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Kozel Svétlý - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-05-2004

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 28
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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According to my crack research (Google Translate), "Kozel" is Czech for 'goat' and "Světlý" means 'blonde'. In fact, the brewery has a live goat named Olda as its mascot, though it's scruffy, grey and white whereas this beer is a clean, light and bright tone of yellow. It's quite a looker, with a fine, powdery head and bubbles that crowd the glass like mall shoppers at Christmas.

Kozel is perhaps the most widespread Czech beer brand, and as I understand it this is mainly credited to the fact that its production is carried out by contract brewers all around the world. I have a hard time believing all these licensees offer the same degree of character and integrity of the original brewery; the Kozel I've had in Canada has little resembled a true Czech pilsner...

Fortunately, this can of Kozel Svétlý comes direct from the Czech Republic (thanks, little sister!). The comparison is night and day: this smells of clean cereal grain and grassy, floral hops, whereas the product sold under the Kozel name here drinks like a combo of corn syrup and cardboard.

Granted, this is a different recipe altogether - but at 4%, Svétlý would have even less room to hide hop extracts and cheap adjuncts. This one drinks clean through and through, with brisk carbonation and snippy, lightly spicy hop bite providing highly quenching qualities.

Kozel Svétlý offers traditional European quality and everyday drinkability. Whereas a lot of lagers nowadays are bland, insipid, and modeled more as 'beers for those that don't really like beer', this "light" pilsner compromises little of the style's true characteristics. But as with most things, it's better straight from the source (and, I'm sure, tastes best *at* the source!).

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Good head and lacing that stays throughout the drink. The head faded to a thin foam. Typical pale lager colour.

Aroma: Marshmallows and whitebready. Grainy. A nice bit of floral hop aroma.

Taste: I taste barley malt and floral hops in this really rather delicious Czech lager. It is delicately sweet and mildly bitter and floral.

Mouthfeel is light yet frothy and suggests a good water source is used.

Overall: A very good Czech lager in the 10 degree plato - 4% abv category.

84/100

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Kozel Svétlý from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.