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Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of shadow1961
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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 gmfessen
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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 stephendr
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle- color of clear bright yellow , with a white medium head - nose of hay , slight hopps , banana , sweet corn , and malt – taste of hay , skunk , hopps , and sweet - body well carbonated , and medium acidity – aftertaste of sweet corn , resin bitter , and gummy

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Photo of ski271
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-light straw with a medium-sized, white, foamy head with good retention. Light, thin lacing. Smell is moderately malty with a light hops balance. Grass, lightly sweet grain, light citrus. Taste is more of the same but with the hops more evident heading towards the finish. Nothing all that complex at all, but clean and crisp and very pleasant. I enjoyed this one.

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

Picked this one up in Bratislava. The bottle has the same label as the one currently pictured but with the Slovak name of Zlaty Bazant.

The appearance is a golden color just as the name suggests. The head was very white and about an inch tall when first poured. The head was still there after a few minutes but had diminished to less than half its original size with no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very faint but there was a hint of alcohol when first poured. After some warming there was mild evidence of a floral hop presence.

The taste also had a hint of alcohol when first poured but again that changed with warming. Some hop bitterness coming through, but not much noble hop flavor that usually accompanies the style. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these in an afternoon but its flavor is pretty basic. It drinks smooth and doesn't leave a whole lot of aftertaste.

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

Very golden color which is fitting to the nice title. White head and a ring of retention. Smell is very pleasant. Golden pheasant or golden pleasant? Nose is spicy, softly lemony, grainy and grassy. Pretty crisp with clarity and very easy to smell. Nicely basic. Taste is brisk, creamy in feel, lemony and peppered with sweet malts. Uncomplicated flavors and easy to enjoy. Mild bitterness, a clean finish and an energetic carbonation. Mouthfeel is partially gritty with a general smoothness. Drinkable like a lager.

Not bad. Decent but basic. All the pieces are in place. Probably great with food on a hot thirsty day.

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Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine pale golden color with a thin soapy head. The aroma definately has the saaz thing going on...grassy, floral, spicy...delicate and enjoyable. Crisp, hoppy flavor wrapped around a soft sweet maltiness, though I wish there was more as it leaves it feeling somewhat "raw". Medium-light, bristling mouthfeel goes down real easy.

A pretty good, if simple, pilsner. Definately fits the style, though I feel it could use a malt boost...very drinkable.

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Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant pours a pale straw color with a white head froma a green 500 ml bottle with a foiled neck and cap. The smell is a little skunky at first, but that cleared up by breathing for a few minutes. A mild hop aroma dominated after the skunk cleared. The flavor is mild, not unpleasant, but not exciting either. Fairly well balanced, it's hard to pick out any flavors. Better than a lot of eastern European lagers I've had.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.

Poured golden yellow with slow but steady carbonation. A two-finger head slowly descended and left a decent amount of lacing along the glass.

The smell was thin, but very clean - a touch of grass and some floral hops.

The taste was of sweet malt, which gave it a nice body, and grass backed by bitter, floral hops. Very well-balanced between malt and hops.

It's smooth and refreshing. A touch more body than many others of the style. It goes down easily and flavors hold on for a little while.

It's a solid choice when looking for this style and above average for European pilseners. For the past few years, I've been getting this occasionally when I'm in the mood for a Czech-style pilsener, and it's never been a disappointment - never been harsh, metallic or skunked.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a particular fan of the Czech Pils style, but decided to try this anyway, mostly because it was a gift. Golden Pheasant scores big points for the oversized, foiled bottle, though it remains to be seen what else this brew has going for it.

Pours from a 500mL green bottle into my pilsner glass a light golden straw colour, with some visible effervescence. Fairly translucent, but that's to be expected. Capped by two-plus fingers of exceptionally foamy white head. It dissapates gradually to a half-finger or so (though rather uneven), but leaves remarkably little lacing (what little there is is rather runny). Islands of foam after the head has virtually dissappeared. Not bad, a standard pilsner look.

Smell is also fairly standard for a European pilsner. Grassy, herbal. A touch of toasted malt. Dirty. A touch of skunk, though subtle, and perhaps a character of the beer, rather than true skunk. A touch of indistinct fruit. Some grain. Faint citrus. Not bad, but nothing special.

