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): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
475
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.98%
 
 
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11
Gots:
34
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Reviews: 272 | Ratings: 475
Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 BlackBeerPirate
2.19/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taste: Dry, this time might have got a little light struck in bottle, saline bitter funky. Gold and clear in color with a
soapy head with a medium body.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty yellow pour for style, 1/2" white head. Aroma had those zesty noble hop feels, I'm down. Almost hoped for some skunk in this one.

Taste didn't pop as much as hoped for, but its a pilsner, its mild, it does its thing. Highly carbonated, light pilsner malt, I mean, this is better than average for style. Average bitterness and noble/Saaz hop impact.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330 ml green bottle with a cryptic production stamp. Served in a lager glass.

A: Clear amber with a moderate size head that fades to a durable white top coat.

Smell: Euro hops dominate; faint bready malts

Taste: Better than the aroma suggests with more malt, especially up front. Mild+ bitterness.

M: Medium but softer (natural?) carbonation than usual for style (in bottles).

Overall: a decent Czech style pilsner.

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Photo of Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden promise of goodness.

Standard Euro Pilsner that falls slightly below the first flight. Light gold color, pleasant hops accenting the malt core, good texture and drinkability. Goes down easy and matches well with food.

Decent enough and worth seeking out to carry along on a pheasant hunting trip.

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Photo of tigg924
2.94/5  rDev -13%
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 TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains and some light malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grains, and crisp.

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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 stevoj
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: It pours brilliant gold with a 2” persistent white foam cap that produces light lace. S: Has a spicy, earthy nose with light grains, medium hop aromas, medium low malt T: Medium low malt with a light sweetness with traces of apple. Spicy, medium low hop flavor, crisp medium to medium high hop bitterness. F: Medium light body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinkable beer. No traces of skunk but the level of apple was a bit odd.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full of malt and hops, very inviting. The flavor has a sweet malt flavor with some hop bite. A very good Czech Pilsener.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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 KingEdward
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has nice lacing and smells malty and spicy, taste is very crisp and clean with a nice balance of malt and hops. Feel is bubbly and refreshing. I think it is very underrated. Will buy again.

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Photo of chrisinroch
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle:

Good head. Lots of light foam and good retention for the style. Nose is tangy. In the mouth, surprising sweetness that balances the tang. I would say that it is very typical of some local czech beers in that regard and very different from the typical bottles that make it across to the states. Very fresh tasting. Nice beer.

If you want to try a Czech Pilsener that's different yet still true to the style, I'd recommend you find a well-traveled bottle.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This one is not too impressive, thought it would be more similar to a nice Czech style beer. It is a slightly more entertaining Heineken. Pretty basic overall, not bad just not a standout. If you are looking for a slight bump above Heineken it may work.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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 Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An acquaintance brought this over. He didn't know any better. This is part of the large weasel piss collection beer is known for to the masses. Have it and forget about it.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.69/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep golden crystal, with a big frothy head.
S- Sweet malty aromas, with Saaz hops clearly present. Earthy smell.
T- The quintessential Czech (though Slovak) pilsner! Soft inviting taste, sweeter and more comfortable than a typical German pils. Very sophisticated delicate taste, of which IPAs seem like barbarians compared to.... Super-balanced hops to malt--very characteristic of the style.
M- Not watery, not heavy, just right.
D- An excellent, very drinkable, but sophisticated beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stale smell of old grains and below average in taste. Not my style of beer. Maybe the bottle was old or spoiled somehow but I won't try it again for sure.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

bright golden color, white frothy head from hard pour, it fades. clean, earthy aroma. taste is crisp, just a touch of sweetness and some grassy hops. thin body, but slick mouthfeel. easy to drink. pretty good overall.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A-Opens well and pour a head that is gone in 10sec. Clear

S- Smells like a Heineken

T- Tastes like a Heineken

M- A Heineken

O- Pretty much a Heineken

Food Pairing

This ok beer goes well with.... Anything a Heineken goes with

Enjoy

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, slightly pissy yellow, with active carbonation, and a small head with no lacing.

Smells pretty skunky. Don't use green bottles! There's some lager yeast, and a hint of sweet grains. Doesn't smell all that hoppy, which is what I would expect from a Czech pilsner.

This is pretty skunky and hard to drink. Underneath that wonderful flavor, I get a bit of sweet grains, an almost corn-like flavor, and the slightest snap of leafy hops. Meh.

This is light bodied, with a skunky sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This isn't all that good. I don't know fresh it is, but no beer of this kind, or really any kind, should be put in green bottles.

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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 woemad
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
3.38 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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