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Kozel Svétlý | Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-05-2004

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is way better than all the other half liter euro beers ive been drinking all summer. aroma is almost like oatmeal, starchy and grainy, but not heavy. flavor is fresh baked, without any malt sweetness or filling qualities. delicious round finish that never turns bitter or metallic. mouthfeel is excellent and surprising. really foamy and creamy and smooth, not overcarbonated, but excited and jovial. served ice cold this is a pretty good beer, although its main criticism would be the alcohol content. too low to cop a good buzz on a handful of coins. overall a very enjoyable first beer after leaving sarajevo, a significant upgrade from many of the offerings there.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kozel Svetly
500ml can, dated "28.12.13 L1 179 07:00" - 4 days old

Appearance: Clear, golden body. Frothy bright white head holds fairly well, eventually dropping to a thin but full surface covering. Average to slightly better than average lacing.

Smell: Fairly generic "beer" although some nice malt is present.

Taste: Malt again is the dominant, but the hops are almost equal, and well integrated: dull, spicy, and floral. The mid-level bitterness is "very firm" but not "strong". Unexciting dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Median carbonation.

Overall: With the exception of a malt that's slightly more interesting than the standard "Euro Pils" maltiness it's just an otherwise bland, average beer.

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

1.5L bottle consumed in CZ across the course of several hours during which there was a gadual increase in temperature.

A - golden yellow color with a white head:

S & M - rather typical Czech pilsner aroma and mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

T - This beer seems to have a little more carbonation that makes it unique. Has some bitterness and a good kick as it goes down. But something about this one tastes a little better than other

O - a fairly typical light Czech lager, meaning a very good lager with no obvious flaws. This is what American macro lagers should taste like.

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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay can, picked up in Prague.

Pours a tall fizzy 3 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, crystal clear toasty tan color.

Nose light pislner malts, little corn syrup aroma, light macro adjunct, hint of grassy hops, light pilsner lager like aroma, touch fruity.

Taste crisp lager, light pilsner malts, toasty with hint of straw, just a touch of a corn adjunct like, some grasy hops with decent bitterness, light fruity lager flavors. Finish is crisp, fairly dry, bit more grassy bitterness, fairly bitter overall, light grassy malts too.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent but not great either.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color with minimal head. Light grainy aroma following also in the taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is on the higher side, not really my style.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was able to bring a can of Kozel Svelty home from a recent trip to Czech Republic. The beer poured a pale yellow with a white foam head that didn’t dissipate too quickly. NO real lacing. The smell included malt and grain/yeast. The taste was mildly bitter with grain/barley support. In addition there was a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium body and light carbonation. Overall is was a decent Czech style beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pokal like Kronenbourg glass.

Golden and dark yellow bodied with a shimmering quality. Rock and solid two finger bleach white head, crowning nicely with a little bit of clumpy lacing.

Aroma has decent malt depth, a little chewy but also a had sweet. Creeps slight crispness but some good depth.

Palate has a minimal but sweet honey flavor at first. Minimal crispness with a touch of faint bready note. A good doughy after taste but lacks herbal hop character.

A comfortable Czech pils, but plays it a bit safe in the flavor department.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White gold with a loose but lumpy pure white head that settles but doesn't fade. Fresh baked bread crust nose with coriander underneath.
Sour grain of cheap lager up front with subtler cracker and yellow berry, then mild leaf and cut grass.
Spicy end and sweet linger. Light, fluffy, half crisp, dry enough.

"Svetly" means light, so I'm trying to rate this against light beer standards. It's incredibly thin, almost airy, even then, and there's room for more hops. But still not as bad as it could be, or as bad as any BMC light beer option.

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Photo of FLima
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright golden color with an apparent carbonation that feeds a constant head.
Aroma of sweet pale malt and floral and herbal hops.
Flavor of a pilsner, sweet pale malt with herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
A milder and refreshing czech pilsner. Decent with no flaws, but no big excitement.

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Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with a small, foamy, off-white head that settled to a ring and an island and no lace. Color is a clear gold with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is grain, beer, malt, hop, yeast. Flavor is like nose with moderate malt sweetness and strong carbonic tang up front and other stuff behind. Generally flavor is somewhat subdued. Body is good and carbonation perhaps a smidgen too strong. Finish is like flavor, tang lasts longest, and is an ok beer. Not as good as I recall from some years back in the late 80s, early 90s.

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Photo of stcules
2.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful foam, creamy. Limpid, clear golden blond color.
In the smell malt and some hop, a bit stale.
Same for the taste.
The bottle is near to the best before date, so not to fresh. A fresh bottle would be almost surely a bit better, and for sure a great drinkability beer.
Probaly some half point more, except for the appearance.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of desint
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JamFuel
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Kozel Svétlý from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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