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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
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 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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Photo of Trent
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a light reddish. A bit surprising, as based on reviews, I expected a yellow pilsener.

Poured from the brown karlovacko bottle into a pint glass.

Taste is light, crisp and sweet. Extremely refreshing after a run.

Overall, an above average beer, and clearly surpassed expectation.

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a bright gold with a soapy loose but voluminous head.

The beer smells slightly spicy (Saz hops?) with a bit of grass. No off aromas at all.

The taste is fresh and clean. A bit of floral hop flavor with some underlying pepper. A bit of grainy goodness emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

Beer is a bit under carbonated, but it very smooth. Easy drinker here folks. While not overly complex, this is an enjoyable beer that would go well with a fish fry, fried chicken, a nice salad, heck it will go with anything that is not overly spiced.

This is an enjoyable and well made beer. $1.49 at Sam’s liquors in Downers Grove.

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Photo of Avryle
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap in Croatia as well as in the bottle. Its a highly drinkable Czech Pils that's condusive to the Mediterrenean climate.

A - Golden straw color, pours with a light fluffy white head

S - Light malt nose with a touch of hops

T - Sweet maltiness & a siight hop bitterness in the finish

M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D - A pretty standard Mediterranean lager apropo to the climate. Its a good poolside beer.

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Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in half litre glasses in several locations in Slovenia and Croatia while touring, at fair price of around €2.50 in most places.

Bright gold colour and crystal clear, fair head to start but dissipated quickly. Aroma was laid back, grassy and dry as in most European lager/pilsner styles, though not as strong as some.

Very clean crisp taste, slightly more malts at first, then hint of bitterness from hops comes through at the end, though no great lingering aftertaste. Did not have that "metallic" aftertaste that some mass produced beers suffer from. Very refreshing and easy to drink, I enjoyed this - especially on a hot sunny day, though nothing outstanding, very pleasant in the 'on tap' form I had and recommended.

JohnW July 2008
B'ham UK

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500-mL green glass bottle.

This beer pours a clear, fizzy yellow color with creamy, white foam that persists and then leaves lacing on the glass. There is a fine stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The smell is lightly malty with aromatic hops and a bit of sweetness. The taste has some nice, mild bitterness up front followed by some light malt sweetness. Kind of a one-dimensional flavor, but OK. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry overall with medium-light body. Some mild hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Overall a drinkable pilsner lager.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from a freind of mine who hails from Kosovo,pours a medium clear golden with a thinner white head on top.Pretty highly carbonated,aroas are quite sweet and very fruity wich suprised me quite a bit but its pleasant.A little thin in body not quite watery but thin,nothing really stands out flavor wise except for a fruity finish it just seems to go down with not much flavor till a burst of fruit hits in the finish and aftertaste.Well Iam glad I got a chance to try this Croatian brew that goes down easly but with no frills.

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yep, I was drawn in by a beer from Croatia – let’s give it a try and see what happens.

Hey, not a bad start – straw yellow with a nice foamy white head. Constant stream of carb bubbles appear and rise. And river lacing cutting around the glass, too.

Lite aroma of steamed veggies, along with a barely discernable note of the Euro yeast skunk. Soft malts along with a nice hop hit at the finish. Crisp and dry, I could drink several at a session. Glad I tried it, not bad and made up for an otherwise boring evening.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant straw to gold with a 1” persistent dense white foam collar.
S: Perfumey, herbal nose with a light grain background.
T: Light pilsner malt flavors with a light bitter accent.
F: Crisp, light and smooth.
O: An easy to drink fairly typical Euro-lager with less character than many.

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Photo of zuker
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being Croatian, I grew up with this beer. A staple at all Croatian soccer games and post game celebrations. Hoppy flavour, with just the right malt undertones. The appearance is nothing to gawk at, but you will be rewarded upon finishing a bottle of this pilsener. Perfectly balanced beer that could be made better by removing some of the carbonation. Otherwise, it is a must try and enjoy.

