Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
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Reviews by TheHammer:
2.53/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
06-14-2014 02:09:08 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-08-2004 22:53:05 | More by Popsinc
3.13/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-20-2004 01:08:29 | More by WVbeergeek
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
03-29-2003 02:51:51 | More by rastaman
2.53/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
10-16-2006 00:58:04 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
07-23-2006 15:04:30 | More by CharlesDarwin
2.1/5 rDev -36%
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 didnt 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.
09-05-2006 14:26:21 | More by Phyl21ca
3/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
12-16-2003 23:54:04 | More by Gusler
3/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
08-19-2006 07:39:22 | More by 3Vandoo
4.63/5 rDev +41.2%
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.
08-12-2002 18:19:11 | More by the42ndtourist
3.78/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
02-24-2008 05:01:27 | More by Antilochus
3.85/5 rDev +17.4%
As with most Czech beers this one is great. I still think Czech beers are under rated and this one is definitely worth trying and it has a reasonable price.
Appearance- A little on the darker side of gold with just less than two fingers of head. It also leaves a little lace.
Smell- Average pilsner scent.
Taste- This beer has a little of a hay or grainy taste but to me that is a good thing. It lets you know that the beer is natural.
Mouthfeel. Light bodied with a balanced carbonation.
Drinkability- An easy drinking beer.
06-23-2007 14:56:56 | More by MTNboy
2.85/5 rDev -13.1%
Appears a light gold with a small white film that is scattered about the glass.
Smell is of corn syrup, flowers, honey, and slight maltiness.
Taste is of the same aromas. Nothing great jumping out of this.
Mouthfeel is sugary water with slight fizz.
Drinkability nothing great whats the point of the yeast in this one? Its just like diluted sugar water.
03-31-2006 23:12:15 | More by weeare138
2.4/5 rDev -26.8%
Reviewed from notes
Tall can poured into a plastic cup
A: Clear golden color. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Not much head retention, mostly a spotty film that lingered.
S: I mostly get an earthy smell from this one. Not much else. Maybe that's the hops?
T: Earthy taste with grass and a bit of hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit unpleasant.
M: Light bodied, foamy feel in the mouth. Not great.
O: I hope the style gets better than Kozel. I didn't enjoy this one.
03-10-2012 21:37:52 | More by CMUbrew
3.23/5 rDev -1.5%
deep golden in color forming a 2cm full white head that settles to a thin lace. plenty of almost tiny bubbles rising to the surface.
surprisingly malty aroma. pretty much no chance to smell any hops through that. smells a lot darker than it is.
strong malt presence in the taste as well. nice, but could use some bitterness to balance it out. very smooth.
03-03-2005 11:03:49 | More by joecast
3.2/5 rDev -2.4%
Comes in a brown half-liter bottle with a tapered neck. Label features a goat ("Kozel") holding a mug of beer. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Bottled on 11/17/03, I opened it on 11/27/03, beer #2 on Thanksgiving Day.
Pours a clear standard gold under a two fingered head that fades fast. There's lots of barley in the nose - really a lot. The mouth is light and prickly. Lots of malt in the opening taste, and a nice flowery hop finish. Perfectly drinkable, there is nothing spectacular about this beer at all.
11-27-2003 16:28:56 | More by Globetrotter
Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.