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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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BA SCORE
71
okay

299 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -34.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of peagasus
3/5  rDev -1.3%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
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 alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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 Kopfmeister60
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Kopfmeister60, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Froggy52
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Froggy52, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of bendern
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

bendern, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

just another balkan region light lager/pils beer. this one pours a decent looking honey color with a one inch white head. aromatically its similar to a lot of the other beers on offer here in sarajevo, bready malts balanced by faint bittering hops in the finish. this one is distinct only because of a hint of floral sweetness that comes in and out of the nose. flavor is quite palatable, none of the metallic tainted aftertaste of its peers, but the sweetness here is out of place, it makes the beer more filling than it should be. its also usually a bit skunky in bottled form. the mouthfeel is okay, less than medium body and normal carbonation. i feel like a lot of these euro lager type reviews sound the same, which is a frustrating reflection of the reality that is standardized brews. still waiting for something distinct over here, and karlovacko definitely isnt that, but its drinkable enough and cheap enough to be on regular rotation for me this summer.

StonedTrippin, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Apr. 25 2013. Haven't had a Croatian lager in a while. Some day I will achieve my ultimate goal of ticking the entire former Yugoslavia. Curse you, Macedonia!

Pours a translucent golden-yellow colour, topped with a magnificent three-finger, sparkling white head that wilts away gradually over a period of minutes. It leaves behind substantial quantities of lacing, in addition to the soapy, uneven cap on the surface. The liquid itself, however, looks quite flat, with very little effervescence. The aroma is uninteresting, and differs little from many of these Euro lagers - grainy pale malts, some wet hay or grassiness, with some apple skin.

The taste falls along the same lines - serviceable, straightforward, uninteresting. Grainy pale and cracker maltiness forms the bulk of the flavour, with the grassy, slightly floral, vaguely spicy hop bitterness coming forward in the finish. Mildly bitter finish that doesn't linger long. A little more than light-bodied, but still pretty watery. The mouthfeel seems a little flat, but this is a mild complaint - there's enough crispness to get by.

A passable Czech-style pils out of Croatia, and a pretty good EPL. The hops are noticeably noble enough for me to accept this as a valid pils, but I still feel it would better compare with stuff like Carlsberg and Stella than to Golden Pheasant or Pilsner Urquell. I'd consider getting this again, but there are plenty of other equally worthy selections I might pick again first.

Final Grade: 3.33, a forgettable B-. Karlovacko isn't bad for what it is - a run-of-the-mill pale Euro lager. Better than Ozujsko, and better than many of the more widely-distributed EPLs, but if a genuine pilsener is your bag then this isn't something I can seriously recommend. If you need a highly drinkable, fairly enjoyable lager to drink with salty/greasy food or on a hot patio, this is definitely a worthy selection, though.

thehyperduck, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in appearance with a giant, foamy white head on top that settles at about two centimetres tall and stays well.

Lager malts to kick things off along wih some mild, earthy hops and a very slight hint of grain. There is some bread and corn.

Earthy malts, lager hops with a hint of mild citrus and some bitterness along with it. There is a gerneral sweetness and the usual mix of bread and corn but all of these work well and it is quite a refreshing taste from this one.

Smooth & light bodied as you would expect from a pilsener, there is also good, strong carbonation without being too strong or off-putting. There is a nice fizz to the beer and it is very refreshing.

Nothing really spectacular or ground breaking but a very nice lager and one that I kept going back to day after day, this was excellent whilst sitting in the sun.

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flyingpig, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can served in a pint glass.

First of all, this is not a Czech Pilsener (as it was described) but a Euro Lager beer.

A: Pours a golden clear yellow color forming a big white fizzy bubbled head. Retention is low and not many lacings are left

S: Sweet grains, mainly. Corn (the killer :)). Light skunky hops in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet grains, corn, Lager yeasts, cardboard. In overall, a dry beer. End in mild bitter

M: Watery body and medium carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild bitter hoppy end

O: Low drinkability. Poor

eduardolinhalis, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of kingslotty
3/5  rDev -1.3%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Trent
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Trent, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Beermazter310, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Agold
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Agold, May 13, 2012
Photo of rale
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

rale, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of rdespain
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

rdespain, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of aztraz
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

aztraz, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of squarebottle
3/5  rDev -1.3%

squarebottle, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of stouty5
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

stouty5, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -1.3%

beerhunter13, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head which reduces by about 50% but the remainder is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: When you first open the bottle of this beer, it smells like there is a skunk in the apartment with you but that dissipates quickly. After the pour, there is still a slight skunkiness along with pale malts, grains, and corn. Also, I get some sweet bready malts.

T: In reviewing a number of less known for their beer eastern European beers, this by far had the best flavor of the lot. There is a lot of corn and grain in the flavor along with sweet bready malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: After getting over the initial shock of the smell when opening the bottle, I think this a decent beer. The beer is easy to drink and has a pleasant flavor and appearance.

dbrauneis, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Immediately after the bottle was opened, strong smells of skunk odors emanated from the bottle, similar to what you would expect if you were in the woods after a skunk passed by. However, these quickly dissipated and transitioned to smells of sweet, bready malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness. Some hints of sweetness are also detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink but could use a bit more flavors of bready malts and floral hops.

metter98, Mar 04, 2012
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.