Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 346
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.46/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color color with a nice head. Smells sweet and floral like. Taste is just like it smells except with a slight bitterness and goes down pretty smooth. Overall one off the best Czech Pilsener I've had.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer with fairly lively carbonation.

Smell is very fruity and a bit sour smelling like a glass of hard apple cider. There is also some grain, and dried hay smells in the background.

Taste is much different than the smell. Slightly tart with an assertive hops bitterness. There are fruity tastes here too and a solid grain flavor. A dry Pilsner with a different more complex flavor. I like it; it doesn't try to be "Just Like The Others."

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I will buy this again.

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Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow/gold, beautiful sturdy head with sticky lacing on the glass
Smell: great blast of malts and spicy hops, very inviting and just what you want from this style
Taste/Mouthfeel: full, lived up to it's strong fragrance, in great balance, not over hopped, just a nice nip of bitterness
Drinkability: great, I felt like drinking more, I will purchase this one again

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a clear, golden body.
The aroma is a good grain scent with a bit of lemon.
The taste is a sweet/bitter lemon with a long honey finish. Really nice.
The texture is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Aside from not having any head, this is a great beer. The taste was an almost perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow with a full white head, nice active carbonation, and some sporadic lace. Grassy herbal hops dominate aroma with a touch of grainyness underneath. Balanced grain and hop flavors. Light bodied but not watery; fairly smooth and not overly bitter or dry.

Better than your average macro for sure but not quite up to the better Czech Pilsners...

Per label: "Est. 1854" & 5.4% ABV

(11.15 oz. / 330 ml)

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Photo of funkengruven
3.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your average european lager, bright yellow. Smell is alright, some hops, no skunk, which is a bonus. Taste is surprisingly good, clean and refreshing, Not overly sweet, and not overly bitter. This is well carbonated but overdone which makes the mouthfeel pretty unoffensive. This beer is a great Macro-Alternative and makes for a good BBQ beer for sure.

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Photo of Skidz
3.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with a good sized frothy white head, sitting light gold in the glass. Minor lacings decorate the glass as the head retreats to a light spattering and ring of foam around the glass.

Biscuit aromas with floral and grassy notes. Tints of lemon and sourdough also present.

Bright grassy hops from the start, very well balanced with dry, crackery malts and bread dough. Hints of white pepper and orange blossom honey, but bearing little to no sweetness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Light-medium in body with fine, crisp carbonation. Perfectly refreshing flavors and mouthfeel to compliment a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a tight white head that has good staying power and leaves ring lace. Golden body with loads of racing carbonation.

Pale malts and a little doughy in the background. There is a subtle but very nice hop profile that drys this up a bit and it finishes clean and refreshing. The more I have of this the more the hops kick in, they end up being a big factor as it warms just slightly. Grains are subdued and it doesn't have an adjunct feel to it at all. Pretty much what a Czech pils is shooting for.

Notes: I've had better in the style but this is at least in the same ballpark as some of the better ones I've had. I could session this with ease. Hits all the marks, Solid. This was part of a "beers around the world" pack I recieved from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised w/ this offering.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local beer store for $2.60 500ml bottle. A light golden color,stark white head that quickly fades.Lots of carbonation. Aroma of mild hops and maybe some faint apple notes.Flavor of mild bitter hops and a tiny caramel note. I really liked this,for a pale lager it was very good,did not have that odd baby puke aroma that some pale lagers have. Very drinkable

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Photo of baos
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Not much head to speak of over a deep golden body. Decent lacing.

S: A bit of sweet apple juice. Sweet malts and grains.

T: A hint of sweet then the hop bitterness gets you but its a good bitterness than leaves the mouth dry and crisp.

M: Big carbonation but it feels rather nice for this type of beer.

D: A six pack a day will keep Dr. Blues away doooodes.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.76/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this brew several times over the last 10 years and is has been very consistent.

The pour leads to a big head that dissapates fairly quickly with little lace. The color is a pale gold. (I'm a bit color blind to it is probably yellow)

The nose is subdued and does add or detract from the beer.

The mouth is quite full for a pilsner particularly with the carbonation stirring things up.

