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Ozujsko Pivo - Zagrebaèka Pivovara D.d.

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BA SCORE
68
poor

81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zagrebaèka Pivovara D.d. visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2006)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in Croatia during the fall of 2007 and drank many liters of Ozujsko pivo. Fresh it's quite good and the canned adaptation, purchased at the LCBO and marked for being stale in 9 months, is a respectable representation as well.

It starts with a like-able golden color pour and decent head with typical carbonation. But the joy of this beer is the smell. It's lightly floral with overtones of honey.. and surprisingly the canned version retains this as well. It really just smells good and it's one of the few accessible beers you can enjoy poking your nose in and smelling before opening your mouth.

When you do, the taste is a definitive balance of the floral sweetness you smell and a hop like bitterness that remains a little longer. The can translates a light metallic taste to it unfortunately but it's not overpowering.

Outside in the sun after work, or on vacation, it's a great beer to enjoy. And I might just have another.

Ralphus, Jul 29, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

beerhunter13, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.13/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Continuing my "hard to pronounce Eastern European" series of reviews, I picked up this little number at my local LCBO. This beer also served the purpose of adding Croatia to my list of countries I've had beer from.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Very pale golden, leaves about two inches of fluffy head that quickly recedes into a thin patchy ring. A few flecks of lacing here and there, but they don't last long. Typical.

Nose is very bland - Corn meal, faint apple, pale malts, honey, and a graininess that reminds me more of cooked pasta than fresh barley. Seriously, I smell cooked spaghetti noodles. What gives?

Very sweet, rich in corn syrupy goodness. And by that I mean it's boring as sin. This brew has successfully removed any and all aspects of beer that could be deemed offensive (i.e., hops, barley, flavor) and his put forward something that is more akin to a sweet fizzy soda than a beer. There's also an unpleasant taste of spaghetti in there (seriously, what is that??) that really makes me wonder what adjuncts went into this mess. Yawwwn.

Mild pinprick carbonation at first, followed by less of the same throughout. Thin, thin, thin.

These reviews serve a purpose, and that is to warn other folks of the bland, corporate contents found within these heavily accented cans. There really isn't anything here that distinguishes itself from any of the other swill out there. An adjunct lager that serves no real purpose other than to provide intoxication, which (amazingly) can also be achieved by drinking a beer with some semblance of flavor.

Though it may be Valentine's Day, I will never choo-choo-choose this beer, nor will I bee Friends with it either.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. Mild grassy aroma. Slightly bitter taste with some sweet malt. Light body with average carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. This is an ok euro-lager, nothing amazing but clean and refreshing.

chickenm, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Miha
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Miha, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of JohnW
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer both on tap ('tocina') and in bottles ('boca') while in Croatia on vacation. In both forms we enjoyed it, probably the best beer on tap in the area we were staying in, though it hardly matches the best of the German lager and pilsner style beers!

Pale gold, perfectly clear, light head of foam that quickly dissipates. Grassy slightly sweet aroma, taste is clean and light in texture and more sweetness in the taste at first than of hops. It got the impression that in the bottle it is slightly drier in taste and more carbonated than on tap. I thought this a decent beer (if nothing special) and certainly does not have that awful metalic acid taste of many nasty cheap Euro-lagers, and we enjoyed it - especially in the warm weather enjoying the sun day and evening! Very easy to drink and cheap price in the back street bars - HRK15 or around $3 a half litre (Sept 2009)

Far preferable to the "Bavarian" beer imported from Holland that many of the bars serve along the Istrian Peninsular of Croatia! That really is bad and to be avoided.

JohnW
B'ham UK Sept 2009

JohnW, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can, best before 19/2/2010. Lots of gold and red stuff going on all over the labeling, reminiscent of NASCAR finery.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with a few fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace as it quickly recedes. It smells of sour bread and grassy/weedy hops. The taste is soft white grain, some breadiness, and mild acrid grassy hops. The carbonation is a bit below average, the body medium, and almost crisp, and it finishes dry, soft, with practically no aftertaste.

This is much better than the average Eastern Euro-lager in my experience. Not too much going on flavour-wise, but nothing off-putting either. Most favourite indeed.

biboergosum, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of KristijanG
2.5/5  rDev -12%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with some white fizzy head. Neutral in aroma, a little creamy in mouthfeel.Grainy taste. Its drinkable actually, though somewhat astringent in the finish. I could drink this if I had no other beers about. Passable and serviceable for its style, as a pseudo-pilsner.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of sfprint
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Thin gold with a 3/4 inch fuzzy head.

S: a bit like rakia and barely malty, weak smell.

T: soft and sweet. Pleasant while cold, with a malty finish.

M: Light carbonation sting, lighter bodied.

O: just fine, though becomes a lot less tasty as it warms.

sfprint, May 12, 2010
Photo of Markonius
1.16/5  rDev -59.2%

Markonius, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of GregaR
2/5  rDev -29.6%

GregaR, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of borutp
3/5  rDev +5.6%

borutp, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of elricorico
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold and very clear, tonnes of visible carbonation, very lively looking. Two finger foamy white head that settles steadily and leaves lacing.

Very grassy/grainy aroma, with a dose of spicy hop aroma.

