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Kozlak - Browar Amber

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 17.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bruachan on 12-02-2005

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Photo of T-34-85
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice bock beer. Poured from a 16 oz bottle to a pilsner glass.

Deep brown color with an opaque turbid look and minimal head but good carbonation presence and bite.

Minimal aroma to speak of.

Good malty taste with breadiness and significant sweetness.

Overall: Really good malt-forward beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kozlak Bock has a fairly thick, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, somewhat bubbly, rust-orange appearance, and some splotchy lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready malt, and the flavor is of sweet, syrupy malt, a touch of tannin, mild hop rounding bitterness, and brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Kozlak Bock finishes refreshing, not the least bit boozy, and highly drinkable.


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Photo of doktorhops
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Next on the menu is Browar Amber's Koźlak from sunny Poland! I don't mind a good German Bock and Poland is close enough to Germany to warrant a look in (at least Hitler thought it was) so let's see what the Polish can produce in a Bock. It must be said however that my previous experience with Polish beers has not been "all smiles and sunshine" with Brok being the best beer I recall trying from there, but hey I am always open to giving new breweries a go.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: Ooo; rich murky caramel bodied with a centimetre beige head, looks a tasty treat if you ask me [and yes, you did ask me].

S: Double Ooo; caramel malts, macerated figs, dates, almond and thick chewy (because I know that is how this beer will taste) rye bread all provide a rich DNA to this Bocks aroma. Already I am impressed.

T: Wow, this is almost Weihenstephaner Korbinian good - it has all of the above (caramel, figs, dates, almonds and rye bread) an added touch of parlour-room smoke and a finish that is both dry with a hint medicinal herb bitterness. It is a sweet brew but not unbearably so and reasonable enough given the 6.5% ABV. Fan-***-tasic Koźlak!

M: Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation, a class act all the way.

D: Tastiest Bock my tongue has ever had the fortune to taste, and that is precisely due to the fact that this isn't really a Bock, it's a Doppelbock. Seriously, no Bock I've ever had lays out a red carpet for dark fruit malts, rye bread and parlour-room smoke - it is quite clearly a Doppel, and an excellent Doppel at that. This affirms my faith (or lack thereof) in Polish brews, those Poles really can craft a beer when they're not busy being invaded by Germany and Russia, Okrzyki!

Food match: More suited to German than Polish cuisine, but then again I'm not overly familiar with Polish food (apart from delicious pierogi) so I could be wrong. The flavours I would pursue to match this would be banquet hall fare (pig + spit + this beer = good) you get the picture.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a mug

Appearance - hazy brown color with tan head

Smell - toffee, almonds, caramel

Taste - caramel, toffee, roasted nuts

Mouthfeel - sweet upfront, medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, flavors linger a good amount

Overall - a damn good beer that exceeded my initial expectations

Price Point - $2.50/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sold in 1/2L amber embossed bottles in NYC area. The label is similar to one pictured, but the brewery name is flanked by bottle size and alcohol content and the description is preceded by "BOCK BEER", like other Polish beers in this style.

It's a "triple bock", of sorts. In addition to the style listing in German/English, the Polish name means "goat" (like "bock") and there is a picture of goat's head among hops and barley, flanked by two twisted horns. The brewers wanted to leave no doubt as to what style of beer they were making.

Having had Lashes Hopbock Lager from Jack's Abby last night, a few details jump out. Carbonation is slight, bitterness low, with virtually no noticeable hops. Malt is everpresent. This is closer to a traditional bock than the JA lager, but it still misses the mark.

Pours nicely, with low non-homogeneous tan head that laces nicely but does not stay. Carbonation, as I mentioned, is light, but visible--in fact, more visible than noticeable on the tongue. In that, bubble structure is very fine, which explains both the lack of head retention and the see-but-don't-taste carbonation. The color is deep copper to reddish-brown, suggestive of burnt and toasted malts.

The nose is all malt, somewhere between burnt toast and apple pie. Not a lot of nuance.

Taste is similar, but a bit more complex. The initial impression is that of sweetness, with a hint of dried apples, figs and apricots. The fruitiness is then replaced by "breadiness" and the yeasty goodness recedes into aftertaste that lingers for some time, eventually leaving the same acidic footprint as freshly home-backed rye bread. Not plummy, like a barley wine, but suggests similar sherry-like oxidation notes. This is a characteristic of the style, not the sign of age. Polish bock seems to be half-way to porter rather than being a pure bock.

The feel is a bit thin and watery until almost all of it is gone from the mouth, when suddenly you feel a thick layer of it coating the tongue. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable, nor should it be at moderate 6.5%. Carbonation is not worth mentioning, except in a review like this.

Decent beer for the price, but not one I would drink regularly (or ever, when better options are readily available for even less money). Nice bottle, cute label. Beer? Meh.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours dark amber with ruby highlights. A creamy off-white head leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel with dried fruits - apricot, prune, plum, raisin.

