Kozel
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #475
ABV:
5%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,783
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 16.82%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
159
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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  35
SCORE
77
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jonmikel from Spain

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a Supermarket in Olomouc (Moravia, Czech Republic). 0,5 glass bottle poured into a mug.
-Herbal fresh smell
-Pilsener taste
-Bitter mildly carbonated aftermath

Usual Pilsener Beer

Feb 13, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought can at loblaws poured into my beer glass with a one finger head .
It was easy drinking lager beer very popular in Poland at the clubs I hear .
Nice light beer you can drink in the summertime while doing some gardening.
Cheers

Mar 20, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light, crystal clear golden color. Somewhat effervescent. Aggressive pour yields a full four finger frothy white head. Head collapses steadily leaving no residual head. Sticky white lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma has notes of grains, sweet breads, with a slight grassy hop aroma.

Taste has some light sweet bready malts, some light grainy notes. Grassy hop notes on the back end with some moderate bitterness. Its closer to a simple pale lager than a bohemian pilsner, but its solid for what it is.

Feel is light, smooth with vibrant lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall its a forgettable beer - inoffensive, but not one I'd seek out again. Would certainly revisit fresh on tap from the source if I ever get the chance.

Oct 25, 2019
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GingerFinn from Canada (ON)

1.89/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Bought 500mL can from LCBO at $2.25, served chilled in pilsner glass. Best before date 10.12.19

I had high hopes for this beer, as I am a huge fan of lagers.

When I opened the can, the smell that hit me was that of a lovely yeasty bready smell, which got my mouth watering. There was a weird very faint smell of citrus, but it dissipated after I poured it into the glass.

Upon pouring the beer, I liked the dark straw colour of the beer, but that was the end of it. There was little to no head, and a very troubling amount to fizz that, almost 5 hours after I poured it (no, I really could not finish it), it is still fizzing up from the bottom, and has developed a bit more of a head than when I initially poured it.

Also, it poured very thin, as if I was pouring water. The mouthfeel was thin and barely there, which was a strange sensation because of the strong flavour.

The first taste was OK. It reminded me of any Euro lager you could get, really. Nothing special. Malty upfront, with some hops in the back. Not really any of the bread or biscuity flavour/sweetness that I had hoped for upon smell. Upon the next few sips, there was a really rough skunky flavour, which is OK to an extent, but this was just rough. It became so bitter and sour that I almost gagged. Also, my throat started going numb, maybe because of the caustic sourness, or the bubbles, but even after a shot of vodka, or any carbonated beverage, that has never happened before.

I had enough after half a dozen swings, would not go back.

Feb 10, 2019
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a very pale yellow Pilsner with absolutely no head on top of it. Can smell a very watered down grains and that’s about it. Taste was about the same as it smelled.

Apr 01, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap into a dimple beer mug

A - Beer is clear and dark golden in color with a 1" frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin lacing around the edges. This lacing is retained throughout. The head, while it lasts, is white in color. 3.5/5

S - Very subdued aroma with the aroma being chiefly toasted malt but not really bready (maybe just a bit). Not much in the way of hops, mainly just a maltiness making up the aroma. 3.25/5

T - Slight dark toasted maltiness makes up the initial part of the tasting. There is a rather pronounced transition to a sweet (honey?) breadiness, which is unexpected based on the aroma, and then another rather pronounced transition to a grassy hop profile that makes up the end of the tasting. Very simple, but rather subdued throughout. 3.5/5

M - Very light and crisp with a bit of dryness on the back end but the dryness does not linger. This beer maintains a wetness to the profile throughout the tasting. Moderate carbonation burn throughout. 3.5/5

O - This beer features some nice flavors but is quite subdued for me to score it higher. Good beer to pair with food due to its lightness. Crisp from the hop profile despite the malt bill being the main feature here. 3.25/5

Dec 28, 2015
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Breer from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted from a can in Toronto Canada...
Different felling on the taste ... very good!
Not too dark but good visual too....

