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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 16.39%


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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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green bottle

Karlovacko was pale gold in color with good clarity. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was noble hops and light malt. The taste was light malt with a little noble hop flavor. The finish was short and dry. The mouthfeel was average with a light body and plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was average. This was a pretty basic Pilsener that was crisp, refreshing, and boring. There are far better Pilseners out there

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:13:44 | More by afinepilsner
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emiricius

Bosnia & Herzegovina

2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 12:32:17 | More by emiricius
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer exits the big green bottle a light golden color with a big pillowy cap of white foam. Not bad looking. The aroma exudes a big blast of skunk, which tames down to a more subdued sulfur smell. The pale malt manages to wiggle through a bit too. The palate is light, as would be expected. Some husky grain gives way to a center accented by the sweetness of adjunct. It finishes with a snap of bitterness.

Once the unpleasantness of the skunk in the aroma diminishes, the beer settles down to something drinkable. Its not the best Czech style pilsener to wet my lips, but I sat back and enjoyed it for what it was.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 22:22:53 | More by BeardedBoffin
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harrymel

Washington

3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 07/21/10
50cl for $4 @ Huck's in Spokane, WA

Poured from bottle to SN pint.

A: Pours a thin, white head which dissipates rapidly and is rejuvinated reciprocally with a constant stream of bubbles. Exellent clarity.

S: Sweet grain with a hint of skunking, rainier cherries in there too.

T: Grain, earth, corn. Pretty standard pils profile. nothing notable here. Finish dissipates with two breathes.

M: Light body. Almost champagne style carbonation (a little too bubbly for a lager pils).

D: Okay beer, would rather have a zatec in the same category of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:39:33 | More by harrymel
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amstelcat

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 500 ml bottle. Pale golden color with pure white head which dissipates quickly without any lacing. Smell is the fairly standard mild skunk smell from most Euro lagers from a green bottle. Taste... isn't half bad. Average, but I don't feel the need to have another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:16:47 | More by amstelcat
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Beejay

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:17:52 | More by Beejay
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GRG1313

California

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a dense but thin white head that is nice looking.

Nose esters fruity white bread with spice and some undertones of green herbs; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium and well balanced, although flavors of white pepper, light celery, hints of salt and green peppers are very nice but very short lived.

Short herbaceous green pepper/green peppercorn finish. Not bad just a very short profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 01:44:56 | More by GRG1313
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:33:17 | More by buschbeer
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bristol2120

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a decent head that quickly subsides, leaving the thinnest layer of foam. Very little lacing to speak of. Aroma has grainy notes up front, with some hops and vanilla in the background. Taste is alright, with a bit more tartness than I expected, but also a disappointing lack of hops presence characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel is okay, with decent carbonation, though the body is perhaps a bit watery. Overall, not a bad brew, but not really my idea of a true Czech pilsener. As a previous reviewer stated, this beer is more reminiscent of a standard Euro pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 02:06:47 | More by bristol2120
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rarbring

Sweden

2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very light straw colored clear brew, a white fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is modest, white bread and canned vegetables.

A bit sweetish taste, corn flakes, some metallic acidity, boiled vegetables. Very little bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a bit watery and rather refreshing. A short dryness at the end.

To me this is not a Czech Pilsener, at least not a good one. More an unexciting euro pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 12:55:46 | More by rarbring
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appenzeller

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 07:42:03 | More by appenzeller
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eschbach

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 05:18:44 | More by eschbach
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progress518

New York

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would have given this beer higher marks if I hadn't already been inundated with Eastern European pilsners over the past few years, since moving to and around the Russian and Polish neighborhoods of NYC.

It's sold in the discount section of my supermarket, for $1.79 for a bottle sized between a U.S. pint and an imperial pint. Thus, it's in the same price category as Coors Light. If that were all I knew of the beer, my expectations would have been lower and I would have given it higher reviews. But, given that I've drunk so many of these pilseners from countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain, my review is different. From that perspective, the beer is much like all of the others of its kind, though it is put together better than usual, and is above average. I wouldn't go to it looking for a great taste experience, but it's highly enjoyable on a hot spring/summer night, especially if paired with polish sausage or German bratwurst, maybe some sauerkraut.

The appearance is nice, like all of these beers. A slightly darker gold than usual, though. The head dissipated rather quickly, as is generally the case, but carbonation kept rising from the bottom. Once, I fell asleep without realizing that there was still beer in the stein (which the beer is usually served in, as I should have mentioned above). When I awoke, I found the beer and, to my surprise, there was still carbonation rising.

The aroma is generally the same, though there is a slight metallic hint, more pronounced than in others of this type.

The taste is also average, though it felt much more balanced than a number of other beers in this category. A couple of times, I've detected a metallic taste, but this is not the norm with Karlovacko. There is a very slight aftertaste, not at all unpleasant.

