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Kozel Premium - Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 23.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 10-15-2008

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 92
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows hay, grassy hops and bready malt. Not amazingly appealing.
Flavours aren't much of an improvement, but instead show light sweet malt with a big grainy character.
Could use more carbonation.
Pretty boring stuff.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kozel Premium

A - This beer pours a golden colour with a hint of amber, with a nice tight white head that retains well - 4

S - Mothing of note except some mild malts - 2.0

T - Small yeast and some malt and a dryish sweet finish. 2.5

M - Lots of carbonation and a notch up from a light body. 3.0

D - Nothing to write home about but does make a sessionable beer. 2.5

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Photo of shamus
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is certainly best described as a generic canned beer from Europe. I know that i need to say more but to me that says it all. It has no real scent, no real taste beyond a tinny malt with a syrupy aftertaste. It is smooth but drab. I don't like it.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color with a moderate amount of activity. Slightly frothy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5 to 10 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of sweet grains and corn with a faint floral feel. Flavors of sweet malt with corn, slight lemon, a hint of caramel, and some herbal spices. Bready and grassy. Lots of sugar.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Light and short sugary finish, ending with a pleasant lingering feel of noble spices.

Overall below average in quality being too faint and slightly stale, overly sugary and missing some sharpness.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to my father-in-law for this obscure lager tick. Server in a pils glass. Best before June 14th, 2013. Pretty sure Kozel = Kozel Premium.

A - Two fingers of creamy off-white foam linger, with surprisingly good retention, yielding plenty of intricate lace patterns and a thick cap. Transparent golden straw with tons of visible bubbles racing upwards.

S - Generic lager aroma, with toasted grains, earthy and slightly skunky hops, perhaps a touch of corn sweetness. Pretty bland and inoffensive.

T - The taste is quite similar, with lightly toasted cereal grains and corn sweetness mid-palate before yielding to some mild hop bitterness. Again, inoffensive and largely forgettable.

M - Carbonation is a bit zesty and and harsh. Medium-light body, a tad watery but surprisingly creamy. Lightly sticky finish, and no apparent alcohol as you'd expect.

D - It's a generic Euro Lager more than a Czech Pilsner. If I had nothing else I could easily finish a 500ml can, but I can't justify wasting calories and alcohol units on this when I have much better options in the fridge. Not sure why the LCBO feels the need to stock so many beers taste nearly identical.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an above average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops, a skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. It also a fair amount of pilsner skunk to it. It finishes with a bready slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - So many cans of lagers at the LCBO, and they're pretty much all the same. This one might have been marginally better than most of them, but it's still nothing exciting. Regardless, it goes down smooth and would be good during the warmer weather.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This gets a ticj in all the boxes ,but overall comes up as particularly middle of the road and somewhat boring.
Lacks for a cutting bitterness and clean palate cleansing blast.
Colour head and overall appearance are what it should be , the flavour needs the dial turned up a little.
It was a cold day on which I imbibed and perhaps this is a beer best for a hot summers evening .

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Photo of SmashPants
3.02/5  rDev -12%
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 Mark13
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle 18.01.16. Aroma of cooked vegetables mixed with herbal hops, iron and bit of flowers. Golden coloured, clear beer. White head on two fingers, dissapears fast. Strongly bitter - herbs and little sweet in taste - barley, bread and yeast with alcohol and iron. Medium, short, dry bitterness on finish. High carbonation and medium body. Drinkable, but with defects.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good white head that is gone in less than 1min. Dark gold and clear.

S- Fair amount of hops here. Nice malt backbone. Other than that that's all yolks.

T- Pretty good malty backbone. Fairing good wet hopping.

M- A touch dry but all the components are there.

O- Pretty good out of the blue beer. Will not turn it down versus other beers out there as there are worse.

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with....... slightly seasoned dry roasted peanuts.


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Photo of soju6
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma has a mild citrus aroma with some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of mild citrus, malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and quite smooth but something is missing to make this a good Bohemian Pils.

