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Kozel Premium - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%


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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 10-15-2008)
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight off white head over clear deep gold, sweet malt and flowery hop nose, a little hay too. Light bodied which plays up the substantial hop bitterness in this, also a nice light malt background but it's the hop that is dominant here. The finish is long, bitter and delicious. This is a great warm weather session lager. Well made and worth purchasing.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 19:35:36 | More by beerluvr
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.15 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color. 2 fingers of white head that stuck around for a while. Also frothy looking head and some nice streaky lacing left behind. Lots of bubbles within the clear beer.

Smell - Grassy, also a slight smoked meaty smell (maybe my nostrils were off?). Not a lot else but that was a pleasant source of differentiation. Good for the style.

Taste - Nice mild flavor, just enough hops bite to give it some crispness. Also some faint spiciness transitioning to bitterness on the back end. Not spectacular but certainly pretty decent.

Mouthfeel - Tingly sensation in the mouth, but slightly thin watery taste on the tongue. Still retains medium body with lower carbonation.

Overall - A fine beer for the style that's quite a bit hbetter than a lot of the stuff at the LCBO. While it won't be my first choice if I'm craving a Czech Pilsner, it won't be far down my list either.

Serving type: can

08-03-2013 21:11:45 | More by DenisKolkin
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soju6

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma has a mild citrus aroma with some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of mild citrus, malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and quite smooth but something is missing to make this a good Bohemian Pils.

O: Drinkable and much better than a Euro Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:07:41 | More by soju6
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to my father-in-law for this obscure lager tick. Server in a pils glass. Best before June 14th, 2013. Pretty sure Kozel = Kozel Premium.

A - Two fingers of creamy off-white foam linger, with surprisingly good retention, yielding plenty of intricate lace patterns and a thick cap. Transparent golden straw with tons of visible bubbles racing upwards.

S - Generic lager aroma, with toasted grains, earthy and slightly skunky hops, perhaps a touch of corn sweetness. Pretty bland and inoffensive.

T - The taste is quite similar, with lightly toasted cereal grains and corn sweetness mid-palate before yielding to some mild hop bitterness. Again, inoffensive and largely forgettable.

M - Carbonation is a bit zesty and and harsh. Medium-light body, a tad watery but surprisingly creamy. Lightly sticky finish, and no apparent alcohol as you'd expect.

D - It's a generic Euro Lager more than a Czech Pilsner. If I had nothing else I could easily finish a 500ml can, but I can't justify wasting calories and alcohol units on this when I have much better options in the fridge. Not sure why the LCBO feels the need to stock so many beers taste nearly identical.

Serving type: can

01-21-2013 02:19:20 | More by MasterSki
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a really great Czech Pils that comes in a can ( so quite fresh) and redolent of good saaz hops. There is a real lightness to the beer yet the hops shine through. Add to my list of great pils in cans along with Wernesgruner and Pilsner Urquell.

Serving type: can

12-29-2012 00:49:04 | More by canucklehead
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy white head, quickly leaving a good film and nice lacing. Colour is a medium bright gold.

Smell has a balanced hop bitter character. Has a crisp mineral character as well. Fairly light in character, good, and pretty inviting.

Taste has a pleasant refreshing bitter bite, hops play into a malt background that is fairly mild. Some apple and grassy fruitiness to add to the palate. Finish is dry, slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation is plentiful. Nice and crisp, with a mineral hint. On the end it is dry, with hops.

A traditional pilsner profile, very pleasant to drink. A pleasant bit of fruitiness along with the crispness, refreshing and sessionable. I'd pick up a couple for a refreshing summer afternoon.

Serving type: can

08-20-2012 23:18:31 | More by mick303
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought home a can of Kozel Premium from recent visit to Prague. The beer pours a clear golden color. The white head started thick, but then turned to a thin covering. Some lacing was present. The smell was grain, malt and hops. The taste was very much like the smell....malt, grain, and decent hop on the aftertaste that left the beer slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was a medium to light body with of carbonation. Overall it was not a bad beer....standard Euro lager.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 14:47:13 | More by WoodBrew
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 2012.

Pours a bright, clear gold colour; highly effervescent with tons of carbonation clinging to the sides of the mug. The white, soapy one-finger head dies down over a few minutes, leaving a behind thin cap with good lacing. Nice grainy aroma; sweet-ish barley malt with some stale hop grassiness. Eager to taste this one.

Taste starts with sweet, shortbready barley malt and yeast, followed by good balancing earthy, slightly herbal Saaz hoppiness. A bit of lemon zest as well, with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with good carbonation levels and a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

A solid Czech-style pils, but not necessarily my favourite. People who like Staropramen will probably enjoy this stuff as well. I might get it again, but for now there are too many others in this style I still want to try.

