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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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BA SCORE
71
okay

295 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Photo of DrewGingras
2.25/5  rDev -26%

DrewGingras, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -26%

ygtbsm94, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of acrawf6
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out the 11.15oz bottle a dark straw/light golden with a foamy white head.

Smell. light maltiness and sweet. little mild lemon candy fruitiness to it to as well.

Taste. dry maltiness, small cardboard taste to it. also has an off flavored sourness to it. not a good taste at all. aftertaste isnt good either, like finishing a cheap american macro lager.

Mouthfeel. decent carbonation. bad balance and just overall not that good of a mouthfeel.

Overall not one i like at all. wasnt even an average lager, muchless a pils. Pass this on up.

acrawf6, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of poskok
2.25/5  rDev -26%

poskok, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of popery
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not much to say here, this is just another mediocre Euro Lager. It pours clear, bright, yellow gold. Carbonation is a bit light. There's a touch of hops in the aroma and finish but nothing to write home about. The malt is relatively clean but bland. It's just too similar to too many other lagers to merit much discussion.

popery, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium clear gold color, head is fully, creamy, and about 1/2" on the pour. A couple bubbles wander towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Light malt, but it is a weird, overcooked smell, and a light soapy presence.

Taste: Not too good, has a stale taste to it, but not too bad. Lighty maltiness, fairly crisp, not very hoppy, though.

Drinkability: So many beers are like this, why pick this one? Maybe if you want to check Croatia off of your "Countries of Beer Origin" list.

TastyTaste, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of mactrail
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The typical skunky whiff of hops when you pop open the bottlecap. Pours a pale golden yellow. Bubbles like apple cider about as good as it gets. The concept of "head retention" seems not to have made it to Croatian industrial brewing.

Faint malty flavor. Sweet and flat. A hint of tart acidity. Faint hops of the skunky variety, though not so unpleasant. Metallic aftertaste is one of the less attractive characteristics. That's as far as I can go with this.

Seems pretty substandard, even by Euro Pale Lager measures. I can't bring myself to rate this as a Czech Pilsener. Why don't we have a European Adjunct category? However, it has quite a beautiful label, if you like old-timey eastern European graphics. From the 500 ml bottle bought at BevMo, so I get what I deserve.

mactrail, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of emiricius
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - No lacing at all.

S - mild hop presence.

T - Finish is fruity with a poor alcohol warmth.

M - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Not good.

D/N - Not too high. A decent beer though. Worth a try, just don't expect to much. Honestly I was kind of disappointed in this one.

emiricius, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of armock
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a decent white head that fades quickly trying to leave some lacing

S - Has a touch of that familiar euro funk with a grainy malt nose

T - Starts off not to bad the malt is slightly sweet but has a horrible metallic finish

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - If there wasn't the weird metallic flavor this beer wouldn't really be all that bad taste starts decent but finishes bad maybe fresh it would be better

armock, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of dcmchew
2.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale straw colour, big white head, foamy and unhealthy looking.
Skunk smell from a distance, bit of grain, low hops.
Sweet malts, grains, bit of corn and honey, but skunked and big metallic bitterness in the finish.
Light body, very fizzy.
Bad, a gas station lager.

dcmchew, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of elmocoso
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bulbous creamy white head sits atop a light golden pils with Little carbonation. Mose is mostly gas. malt lingers in the background. taste holds not much flavor. Bailey perceivable malt . This would be a great lawn-mower beer. mouth is smooth, but a little watery.

elmocoso, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of Beejay
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It pours like water, in the glass it looks like chardonnay. Nice white head on top, but it dissipates rather quickly. Very clear. It looks pretty good for the style..

S: Holy skunk ass batman!! Some malt scent in there, just a touch possibly a little noble hop smell, but it is hard to pick out.

T: Slightly sweet, with a little malt. There is a little skunk at the front of it. A slight bit of hops there, but not a lot to speak of.