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Photo of eschbach
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer at Total Wine and I couldn't resist buying it. It has a cool old world label, and a cool name.

This beer looks good in a glass. It is much darker than most pilnsers. It has a sticky head. The smell is malty with a strong hops aroma. The taste is unique. It's more malty than other czech pilsner styles. But it still has the usual strong bitterness of the hops, and it does have little bit of a metalic flavor. It leaves a sweet grassy aftertaste in the mouth. It feels very creamy in the mouth. And it goes down quite smoothly.

I don't think this is an amazing beer but it's not expensive for a European beer, and it is easy to drink. And the bottle is so cool you might just need to buy it!

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Photo of tbeck
3.49/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow and very clear. Has a thin white head that disappears quickly into a thin collar and thinner laciness. Aroma is barley and malt and has a sweetness in the background. Taste is sweet with a strong barley presence, mild fruit taste. Decent body but thin texture. Good for a lager, not what I expected coming from Europe. Decent overall flavor, that would be good to have a couple around the house. Not my first choice for a session beer.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What starts out as a regular european style lager, comes out with some unusual notes as you partake.

A - Pale light gold

S - touch of skunk at the start, but went away. Notes of straw/hay. Something that makes me think of cigarette ash, and I don't know if that's a bad thing or not, but each time I'd bring the glass up to drink, I'd pause at that smell. No, I don't smoke, and i wasn't drinking it near smoke, heh.

T - Dry, sweet start that turns tart. Finishes dry. Touch of a grain sweet linger, corn like.

M - good. Sugary touch. Smooth.

D - good lager, quenching. Some interesting notes which you could either like or dislike, but probably not in between.

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Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 500 ml capped bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a gold body with a moderate white head that supported a limited duration lacing.

S: It had a sweet light toasted malt aroma with white doughy bread yeast aroma. It was clean and refreshing.

T: It presented a sweet malty front with a balanced hop flavor. It was moderately carbonated and finished clean. Nice for a pilsener.

M: It was light bodied, with refreshing carbonation, and a clean finish with limited aftertaste.

D: It was a decent and easy to drink Pilsener that would make a great session brew.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear and vibrant, this brew looks like liquid gold in the glass. The head is brief and homely, but some crusty-salty lace sticks to the glass and swirling brings up a respectable finger of foam, but only for a few seconds. The tragedy of a head is a shame, because the color is pretty.

S - Saltine crackers and table salt. This is neither hoppy or malty, but focused on the aroma of straight up salt. Honestly, it's a very refreshing nose, but it's lacking in complexity.

T - Again, very salty and crackery. Saltine crackers are there in abundance, but not a whole lot else. Some bitter salad-greens hops are there with more force than in the nose, and I can also appreciate some floral marigold and dandelion notes upon retro-olfaction.

M - Light bodied and crisply carbonated, with a huge margarita-salt freshness on the palate. Would be a nice palate cleansing beer to have with something spicy.

D - A super-session beer for the great spring weather! I could totally see dropping a few of these down the gullet at a backyard summer BBQ...I'll bet it's great with brats since it would compliment the greasy and heavy fatty flavors with a crisp freshness.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looked crystal clear as it was being poured to turn out to be light golden yellow. A white fizzy head forms, but disappears. Despite lacking of retention, some lacing amazingly sticks (not much though).

The smell is of light "Euro-Pale" character and some caramel. I was surprised to see this is listed under "Czech Pils" - I thought I was smelling a decent Euro Pale Lager.

The taste is of some caramel, light standard Euro-Pale character and some grassy notes. There's a vague oxidation/"wet cardboard". It is sweet-ish turning to a dry-ish finish.