[Updated April 4 2014]

Another can. The first time I tried this beer, I had very little experience with Czech pilseners in general, and as a result I think I overrated it. This is a passable lager, but the hop extract doesn't provide enough bitterness to give this brew any real 'pop'. I believe this is the cheapest Czech pils available around here, and after tasting it for the first time in a few years, it's not hard to understand why. You could do worse if you're just looking for a cheap Euro lager, but true pilsener fans are best served by sticking with Czechvar or PU.

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 05:29:08 | More by thehyperduck
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skypup

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One bottle purchased in Prague.

.5L Bottle served in a glass mug.

A- Clear, deep gold. Thick but course head, with decent retention and mild lacing.

S- Cereal grains, hops.

T- Toasted malts and a near breadiness, significant amount of hop flavor. Light bitter aftertaste.

M- Mild bodied, medium carbonation.

D- I have mixed feelings about this beer. Decent drinkability but there are other Czech lagers I'd purchase first.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 12:02:01 | More by skypup
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows hay, grassy hops and bready malt. Not amazingly appealing.
Flavours aren't much of an improvement, but instead show light sweet malt with a big grainy character.
Could use more carbonation.
Pretty boring stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 07:47:01 | More by CrazyDavros
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the LCBO, poured into a pilsner glass. Canned on March 11, 2011.

Poured gold with a hint of orange to it, soapy and dense 3+ finger head. High carbonation is evident, excellent head retention and big webbed lacing. Nose has some light grain and grassy hops, a dry sweetness to it overall. Taste is relatively simple as well, sweet and dry malt base, light hopping and again some light grassiness and mild bitterness in the finish. Dry again in the finish also. Good mouthfeel, appropriate high carbonation and a good drink. A decent, if tame, pilsner.

Serving type: can

04-06-2011 16:49:54 | More by liamt07
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ticklechicken

Korea (South)

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My kozel premium poured from the bottle with a translucent yellow body that's a bit on the darker side, and topped an unnoteworthy head that dissipated fast. It's yeasty smell was rather weak. Tasting revealed grain and mild malt, with a bit of bitterness, and it was all nicely balanced with nothing dominating and out of place. Mouthfeel was crisp with a bit of a bite at the end. As far as pilsners go, I'm not much of a fan, but this was an all round decent beer. It's nothing unique, nothing bad, and a good example of its kind.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 15:31:16 | More by ticklechicken
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an above average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops, a skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. It also a fair amount of pilsner skunk to it. It finishes with a bready slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - So many cans of lagers at the LCBO, and they're pretty much all the same. This one might have been marginally better than most of them, but it's still nothing exciting. Regardless, it goes down smooth and would be good during the warmer weather.

Serving type: can

03-16-2011 16:58:53 | More by spinrsx
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Moontang

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a beer mug.

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head that dissipates quite slowly.

Smell: A sweet, grainy, crisp smell, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly viscous, and very smooth, with few pricks from the bubbles.

Taste: A slightly dark, earthy taste for a lager, very little bitterness from the hops, and plenty of malt flavour, if a bit burnt-tasting. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: Sips nicely, gulps reasonably well, I'm starting to see why the Czechs have their reputation for good beer.

Serving type: can

02-17-2011 01:29:11 | More by Moontang
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow colour with thick white head that dissipates pretty quickly with faint lacing on the glass. Smells of grassy hops with some grainy malt. Mild bitterness in the flavour and fairly sweet for a pilsner. Very smooth mouthfeel. I randomly picked this beer up not expecting much, but it is quite nice.

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 17:50:33 | More by kwjd
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doktorhops

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Kozel! This takes me back to Praha: where the women are stunning and beer is cheaper than soft drink! Makes me wonder why I ever left...

Anyway, enough reminiscing, this lovely Pilsener was poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: 2cm head dissipates to a half cm froth (remarkable as few beers actually retain their head like this). The head itself is a pleasing bone white, whilst the body is a nice amber.

S: Cut grass, with a malty tone thanks to the crystal malts. Not much else to say - if you want a classic Pilsener go to the Czech Republic - they invented the style and they make enough of it to sate a population of beer drinkers (largest per capita beer drinkers in the world and you can see why).

T: Sweet, more so than most beers of this style, with citrus overtones and a nice sharp bitterness (from the Saaz hops) in the finish - classic Pilsener flavours here. The malts also dominate, but in a good way.

M: Fairly carbonated, but again completely within the boundaries of the style. Not watery, but not sticky either - this is a well balanced beer with a slightly dry aftertastes.

D: Yes please! I can (and did) drink quite a few of these, there's nothing to really fault for this beer and it ranks among the favourites I had in the Czech Republic (along with Staropramen, Krušovice and the mighty Krakonos!).