Sweetness immediately hits the front of the tongue, corn like, but not overly sweet. Middle is dry and grain shows itself. Finish has a flash of citrus. Not bad, pretty clean. Feels like it is just a bit overboard on the adjunct side of things.

Light and fizzy body, but not to the point of being watery. Does seem to leave a little bit of a stickiness to the tongue.

Not bad, not great, pretty much what one expects when they hear Euro Pale Lager. A little less stickiness and sweetness would probably improve this one.

elricorico, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -12%

apasternak, May 22, 2013
Photo of evlu1441
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank a lot of these while I was visiting Croatia, and I was really excited to find them at a local liquor store. I don't remember loving this beer, but I did love Croatia. Let's see how it goes:

Pours a golden straw colour. Pretty standard. Not much head and lots of carbonation.

Smell is slightly grainy. Not much else in there.

Taste is surprisingly full and refreshing! Starts out sweet with some nice maltiness that fills the mouth. The carbonation is pretty intense at the beginning. It moves towards a slightly sour ending (mostly from the carbonation) with a little bitterness.

Overall this is a solid if fairly average brew. I don't know if I'd buy it again simply because of the price, but in Croatia it's cheap and satisfying after a hot summer day.

evlu1441, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Most Favourite Croatian Beer" it boasts on the can, can't argue with that. Best before on the bottom states 19.02.2009, 5.2% abv.

Pours out a clear bright light golden hue, tall spongy white head with impressive retention. Sticky coral lacing.

Some bread and metallic grain on the nose, light grassy hops, not bad so far.

The flavour is even better than most domestic macros. Both bready and grainy malt up front, sweet and crisp at the same time. Mild sweet finish and aftertaste, the light tart hops don't really kick in until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a full medium body, smooth with a bit of carbonation, once again impressive for the style.

Well I'll be jiggered, this stuff is a pleasant surprise, not bad at all, I can believe the most favourite Croatian beer claim after all. If only the domestic macros would model their lagers after this sort of thing...

IronDjinn, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of dorian214340
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

dorian214340, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a very pale yellow gold body that reminds me of a light pils. It has a thick uneven head with thick white lace that sticks to the side of the glass all the way down to the bottom. It has very mild bread like aroma. The taste is grainy and has a lot of malt character sort of a mildly crisp slick biscuit feel and taste. It has a light hopped aftertaste a little citric and floral. It has a thin/light mouthfeel.

MTNboy, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of headlessparrot
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Still another Euro Pale Lager. The catch? I actually like this one. It's not great, but very refreshing, and pretty tasty on the whole.

Pour is golden yellow/straw. A bit of chill haze, visible effervescence, and capped by two fingers of really airy/foamy head. Head dies quickly to a few rings, but leaves decent lacing.

Smell is... non-existent, at least at first. I can't pick up a thing. It smells like nothing. As it warms, a sort of sweetness, light grain. Faint faint faint skunk, but I'm stretching. Apple juice? Honey for sure, but light. Strange, but not bad, nor typical, nor uninteresting.

Taste is a whole lot of malt, but different kinds (both biscuity and sweet). Bread. Sweet. Lemon. Clean. Fruity (apples), faintly herbal. A little astringent on the finish, but surprisingly refreshing. Pretty 'crisp' and 'clean,' to use buzzwords--although maybe I'm just really thirsty.

Mouthfeel's not bad. Quality body, not-too-exaggerated carbonation. Goes down smoothly. Drinkability is good - despite the slightly higher BAC, I could see myself having a few. Or I could, if the beer weren't both expensive and pretty average.

headlessparrot, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of spinrsx
2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear pale gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is just a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/bread, corn, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains mixed with light hops and corn. There is also some metallic flavour and a little bit of wheat/cloves. It finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a light spiciness.

Overall - Well, it wasn't undrinkable.. but it definitely wasn't something I'd buy again. It did have a fairly nice appearance in the glass for whatever that's worth.

spinrsx, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of jooj8
2.5/5  rDev -12%

jooj8, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I must admit I've never had Croatian beer, and a 500 mL can of this caught my eye at the store. It pours a golden yellow color topped with a puffy white head that vanishes to lacing over a few minutes. A few bubbles stream to the top of the glass, but they're pretty sparse. It looks fairly appealing. The smell is a little bland, at first I was going to give this a very low rating but a faint hint of hay at least makes the smell somewhat notable, and appropriate for the style.

On the tongue all I can really taste is carbonation. Despite the lack of bubbles, the carbonation is high and a little biting like you might expect from a euro lager, so I guess appearances can be deceiving. The flavour isn't anything exciting, sweet grains and corn overshadowed at the end by some astringent hoppiness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, and I've gotta say, the bitter finish is a good way to encourage me to sip the drink. Very high drinkability.

In the end, Ozujsko Pivo is a good brew, but nothing to write home about. I would never turn one of these down, but I'm not sure if I'd go out of my way to buy it again. I can see this being a very refreshing lawnmower beer.

thehyperduck, May 03, 2011
Photo of nmoeschler
2/5  rDev -29.6%

nmoeschler, Sep 07, 2014
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Ozujsko Pivo from Zagrebaèka Pivovara D.d.
68 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.