Friday, April 29, 2011

Zlatý Bažant's Golden Pheasant Pilsner

Zlatý Bažant lead the NHL in assists in the 1979 season playing for the Hartford Whalers, or it's the Slovakian translation for "Golden Pheasant". This pilsner started out in 1969 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and shouted "Party Time!!!" Buzz Aldren, more or less, opened his cooler with this new fangled brew and Neil Armstrong was like, "Man, you must be Buzz'ed if you think I'm drinking this commie, hippy horseshit." And with that, he tossed it down to New York and it extinguished a fire set upon Jimi Hendrix's guitar. Then the Slovaks were like, "You can't buy that marketing!" And then Jimi wailed!

This pilsner, with the obvious exception of ripping off the look of Pilsner Urquell, is a pretty good beer. Very mild smell, and a great, refreshing taste. I sorta dig this brewery line for one simple reason; their light beer is 4.3% ABV, which is stronger than most brewery's regular beers. However, I'm covering their original which has an ABV of 5.0%; not too shabby. I paid $3.00 for 500mL at the party store, so it isn't a huge rip off, and for the taste it's definitely worth a try.

Unfortunately, in 1995 Heineken, the abusive babysitter of Europe, bought out the brewery and choked the pheasant of it's own free will. The website says it was a "blessing" but I think Harold Heineken designed the website and writes the checks. Sidenote: If they ever have throwback cans, I'm TOTALLY in!

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 6.0/10

No comments:

Post a Comment