O: Drinkable and much better than a Euro Lager.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought home a can of Kozel Premium from recent visit to Prague. The beer pours a clear golden color. The white head started thick, but then turned to a thin covering. Some lacing was present. The smell was grain, malt and hops. The taste was very much like the smell....malt, grain, and decent hop on the aftertaste that left the beer slightly bitter. The mouthfeel was a medium to light body with of carbonation. Overall it was not a bad beer....standard Euro lager.

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Photo of skypup
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One bottle purchased in Prague.

.5L Bottle served in a glass mug.

A- Clear, deep gold. Thick but course head, with decent retention and mild lacing.

S- Cereal grains, hops.

T- Toasted malts and a near breadiness, significant amount of hop flavor. Light bitter aftertaste.

M- Mild bodied, medium carbonation.

D- I have mixed feelings about this beer. Decent drinkability but there are other Czech lagers I'd purchase first.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight off white head over clear deep gold, sweet malt and flowery hop nose, a little hay too. Light bodied which plays up the substantial hop bitterness in this, also a nice light malt background but it's the hop that is dominant here. The finish is long, bitter and delicious. This is a great warm weather session lager. Well made and worth purchasing.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.15 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color. 2 fingers of white head that stuck around for a while. Also frothy looking head and some nice streaky lacing left behind. Lots of bubbles within the clear beer.

Smell - Grassy, also a slight smoked meaty smell (maybe my nostrils were off?). Not a lot else but that was a pleasant source of differentiation. Good for the style.

Taste - Nice mild flavor, just enough hops bite to give it some crispness. Also some faint spiciness transitioning to bitterness on the back end. Not spectacular but certainly pretty decent.

Mouthfeel - Tingly sensation in the mouth, but slightly thin watery taste on the tongue. Still retains medium body with lower carbonation.

Overall - A fine beer for the style that's quite a bit hbetter than a lot of the stuff at the LCBO. While it won't be my first choice if I'm craving a Czech Pilsner, it won't be far down my list either.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 2012.

Pours a bright, clear gold colour; highly effervescent with tons of carbonation clinging to the sides of the mug. The white, soapy one-finger head dies down over a few minutes, leaving a behind thin cap with good lacing. Nice grainy aroma; sweet-ish barley malt with some stale hop grassiness. Eager to taste this one.

Taste starts with sweet, shortbready barley malt and yeast, followed by good balancing earthy, slightly herbal Saaz hoppiness. A bit of lemon zest as well, with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with good carbonation levels and a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

A solid Czech-style pils, but not necessarily my favourite. People who like Staropramen will probably enjoy this stuff as well. I might get it again, but for now there are too many others in this style I still want to try.

[Updated April 4 2014]

Another can. The first time I tried this beer, I had very little experience with Czech pilseners in general, and as a result I think I overrated it. This is a passable lager, but the hop extract doesn't provide enough bitterness to give this brew any real 'pop'. I believe this is the cheapest Czech pils available around here, and after tasting it for the first time in a few years, it's not hard to understand why. You could do worse if you're just looking for a cheap Euro lager, but true pilsener fans are best served by sticking with Czechvar or PU.

Final Grade: 3.44, a B-.

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Photo of magpieken
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Best before 07.06.15. Pale gold colour with an adequate, off white head which reduced to a ring and left minimal lacing. Floral aroma with malt, grain, grass, honey and sulphur. Medium sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Medium body, smooth yet sticky texture, soft carbonation and a gentle, lingering, semi-dry bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent.

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Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from bottle in a Birmingham Wetherspoons pub (which seems to normally stock this bottled beer) Poured pale gold, very clear with white head, though that did not last too long. Aroma typical of a Czech style pils, grassy and dry, though not very strong.

Clean crisp flavour typical of the style, and although very pleasant, did not think there was anything outstanding or special about it. No after taste much, or any hoppy bitterness in the finish, but smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this, and its an easy to drink beer, though no great depth of character or strength of flavour to make it stand out. On the other hand, did not have the nasty acid metalic taste of some of the lesser beers brewed in this style.

Would make a good session beer, easy to drink, refreshing with no vices.

