Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
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 TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Liquid brass sits in my glass. (Let's hear some snapping from the peanut gallery for my poetry slap. Yeah, I said it.) The only reason I can distinguish between this brew and, say, a French horn, besides the clear sonic advantage favoring the latter, is the stiff quaff of white foam before me. Once this is dissipated, a steady stream of bubbly goodness rises from the base. A deep sniff makes me question why I even continue sampling the pilsners and AALs of the world, as they all seem to smell the same to me: some corn syrup, some toasted rice, and a bit of wheat. Nothing offensive, nothing impressive. The tastes are also very similar (though the pilses are indeed distinguishable from the AALs), with a firm backbone of wheaty rice propping up a vaguely bitter body. What makes me less derisive toward this particular brew is the lack of a sharp tinniness that tends to pervade other pilsners. Still nothing Earth-shattering, but definitely not as negative as the rest of its ilk. Though that bubbly jet stream continues to rise like one of those bubble walls we all used to marvel at while visited Sharper Image as children, the carbonation is not overtly active, not overly fizzy, allowing the fairly light body glide sleekly over the tongue and down the gullet. Though it has not converted me into a smiling clear lager drinker, it has shown me that I oughtn't necessarily judge every one as boring before I try it, and that Croatia is coming along in terms of beer production.

Photo of jerseyjoe
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a green bottle(picture on site has brown bottle?).

A- Piss yellow with a light foamy head that quickly disappeared.

S- Skunky smell with slight grainy smell tha most Euro beers have that come in a green bottle. ex. stella, heineken.

T- crisp and clean with a light taste. Could drink many. Good session beer. Very true to the style. Almost a grassy type of taste if that makes sense.

M- Light bodied with just enough carbonation. Not overwhelming to the taste buds which once again is true to the style.

D- High drinkability. Good session pilsner. Could drink these all night. Over all a solid pilsner.

Photo of zeff80
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured out a golden, yellow color. Lots of bubbles and very little head. It smelled a bit like corn and a little like hops. The corn flavor came through while drinking it, but there was no real overpowering flavor. The mouthfeel was good. It was pretty light so I'd say it is very drinkable.

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been interested in trying beers from as many different areas as I can. This was my first Croatian and I just found my notes. They're pretty recent anyway.

This brew is a pale yellowish golden color. The head poured to about three fingers and faded to a foam, though not as quickly as I was afraid it might, leaving a little lacing behind.
Aroma is predominantly grains with a fair balance of sweet malt and light hops. There's an initial funk on the nose that fortunately doesn't last.
A decent balance of hops and malt on the palate supports the stronger grains flavor. There's no funk in the flavor.
This wasn't as thin as I was afraid it might be. Body is light without being watery. It's also not as crisp as I thought it might be either.
This is worth trying and a pretty good offering.

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the skunky side. Taste is of malts, slightly sweet and finishing a bit bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good choice.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Crystal clear gold with a toasted look, plentiful medium bubbles and a soft thin white head that laces a little.

S: Mostly sulfur and skunk, but some buttery grain notes are detectable underneath.

T: Dry grainy malts up front paired with a slight skunky flavor. Shortly the malts start to take on a more toasted flavor, and meld nicely with some minimal hop bitterness as the biscuity aftertaste rises and falls.

M: Quite smooth. The carbonation lifts up the flavors nicely, but isn't too biting.

D: Very drinkable as is common for this style.

Overall: A good Czech Pils, but not the best example.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden straw with perfect clarity. A fizzy three-finger head slowly gives way to a rocky soap bubble cap that holds fairly well and leaves some spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and some toasty biscuit aromas, background noble hops and a faint fruit scent. The Pilsener malt flavor is sweet at first, with subtle layers of toasted nut and light caramel flavors. This gives way to the more typical sharp pils taste. A very mild Saaz or tettnanger flavor and lacking bitterness are found in the aftertaste-but at least its not skunked. Lighter body with some decoction-esque malty texture and medium light carbonation make a slightly crisp and mellow mouthfeel. Finishes with traces of spicy german hops and a kiss of toasted Pils sweetness. Honestly, I found this to be an enjoyable beer -albiet lackluster example of the style. I bought it for the novelty of being Croastian beer- but I would be disappointed if I were expecting an authentic Czech PIls. On the other hand- its very affordable, highly drinkable, and could easily be passed off as a really great Macro. An ideal choice for introducing craft beer to non-enthusiasts.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pleasant surprise here. certainly nota geat beer, but much more drinkable than i suspected after numerous euro-lagers and pilsners the past couple of days. pours a nice golden colour with a strong head that dissolves into a lasting lace. no skunkiness here, largely thanks to the choice of a brown bottle over a green one, most likely. smells of grain and malt and the taste is just that. a bit watery but not corona-esque watery. a pleasantly smooth brew that has a bit less carbonation than a standard pilsner. again, not spectacular, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of GRPunk
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- Even a gentle pour, left a big 2-3 finger, fluffy white head. The body was a clear, deep, golden color with hefty carbonation rushing to the top. The head had some great staying quality. Eventually it dropped to a full lace that left nice rings on the glass.

