good drinkability.

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Photo of pootz
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Pours a light clear gold pils into the flute. 2 finger rocky white cap decent retention for a commercial pils and left lacing on the glass sides.

Aroma was floral...wee bit of spice and earthiness...light dusty biscuit malts dominate.

Character...light to medium light hard mineral mouthfeel, metalic/ mineral quality to the chracter where it should be "spicy".

Profile: A tad sweet in the front but some good dryness from buiscuity malts and saaz hop "bite" soon prevails...mid palate things start to fall apart ..some mineral decernment dominate over the malts and hernal hops.. it's metalic, iron, blood ( probably the water) starts riding with the medicinal hops to dry out the finish...however this is a concerning metalic-blood aftertaste that lingers...it shouldn't

A decent enough pils..crisp clean but I dont care for this mineral/metallic taste.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very typical Pilsener. Bright in the glass, easy on the palate, with a bit of corn sweetness and Saaz hops at the end of the tongue. An enjoyable alternative to Pilsener Urquell.

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Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks completely normal, golden with a decent head. Smells like skunked hops and nothing else.

Doesn't taste all that skunky, though, thank god. Crisp upfront, a very bold malt and some grain. In the back there's some skunkiness and a little peppery hint that is actually quite unique and nice. Almost no aftertaste.

Light, crisp, and actually quite refreshing, this isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a good beer, either.

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Photo of marc77
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brilliantly clear golden in hue, covered by a persistant, thick white head. Dense lace leaves a solid ring per sip. The aroma is mellow overall, being comprised of light straw - like pilsner malt and a soft lemony and spicy hop nose. The typical Saaz grassy spice is subdued and perhaps blended with with Tettanger. Residual sweetness and light bready base malt notes dominate the flavor profile as a result of the subpar hop bitterness. Although mild, hop flavor is a touch grassy. Moderately bodied. Finishes w/ fading sweetness and a hint of dimethyl sulfide. Golden Pheasant is a decent pils, but lacked sufficient hop backbone to support malt sweetness. The cooked veggie note in the finish hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice golden color with a modest amount of head and decent lacing. It has a light flowery hop smell, with hints of grass and corn. So far it reminds me of a Stella. Now for the taste...

The taste totally reminds me of a Stella, perhaps a little drier and more bitter. The bitterness is complimented nicely by the taste of sweet malt. I feel as though this is a cross between a Stella and a Victory Lager. This beer would be a great thirst quencher for a nice summer day after mowing the lawn or something. A very drinkable beer that's worth a try, but I think you can get a slighty better experience from Stella Artois.

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Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz green bottle purchased at the Total Wine in Spokane Valley, WA. My first Slovak beer. There’s some sort of production code stamped on the rear label, but no true freshness date. From the look of the label, I'm guessing the Slovak brewers of this beer have some serious Pilsener Urquell-envy. Maybe they were involved in brewing it when there was still such a thing as Czechoslovakia.

Poured a dark gold color verging on amber, with a small, bubbly white head that dropped quickly.

Crude, earthy malt notes and some mild floral hop scent greeted my schnozz.

What flavor there was to be had was mildly hoppy and bitter, with some earthy malt notes. No skunky taste, but not much else, either.

Fairly light bodied, with a watery mouthfeel. I think the carbonation was a little too low.

An inoffensive, but otherwise not very interesting Euro Lager. Now that I’ve tried it, I don’t think I’ll need to have another one.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: orangy straw like apple juice, paler yellow in the light; initial large foamy head, settles to thick surface film; scattered patches of lacing
S: pleasantly and distinctly malty, and something a bit like corn
T: surprisingly sweet; malt and corn
M: medium-bodied, oily, mild carbonation
O: too sweet for my tastes, and combined with the fuller presence, it doesn't feel balanced for its style.

12oz / Pint Glass

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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