Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Zlaty Bazant - Slovakia 12-4-11

The Low Down:
This is a hearty food eaters pilsner style beer from Slovakia. The outrageous name, which may conjure up images of a Douglas Adams character, and actually means "Golden Pheasant" would make this beer incredibly fun to try and order in a pub, especially after the 5th round.

A little less hoppy than most pilsners from the region, but not to it's detriment. a clean and crisp beer with underlying malt flavours.

The explanation on the bottle, of how the golden pheasant in a field of barley was a sign of a bountiful harvest, is a nice thought.


Packaging: 7/10
I love the golden foil and custom cut label, I just hate having little flakes of that foil get stuck on my moustache.
Refreshment: 7/10
Clean and crisp. Pilsners are designed to refresh and this one does a pretty good job of it.
Flavour 6/10:
Everything apart from the hops is subtle, which isn't a bad thing. there's just nothing that really stands out.
Alcohol Content: 7/10
5.0%. It comes in a 500ml, and would really make a good session beer.
Price: 6/10
$4.25. However it looks like IBS charged me $17.00. Not going to hold it against the beer though.
Total: 33/50

Conclusion:
This is a great beer for carnivores. It went perfectly with my meat lovers pizza. Now im not saying that the frail vegans and vegetarians who frequent this list should look elsewhere. I imagine it is excellent with tofurkey or an alfalfa sprout salad.
Cheers.