The taste is of strong caramel/toffee with raisins and other dark, dried fruits. Alcohol lends dryness and some black pepper in the finish.

Sweetness stays on the tongue. It has a pretty creamy texture. Alcohol heat becomes stronger as it progresses.

A very good interpretation of a traditional bock - towards a doppelbock. Strong, yet drinkable. A great brew, especially if you want a sweet brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down a bit but left a thin head covering the surface and a layer of bubbles down the sides of the glass
S: Light to moderate aromas of maltiness and sweetness are present in the nose along with a little bit of raisins.
T: The overall taste is mostly malty and has slight hints of raisin flavors. Faint hints of sweetness are barely noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit creamy. on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad of a representation of the style. I enjoyed the creaminess in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a fairly bright mostly clear ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Average visible carbonation in the body. Head is gone in a minute or two leaving just a thin covering, no real lacing.

S: Very rich dark fruits and roasted malt. Has a good fermented aroma to it. Somewhat sweet aroma that reminds me of the pre-fab wort from those Mr. Beer kits.

T: Balanced taste of dark fruits, roasted malts and overall great bock flavors. Hints of a leathery, carmel, tobacco too. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Light to medium body with mild carbonation. A tad sticky from the sweetness but doesn't detract from the palette.

Overall a real tasty bock, one of the best single bocks I have had. Would recommend to anyone into malt forward brews.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is is copper/amber, head presents 1/4 inch thick, then dissipates to a ring and light froth, some lacing.

Smell is malty, off course, mixed flavors from caramel to raison, maybe plum, mild undertone bitterness

Taste is straightforward bock, good solid malt base, lingering caramel flavors mixed with raison, plum, and toffee/chocolate- maybe a touch too sweet for my preference, but to style

Mouthfeel is well balanced, nice carbonation, good sweet presence, not too cloying and enough bitterness to leave the palate clean.

Overall, very solid bock beer, a very strong caramel/toffee presence, but good bitter balance.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark brown with a light haze and a thick head of creamy tan foam with decent retention and lace. Quite attractive.

Smell: very sweet aroma with lots of rich malt character, a decent graininess and a bit of caramel character as well. A bit sweet for my taste, but hey, we're talking about a bock here! It's a good example of the style.

Taste: sweet malt with a nice fruity undertone. Not as sweet as the aroma, which is nice. Fruitiness tends toward apple, pear and perhaps a little plum and cherry. I think it's smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Mildly creamy; not too bad.

Overall: this is a pretty tasty and refreshing brew. I would have it again.

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Photo of sfprint
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Exp 9/16/2012

A: Mild rising carbonation, root beer color (perhaps a hair red-er) with a two finger root beer head. Transparent.
S: Dark roasted malt, maple syrup, with the sweetness of maple syrup. Fearing the taste will be too sweet.
T: Indeed an amber. Unlike other European beers I've had, resembles some American Ambers with a more roasted flavor. Suitable sweetness. Sweet colaness on the tail.
M: Low carbonation, slight dryness
O: Pretty decent.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Reddish orange, almost completely translucent, moderate internal carbonation, pours a medium light brown head that simmers into nice lacing

S: Quite fragrant, vanilla, cocoa powder, molasses, very sweet smelling, almost a bit musty as well

T: Sweet but well balanced, heavy vanilla, but finishes with more of a cocoa flavor, much like the nose, definite molasses notes

M: Extremely smooth, very drinkable, light in the mouth, light and sweet aftertaste, not too lingering by any means

O: A light and sweet bock, fragrant and smooth, but nothing out of the ordinary

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Photo of Raebies
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for a measy $4 dollars at the local polish deli, then saw it at the bottle shop for $6, which is still relatively cheap.

Amazing tropical smell... pear juice blended with dates and apple juice. Very sweet flavour, chocolate apple juice with raisins. I wasn't expecting much from this beer at 4 bucks a bottle, what a nice surprise.

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Photo of Mar02x
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from a Polish college. Thanks man for sharing.

A - A beautiful clear brown fluid with an off white head that quickly retracts.

S - A good smell of old, yeasted malt syrup.

T - A little sweet start and directly after that a dry pallet and a dry finish. I am not a fan thats for sure.

M - There is something in the aftertaste that I don't like and that I cannot place. it's like the hop bitterness is over dated. It tastes like a copper coin.

O - There are better bock beers out there. Leave it on the shelf.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours warm amber with a thick off-white, rather tall head that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Sweet, light roasted malt, molasses and dark dried fruit. Bready.

T: Rich sweetness to the dark malt, the roast is slightly heavier than in the smell. Lots of dark dried fruits. Some molasses. Dark ryebread. Faint chocolate gives it an extra dimension.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is very sweet, almost too sweet.

