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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by CampusCrew on 10-15-2008

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38
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97
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 97
Photo of henkmudi
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of best Czech beers and pilsner in general. Gold, clear yellow, snow white head medium lasting. Sparkling and refreshing. Not a bit sweetness and bitter just as it should be. Tasty, hops, hint of fruits. + balanced, refreshing, nor too strong, nor too weak. Always have one in fridge. Beer to return in any time. Kozel and steak = winning combination. - can't see any.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a really great Czech Pils that comes in a can ( so quite fresh) and redolent of good saaz hops. There is a real lightness to the beer yet the hops shine through. Add to my list of great pils in cans along with Wernesgruner and Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Kozel! This takes me back to Praha: where the women are stunning and beer is cheaper than soft drink! Makes me wonder why I ever left...

Anyway, enough reminiscing, this lovely Pilsener was poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: 2cm head dissipates to a half cm froth (remarkable as few beers actually retain their head like this). The head itself is a pleasing bone white, whilst the body is a nice amber.

S: Cut grass, with a malty tone thanks to the crystal malts. Not much else to say - if you want a classic Pilsener go to the Czech Republic - they invented the style and they make enough of it to sate a population of beer drinkers (largest per capita beer drinkers in the world and you can see why).

T: Sweet, more so than most beers of this style, with citrus overtones and a nice sharp bitterness (from the Saaz hops) in the finish - classic Pilsener flavours here. The malts also dominate, but in a good way.

M: Fairly carbonated, but again completely within the boundaries of the style. Not watery, but not sticky either - this is a well balanced beer with a slightly dry aftertastes.

D: Yes please! I can (and did) drink quite a few of these, there's nothing to really fault for this beer and it ranks among the favourites I had in the Czech Republic (along with Staropramen, Krušovice and the mighty Krakonos!).

Food match: Czech food always goes well - roasted pork, dumplings, paprika, goulash and pickles... closer to home; Thai or Indonesian cuisine is my pick.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical of type. Nice malt with well balanced bitterness. Crisp and clean on the palate. Clear amber color and nice grassy aroma. Very drinkable and solid performer all round. It's not as awesome as the dark but I'd certainly buy it again. There might be more perfect Pilseners out there but this one is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub draught glass.

Appearance - nice golden colour, with modest foamy head. Lingering, inconsistent lacing.

Smell - very hoppy with fresh leafy aromas.

Taste - not at all a disappointment. Less flavour up front, but the malty hoppiness comes through pretty prominently at the end. There's almost butterscotch or something deep in there, just very good.

Mouthfeel - put together well. Not too heavy on the palate.

Drinkability - very drinkable. I would have to say this is both flavourful and refreshing. A few of these could go down easily.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Velkopopovický Kozel Premium beer has a pleasantly bitter taste, gentle malt and hops aroma and a perfect spark. This highly hopped beer with an alcohol volume of 4,8 % is recognized in the Czech Republic premium. I lived in Czech and this is very reputable beer. Higher ABV and more taste than the regular Kozel

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having the standard Kozel a while back and liking it, so I was definitely sold on picking up a couple of this new variety in the red can.

A splendid looking brew: medium golden, with a thick fluffy head that retains its shape for quite some time.

Taste is pretty solid; good malt character, and finishes with a strong well-hopped bitterness. A smooth pilsner, but with some bite.

Mouthfeel is slick, carbonation is moderate, lasts well throughout the pint.

I've been on a quest to produce a slate of summer brews, and this one will be on that list. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colour, very slightly burnished, with a nice, dense, snowy head that is sticking around, with slow but ubiquitous bubbling up from the bottom. Lacing is sticky and powerful. That is a fine-looking pilsener.

Nose is quite a herbacious affair. Strong, almost liqueury malt with boozey phenols. A lot of hops, elements of mint and sage in those hops but ultimately just a strong Saaz aroma. Nicely balanced, good elements of everything. Again, excellent pilsener character.

Taste is nicely complex, with a rich malt base giving way early on to more potent and nuanced flavours. Hops are spicy and fresh with hints of pepper and licorice. Slightly tart element just on the very back, slightly carbolic and with a slight champagne touch to it. While I'm digging these hops, the flavour as a whole is a bit disappointing, has a kind of asparagus flavour to it. Not too bad, but dour as a whole compared to when you analyse the parts.

Having said that, the beer is nicely balanced and has good elements. The mouthfeel is slick with a little carbonation, slightly drying at the back.

This is a very nicely rounded pils, good drinkin'.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

D - Very drinkable and better than most average Euro lagers. This is a great hot summer day patio beer.