I was thinking that this isn't a bad standard-ish EPL. As a pils, it's lacking, but still not bad. I'll say it lands between the styles. In any case, it has a bit of character, though it's a bit too sweetish and bland overall. Nothing special, but inoffensive.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is dedicated to John, a friend and tavern keeper that recently passed away after running his bar for 50 years. This is the last "house beer" he was serving, as it was from his home country of Croatia. Johnny's Lounge RIP.

In a large mug this looks bright gold, a little darker orange than some. There's a fingers width of foam, with surprising lacing all around. Retention is ok, after the first couple sips it's head is still intact. Lazy bubbles make their way upward.

It smells clean with no off notes, a hint of bready pale malt sweetness, and an herbal noble hop hint when it was first poured. Any olfactory trace of hops seems to disappear quickly though. Not especially aromatic, but more importantly inoffensive.

Flavor is a little bland, though there is a very mild spicy bitterness from the hops and a touch of sweetness. Very dry in the middle, sort of papery with an occasional metallic twang. Carbonation is nice and crisp, and it's definitely a simple warm weather quencher. In the dead of winter, not so much for me.

Cheers John.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear straw-gold color with a nice two-finger crown of foam. Nice.

Smell: got a whiff of skunk when I first opened the bottle but it dissipated rapidly. The beer itself smells pretty good for a green-bottle import; not too grainy with a pretty nice malt aroma.

Taste: not bad; rather mild. Nice malt flavor but with relatively little in the way of hops. Somewhat dry finish which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Karlovačko has a relatively low level of carbonation; I prefer a little bit more bite in my Pilsner. Still, there is a medium-light body and overall it's not bad.

Drinkability: overall, not too bad. I think I'd prefer it outdoors in hotter climes or times, but it does OK even in the winter.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color, medium carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. Medium sized white head disapated rather quickly.
Clean aroma, I guess what I mean is it smelled like fresh air, or nothing really.
Basically a crisp, easy going down pilsner. No aftertaste or bitterness. Nothing outstanding about it, one could have a few no problem.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a pack of "Beers of the World" from BevMo. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours clear (think apple juice) with no head at all.
S: A slight acidic/fruit smell.
T&M: Suprised by the tasty flavor. Very light and crisp. Has the a sweet fruit flavor that empowers the brew. Quite suprised by the overall flavor of it.
D: This brew has it going on. Never had a Czech Pilsner before and if this is any indication of the style...then I'll be seeking out more of these.

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Photo of beerphan
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle -> goblet

Pours clear straw yellow with a thin head that leaves a little quick flash lace. Carbonation appears timid.

Nose: Light grains, some pale malt

Taste: Light and grainy, with a tad bit of bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouth: Feels a little thin, but finishes clean.

I could probably knock down quite of few of these over a few games of bowling, easy to drink, just not too exciting.


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Photo of uwmgdman
3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light yellow, very clear with a bit of white head. The aroma reminds me very much of Heineken, very much, a bit of skunk, which was a turn off. The flavor wasn't at all bad, no skunk. There is some bready/grainy notes along with a bit of hop flavor and enough hop bitterness to keep the beer from being cloying. The body is medium-light and carbonation medium-high. Overall an easy drinking beer with a bit of flavor, worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, bubbly, clear, light gold into my glass with tons of head that drops quickly but leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma is of pilsner malt, slight caramel, freshly milled grain, and light grassy noble hops.
Flavor is much like an average good pils, but with a bit more grainy sweetness than average, as well as a bit more alcohol. Hops a very light and slightly bittering, but there is little hop flavor.
Very high carbonation, lending a smooth, almost spicy note. Light and refreshing with light body and a clean finish.
Overall, this is a very good lawnmower beer if you're looking for something with a little more malt flavor and complexity than the average pils. The lack of hop balance is made up for by the high carbonation, lending this one a good overall impression on the palate.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The smell is like the grass after a rain. I also sense a little yeast in there. The taste is crisp and refreshing. It is better than I remember. It is a really drinkable beer if your into this style. I just am turned off by the green bottle. I can't get over my prejudice.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.