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Kozel Svétlý - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

Kozel SvétlýKozel Svétlý

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%

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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Photo of NeroFiddled


3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 15:33:55 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jlindros


3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 22:49:41 | More by jlindros
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is way better than all the other half liter euro beers ive been drinking all summer. aroma is almost like oatmeal, starchy and grainy, but not heavy. flavor is fresh baked, without any malt sweetness or filling qualities. delicious round finish that never turns bitter or metallic. mouthfeel is excellent and surprising. really foamy and creamy and smooth, not overcarbonated, but excited and jovial. served ice cold this is a pretty good beer, although its main criticism would be the alcohol content. too low to cop a good buzz on a handful of coins. overall a very enjoyable first beer after leaving sarajevo, a significant upgrade from many of the offerings there.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 09:40:11 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of stcules


2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful foam, creamy. Limpid, clear golden blond color.
In the smell malt and some hop, a bit stale.
Same for the taste.
The bottle is near to the best before date, so not to fresh. A fresh bottle would be almost surely a bit better, and for sure a great drinkability beer.
Probaly some half point more, except for the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 10:47:04 | More by stcules
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 16:28:23 | More by chinchill
Photo of drpimento


3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with a small, foamy, off-white head that settled to a ring and an island and no lace. Color is a clear gold with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is grain, beer, malt, hop, yeast. Flavor is like nose with moderate malt sweetness and strong carbonic tang up front and other stuff behind. Generally flavor is somewhat subdued. Body is good and carbonation perhaps a smidgen too strong. Finish is like flavor, tang lasts longest, and is an ok beer. Not as good as I recall from some years back in the late 80s, early 90s.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 17:57:58 | More by drpimento
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White gold with a loose but lumpy pure white head that settles but doesn't fade. Fresh baked bread crust nose with coriander underneath.
Sour grain of cheap lager up front with subtler cracker and yellow berry, then mild leaf and cut grass.
Spicy end and sweet linger. Light, fluffy, half crisp, dry enough.

"Svetly" means light, so I'm trying to rate this against light beer standards. It's incredibly thin, almost airy, even then, and there's room for more hops. But still not as bad as it could be, or as bad as any BMC light beer option.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 18:40:33 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of WoodBrew


2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 14:41:50 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of FLima


3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright golden color with an apparent carbonation that feeds a constant head.
Aroma of sweet pale malt and floral and herbal hops.
Flavor of a pilsner, sweet pale malt with herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
A milder and refreshing czech pilsner. Decent with no flaws, but no big excitement.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 21:50:37 | More by FLima
Photo of paterlodie


3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 22-03-07.Pale yellow collored beer with white head. Nose is fresh and fruity with bit of maltarome next to some hops. Taste is style like and pale watery but missing a strong bitter finish. One of the many good available brews from Czech republik for a big session in warm weather or on an eveningparty.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 17:23:41 | More by paterlodie
Photo of jwinship83


3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle brought back from europe for me. drank out of my stone pint glass.

A- this one pours a clear golden colored body with a slight copper tint to it. a finger of white head forms on top and becomes no more than a skin on top of my glass in a couple of minutes. small spots of lacing are left behind.

S- a very mild smelling beer is the first thing i notice. very clean. sweet caramel and toffee malts. a little bit of noble hops at the end.

T- the taste is similar to the nose. semisweet caramel and toffee malts followed by a floral/herbal noble hops.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. crisp and clean. very refreshing.

D- easy to finish and something i could have a couple of if i had the chance. glad i got to try a beer i probably wont be able to buy in the states.

Serving type: can

01-02-2010 05:47:35 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Shaw


3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought me back several bottles of Kozel brews from her trip to the Czech Republic. Thanks for the effort, April!

This is a golden lager with a nice white head. It has the grassy aroma common to Czech beers with noticeable Saaz aromas.. The flavor is light, as expected, but certainly not flavorless. It has a good balance of malt flavors and hop bitterness.

This is a good light beer. If only American brewers would learn from the Czechs.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 07:10:10 | More by Shaw
Photo of Brabander


3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one during a barbeque and i was surprised with the taste of this one. Not bad at all!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks good, nice and decent head which disappeared quit fast. Just like all the other i had from this region very little or no carbonation.

The taste is very balanced in my opinion. Malty and a bit sweet (but not too much).

Try it when you see it. Not a spectacular beer but in this style one of the better.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 09:55:28 | More by Brabander
Photo of atis


3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 18:27:36 | More by atis
Photo of hunteraw


3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought back from my girlfriend for me after a visit to the Czech Republic.

Appearance: Light, golden amber in color. Billowy white head that sticks around. Effervescent looking carbonation. No lace.

Smell: Grass, slight overripe fruit, generally mild aroma.

Taste: Light Saaz flavor prevails. Seems slightly watery. Bitterness is right for the style. Refreshing, at any rate.

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy, but insipid finish & aftertaste.

Drinkability: Moderate on merits, but refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 15:36:05 | More by hunteraw
Photo of sfprint


2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-03-2010 12:48:35 | More by sfprint
Photo of ThaCreep


2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
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

Serving type: nitro-can

06-17-2010 11:02:51 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden; large frothy head; very effervescent

Aroma: Malty; grassy; citrus

Taste: Malty; juicy; nutty; dry in mid; finishes a tad thin, but smooth; very refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:19:48 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 17:26:01 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of djura


3.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 10:11:25 | More by djura
Photo of skypup


2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from store in western Bohemia.
Served from .5L Bottle in a Kozel Pint-style glass

A: pale yellow with a respectable head that didn’t dissipate too quickly.

S: little malty, yeasty and slightly sweet.

T. mildly bitter, a hint of hay and a sweet aftertaste.

M: medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

D: Pretty typical for a Pale Czech lager. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 08:15:36 | More by skypup
Photo of TWM

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nothing distinctive positive about this beer. No single fatal flaw, but enough little things that I'm not trying this one again. Flavor was watery; scent was "cheap beer," over-carbonated, and an aftertaste that curled the palate just a little.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:11:48 | More by TWM
Photo of Fuzion

Czech Republic

2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I really don't like this beer. However it is very popular Czech beer and I don't know why? Maybe because the price is low. But the biggest problem what I have with this beer is that after 2 or 3 bottles my head going to crash. Very strong headache every time, that is why I don't drink this anymore...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 17:07:54 | More by Fuzion
Kozel Svétlý from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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