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:
36
For Trade:
0
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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 Jason
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately lined crispness within a light to medium body, a smoothness come from this. Spicy hop is noticeable upfront, hay and grassy flavours from the grain and hops set in with a mild spicy flavour from the hops that cuts through some of the malt. Then comes a slight citric hop that drops a zesty flavour in the middle to finish. Malt is very grainy in a semi clean way and linger far and broad into the after taste.

A simple lager, tasty without any complexities. Pairs well with any kind of smoked sausage, I had mine with some smoked sausage and slaw.

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

Color is golden yellow with below average head size. After a tiny initial whiff of skunk, the aroma is of doughy malts with an underlying herbal hop smell. Taste is mainly of malts, not too sweet, with just a tiny bit of spice. Taste is probably more like a euro pale lager than a czech pils. Mouthfeel has an above average crispness and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of smithj4
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 ZEB89
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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 Tone
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of metallic, yeast, sulfur, and euro pale malt. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of supfur, yeast, euro pale malt, and slight grain. Overall, an obvisously light-struck beer (at least I strongly hope so).

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, slightly pissy yellow, with active carbonation, and a small head with no lacing.

Smells pretty skunky. Don't use green bottles! There's some lager yeast, and a hint of sweet grains. Doesn't smell all that hoppy, which is what I would expect from a Czech pilsner.

This is pretty skunky and hard to drink. Underneath that wonderful flavor, I get a bit of sweet grains, an almost corn-like flavor, and the slightest snap of leafy hops. Meh.

This is light bodied, with a skunky sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This isn't all that good. I don't know fresh it is, but no beer of this kind, or really any kind, should be put in green bottles.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pheasant is a Slovakia Pilsner and an overall good example of a Pilsner. It is easy to drink. My Golden Pheasant was serves in a tall slender Golden Pheasant mug (don't you love proper glassware) filled to the 500 ml mark. It is aggressively carbonated but did not form a persistant head. Easy to drink, interesting malt character for a pilsner. You can taste some hop flavors too. Overall, an excellent, drinkable, wet beer. I order it frequently and enjoy it everytime. Better on draught than in bottles.

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Although the nose is initially cereal grains, the taste is all pilsner. Lightly hopped, rich golden color with soft, creamy head. Medium weight mouthfeel and some lingering malt/hops on the palate. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp with some malt and hoppiness. Feels a bit watery in the mouth. Goes down very smooth and easy. Overall a pretty good brew.

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

Pourd a .5L can into my mug. Appeared gold, not entirely clear, with a short head. The bitterness is right in line with the style with a rounded, herbal hop finish. The aroma and flavor are a touch cider-like at first, but the spicy, dry lemony hops quickly take over. Not a bad lager to session.

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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 Sweffin
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that leaves an attractive lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: very light malt smell but not much there.

Taste: clean and crisp. Bitterness is mild but creeps up on you at the end. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but a good, albeit mild, flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: this has a nice drinkability, much like most lagers.

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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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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
3.38 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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