Kozel Premium - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.22/5 rDev +25.2%
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.
01-18-2011 07:26:36 | More by doktorhops
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3.98/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
01-30-2010 22:01:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Had from bottle in a Birmingham Wetherspoons pub (which seems to normally stock this bottled beer) Poured pale gold, very clear with white head, though that did not last too long. Aroma typical of a Czech style pils, grassy and dry, though not very strong.
Clean crisp flavour typical of the style, and although very pleasant, did not think there was anything outstanding or special about it. No after taste much, or any hoppy bitterness in the finish, but smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this, and its an easy to drink beer, though no great depth of character or strength of flavour to make it stand out. On the other hand, did not have the nasty acid metalic taste of some of the lesser beers brewed in this style.
Would make a good session beer, easy to drink, refreshing with no vices.
B'ham UK Nov 2008
11-03-2008 09:10:36 | More by JohnW
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
500ml can, a souvenir of visits to the LCBO in Toronto this past summer.
This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, silkily foamy, and somewhat rocky eggshell white head, which settles relatively slowly, leaving some stellar pitted limestone cliff face lace around the glass.
It smells of grainy, biscuity and cereal-like pale malt, mildly rancid butter, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is much the same vein, with bitter grassy and leafy hops taking a bit of the upper hand now when mingling with the crackery, grainy malt, a touch of weedy skunk wafting in and out of focus.
The carbonation is quite mild, barely perceptible at times, the body medium-light in weight, and work-a-day smooth - nothing complex or beguiling here. It finishes fairly dry, still a tad skunky, but generally pliable in its plain bitterness.
An agreeable enough quaff, this being very reminiscent of the multitude of pubs I visited in Prague, and their glorious 50 cent half litres during that hot, sticky summer many moons ago. As for the best in class for the style, however, this one seems a bit lacking - the crisp, grassy essences just aren't there, and what with it being in a can, there's no excuse for that.
11-27-2008 03:40:16 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
11-20-2011 14:47:13 | More by WoodBrew
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
08-20-2013 19:35:36 | More by beerluvr
2.42/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
08-01-2011 07:47:01 | More by CrazyDavros
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-17-2010 10:57:03 | More by ThaCreep
2.53/5 rDev -24.9%
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
05-28-2010 15:33:32 | More by eric5bellies
2.9/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
03-16-2011 16:58:53 | More by spinrsx
4.44/5 rDev +31.8%
One of best Czech beers and pilsner in general. Gold, clear yellow, snow white head medium lasting. Sparkling and refreshing. Not a bit sweetness and bitter just as it should be. Tasty, hops, hint of fruits. + balanced, refreshing, nor too strong, nor too weak. Always have one in fridge. Beer to return in any time. Kozel and steak = winning combination. - can't see any.
07-27-2014 09:24:34 | More by henkmudi
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-06-2011 16:49:54 | More by liamt07
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-15-2010 02:46:44 | More by mooseisloose
3.45/5 rDev +2.4%
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-.
11-05-2011 05:29:08 | More by thehyperduck
4.05/5 rDev +20.2%
Poured a 500-ml can into a pub draught glass.
Appearance - nice golden colour, with modest foamy head. Lingering, inconsistent lacing.
Smell - very hoppy with fresh leafy aromas.
Taste - not at all a disappointment. Less flavour up front, but the malty hoppiness comes through pretty prominently at the end. There's almost butterscotch or something deep in there, just very good.
Mouthfeel - put together well. Not too heavy on the palate.
Drinkability - very drinkable. I would have to say this is both flavourful and refreshing. A few of these could go down easily.
01-30-2009 02:02:15 | More by DoctorStrangiato
4.1/5 rDev +21.7%
Pretty typical of type. Nice malt with well balanced bitterness. Crisp and clean on the palate. Clear amber color and nice grassy aroma. Very drinkable and solid performer all round. It's not as awesome as the dark but I'd certainly buy it again. There might be more perfect Pilseners out there but this one is definitely worth a try.
01-24-2009 07:31:06 | More by rjimlad
Kozel Premium from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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