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Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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76
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002

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1.64/5  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!

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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.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can.

A- Darker straw yellow pour. Crystal clear with a two finger soapy head.

S- Light biscuit with a touch of grass and super faint hop.

T- Slight grass with an earthy taste. Slight cereal with a touch of hop. Very bland smelling.

M- Light and refreshing, prickly carbonation.

O- Typical Czech Pilsener, light and refreshing.

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3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear pale golden hue with two fingers of sticky and fluffy white head that displays good retention and leaves sheets of sticky, patchy lace.

The nose is dominated by grassy hops, fresh leaves, a bit of spice and a touch of lemon. It seems basic with too much emphasis placed on the grassy hop character.

A clean citrus zest which is surprisngly more assertive in the taste than the nose would lead you to think, is the first thing to hit the palate and quickly paired with some leafy spice. The finish is where the grassy hops come in, imparting a raw, organic bitterness that seems to be a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, a bit wet, with a crisp finish and a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an average Czech pilsner that carries its most basic characteristics and doesn't strive to improve on them. With the abundance of pilsners readily available to me, this seems easy to pass up.

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2.59/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.