Kozel Svétlý | Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Czech Republic
beer-kozel.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
15.9%
 
 
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0
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4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright clear golden colour with a white foamy head. Aromas of cereal & malt. Taste is sweet malt, corn, grain & hints of honey leading to a low bitterness finish.

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Photo of therica
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clean, crisp, nice session or table pils!

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2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mytu420
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dzu
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is truly delicious! Crisp, clear and light on the palate, but full of flavor. Aroma is mild, but potent and pleasant at the same time. Taste is crisp with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Pours with a nice thick foamy head, but it doesn’t last, but sure looks good....

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4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to my crack research (Google Translate), "Kozel" is Czech for 'goat' and "Světlý" means 'blonde'. In fact, the brewery has a live goat named Olda as its mascot, though it's scruffy, grey and white whereas this beer is a clean, light and bright tone of yellow. It's quite a looker, with a fine, powdery head and bubbles that crowd the glass like mall shoppers at Christmas.

Kozel is perhaps the most widespread Czech beer brand, and as I understand it this is mainly credited to the fact that its production is carried out by contract brewers all around the world. I have a hard time believing all these licensees offer the same degree of character and integrity of the original brewery; the Kozel I've had in Canada has little resembled a true Czech pilsner...

Fortunately, this can of Kozel Svétlý comes direct from the Czech Republic (thanks, little sister!). The comparison is night and day: this smells of clean cereal grain and grassy, floral hops, whereas the product sold under the Kozel name here drinks like a combo of corn syrup and cardboard.

Granted, this is a different recipe altogether - but at 4%, Svétlý would have even less room to hide hop extracts and cheap adjuncts. This one drinks clean through and through, with brisk carbonation and snippy, lightly spicy hop bite providing highly quenching qualities.

Kozel Svétlý offers traditional European quality and everyday drinkability. Whereas a lot of lagers nowadays are bland, insipid, and modeled more as 'beers for those that don't really like beer', this "light" pilsner compromises little of the style's true characteristics. But as with most things, it's better straight from the source (and, I'm sure, tastes best *at* the source!).

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