Price: $3.99 / bottle (Dan Murphys)
Manufactured: Velké Popovice, Czech Republic
I was doing a little ‘research’ for this review this afternoon which involved (amongst other things) watching beer commercials on youtube. I highly recommend it as a way to kill an hour or so. The outcome from this exhaustive journey was; that no matter where in the world you are beer is still sold the same way. It either involves sexy girls on the beach, some funny incident in a bar or, as in the case of the Kozel commercials ‘honest men doing a hard day’s work’. In this ad’ I don’t understand a word they are saying but clearly a couple of guys are mowing their lawn and at the end of the job deserve an ice cold Kozel. This could have been set to the Australian VB commercial jingle and end with the tag line “ ……. matter of fact I got it now”. I love it, and that’s what makes beer a globally approachable drink.
Velkopopovický Kozel is a major brewery in the Czech Republic that has (similar to where Fosters is heading) been taken over by SABMiller. They commonly produce four beers all of which are exported (to Australia) and today I am tasting the Premium. Oh, I nearly forgot, Kozel means ‘goat’ hence the kid with a huge beer on the label.
Before I start on the beer I need to comment on the packaging. I love the caricature goat on the label drinking a huge beer. The bottle is clearly a bit of fun but they manage to hold the premium/ export appeal.
This is a classic golden amber beer that screams pilsner. A perfectly clear (no sediment) beer with a nice white foamy head.
You will probably not be surprised to hear that this pilsner does not have a lot to offer on the nose. There is a rather soft hop nose and some graininess but you have to go looking. Ho hum.
This beer is definitely at the dry bitter end of the spectrum but it does still have room for some (I hesitate to say) fruit. There is a very brief showing of soft fruit in the centre of the tongue but most of the time it is about grains, hops and those classic dry pilsner flavours.
I quite like the finish on this beer as it has two very distinct stages. At first you get some classic bitterness from the hops on the tongue and after about 10 seconds you receive a surprise at the back of the throat consisting of some warm maltiness leaving a straw finish in the mouth.
The world needs beers like this. I have recently reviewed quite a few Belgian beers which are really lovely. The problem with this type of beer is that after one (or two) you are either on your ear or your palate is clagged. That’s where the humble pilsner comes in; you can have quite a few in a session while still keeping it together and don’t feel like you’ve just had a four course meal. This beer is not a superstar but it has no obvious faults and most importantly has a cool goat on the label. Grab some and let me know what you think.