B'ham UK Nov 2008

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, a souvenir of visits to the LCBO in Toronto this past summer.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, silkily foamy, and somewhat rocky eggshell white head, which settles relatively slowly, leaving some stellar pitted limestone cliff face lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, biscuity and cereal-like pale malt, mildly rancid butter, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is much the same vein, with bitter grassy and leafy hops taking a bit of the upper hand now when mingling with the crackery, grainy malt, a touch of weedy skunk wafting in and out of focus.

The carbonation is quite mild, barely perceptible at times, the body medium-light in weight, and work-a-day smooth - nothing complex or beguiling here. It finishes fairly dry, still a tad skunky, but generally pliable in its plain bitterness.

An agreeable enough quaff, this being very reminiscent of the multitude of pubs I visited in Prague, and their glorious 50 cent half litres during that hot, sticky summer many moons ago. As for the best in class for the style, however, this one seems a bit lacking - the crisp, grassy essences just aren't there, and what with it being in a can, there's no excuse for that.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 500 ml can has some cool artwork, with a mountain goat and a big mug of beer, that's kind of like a moose with a mug of beer, well let's give it a whirl. Popping the tall boy top yields a tangy pungent smelling malt with some dry noble hops. Pouring a short beer reveals a bright yellow colour with a foamy head with a creamy pillowtop. Taste is consistent with the smell, the malty first impression is earthy and tangy for starters followed by some bitterness and returning to be sweeter yet still mildly bitter finish. Aftertaste is clean an leaves one desiring another sip. This is a good pils regardless of the fact it is brewed with hop extract. The lower ABV makes this an easy drinker.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold in color, nearly transparent, it offers a nose of pure Czech pilsner, slightly more pronounced than for Svelty, either the nose or mouth. It is very herbaceous and one feels the presence of malt but rather lightly. The presence of Saaz hops is also notable because it adds a touch of bitterness, but also a slight herbal sweet presence. Not fantastic but it is left to drink.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My kozel premium poured from the bottle with a translucent yellow body that's a bit on the darker side, and topped an unnoteworthy head that dissipated fast. It's yeasty smell was rather weak. Tasting revealed grain and mild malt, with a bit of bitterness, and it was all nicely balanced with nothing dominating and out of place. Mouthfeel was crisp with a bit of a bite at the end. As far as pilsners go, I'm not much of a fan, but this was an all round decent beer. It's nothing unique, nothing bad, and a good example of its kind.

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Photo of liamt07
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the LCBO, poured into a pilsner glass. Canned on March 11, 2011.

Poured gold with a hint of orange to it, soapy and dense 3+ finger head. High carbonation is evident, excellent head retention and big webbed lacing. Nose has some light grain and grassy hops, a dry sweetness to it overall. Taste is relatively simple as well, sweet and dry malt base, light hopping and again some light grassiness and mild bitterness in the finish. Dry again in the finish also. Good mouthfeel, appropriate high carbonation and a good drink. A decent, if tame, pilsner.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy white head, quickly leaving a good film and nice lacing. Colour is a medium bright gold.

Smell has a balanced hop bitter character. Has a crisp mineral character as well. Fairly light in character, good, and pretty inviting.

Taste has a pleasant refreshing bitter bite, hops play into a malt background that is fairly mild. Some apple and grassy fruitiness to add to the palate. Finish is dry, slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation is plentiful. Nice and crisp, with a mineral hint. On the end it is dry, with hops.

A traditional pilsner profile, very pleasant to drink. A pleasant bit of fruitiness along with the crispness, refreshing and sessionable. I'd pick up a couple for a refreshing summer afternoon.

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Photo of Moontang
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a beer mug.

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head that dissipates quite slowly.

Smell: A sweet, grainy, crisp smell, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly viscous, and very smooth, with few pricks from the bubbles.

Taste: A slightly dark, earthy taste for a lager, very little bitterness from the hops, and plenty of malt flavour, if a bit burnt-tasting. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: Sips nicely, gulps reasonably well, I'm starting to see why the Czechs have their reputation for good beer.

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Kozel Premium from Pivovar Velké Popovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.