Jelen Svetlo Pivo - Apatinska Pivara A.D.
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3.85/5 rDev +43.7%
The most popular beer in Serbia, widely available and widely publicized. Produced in Vojevodina province. Pale golden lager with malty-yeasty aroma and a decent amount of hops in the palate. Nice white crown, elaborate lace. Pleasant malty-bitter aftertaste. A complex, joyful beer. Recommended
06-08-2006 09:28:47 | More by ernie
3.25/5 rDev +21.3%
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!
03-11-2011 00:35:31 | More by ChrisCage
3.25/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
05-22-2012 00:41:47 | More by emerge077
3.25/5 rDev +21.3%
Wow. Second Canadian to first to review this brew.
Very pale amber yellow colour. Actually matches the colour of the can nicely. Bone white head, decent retention, impressive lacing.
Meh, Slight sodium bicarbonate & lemon tea aroma
Taste was slightly sweet lemon tea. Finish is slightly off-puuting with a strong weedy bitterness.
Pretty average. light body,decent carbonation
Ok..It ain't German, but it's still better than most macros.
02-25-2011 02:50:08 | More by Shadman
3.23/5 rDev +20.5%
Better than average world beer. Poured with a regular head and some lace. LIght golden color. Very light beery, slightly bittersweet aroma. Taste was same but more intense and complex. Also present are lemon, & grains.Decent body. This is from a can that I got from a maxi mart yesterday here in Beograd. Good clean finsih. No problem having another
08-01-2008 09:14:09 | More by drpimento
3.15/5 rDev +17.5%
light golden pilsner colour with a white head.
in the nose; hay, malt. quite light.
refreshing clean taste, with a decent sweet maltiness. kind of bready aftertaste with a minimum of hops.
very easily drinkable beer. Quite refreshing in 40+ degrees (celsius) yugoslavian climate, but maybe not the most interesting beer around ;)
06-03-2008 19:52:05 | More by foamyhead
3.08/5 rDev +14.9%
a not so bad beer for the area. easy to put down if nothing else. a bit different than a traditional german pils. big malts which i like. no bite anywhere, no bitterness.
great for having after hiking around in the mountains in summer or at the beach or after the beach. wouldnt recommend buying more than one until you decide if you like it. i got it for free everynight so i thought what the hell.
05-26-2011 04:40:36 | More by claytong
3/5 rDev +11.9%
500ml bottle. Best before 22/02/13.
It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head. Pretty standard.
The smell is relatively light. Light grains, light hops. A typical AAL.
The flavor is sweet and slightly soapy. A decent amount of hops but mostly pale malts. Herbal medicinal hop flavor.
Average. Not a German Pilsener btw.
05-17-2012 03:14:10 | More by crossovert
2.99/5 rDev +11.6%
Does not look special, yellow with some carboration.
Taste is better if you are already drunk. Is a little bit bitter.
Smells not that good, but not awful.
Mouthfeel, nothing special. You can feel the bubbles but it's ok.
Overall, it's one of the most famous Serbian beers. Because I drank a million gallons of it already and because it's my daily beer, I will give it an OK mark.
04-09-2014 10:19:03 | More by DegenErik
2.95/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
01-28-2013 00:10:38 | More by tempest
2.85/5 rDev +6.3%
tried this for the first time last night at a serbian pub in sarajevo. it pours an almost artificial looking dandelion yellow color that is basically flat. i couldnt get a head on this beer for the life of me. it appears watered down and unappetizing. it smells moderately better than it looks, with some pale german malt and a conventional yeast in higher proportion than im used to. flavor isnt bad, like day old multigrain bread and mineral heavy water. it isnt delicious, but it isnt repulsive. if it was ice cold it could be a good refresher because the body is so light and the finish is clean. the mouthfeel was not nice, this beer needs much much more carbonation to be satisfying. the lack of bubbles made it quite unpleasant to drink as it warmed up. nothing special here, but for two bosnian marks for a half liter, ill probably have this again.
edit: upon revisiting this in a much colder bottle, the mouthfeel recovered substantially, with more of a head and some decent, but still deficient bubbles. im upping the rating from 2.5 to 3 for that. still not going to win any medals though...
08-04-2012 10:39:42 | More by StonedTrippin
2.85/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured into pilsner glass from .5 L bottle
Clear, golden light lager; foamy head that dissolves rather quickly.
Light, malty smell.
Clean, slight hoppy mild mouthfeel with no aftertaste.
Nothing special, decent drinkability; a somewhat middle of the road beer for the region.
03-14-2011 20:57:34 | More by skypup
District of Columbia
2.78/5 rDev +3.7%
I first had this brew while visiting family in Croatia and Bosnia in a bottle, and I thought it wasn't too terrible relative to some of the other macro brews that I had, so on with a new review from a can.
A - Pours with a bubbly white head that disappeared so quickly that I barely had a chance to observe it; orangey-yellow urine color (sorry but that's my best descriptor for it)
S - Grassy hop notes that lean toward a bit of spiciness as well, but very much in a macro lager type of way; fain whiff of fresh bisccuits, but all muted and bland
T - Eh, boring and bland. Hop notes don't carry through to the taste; some light maltiness and breadiness. That's all really
M - Thinner to medium for the style; and very slight carbonation
D - I mean I could drink this and not be too offended throughout, but a brainless Euro lager with little in the way of anything interesting
Overall, just average even against what's expected for the Pale Euro Lager range. Still, carries a bit of nostalgia for me, and feel as though I am shitting on my Serbian roots with the review, but it's all about being objective :).
11-07-2009 15:48:08 | More by Nickls
2.78/5 rDev +3.7%
One finger bubbly head on a clear light yellow. Some lacing. The head soon dissapears.
Grassy malt smells. Not much flavour up front. Grassy malts with a metallic bitter finish.
Light body, somewhat watery. Low carbonation for this style. Better than I expected but not something to seek out.
02-24-2011 22:35:55 | More by scott451
2.75/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-06-2011 00:47:25 | More by biboergosum
Jelen Svetlo Pivo from Apatinska Pivara A.D.
66 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.