Taste is, as you might expect, more of the same. A touch of malt upfront (toasted) is balanced by an assertive hoppiness that is still subtle enough to appeal to your average lager drinker. Citrus. Grassy. Balanced. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of bitterness. A hint of candied sweetness throughout. Pepper. Tasty, but hardly complex and fairly unsurprising.

Mouthfeel is a tad unusual. Not as heavily carbonated as some pilsners I've tried, and a surprisingly nice feel to the body - light, but not watery. Faintly slick. Drinkability is good, perhaps better than some pilsners. The hop flavour isn't especially assertive, which is nice if you're going for multiple servings. Taste is good, but not complex enough to warrant paying especially close attention.

I may have Golden Pheasant again, but I don't think that it will ever be a mainstay in my beer diet. A fairly straightforward pilsner, worth a shot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guess it's ok stuck in the Czech Pilsner sytle...I would have said Euro Pilsner because of the earthy character with a noticable, but mild skunk aroma. Disguised neatly as herbal and must-ey hops, the beer comes across characterful but dirty. A common light yellow and neatly clear hue with adequate carbonation and a lacking head retention. Moderate malt sweetness with a grain quality (expected). Hoppy for sure, but more earthy flavors than balancing bitterness. Feels typically grain-ey, carbonated, and clean, but just slight of refreshing and crisp...just a little to muddy with the hops. Never really got over the pungent aroma and flavor.

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Photo of wl0307
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second time to try this beer. The first enounter was due to a Slovak's friend's kind recommendation, brought back from his home country. Yet this bottle obtained in London has English translations of Zlaty Bazant on the label: Golden Pheasant. Well, does it mean it's now widely available and popular? At least this is the only Slovak beer I've managed to find in London so far...
BB 21/06/06, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: pale golden in colour, the restrained beer head builds up fast yet retreats equally w/o hesitation; the sporadic carbonation contains huge bubbles occasionally ascending with growing speed from the bottom of the glass.
S: a dried-grassy note skirted with an eggy note that is quite common to mass-produced lager these days... (or is it?) The malt content is medium, not full, but sufficient to keep a balance with the grassy note. Also noticeable are a honeyish malty aroma and sweet-ish grains, while a swirl could bring up a more fragrant and lemony fruitiness. Not bad.
T: slightly metallic in texture upfront, coupled with a very soft-bodied maltiness pouring onto the palate... wrapping very faint flavours in the middle, nothing more considerable than toast-like bitter-sweet bready malts and a very mild edge of lemonade... slowly and quietly, a dryish-bitter aftertaste comes of age, marking welcomed presence of bunches of hops, and resulting in a mildly hoppy yet quite chewy finish.
M&D: smooth and semi-clean (not crisp), on the texture, pleasant enough for quaffing in quantity. Yet the flavour profile is slightly too boring, as the hoppy entry only brings aboard its body rather than sufficient flavours, hence a beer feeling better in the end than its overall taste... An O.K. Pilsner-style lager I have to say--NEEDS MORE FLAVOURS!!

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

Fairly good golden color with an underacheiving head.

Aroma of clean malt, pilsner hops, and a light honey scent like chewable cough drops.

Taste is good but unexciting. Starts with some mild sweetness, moves to crisp grassy tones, and dries in the finish with a light, peppery bitterness.

This is a good, but light, proper pilsner, not just another green-bottled euro skunkbrau.

Would be highly refreshing if chilled on a hot day. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ernie
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much-respected in Central Europe, this beer is nicely balanced, clear and delightful.

Color is pale golden, with small bright sparks, head medium, long-lasting, carbonation level also medium.

Aroma malty-hoppy, complex, with a bit of candy sugar and fresh hay.

Start fresh, taste dry, body firm. Hops are present from the first moment and slowly increase their force towards finish. Mouthfeel crisp, smooth towards the end. Aftertaste long, bittersweet.

Very good beer. Certainly the best from Slovakia.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear straw with a loose head. Retention is NotBad.

S - Faint metallic hops smell and not much else.

T - Sweet-ish. Light bitterness and some grain taste.

M - Light mouthfeel.

D - Easy enough to drink. Not particularly interesting or tasty, but not bad either. I wouldn't be able to spot this one out of a lineup of pale euros and pils'.

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Photo of EvilKeith
1.73/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours into the glass a slightly hazy golden to almost copper color. Starts with an impressive thick dense pancake batter-like head, fades quickly to a spotty cap. Lace is minimal.
When held to the light I note small suspended particles (are those sea monkeys?).

