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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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71
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295 Ratings
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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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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

pheelingIt, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

tempest, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Globetrotter
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, the brown 25cl bottle bears a red, white and gold label with a coat of arms above the name. The Croatian language label offers no ingredient list. Best before 10/15/07, I opened it on 9/30/07.

Pours a clear solid gold under a short-lived one finger white head that left exactly one spot of lace before disappearing quickly. The nose is reasonably strong of grain, perhaps corn but not at all unpleasant. The mouth is fairly chewy and reasonably well carbonated. A decent, solid taste with plenty of bready grain but not much on the hops side. I suppose this would be OK as a quaffer on a hot summer day. It'll do.

Globetrotter, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 09, 2011
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
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2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured a copper, slightly golden amber hue, very odd for any pilsner I've ever had. Some sparse lacing for a pilsner. The first smell to the old nostrils was bananas then cloves. But the aroma eventually went to a tainted water malt with a hint of copper pipe. Flavor was like a weizen, not at all like a pilsner. Lots of cloves with some tropicla flavors that I couldn't describe. But the vacation in my mouth quickly went sour. Well, more like metallic just like the smell. This was just a hint of metal though, not overpowering.
But the metaalic did affect the mouthfeel of this brew. The carbonation was not up to par for my pilsners. Not as crisp or refreshing.

scruffwhor, Mar 21, 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
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2.95/5  rDev -3%
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.

Berecki, Aug 30, 2011
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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
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2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear to the point of shining this beer had scant bead but a lovely sudtained frothy white head.
Mostly malts in the smell but is moderated by some bittery hops.
This is reasonably sweet with a distinctive and pleasant lime taste to it.
It is overly oily in the mouth and when combined with the sweetness makes it not very nice in the mouth.
Not very exciting or engaging this is drinkable at best
Seeing as it has a substantial corn component it probably has more charcter than expected

jarmby1711, Oct 27, 2006
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2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

andrenaline, Jan 20, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

thecheapies, Jun 07, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a perfectly white head that settled into a thin lace. It did have a touch of skunk at first, but after letting set for a minute it faded and the beer had no real aroma. Maybe it was just the bottle I had, but the beer felt very flat in my mouth. It was also difficult to decern specific flavors in this beer, it just seemed very sweet. The only way I can describe it is a sweeter tasting Budweiser. I was not impressed at all.

Dmann, Jan 15, 2003
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2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

tjsdomer2, Jun 13, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a dense but thin white head that is nice looking.

Nose esters fruity white bread with spice and some undertones of green herbs; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium and well balanced, although flavors of white pepper, light celery, hints of salt and green peppers are very nice but very short lived.

Short herbaceous green pepper/green peppercorn finish. Not bad just a very short profile.

GRG1313, Oct 11, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright white, three-finger head emerges from a hard pour, quickly receding to a thin film, revealing a clear, golden yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom replenishing the ring of foam remaining around the edge.

Slight aroma of fermented cabbage, dirty socks and a little bit of stale hops.

Typical Euro Pilsner with not a lot of flavor -- some hop bitterness and a mild, watered-down malt presence.

Good for washing down some polish sausage or for a game of checkers on the patio in hot weather.

tubacharlie, Apr 16, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 500 ml bottle. Pale golden color with pure white head which dissipates quickly without any lacing. Smell is the fairly standard mild skunk smell from most Euro lagers from a green bottle. Taste... isn't half bad. Average, but I don't feel the need to have another one.

amstelcat, Nov 30, 2010
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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
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2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko: A Croatian Pilsener, in a dark brown 500 ml bottle. It is pure white head (that sticks and leaves very nice lace), over an absolutely clear, pale yellow beer. Clean aroma of light hops. This beer simply tastes like a non-skunked euro-lager, with a strange sour/dryness in the finish that is not unpleasant. Also had a relatively creamy mouth feel for a Pilsner. Very easy to drink. Not bad.

jackndan, Jul 09, 2002
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.