Koźlak
Browar Amber

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From:
Browar Amber
 
Poland
Style:
Bock
Ranked #71
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,738
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 13.89%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
46
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 10, 2022
Added:
Dec 02, 2005
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  14
SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: Hops are not the only thing that is important in beer. This is just one element of many. Therefore, in the era of admiration for hops, it is sometimes worth looking at beers that focus more on malts.

We did it and we brewed our Koźlak, or Bock. An unique beer with a characteristic ruby ​​color and an essential caramel-hoppy flavor. The durable, fine-bubble head is light and only slightly tinged with the color of the beer. The aroma, of course, has hints of malty, reminiscent of dark bread. In addition, a delicate plum and raisins. Strong malt flavors are well-balanced with bitterness.

The Polish name “koźlak” is a translation from German, where “bock” means a goat. The word “bock” itself comes from the Hanseatic city of Einbeck in northern Germany. This is where, since the 13th century, strong top-fermented beer has been brewed using wheat malt and barley malt. Almost every inhabitant of this city was involved (directly or indirectly) in brewing. Great importance was attached to the quality of the beer, so the beer was always tasted before being sold. The one that did not pass the “check” was simply poured out. Such good and even quality gained fame and popularity outside the country.

We have been brewing Koźlak since 2003.
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Rated: 3.62 by Robertas from Lithuania

Aug 10, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
smooth malty bock refreshing beer
Jun 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.06 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by Beecham from California

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Unknown date; drank 3/17/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice tan head; thick, frothy lace.

Toffee, caramel & honey notes in the nose...so sweet!

Thick, sticky, mostly flat mouthfeel.

Honeyed grain, caramel & toffee flavors.

Almost undrinkably sweet; more like a mead than a beer. I've had my last.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is Amber's second largest seller in the U.S. and I can see why: it is nice, malty brew that has just enough hops to keep balance and remind us that bock is beer. But then, I'm a malt-head and Kozlak suits me fine.

Some dark, amber tones to this traditional dark. Smells are mostly malt. Tastes are balanced in a barely sort of way. Only in the after-taste does my mouth feel the sweetness.

While only my second from Amber, they are a very thoughtful crafter. And I am glad that I tried their bock.
Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: a lovely deep copper with little carbonation and almost no head
S: faint molasses
T: molasses, dates, faint brown sugar, dark Russian rye bread
F: syrupy and sticky
O: not bad, but to sweet, more like a dessert beer than a Bock
Apr 24, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark ruby brown with a tight tan finger of foam. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel malts, brown bread, brown sugar, and golden raisin, obviously very fruity complexion. Taste is much the same but with gentle earth and a touch of roasted nut, both joining the fruit and apple cider about halfway through the sip. Sweeter than the usual bock, but sneaky complex. Feel is not complex: malty, sweet almost cloying, medium bodied finishing bright. Solid though a different take on the bock
Dec 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle served in a nonic glass.

L- Hazy medium mahogany color. Nice foamy light khaki head that slowly recedes to a thin foam cap, moderate lacing and light carbonation streams as it sits.

S- Caramel malt, dry dark fruits, molasses and toasted brown bread, cherry and light spicy hop notes.

T- Caramel malt sweetness, toffee/brown sugar, citrus notes and cherry, a bit of nuttiness, toasted dark bread, light spice notes.

F- Medium/light bodied, fairly sweet and sticky with a slight bitterness in the finish, medium carbonation.

O- Saw this one at my local euro deli and thought I'd give it a try. Pretty nice, worth a purchase.
Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by carternac from England

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Quite lively when poured but very soon settled down with a nice head. Lots of caramel on the nose that carries through to the palate. Overall very refreshing and enjoyable but would have liked a little more to the finish
Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.69 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jun 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by chiefz1 from New York

Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jan 06, 2020
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle I found at my local Russian market.
I poured it into my Real Ale 16th Anniversary tankard. The beer pours an intense amber caramel with a creamy cap. I get a lot of malty caramel on the nose, with a sweet caramel amber taste. Bready as all get out. Paired nicely with my pumpkin pie. I drank this for the online tasting.
Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
(500 ml brown bottle, 6.3% abv, code PO 1/1.01; purchased single off shelf at Wine Legend... poured into fat tulip similar in shape to the snifter/goblet suggested on their website)

L: clear, garnet leaning-to-ruby-colored liquid; tight, creamy, tall foam stand with slight orange and tan shading - looks superb!... foam does eventually crumble away, leaving thin, tight collar on one half, bubbly collar on other half, hmm

S: caramel and little else but caramel; incredible richness in expression; maybe a soft floral hint, and little booze, but seriously 99.4% caramel

T: definite caramel overtone on the palate, though the bottom does drop out nicely with a toasty tone and mellow herbal bitterness; thankfully, not too much residual sweetness... malt richness is certainly in realm of doppelbock, caramel aftertaste pervades, as well as a subtle dried fruit or sherry(?) undertone... unfortunately, not much depth; blocky, fuzzy expressions

