Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara
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3.48/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
03-20-2009 17:32:27 | More by uwmgdman
2.1/5 rDev -30.9%
500 mL brown bottle, $1.29. Croatia gets checked off the country list here. The Lithuanian beer looked like it was in the cooler forever, while this one was dust free.
A hard pour nets a very weak average head. It fades fast to near nothing. Not as clear as I expected, possibly due to chill haze. Very dull pale orange. Doesn't look to style at all.
Smells floral, estery. Has the apple character common to a lot of Eastern Euro pale lagers. Almost apple cinnamon, oddly. Lack of hops. It doesn't smell bad, per se, but the aroma doesn't suggest a tasty beer.
Again, where are the hops? I was hoping for some of that grassy, spicy snap from the Saaz, but this is just bland sweet malt, with weak fruity, flowery hints. Hop use has to be minimal. No bitterness. Not skunked. Finish is grainy and forgettable, and I almost neglected to mention it. Not really pleasant.
Feels full for the style. Undercarbonated, which goes a way in explaining the lifeless head.
No, this is not a very good Czech Pilsner, and not a good beer. Possibly miscategorized. Stick with Golden Pheasant or Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen for a Czech Pils. If I didn't hate to waste beer so much, I would have given up and dumped it halfway through. Below average across the board. It doesn't kill me to drink Euro macros, but this might be the least worthy I've had. I'd have to be in Croatia to think about trying this again.
03-04-2009 05:36:08 | More by ommegoose
3.43/5 rDev +12.8%
Poured out of a green bottle(picture on site has brown bottle?).
A- Piss yellow with a light foamy head that quickly disappeared.
S- Skunky smell with slight grainy smell tha most Euro beers have that come in a green bottle. ex. stella, heineken.
T- crisp and clean with a light taste. Could drink many. Good session beer. Very true to the style. Almost a grassy type of taste if that makes sense.
M- Light bodied with just enough carbonation. Not overwhelming to the taste buds which once again is true to the style.
D- High drinkability. Good session pilsner. Could drink these all night. Over all a solid pilsner.
02-22-2009 01:20:56 | More by jerseyjoe
3.63/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
02-15-2009 23:39:41 | More by stockingcpl
3.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
02-13-2009 04:18:35 | More by tbeck
2.33/5 rDev -23.4%
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
02-11-2009 00:15:39 | More by armock
3.18/5 rDev +4.6%
The green bottle! Never been a fan of anything produced in a green bottle. Clear, golden pilsner with carbonated head that dissipates to nothing. Cleans the pallet. Smooth with hints of alcohol. I find the drinkability higher than what I originally thought.
02-10-2009 03:41:22 | More by kingothewoods
3.48/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
01-12-2009 05:16:08 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
01-11-2009 23:04:56 | More by scoobybrew
2.63/5 rDev -13.5%
12 ounce green bottle without freshness dating.
Pours a crystal-clear pale golden color. Somewhat flat, with essentially zero head and faint lace. Smells like cut grass, metallic hops, and light-toasted biscuit malts. Generally lacks in flavor. Some hop bitterness is evident, but there are too many oxidized metal overtones Finishes with unwelcome stewed-corn sweetness. The body is painfully thin and watery; disappears down your throat before you notice it.
I suppose the beer-of-the-month club ran out of worthwhile things to import.
12-24-2008 18:32:08 | More by dgallina
3.83/5 rDev +26%
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
12-08-2008 23:03:05 | More by WakeandBake
3.33/5 rDev +9.5%
500 ml. green bottle with some kind of code on the neck label: L9157. It pours a pale yellow gold with a white two-finger head and decent carbonation upwelling mostly from the center. The head falls quickly leaving hardly a trace. Good clarity.
Raw grainy pale malt nose with a certainly mild sweetness. Smells like a refreshing Pils. The taste is mildly sweet and cereal grain like, husky and hully. Light hop bitterness to the very clean finish...overall a bit on the bland side. Light-medium body with no mention of alcohol. Easy to drink, above average at best.
11-26-2008 02:38:06 | More by scottoale
3.18/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a pale orange color with yellow highlights. Decent white head that recedes quickly leaving some average lacing. Not bad for the appearance. Aroma of some grainy, husky malts, and decent herbal hop aroma. Not skunky in the least. Flavor is where things go downhill. A bit watered down, some husky pale malts, light sweetness, and a below average hop flavor for a Czech style pilsener. No aftertaste whatsoever, finish is incredibly clean. There a slight bite at the end, but the flavor is just lacking. Medium bodied, which is surprising since it tastes so light, and very drinkable. This stuff goes down so easy, it's almost sad that it has no flavor. I bought a single bottle of this because I've never had a beer from Croatia. I probably won't be revisiting this any time soon but it was worth the shot.
