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Kozel Premium - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
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.

WoodBrew, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

tbeckett, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
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'.

laituegonflable, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

dcmchew, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of kwjd
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.

kwjd, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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 soju6
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.

soju6, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -10.7%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3/5  rDev -10.7%

szmnnl99, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of mick303
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.

mick303, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
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

eric5bellies, May 28, 2010
Photo of thehyperduck
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-.

thehyperduck, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Erik-P
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Erik-P, May 03, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

RedAleMan, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +19%

KStark, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of beerluvr
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.

beerluvr, Aug 20, 2013
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Kozel Premium from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
78 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.