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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 | 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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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 464
Photo of mnrider
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass mar16 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots bubbles stuck to the glass and popping up from everywhere. the loose two finger head had average retention and left a few partial rings of lace

S grassy hops with a hint of lemon

T not far from the smell but has a fair bit of malt to balance things out a bit

M crisp and clean but a little thin not to bad though and good carbonation helps its cause

D easy enough to drink and on a hot summer day this would sink like a ship

a decent beer and worth trying, those Slovaks know how to make a decent lager

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L emptied into a Pilsener.

A: Pours straw gold with a 2-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: Grassy Saaz hops with notes of sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

T: Light toasted malts come to the fore, balanced nicely with Saaz hops through the midrange. Hoppy, astringent aftertaste, clean and crisp.

D: Another fine Czech Pilsener. Checks all the boxes and refreshes the drinker. No complaints here.

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Photo of rednrag
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Clean and refreshing. The Czechs and Slovaks know how to brew. Like this a little better than Budvar, maybe not quite as much as Urquell. Will definitely drink again. Will search to find this on tap. Will also try in the can, if it available.

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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 VWBuggirl
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Pilsner. It is very balanced and has great carbonation. It is pours a nice clear straw yellow. It definitely has a skunky smell to it, but that didn't interfere with the taste.

This has a nice dryness that is very but is also a bit sweet. I get a slight hint of citrus as well.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with medium sized white head that recedes to a thin rim, and leaves plenty of lace. Nose is clean with a whiff of fresh white bread aroma. Palate is also somewhat clean with a subdued malt sweetness and crisp hop balance. Very approachable and easy drinking.

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Photo of fartkowski
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml green bottle, bought at the LCBO. Poured a nice brass color, with about a 1" foam head. Another average beer for me. A very mellow, light beer. This had a bit of sweetness to it. Nothing really stood out one way or another.
Again with the green bottle, I was hesitant, but It didn't taste skunky at all.

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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 ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a crystal clear light golden yellow with a threefinger bone white head. Lumpy head falls to skim.
Smells of sweet toasted malt and light hops. Smells like a great pilsner.
Taste is crisp light toasted malt sweetness followed by a nice bitter hop finish.
Light in body with a nice mellow and fine carbonation.
A very good pilsner. Crisp and fresh. I think I must have opened a very fresh bottle as it is better than other bottles that I've had in the past.

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Photo of berserker256
4.55/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green bottle twist-off from the Slovak Republic. And of course the jipped me of .8 of an ounce of beer. It's an 11.2 ounce bottle. Tarnished brass color and a modest creamy white head. Good clarity and few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. Smells like good quality ingredients were used to brew this beer. Smells like sweet malted barley. Smells just as the best German lagers that abide by the purity law smell. Light and flavorful, sweet carmely malt taste, good carbonation, and a touch of bitter hops in the aftertaste. Excellent beer. Perfect example of a Czech Pilsner. This is what beer is supposed to taste like. The taste, for this style, can not be improved upon.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fresh tasting pils that resembles both in design and taste Pilsner Urquel. I liked the clean taste of the finish and decent hopping level of this beer . Put it in tall boy cans ands I would buy it again( most euro pils come in cans in BC). Not a world beater but a quality lager that does slovenia proud

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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 BeardedBoffin
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 prosper
1.42/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a well-regarded beer, I see. Maybe I had a bad bottle, but my sample was downright awful.

Appearance was OK, but it's all downhill from there. Massive skunk in the aroma, and the flavour. So much so that you can't really taste much else. Some continental pils malt flavours make it though, but overall, it's just massive sulfury skunkiness.

Mouthfeel was OK; about the same as Urquell.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vaguely remember having this one a while back. Best take another sample for the data pool.

Poured into a lager glass. Bright golden, no visible carbonation. Head is thick at first, disappears into little islands of foam. Some sticky lacing.

The smell is fairly typical. Hoppy, bready, wheaty, and a bit of spice in the back.

The taste is just fine. Hoppiness up front, with a bit of malts and spiciness near the back. Very smooth. Uninteresting, but definitely drinkable.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin. Could have used a bit more carbonation.

Not a bad little pilsner. Quite drinkable. For the price, it ain't bad. There's others I prefer, but every once in a while I'll give this Slovak option its due.

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Photo of aristeros
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried based on the recommendation of a friend from Slovakia. Poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a very clight yellow, excellent clarity, lots of visible carbonation, almost no head.

Smells of a light malt--some grain smell--and some hops. Also, something that smells halfway between Swiss cheese and socks that I associate with Continental lagers and some pilseners.

Sweeter, malty to start. Lightly hopped, but because the other flavors aren't too strong it seems almost moderately bitter by pils standards. Clear, crisp, with a watery mouthfeel, superior for the style. Slightly dry finish.

Not my favorite pilsener, but it's alright.

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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 Tone
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of metallic, yeast, sulfur, and euro pale malt. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of supfur, yeast, euro pale malt, and slight grain. Overall, an obvisously light-struck beer (at least I strongly hope so).

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Photo of gfreed
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this because I liked the label; very glad I did. Nice and bright golden color, with plenty of rather large bubbles streaming from the bottom-center of my glass. A typically loose and fizzy white head with a brief but happy life releases a nice aroma of flowers, lemons and honey. Clean taste and light body make this very enjoyable; again, lots of flowers and honey with citrus in the taste and a lightly spiced, hoppy sting at the end. The bubbles left little pinpricks in my mouth. Nice! Very much worth your while.

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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 HeroJH
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, a great example of a great Czech Pilsner, or any pilsner for that matter.

A - Rich Gold and a big frothy head
S - Light malt, european lager smell, but with some other spicy notes and character I can't quite place.
T - SO balanced, spicy sweet. Lasting rich aftertaste.
M - Clean and coating with flavor, but refreshing
D - Excellent! Flavorful and refreshing. Definitely have another!

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Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an extra from Dyan. Thanks! The weather is perfect for a pils.

500ml bottle into my half-liter Andechs glass, this beer is golden and brilliantly clear, topped with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head leaves rings of lace down the glass as it settles.

The nose is spicy and faintly honey-like. Saaz hops are apparent along with a touch of lager yeast. This is exceptionally clean and delicate.

Clean and crackery on the tongue. Crisp and dry at first, a touch of bready malt briefly appears mid-palate before the floral, herbal hop character takes over in the finish. Restrained bitterness, and I must emphasize how remarkably clean this is. Incredibly quaffable stuff, yet subtly complex. One of the better Czech-style pilsners I've had.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.
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