The finish is what I like about the beer. It is on the dry side but leaves a slighty malty finish.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Croatians are pretty dang awesome at most things. So I figured I'd try their brew.

Pours a thin white head, dissipating quickly. Beer has a classic light yellowish pilsner hue and excellent clarity.

Smell is classic Czech pilsner, Saaz hops, flowery, slightly sweet, subdued, no harshness whatsoever.

Tastes light, slight bite in the mouth with an underlying smooth and slightly sweet taste of malt. This seems even lighter on hops than other Czech style brews from Europe, though.

Moutfeel is refreshing, slightly too light even for my taste (and I love delicate pilsners), but this could be nectar from heaven on a hot summer day.

Summary: nice beer, closely tracks Urquell and the other Czech pilsners but slightly lighter and less flavorful. Not a bad beer but not the cream of the class.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Karlovačko has a very thick, foamy, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, biscuit, barley malt and a touch of hop oil, and the flavor is the same, with pleasant, grassy hops to round it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Karlovačko finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is a delicious beer. RJT

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Review: Can of Karlovacko Pivo Beer, 5.2% ABV

My first Croatian beer The aroma was a good grain scent with some malt sweetness, nice. A nice thick, foamy, white head appeared after the pour, that stuck around. A bit of lacing noted.

The colour was a bright clear golden straw appearance. Had a bitter taste, and I felt it was a strong beer. No doubt a few of these under my belt and I would be ready for a good party.

A good clean Pale Lager, with a nice decent aroma.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a full, soapy white head, solid retention, some lace.

S: Smells of noble hops, grass, typical Euro lager bottle smell.

T: Malt is bready, light notes of pastry bread. Hops flavour is noble, a green flavour, grass and hay. Good balance.

M: Smooth, light-bodied, crisp, refreshing as a good pils should be.

D: A real nice suprise on the cheap out of Croatia. Went real nicely after a hour of shooting hoops.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly nice looking clear yellowy pour with a 1 finger white head that doesn't last too long. Faint scent of honey in the nose. That honey scent is a much stronger honey flavor on the tongue. It might be a bit too sweet for some, but I liked it just fine. Not a huge mouthfeel though. Pretty darn drinkable if you like honey, which I do. This would be a great dessert after a lunch of fish and chips by the beach on a sunny day.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.15 oz bottle. Very pale yellow, almost clear. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but very small head that settles quickly.

Very faint hop aroma, smells of straw or fresh grass, much like a pilsner should.

Can taste the hops a little bit more than the smell would indicate, but not much. Feels slightly fizzy in the mouth, but otherwise very smooth. Doesnt leave it particularly dry.

As far as drinkability is concerned, this is up there in score simply because it very easy to drink. I doubt that anyone would be offended by the taste/feel of this beer unless they were expecting something more. A good example of the classic pilsner style. Would definitely not pass up a bottle of this were I offered one.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - crystal clear golden straw color with a thick head that is well retained

S - gentle malt with noticeable, but not overwhelming noble hops

T - balanced malt and hop flavor, slightly favoring the malt but not by much; overall somewhat subdued though compared to other Czech-style pilsners; surprisingly clean with concern to yeast flavors

M - medium to light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough example of a Czech style pilsner, but really falls more into a 'macro-Euro lager' category. The hops aren't as 'bright' as perhaps I would like and this might be a function of age. However, there is no oxidation noted if it is well aged which is a credit to the brewers. This is probably really good fresher and closer to the source.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a subtle, malty aroma that is full of toasted grain notes, with a slight hint of floral hops.

On the tongue, there's a sudden explosion of fruity flavors that is very reminiscent of a lightly-flavored carbonated water, such as Clearly Canadian or Crystal Geyser. Don't let that comparison turn you off, because it's actually a good thing here, bringing lovely sparkly apricot, apple, grape and pear notes to the mix. These fruit flavors lie just over a bed of Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains (or perhaps biscuit-like grains, if you prefer). The fruit flavors last a surprisingly long time into the mouthful, only slowly subsiding near the end to reveal a light layer of hops that adds a slight bitterness and spiciness to the waning tide. The aftertaste was virtually nonexistent for me; only a slight flavorless hoppy buzz.

