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:
2.53/5 rDev -23.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Appearance: A finger and a half of head on the pour and the ample body carbonation are the good. The bad is everything else, as tiny grain flakes are floating in the brassy body. No head retention and no lacing doesn't help things either.
Smell: Biscuit malt dominates the nose, but it's off. It has a weak lemon citrus note to it that oddly seems like when you squeeze a lemon slice into a glass of water in a restauraunt. It seems to clash with the also weak herbal hop note.
Taste: It's got a mild biscut note that reminds me of sugarless cookies to start. It turns then to a a dry bready taste that reminds me of melba toast and ends with a sandy dusting of hops.
Mouthfeel: It leaves a dry sensation in the mouth that thankfully accents more of the earthy and breadier aspects of the beer. The carbonation seems to be doing this beer a bit of a disservice as it's really accentuating that dryness.
Drinkability: It's a little bit too dry for my liking, and while it's light bodied. It's not crisp like a pilsener and refreshing,, but more crisp like a potatoe chip without the salt or flavour to keep you going at the bag.
Final Thoughts: At first looking at the can, I thought this was a doppelbock. Probably becuase of the goat logo and the long name in the background. I guess that's not really relevant, but I think they should try to work on making their beer a bit more like one, IE killing the dryness and giving more of a malt presence.
Serving type: can
06-14-2014 02:09:08 | More by TheHammer
Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.