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Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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76
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.63/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint lager like notes, but almost nothing. In the taste, dry lager tones, but almost skunky, which is weird cause it's in a can. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness to a clean aftertaste. Domestic lager like, faint tastes and smells, eh!

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Julian4077
1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

Julian4077, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Danflurry
2/5  rDev -39%

Danflurry, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.1/5  rDev -36%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, white foam, too many bubbles, less compactness.
Smell of malt and hops (not too much), maybe mint notes?
Decent malt taste, with a sweet and sugary finish, bubblegum-like, not so good.
Light body.
Hops in the aftertaste, but the previous sweetness is prevalent.

stcules, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Pelicanrocks, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of CMUbrew
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

CMUbrew, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of the_danish_swede
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

the_danish_swede, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Bix
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Bix, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of altmer
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

altmer, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of jrohrbacher
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

jrohrbacher, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Sammy, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of TheHammer
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

TheHammer, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of biegaman
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden delicious apple with a slight lime tinge when held up to the light. The beer is scantily coloured, its complexion is pale and transparent. It's an antiseptic looking appearance, which isn't exactly working in its favour like you'd imagine it might. The head is substantial and (in keeping with theme) bleaches the surface with a big wash of peroxide white froth.

This doesn't smell a tick like floral, spicy or grassy hops - in fact, it doesn't smell like any kind of hop. It doesn't really smell malty either. What does it smell like then? Well, I'm not entirely sure but whatever it is it's not appealing to my senses, that's for sure. Not only do I suspect hop extracts but I also suspect adjuncts for the malt too. This isn't promising in the least...

The taste isn't bad but, come to think, it isn't much of anything really. It certainly doesn't have the nice, freshly toasted bread taste or floral, grassy hoppiness that it should. Then again, it doesn't have as much of the stale grains and syrupy corn adjuncts that I expected it might. All things considered, it drinks about on par with most domestic macro offerings.

There is little bitterness but even less malt or hops. This is such a shame considering the Czech Pilsner style typically showcases so much of both of those things. What I would like and I feel is only reasonable to expect: sweet malts and a subtle but crisp and spicy hoppiness. What I get: cotton-mouth resulting from cheap adjuncts.

Chances are if you've ever had a beer then you've tried a Czech inspired pilsner. Their clean complexion, quenching light body and zesty hop profile converted an entire planet of beer drinkers onto lagers. It's too bad that so many macro breweries (apparently Czech ones included) have bastardized the style and exposed so many to such poor renditions.

biegaman, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw/gold with lots of white head. No head retention, no lacing.

S: Mostly malt. Where's the Saaz?

T: Bready malt, with a hop flavour that's more earthy than most saaz.

M: Light to moderate body & carbonation.

D: Nothing harsh, but nothing exciting either.

Derek, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of jhm
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

jhm, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ZachT
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

ZachT, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of weeare138
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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…what’s the point of the yeast in this one? It’s just like diluted sugar water.

weeare138, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of Lion088
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Ralphus
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Ralphus, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev -8.5%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Gusler, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of 3Vandoo
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

3Vandoo, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of DamageCase76
3/5  rDev -8.5%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.