Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 341
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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: 3.29, a forgettable C+. 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. (1,950 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

1001 Beers: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com (895 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 (538 characters)

Photo of Trent
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of eggshell-white head. The retention as a skim was not bad and it left spotty lacing. The aroma was a faint blend of dry grains and sweet malt. The flavors were very generic and though I’ve seen this beer billed as a Czech Pilsner in truth I think it’s just an average Euro Pale Lager. The flavors were mostly corn, dry grains, sweet malt and a touch of bread. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation moderate. (511 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can - from the LCBO

Appearance – Mostly clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average mount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 2 or 3 minutes and there were some very small particles floating around in the beer.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, floral

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with light floral hops and some corn. There is also a bit of a harsh alcohol taste.. It ends with a corn syrup and floral slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – When will I learn to stop buying these run of the mill euro-beers. I keep hoping that one day I'm going to find a diamond in the rough, but it never happens. I made it through the can, but I won't buy this one again. (803 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear straw coloured beer with a finger of bubbly white head followed quickly by strands of lacing.

S - Corn chips and crackers, pilsener malt.

T - As with the nose but fainter and with the addition of metal.

M - Highly carbonated and watery thin.

O - Pedestrian macro. (277 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale, very clear golden. Head is thick and white, with good rentention and a touch of lacing.
S- Aroma is bland but inoffensive. Sweet, grainy, that's about it.
T- Up front it's sweet and crackery. There is some bready grain notes. Pretty nondescript and uninteresting. that said, nothing is bad about it.
M- Decent body to it. Maybe a bit on the light end. The carbonation is assertive, a bit more so than I'd like.
O- Better than your average Euro pale lager, but there is nothing really that interesting about it. (519 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml bottle for about $2 at the Best Yet grocery in Astoria. After the initial skunk aroma wafts away (thanks green bottle), I'm left a with a plan, slightly sweet lager with a vague hint of herbal hops and toasted barley. Sure it's bland, but there's nothing offensive here. Probably a decent beer when fresh. (323 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of jale
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light straw color with two quarters of off white head.

S: Light malt and light hops.

T: Slight sweet malt upfront followed by just a hint of hops and tad amount of spice.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Not my style of beer. (253 characters)

Photo of Berecki
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 0.5 L into a pokal.
Decent color, lots of pearling on edges, short-lasting white head.
Smells of industrial machines (maybe it's something about tap?).
Tastes dull, averagely sour-sweet, and leaves the same dull aftertaste with nothing to remember of.
Overall, an average pilsner-style beer to quench a thirst and forget about it. (337 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz large green glass bottle poured into my 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a clear apple juice gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that sticks around and builds from arising carbonation. Very active.

S: Grassy scent, almost like a skanky skunk. Actually it really smells like a skunk, almost makes me not want to taste it, but I'm a degenerate, so I will.

T: A legit pilsner taste. Some sweetness mixed in with grain and earthy grass. Refreshing and crisp.

M: Light bodied, crisp, good mouth coating, and good wetness.

O: First Croatian experience, I'm pleased. A little nervous for the taste after the smell, but it pulled through. (636 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.67/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a subtle, malty aroma that is full of toasted grain notes, with a slight hint of floral hops.

On the tongue, there's a sudden explosion of fruity flavors that is very reminiscent of a lightly-flavored carbonated water, such as Clearly Canadian or Crystal Geyser. Don't let that comparison turn you off, because it's actually a good thing here, bringing lovely sparkly apricot, apple, grape and pear notes to the mix. These fruit flavors lie just over a bed of Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains (or perhaps biscuit-like grains, if you prefer). The fruit flavors last a surprisingly long time into the mouthful, only slowly subsiding near the end to reveal a light layer of hops that adds a slight bitterness and spiciness to the waning tide. The aftertaste was virtually nonexistent for me; only a slight flavorless hoppy buzz.

Overall, this is a great brew, full of unexpected flavors and charm. If this is the fare that Croatia has to offer, then this is one reviewer who will be making a point to swing by the next time he goes across the pond. (1,058 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a 2 inch white head that settles to a thin cap. Jagged rings of lace slowly dissolve into random spots of lace around the glass. When I first opened this beer, I got a huge whiff of skunk. Upon pouring into a glass, the only smells I get are of grains and some grass or hay notes. Taste is very much the same with grain and grass/hay flavors. There is a slightly herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel on this beer is a bit flat with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer from Croatia and my first from the country. I probably wouldn’t get this one again in the future. (654 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a watery bright gold with a one finger head. It smells of old stale pale malts. No crispness, a severe lack of anything hop related. It's blase. The taste is infinitely boring. It doesn't feature any complexity. It's old pale malts and that's it. It's somewhat stale and is very watery. It just isn't good in any aspect and doesn't feature anything new or refreshing. Noble Pils kills this beer in a head to head. It isn't worth the $3. (451 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow. Pretty standard. Carbonation is not amazing, but decent enough. A nice layer of foam that fizzles to a nice half finger layer that remainds throughout.

Smell: Not crazy about the smell, but it's ok. Wet hay with a hint of hops in the end. A pungent vinegar-like fermented smell, which is not necessarily too bad of a thing since it's not everwhelming. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A lot less dry than something like Pilsner Urquell initially. A fair amount of cooked grain, almost corn-like. Some sour hops are the other main flavor component. Once of the flavors fizzle, there's a nice dryness in the finish that's definitely not too soda-like. Very clean.

Drinkability: All in all, not a terrible choice. It's nice to see some other European perspectives of this style.

Overall: Reminds me a bit of Tyskie Gronie with Bud Light's dryness and Golden Pheasant's sweetness. (906 characters)

Photo of samie85
1.8/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a very clear golden color with four fingers of white head.

S-Hardcore skunk stank as soon as you open it followed by some light grain and slightly spicy hops.

T-Very grainy and perfume-like hop notes are overwhelming.

M-Very well carbonated and light bodied with quite a bit of dryness.

D-The skunky nose and unpleasant taste make this one I won't try again. Don't bottle beer in GREEN BOTTLES! (406 characters)

Photo of cudmud
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear straw color with two fingers of bright white foam. The color and and appearance are true to the style.

Smell: This beer has the smell of fresh wet grass, but I wish the flavors were more noticeable.

Taste: Very light hop and malt taste. The hops are most notable in the aftertaste. In all, I think the beer lacks true pilsner flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Overall: An OK beer, but I wouldn't go searching for it. It could refresh you on a summer's day. (473 characters)

Photo of skypup
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Pils glass.

clear light pilsner with above average carbonation; Thin head that dissolves relatively quickly.

Sweet and slightly malty smell.

Clean with a mildly hoppy aftertaste

Light and bubbly. Crisp finish.

Had this beer from the bottle and on tap while on vacation in Croatia; Decent drinkability, over-all an average (338 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep yellow, hue of pale tan body, 1 finger head, nice lacing.

S: sweet grain, mild malt, light whiff of citrus

T: sweet grain, malt up front, mild corn finish

M: med/light, slight tongue prick, solid carbonation,
crisp, dry finish

D: Ok, nothing to get excited about. Definitely not toilet water, but not the best pilsner. I could easily drink this on a hot summer day, nice import, but there are much better imports and pilseners than this one. (454 characters)

Photo of djura
2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- very thin lace on a deep gold clear body with medium carbonation.
Smell: A slightly musty scent, not very strong. Fresh barley and maybe a slight note of hops.
Taste is simple, some pilsner malt & grain with a touch of floral hops
M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel.
D: Solid, average and down the middle. (345 characters)

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