A- Tipical Dark Golden...
S- Soft malted, not too much Hop ...
T- Round ... Little heavy on your tongue in the end ... Combined with the smell ... Good sensation!
M- Good presence and felling around the mouth, rich flavour.
O- Interessant taste, round, Delicious if its very cold and if you leave carbonate few seconds in your glass! in the scale of 0-10 .....
I give score 7.

Recommended ;)

Cheers from Bree!

Jul 12, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.30 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice 1" high white head that lasts for a minute or two before filming out. Dark gold color and filtered clear

S- Lots of malt here. Some hops but nothing special.

T- Rich with a heavy body. Nice malt backbone. I do enjoy this one.

M- Thick and rich.

O- Pretty good little brew. Very enjoyable and will buy again for a late autumn day. Fairly complex for a mass produced brew

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... BBQ'd hamburgers. I topped mine with cheese, onion and tomato. Tried a bit of mustard on the edge of a bite and it did not go well together so be warned.

Enjoy

May 30, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Straw golden with a thin whispy head. Good amount of lacing on the glass and lots of clingy bubbles.

S- Grassy and bready with a little bit of apple/honey sweetness.

T- Taste follows aroma well. Essentially identical.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Refreshing.

O- Not my favourite Pilsner but certainly not the worst. Easy drinking and crisp.

May 06, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into tulip 11/1/15

A clear golden yellow with some tiny suspended particles throughout, big bubbles cling to the side of the glass with bubbles of all sizes feeding a large and loose soapy head that falls fast leaving a few patches of lace

S grass, bread, honey, not a whole lot going on really

T not far from the smell, sweet grains and a little grass, herbal and earthy

M lighter side of medium, well carbonated, a little slick, sweet grains linger

O basic but drinkable, simple but nothings wrong with it, would make a decent lawnmower beer

cheap and drinkable but a little boring, I suppose the style rarely excites me

Jan 12, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: a solid 500mL brown embossed bottle with a decent macro label.

Appearance: pours out a light golden amber with moderate visible carbonation. A finger of head lasts for a time.

Aroma: biscuit malts with light grains and a touch of grass hops. Not much to it.

Taste: more grains here than biscuit malts, but still the grass hops. Okay.

Aftertaste: the aroma was decent, but the taste comes across more like a lager than a pilsner.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: not a bad pilsner but not my favourite. An easy-drinking beer but nothing really special. Decent price for AU$62 for a case of 20 x 500mL.

Dec 18, 2014
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A finger and a half of head on the pour and the ample body carbonation are the good. The bad is everything else, as tiny grain flakes are floating in the brassy body. No head retention and no lacing doesn't help things either.

Smell: Biscuit malt dominates the nose, but it's off. It has a weak lemon citrus note to it that oddly seems like when you squeeze a lemon slice into a glass of water in a restauraunt. It seems to clash with the also weak herbal hop note.

Taste: It's got a mild biscut note that reminds me of sugarless cookies to start. It turns then to a a dry bready taste that reminds me of melba toast and ends with a sandy dusting of hops.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a dry sensation in the mouth that thankfully accents more of the earthy and breadier aspects of the beer. The carbonation seems to be doing this beer a bit of a disservice as it's really accentuating that dryness.

Drinkability: It's a little bit too dry for my liking, and while it's light bodied. It's not crisp like a pilsener and refreshing,, but more crisp like a potatoe chip without the salt or flavour to keep you going at the bag.

Final Thoughts: At first looking at the can, I thought this was a doppelbock. Probably becuase of the goat logo and the long name in the background. I guess that's not really relevant, but I think they should try to work on making their beer a bit more like one, IE killing the dryness and giving more of a malt presence.

Jun 14, 2014
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Bread crusts and grassy hop notes, hints of buttery corn and a hint of sour apple.

