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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:
467
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
21.01%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Photo of nickthetick
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden straw, clear and extremely effervescent with a thick frothy with a pure white head. When I look at this its what I imaged beer looked like when I was a kid. The big glass of yellow with a white foam that homer was always drinking at moe's tavern. Leaves a beautiful white lacing.

S: grassy and slightly lemony with a small hop profile. Malt is noticable as is yeast and it makes for a nice white bread smell.

T: light smooth hop profile and a lot of yeast and malt backing. Dry lemongrass and not a whole lot else. All the flavors from the malt hops and yeast blend well and makes for a nice smooth flavor profile. Very typical of a good czech style pilsner.

MF: light, smooth, effervescent, not very bitter however it is not watered down. The flavors blend smoothly and do not attack the mouth.

D: very typical of a czech style pilsner and a very drinkable beer; that beening said for a beer I have to search all over and fear to find fresh at its price I'd rather buy somthing locally and just as good. A great beer but the availability takes away from it.

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

Golden yellow appearance with moderate head. Smell is grassy, large amount of hops are apparent.

The taste is rich and grassy. This has a moderate body and goes down smooth. Carbonation is light. The after taste is bitter and spicy that lingers for awhile after drinking.

Overall, this is a simple and refreshing beer. Although expensive, it is worth drinking all night.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Beer pours with a good amount of head that has a slight tinge of brown to it. The head is very foamy with a lot of air pockets. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow with minimal carbonation. Some nice lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell a decent amount of hops and malt in the beer. A slight general based spiced smell as well.

Taste - Very good tasting beer, there is a slight taste of bitterness that does not ever take the taste. The beer has a strong presents to itself.

Mouthfeel - I may go as far as saying the beer appears to be flat in the mouth. The flavour remains the same as the taste, not much added here.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer that i will stock again. Overall, impressed with character this beer brings to the table.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly but eventually vanishes. The aroma is of faint noble hops, and a little skunk. The taste has some nice bready malt with a hint of hops. Unlike the aroma there is no skunkiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I doubt I'll drink it again.

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Photo of IllNate
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent clarity. Pale gold colour.

S - Familiar Pils smell. Grassy spicy hops.

T - Rich malt character. Surprisingly complex malt character. Nice balancing bitterness with some spicy character in the end.

M - Very smooth and full bodied, excellent!

D - Very good.

I have to question the treatment of the beer others have reviewed. Not only does the beer have to be fresh, but it needs to be treated well. Green bottles are notoriously bad for poor shelf life.

I Did not get any 'floaties' and the head was bone white. An all round excellent pilsner.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Pheasant has a medium, off-white head and a color and appearance very similar to apple juice. There was some sort of particulate matter floating about, and carbonation was moderate. Aroma is of a sort of off, chemical, semi-sweet, gum smell. The taste is also of that gummy, industrial flavor, which is not at all pleasant. Mouth-feel is medium and not unlike mouth wash. The beer finishes wet and difficult to down. Maybe this sample was spoiled, but I did not like it.

RJT

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Impressive thick white foamy head covers the brew well, finally settling down to a layer about a quarter inch thick. Just as the name implies, the coloring of the beer is golden and is crystal clear. Loads of lazy carbonation rise to the top of the liquid, trapped by all those bubbles on top. The lacing is thick, creating a thin layer all around the glass. I'm very happy with the look of this beer!

S- This definitely smells of Pilsener! The hops are present immediately, followed by a clean, crisp herbal quality...very leafy and fresh! The malt sweetness is noticeable more in the backround and helps to balance the dominant spicy aromas.

T- Dry grassy flavors, followed by leafy bittering hops dominate the palate here. It is floral yet sweet at the same time. It is a little richer than the aroma lets on, and I agree, there is a slight citrus flavor about it....lemon zest to be more precise. Overall, the flavoring is a little softer than I expected.

M- Again, this feels richer than it should IMO, as it is more medium to full bodied and the carbonation is actually quite soft and fine. It lingers on the palate for quite some time before the next drink.

D- This is flavorful, yet different, but has the overall profile of a Czech Pils. It's fuller, but refreshing and I wish this was available on tap at any of the local pubs....it would be a great choice. I would have no problems having an evening full of this brew....I like it and recommend it!

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Photo of decimator
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden yellow with a big frothy head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin bubbly cap and some lacing is produced.

S - Sweet, bread, grass and a hint of citrus.

T - Sweet, hint of citrus with a grassy hop finish.

M - Lacks a bit of carbonation for the style. Finish is a bit dry.

D - Good beer. Easy to drink only this in a sitting.

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

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a golden yellow colour with a decent size fizzy and foamy white head. I can see lots of carbonation slowly rising to the top of the glass. There appears to be some average lacing and the head has lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a slight skunkiness, also a grassy scent. There are hops, malts, and a corn syrup sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - An average amount of carbonation, I wouldn't mind a little more, but it still has a nice mouth feel. The beer has a nice medium bodied taste, not watery at all. It has a very refreshing and satisfying taste. I can taste bready/grain notes, also a slight citrus zest and some hops. It ends with just a slight bitterness but the aftertaste is sweet.

Drink - An excellent euro lager, probably one of the best I've had from the category. I'd compare this with Pilsner Urquell. A definite session beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with streamers of bubbles and a tight rocky white head that leaves trailers. Old school lager nose: lots of sweet grain with a bit of cedar oil. Tart grain with hints of white bread toast and thin honey followed by woody hops with touch of lemon rind. Tight clove oil finish. Crisp, creamy, round.

