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Jelen Svetlo Pivo - Apatinska Pivara A.D.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 21.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Apatinska Pivara A.D. visit their website
Serbia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ernie on 06-08-2006)
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Reviews by tempest:
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket out of curiosity. No surprises here though, just a clean blonde macro lager. There's a tiny bit of toast, and a little hops spice in the finish, and a slight earthy aroma. But overall this is a bland, inoffensive lager, perfect for washing down a pljeskavica. Aside from the pasteurized, industrial lager character, there's nothing to complain about. But there's also absolutely nothing to write home about either.

tempest, Jan 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Miha
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Miha, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. After having our oh-so-provincial Canadian asses handed to us last night by an ex-pat Serbian squad in local men's soccer, ahem, action, it only seems right to delve into something from their homeland today. Note - they (the Balkan-Albertans) were all, to a one, drinking Corona and MGD on the 19th hole last night. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two thick fingers of puffy and foamy white head, which leaves some broad spidery lace around the glass as it slowly makes its way down.

It smells of gritty cereal grain (mostly of the corn pops and rice krispies variety), musty grass, and skunky weedy hops. The taste is more adjunct-heavy cereal malt, a bit of acetone, rotting lemon peel, weirdly crisp weedy, and still skunky hops, and some yeasty apple mush.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, but fairly clammy in its perceived smoothness. It finishes on the fast and loose road to dryness, unfortunately via the lingering musty, skunky hops and astringent booze esters route.

While not a total disaster, this particular offering just doesn't have that unmolested crispness that good Continental lagers/pilseners should possess, and of course, for what it does have, Imma gonna have to pass - my team could do well to follow the same advice.

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of KristijanG
2.65/5  rDev -1.1%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

BamfBacon, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Ciocanelu, May 21, 2013
Photo of sfprint
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dirty gold color. clear, with an cratery head.

S: The malt hits you in the back of the nose. Inhales thick, slight sweetness.

T: Bitter in the back of the mouth. Slightly sweet and sour.

M: Initially mouth numbing. Lots of carbonation.

D: Fairly average. Fine for mass drinking.

sfprint, May 10, 2010
Photo of fr0wn3r
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

fr0wn3r, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of GregaR
2/5  rDev -25.4%

GregaR, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of ChrisCage
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I was surprised after picking up yet another Euro Lager, that the head was so nice....starts out about an inch thick and fizzles out expectantly fast, but only to the point of a pillow like layer over the brew. The color is more yellow than golden, is very clear and reminds me of urine if you haven't had enough water throughout the day. There is actually some modest lacing present, fizzling out eventually to a sticky looking liquid on the glass. Carbonation is heavy looking as well.

S- Definitely doesn't smell like a German Pilsener, having lots of malt, raw grain and a lingering lemony citrus aroma in the background. I also smell very weak hops, and not of the noble variety. The overall aroma is not offensive however....no skunk spray in this one!

T- OK, this one has more of a Pils flavor than the aroma lets on, but still, there is a yeasty malt upfront that is quite noticeable. The bitterness on the finish has some decent hop profile, but there is a bit of citrus rind and also a bit of metallic astringency mixed in there...a truly unique finish! I have to note that as this warms a bit the metallic finish becomes much more noticeable....I actually think that this has a better than average flavor overall.

M- The body lies somewhere in between light and medium...somewhat watery yet with a modest creaminess! The carbonation is lower than what I was expecting which is a pleasant surprise, but it is still prevalent. Again, better than the norm...

D- I wouldn't exactly call this a German Pilsener, but rather a hybrid between it, and a typical Euro Lager. Going with this conclusion, I like this better than most beers from this region and could enjoy this without wanting to switch to anything else during any given evening...but it needs to be drunk very cold otherwise starts to taste a bit nasty. I would and will buy this again, given the opportunity. I recommend giving this one a go!

ChrisCage, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New arrival to the market, dated euro style "01/09/12" still a few months within code. I've seen bottles dated into next year, so i'll try one to compare at a later date.

Brilliant high clarity gold, bare delicate lace in the glass. Initial half inch of foam that dwindles to a thin cirrus veil across the surface.

Smells a little musty, wet grain and possibly adjuncts.

Flavors are crisp and clean, crackery malt, light apple from the yeast, dry clean finish. Light body, fairly simple flavor, but ultimately very clean and drinkable. A good Euro lawnmower beer, will seek out a fresher bottle to sample and compare.

edit 7/12: Found a bottle dated 22/02/13 at my favorite Serbian deli... seemed pretty similar to the above notes. Seemed to have a nice collar of lacing, a wet grainy and grassy aroma with a touch of sulfur, dry crisp feel, but with a simply passable taste. A good match with some cured meats like suva govedina or kulen sausage.

emerge077, May 22, 2012
Photo of crownrl28
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

crownrl28, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of dbaker61
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dbaker61, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Amalak
2.4/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had out of a can while in Belgrade.
A. It's clear gold, with some streams of bubbles. It has a small head that dissipates quickly and only leaves a bit of lacing.
S. Mild metallic scent.
T. It tastes like a cheap American Macro beer, cheaper than a PBR. The after taste is sour. There is a bit of a lemony flavory. A slight malt taste. But to be honest, after a feel sips, it just become androgynous.
M. Sllight bit of carbonation. Leaves a sour aftertaste.
D. It's light, but has no redeeming quality to want to keep drinking.

Amalak, May 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of skunk are present in the nose.
T: like the smell, the taste is skunky and has a light amount of bitterness. As the beer warms up, hints of grainy malts become noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little prickly on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't have much expectations for this beer after smelling it, but fortunately the taste was slightly better than the smell.

metter98, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
2/5  rDev -25.4%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Beer-Fetish
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Beer-Fetish, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Globetrotter
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up in a gas station in eastern Bosnia Herzegovina. It comes in a tall 1/2 liter yellow can with a big antlered deer or elk below the name. It poured a clear pale yellow under 1.5 fingers of white head that fades very quickly, leaving no lace as it settles to film across the top of the liquid. There are lots of slightly off malt grains in the nose, with a hint of rice as one of them. The mouth is light and very prickly. Another plain Balkan lager, this one has a bit less malt, a bit more ear wax bitter hops. The carbonation is so harsh that it prevents the tongue from noting much flavor. Just a touch of lemon emerges as it warms, but this one isn't worth keeping around.

Globetrotter, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of mattsander
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

mattsander, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of gnikola
1/5  rDev -62.7%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
2/5  rDev -25.4%

sukwonee, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with some significant amounts of active visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a mottled thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of adjunct malts including some sweeter corn and grains as well as some light amounts of grassy hops. But the dominant aroma in this beer is that of skunk.

T: The overall flavor of this beer is extremely light in flavor with just some very light flavors of cereal malts with a touch of grain and corn adjunct sweetness. Very light notes of grassy hops and moderate skunky flavors. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: The smell of this beer is all American Adjunct Lager but the taste is slightly better than the smell would indicate. This is not an excellent beer and I would not likely try it again. There is a skunkiness that I would have expected from a European beer in a green bottle but that was not the case here.

dbrauneis, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of patra7
3/5  rDev +11.9%

patra7, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

probert, Sep 10, 2014
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Jelen Svetlo Pivo from Apatinska Pivara A.D.
66 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.