O: A surprisingly nice Bock, from Poland. Usually Bocks are only this nice if they come from Germany.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in Bialystok upon recommendation from a bartender for something dark. From notes.

A - Poured a ruby/amber colour with a solid two finger eggshell head. No visible carbonation. Bright. Decent lacing and good retention.

S - Quite mild. Some sweet malt and a little fruitiness.

T - Mild again but a little bit more depth. Sweet malt and fruits with some toffee and red apple.

M - Medium body and mild carbonation.

O/D - I could have about two before it got old. A good beer and much better than expected. Easy to drink and tasty just not much depth but a good sesher.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a dense 3/4" tan head. Smell is very potent and really jumped out at me. It smells strongly of raisins and maple syrup. The taste seemed pretty complex to me, at different moments I got flavors of raisin, caramel and barley. Toward the end of the sip there is an odd bitterness that I cannot describe, but it didn't really sit well with me. The thickness of this beer is close to doppel territory, carbonation in this beer is pretty light. Overall, this beer was fun and different, but didn't really impress me that much. I am still in search of a Bock I can really call my favorite.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a half liter at EuroMarket in Queens. It's a rich, bready bock that reminds me more of a doppel, but there's a very unpleasant astringent bitterness in the background that really throws this off. Otherwise there's a tasty mix of crust, marmalade, sweet biscuits and caramel. What a shame.

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Photo of harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From notes verbatim on 10/26/10

A: Light yellow cream foam dissipates leaving a dim amber ale.

S: Touch of copper on the nose. Otherwise a sweet, bready aroma.

T: Sweet and metallic.

M: Nice feel and goes over easy with lighter carbonation. Medium body.

D: Too metallic. It's like they brew in a copper stave.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours dark amber, lots of head that fades quickly. Looks thick, carbonation is slow. Smell is overripe dark fruit, overly sweet smelling, maybe a little nuttiness.

Taste is sweet and sour, better than the smell. Still too sweet. Plums come to mind, as do dates.

Mouthfeel is confusingly thin, slightly dry. Too one-sided on the sweetness for me to really think it's all that drinkable.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is not a lager of longievity... in that it has a rich fullness in the intial few sips but quickly depreciates as you sip. the look is nice. great amber clear with a dough head. nose of stale apples and toastiness and a bit of smoke. but the smoke tastes as if it was burnt is that malt volume quality. the feel is astringent when i would expect something rather smooth. its got a bitter finish that has a mild acidic leather smoke which brings forth the mineral like qualities. but still on standard of european quality.

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Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a reddish brown with a nice foamy off-white head that holds for a bit.

The smell is super caramelly and bready, there is a subtle kiss of hops.

The flavor is similar. There is a bit more roasted character, and also some nuttiness to go along with the caramel and bread.

Not a bad beer, super drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle.

A - Very dark, pale brown colour. Minimal dark head on top.

S - Wheat and caramel. Slightly sugary scent with a touch of dark berries (cherry mainly) and wood and nuts. All in all a pretty classic line up of wheaty aromas.

T - Dark but surprisingly smooth and with a slightly burnt flavour. Immediate sense of cherry (mixed with chocolate) as eluded to above. Tastes a bit like a turkish delight (the chocolate covered one - not the real thing)! Unusual but not unpleasant.

M - Smooth and malty but not much happening.

D - Slightly bitter-sweet owing to the mix of burnt flavours and the sweeter fruity stuff. This definitely has some characteristics of a bock but for me the taste is somewhere between those typical darker flavours of that style and those of a bière de garde. Nice change either way and interesting to drink.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle, $2.19 from Amity Wine & Spirits, New Haven CT. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Hazy brown brew gives a smooth dense head about a half inch tall that settles completely. The brew reveals a reddish tint when held to a light. Nose is thick and bready, walnuts, a bit of banana, brown sugar, a mild bitter hoppy edge. Taste is right from the smell, bready and nutty, and the hop comes forward more than it did in the smell. Also a bit of raisin and earth. The feel is pretty thick, good viscosity, and a good balance between sweet vs malty. Carbonation is a little fizzy despite it being a thicker beer. Finishes very earthy/ nutty with some brown sugar and hop.

Not bad, nor extraordinary... pretty middle-of-the-road bock that's worth checking out if you happen across it, but nothing worth going out of the way to find. I've given better ratings to worse beers, the numbers fall a little short here somehow.

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Photo of mnrider
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1PT. .9oz Brown Bottle. interesting bottle design.

A: Pours a dark amber with a smallish off white head, which quickly turns to nothing. Small carbonation is seen.

S: Wow!. Very sweet and very malty. I think a little too sweet however.

T/M: Smooth and sweet with a sticky syrupy feel. After taste is also sweet. Bread and other heartiness is prominent. malts are big with a little fruit note. Needs more carbonation as it is a little flat.

D: Interesting beer. Nothing to special to me. Probably my last offering of this brew.


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Kozlak from Browar Amber
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.