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Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.1/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of weeare138
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of biegaman
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of bark
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.63/5  rDev -50.6%
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!

Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of andrenaline
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Bread crusts and grassy hop notes, hints of buttery corn and a hint of sour apple.

T - The bread crust flavours come through nicely alongside the grassy hop notes, the sour apple is coming through on the finish with some lemon rind a touch of caramel and a sour lemon bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Traditional mass produced euro export pilsener. Nothing mind blowing, easy drinking and reasonably flavourful. I probably wouldn't buy it again but it's worth a try and certainly a reasonable option in a pinch.

Photo of dar482
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rastaman
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pootz
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.