S- There was an initial rush of skunkiness. On futher inspection there was a decent cereal quality to the malt profile that was balanced with some light, spicy hops.

T- The flavor was a little thin at first. There was, again, a nice mix of doughy malts and spicy hops. I was expecting a nice dry finish, but it ended up lingering a bit.

M- It had a fairly clean feel with a significant bite from the hops and the high carbonation level.

D- I just wasn't overly impressed with this beer. While not bad, so many of the key components (aroma, flavor) were just a bit "off."

Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. brown bottle. It pours a crystal-clear, bright yellow-gold body with a foamy bright-white head that holds OK before dropping to a thin collar that leaves some thin lace. Standard sized bubbles rise steadily towards the surface. The nose expresses a clean and sweetly grainy maltiness that's backed by mild floral and spicy hops. The body is distinctly medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a grainy maltiness that's lightly sweet but well infused with gentle floral and spicy hop flavor; and backed by a firm bitterness. Overall, a pretty average European lager (although it's clean and un-skunked!).

Photo of Tballz420
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light straw color leaning towards the golden side. Very refined with vast amounts of bubbles streaming to the top. Head is a full finger of light, snow white bubbles.

S: Malted barley, copper coins, yellow corn and a little bit of hop bite.

T: Lightly sweet like snow peas and creamed corn with a touch of lime. Mineral component gives it almost a sedimentary disposition. Finishes lightly malted with a subtle hop component.

M: Thin and a bit hard but actually has some viscosity to it.

D: Not a bad beer for what it is. It lacked a lot of features I find undesirable in other eastern European pilsners. I'd drink it again.

Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up at the Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland, OH. Pale gold with a white head that disappears right away. Aroma is faintly skunky, containing noble hops. Grainy with some citrus. Flavor is pretty on par with your typical Euro lager, pale, dull, and light. This one is perhaps a touch hoppier then the average. Light, crisp, and fairly clean body. Drinkable but not exciting. Still, this is from Croatia, ancestral home of one of my great grandfathers and current home to my ex-commissar cousin so this beer gets a bonus for that.

Photo of scottoale
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. green bottle with some kind of code on the neck label: L9157. It pours a pale yellow gold with a white two-finger head and decent carbonation upwelling mostly from the center. The head falls quickly leaving hardly a trace. Good clarity.

Raw grainy pale malt nose with a certainly mild sweetness. Smells like a refreshing Pils. The taste is mildly sweet and cereal grain like, husky and hully. Light hop bitterness to the very clean finish...overall a bit on the bland side. Light-medium body with no mention of alcohol. Easy to drink, above average at best.

Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold with an inch of white head.
Aroma is faint apple cider.
Taste is sweet malts, a fair amount of bitter hops, and a minor dry finish. No corniness or metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was fair, lightly astringent.
Drinkability is pretty good on a warm sunny day. The bottle has a "best before" date also.

Photo of bristol2120
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a decent head that quickly subsides, leaving the thinnest layer of foam. Very little lacing to speak of. Aroma has grainy notes up front, with some hops and vanilla in the background. Taste is alright, with a bit more tartness than I expected, but also a disappointing lack of hops presence characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel is okay, with decent carbonation, though the body is perhaps a bit watery. Overall, not a bad brew, but not really my idea of a true Czech pilsener. As a previous reviewer stated, this beer is more reminiscent of a standard Euro pale lager.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A beer from Croatia? Gotta give it a try:

Eye catching gold in color, but the head is lackluster. This is a pretty standard pilsner. Sort of sweet, broken by the hops and hay flavors. Good crisp feel on the tongue. Drinkablilty is okay, as it sometimes tasted rusty. Worth sampling once or twice; I already have.

Photo of beergeek279
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden with a bit of sediment suspension, and a thin covering of white foam. The smell is a mix of the sweet malt and slight (Saaz?) hops. The taste is fairly dry with the hops hitting at first, followed by a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Drinkability-wise, could maybe have another.

Better than I was expecting. Though certainly not a Pilsner Urquell/Czechvar, this doesn't completely disappoint, and this is one I'd possibly have again.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of putnam
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell of grits and blanched spinach is strong.
In the mouth the beer growls out a sequence of fruit salad, steel and parched resin flavors. Suggestive of hay throughout.
Lots of rustic character. Definitely industrial.
Honeyed barbed wire.
Asperin dry.
This is not a pampered beer. This is one that has been working 60 hour weeks in a factory since it was 6 years old. A factory where the lunch room is a mess and the employees grumble out loud in a foreign language. Gritty, greasy, factotum lager.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

A mild tasting, low body, clear looking and clean pilsner. Some bready characteristics and light hops flavor. Not ordinarily something that I would have on a regular basis. However, being that I was at a European style tavern run by and patronized by people from various parts of the former Yugoslavia, the mood was perfect. Furthermore, the spicy sausage I ate with it was the perfect counterpoint.

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.