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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
zlatybazant.sk

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:
470
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
21.01%
 
 
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Photo of FatSean
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20oz tulip pint.

Poured a golden color with touches of amber. The head was formidable and hung on for several minutes. Some lacing was apparent

On the nose the malts stood up to the hops without problem. A very mild scent for a pilsener, but just enough spices to keep it interesting

Nice sweet and spicy on the tongue with a mild hop finish that was just a little on the bitter side even though it was mild.

Moderate carbonation was noticable upon swallowing. Average body for a pilsener.

Pilseners are one of my favorite style. This is a great example of a czech pilsener in my opinion. Only price would keep it from being a regular drink..

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Photo of dsa7783
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
Pours a golden, light-copper hue with a minimal head and hardly any lacing...
Wheat, grain, and caramel aroma dominate this European brew...
Taste provided a nice depth of flavor for a Pilsener, hinting with bread and butter nuances...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Not bad at all...

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a small head that quickly fades into a thin lacing.

Smells very malty, sweet with some hops, maybe a bit of fruit and some alcohol detected.

A tasty beer, but maybe a bit too sweet, needs more hops for sure.

Bland watery mouthfeel, but overall a good beer.

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

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase yesterday.

A: Poured a clear mango/apricot yellow, a tad darker than your average pils. Lots of carbonation, lots of head, some lace. Pretty!

S: How do you say hops? This has the classic noble hop aroma - spicy, earthy, lemony and grassy. A faint biscuit/pils malt aroma in the back. No butteriness, despite me being impatient about waiting for it to cool.

T: A lot more subdued on the palate than on the nose with a mild pils malt taste, followed by a mild hop bite with earthy and grassy notes being dominant. The finish is fairly dry. Very well balanced.

M: This is the perplexing part of this beer - it's fairly flat and slick on the tongue and that's a little disconcerting

D: When i'm in the mood for a Czech pils and i'm not close to the Toronado and Moonlight, this will probably be my go to pils.

*Edit 24 Aug 2009: Tried this again, and I'm upping the mouthfeel score as it's a lot better than that. Crisp yet full in the sense that it brings to mind some pils that were decoction brewed, with good carbonation and a tasty finish that's got a gorgeous, delicate hop character.

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Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner style beer. Very tasty, One of my favorite European Pilsners. Poured with a nice white head and a bit o lace. Malty aroma with the bitter hop fully present. Some neutral corn sweetness evident. Good finish. For sure a session beer if you're into this kind of beer. Burps too.

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Photo of scottg
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear, dark gold color with a 1 finger white head made of little bubbles with good retention and light lacing. The aroma is dominated by malt. Up front tastes of malt and caramel lead to a lemon hop middle with a herbal, tealike finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing but with some deeper flavor than other Czech Pils I've sampled. A great bargain for the $1.59 price.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is grassy, some hops with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Typical Euro pils. $2.15 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with foil around the neck. $1.29 is too cheap to pass on.

Nice orange-golden color with some carbonation streams visible. It took a bit of effort with the pour to coax a head out of it, and what was there ended up receding to a thin cap rather quickly.

Initial waft of skunkiness after popping the cap, and then after the pour as well. I don't find this a terrible quality in a Czech pilsner. It's pretty much to be expected in this beer in particular, which is not packaged in as beer-friendly a way as Pilsner Urquell is in the 12 packs and covered six-packs. There's a spicy hop presence that's quite enticing, once the skunky notes fade, which they do when given a few minutes.

Very little grain sweetness as it first hits the tongue. This jumps straight to the hops. I approve. Grassy mid-palate, and an ample amount of Saaz hops in the back. It's not overly bitter, or overly anything for that matter. Well rounded, but doesn't skimp on flavor. Finishes dryly bitter with a touch of sweetness. Probably a little milder than Pilsner Urquell in hops.

This beats Urquell in mouthfeel for sure. Sometimes that beer feels slick and soapy, but this hits the right spot. Medium-light, which seems optimal for the style. Does not overdo carbonation.

This is a beer made to be consumed en masse. I would have no trouble drinking several. Very refreshing, and great for summer. Also hits a pretty reasonable price point. Beats the crap out of just about all the Euro lagers out there in terms of taste. This beer won't wow you with appearance or nose, and if you're the type who lets a little skunkiness ruin the drinking experience, then this isn't for you. But it tastes good, is quite refreshing, and would pair well with just about any meal. If available, it's a better choice than the more expensive Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of bfreems1
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bit of a surprise for me. The bottle was chosen for me and I did not decline the offer. The yellow-green label left little to be impressed about. Once poured, there was very little head. This was expected.
The body was golden and not very translucent. The taste was very good for the style. Also,the taste was crisp and went well with the Indian food I was enjoying.
The smell was a bit skunky, but nothing to be upset about. Overall, the drinkability was smooth. I will definitely drink another one of these in the future.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Ecliptica
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since I've been reviewing a lot of green bottle pilsners lately, I decided to grab this during my beer excursion yesterday because of the very inexpensive price ($1.49) and the excellent name. Who doesn't want to drink a beer named 'Golden Pheasant'?