The carbonation level was exactly right, and the beer had a smooth, non-watery (compared to others in this category, and, surprisingly to me, compared to some of the ales with higher ratings), feel.

Overall, Karlovacko is a pleasant beer, worth the price. There is nothing particularly special about it, but, at the same time, one can't help but look forward to drinking a few bottles of it with some good food.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 18:09:17 | More by progress518
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tubacharlie

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright white, three-finger head emerges from a hard pour, quickly receding to a thin film, revealing a clear, golden yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom replenishing the ring of foam remaining around the edge.

Slight aroma of fermented cabbage, dirty socks and a little bit of stale hops.

Typical Euro Pilsner with not a lot of flavor -- some hop bitterness and a mild, watered-down malt presence.

Good for washing down some polish sausage or for a game of checkers on the patio in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:55:07 | More by tubacharlie
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JoeMertens

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko is an average European Lager. Nothing exceptional to report, nothing awful either.

Pours a bright golden color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Slight hop aroma. Smooth mouth-feel, a bit over-carbonated, with clean malt and slightly predominant hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:12:14 | More by JoeMertens
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Liquid brass sits in my glass. (Let's hear some snapping from the peanut gallery for my poetry slap. Yeah, I said it.) The only reason I can distinguish between this brew and, say, a French horn, besides the clear sonic advantage favoring the latter, is the stiff quaff of white foam before me. Once this is dissipated, a steady stream of bubbly goodness rises from the base. A deep sniff makes me question why I even continue sampling the pilsners and AALs of the world, as they all seem to smell the same to me: some corn syrup, some toasted rice, and a bit of wheat. Nothing offensive, nothing impressive. The tastes are also very similar (though the pilses are indeed distinguishable from the AALs), with a firm backbone of wheaty rice propping up a vaguely bitter body. What makes me less derisive toward this particular brew is the lack of a sharp tinniness that tends to pervade other pilsners. Still nothing Earth-shattering, but definitely not as negative as the rest of its ilk. Though that bubbly jet stream continues to rise like one of those bubble walls we all used to marvel at while visited Sharper Image as children, the carbonation is not overtly active, not overly fizzy, allowing the fairly light body glide sleekly over the tongue and down the gullet. Though it has not converted me into a smiling clear lager drinker, it has shown me that I oughtn't necessarily judge every one as boring before I try it, and that Croatia is coming along in terms of beer production.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 22:04:22 | More by TMoney2591
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alkemy

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 21:03:20 | More by alkemy
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popery

California

2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:32:06 | More by popery
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 02:10:37 | More by flagmantho
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the skunky side. Taste is of malts, slightly sweet and finishing a bit bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 17:49:54 | More by tone77
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought a pint single at surdyks..it poured a dark yellow color with an ok head and lacing not your typical pils color the smell was hops and sweet floral smells i also detect a slght earthy smell from this one..the taste was not as crisp and floral as i like euro-pils to be it had slight peat taste to it..overall its not a bad pils but ill choose budvar or golden pheasant over this one when the beer taste bud want an easy drinking euro-pils

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 21:00:50 | More by gatornation
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 23:46:25 | More by emerge077
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: This beer poured an average golden color. , appeared to have quite a bit of carbonation as I poured at a straight pour which produced about an inch and a half worth of head, which was fairly sustainable.

S: Little to no aroma for this product.

T: Not impressed what-so-ever. The after taste left a feeling of metal in my mouth and I constantly found myself asking when this beer would be over, so I could move on to the next.

M: Mouthfeel was generally plesant not overly full-bodied but slightlly bitter.

D: Not my favorite, but I've had worse.

Overall, I'd rate this about a 1.9 despite my above response.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 02:05:28 | More by NicholasCasber
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kegger22

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured most of a 500 ml Karlovacko pilsener into a pint glass. It was a very clear yellow and had a fragile one finger white head. I couldn't get much out of the aroma, not even your typical pils smells. This beer tasted sweet but had little other flavor, rather bland. It was light bodied and had adequate carbonation. In terms of drinkability, it would be a good session beer. Not bad, but summed up in one word, bland. Oh well, I was the one who wanted to try a Croatian beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 23:15:55 | More by kegger22
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Crystal clear gold with a toasted look, plentiful medium bubbles and a soft thin white head that laces a little.

S: Mostly sulfur and skunk, but some buttery grain notes are detectable underneath.

T: Dry grainy malts up front paired with a slight skunky flavor. Shortly the malts start to take on a more toasted flavor, and meld nicely with some minimal hop bitterness as the biscuity aftertaste rises and falls.

M: Quite smooth. The carbonation lifts up the flavors nicely, but isn't too biting.

D: Very drinkable as is common for this style.

Overall: A good Czech Pils, but not the best example.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:22:15 | More by allforbetterbeer
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71 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.