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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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BA SCORE
71
okay

295 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of CrazyMike
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Beer I tried from the Balkins. When I saw this at the store the other day, I picked it up almost immediatly.

The reasoning behind my average score is because this is a very average beer. Not bad but not to great. This is a very light tasting beer, almost watery and heavily carbonated. There is a small hint of malt. Apperance and smell wise, meh. It looks like your average popular beer, not as exotic as expected.

Prehaps this beer tastes better on tap in Croatia, but the kind imported was only a bit different from dollar beers such as Carling.

CrazyMike, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of goschool
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is pale gold with a head that starts out appropriately large, but disappears altogether. The nose is grassy hops, muted as they might be. This straddles the fence between a European-macro lager and a Czech pilsner. It's got crisp, grassy saaz hops, a bit of malt, and a hint of herbs- there's just not much of any of it. The mouthfeel is average, so is drinkability. This stuff is a little bit better then a novelty beer from an exotic eastern European country although it's nothing exciting.

goschool, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 500ml bottle. No best by date, but the bottle said 5.4% alc./vol.

Beer poured a brilliant pale/straw gold with a small white head that turns to lace.

Aroma is very slight...hard to catch any, really. I'll call it a very mild malt aroma...maybe some corn?

Flavor is light...not a whole not interesting going on here. No off flavors, either. A very clean beer.

Everything about this beer is on the light side....Nothing wrong with this beer, but certainly nothing exciting about it, either. Very easy to drink, but so is water.

ncbrewerbun, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from a freind of mine who hails from Kosovo,pours a medium clear golden with a thinner white head on top.Pretty highly carbonated,aroas are quite sweet and very fruity wich suprised me quite a bit but its pleasant.A little thin in body not quite watery but thin,nothing really stands out flavor wise except for a fruity finish it just seems to go down with not much flavor till a burst of fruit hits in the finish and aftertaste.Well Iam glad I got a chance to try this Croatian brew that goes down easly but with no frills.

oberon, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium clear gold color, head is fully, creamy, and about 1/2" on the pour. A couple bubbles wander towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Light malt, but it is a weird, overcooked smell, and a light soapy presence.

Taste: Not too good, has a stale taste to it, but not too bad. Lighty maltiness, fairly crisp, not very hoppy, though.

Drinkability: So many beers are like this, why pick this one? Maybe if you want to check Croatia off of your "Countries of Beer Origin" list.

TastyTaste, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a bright gold with a soapy loose but voluminous head.

The beer smells slightly spicy (Saz hops?) with a bit of grass. No off aromas at all.

The taste is fresh and clean. A bit of floral hop flavor with some underlying pepper. A bit of grainy goodness emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

Beer is a bit under carbonated, but it very smooth. Easy drinker here folks. While not overly complex, this is an enjoyable beer that would go well with a fish fry, fried chicken, a nice salad, heck it will go with anything that is not overly spiced.

This is an enjoyable and well made beer. $1.49 at Sam’s liquors in Downers Grove.

Redrover, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

tgbljb, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
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?

mynie, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow with a full white head, nice active carbonation, and some sporadic lace. Grassy herbal hops dominate aroma with a touch of grainyness underneath. Balanced grain and hop flavors. Light bodied but not watery; fairly smooth and not overly bitter or dry.

Better than your average macro for sure but not quite up to the better Czech Pilsners...

Per label: "Est. 1854" & 5.4% ABV

(11.15 oz. / 330 ml)

RBorsato, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a decent head that drops to a film fairly quickly.
Smell is good and nicely balanced with malt, hops and a hint of honey.
Taste is just malt and hops (balanced well) but quite watery. If the taste had only followed up what the nose was promised...
Mouthfeel: carbonation is good, not overdone like a megabrew, a smooth, clean finish and medium body.
Drinkability: A decent year-round lager, not one to restrict to being just a summer-only thirst quencher.

One addendum: The label on my bottle says 5.4% ABV.

PorterLambic, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of hungryghost
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color, medium carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. Medium sized white head disapated rather quickly.
Clean aroma, I guess what I mean is it smelled like fresh air, or nothing really.
Basically a crisp, easy going down pilsner. No aftertaste or bitterness. Nothing outstanding about it, one could have a few no problem.

hungryghost, May 23, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Brent, May 19, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, clear brassy gold color with a moderate white head.

Aroma is sweet malt with a touch of spicy hops and dried hay.

Taste starts with sweet malt, a hint of fresh biscuits and honey, then a hint of lemon tartness with peppery hops for a dry clean finish. Mild sweet malt comes back in the aftertaste.

Refreshing and very drinkable. should be a good summer cooler.

whynot44, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a non-descript local liquor store that seems to specialize in a) macro swill, and b) foreign beers from distant lands not well known for their beers. In a momentary frenzy of "wow, wonder what that's like?", I plucked up a bottle of Karlovaċko.
Hmm, looks a lot like a Heineken or some other Euro schwill; clear golden color, modest clots of carbonation and a soapy white head. Not much in the way of a smell, either. A light amount of grainy malts but I had to really work to detect it. This wasn't going all that well.
The taste is where things started coming together. Not exactly bursting with flavor, Karlovaċko still delivered a respectable level of grassy malt flavor and a surprising amount of herbal, vaguely spicy hops taste. The finish had an increasing amount of bitterness that faded out at the right time instead of lingering and morphing into a metallic bite I despise. The feel was a bit watery and slick.
Overall, this finished up on a strong note. While nothing earth-shattering, Karlovaċko had a decent flavor and was an interesting find.

