Kozel
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #433
ABV:
5%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,387
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 16.87%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
153
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Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
77
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Photo of FBarber
3.22/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother John for this sample. :)
My bottle was listed as "Premium" which I'm uncertain it's the same beer as others or not.
Aroma is fresh and clean hops with a slightly spicy quality. As warms shows just a hint of malt sweetness.
Water clear, gold yellow, one inch head that is snow white and fairly firm.
Clean flavor that shows a mix of malt sweetness (honey like, but not excessive) and a slight hop taste that builds at middle and finishes with a medium to long lingering bitterness. The blending of these two was enhanced as it warmed, showing less bite and more malt smoothness.
On the thin side. Very thirst quenching. Very easy drinking. Carbonation was kinda' soft for a lager.
Good session beer. I really like the hint of sweetness up front.

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Photo of stoutman
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale and clear, but with a deep hint of red-gold. Malty, certainly, but a very honeyish malt flavour, as opposed to the fuller Budvar maltiness, that comes from the very pale malts. Has that characteristic Czech trick of vanishing down your throat before you even realize it. Leaves behind a slowly creeping, rich, floral bitterness.

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Photo of rastaman
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer is very tasty, especially for a lager/pils, doesn't have the pungency of the pilsener Urquell, and tends to be a bit more malty than PU aswell, nice bitterness (not too bitter), lovely smooth drinkability, and at $3 ($1.50 US) per 500ml bottle its pretty good value aswell, great drop for a quiet one at home or for a big night. Make sure its fresh though.

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Photo of stcules
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden color, white foam, too many bubbles, less compactness.
Smell of malt and hops (not too much), maybe mint notes?
Decent malt taste, with a sweet and sugary finish, bubblegum-like, not so good.
Light body.
Hops in the aftertaste, but the previous sweetness is prevalent.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.58/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle. an excellent brew, it has a beautiful full golden colour. pours with a light 2 to 3 finger head, which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin covering layer. The taste is fairly sweet at first, with some nice (very) subtle bitter notes. The kicker and what makes this beer is the sweet honey aftertaste. It lingers long and well to a very nice effect. Very smooth with a slightly syrupy feel, this is definitely drinkable.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first reviewer must have had the same bottle I'm drinking. Ditto.

Particularly dark Czech lager. Aromas of stone-cracked grain. Canadian Whiskey, honey, dull hops and green flowers. Rich and round, almost sweet, with well proportioned hop bitterness rising up through the mid palate and emerging triumphant on the finish.
Bartlett pear skins.
Not a lot of aromatic hops in my example. Bold style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden orange hue with a white bubbly head nicely formed leaves evenly spread rings of lacing. Aroma: Nice grassy, peppery Saaz hops are detectable but mild and soothing, semi-sweet malts are there to balance great blend here reserved but fresh smelling brew. Taste: Middle of the road on my spectrum but still a tasty Czech beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to sample, lemongrass tone to it with a decent hop bite of bitterness nothing spectacular but fends well against other Euro lagers. Mouthfeel: Thin to light in body does lack a bit of carbonation for the style but a smooth cohesive tone. Drinkability: Pretty nice overall, not a gold winner but all and all refreshing...aaahhh.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a translucent gold color with the head portly in size and the texture semi-creamy, bright white in color as it dissipates a fine sheet of lace left to seal off the glass. The malt, nose somewhat sweet and a citrus like crispness, start nicely malted and sweet with the top fair to middling in its feel. Finish has a light acidity with the hops moderate in their spiciness, drinkable but just another average lager.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice pale lager, impressive as to all aspects of this offering with one exception....Colour is medium gold...very nice head and aroma is crisp & clean....body is medium and taste is hoppy and pleasant...I love it, well I like it a lot....But...please get rid of that neck foil.

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Photo of pootz
4.25/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A truly good, authentic Pilsner, bordering on great. This is the type of Pilsner Beck's or Labatts (and most North American brewers) wished they could produce. They can't, this brew took time. Brew time and cellar time. The quality of ingredients and process are there for the palate to enjoy on this Pilsner. Soft barley and malt tastes balanced with those heavenly saaz bitters. A great example of Czech pilsen style lagers. This one has a distinguishing quality though. It has everything required of a good Pilsner, flowery hopping evident to the nose and palate, sharp crisp start, tart/malty/grassy in the mouth dry finish except, this one has no lingering "tinny" taste to the tongue from the saaz hops....probably not pasteurized. I liked this Pilsner very much and that takes something for this fanatical "Pils head". The only draw back is the price. $2.85 per 500mil bottle. I was surprised this beer was so fresh tasting, date code was near expired and it sat unrefrigerated on the LCBO (our state liquor monopoly) shelf. A “must try” if you like Pilsners.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hate neck foils. This bottle has a neck foil. Dammit, why? Anyways, this was a mediocre pilzner. Bought at the LCBO not really knowing what the style was(didn't say on the bottle). Poured typical pilzner style, that pale yellow gold. Knew right away it was a pilzner. Pathetic head that disipated too film. Bittersweet smell with little hops, some honey, and barley malt. Hey, this tastes alright. Not as bad as I was expecting from the look and smell. Well balanced sweet and bitterness, with a honey aftertaste. Not perfectly balanced, but a fine attempt was made. Slick mouthfeel and left my throat a little dry. Very drinkable. I'm glad it comes in 500mL bottles, because 341mL would be a tease for more.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little darker than your average Pils. The colour is of a golden honey variety. Just from the pour it seems to have a little more backbone in the body. A fairly rich head that eventually thins out. The nose is hoppy and floral. The taste is nicely hoppy. A hint of honey sweetness in the middle but the taste ends on a hop/bitter finish w/lingering honey notes, which is quite pleasing. The mouthfeel of this beer leans towards the "rich and smooth" side as apposed to "crisp & clean".