I twisted off the cap - I think this might be the first imported beer I've ever had with a twist-off cap - and poured the brew into a pilsner glass. The beer poured as it's name suggested - a golden hue with a big, frothy, almost two finger head. The head had a ridiculous amount of retention and above average lacing.

I smelled the brew out of the bottle before I poured it and got a horrible, horrible aroma of skunk. Needless to say, I was frightened. Upon pouring it into the glass, however, the skunk smell faded and the only real defining smell was that of grassy hops and minimal malt.

The taste was average for these green bottle pilsners. Not the best I've had, not the worst. As a matter of fact, I would compare this most not to any other European-style pilsners, but to San Miguel, as it was very average tasting with no real defining characteristics. The hoppiness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms and towards the end, but not enough to severely affect the taste.

Mouthfeel is a tad bitter with a dry finish, though it was actually quite nice on the palate. Easily drinkable yet not something worth revisiting. All these pilsners seem too much alike to me, so for the price I recommend it; for the flavor, I'd have to lump this with all the other green bottled beers less Hofbrau, which I think actually distinguishes itself from the rest.

All in all, no complaints on this beer but nothing outstanding either - except the twist off bottle cap. That was absolutely oustanding. I'm glad I just bought a single, because I doubt I'd drink a full six pack of this.

EDIT: 100th review of this beer. Cheers!

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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 RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very minor foggy tone to a straw color. Crème head. Minor cereal nose with a stronger metallic tone. Flavor is tart in a way I don't consider positive. Metallic edge is there, but not the biggest character of the ride. Feel is typical. Overall this is average stuff. There is nothing interesting about it and the metallic and dirty edge just kind of kills it from ever being interesting.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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 TechMyst
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lager in months! A pils in even longer. Minimal head and lace, even with the most vigorus pour. Clear faint yellow. "Skunk" aroma, but plesant. Classic Saaz hop pils, but VERY refreshing. Some bitterness/metallic as palate goes along. Enjoyable lager, as lagers go (with me anyways.)

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden in color and ever so faintly hazed with a thick frothy head that settles to a medium frothy head.
the aroma has got some floral noble hops and some grainy sweetness, and an odd tart lemon rind character to it, though it doesn't smell sour if that makes sense.
sweet grainy flavor with the noble hops backing it uo with a little floral herbal bitterness. pretty clean and pleasant. develops a little bit of a tea like character with warmth.
medium bodied with a fine moderate carbonation.
drinkability is good. a nice simple pilsener

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with an okay fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. The smell is lightly grainy, clean, has floral hops and a touch of lager yeast. Not bad. Taste is similar, quite clean with a crisp pilsner mouthfeel, slightly soft, and with noticeable floral hops. Not as robust as most Czech pilsners, but this Slovak version is pleasant enough in its own way.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on July 25, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. My particular bottle is 5.0% ABV.

The beer poured a translucent gold colour, darker than most North American lagers. The head was quite large and quite dense but disappeared quickly leaving a little lacing on the side. The aroma is hoppy with some yeasty tinges. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with ample carbonation and medium-bodied. The taste is very much pilsener like, but not as good as some of the common Czech Pilseners in my opinion.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml green bottle into a pint glass. Bright golden color in the body, topped by a smallish, creamy white head that doesn't stick around for very long. Aroma of sweet, lightly bread pilsner malt, a touch of spicy Saaz hops, and a little bit of skunk. Palate is a nice balance between light pilsner malt and tangy hops, with a lingering bitterness. Body is nice and well-carbonated, but a strange antiseptic tinge emerges on the finish. A decent, thirst-quenching pilsner.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden yellow color with a massive sticky white head. The aroma is malt with some spicy and grassy hops. the taste is malt accompanied by a nice dose of spicy hops and a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable brew that I will surely revisit in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of pootz
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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 russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze with effervescence & 2 fingers eggshell white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassy & perfumy notes

T: Perfumy & grassy notes up front. Some honey malt, soapy notes along with lemony hops as this warms. Finshes a little dry, with straw & lemon notes

MF: Medium bodied, soft & spritzy with good balance, a little more wouldn't hurt

Drinks easy, but a little too subdued to be more than a BBQ beer, although I do like it better than pilsner urquell

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to the Golden Invtiational, a meet where four golden lagers brewed in Bavaria, Bohemia, Central America, and the South Pacific go against each other to see which of these gold brews makes the rules. Golden Pheasant represents Bohemia, and is the first review in this series of four. Without further adieu, let's get on to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, it's a nice lighter golden color with a fluffy head. But before that, when the bottle was opened, skunk filled the area around it. However, the skunk scent fades away and spicy hops and some malt pull through. There plenty of flavor in this brew. It's hoppy, has a lingering malt flavor, and a featherly melon sweetness. Despite the amount of flavor, it's delicate, soft, and smooth. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

A superb first act here in the Golden Invitational, and a score that will take some work to overtake. Bavaria's offering will be next at the dish.

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Photo of meadhead
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little pils-nut malt
with a touch of noble hops

the slightest hint
of green glass skunk
seems to have
mingled in

an average to good
pilsener

with a little bite at the end

smell is average
pils type malt

taste is predominant
nut heavy

mouthfeel-
decent
a soft carbonation

drinkability
good
an easy libation

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
3.38 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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