T - The bread crust flavours come through nicely alongside the grassy hop notes, the sour apple is coming through on the finish with some lemon rind a touch of caramel and a sour lemon bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Traditional mass produced euro export pilsener. Nothing mind blowing, easy drinking and reasonably flavourful. I probably wouldn't buy it again but it's worth a try and certainly a reasonable option in a pinch.

May 19, 2013
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer a few weeks ago in a supermarket when i was in the Tsjech republic. Small town called Cheb. Best before august 2013.

Poured in my Struise glass this beers looks good with it's golden yellow fluid and the nice white head. Very little carbonation but overall a good start.

Smell is typical for this style. Nothing special yet inviting.

Taste is good, not spectacular but the good mouthfeel makes this a good beer on a warm day! Next!

May 12, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light golden amber colour with a head that settles to a pinky sized ring around the top of the beer after starting out quite large and there is some nice lacing left on the glass.

Butterscotch and sweetness along with a touch of vanilla and basic lager hops. Not that strong a beer but a pleasant smelling one at least.

Nice, sweet malts to begin along with the butterscotch and the vanilla that featured in the nose, albeit they are a little stronger here in the taste without overpowering. There is some bitterness towards the end but nothing out of place for a lager.

Smooth with a medium body and a light, bittersweet mouthfeel that was very easy to drink.

I'd tried this before and it's now like night and day when compared to this one. A lot sweeter and easier to drink without the skunk flavours, this one was a very nice lager that I would have again.

Apr 20, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

1.64/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint lager like notes, but almost nothing. In the taste, dry lager tones, but almost skunky, which is weird cause it's in a can. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness to a clean aftertaste. Domestic lager like, faint tastes and smells, eh!

Aug 23, 2012
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CMUbrew from Michigan

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

Tall can poured into a plastic cup

A: Clear golden color. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. Not much head retention, mostly a spotty film that lingered.

S: I mostly get an earthy smell from this one. Not much else. Maybe that's the hops?

T: Earthy taste with grass and a bit of hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit unpleasant.

M: Light bodied, foamy feel in the mouth. Not great.

O: I hope the style gets better than Kozel. I didn't enjoy this one.

Mar 10, 2012
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korguy123 from Canada (ON)

3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can.

A- Darker straw yellow pour. Crystal clear with a two finger soapy head.

S- Light biscuit with a touch of grass and super faint hop.

T- Slight grass with an earthy taste. Slight cereal with a touch of hop. Very bland smelling.

M- Light and refreshing, prickly carbonation.

O- Typical Czech Pilsener, light and refreshing.

Jan 05, 2012
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ludachris from Canada (ON)

3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear pale golden hue with two fingers of sticky and fluffy white head that displays good retention and leaves sheets of sticky, patchy lace.

The nose is dominated by grassy hops, fresh leaves, a bit of spice and a touch of lemon. It seems basic with too much emphasis placed on the grassy hop character.

A clean citrus zest which is surprisngly more assertive in the taste than the nose would lead you to think, is the first thing to hit the palate and quickly paired with some leafy spice. The finish is where the grassy hops come in, imparting a raw, organic bitterness that seems to be a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, a bit wet, with a crisp finish and a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an average Czech pilsner that carries its most basic characteristics and doesn't strive to improve on them. With the abundance of pilsners readily available to me, this seems easy to pass up.

Apr 15, 2010
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden delicious apple with a slight lime tinge when held up to the light. The beer is scantily coloured, its complexion is pale and transparent. It's an antiseptic looking appearance, which isn't exactly working in its favour like you'd imagine it might. The head is substantial and (in keeping with theme) bleaches the surface with a big wash of peroxide white froth.

This doesn't smell a tick like floral, spicy or grassy hops - in fact, it doesn't smell like any kind of hop. It doesn't really smell malty either. What does it smell like then? Well, I'm not entirely sure but whatever it is it's not appealing to my senses, that's for sure. Not only do I suspect hop extracts but I also suspect adjuncts for the malt too. This isn't promising in the least...

