Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear yellow/gold body, soft white head.

s: Light aroma of sweet malt

t: light, sweet grainy malt. notes of hay and grass.

m: light body, very clean, appropriate carbonation.

d: An easy drinking pilsner that goes down like water. But I'm glad I didn't buy more than one because half-way through the bottle I am already bored with it. Not much complexity to this simple and light lager.

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Photo of Shadman
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Zylod
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a pal gold color, with a generous sized white head on the top. Decent lace. It has a bit of that green-bottle euro scent to it, light malts. Light malt front, a bit of bitter hops in the backround, sweet candy. Fairly creamy mouth. This brew isnt horrible, but i cant see a repeat purchase.

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

Bottle: standard 500mL green embossed bottle, chincey macro label.

Appearance: golden yellow in colour with plenty of carbonation. A foamy head puffs up and drops almost immediately to a half-finger head with good retention.

Aroma: a very clean, crisp, hop-orientated nose. Citric and grass hops hover over a sweet bread malt backing.

Taste: a typically reasonable and pleasant Czech pilsener. The hop flavours from the nose come through. Very easy to put down, this beer. Not brilliant, but refreshing.

Aftertaste: not much aftertaste at all which is fine as that is standard for the style. Just need to drink more.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a decent amount of carbonation. Could use a bit more.

Overall: not a bad pilsener at all, but with an equivalent of AU$60 for a case of 24 x 330mL, is it worth it? I don't think so. Just get a different, cheaper equivalent Czeck or German pilsener, which are just as good. this simply doesn't have the 'cut above' factor that would make the extra cost worth while.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- light hay wheat color. More like watered down pee. I am sorry but thats exactly the way it looks.

S- strong on the german malts. nothing else stands out.

T- a light sweet malt. The german malts are quite overpowering. It has that skunky flavoring but not as bad as one would expect.

M- malty and sweet. Smooth and crisp.

D- Easy to pound this beer back. A decent sessionable beer. This would be a good beer for the average bud drinker.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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 elricorico
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, a clear golden colour with a big bubbly white head. The head has settled, but it hasn't disappered, and it has left lacing all over.

The smell, when the head was big, it was full of citrus flavour, but now, there is barely any aroma, just a little bit of lime.

Taste is on the sweet side, not very complex, but not straightforward a the same time. Mostly citrus, but there is something sweet that reminds me of a hefe-weizen flavour.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. It is on the thin side, and the carbonation isn't overdone. The beer goes down easy and has nothing offensive to it.

I don't claim to know a lot about Pilseners, but I like this brew, it would certainly fit in as a session beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16.9oz pop top foiled green bottle...has what may or may not be a freshness date

Appearance: Medium-dark golden beer, nice clarity, a decent pour produces a stark white head which soon fades to a thick sticky film

Smell: Lacks the skunk aromas I was fearing...light grainy malt and grassy hop notes...simple, but dead on for the style

Taste: Surprisingly sweet malty flavors, almost sugary...I wasn't prepared for this and I'm not sure I like it...some mildly bitter hay-like hops on the finish...not a lot goin on here...the sweetness is actually a little off-putting

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, approaching medium

Drinkablity: Medium

Conclusion: Not a terrible beer, but not my favorite example of the style for sure

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Photo of jebrew
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shiloh
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Odd name for a beer isn't it or did I join the other team?.....Nah.
This product is very weak or maybe just disappointing. Light golden in colour with sparce crown which soon left leaving nothing.
The body is well carbonated but thin.
The taste has a grainy sweetness to it but not overpowering. There is some evidence of hops in the background but that is minor.
The nose does compliment the taste.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of crookedhalo
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist-off green bottle. Pours a typical golden pils color with a fluffy white head. Bready and grainy aroma with a hint of Euro hops. Swayed more toward the malty side for a pilsner. A touch of malt sweetness and crisp and clean throughout, finishing with a faint astringency. Not the best pilsner I've ever had, but not bad either.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.72/5  rDev +11%
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 kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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 NODAK
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is a very strong grassy and nutty smell. Pretty distinctive, actually.

Taste is much of the same, with some grassy notes, but a definite nutty character as well. It may very well be of grain or barley, but it comes across nutty. There is a pretty mild bitter touch on the finish that is light for style. More nuttiness and perhaps barley hang around after the swallow.

For style, I can't say this is one of the better ones I've had. The tastes are just a bit off for me. More crispness and hop character would have been welcomed, and the flavor profile is a little odd.

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Photo of Kiro
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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 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 Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Bratislava during my current study abroad there. Being in Slovakia, it is under its original name, Zlatý Bažant.

Poured from 500ml bottle into tulip glass with an etching of Bratislava on the side.

Appearance: Golden, with a slight caramel tinge to it. Large, thick head that dissipates slowly with a lot of lace left behind.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of grain and some sweet maltiness.

Taste: Very sweet- bready malt with hints of caramel. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a bit of toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but seems a bit flat. This may not be the best bottle.

Drinkability: A very good session beer, and my favorite Czech pilsner so far (of which I have had many during my time so far in Slovakia). I do not let this affect my review because that would be unfair, but I would still like to note that this beer improves by leaps and bounds on tap.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Beer rating: 22.8% out of 100 with 482 ratings
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