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Kozel Svétlý - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-05-2004)
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kozel Svetly
500ml can, dated "28.12.13 L1 179 07:00" - 4 days old

Appearance: Clear, golden body. Frothy bright white head holds fairly well, eventually dropping to a thin but full surface covering. Average to slightly better than average lacing.

Smell: Fairly generic "beer" although some nice malt is present.

Taste: Malt again is the dominant, but the hops are almost equal, and well integrated: dull, spicy, and floral. The mid-level bitterness is "very firm" but not "strong". Unexciting dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Median carbonation.

Overall: With the exception of a malt that's slightly more interesting than the standard "Euro Pils" maltiness it's just an otherwise bland, average beer.

NeroFiddled, Jan 09, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Baris
4.68/5  rDev +44%

Baris, Oct 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.5L bottle consumed in CZ across the course of several hours during which there was a gadual increase in temperature.

A - golden yellow color with a white head:

S & M - rather typical Czech pilsner aroma and mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

T - This beer seems to have a little more carbonation that makes it unique. Has some bitterness and a good kick as it goes down. But something about this one tastes a little better than other

O - a fairly typical light Czech lager, meaning a very good lager with no obvious flaws. This is what American macro lagers should taste like.

chinchill, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of KristijanG
3.25/5  rDev 0%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was able to bring a can of Kozel Svelty home from a recent trip to Czech Republic. The beer poured a pale yellow with a white foam head that didn’t dissipate too quickly. NO real lacing. The smell included malt and grain/yeast. The taste was mildly bitter with grain/barley support. In addition there was a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium body and light carbonation. Overall is was a decent Czech style beer.

WoodBrew, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Ciocanelu, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of sfprint
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had it at a bar in Prague.

A: Approching a neon yellow with a 3/4" head.

S: Dirty malth with a hint of sweetness.

T. First slightly tart and bitter, but quickly becomes sweet.

M: Initially a strong tartness that then mellows out. Light to medium bodied.

D: Disappointing for a Czech beer. But it's ok.

sfprint, May 03, 2010
Photo of fr0wn3r
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

fr0wn3r, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of GregaR
3.25/5  rDev 0%

GregaR, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of myzerov
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

myzerov, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of xiaozhuzhu
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

xiaozhuzhu, May 28, 2013
Photo of Gottesverachter
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
Photo of ThaCreep
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Slightly malty with a hint of fruity nose, reminding the Czech lager. Unfortunately, the first mouth does not taste but just a drink closer to water than beer. There is a slight bitterness in the finish but it is very dirty and mostly tasteless. Coming from the mythical city of Plzen in the Czech Republic, it is unfortunately far too small to claim to be the class of Czech pilsners

ThaCreep, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of biernack
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

biernack, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of gnikola
1.25/5  rDev -61.5%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev 0%

safaricook, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay can, picked up in Prague.

Pours a tall fizzy 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, crystal clear toasty tan color.

Nose light pislner malts, little corn syrup aroma, light macro adjunct, hint of grassy hops, light pilsner lager like aroma, touch fruity.

Taste crisp lager, light pilsner malts, toasty with hint of straw, just a touch of a corn adjunct like, some grasy hops with decent bitterness, light fruity lager flavors. Finish is crisp, fairly dry, bit more grassy bitterness, fairly bitter overall, light grassy malts too.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent but not great either.

jlindros, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

drewone, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
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.


LagerCognoscenti, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev 0%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of Seanniek91
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Notes in Prague. .5l bottle into a tiny water glass.

A- Pale straw golden color with light haze.

S- Wheat. Light bannana and clove. light pepper. Not much happening.

T- Wheat, grass, adjuncts, typical pale lager. Very light hop presence.

M-Very carbonated and refreshing, Crisp.

O- It quenches my thirst for dirt cheap.

Seanniek91, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of atis
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Budapest

Pours pale golden with large head that for quite a long time remains dense and in one finger thickness. Leaves some thin and patchy lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity and grassy hops. Taste is quite simple, but well balanced bittery hops with light and long lasting bittery aftertaste. The beer is very refreshing.

Overall, very good Czech Pilsener.

atis, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of djura
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this Kozel made in Dreher brewery in Budapest.

Smell is very nice,sweet.
Ap. is typical for Czech pilsner,low carbonation and few seconds lasting foam.
Taste-medim bitter,it is very drinkable.
On my opinion,this is typical pilsner,this one is made in Hungary,but it taste very solid.

djura, May 15, 2011
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Kozel Svétlý from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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