Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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Reviews by Ralphus:
2.98/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Kozel is a popular Czech brand of Velkopopovicky, which is owned by Plzensky Prazdroj, a subsidiary of SABMiller. SABMiller is best known for it's flagships Miller and Pilsner Urquel but has grown this beers' market share considerably, making inroads in Russia and Finland and distributing it to 23 other countries world wide. My canned sample from the LCBO is marked for expiration 5 months from now so it's probably not very representative of it at its best.
Kozel is a shade or two darker than your typical lager right from the pour. While noticeable it's not distracting. The head is substantial but dull white and recedes quickly leaving next to no lacing. A steady stream of micro bubbles work their way to the top leaving the faintest reminder of the head you poured moments ago.
Smell-wise it could be better. Straw and hay lightly malted together, but only if you really breathe it in. The taste is a decent balance of malt and hops but with a pronounced and sometimes jarring metallic aftertaste. You'll finish your drink but in the beginning you might think twice about ordering a second.
As another reviewer mentioned there is some creaminess in the mouthfeel. It's a little odd in the beginning because something isn't quite right about it. Probably more carbonation than real creaminess, however towards the end you hardly realize it's there.
Drinkability is just OK. The strange looking goat / rooster creature on the label seems quite proud of it but I'm not sure you will be.
Serving type: can
08-16-2008 00:59:41 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.
S - Bread crusts and grassy hop notes, hints of buttery corn and a hint of sour apple.
T - The bread crust flavours come through nicely alongside the grassy hop notes, the sour apple is coming through on the finish with some lemon rind a touch of caramel and a sour lemon bitterness that lingers.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.
O - Traditional mass produced euro export pilsener. Nothing mind blowing, easy drinking and reasonably flavourful. I probably wouldn't buy it again but it's worth a try and certainly a reasonable option in a pinch.
Serving type: can
05-19-2013 22:20:51 | More by andrenaline
3.7/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I bought this beer a few weeks ago in a supermarket when i was in the Tsjech republic. Small town called Cheb. Best before august 2013.
Poured in my Struise glass this beers looks good with it's golden yellow fluid and the nice white head. Very little carbonation but overall a good start.
Smell is typical for this style. Nothing special yet inviting.
Taste is good, not spectacular but the good mouthfeel makes this a good beer on a warm day! Next!
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2013 18:59:41 | More by Brabander
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Clear, light golden amber colour with a head that settles to a pinky sized ring around the top of the beer after starting out quite large and there is some nice lacing left on the glass.
Butterscotch and sweetness along with a touch of vanilla and basic lager hops. Not that strong a beer but a pleasant smelling one at least.
Nice, sweet malts to begin along with the butterscotch and the vanilla that featured in the nose, albeit they are a little stronger here in the taste without overpowering. There is some bitterness towards the end but nothing out of place for a lager.
Smooth with a medium body and a light, bittersweet mouthfeel that was very easy to drink.
I'd tried this before and it's now like night and day when compared to this one. A lot sweeter and easier to drink without the skunk flavours, this one was a very nice lager that I would have again.
Serving type: on-tap
04-20-2013 00:40:13 | More by flyingpig
Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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