I think if you're going to go for a euro-pils, might as well make it Kozel. it ranks right up there with Urquell and Czechvar for sure. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pale light straw colour and slightly fruity aroma. Typical pilsner style head has little lacing of the glass. Taste is bitter & hoppy. A pretty decent pilsner although I was slightly disappointed as I was expecting more for some reason. Has some upfront sweetness in the taste.
Smooth enough.

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Photo of sid
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pilsner at all.

Poured with a nice bubbly head with some carbonation, but quickly died down leaving lace down the glass. The usual pale yellow colour typical for pilsners is present.

Taste and mouthfeel is somewhat of a mixed bag. A very smooth beer with not too much flavour. Can notice some floral hops at beginning. It ends with a malty note. No bitterness at the end which hurts this beer's character. Does not compare with the likes of Konig, or any northern german pilsner I have recently tasted.

The drinkability is better than the taste, smooth and crisp, a beer that can be downed in a session with ease. The lack of flavour present in the mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of weeare138
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a light gold with a small white film that is scattered about the glass.
Smell is of corn syrup, flowers, honey, and slight maltiness.
Taste is of the same aromas. Nothing great jumping out of this.
Mouthfeel is sugary water with slight fizz.
Drinkability…nothing great…what’s the point of the yeast in this one? It’s just like diluted sugar water.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a brown half-liter bottle with a tapered neck. Label features a goat ("Kozel") holding a mug of beer. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Bottled on 11/17/03, I opened it on 11/27/03, beer #2 on Thanksgiving Day.

Pours a clear standard gold under a two fingered head that fades fast. There's lots of barley in the nose - really a lot. The mouth is light and prickly. Lots of malt in the opening taste, and a nice flowery hop finish. Perfectly drinkable, there is nothing spectacular about this beer at all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.12/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a yellowish color pilsner with a big white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of what seems like corn and adjunct is quite surprising since I didn’t though Czech brewery were using those ingredient. Taste is also bland with very little malt and no hops at all. Overall, I was quite disappointed with this one and was expecting closer to Pilsner Urquell then this.

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Photo of joecast
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

deep golden in color forming a 2cm full white head that settles to a thin lace. plenty of almost tiny bubbles rising to the surface.
surprisingly malty aroma. pretty much no chance to smell any hops through that. smells a lot darker than it is.
strong malt presence in the taste as well. nice, but could use some bitterness to balance it out. very smooth.

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Photo of TerryW
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Head disappeared almost immediately after pouring. Clear pale gold colour with a steady, rapid stream of bubbles making their way to the top of the beer. Smells of straw, honey and mild hops. A little to fizzy to my mouth. It tastes of honey, mild hops. Tasty. I'd have another.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought me back several bottles of Kozel brews from her trip to the Czech Republic. Thanks for the effort, April!

This lager is another good example of a Czech Pilsner. It is more aromatic than Kozel's lighter lager, Svetly. The grassy aromas aren't quite so present here but are replaced by perfume-like smells. The taste is crisp, very much in line with Radegast, Czechvar and other pilsners.

If you're looking for a nice pilsner to drink, give Kozel Premium a try.

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Photo of diablo14
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an above average pilsener that does not have the wider recognition it deserves. not my favorite of the czech variety, but as an inexpensive, easy to drink and pleasant tasting pilsener, this is one to enjoy in a session.

lovely color, garnet hues, poured with a thick creamy head which went rapidly. not a huge nose on it, but there were hints of mixed grain, pears and some floral notes. smooth malty taste thats also a little fruity, it finishes with a fantastic zing of saaz hops which gives it a clean finish. full bodied, with lingering traces of honey at the end.

as i write this its a stinking hot day out there, and this beer is going down a treat. nothing too complex, the characters of the beer are all in the right places it makes for a quite enjoyable beer that doesnt demand too much of the drinker. one that can enter the rotation every so often and make a nice addition.

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Photo of koolk
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean golden pale in colour with a weak head but good carbonation.

Basic nose, but good for what it is. Malty/Grainy, watery and a slight hoppy tinge.

Again the palate it basic, but it is clean, fresh and tasty with a good bite and only a touch syrupy.

Easy drinking beer, with clean flavours and is a steal at only a couple of bucks for a 500 mL bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much of a pilsner. Sweet with a lot of foam, Ok mouthfeel but on the light side. A bit of bitter grassy hops. Drinkable because its not offensive, but only got me through as nothing else worth drinking.Nothing in aroma past the malt for me. A macro version of a Czech beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gotta say, I like this Pilsener. It pours a deep orangey gold with a small ivory head that leaves swathes of nice lace. The aroma is a balance of biscuit malts and Czech noble hops. The taste begins with a hoppy punch and some great malt flavors that build in the middle to take precedence and then recede in the finish. The aftertaste is bitter and grassy, very pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated for a lager. A great beer by any respect. The Czechs definitely know their beer.

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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 153 ratings