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Kocour Weizenbock

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 6.6%
Origin: Varnsdorf, Ústecký kraj, Czech Republic


Another new Czech micro brewing internationally inspired craft beers alongside interpretations of indigenous lager styles, Kocour — ‘Tomcat’ — was founded by Josef Šusta and Honza Kočka in 2008 in Varnsdorf, in the far west of the country right by the German border. Honza previously worked as an air steward, through which he’d discovered the US craft beer scene.

The brewery explicity sets out to challenge Czech perceptions: according to its website, it has “committed itself to an uneasy task – to persuade domestic conservative beer drinkers that beer does not equal a chilled bottle in the fridge…that beer can go easily with gastronomy, that there is a beer for every season, for every state of mind.” The challenge begins at the label design which, as you can see, departs strikingly from tradition.

Nearby Germany also provides some inspiration, notably in this cloudy amber strong bottle conditioned wheat beer with its yellowish-white moderate head. It has a very clovy, spicy, banana-tinged aroma with a hint of furniture polish. A full, creamy palate is tangily astringent with orange marmalade and spiced cake flavours. A little alcohol makes itself felt in a dark marmalade finish that’s vivid and tangy with a sprinkling of hops and recurring clove flavours.

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