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Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 02:35:40 | More by DrJay
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 21:12:53 | More by wl0307
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stcules

Italy

2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 20:29:01 | More by stcules
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Finite

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 09:02:45 | More by Finite
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 22:18:20 | More by Derek
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Good aromas of honey-like malt, and both grassy and floral hops. That floral note is especially nice. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, with more corse grassy notes entering the lightly malted mix, but the bitterness is at a good level for this style of beer. Overall, a fairly good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 17:54:26 | More by fisherman34
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sid

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pilsner at all.

Poured with a nice bubbly head with some carbonation, but quickly died down leaving lace down the glass. The usual pale yellow colour typical for pilsners is present.

Taste and mouthfeel is somewhat of a mixed bag. A very smooth beer with not too much flavour. Can notice some floral hops at beginning. It ends with a malty note. No bitterness at the end which hurts this beer's character. Does not compare with the likes of Konig, or any northern german pilsner I have recently tasted.

The drinkability is better than the taste, smooth and crisp, a beer that can be downed in a session with ease. The lack of flavour present in the mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 03:37:48 | More by sid
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joecast

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 11:03:49 | More by joecast
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 05:40:49 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Shaw

Florida

4/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 07:15:03 | More by Shaw
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 15:26:30 | More by garymuchow
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 22:53:05 | More by Popsinc
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stoutman

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 01:08:50 | More by stoutman
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 01:08:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 23:54:04 | More by Gusler
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 16:28:56 | More by Globetrotter
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diablo14

Australia

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an above average pilsener that does not have the wider recognition it deserves. not my favorite of the czech variety, but as an inexpensive, easy to drink and pleasant tasting pilsener, this is one to enjoy in a session.

lovely color, garnet hues, poured with a thick creamy head which went rapidly. not a huge nose on it, but there were hints of mixed grain, pears and some floral notes. smooth malty taste thats also a little fruity, it finishes with a fantastic zing of saaz hops which gives it a clean finish. full bodied, with lingering traces of honey at the end.

as i write this its a stinking hot day out there, and this beer is going down a treat. nothing too complex, the characters of the beer are all in the right places it makes for a quite enjoyable beer that doesnt demand too much of the drinker. one that can enter the rotation every so often and make a nice addition.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 04:11:28 | More by diablo14
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koolk

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean golden pale in colour with a weak head but good carbonation.

Basic nose, but good for what it is. Malty/Grainy, watery and a slight hoppy tinge.

Again the palate it basic, but it is clean, fresh and tasty with a good bite and only a touch syrupy.

Easy drinking beer, with clean flavours and is a steal at only a couple of bucks for a 500 mL bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 23:55:55 | More by koolk
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Head disappeared almost immediately after pouring. Clear pale gold colour with a steady, rapid stream of bubbles making their way to the top of the beer. Smells of straw, honey and mild hops. A little to fizzy to my mouth. It tastes of honey, mild hops. Tasty. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 23:05:04 | More by TerryW
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hate neck foils. This bottle has a neck foil. Dammit, why? Anyways, this was a mediocre pilzner. Bought at the LCBO not really knowing what the style was(didn't say on the bottle). Poured typical pilzner style, that pale yellow gold. Knew right away it was a pilzner. Pathetic head that disipated too film. Bittersweet smell with little hops, some honey, and barley malt. Hey, this tastes alright. Not as bad as I was expecting from the look and smell. Well balanced sweet and bitterness, with a honey aftertaste. Not perfectly balanced, but a fine attempt was made. Slick mouthfeel and left my throat a little dry. Very drinkable. I'm glad it comes in 500mL bottles, because 341mL would be a tease for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 09:36:20 | More by slitherySOB
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 02:51:51 | More by rastaman
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 18:23:29 | More by Shiloh
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale light straw colour and slightly fruity aroma. Typical pilsner style head has little lacing of the glass. Taste is bitter & hoppy. A pretty decent pilsner although I was slightly disappointed as I was expecting more for some reason. Has some upfront sweetness in the taste.
Smooth enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 19:42:32 | More by SaunaKing
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putnam

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 12:03:42 | More by putnam
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 12:35:52 | More by pootz
Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.