Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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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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 ernie
4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale golden color, medium carbonation level, medium long-lasting creamy head.

Aroma herbal, floral, hoppy - an exciting one.

Start fresh, malty, not sweetish in any damn way. Body firm and round, with an exceptional balance of malts and hops. Mouthfeel smooth and delightful. Finish herbal and hoppy, with some acidity, aftertaste malty, long, heavenly.

Great beer from a great brewery. A must in Eastern Europe! Bottled version close, but no cigar... (460 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A truly good, authentic Pilsner, bordering on great. This is the type of Pilsner Beck's or Labatts (and most North American brewers) wished they could produce. They can't, this brew took time. Brew time and cellar time. The quality of ingredients and process are there for the palate to enjoy on this Pilsner. Soft barley and malt tastes balanced with those heavenly saaz bitters. A great example of Czech pilsen style lagers. This one has a distinguishing quality though. It has everything required of a good Pilsner, flowery hopping evident to the nose and palate, sharp crisp start, tart/malty/grassy in the mouth dry finish except, this one has no lingering "tinny" taste to the tongue from the saaz hops....probably not pasteurized. I liked this Pilsner very much and that takes something for this fanatical "Pils head". The only draw back is the price. $2.85 per 500mil bottle. I was surprised this beer was so fresh tasting, date code was near expired and it sat unrefrigerated on the LCBO (our state liquor monopoly) shelf. A “must try” if you like Pilsners. (1,071 characters)

Photo of bark
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This autumn, I bought some 100 cans of this beer. Why haven't I reviewed it yeat?

The colour is gold; the two finger head is compact at the top, airy underneath. It sinks down very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell got a bitter, almost metallic note. There are some fine bread-like notes of fresh malt and a chemical hint of diacetyl and bitter herbs. If it would have been just a little bit stronger, it would have received the highest mark!

The first taste is malty with some gentle sweet flavours. Then, buttery notes of diacetyl emerge together with some dough/bread/flour (maybe a hint of yeast too). The aftertaste is balanced with minerals, butter/margarine and an elegant fresh bitterness that fades away slowly.

The carbonation is medium strong and very refreshing; medium sized bubbles.

A good example of an underrated style. There might me a lot of more complex ones, but a Czech Pilsener should be straightforward. (940 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first reviewer must have had the same bottle I'm drinking. Ditto.

Particularly dark Czech lager. Aromas of stone-cracked grain. Canadian Whiskey, honey, dull hops and green flowers. Rich and round, almost sweet, with well proportioned hop bitterness rising up through the mid palate and emerging triumphant on the finish.
Bartlett pear skins.
Not a lot of aromatic hops in my example. Bold style. (407 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, I like this Pilsener. It pours a deep orangey gold with a small ivory head that leaves swathes of nice lace. The aroma is a balance of biscuit malts and Czech noble hops. The taste begins with a hoppy punch and some great malt flavors that build in the middle to take precedence and then recede in the finish. The aftertaste is bitter and grassy, very pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated for a lager. A great beer by any respect. The Czechs definitely know their beer. (502 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought me back several bottles of Kozel brews from her trip to the Czech Republic. Thanks for the effort, April!

This lager is another good example of a Czech Pilsner. It is more aromatic than Kozel's lighter lager, Svetly. The grassy aromas aren't quite so present here but are replaced by perfume-like smells. The taste is crisp, very much in line with Radegast, Czechvar and other pilsners.

If you're looking for a nice pilsner to drink, give Kozel Premium a try. (483 characters)

Photo of Breer
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted from a can in Toronto Canada...
Different felling on the taste ... very good!
Not too dark but good visual too....

A- Tipical Dark Golden...
S- Soft malted, not too much Hop ...
T- Round ... Little heavy on your tongue in the end ... Combined with the smell ... Good sensation!
M- Good presence and felling around the mouth, rich flavour.
O- Interessant taste, round, Delicious if its very cold and if you leave carbonate few seconds in your glass! in the scale of 0-10 .....
I give score 7.