Boilermaker88, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rich, polished gold bullion. If Czech pilseners are supposed to be some variation on pale amber, this one didn't read the memo. The cotton white cap is clumpy, hugely pitting and sticky and looks great perched atop the liquid gold. Graceful arches of sudsy lace encircle the top of the glass. Why do I feel the appearance will be the highlight of this experience?

The focal point of the nose is tremendously muted Saaz hops. They impart a grassiness that is combined with an untoasted graininess. It's on the musky side, but isn't skunky in the least. There's really nothing of note here, at least nothing very good.

What makes a poor quality Czech pilsener taste all that different from a Euro pale lager? Or an American macro lager for that matter? In other words, I'm not impressed. Karlovacko is woefully hop-deficient, which allows an insipid, adjuncty, mineral-like character to seize control like a slime drenched, atomic blast mutated monster in a B-movie. Okay, maybe that analogy is a bit out there, but does anyone actually read these things?

The body is light and lifeless, completing the picture of an uninspired and an uninspiring beer. I feel an acute attack of extreme boredom threatening to overtake me and may not have the strength to finish this review. This is lousy beer, plain and simple. I still think Karlovacko vs. Godzilla would make a great creature feature.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of zuker
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being Croatian, I grew up with this beer. A staple at all Croatian soccer games and post game celebrations. Hoppy flavour, with just the right malt undertones. The appearance is nothing to gawk at, but you will be rewarded upon finishing a bottle of this pilsener. Perfectly balanced beer that could be made better by removing some of the carbonation. Otherwise, it is a must try and enjoy.

zuker, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of pootz
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Number six in the 10 new bland commie lagers at the LCBO. This one’s pour is a little more on the gold side of pale straw but the same crystal clear fizzy cap vanishing character as most of em. Vague light malt sweetness and some spice and medicinal grassy hops. Same fizzy bland watery mouth feel and mild malt/hop mix....5 of these type of fizzy vapid commercial Slavic lagers is all I can take..quick a porter so I can confirm I still have taste buds!!

pootz, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer caught my eye at the LCBO because its Croatian and my dad is also. I wasnt expecting much though.

It pours a pale straw with a decent foamy head. Lacing is very good, the only thing hurting this beer's appearance is its pallid color. The aroma is of a typical macro lager, very sweet and lacking in hops and barley malt. the taste is grainy and husky with a distinct adjunct corn flavor. The hops are imperceptable except for a tiny bit of floral flavor. The mouthfeel is light with chunky over-carbonation.

I would pass on this beer again. There is really nothing that distinguishes it from other international macro lagers.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Karlovačko is a beer from Croatia that once again I would classify under "lifeless Euro-Lager." It had almost all the quantities of a Heineken/Beck's rip-off (minus the green bottle), and still ended up being less drinkable than those particular macros.

Karlovačko pours a golden color with a little more than a fingers worth of foam, which lasts for about 25 seconds before dissipating into soapy bubbles. The initial aroma was indeed skunky, mixed with some cheap grainy smells. A watery and moderately carbonated mouthfeel hit the tongue. The taste certainly struck me as adjuncty, with a corn flavor being quite pronounced. A cheap husky graininess is also present, with a moderate bitterness and dryness in the finish. Flavors of corn and cooked veggies linger in the aftertaste, and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This beer seemed rather lifeless and ordinary to me. There are quite a few good beers to be found in Eastern Europe, but this isn't one of the better ones.

Beastdog75, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow beer with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite weak but some malt can be detected. Taste is quite not enough crisp with some malt that can be detected and some very light bitterness at the end. Overall, I would classified this as a better then average lager without any skunk taste from the bottle which is a major accomplishment.

Phyl21ca, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a fairly dark golden color, with a bubbly white head topping it off. Clean malt scent, touch of hops. Grainy malt taste, some bitter hops rounding out the back. This is a pretty dry drink. This certainly isnt the worst beer, but it is pretty standard for the category.

Tballz420, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
2/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

canucklehead, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, drinkable on a hot summer afternoon. Mine said draught. Perhaps I should list it as a new beer as the bottle is different. Unoffensive though not creamy. Mild bitterness.. Citrus floral, there's hops in there. Golden yellow with nice white foam. A bit sweet, and fruity. Neutral, fine with lunch. I''ve had worse pils

Sammy, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bulbous creamy white head sits atop a light golden pils with Little carbonation. Mose is mostly gas. malt lingers in the background. taste holds not much flavor. Bailey perceivable malt . This would be a great lawn-mower beer. mouth is smooth, but a little watery.

elmocoso, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of Puddleglum
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in Croatia after a day at the beach and it hit the spot for that moment. Just enough flavor to make it refreshing on a hot august day. There were mild hops and malt. The glass was laced nicely at the end and the color was a beautiful golden that refracted the sun nicely if you held it up right. It was a good pilsner. Certainly better than most of the beers passing themselves off as pilsners in America. I also found it very drinkable later that evening as I enjoyed several more.

Puddleglum, Jun 22, 2004
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.