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Kozel Premium - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of pappetros
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

pappetros, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of henkmudi
4.44/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

henkmudi, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
4.28/5  rDev +27%
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.

canucklehead, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BLoose
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

BLoose, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

doktorhops, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of rjimlad
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rjimlad, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Vyronian, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +18.7%

KStark, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Velkopopovický Kozel Premium beer has a pleasantly bitter taste, gentle malt and hops aroma and a perfect spark. This highly hopped beer with an alcohol volume of 4,8 % is recognized in the Czech Republic premium. I lived in Czech and this is very reputable beer. Higher ABV and more taste than the regular Kozel

CampusCrew, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of WHROO
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured 1 finger head, average retention with good lacing...clear yellow gold.
S: Very lagerish, with grassy & hay hops.
T: Once again picked up grass, & as it warmed some sweet shortbready butters. Considering its a pils I didn't get much bitterness, more in aroma & flavour than taste sensation.
M: Light to medium...
D: Yep could & will go again!!!

WHROO, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

ecoastman, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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'.

laituegonflable, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

BBP, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

RedAleMan, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of SandS
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

SandS, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Moontang
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Moontang, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Niceroad77
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Niceroad77, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

kwjd, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of mick303
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

mick303, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ticklechicken
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

ticklechicken, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

ThaCreep, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

liamt07, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

mooseisloose, Apr 15, 2010
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Kozel Premium from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
78 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.