Kozlak - Browar Amber

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bruachan on 12-02-2005

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Reviews by Raebies:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool-looking 500mL bottle, a Polish Bock I've never tried before.

Looks good in the glass, pale brown with a tan-yellow head. Quite effervescent with good head retention. Reminiscent of a strong English brown ale, both in first appearance, smell and then taste. In fact, despite the fact it's supposed to be a bock, and hence bottom-fermented rather than top-fermented like an English strong ale, it resembles the latter in more ways than it does the former.

Nutty tastes, sweet date and raisin flavours on the palate, and an ale-like heartiness. Not a bad beer, but certainly not representative of the style. Put head-to-head with a fine German bock or doppelbock, there would be little resemblance. Which is a pity, I felt like a real bock, and I'm regretting being adventurous and choosing this beer over the tried and true favourite Aventinus.

Overall: nothing that original, and not a good example of a bock, but since my expectations were low, I was not disappointed - this is a perfectly drinkable beer.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Polish deliciously is very good. Nice smell, fruity, caramel. The head dissipates fast, but is steady. Good taste, sweet malt characteristic backed by the essence of Caramel, subtle notes of chocolate bitterness. For a Bock beer, this beer is sort of Rogue having so much sweet characteristics, and even though most Bocks go well with meat, this beer pairs well with Polish Pastries, which might explain the sweetness. This is by far one of the best Polish beers I have, up there with Zywiec, Warka Strong, Tyskie, and Okocim.

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.

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

Had never seen this so might as well give it a whirl.

Pours a nice deep amber and has a persistant inch and a half head that eventually left the scene.

Aromas of ripe dark fruits and some yeast.

Taste mimics the smell as dark sweet fruit was followed by bready notes and molasses on the finish which was clean and smooth. No real sign of hops here.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel and very light carbonation.

Quite good! Glad I found it.

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.

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.

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.

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

Poured from an interesting 500ml bottle. Painted on labelling.

Dark reddish brown color, good foam that dissapated quickly.

Smells bready, along with a sweet caramel, malt.

Tasty and more drinkable than I expected for a bock. The Malt and caramel from the smell continued to come through in the taste and held in the mouth.

Drinkable, yes, though given other choices, I'd keep moving along.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the 3rd Polish beer i've had named Kozlak...what's up with that?

The appearance is nice for a bock, ruby red and auburn at the edges. A billowing head soon subsides into a patchy surface skim that resembles floating bread crumbs. Maple syrup and malty brown sugar aroma. Raisin and whole grain bread flavors, molasses sweetness almost medicinal. Fairly full bodied, maybe a touch too syrupy, not exactly quaffable, but good in small sips as it warms. Pleasant bready aftertaste. Some dried fruit maybe. Not bad, but it didn't really hold my interest.

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.

Photo of ommegoose
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle. Available at the corner liquor store.

Huge pillowy head, but drops to a cap fairly quick. Pretty dark plum color, the most purple beer I've seen. Strawberry-red in the light.

Smells of dark fruits and has an almost bubblegum-like sweetness. Stewed cranberries.

Flavorful. Lots of fruit. Plum, red grape, dark cherries, berry flavors. Sweetness is moderate. Little hop presence. Just a slight bittering on the finish.

Smooth and lightly carbonated. No bother at all from the 6.5%.

Goes down very easy. A real pleasant surprise. I don't know how well this fits in style definitions, but I liked this beer a lot, and would definitely buy it again.

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

Color is an amber/reddish brown, cloudy, head dissipates quickly.

Caramel and bread in the nose, fruity.

Tastes like a bock for sure, caramel malts, bready, and has plum/raisin dark fruits flavor going on with and a tart aftertaste. The alcohol is present but not too much.

Full bodied and low to medium carbonation and little sticky.

Not a bad bock. Second time I've had it, but probably won't pick it up again.

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

Grabbed a couple bottles of these while I was in Poland. It poured a nice dark amber color and had good notes of malt and some caramel. The head was an attractive tan ribbon that while small, had great retention. Taste was smooth, and evenly malted. Not as much malt as I expected from the appearance, but it was very pleasant to drink. High drinkability makes this a great all around bock.

Photo of fropones
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Pours a nice amber red with a nice big khaki head with good retention.

S - Sickeningly sweet. Sort of like a malt liquor. Maple syrup, molasses, a bit of malt. If the taste follows this will be a drainpour.

T - Cloying sweetness right up front with brown sugar and molasses. Alcohol not really hidden, even only at 6.5%. No hops detectable. Mild aftertaste is probably one of the best things about this.

M - Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel

D - The disgusting smell and cloying sweetness make this one pretty undrinkable. I'm about a quarter of the way through and probably will drain pour it before it is half finished. Thankfully I only paid 75 cents for this.

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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown silk print bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. Beautiful copper colour, large tan head. Malty sweetish aroma, notes of caramel and bakery. Malty sweet flavour, loads of caramel, sweeter than I appreciate. Very moderate hops in the finish.

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.

Photo of OtisinAZ
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pored a dark orange body with a nice tiny bubble head that dissipated rather quickly.

Sell made me immediately think,"Bock" as it is the style. Caramel and malt are up front, no hop aroma.

Caramel and sweet bread are the taste I pick op.

Weak carbonation but a nice chewy feel to it.

An average beer but very drinkable.

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.

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear brown with a medium size creamy egg-shell head that hangs out for a little while, and some lacing.

smell is of molasses, a touch of cocoa, and sweet toffee.

taste is of wheat, brown sugar, roasted malt, some caramel, ends on the dry side.

Photo of atis
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Warsaw

Pours dark amber with large brownish orange head that for some time remains in half finger thickness. Very limited downsliding lacing.

Aroma is a bit spicy roasted caramel and hints of rye bread. Taste is mostly roasted malt with some very mild hops and sweetish and pleasant aftertaste, again I had associations with rye bread although there is no rye. Also some dark dried fruit. Almost no alcohol could be felt, maybe towards the end of the glass. Some slightly warming and light bittery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is more on the light side and the beer is surprisingly drinkable. Overall, I am very satisfied with this one, it feels more flavourful and refreshing than some German Bocks I have tried recently.

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.

Photo of bruachan
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked this up in poland this summer. harvest goat motif on the bottle

tall creamy head. looks a little like the spray foam insulation, but lighter in color. wanes eventually, leaving almost alone the copper colored brew. sweet malty munich and smooth bready aromas. no sign of hops in the nose

a little disappointing after the nice aroma. too highly carbonated in my opinion; it takes away from what should be a very smooth character. also, it isn't really all that malty. it's certainly not bad, but i think i would have rather brought home a zywiec porter or something more enjoyable (though worth a try if you're over there)

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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