Golden Pheasant | Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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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

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271
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464
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
21.07%
 
 
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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase yesterday.

A: Poured a clear mango/apricot yellow, a tad darker than your average pils. Lots of carbonation, lots of head, some lace. Pretty!

S: How do you say hops? This has the classic noble hop aroma - spicy, earthy, lemony and grassy. A faint biscuit/pils malt aroma in the back. No butteriness, despite me being impatient about waiting for it to cool.

T: A lot more subdued on the palate than on the nose with a mild pils malt taste, followed by a mild hop bite with earthy and grassy notes being dominant. The finish is fairly dry. Very well balanced.

M: This is the perplexing part of this beer - it's fairly flat and slick on the tongue and that's a little disconcerting

D: When i'm in the mood for a Czech pils and i'm not close to the Toronado and Moonlight, this will probably be my go to pils.

*Edit 24 Aug 2009: Tried this again, and I'm upping the mouthfeel score as it's a lot better than that. Crisp yet full in the sense that it brings to mind some pils that were decoction brewed, with good carbonation and a tasty finish that's got a gorgeous, delicate hop character.

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Photo of tigg924
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grain, grass, honey, and faint hops with lingering sweetness. Average to slightly below average Czech pilsener. Not a bad beer but, I have others that I prefer much more in the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw appearance. Foamy white head with good retention. Carbonation is evident. Aroma is a subtle mix of malt and hops with the malt winning the battle. If you're looking for a European Pilsner without the big bitter factor, this is it. It's a very pleasant tasting beer. Nice malt base. Very subtle hop nuances. A slight citric twang and maybe a little metallic. Thinnish body and fairly low carbonation. Very easy to kick this one back. Gotta love the name too.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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 drpimento
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner style beer. Very tasty, One of my favorite European Pilsners. Poured with a nice white head and a bit o lace. Malty aroma with the bitter hop fully present. Some neutral corn sweetness evident. Good finish. For sure a session beer if you're into this kind of beer. Burps too.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

bright golden color, white frothy head from hard pour, it fades. clean, earthy aroma. taste is crisp, just a touch of sweetness and some grassy hops. thin body, but slick mouthfeel. easy to drink. pretty good overall.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on the pour is a limpid deep gold with a generous bright white head that is frothy in texture and the residual lace a quite thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is citrus crisp, fresh and clean, sweet with the start also sweet and fairly well malted, top is middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation and the hops mild but pleasant in their spicy bite, quite dry aftertaste, drinkable at any rate.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hearty yellow pour for style, 1/2" white head. Aroma had those zesty noble hop feels, I'm down. Almost hoped for some skunk in this one.

Taste didn't pop as much as hoped for, but its a pilsner, its mild, it does its thing. Highly carbonated, light pilsner malt, I mean, this is better than average for style. Average bitterness and noble/Saaz hop impact.

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Photo of stcules
2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
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 StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a nice clear coppery amber with a rather thick, slightly off-white head. The head stays for a bit, a point in this beer's favor. Crisp aroma is fairly strong and has a fruity hint. Flavor is crisp and has a surprisingly strong bitter bite, as well as just a hint of sweet fruit. Texture is smooth and tingly, and aftertaste is somewhat bitter but not nastily so. One of the better pilsners I have sampled.

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Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks completely normal, golden with a decent head. Smells like skunked hops and nothing else.

Doesn't taste all that skunky, though, thank god. Crisp upfront, a very bold malt and some grain. In the back there's some skunkiness and a little peppery hint that is actually quite unique and nice. Almost no aftertaste.

Light, crisp, and actually quite refreshing, this isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a good beer, either.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
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 andrenaline
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Quite mild, but grassy hops and some sour citrus come through. Classic euro scent.

T - Grassy hops and a wheaty malt come through with some hop bitterness that lingers. Reminiscent of a Heineken Pale Lager but with more dominant flavours. Better than some of the Canadian large scale brews available.

M - Medium bodied, a bit prickly going down but finishes with a nice touch of dryness.

D - A pleasant surprise and a tasty Euro lager that would bode well on a hot summer day. Flavours are mild, but I would definitely prefer this over some of the Canadian large scale brews.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium straw color with a thin layer of head.
Sharp hop smell, borderline lemon and grapefruit smell. There's a metallic smell too.
A mild metallic taste, strong lemon and dry bitterness.
Crisp and clean texture. Moderate carbonation.
A descent and good Czech Pils. Enjoyable and worth trying out.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber colour with healthy white head, visible bubbles and steady carbonation. Trace amounts of lace. Healthy-looking brew, nothing out of the ordinary but it's exactly as it should look.

Nose is quite pleasant, which is surprising considering the funky metallic whiff I got when I opened it. Tangy with a nice airy citrus fruit character, slight astringent phenols, light caramelly malt as well. Very hoppy, herbal but clean. Actually very pleasant.

Very malty on the taste, rich and buttery in character with a vegetable oil flavour as well. Hops came in midway and give distinct notes of basil, grass and tobacco - very herbal anyway, which trails off but leaves a soft lingering trace of bitterness for the finish. Palate is a bit short, and slightly oversweet on the mid. Hops are noticeable but in a pilsener should dominate more. Use by date is next year so I can't imagine it's an old bottle, just the hops aren't aggressive enough.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a nice sizzling texture across the tongue, perfectly crisp and lagery. It's a decent pils but not a fantastic one. More hopping to eliminate that weird sweet peak and bitter up the finish would be more than welcome.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant, or Zlaty Bažant to give it its native name, comes in a green glass bottle (calm down Texans!) that has Pheasants embossed on the neck and holds 1 Pint and 0.9 fl.oz, that’s a Half Liter for the Metric orientated of us!

The label is white golden and red, with the picture of a…... you already guessed right? yep - a Golden Pheasant. It also has gold foil around the top 3” of the bottle. This gives it a very uncanny similarity in appearance to its neighbor, Pilsner Urquell, which I am sure, is no accident.

It pours a lovely deep golden color with a large frothy white head that clings to the glass sides and laces well. Has a light straw hint when held to the light. The head is short lived, but can be maintained when constantly topped up. Otherwise you will soon have a broken scummy white head.

The Nose has a hoppy crispness with some biscuit malt. Not lavish, just utilitarian.

Introduction is hoppy at first but soon makes way for a soft butterscotch middle. The finish also has a diacteyl, sweet, almost cloying end with some bitterness.

Refreshing when served chilled, a little sickly when it warms.

The Slovak Republic borders the Czech Republic, but Golden Pheasant it much further away from Pilsner Urquell that the distance suggests.

Just another average Pilsner Style Lager, I would not miss it if I never had another.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with black tinges. Foamy white head that settles out to a wispy layer. Grainy smell. Clean smooth pils taste. Mellow hop in the middle, closes smooth. Touch lemony.

Really drinkable. Solid.

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden with a 2 white finger head that left some lacing

smell is strong grains and light grassy hops - standard pils

taste - the hop bitterness hit me tastebuds first then comes a wave of sweet malts

mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation that leaves a nice crisp finish

drinkability is good with flavor and as light as this beer is

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Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden beer, slightly hazy, small white head..leaves Ok lace. Great strong pils aromas, of grassy hop and considerable malts. Nice semi-sweet maltiness to begin, then a lemon type hop taste, followed by more grassy hopping in the end. Ok on the palate. Not a bad beer..good drinking lager.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
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 canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Boto
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color. The head fizzes away quickly. There doesn't see to be much carbonation in my bottle. Mild aroma of hops and malts. Nothing distinguished stands out. Taste is Fairly mild, with a bit of malts and a slightly bitter finish. Seems to be kind of smooth.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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