F: rich, thick, creamy shell around what's essentially a dense, taut, booze-spicy core (subtle spice does creep into the texture build)... just tweak the 'octane' up to high 6s or low 7s and I may be hopelessly in love

O: could've sworn I'd had this and/or reviewed it before... dynamic yet dissonant, static noise... seems like the prudent thing to do would be to bump this up to full doppelbock strength as it's a bit too swollen in its maltiness to pass as a simple bock... marginally dreamy for malt maniacs (1626)
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I'm more familiar with double bocks than regular, but I didn't find much to love with this one. Pours a hazy brown with almost no head. Medium carbonation. Flavor is your basic sweet roasted malt. Not particularly complex, no hop bitterness I could detect. Overall I'm not a fan of this beer, but it's not bad, just boring.
Sep 17, 2019
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a muddy brown with amber edges and a huge frothy head. The nose is nicely bready. The flavor is slightly syrupy sweet but the maltiness is right on point - more malty than a standard amber lager and less malty than a top level doppelbock. The same can be said of the body.
Sep 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.2 by L3ntoo from Illinois

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.18 by saramon from Romania

Feb 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.4 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours a ruddy brown color with great clarity. Thin tan head dissipates leaving a partial slick of tan foam on top of the beer.

Smell has notes of bread, dark fruits - kind of raisin bread like.

Taste has notes of bread and dark fruits. There is a kind of syrupy sweetness in the flavor. Touch of spicy hops on the finish peak through.

Feel is thick and doughy. Moderate carbonation.

The flavor profile is interesting with the prominent dark fruits making it somewhere between a bock and a doppelbock, but overall this is far too sweet and syrupy to be very good. One of these was more than enough for a lifetime.
Apr 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Lembeh from New York

4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Glad I found this non-German Bock at the local grocery. It's a little different than your usual German bock. This one is a little more malty and the mouthfeel has some liveliness to it like a sparking wine. Tasty.
Mar 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
Finally, a great beer from this brewer.

Loving this, really complex, lots of spice elements. Warming but also light, exotic and refreshing...

Will definitely buy this again
Feb 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, European yeast, pale malt, hint of hop, molasses, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is quite sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, European yeast, pale malt, hint of hop, molasses, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend; quite traditional.
Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.06 by grahuba from Connecticut

Nov 30, 2017
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Rated by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Red brown color,aroma is Malt ,dried fruit,plums. Listed as a bock but came off like a dark ale. Enjoyable but may not seek this out again
Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by MFS_71 from New Jersey

Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by NastyNorseman from New York

Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Review from BA Mag Issue #116 ( Sep 2016 )

Sweet, Bold, Deep, Malty
Big, sweet, and malty. This beer acts bigger than it actually is, like an after dinner drink you could easily enjoy anytime of day. Suggestions of brown bread, caramel, toast, and hay on the palate are present throughout. More flavor than most typical high gravity Eastern European lagers, and the sweetness is not at a level to deter me from wanting another sip. You really have to appreciate the uniqueness of this beer from Browar Amber. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 3.75 | Overall 3.75
Jun 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by breardon1776 from New York

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by yaron73 from Israel

Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Mahogany and clear with a smaller tan head and light on lacing. Big sweet malty, bread and toffee aroma. Notes of toffee, wheat bread crust, light dark fruit and caramel. Medium, comes off syrupy, finishes with a linger on the pallet. This being my first bock I want sure what to expect. I don't feel however that this was a top tier example, comes off clunky.
Oct 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by parkwood from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by enelson from Illinois

Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle, code on the back label appears to read P01/1. My first beer from Browar Amber; acquired this oddity at the local Binny's. 'Bock Beer' Product of Poland, 6.30% abv listed on the label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A deep mahogany / crimson body, one finger of tan off-white head. No real lacing to speak of. Adequate carbonation. Looks decent per the style.

S - A pleasant and complex aroma that stays true to the style: notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown bread, bread crust, earthy yeast. Slight musty.

T - Taste follows the nose: traditional & complex flavors. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown bread, bread crust, lager yeast, mild spicy / earthy hop note.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, & creamy. Semi-dry / bready finish. Very easy-drinking stuff.

Overall, i thought it was rather delicious stuff, especially at $1.59 a bottle. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Recommended.

Browar Amber Kozlak -----4/5.
May 02, 2016
 
Rated: 2.88 by EOC from Mexico

Apr 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Duffman79 from Connecticut

1.87/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
I must have had an infected bottle because this was easily one of the worst beers I have ever had. It was very syrupy and sickly sweet without any trace of hops. An immediate drain-pour.
Feb 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.33 by HabaJohn from Illinois

Jan 09, 2016
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