The taste isn't bad but, come to think, it isn't much of anything really. It certainly doesn't have the nice, freshly toasted bread taste or floral, grassy hoppiness that it should. Then again, it doesn't have as much of the stale grains and syrupy corn adjuncts that I expected it might. All things considered, it drinks about on par with most domestic macro offerings.

There is little bitterness but even less malt or hops. This is such a shame considering the Czech Pilsner style typically showcases so much of both of those things. What I would like and I feel is only reasonable to expect: sweet malts and a subtle but crisp and spicy hoppiness. What I get: cotton-mouth resulting from cheap adjuncts.

Chances are if you've ever had a beer then you've tried a Czech inspired pilsner. Their clean complexion, quenching light body and zesty hop profile converted an entire planet of beer drinkers onto lagers. It's too bad that so many macro breweries (apparently Czech ones included) have bastardized the style and exposed so many to such poor renditions.

Feb 20, 2009
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CampusCrew from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Most of Americans didn't like it as much and opted for the less pungent Gambrinus. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer.

Oct 13, 2008
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Ralphus from Canada (ON)

2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kozel is a popular Czech brand of Velkopopovicky, which is owned by Plzensky Prazdroj, a subsidiary of SABMiller. SABMiller is best known for it's flagships Miller and Pilsner Urquel but has grown this beers' market share considerably, making inroads in Russia and Finland and distributing it to 23 other countries world wide. My canned sample from the LCBO is marked for expiration 5 months from now so it's probably not very representative of it at its best.

Kozel is a shade or two darker than your typical lager right from the pour. While noticeable it's not distracting. The head is substantial but dull white and recedes quickly leaving next to no lacing. A steady stream of micro bubbles work their way to the top leaving the faintest reminder of the head you poured moments ago.

Smell-wise it could be better. Straw and hay lightly malted together, but only if you really breathe it in. The taste is a decent balance of malt and hops but with a pronounced and sometimes jarring metallic aftertaste. You'll finish your drink but in the beginning you might think twice about ordering a second.

As another reviewer mentioned there is some creaminess in the mouthfeel. It's a little odd in the beginning because something isn't quite right about it. Probably more carbonation than real creaminess, however towards the end you hardly realize it's there.

Drinkability is just OK. The strange looking goat / rooster creature on the label seems quite proud of it but I'm not sure you will be.

Aug 16, 2008
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50CL Bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A- Golden blonde, creamy 2 finger head, that has moderate retention and some nice lacing

S- Not a lot, some faint grassy malts.

T- Some bready malt in the beginning changing to an inoffensive faint hop bite in the finish. Finish is creamy, which i think is supposed to be a hallmark of czech pilsener?

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- Not enough hops, too bland, but i think im right in saying the creamy texture in the finish is supposed to be there, so that makes up slightly for it. Nevertheless, better pilseners out there! Next!

Mar 23, 2008
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Antilochus from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep golden yellow, crystal clear. Sudsy white head that sinks down slowly. Lots of small streaming bubbles. Looks like a lacemaker.

Grainy and grassy nose. Refined sugar, green apples, butterscotch, diacetyl, sourdough. Straightforward and nothing off here.

Bit of a salty, mineral palate... this is very obvious and a flaw. Buttery, biscuity sweet malt. Candied fruits. Light hop bitterness. Limited spiciness. Subtle herbal finish. Refreshing aggressive carbonation and medium body.

I think this is a fairly tasty and accurate example of of simple style.

Feb 24, 2008
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brendan13 from Australia

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, deep golden colour poured into a DAB stein with a fluffy inch of white head that slowly falls away.
S - Slightly sweet grainy malt aroma with touches of grassiness.
T - Very much like the smell but even a touch more grainy.
M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation for the style.
D - Not the most interesting beer but a good one nonetheless. Pretty good value too at $2.99AUS for a 500ml bottle

Nov 29, 2007
Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 159 ratings