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
Ratings:
478
Reviews:
274
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.98%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of beertunes
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, clear golden yellow with a tall fluffy white head that had good retention and lacung.

The first aroma was green bottle skunk, and a healthy dose of it. Under that is a nice grainy scent with some pleasant hops hiding in the background. There was just a tinge of skunkiness on the tongue, otherwise this was a nice blend of grain and hops.

The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, except for the skunk, this was a decent litle example of the style. I'd like to try a non-skunked one sometime. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The touch of malt in the nose, which inevitably reminds the Czech lager, is pleasant. The body is fairly light, but complex flavors, but it offers a touch of malt sweetness to bring the drink and making it very pleasant to drink. The finish is not powerful, just a slight grassy bitterness (probably due to the Saaz hops) where the side joins the malt side more invigorating hops.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a rich brass color with a small white head. leaves lacing in fine arches

S: a buttery, spicy and citrusy hop aroma is most noticeable with a biscuit aroma in the background. very true to the czech pils style

T: wow, a big suprise from the predominantly hoppy aroma. a very unique malt flavor that is syrupy sweet and just slightly grainy is followed by the spicy, citrusy hops while the buttery characteristic noticed in the aroma is present through all of this, and reminds me of movie theatre popcornn. finish is sweet and peppery

M: a very full body, more than expected for the style and abv, but really gives a chance to experience the rich flavors of the beer. finishes clean

Overall, much better than expected and i will admit putting this one off for quite sometime. This beer has alot of character for the style, and I would definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys a tasty pils

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Photo of BucBasil
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on my trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. This beer is everywhere, and I had one on tap at a bar there on a beautiful evening in the old town.

The beer has a surprising hop bite and good flavor. Nice and spicy with some floral hops and pretty well balanced too with some bready malt.

I had a few of these on my trip and it was never really disappointing.

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Photo of eschbach
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at Total wine today in search of some new beers to try. And I came across this and it looked cool. The cap has gold foil on it like a fancy champagne.

I filled my pilsner glass wit the beer and was impressed. It;s a rich golden color and it's quite foggy. It has a frothy head that sticks around a while. The smell is great. It smells like pure hops! The taste is very bitter. It tastes just like a czech pilsner should taste. It has a strong floral aftertaste. The beer feels very creamy in the mouth. It's not that easy to just throw back fast like a bud light, because it has strong flavors.

If you like a good czech pils this would be the beer for you. I really like the taste of it. It's a little expensive and it is not easy to find. Most stores don't have it.

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Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with bubbles throughout, and a fair amount of dense white head. A film retains well enough to leave some lacing.

S: Mildly sweet, slightly earthy grain.

T: Still sweet, with mild grain and very mild hops to finish. Pleasant enough, though certainly nothing spectacular going on.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite nicely.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange amber into a pint glass. Visible carbonation. 2 fingers of white head that quickly recede into a thin cap. Very small bubbles in this milky head. Body is a lot hazier than any other pilsner I've ever had.

S - Rather weak smell for a pilsner. Bready and malty, but not the aromatic hop smell I was looking for. Slight roasted smell. Rather good.

T - Wow. This is so unlike any other pilsner I've ever had. First of all, it isn't the light, crisp taste I'm used to from a pilsner, like Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas. This taste is slightly orange, a little grapey, and slightly roasted. Hops aren't very overpowering on this, good for a pilsner. Very fruity and tangy.

MF - Very heavy for a pilsner. Slightly syrupy.

D - I think the pint 0.9 ounce serving is perfect for this. Very strong flavor and big body, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of mnrider
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.5%
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 +17.5%
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 -16%
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 +11.2%
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 +5.9%
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 +3.6%
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 -10.4%
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 +22.8%
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 +34.6%
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 +13.3%
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 -0.6%
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 +0.6%
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 -7.4%
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 -58%
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 -4.4%
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 +2.1%
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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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
3.38 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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