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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 16.39%


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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Brenden

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 19:26:36 | More by Brenden
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:22:15 | More by allforbetterbeer
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 17:49:54 | More by tone77
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 00:03:03 | More by guinness33
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 19:12:37 | More by tgbljb
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 17:59:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 03:31:56 | More by Tballz420
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whynot44

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 06:18:04 | More by whynot44
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Westsidethreat

California

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 03:55:49 | More by Westsidethreat
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 06:52:16 | More by PBRstreetgang
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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."

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:25:22 | More by GRPunk
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 04:05:38 | More by beergeek279
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DoubleJ

California

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 22:58:02 | More by DoubleJ
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 19:21:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Spikester

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 06:28:55 | More by Spikester
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scottoale

California

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 02:38:06 | More by scottoale
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bristol2120

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 02:06:47 | More by bristol2120
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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: 3.33, 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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2012 05:18:23 | More by thehyperduck
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 21:10:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an unusual beer as the clarity I expected didn't exist. I wasn't expecting to have to decant, but probably should have done so. The color turned out to be a pale peach largely because of the substantial amount of suspended sediment in the glass. The head was substantial and stayed as a thin layer that laced extremely well. The nose gave off a bit of malt with hop overtones creeping through.

The taste started out a bit hoppy, became sweet, but finished a bit dry with just a hint of herbal bitterness. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Not a bad effort on this beer, but it seems atypical for a pilsener style lager because of the lack of clarity.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 04:10:37 | More by AtLagerHeads
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putnam

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 23:16:11 | More by putnam
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progress518

New York

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would have given this beer higher marks if I hadn't already been inundated with Eastern European pilsners over the past few years, since moving to and around the Russian and Polish neighborhoods of NYC.

It's sold in the discount section of my supermarket, for $1.79 for a bottle sized between a U.S. pint and an imperial pint. Thus, it's in the same price category as Coors Light. If that were all I knew of the beer, my expectations would have been lower and I would have given it higher reviews. But, given that I've drunk so many of these pilseners from countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain, my review is different. From that perspective, the beer is much like all of the others of its kind, though it is put together better than usual, and is above average. I wouldn't go to it looking for a great taste experience, but it's highly enjoyable on a hot spring/summer night, especially if paired with polish sausage or German bratwurst, maybe some sauerkraut.

The appearance is nice, like all of these beers. A slightly darker gold than usual, though. The head dissipated rather quickly, as is generally the case, but carbonation kept rising from the bottom. Once, I fell asleep without realizing that there was still beer in the stein (which the beer is usually served in, as I should have mentioned above). When I awoke, I found the beer and, to my surprise, there was still carbonation rising.

The aroma is generally the same, though there is a slight metallic hint, more pronounced than in others of this type.

The taste is also average, though it felt much more balanced than a number of other beers in this category. A couple of times, I've detected a metallic taste, but this is not the norm with Karlovacko. There is a very slight aftertaste, not at all unpleasant.

The carbonation level was exactly right, and the beer had a smooth, non-watery (compared to others in this category, and, surprisingly to me, compared to some of the ales with higher ratings), feel.

Overall, Karlovacko is a pleasant beer, worth the price. There is nothing particularly special about it, but, at the same time, one can't help but look forward to drinking a few bottles of it with some good food.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 18:09:17 | More by progress518
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle given to me by my buddy's dad poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Piss yellow with a 2 finger, fluffy, snow white head. No retention or lacing. High carbonation bubbles.

S: Not much here. Slight barley smell.

T: 1st sip was nasty. Metallic as hell. Almost a drain pour, but it got better. Very mild sweetness of malted barley. No hop bitterness/crispness usually associated with a pilsner.

M: Thin to medium body and highly carbonated. No bitter prick from the carbonation, though.

D: Very easy to session, not at all offensive. Nothing special either. Easy drinking...Easy forgettin'.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 13:52:41 | More by guinnessfan
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friendofthedevil

California

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

While camping in Croatia, not many beers other than Karlovacko where available in the nearby shops. It's nothing special, but it's surely better than nothing. After a hot day of climbing and sun, it was nice to crack a few of these and feel refreshedwhile watching the sun drop on the horizon. Definitely not a great beer, but perfect for it's situation.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 17:29:08 | More by friendofthedevil
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 15:50:12 | More by flyingpig
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.