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Kozlak - Browar Amber

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82
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Poland

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bruachan on 12-02-2005)
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Reviews by Raebies:
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Raebies

Australia

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 06:40:04 | More by Raebies
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doktorhops

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 10:11:15 | More by doktorhops
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Zuidman

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

07-24-2014 15:28:20 | More by Zuidman
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keithmurray

New York

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 21:39:05 | More by keithmurray
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malaki3386


5/5  rDev +39.7%

07-18-2014 03:49:30 | More by malaki3386
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Kashyyyk

Poland

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-05-2014 13:52:19 | More by Kashyyyk
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kersjous


4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

06-26-2014 19:59:31 | More by kersjous
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-30-2014 11:48:31 | More by Latarnik
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 02:42:58 | More by VictorWisc
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squezey

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-03-2014 21:00:04 | More by squezey
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:29:01 | More by jwc215
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-02-2013 02:53:29 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:48:16 | More by metter98
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-29-2013 02:12:04 | More by cam477
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SoPeL

Poland

4/5  rDev +11.7%

08-12-2013 20:17:49 | More by SoPeL
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-13-2013 17:53:05 | More by hansavijaticar
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magpieken

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2013 05:58:40 | More by magpieken
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CloudStrife

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 00:00:21 | More by CloudStrife
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-20-2012 16:17:02 | More by Pecan
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:05:43 | More by mvanaskie13
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:23:22 | More by flagmantho
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sfprint

Germany

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 21:49:22 | More by sfprint
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 04:41:33 | More by MatthewWilde
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-05-2012 18:00:34 | More by JAHMUR
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kurgan3

Poland

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-08-2012 07:19:55 | More by kurgan3
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Kozlak from Browar Amber
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