Smells like a skunk under a grain silo and a bit earthy.

Taste is an astringent graininess with an unpleasant lingering aftertaste.

This can not possibly be what the brewer originally put into the bottle. I have to assume I got a bad bottle. The kitchen drain will have to finish this one (my apologies to the drain).

I will attempt to find another bottle and re-review.

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

A deep blonde colour moving towards a copper tone. The head started off huge and disipated almost instantly. Zero lace.
Not much of a nose but the mouthfeel is nice and beads on the palate. very drinkable in that respect. Not acidic. However not much flavour. As the farmer said "That'll do babe, that'll do." but not much more. Take it when it's offered but don't seek it out.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a standard pilsner look, a yellow-orange look with some slight lacing. Smell is actually really good for coming from a green bottle, not a single bit of skunk in the nose. Taste is pretty good, fresh grain with strong bitter hoppy undertones that fade quickly. This is not overly carbonated which makes it a pretty positive drinking experience, and goes down pretty easy. I'd have another if offered, would go well with spicy food.

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Photo of stcules
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, white foam, beautiful appearance.
Decent herbal hop, malt in the background, hay. Decent. Not the best pils, but pleasant.
Same notes in the taste, maybe just a little less fresh? Anyway, again honest and drinkable.
Light body, even if not too light.
Quite long aftertaste, with hop bitterness, and some maltiness.
Not so bad.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.94/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Who doesn't love pheasants? Beautiful birds! Used to roam wild and free in my home town. Glorious plumage, gentle creatures. And who wouldn't enjoy a beer made from them?
Wait...it's not?...okay, ...that's cool...anyway...

very clear, pale golden/amber appearance, nice, fluffy, snow-white head...

Aroma: skunkaroo! Sour lemon. Bad. Foul. Putrid. Ick.

Taste: Must I?
strong, fullish, fierce, grainy, and very bare thereafter....not much to brag about, Slovakia...blah, bleh, blech...Oooo, ish, ugh...not pleasure-enducing by any stretch.
Light bodied, dry finish, grainy all the way, with an unpleasant flavor, that never satisfies...
Does anyone like this stuff? Why? And why did I waste $2 on it that could've gone to online downloads of Falco's Greatest Hits? ("One Night In Bangkok makes a Hard man humble"...or is it, hustle? that's why I need it!)

These questions and more will be answered ...never...or, ...will they?

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Photo of tgbljb
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a crystal clear golden color with moderate white puffy head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is a citrus and hoppy. Taste is crisp and refreshing with a slight hop bitterness. Finished more bitter that malty with a touch of citrus. A simple yet refreshing beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a nice white head and decent carbonation. Spicy herbal hop aromas dominate. Spicy malt and hop flavors lend to a strong flavor profile. Medium-light bodied and creamy with a crisp dry bitter finish.

Per Label: Heineken Slovensko, Stefanikova, Slovak Republic

Per BOM notes: 5% ABV & 100% Barley

(11.2 oz.)

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner from a 12oz bottle. Cool bottle.

A - Golden straw color with a bright white head.
S - Pale malt and slight hoppy nose. Subdued.
T - Crisp, with malt dominance. Hop flavors follow, albeit slight. A little metallic-tasting.
M - typical pils. Some malty thickness, but well balanced by the hop undertones.
D - This is a better pils than a skunky Heineken all the way around. Pilsners are not my favorite style, but once in a while I'll enjoy one. I'd drink this again in a pinch.

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

This is widely considered to be the best lager brewed in Slovakia ... and rightly so ... It's a bit like a softer copy of the Pilsner Urquell, almost the same but slightly sweeter and therefore less dry ...

I remember while living in Hong Kong someone visiting had the kindness to bring me a bottle of this and I truly enjoyed it ...

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Photo of brewQ
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Via Stanley Stawski, Chicago
Impossible to decipher production code.

Basic yellow color.
Light hop floral aroma.

A touch of sweetness and a very silky mouth feel and me daydreaming about drinking this in a nice bier garden.

Finish was slightly metallic but this is a drinkable brew.

Surprised they have a twist off cap, complete with visual directions, I am not a fan of this closure for imports. Still, it was fresh.

I'd drink it again.

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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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