Kozel | Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
Czech Republic | website

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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Avg:
3.36
pDev:
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Photo of flyingpig
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 DaveBar
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 andrenaline
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of diablo14
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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 TerryW
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
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 wordemupg
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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

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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 brendan13
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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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 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 slitherySOB
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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 koolk
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Globetrotter
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 korguy123
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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 seanyfo
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 Ralphus
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Kozel from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
3.36 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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