Skopsko - Skopska Pivara (Heineken)
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Reviews by ark57:
4/5 rDev +23.1%
I have to admit I have a soft spot for this beer as I am marrying into a Macedonian family and have fond memories of sitting in Skopje drinking this. With that said, I didn't expect much the first time I tried it. It is a nice pale gold with a decent white head that lasts long enough to get an idea of what it is all about and then dies down. The aroma shows that there actually hops in this beer and it's not just a bland pils. Malt hits up front, but there is enough hop bite in the finish to make it a satisfying drink. There is little better than having this on a warm day eating some Macedonian grill.
06-25-2008 00:29:51 | More by ark57
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2.45/5 rDev -24.6%
I dont see how this beer is getting that high of reviews. I thought the taste was just awful. I had the beer a week or so ago in Macedonia along with Dab (the other Macedonian beer that I saw). It had some strange flavors in it, and it was drinkable, just not a good drinkable. I even had it to quench my thirst of walking all day and it just didnt go down as smoothly as I would have liked. I am not one to go into full details of the flavor, but this beer is worth skipping for the other Macedonian beer.
06-25-2009 17:54:30 | More by aschwab
3.25/5 rDev 0%
Full Disclosure- My oldest son, 28 years old, recently moved to Macedonia to serve in the Peace Corps. In his email reports he comments on the local beers (far less variety than he enjoyed for many years in Madison, Wisconsin).
I bought this beer locally in Missouri at Lukas Liquors which has an incredible selection of of Eastern European brews. (Spy report filed).
Pours a nice pale yellow with a highly charged head of fine bubbles that drops quickly.
Aroma is of grain but not skunky like many beers from the region I have sampled stateside.
Taste echoes the grain but has some hop balance and just light sweetness.
Finish is clean and this adds up to a servicable if not remarkable beer.
My son says this is an everyday beer in Macedonia at a decent price and I'd agree.
11-26-2006 19:02:08 | More by brewQ
3.85/5 rDev +18.5%
Skopsko pours a clear golden body beneath a creamy head of white. The head retention is good, and although it eventually falls, it then maintains a solid, cottony surface covering. Some very nice splotches and streaks of lace are left behind.
The nose is mainly malty, straw-like; and it has some leafy hops in the background.
The straw-like, grainy maltiness carries through within the flavor, and it has an interesting hoppiness that reminds me of lime leaves. It's leafy, grassy, gently citrusy, and herbal. The hops and malt are nicely tied together from start to finish, but there is an emphasis on the malt right at the start, and then much more hop flavor at the swallow and into the lingering, bitter and leafy finish.
Overall, it's a well-done, interesting, and thankfully, very solidly bitter and hoppy pilsner.
01-14-2007 16:16:15 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev +18.5%
This beer brings back beer of the late 1990's. It has a lot of fizz when you open it up. It has nice white head that is made op of small bubbles. The thick white head dies down but there is always some type of head to this beer. There is a thin and soapy lace. The body is hazy with a dark brass color. The aroma is average for an Eastern European beer. That is this beers aroma is sweet and adjunct. The flavor is also adjunct at first but there are some complex flavors there earn you respect. This beer is earthy, gassy, bitter, fruity and sweet. The body is averagely thin so that is about right for a beer of this style.
01-07-2010 22:02:46 | More by MTNboy
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
Received at the end of a relay from Macedonia to some conference somewhere to Moscow (thanks, James, for the last leg!). Brown 33cl bottle with a yellow, white and blue label with nothing but words, presumably in Macedonian. They extol the wonders of the original recipe from 1924, the year the brewery was founded. I think the ingredients list includes only purity law products, plus "love" (actually listed as an ingredient!). No freshness information.
Pours a pretty standard clear gold under a one finger white head that proves surprisingly resilient and leaves a few strands of lace before fading to film and collar. The nose is honey-glazed doughnut sweet. The mouth is light and almost painfully prickly. Pretty run-of-the-mill flavor here, from the sweet grainy malt to the mild dry bitter hops. If I were in Skopje, I'd probably drink a few of these occasionally. It's respectable.
05-07-2006 19:01:05 | More by Globetrotter
3.78/5 rDev +16.3%
Wow, finding a beer like this totally re-affirms my faith in the the power of randomness and the need to be constantly on the lookout. I was visiting my parents in the Florida Keys last weekend and had to stop at a gas station a half mile from the Ft. Lauderdale airport on the way home in order to gas up the rental and avoid paying seven dollars a gallon (no lie) for what was missing. So after the fill-up I went inside to take a leak and along with the usual swill in the tiny fridge was a sixer of this wacky stuff. So I bought it..packing it into my check in luggage to avoid the ridiculous new carry on laws is another entire post and I'll spare you. Anyway, what an unusual find..the best part is, for a random eastern European macro, it's quite tasty..