11-23-2008 17:19:22 | More by KeefD
3.85/5 rDev +26.6%
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.
10-21-2008 22:16:20 | More by Skidz
3.33/5 rDev +9.5%
Gold with an inch of white head.
Aroma is faint apple cider.
Taste is sweet malts, a fair amount of bitter hops, and a minor dry finish. No corniness or metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was fair, lightly astringent.
Drinkability is pretty good on a warm sunny day. The bottle has a "best before" date also.
10-17-2008 06:28:55 | More by Spikester
3.4/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
09-30-2008 21:27:38 | More by khiasmus
2.63/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours a very light golden color with a minimal head and little lacing. Nothing special to look at.
Smelled of grains with a slight breadiness. There was a small trace of that skunkiness that seems ever present in so many euro lagers.
Tasted of grains along with some sweetness. It's a very mild tasting brew, nothing either wonderful or offensive going on here.
Mouthfeel was on the thin side and somewhat slick.
Not a bad beer, but there's just so many others out there which are far better.
09-05-2008 02:44:34 | More by JBogan
3.03/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Poured a clear, pale copper-orange with a beautiful 2 finger frothy white head that had amazing retention while leaving a nice sheet lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was almost non-detect.
S: neutral, light grains with no hopping. After a very good visible presentation, this sets it back.
T: honey, with a soft flowery hopping and some spiciness. A light toasted caramel adds some sweetness as well some buttered toast. The beer finishes with a decent spicy flowery hopping which may be its saving grace here.
M: light, a little thin, smooth, and slick.
D: Average drinkability, a nice start is hindered by a lack of aroma, but fairs better with the finish. Uneventful at times but still one that can be mindlessly put back on a Sunday afternoon.
09-04-2008 23:11:11 | More by beerthulhu
2.78/5 rDev -8.6%
Well since I needed a beer from Croatia I decided to grab a sixer! Truth be told I had been considering purchasing this for a while and finally decided to since pickings were slim at the grocery store. Aroma is faint and consists primarily of nothing, not offensive but far from appealing. Pours a straw golden into my glass with a quickly diminishing head and some sticky lacing. The mouthfeel is solid, slightly creamy with a good finish and pleasant aftertaste. The flavor is also solid, nothing spectacular. In a sense it is typical euro lager that is slightly more mellow than say Grolsch or Heinekin. I enjoy the taste, but overall par at best.
08-01-2008 12:33:24 | More by kinger
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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
07-17-2008 11:00:12 | More by JohnW
3.08/5 rDev +1.3%
Medium gold, white head with little retention, very little lacing early. Smell is grassy. Taste is clean. Grain, cracker-like. Bitter spice on the finish. Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation. Pretty much a typical European-style pilsner... without the stink. Not bad I guess, but then again I don't really care for this style and probably won't have it again.
06-14-2008 18:37:49 | More by ski271
3.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
05-09-2008 17:29:19 | More by pmcadamis
3.75/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
04-28-2008 02:30:08 | More by baos
2.6/5 rDev -14.5%
Big 50cl can. All red with a "so-standard-I-could-cry" ellipsoid crest on the front, rather like a red version of Heineken that says "Karlovacko" instead of Heineken. displays medals it has won on the front, along with a proud "Product of Croatia" legend.
Now to the real stuff:
Pale gold body, with lots of carbonation, and a good rocky crown of white foam. Pretty good lacing too, and the retention is great.
Slightly sour, slightly tinny aroma. Some sweetness, some carbonic seltzer water flavour. Not entirely unpleasant, but to be honest it's pretty weak. Not a lot to it.
Taste is initially flat with a little sweetness. Late on the palate arrives a coppery bitterness and a residual husky, grain flavour. Mouthfeel is lightly spiky but otherwise dry. It's not as clean and smooth as some of the other easy-drinking Euro lagers, but it does have some character.
It's reasonably easy to drink, and reasonably unoffensive. It's not a great beer though, and I'd be loath to call it an above average pils-style lager. Don't count on winning too many more medals, guys.
04-21-2008 02:14:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
03-21-2008 04:27:46 | More by dnichols
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.