A - clear gold and a pillowy head with good retention from nice carbonation. Some decent lacing too.

S - light buttery malt and clean hops.

T - like many lagers, this has no outstanding flavours yet this is still a very good beer.

M - smooth and creamy with a touch of slickness. A good medium level of carbonation.

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Photo of WHROO
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured 1 finger head, average retention with good lacing...clear yellow gold.
S: Very lagerish, with grassy & hay hops.
T: Once again picked up grass, & as it warmed some sweet shortbready butters. Considering its a pils I didn't get much bitterness, more in aroma & flavour than taste sensation.
M: Light to medium...
D: Yep could & will go again!!!

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Photo of BBP
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Halfway between gold and amber. Full head that retains lacing for the extent of the drink.

S- mix of malt and hops

T- A bit of a light taste leading with the malt flavor and then evening out with hops. Had a slight wheat taste to it as well.
I didn't mind the taste at all, but I wish it had more kick to it. It doesn't stand out enough to me.

M- Felt nice and smooth on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

D- It's a beer I couldn't see people minding at all, but it didn't stand out much to me. Better than average though, and I'd never turn one away.

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Photo of kwjd
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow colour with thick white head that dissipates pretty quickly with faint lacing on the glass. Smells of grassy hops with some grainy malt. Mild bitterness in the flavour and fairly sweet for a pilsner. Very smooth mouthfeel. I randomly picked this beer up not expecting much, but it is quite nice.

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Photo of Moontang
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a beer mug.

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head that dissipates quite slowly.

Smell: A sweet, grainy, crisp smell, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly viscous, and very smooth, with few pricks from the bubbles.

Taste: A slightly dark, earthy taste for a lager, very little bitterness from the hops, and plenty of malt flavour, if a bit burnt-tasting. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: Sips nicely, gulps reasonably well, I'm starting to see why the Czechs have their reputation for good beer.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy white head, quickly leaving a good film and nice lacing. Colour is a medium bright gold.

Smell has a balanced hop bitter character. Has a crisp mineral character as well. Fairly light in character, good, and pretty inviting.

Taste has a pleasant refreshing bitter bite, hops play into a malt background that is fairly mild. Some apple and grassy fruitiness to add to the palate. Finish is dry, slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation is plentiful. Nice and crisp, with a mineral hint. On the end it is dry, with hops.

A traditional pilsner profile, very pleasant to drink. A pleasant bit of fruitiness along with the crispness, refreshing and sessionable. I'd pick up a couple for a refreshing summer afternoon.

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Photo of liamt07
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the LCBO, poured into a pilsner glass. Canned on March 11, 2011.

Poured gold with a hint of orange to it, soapy and dense 3+ finger head. High carbonation is evident, excellent head retention and big webbed lacing. Nose has some light grain and grassy hops, a dry sweetness to it overall. Taste is relatively simple as well, sweet and dry malt base, light hopping and again some light grassiness and mild bitterness in the finish. Dry again in the finish also. Good mouthfeel, appropriate high carbonation and a good drink. A decent, if tame, pilsner.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My kozel premium poured from the bottle with a translucent yellow body that's a bit on the darker side, and topped an unnoteworthy head that dissipated fast. It's yeasty smell was rather weak. Tasting revealed grain and mild malt, with a bit of bitterness, and it was all nicely balanced with nothing dominating and out of place. Mouthfeel was crisp with a bit of a bite at the end. As far as pilsners go, I'm not much of a fan, but this was an all round decent beer. It's nothing unique, nothing bad, and a good example of its kind.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold in color, nearly transparent, it offers a nose of pure Czech pilsner, slightly more pronounced than for Svelty, either the nose or mouth. It is very herbaceous and one feels the presence of malt but rather lightly. The presence of Saaz hops is also notable because it adds a touch of bitterness, but also a slight herbal sweet presence. Not fantastic but it is left to drink.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 500 ml can has some cool artwork, with a mountain goat and a big mug of beer, that's kind of like a moose with a mug of beer, well let's give it a whirl. Popping the tall boy top yields a tangy pungent smelling malt with some dry noble hops. Pouring a short beer reveals a bright yellow colour with a foamy head with a creamy pillowtop. Taste is consistent with the smell, the malty first impression is earthy and tangy for starters followed by some bitterness and returning to be sweeter yet still mildly bitter finish. Aftertaste is clean an leaves one desiring another sip. This is a good pils regardless of the fact it is brewed with hop extract. The lower ABV makes this an easy drinker.