Overall, this is a great brew, full of unexpected flavors and charm. If this is the fare that Croatia has to offer, then this is one reviewer who will be making a point to swing by the next time he goes across the pond.

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Photo of Puddleglum
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in Croatia after a day at the beach and it hit the spot for that moment. Just enough flavor to make it refreshing on a hot august day. There were mild hops and malt. The glass was laced nicely at the end and the color was a beautiful golden that refracted the sun nicely if you held it up right. It was a good pilsner. Certainly better than most of the beers passing themselves off as pilsners in America. I also found it very drinkable later that evening as I enjoyed several more.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an almost greenish yellow, somewhere slightly away from the orange spectrum of yellow. Excellent clarity, completely transparent, topped with a thick white froth. Some slow, sparse bubbles float up. The head dissipates into a thick collar almost immediately, dying away completely after a few sips. A bit disappointing, as I like pilsners that keep at least a little misting all the way through.
The aroma is a pleasant balance between clean pils malt and spicy. peppery saaz hops. Some other hop variety is present, contributng a soft herbal, earthy scent. Slight lemony fruitiness.
The flavor starts off with clean, sweet pils malt up front, slightly bready, bolstered by a bold, effervescent carbonation. A bit of honey sweetness in the middle, with a touch of lemony fruitiness. A clean, peppery saaz hopping, with just a touch of that herbal hop flavor, and a slightly astringent metallic flavor finishes the brew. Dryish in the finish, with a bready malt aftertaste lingering on the tongue for a long while. Light to medium bodied, with a bouyant, bouncy mouthfeel.
A pretty good pilsner beer. Interesting with the herbal hop flavor. I just recently saw this in my neck of the woods, and I'll certainly get it again. A great beer for damp summer heat.

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Photo of alkemy
3.65/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, lightish golden pour with a big fluffy white head after a pretty aggressive pour out of out of a 500ml brown bottle. I get no skunk in the aroma, but there is a wet grass/straw scent that is most prominent. There's a floral hint that I'd attribute to the hops, but I can't really sense a hop presence. You can, however, taste the hops. It's subtle, peppery, and grassy. This is clean and refreshing. I've always enjoyed this beer and it doesn't disappoint again.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with a rather full head that has thick foam. Very stylistic of a traditional Czech Pilsner. Color is a light straw. Head sustain is pretty good with clingings to the side of the glass. Impressive so far.

Smell: There is an earthy aroma. Malt and hops permeate the character with faint pine. The aroma is not overly strong but disipates rather quickly. Interesting, but nothing special for a beer of this style.

Taste: The flavor is light and airy. There is a rather strange cream essence that jumps out immediately. This is followed by a sweet nectar feel. Flowery and light. Not oppressive in any sense. Again, an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very light. This is almost a "woman's brew". The interesting creamy presence during onset tends to keep the drinker's attention. I like this. Very airy on the palate.

Drinkability: This brew is about as filling as an American Light Macrobrew beer. Very easy to drink and not filling at all. This would be GREAT selection for female guests during a pool party or summer BBQ.


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Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour. Deep red with a good haze and very nice head. Looks like a good APA.

Smells like caramel and overripe fruit. Maybe a little bit old, but still nice. It gets sweeter as it warms up.

Tastes like caramel and apricots. Caramel upfront, fruity in the back, ending on a dry citrus note that lingers on the tongue. The hops are few and far between, but what are there are good.

Pretty tasty, solid Czech pilsner. Probably be better fresh, but what am I going to do?

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Photo of FleeVT
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle poured into a Pilsener.

A: Pale straw color with a mediocre head at initial pour that fades to just surface scum. Light carbonation action the entire session from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light on the nose with a subtle mix of grains, grassy hops, a hint of sourness, and a scant service of sweet malt.

T/M: Perfect Pilsener body with a clean crisp finish. A mild dose of peppery hops on the front of the palate with some doughy malt in the back followed by some hop bitterness.

D: Lacking in head retention, this beer delivers every else. Not a bad brew and within all style guidelines.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.