Hops are more on the wood/perfume side than the grass/spice. Not hopped up to Budvar, but a good clean Czech pilsener.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Crystal clear yellow with two fingers of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Pilsner malt, cut grass/floral hops, a bit of musky hop aroma. Overall: Malty sweet and floral.

Taste -- Grainy sweetness with grassy/floral hops. There's some mild fruitiness under the surface, but otherwise it tastes just like it smells. Finish is mostly clean

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Not a game-changer by any stretch, but I found it to be pleasant enough. It's more or less on par with the rest of Europe's macro lagers such as Carlsberg or Stella Artois.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid golden. Pretty flat. Not much foam or carbonation, unless you shake it a bit or take a sip.

Smell: Spicy hops, wet hay, and strong honey. A good balance in my opinion. Thumbs up!

Taste/Mouthfeel: I definitely taste the hops, hay, and honey. Overall, a solid taste, but a bit too sweet. A tad bit flat, but smooth. Suprisingly thick for a Czech pilsener though. A bit cloying.

Drinkability: You might like this if you can handle the sweetness and consistency. It might be a problem for some.

Overall: If you've tried other Czech pilseners, this is worth trying.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CAN you believe what due diligence will uncover in the ongoing CANQuest (TM)? I almost CAN't, but here is another rare CAN!

From the CAN: "A Golden Pheasant in a field of ripen [sic] barley has always been a sign of a rich and bountiful harvest." It makes it sound like I should be drinking this at Thanksgiving, but I CAN't wait that long!

My pour got me two fingers' worth of fluffy, foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pretty, deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Liquid sunshine! Nose had a rich, Saaz-hop grassiness up front, with an underlying lager sweetness. In a CAN!?! I have been missing out with all of the AALs that have been part of this process. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pronounced molasses flavor on the tongue. Wild! Finish was slightly grassy and bitter, but lingering with a molasses tang. I have this as a "Gots" but if I do not get any takers, it will be going into my cooler.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Nice, a Slovak quasi-tallboy. Doesn't get much better than that, right? Oh, wait, it does: Johnny Cash's "Hurt" now fills the air about me. Right on. This bad boy pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of quick-to-death white foam. The nose comprises wheat, puffed rice, and a field full o' fragrant flowers. The taste rocks all o' these elements, adding a slight corn-syrup-esque sweetness in the back. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils; I may not be that big a fan o' this style, but this is pretty good.

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

I like this beer. Poured from tap to a 0,5l Zwayt Bazant glass, by the time the beer got to me there was no head so I imagine it fell fast to the thin white film left before me. A clear golden body was shown with a good amount of activity. Smells faintly of malt and hops. There's a sweetness like honey in the beer very malty and a bit filling with slight hop taste as well. I really like the beer. Though slightly filling, I'd happily make a few of these my meal.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid golden color with a nice foamy white head. No lacing, but a good skim of head. Nice clarity.

Light malt and grass, with some herbal notes. Mild at best.

Light crisp flavors, with some sweet then dry malt, some firm bitterness, some sweetness, husk, and bitter finish. Some herbal, spicy notes in the hop area. It is what it is supposed to be.

Lighter bodie and good carbonation. Clean.

Overall, a good drinker. Not a hint of skunk, even from the green bottle. I liked this as a rep of the style. Pleasant, and enough uniqueness to edge this up. Worth a try.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Stange
TEMP: Served at approx 40 degrees, allowed to warm, while drinking

This has a slightly dark hue to it's golden yellow/orange color. Minimal head. No lacing.

This has a typical 'green-bottle beer' smell. Slightly skunky. Below that are some nice notes of grains and light hops.

The taste is much better than the nose, surprisingly. The skunk qualities are almost unnoticed. The graininess is very pleasant. The hops are earthy and well integrated. It has a nice, light, malty sweetness that lays across the top of it, quite nicely. The hops provide a nice bite of spiciness in the finish.

This one is medium-bodied and has a medium-to-almost-high level of carbonation. It is crisp, yet has a nice smoothness to it, as well.

This actually surprised me, I have to admit. From the packaging,style and smell, I did not expect to like this one. Oddly enough though, I find it quite drinkable and will look forward to having it again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any resemblance to a bird but as for the 'golden' part, that's definitely true to its name. Golden Pheasant is indeed a lustrous, resplendent gold colour and it shines with a self-assured brassiness and irreproachable clarity. Although much of it has now expired, its head was originally built-up as a sizable nesting, home to its many tiny bubbles.

The malts and hops seemed to have escaped the onslaught of UV rays that is provoked by the use of green glass bottles, but they don't seem to have survived the journey over the Atlantic unscathed. In fact, less a faint and driveling breadiness, this has little else to claim aroma-wise. The bouquet could have really used those Noble hops.

Pilsners (and lagers in general) are always so much better when their brewers put some legs under them (translated: when they don't skimp out on the malt). Golden Pheasant certainly has a leg on which to stand and in that regard I'm pleased. It isn't, however, truth be told, the tastiest of legs but it's sturdy and sufficient and palatable nonetheless.

The beer is by no means insipid, although, at the risk of repeating myself, it really could have used a proper dose of Noble hops. Those floral, grassy little cones are responsible for the style's distinguishably sassy and somewhat spicy demeanor, and without them the mouthfeel is only nominally bitter and dreadfully bready and one-dimensional.

To many, Golden Pheasant may be just another mild, mainstream lager. And it is. But it bears noting that these kinds of beers are so often emasculated and corrupted with adjuncts that to brew an unadulterated and relatively uncompromising example is respectable and virtuous in its own right. Don't be so quick to call this one for the birds...

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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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