Kozel | Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002

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Ratings:
139
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of cyrenaica
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer after purchasing at my local LCBO store. It poured a somwehat cloudy gold colour, not translucent. The aroma was strong and malty with some grainy tones. It is slightly thick on the tongue with very little carbonation. The taste is slightly malty with a toasty aftertaste. This is another Czech beer I would have no problem trying again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with most Czech beers this one is great. I still think Czech beers are under rated and this one is definitely worth trying and it has a reasonable price.

Appearance- A little on the darker side of gold with just less than two fingers of head. It also leaves a little lace.

Smell- Average pilsner scent.

Taste- This beer has a little of a hay or grainy taste but to me that is a good thing. It lets you know that the beer is natural.

Mouthfeel. Light bodied with a balanced carbonation.

Drinkability- An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of vancurly
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold, heavy, white rocky head, good bubbling.
Restrained nose...some hay & caramel hints.
Malt & hop well balanced.... Slight metallic/blood flavour.
Medium bitterness and body. Finishes crisply, and not cloying. Quite refreshing, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of bark
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This autumn, I bought some 100 cans of this beer. Why haven't I reviewed it yeat?

The colour is gold; the two finger head is compact at the top, airy underneath. It sinks down very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell got a bitter, almost metallic note. There are some fine bread-like notes of fresh malt and a chemical hint of diacetyl and bitter herbs. If it would have been just a little bit stronger, it would have received the highest mark!

The first taste is malty with some gentle sweet flavours. Then, buttery notes of diacetyl emerge together with some dough/bread/flour (maybe a hint of yeast too). The aftertaste is balanced with minerals, butter/margarine and an elegant fresh bitterness that fades away slowly.

The carbonation is medium strong and very refreshing; medium sized bubbles.

A good example of an underrated style. There might me a lot of more complex ones, but a Czech Pilsener should be straightforward.

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Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
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 jarmby1711
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reasonably dark amber for a Pilsener.It attained and maintained a good frothy head with an adequate bead and lace
The smell and flavour were nothing remarkable tending to the sour side by the third bottle .
Tried chilling one right down and it was a better drink for doing so.
There are plenty of biscuity malts and not a lot else in this beer.
Pleasnat and drinkable especially as the days become longer and warmer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.12/5  rDev -36.9%
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 CrazyMike
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow appearance with a thick head. The smell is sweet and a bit fruity and grainy.

The taste is thick and grainy. Definatly malty with grassy hops. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a bit light bodied (most likely from the can).

Smooth beer, tasty and refreshing. Not an outstanding Pilsner but definatly respectable.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuzzy little head, shy shy was thy head! All this over a pale yellow beer with appear to be quite boring and lifeless.

Smell is hoppy, watery and cerealic, nothing much, nothing to brag about, a fair normal macro lager.

Taste is crisp, hoppy, with good floral hops that comes to play with a great ceralic flavour and taste.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed February 19, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Appealing golden-tan pour. Coarse carbonation, uneven lacing. Fresh cotton and malt aroma. Supple lager, great fresh malt, nicely balanced and swirled with hops. Light citrus and complex grain finish. Sweet, yet a little dry. Sustains on the palate. Very drinkable and smooth!

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Photo of ernie
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale golden color, medium carbonation level, medium long-lasting creamy head.

Aroma herbal, floral, hoppy - an exciting one.

Start fresh, malty, not sweetish in any damn way. Body firm and round, with an exceptional balance of malts and hops. Mouthfeel smooth and delightful. Finish herbal and hoppy, with some acidity, aftertaste malty, long, heavenly.

Great beer from a great brewery. A must in Eastern Europe! Bottled version close, but no cigar...

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Photo of weeare138
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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 funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a slight head and a little lacing. Smell is a bit metallic, with some evidence of floral notes. Taste is pretty good, not overly bitter, a little sweet and an aroma of fresh barley in the finish. Pretty smooth and easy going which is actually not very characteristic of this style.

This is a good beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, deep gold colour with a fluffy, bright white head. Some lace and decent retention. Sweet, malty aroma with a mild hit of floral/spicy hops. Mild, yet solid bitterness. Clean malt provides a mild sweetness and counterpoint for floral hops. Malt finishes short, leaving the hop bitterness and flavour to linger. Quite nice actually. Moderately high carbonation that adds to a creamy texture once it settles a bit. Light body, but never thin. A very enjoyable pilsner. I'll probably be picking this one up again when the lager craving hits.

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Photo of wl0307
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this beer in its bottle version: BB 06/04/06. 4.8%abv. Served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, nice frothy head sustains o.k. against a constant and gentle carbonation.
S: grassy and aromatic note of Saaz dominates the nose with a honeyish hint, coating a thick bedrock of semi-sweet, buttery, syrupy, most delicious Czech malts with a sour twist like lemon and apple. Refreshingly aromatic, as a Czech Pilsner lezak should be.
T: lively-textured, slightly bitter-sweet toasty malts dominate the palate from the very beginning, fast introducing a deeper layer of aromatic, herbal+grassy hoppiness, mild buttery-grainy flavour of malts (with a peanut-skin-like undertone), before the bitterness takes over with a dryish, hoppy kick at the back of the palate.
M&D: refreshing on the mouthfeel and quite clean, with a well-balanced body overall and a semi-bitter aftertaste arousing more thirst sip by sip. An above-average, solid Czech Pilsner full of body yet also feather-light as a thirst-quencher.

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Photo of stcules
2.25/5  rDev -33%
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 Finite
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden colour, good sized head with a moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Smell: Grassy hops, some oily aromas, well balanced malt also present. Farily malty.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: A little sweet and malty to start. A consistent hop bitterness hold on the edges on the palate. Grassy hops, refreshing and clean. Moderate carbonation which leaves a corse bitterness on the edges of the palate and remains quite dry but very malt at the end for this style. All was a little watery though.

Drinkability/Overall: Nice overall balance of flavours. Malty, hoppy, sweet, dry. Could use some more hops. For the price however, you cant go wrong.

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Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw/gold with lots of white head. No head retention, no lacing.

S: Mostly malt. Where's the Saaz?

T: Bready malt, with a hop flavour that's more earthy than most saaz.

M: Light to moderate body & carbonation.

D: Nothing harsh, but nothing exciting either.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Good aromas of honey-like malt, and both grassy and floral hops. That floral note is especially nice. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, with more corse grassy notes entering the lightly malted mix, but the bitterness is at a good level for this style of beer. Overall, a fairly good pilsner.

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Photo of sid
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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 joecast
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +19%
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 garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +17%
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 Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
3.36 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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