Food match: Czech food always goes well - roasted pork, dumplings, paprika, goulash and pickles... closer to home; Thai or Indonesian cuisine is my pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 07:26:36 | More by doktorhops
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is certainly best described as a generic canned beer from Europe. I know that i need to say more but to me that says it all. It has no real scent, no real taste beyond a tinny malt with a syrupy aftertaste. It is smooth but drab. I don't like it.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 19:29:00 | More by shamus
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Halfway between gold and amber. Full head that retains lacing for the extent of the drink.

S- mix of malt and hops

T- A bit of a light taste leading with the malt flavor and then evening out with hops. Had a slight wheat taste to it as well.
I didn't mind the taste at all, but I wish it had more kick to it. It doesn't stand out enough to me.

M- Felt nice and smooth on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

D- It's a beer I couldn't see people minding at all, but it didn't stand out much to me. Better than average though, and I'd never turn one away.

Serving type: can

08-17-2010 22:20:23 | More by BBP
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold in color, nearly transparent, it offers a nose of pure Czech pilsner, slightly more pronounced than for Svelty, either the nose or mouth. It is very herbaceous and one feels the presence of malt but rather lightly. The presence of Saaz hops is also notable because it adds a touch of bitterness, but also a slight herbal sweet presence. Not fantastic but it is left to drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-17-2010 10:57:03 | More by ThaCreep
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eric5bellies

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kozel Premium

A - This beer pours a golden colour with a hint of amber, with a nice tight white head that retains well - 4

S - Mothing of note except some mild malts - 2.0

T - Small yeast and some malt and a dryish sweet finish. 2.5

M - Lots of carbonation and a notch up from a light body. 3.0

D - Nothing to write home about but does make a sessionable beer. 2.5

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 15:33:32 | More by eric5bellies
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 500 ml can has some cool artwork, with a mountain goat and a big mug of beer, that's kind of like a moose with a mug of beer, well let's give it a whirl. Popping the tall boy top yields a tangy pungent smelling malt with some dry noble hops. Pouring a short beer reveals a bright yellow colour with a foamy head with a creamy pillowtop. Taste is consistent with the smell, the malty first impression is earthy and tangy for starters followed by some bitterness and returning to be sweeter yet still mildly bitter finish. Aftertaste is clean an leaves one desiring another sip. This is a good pils regardless of the fact it is brewed with hop extract. The lower ABV makes this an easy drinker.

Serving type: can

04-15-2010 02:46:44 | More by mooseisloose
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having the standard Kozel a while back and liking it, so I was definitely sold on picking up a couple of this new variety in the red can.

A splendid looking brew: medium golden, with a thick fluffy head that retains its shape for quite some time.

Taste is pretty solid; good malt character, and finishes with a strong well-hopped bitterness. A smooth pilsner, but with some bite.

Mouthfeel is slick, carbonation is moderate, lasts well throughout the pint.

I've been on a quest to produce a slate of summer brews, and this one will be on that list. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-30-2010 22:01:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

D - Very drinkable and better than most average Euro lagers. This is a great hot summer day patio beer.

A - clear gold and a pillowy head with good retention from nice carbonation. Some decent lacing too.

S - light buttery malt and clean hops.

T - like many lagers, this has no outstanding flavours yet this is still a very good beer.

M - smooth and creamy with a touch of slickness. A good medium level of carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-11-2009 02:01:55 | More by ecoastman
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jarmby1711

Australia

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This gets a ticj in all the boxes ,but overall comes up as particularly middle of the road and somewhat boring.
Lacks for a cutting bitterness and clean palate cleansing blast.
Colour head and overall appearance are what it should be , the flavour needs the dial turned up a little.
It was a cold day on which I imbibed and perhaps this is a beer best for a hot summers evening .

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 05:37:03 | More by jarmby1711
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colour, very slightly burnished, with a nice, dense, snowy head that is sticking around, with slow but ubiquitous bubbling up from the bottom. Lacing is sticky and powerful. That is a fine-looking pilsener.

Nose is quite a herbacious affair. Strong, almost liqueury malt with boozey phenols. A lot of hops, elements of mint and sage in those hops but ultimately just a strong Saaz aroma. Nicely balanced, good elements of everything. Again, excellent pilsener character.

Taste is nicely complex, with a rich malt base giving way early on to more potent and nuanced flavours. Hops are spicy and fresh with hints of pepper and licorice. Slightly tart element just on the very back, slightly carbolic and with a slight champagne touch to it. While I'm digging these hops, the flavour as a whole is a bit disappointing, has a kind of asparagus flavour to it. Not too bad, but dour as a whole compared to when you analyse the parts.

Having said that, the beer is nicely balanced and has good elements. The mouthfeel is slick with a little carbonation, slightly drying at the back.

This is a very nicely rounded pils, good drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:32:59 | More by laituegonflable
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Kozel Premium from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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