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Kozel - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Ralphus
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,496 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep golden yellow, crystal clear. Sudsy white head that sinks down slowly. Lots of small streaming bubbles. Looks like a lacemaker.

Grainy and grassy nose. Refined sugar, green apples, butterscotch, diacetyl, sourdough. Straightforward and nothing off here.

Bit of a salty, mineral palate... this is very obvious and a flaw. Buttery, biscuity sweet malt. Candied fruits. Light hop bitterness. Limited spiciness. Subtle herbal finish. Refreshing aggressive carbonation and medium body.

I think this is a fairly tasty and accurate example of of simple style. (576 characters)

Photo of Finite
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.58/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle. an excellent brew, it has a beautiful full golden colour. pours with a light 2 to 3 finger head, which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin covering layer. The taste is fairly sweet at first, with some nice (very) subtle bitter notes. The kicker and what makes this beer is the sweet honey aftertaste. It lingers long and well to a very nice effect. Very smooth with a slightly syrupy feel, this is definitely drinkable. (438 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Straw golden with a thin whispy head. Good amount of lacing on the glass and lots of clingy bubbles.

S- Grassy and bready with a little bit of apple/honey sweetness.

T- Taste follows aroma well. Essentially identical.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Refreshing.

O- Not my favourite Pilsner but certainly not the worst. Easy drinking and crisp. (384 characters)

Photo of SaunaKing
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of sid
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of Breer
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted from a can in Toronto Canada...
Different felling on the taste ... very good!
Not too dark but good visual too....

A- Tipical Dark Golden...
S- Soft malted, not too much Hop ...
T- Round ... Little heavy on your tongue in the end ... Combined with the smell ... Good sensation!
M- Good presence and felling around the mouth, rich flavour.
O- Interessant taste, round, Delicious if its very cold and if you leave carbonate few seconds in your glass! in the scale of 0-10 .....
I give score 7.

Recommended ;)

Cheers from Bree! (536 characters)

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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.