Unbelieveable head broke over the top and got my desk wet the first bottle because I really wasn't expecting such a live wire, but there it was, snow white and bubbly and quite large and lasting, especially for the style. Nice golden color and surprisingly malty nose with hints of caramel to match a bitter, hoppy backing scent.
The taste is similar with a late blast of bitterness to temper a tasty, fresh, malty flavor. A bit of nuttiness and an oily aftertaste are maligned by metallic notes in the finish but this beer is still highly drinkable and worthwhile. High carbonation matches the texture well. This beer was hugely surprising for me (and not just the bittersweet beauty of low expectations) so definitely keep an eye open for it, you never know where it may turn up.
02-08-2007 02:23:15 | More by daliandragon
3.03/5 rDev -6.8%
My first beer from Macedonia. Pretty bland. Pourso ut to a medium bodied golden yellow color with a big head of foam that didn't last long. Good lacing. Aromas were watery and weak; some hops and biscuit notes. Taste was flat and one dimentional. Malt and grain with a touch of light hops. Mouthfeel was uneventful. Drinkability? Fair at best. Skip it.
04-30-2006 23:08:03 | More by Frozensoul327
3.55/5 rDev +9.2%
Had this while in Macedonia. This is basically the national beer of Macedonia, being everywhere... often the only choice around. Luckily, it's an ok lager.
A: Poured from the 500mL glass bottle into an imperial pint. The beer is a nice gold color, slightly pale, with a nice off white head.
S: Good clean aroma, a bit hoppy, a lot more grainy. Pretty typical, but not bad.
T: Again very grainy here with a slight bitter twang near the end. Kind of sweet. Finishes clean and refreshing with a balanced character that is a bit rough but pretty tasty. No real off notes to speak of - just a good classic lager.
F and D: A bit rough, but refreshing. I drank a bunch of these while here in Macedonia. A good local choice where the others are overpriced options like Tuborg, Becks, etc. Oddly enough this is made by Heineken I think, but overall pretty solid
07-05-2010 20:27:26 | More by BucBasil
3/5 rDev -7.7%
Skopsko is a shimmering yellow beer that, while clear, has a slightly tarnished complexion owing to a wispy yeast haze and innumerable little bubbles that all seem to be stuck in fast-forward mode. Its head poured thick and, although some has gradually expired, it's still like trying to chew through lamb’s wool to get to the liquid beneath it.
The aroma boasts a clean, unvarnished cereal maltiness with very grainy overtones. Most importantly, it is free of corn or other adjuncts and, if for no other reason, is therefore already preferable to most North American national brands. Hops aren't perceptible, per se, but a vaguely earthy, floral component perspires, much to the nose's delight.
That cereal-y flavour reappears in the taste. It's nothing to do cartwheels over, but when reviewing pale lagers keep in mind the bar has to be lowered a little. To expect sweeping, grandiose flavours is to miss the point that a) these beers are brewed with mass appeal in mind, and b) they're not meant to be sipped and savored - they're meant to be drunk!
...and this one can certainly be drunk with ease, thanks to a lack of perceivable adjuncts. The mouthfeel, however, is concernedly thin and, even whilst still cold, flirts crossing that line between watery (acceptable) and syrupy (off-putting). Mix in a little thirst and some sunshine though, and the lager becomes not only agreeable, but frankly, quite rewarding.
This is probably exactly the kind of beer Alexander the Great would have killed for after one of his long military conquests (pun intended). Industrially-made, national brand lagers are a lot like jazz in that it's the notes you *don't* hit that matter most - there is nothing unpleasant about this one. This clean, quenching, grainy, well carbonated lager had exactly the desired effect: it left me feeling satisfied, but only too happy to have another! Thanks Zlatko!
05-21-2011 15:56:26 | More by biegaman
Bosnia & Herzegovina
1.95/5 rDev -40%
Beer from Macedonia capitol Skopje
A: looks like some sort of cheap soda and it's a bright clear pale.
S: Kind of soury. Touch of grain.
T: Very watery. This is almost exactly like a Carlsberg - powder beer.
Anyway, it is better then any beer from Serbia or Croatia
01-11-2011 12:49:41 | More by emiricius
3.75/5 rDev +15.4%
Walked into a European grocery store on Arthur avenue that i thought was Albanian but turned out to be Macedonian. While looking for one of those pelegrino sodas i noticed this Macedonian beer and figured what the hell, i'll give it a shot.
A-Very pale golden yellow, clear with a pillowy head supported by an unending stream of bubbles. A very refreshing looking beer.
S-pretty clean smelling, i was expecting it to be skunked but it was fresh.
T-straw and grain hit you up front followed by a leafy/herbal hop finish. Like the smell, very clean tasting.
M-Slightly on the thin side but with a very good level of carbonation.
D-This was a pretty good beer, one i didnt have such high hopes for. i was expecting typical macro lager but it turned out to be a nice pilsener. I will probably pick some up again on my shopping trips to Arthur ave. A good summer pils
04-22-2007 01:38:21 | More by sleazo
Skopsko from Skopska Pivara (Heineken)
77 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.