Brewed by Heineken Slovensko
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Hurbanovo, Slovak Republic


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RATINGS: 899   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Generally just named Zlaty Bazant (zlatý bažant = golden pheasant), it may also be known by the names 12%, Golden Pheasant, Premium, or Premium Imported
A Golden Pheasant in a field of ripened barley has always been a sign of a rich and bountiful harvest.
Zlaty Bazant is one of Slovakia’s best selling beers.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TET (2952) - Kaarina, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2007
Deep yellow colour and large bubbled white perishable head. Aroma is almost unpleasant. Weak malty and biting hops. Aftertaste is little better and exist longer but it is not save this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (3419) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2007
A decent BP...nothing out of the ordinary. Pour was light gold with a generous 2 finger white head. Aroma of skunk. Do people other than in the US and England pick up this aroma? It seems most beers from that region have this same smell. I am guessing the trip overseas plus the fact they have light color bottles letting more light in attributes to this. Taste was as expected...thin and a tad hoppy in the aftertaste. Very dry and fizzy. OK for summer and that’s it

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2007
500 Bottle. Very malty and skunky, I did not enjoy this at all. Would not drink this again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
after4ever (8018) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2007
500. Wow, I thought Amarit was the skunkiest beer in the known universe, and that opinion lasted all of four minutes. Clearly, the Slovaks are not to be outdone. This little hummer pours crystal clear ultralight yellow with a thick fizzy white head that falls away to nothing and actually leaves a dab of lace. Another titan of skunk on the nose. Watery, weak, chemical-laden, unpleasant, sticky finish that feels like solvent. Probably looks good on the winning soccer team’s heads after the game, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle from LCBO. Heavily malty for the style yet manages some assertive noble hops presence. Feels a bit heavy and sweet but is never cloying, one gets used to the extra weight. when fresh this is exactly what a Slovak-owned brew is supposed to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (5367) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2007
I do really find this style very easy and interesting to drink. This has a pleasant maltiness and a smooth palate. Quite gentle and left no lacing. An excellent summer beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilkTork (5710) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2015
August 2007 500ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. A pale yellow lager of modest quality and poor flavour. The malt tastes of adjuncts, cereal and alcohol. There’s a higher dose of hops than average, but that can’t conceal the bad base flavour. And the hops are simply bitter like hop pellets rather than fragrant. Not an enjoyable experience. Like a strange cross between an Eastern European lager and a Czech Republic lager - with Eastern European being the dominant partner. [1.1]
July, 2015 500ml golden can from local Polish supermarket. It’s a little sludgy and rough. Not quite sure of the appeal for the Slovak people. But it’s each to their own. It can be drunk, but it’s not really enjoyable. [1.0]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (7288) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2007
500 ml green bottle, as "Golden Pheasant Premium", bought in Riga, Latvia. ABV is 5% - or that’s what the rear label reads. There is also a small white sticker in Latvian on the bottle-neck, reading a.o.: "Alkohola saturs 4%". Is the latter alchohol by weight? - or is one of the labels wrong? Anyway, the beer pours with a golden colour and a large white head. The aroma is very Heineken-like, but somewhat better: Fresh aromatic hops with flowery and fruity notes (most BMC drinkers would probably call it "skunky"). Soft mouthfeel. The flavour has moderate but acceptable hops on a background of mellow and sweet pilsener malts. There’s a hint of honey. I’ve had worse pilseners than this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Sampled from a 12 oz green bottle this beer poured a pale golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was lightly sweet and peppery. The flavor was lightly sweet, corny and had a hint of pepper. The finish was tangy and corny.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (9391) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2007
bottle, bought in Prague. Golden yellow, medium-sized head. Hoppy nose. Well-balanced malty and hoppy lager, hints of grain. Malt dominates the flavour. Not spectacular, but quite nice.

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