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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 magpieken
3/5  rDev -8.5%

magpieken, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of jarmby1711
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reasonably dark amber for a Pilsener.It attained and maintained a good frothy head with an adequate bead and lace
The smell and flavour were nothing remarkable tending to the sour side by the third bottle .
Tried chilling one right down and it was a better drink for doing so.
There are plenty of biscuity malts and not a lot else in this beer.
Pleasnat and drinkable especially as the days become longer and warmer

jarmby1711, Oct 06, 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 funkengruven
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

funkengruven, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Schmoog, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of ludachris
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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.

ludachris, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of diablo14
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

diablo14, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of fisherman34
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

fisherman34, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of cyrenaica
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

cyrenaica, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of CrazyMike
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

CrazyMike, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Popsinc
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Popsinc, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Pelicanrocks
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Pelicanrocks, Jun 08, 2012
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 MJ63
3/5  rDev -8.5%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Polasiuss
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Polasiuss, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DreamDeath, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Eman17
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Eman17, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of koolk
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

koolk, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of ernie
4.47/5  rDev +36.3%
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...

ernie, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -8.5%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 19, 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 parintele
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

parintele, Jun 15, 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 mnixon86
3/5  rDev -8.5%

mnixon86, Dec 06, 2011
Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
76 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.