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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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71
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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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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4/5  rDev +32%

Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle came from a brew of the month club and is a bit old, but no sediment. Just saw online today that the brewery may be temporarily closed for possible improper hazzardous waste disposal. Anyway - this poured with a nice head that promptly settled down. No lace. Nice golden amber color. Aroma of grain, grass, light malt, mild spice and some hop. Flavor is distictly sweet. Decent body. Short finish. Drinkable beer.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah Yes! You’re in the beer store, aimlessly wondering around, salivating over rows of numerous beers at $4 plus – then all of sudden you spy that keenly priced $1.50 bottle of “Foreign” Beer from a Country that many people have never heard of, let alone know where it is. It intrigues you. Your head says no – your heart says yes – you pick it up, put it back, stare at it, pick it up again and pop it in the trolley and take the chance.
This is indeed one of those ‘intrigue’ hit-n-miss foreign beer purchases.

Karlovačko Pivo from Karlovačko Pivovara, Croatia comes in an 11.15 fl.oz. (330ml) brown glass bottle, that has one of those twist cap tops (that I still remove with a Bottle Opener - Duh !!!). The red, blue, gold and white label is heavily Regal in style, and proudly plays on heritage, however tenuous, with a Century of Brewing tradition dating back to 1854.

The beer pours with a clear, golden colored body. It has a head that barely stretches across the surface, which results in a thin scummy covering.

Carbonation is minimal in appearance and the Nose is detectable but lazy, not making any effort to impress whatsoever.

Damn, at this point - this could be any “Euro-Lager” - maybe a bad purchase after all.

However, the Taste is more than you would expect from the myriad of “Pseudo-Euro-Lager-Pilsners” that are available these days. Whilst the carbonation maybe minimal, at least visually, once the beer hits the inner cavity of the mouth, it suddenly disperses. As it dissociates it adds a smooth wholesome feel to this offering. Has a medium body with a crisp, clean execution. A biscuit malty start that turns into a hoppy and spicy middle. The finish is quite bitter but does not linger too long. A distinct clinical finish that a very slight hint of floral sweetness.

Not bad at all. Not great, but definitely Above Average and worth trying.

Photo of dcmchew
2.34/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of popery
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
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?

Photo of KarlHungus
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear straw-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma has a faint hint of biscuity malt, but mostly it is of nothing. The taste is has little more of the biscuity malt than the aroma with the addition of some very mild noble hops. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer at best. It's not so bad that I can't finish one bottle, but it isn't good enough to rink again.

Photo of canucklehead
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ok this beer pretty well sucks as Red Cap tastes better and I didn't exactly laud that brew. I expected some semblance of taste and was given a vacuum that sucked all flavour out this beer. For sweet jesus aren't all Eastern European beers at least supposed to taste like something. Those poor Croatians are subjected to this poor excuse for a lager.

Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as crisp as other Czech Pilseners I've had, but overall, this was a pleasant and easy to drink beer. Malt had a touch of grassy flavor, with some light grape in the background. A bit light on the hops, but enough to carry through. Finish was on the sweet side.

Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

selection of beer of the month club. Poured a pale yellow color with bountious white head. Smell is a bit crisp with a not pleasant sweetness. Taste is very light with crisp malts. Finish is dry and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary. Average beer at best.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle, code of "L3206" on label, unclear what that means.

clear golden color, big foamy bone-white head. great head retention. mild aroma of pale malt and grassy hops. taste is fairly similar. sweet grainy corn flavor and earthy mild hops. thin body, higher carbonation, but something actually feels sorta grainy on the tongue. weird.

overall - my first Croatian beer, but nothing special.

Photo of andrenaline
2.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden colour, finger of head, some retention and no real lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, bready grains and sweet corn.

T - Mild flavoured, bready malts, grains, biscuit notes, toasted crackers and a grassy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty lager, easily sessioned with no real aftertaste that leave you wondering if you've even drank a beer.

Photo of thecheapies
2.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice soaring head of white crowned this beer after the pour. The color is a very pale golden straw color. That beautiful head doesn't stick, nor stay.

Smells like barley, corn, and Euro must. Has that Danish lager appeal, like Heineken. Perhaps, a little sweeter, but not offensively so. Lager grains, slight honey, and yeasty fruit.

Drinks a lot like the nose smells. Fruit rot, lagery grains, corn syrup, backend bitterness, and a generic sweet/stale carry-through. Has a note of light green apple and faint caraway. Some fusel and mintiness. The body has a decent shape, but it's not a game-changer. Carbonated averagely. Better than your average Euro Lager, but that's not saying too much. Especially, because it's listed as a Czech Pils.

Photo of harrymel
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent beer. Pretty simple and straight forward. While it is certainly drinkable, it is also in my opinion somewhat forgetable. Nothing really stood out while drinking this beer. Certainly a bit better than the american alternatives, but still nothing to get excited about.

Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.15oz. bottle. This pours a clear golden color. Mine had minimal head, even though there was moderate carbonation. The aroma is actually pretty decent. There is a bit of a pleasant malt sweetness to the beer. The taste is not as good as the aroma. It is a bit thin, with a mild malt flavor. It doesn’t taste light, however. Definitely lacking in the hops department. I suppose this would be good if I were in Croatia, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one here, except to add another country to the list.

Photo of aztraz
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Came in a brown 500ml bottle with best before date stamped on back label. Is an average clear straw hue, big white head upon pour that recedes to a thin ring. Smells of very light malt and metal. Metallic flavour is most predominant as well, a bit of graininess, it's pretty dry though, aftertaste of iron. The mouthfeel is rather watery. Actually my mouth tastes like I just sucked on some loose change. I'll be passing on this stuff next time.

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.