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Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002

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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,496 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little darker than your average Pils. The colour is of a golden honey variety. Just from the pour it seems to have a little more backbone in the body. A fairly rich head that eventually thins out. The nose is hoppy and floral. The taste is nicely hoppy. A hint of honey sweetness in the middle but the taste ends on a hop/bitter finish w/lingering honey notes, which is quite pleasing. The mouthfeel of this beer leans towards the "rich and smooth" side as apposed to "crisp & clean".

I think if you're going to go for a euro-pils, might as well make it Kozel. it ranks right up there with Urquell and Czechvar for sure. Very drinkable. (647 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden orange hue with a white bubbly head nicely formed leaves evenly spread rings of lacing. Aroma: Nice grassy, peppery Saaz hops are detectable but mild and soothing, semi-sweet malts are there to balance great blend here reserved but fresh smelling brew. Taste: Middle of the road on my spectrum but still a tasty Czech beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to sample, lemongrass tone to it with a decent hop bite of bitterness nothing spectacular but fends well against other Euro lagers. Mouthfeel: Thin to light in body does lack a bit of carbonation for the style but a smooth cohesive tone. Drinkability: Pretty nice overall, not a gold winner but all and all refreshing...aaahhh. (705 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer is very tasty, especially for a lager/pils, doesn't have the pungency of the pilsener Urquell, and tends to be a bit more malty than PU aswell, nice bitterness (not too bitter), lovely smooth drinkability, and at $3 ($1.50 US) per 500ml bottle its pretty good value aswell, great drop for a quiet one at home or for a big night. Make sure its fresh though. (366 characters)

Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much of a pilsner. Sweet with a lot of foam, Ok mouthfeel but on the light side. A bit of bitter grassy hops. Drinkable because its not offensive, but only got me through as nothing else worth drinking.Nothing in aroma past the malt for me. A macro version of a Czech beer. (277 characters)

Photo of Danflurry
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Lion088
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed February 19, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Appealing golden-tan pour. Coarse carbonation, uneven lacing. Fresh cotton and malt aroma. Supple lager, great fresh malt, nicely balanced and swirled with hops. Light citrus and complex grain finish. Sweet, yet a little dry. Sustains on the palate. Very drinkable and smooth! (329 characters)

Photo of PaF
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.30 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice 1" high white head that lasts for a minute or two before filming out. Dark gold color and filtered clear

S- Lots of malt here. Some hops but nothing special.

T- Rich with a heavy body. Nice malt backbone. I do enjoy this one.

M- Thick and rich.

O- Pretty good little brew. Very enjoyable and will buy again for a late autumn day. Fairly complex for a mass produced brew

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... BBQ'd hamburgers. I topped mine with cheese, onion and tomato. Tried a bit of mustard on the edge of a bite and it did not go well together so be warned.

Enjoy (711 characters)

Photo of iloveanarchy
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Anze
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.12/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a yellowish color pilsner with a big white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of what seems like corn and adjunct is quite surprising since I didn’t though Czech brewery were using those ingredient. Taste is also bland with very little malt and no hops at all. Overall, I was quite disappointed with this one and was expecting closer to Pilsner Urquell then this. (379 characters)

Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emincems
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a translucent gold color with the head portly in size and the texture semi-creamy, bright white in color as it dissipates a fine sheet of lace left to seal off the glass. The malt, nose somewhat sweet and a citrus like crispness, start nicely malted and sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel. Finish has a light acidity with the hops moderate in their spiciness, drinkable but just another average lager. (423 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuzzy little head, shy shy was thy head! All this over a pale yellow beer with appear to be quite boring and lifeless.

Smell is hoppy, watery and cerealic, nothing much, nothing to brag about, a fair normal macro lager.

Taste is crisp, hoppy, with good floral hops that comes to play with a great ceralic flavour and taste. (329 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.58/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle. an excellent brew, it has a beautiful full golden colour. pours with a light 2 to 3 finger head, which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin covering layer. The taste is fairly sweet at first, with some nice (very) subtle bitter notes. The kicker and what makes this beer is the sweet honey aftertaste. It lingers long and well to a very nice effect. Very smooth with a slightly syrupy feel, this is definitely drinkable. (438 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep golden yellow, crystal clear. Sudsy white head that sinks down slowly. Lots of small streaming bubbles. Looks like a lacemaker.

Grainy and grassy nose. Refined sugar, green apples, butterscotch, diacetyl, sourdough. Straightforward and nothing off here.

Bit of a salty, mineral palate... this is very obvious and a flaw. Buttery, biscuity sweet malt. Candied fruits. Light hop bitterness. Limited spiciness. Subtle herbal finish. Refreshing aggressive carbonation and medium body.

I think this is a fairly tasty and accurate example of of simple style. (576 characters)

Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -12%

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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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