Recommended ;)

Cheers from Bree! (536 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, deep gold colour with a fluffy, bright white head. Some lace and decent retention. Sweet, malty aroma with a mild hit of floral/spicy hops. Mild, yet solid bitterness. Clean malt provides a mild sweetness and counterpoint for floral hops. Malt finishes short, leaving the hop bitterness and flavour to linger. Quite nice actually. Moderately high carbonation that adds to a creamy texture once it settles a bit. Light body, but never thin. A very enjoyable pilsner. I'll probably be picking this one up again when the lager craving hits. (556 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother John for this sample. :)
My bottle was listed as "Premium" which I'm uncertain it's the same beer as others or not.
Aroma is fresh and clean hops with a slightly spicy quality. As warms shows just a hint of malt sweetness.
Water clear, gold yellow, one inch head that is snow white and fairly firm.
Clean flavor that shows a mix of malt sweetness (honey like, but not excessive) and a slight hop taste that builds at middle and finishes with a medium to long lingering bitterness. The blending of these two was enhanced as it warmed, showing less bite and more malt smoothness.
On the thin side. Very thirst quenching. Very easy drinking. Carbonation was kinda' soft for a lager.
Good session beer. I really like the hint of sweetness up front. (771 characters)

Photo of Finite
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden colour, good sized head with a moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, some oily aromas, well balanced malt also present. Farily malty.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: A little sweet and malty to start. A consistent hop bitterness hold on the edges on the palate. Grassy hops, refreshing and clean. Moderate carbonation which leaves a corse bitterness on the edges of the palate and remains quite dry but very malt at the end for this style. All was a little watery though.

Drinkability/Overall: Nice overall balance of flavours. Malty, hoppy, sweet, dry. Could use some more hops. For the price however, you cant go wrong. (663 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a slight head and a little lacing. Smell is a bit metallic, with some evidence of floral notes. Taste is pretty good, not overly bitter, a little sweet and an aroma of fresh barley in the finish. Pretty smooth and easy going which is actually not very characteristic of this style.

This is a good beer. (333 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 MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (541 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer after purchasing at my local LCBO store. It poured a somwehat cloudy gold colour, not translucent. The aroma was strong and malty with some grainy tones. It is slightly thick on the tongue with very little carbonation. The taste is slightly malty with a toasty aftertaste. This is another Czech beer I would have no problem trying again. (355 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 CampusCrew
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Most of Americans didn't like it as much and opted for the less pungent Gambrinus. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer. (290 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale and clear, but with a deep hint of red-gold. Malty, certainly, but a very honeyish malt flavour, as opposed to the fuller Budvar maltiness, that comes from the very pale malts. Has that characteristic Czech trick of vanishing down your throat before you even realize it. Leaves behind a slowly creeping, rich, floral bitterness. (338 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Straw golden with a thin whispy head. Good amount of lacing on the glass and lots of clingy bubbles.

S- Grassy and bready with a little bit of apple/honey sweetness.

T- Taste follows aroma well. Essentially identical.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Refreshing.

O- Not my favourite Pilsner but certainly not the worst. Easy drinking and crisp. (384 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this beer in its bottle version: BB 06/04/06. 4.8%abv. Served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, nice frothy head sustains o.k. against a constant and gentle carbonation.
S: grassy and aromatic note of Saaz dominates the nose with a honeyish hint, coating a thick bedrock of semi-sweet, buttery, syrupy, most delicious Czech malts with a sour twist like lemon and apple. Refreshingly aromatic, as a Czech Pilsner lezak should be.
T: lively-textured, slightly bitter-sweet toasty malts dominate the palate from the very beginning, fast introducing a deeper layer of aromatic, herbal+grassy hoppiness, mild buttery-grainy flavour of malts (with a peanut-skin-like undertone), before the bitterness takes over with a dryish, hoppy kick at the back of the palate.
M&D: refreshing on the mouthfeel and quite clean, with a well-balanced body overall and a semi-bitter aftertaste arousing more thirst sip by sip. An above-average, solid Czech Pilsner full of body yet also feather-light as a thirst-quencher. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice pale lager, impressive as to all aspects of this offering with one exception....Colour is medium gold...very nice head and aroma is crisp & clean....body is medium and taste is hoppy and pleasant...I love it, well I like it a lot....But...please get rid of that neck foil. (284 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (453 characters)

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 CrazyMike
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow appearance with a thick head. The smell is sweet and a bit fruity and grainy.

The taste is thick and grainy. Definatly malty with grassy hops. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a bit light bodied (most likely from the can).

Smooth beer, tasty and refreshing. Not an outstanding Pilsner but definatly respectable. (332 characters)

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)

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