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Jelen Svetlo Pivo - Apatinska Pivara A.D.

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66
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 21.72%
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:
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(Beer added by: ernie on 06-08-2006)
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Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
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 biboergosum
2.75/5  rDev +3%
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 StonedTrippin
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

StonedTrippin, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev +10.5%
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
Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -2.6%
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 stcules
2.35/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden appearance, white, average foam. Quite carbonated in appearance,
At the smell, almost nothing interesting. It is a macro lager.
Honest taste, without any strange adjunct. Quite bitter, too. Nothing to remember, but also, not undrinkable.
Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

stcules, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.23/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

drpimento, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Ciocanelu, May 21, 2013
Photo of Amalak
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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 crossovert
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

crossovert, May 17, 2012
Photo of Globetrotter
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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 22Blue
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

22Blue, May 24, 2014
Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.5l can poured into a chalice.

Standard Euro Lager.

A: Pale golden-yellow color with a 1 to 2 fingers white head which dissipates quickly leaving few lacings
S: Light grains smell a bit of hop perfume.
T: Malt and hops are evident. Taste is not bad for a beer made with corn. Nice bitter end
M: Very light body. Notable carbonation. Very light taste
D: Not bad

I suppose that I can find better beers in Serbia, right?

eduardolinhalis, May 29, 2010
Photo of claytong
3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

claytong, May 26, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
2/5  rDev -25.1%

sukwonee, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Shadman
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Shadman, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of probert
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%

probert, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
2.75/5  rDev +3%

BamfBacon, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
2/5  rDev -25.1%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BucBasil
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Logged on in Nis, Serbia where I am eating a nice chicken dish with the only beer on the menu, Jelen.

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pretty typical - gold and pale. Nothing too interesting here. Head doesn't last very long, but then again that's typical as well.

S: Grainy.

T: Watery and kind of twangy. Hint of grain and maybe something vegetal. Not a fan of this beer.

A big avoid from me. Another run of the mill eastern european lager

BucBasil, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of hansavijaticar
3/5  rDev +12.4%

hansavijaticar, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of sfprint
2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Nickls
2.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 :).

Nickls, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev +12.4%

heerboth, Aug 07, 2014
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Jelen Svetlo Pivo from Apatinska Pivara A.D.
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