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Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from bottle in a Birmingham Wetherspoons pub (which seems to normally stock this bottled beer) Poured pale gold, very clear with white head, though that did not last too long. Aroma typical of a Czech style pils, grassy and dry, though not very strong.

Clean crisp flavour typical of the style, and although very pleasant, did not think there was anything outstanding or special about it. No after taste much, or any hoppy bitterness in the finish, but smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this, and its an easy to drink beer, though no great depth of character or strength of flavour to make it stand out. On the other hand, did not have the nasty acid metalic taste of some of the lesser beers brewed in this style.

Would make a good session beer, easy to drink, refreshing with no vices.

JohnW
B'ham UK Nov 2008

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, a souvenir of visits to the LCBO in Toronto this past summer.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, silkily foamy, and somewhat rocky eggshell white head, which settles relatively slowly, leaving some stellar pitted limestone cliff face lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, biscuity and cereal-like pale malt, mildly rancid butter, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is much the same vein, with bitter grassy and leafy hops taking a bit of the upper hand now when mingling with the crackery, grainy malt, a touch of weedy skunk wafting in and out of focus.

The carbonation is quite mild, barely perceptible at times, the body medium-light in weight, and work-a-day smooth - nothing complex or beguiling here. It finishes fairly dry, still a tad skunky, but generally pliable in its plain bitterness.

An agreeable enough quaff, this being very reminiscent of the multitude of pubs I visited in Prague, and their glorious 50 cent half litres during that hot, sticky summer many moons ago. As for the best in class for the style, however, this one seems a bit lacking - the crisp, grassy essences just aren't there, and what with it being in a can, there's no excuse for that.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - clear, pale golden. Two fingers of off-white foam which lasts for many minutes. Lots of lacing lasting for duration of drink. Lots bubbles, like champagne.
S - grassy, hay, malty.
T - starts with a touch of sweetness, ending with a dry bitterness. A touch if citrus.
F - crisp, lots of carbonation, a touch of sweetness at first changing to bitterness later. Some grassy maltiness.
O - seems to be more of a lager than a pilsner. I prefer some of the other Czech pilsners.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 2012.

Pours a bright, clear gold colour; highly effervescent with tons of carbonation clinging to the sides of the mug. The white, soapy one-finger head dies down over a few minutes, leaving a behind thin cap with good lacing. Nice grainy aroma; sweet-ish barley malt with some stale hop grassiness. Eager to taste this one.

Taste starts with sweet, shortbready barley malt and yeast, followed by good balancing earthy, slightly herbal Saaz hoppiness. A bit of lemon zest as well, with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with good carbonation levels and a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

A solid Czech-style pils, but not necessarily my favourite. People who like Staropramen will probably enjoy this stuff as well. I might get it again, but for now there are too many others in this style I still want to try.

[Updated April 4 2014]

Another can. The first time I tried this beer, I had very little experience with Czech pilseners in general, and as a result I think I overrated it. This is a passable lager, but the hop extract doesn't provide enough bitterness to give this brew any real 'pop'. I believe this is the cheapest Czech pils available around here, and after tasting it for the first time in a few years, it's not hard to understand why. You could do worse if you're just looking for a cheap Euro lager, but true pilsener fans are best served by sticking with Czechvar or PU.

Final Grade: 3.44, a B-.

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Photo of magpieken
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Best before 07.06.15. Pale gold colour with an adequate, off white head which reduced to a ring and left minimal lacing. Floral aroma with malt, grain, grass, honey and sulphur. Medium sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium body, smooth yet sticky texture, soft carbonation and a gentle, lingering, semi-dry bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.15 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color. 2 fingers of white head that stuck around for a while. Also frothy looking head and some nice streaky lacing left behind. Lots of bubbles within the clear beer.

Smell - Grassy, also a slight smoked meaty smell (maybe my nostrils were off?). Not a lot else but that was a pleasant source of differentiation. Good for the style.

Taste - Nice mild flavor, just enough hops bite to give it some crispness. Also some faint spiciness transitioning to bitterness on the back end. Not spectacular but certainly pretty decent.

Mouthfeel - Tingly sensation in the mouth, but slightly thin watery taste on the tongue. Still retains medium body with lower carbonation.

Overall - A fine beer for the style that's quite a bit hbetter than a lot of the stuff at the LCBO. While it won't be my first choice if I'm craving a Czech Pilsner, it won't be far down my list either.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight off white head over clear deep gold, sweet malt and flowery hop nose, a little hay too. Light bodied which plays up the substantial hop bitterness in this, also a nice light malt background but it's the hop that is dominant here. The finish is long, bitter and delicious. This is a great warm weather session lager. Well made and worth purchasing.

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