Tuesday, 16 April 2013
When this beer geek sees a a brew he's never tried before that features a goat gripping a pint of beer on the can, you better believe he's going to buy it on the quick. Kozel Premium comes from Plezeňský Prazdroj, in Pilsen, Czech Republic. A lager, it weighs in at 4.8% alcohol and comes in a 500mL can with the aforementioned boozing goat.
Kozel is highly carbonated and pours a clear, rich golden colour topped with an off-white head. It was about a half shade darker than I expected it to be. It has a relatively malty nose for a Euro lager, with a slight metallic ting and a body of grains. The flavour is nicely balanced, uniting a tasty, slightly toasty maltiness with a nice, moderately bitter finish.
Kozel Premium is a pretty fine little lager. What it lacks in booze, it more than makes up for with a rich flavour that has more going on than many similarly situated beers. I'll eagerly buy this stuff again when I'm in the mood for a nice, autumnal lager.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10.