M: Thin, with fairly high carbonation. It is quite the fizzy beer.

D: One is good enough for me. Not a big fan in general. But it is always nice to try the same lager from other countries.

Beejay, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of KristijanG
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

aztraz, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

apasternak, May 24, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow beer with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite weak but some malt can be detected. Taste is quite not enough crisp with some malt that can be detected and some very light bitterness at the end. Overall, I would classified this as a better then average lager without any skunk taste from the bottle which is a major accomplishment.

Phyl21ca, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of bismarksays
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

bismarksays, Jan 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of TR0219
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

TR0219, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of superdoopersauce
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

superdoopersauce, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of remitrom
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of biegaman
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is often a point of nationalistic pride. People will proclaim their local or national brand the best, which is why it's so ironic that, by and large, these beers are all virtually indistinguishable. One thing's for sure, they look identical. Croatia's national brand looks no different from Serbia's nor Bosnia's (nor anyone else's for that matter). It's clear, yellow, lightly bubbled, and has a fading fuzz over top.

The aroma smells, quite literally, like chicken feed: corn-y and foul. It less resembles "beer" than it does a "beer by-product" (whatever that could possibly be). It does not smell fit for human consumption. For one, there's little of anything that passes for barley or hops (and a nauseating amount of scents that could pass for less favorable, far less natural things). What the hell went wrong here?

Even chilled to low single digits, Karlovacko has a flavour that is borderline distasteful. Not entirely objectionable (for the style anyhow) but the quality of its ingredients, and the quantity of additives, is immediately drawn into question. It tastes of golden syrup, sweet with a strong chemically solvent-like mouthfeel. That latter feature is especially concerning; it does not come from water, yeast, malt or hops.

Bubbles kick in with the urgency of a mother rescuing her small child from a busy intersection. The cloying texture of corn syrup is a little slower to the scene, it sets in mostly on the finish where it unfortunately makes itself quite comfortable. This aftertaste is regrettable because the beer is relatively unoffensive until that point. The chemical-like note that caught my attention from the outset continues to grow. Could it be alcohol?

There's probably a reason this can of Karlovacko has "EXPORT ONLY" printed across its label: Croatians know better than to waste their money on it. Actually, in truth, the opposite is probably true. If I've taken anything away from this plain, adjunct-ridden lager it's that nationalism can delude people of anything, in particular that their beer is somehow superior. Croatians are free to enjoy this (if they can) but I'll pass.

biegaman, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Cost Plus World Market's "Beers of the World" gift pack.

Pours a light yellow typical lager- white head vansihes quickly, but a steady stream of carbonation keeps up the beat.

Aroma of malt and wheat, slightly sweet, with lemon zest. A definite hop sharpness. Flavor follows through, but initial hop flavor is very difficult- harsh, sharp, bitter, bot good. Mellows as the taste buds are beaten into submission. But still, the hop aftertaste is just not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is moderate, not thin, not rich. But with the flavor, I just could not finish this one.

Dukeofearl, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

clear, golden yellow color with 1cm white head that disappeared before my very eyes.
skunk, cereal grains, a very classic light beer smell and as many have said, it smells a lot like Heineken. very, very flavorless. there's some cereal grains going on, but not much else. thankfully there wasn't any of the skunk flavor detected in the nose. the finish was dry and again, very flavorless. i didn't get any of the yeasty and spicy notes that others have spoken of. high carbonation. Not that good

ThinkAgain, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light golden with a white high head that dissipates after a little while leaving a hint of lacings.

S: Not so strong smell, but there is malt mixed with hops - a nice blend.

T: Malt and some hops (but far to little hops to be a good czech pilsener), some sweetnes and fruit mixed with floral notes.

M: Carbonic acids, with small bubbles. Mediumbodied.

D: The first beer I had from the Balkans, but the Czechs make far better Czech Pilsener than the boys from Croatia. But this is not a bad beer, it just got some stiff competition in the style.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 28, 2009
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.