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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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Photo of cudmud
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of cimhal
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.1/5  rDev +2%

Photo of crookedhalo
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color, thin white head in the straight-sided pint glass. Spicy hop aroma with a decent malt backup; rather lackluster. Mineral content in the finish, yet very clean like a Czech pils. The hops seem to be the best part of this beer. I'm just someone that can appreciate an good eastern European hop. This one delivers if you're looking for a German/Czech lager meld.

Photo of brendan13
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly to a thin whisp.
S - Grainy malts and a soft, light floral hop touch.
T - Sweet grain maltiness, slight honey note.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - A basic, uncomplex lager. Nothing to get excited about but a few of these would go down without a problem.

Photo of harrymel
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes on 07/21/10
50cl for $4 @ Huck's in Spokane, WA

Poured from bottle to SN pint.

A: Pours a thin, white head which dissipates rapidly and is rejuvinated reciprocally with a constant stream of bubbles. Exellent clarity.

S: Sweet grain with a hint of skunking, rainier cherries in there too.

T: Grain, earth, corn. Pretty standard pils profile. nothing notable here. Finish dissipates with two breathes.

M: Light body. Almost champagne style carbonation (a little too bubbly for a lager pils).

D: Okay beer, would rather have a zatec in the same category of beer.

Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle came from a brew of the month club and is a bit old, but no sediment. Just saw online today that the brewery may be temporarily closed for possible improper hazzardous waste disposal. Anyway - this poured with a nice head that promptly settled down. No lace. Nice golden amber color. Aroma of grain, grass, light malt, mild spice and some hop. Flavor is distictly sweet. Decent body. Short finish. Drinkable beer.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The green bottle! Never been a fan of anything produced in a green bottle. Clear, golden pilsner with carbonated head that dissipates to nothing. Cleans the pallet. Smooth with hints of alcohol. I find the drinkability higher than what I originally thought.

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +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.

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

Clear gold, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a smattering of lace. Grainy malt aroma with a bit of floral/spicy hops. Mild bitterness, balanced to the sweet side, with a hint of floral and citrus hops. Not much of a finish. Light bodied and dry. Thirst quenching and average.

Photo of Bones54
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am Croatian and this beverage is drank more than water in my family. Trying to hide my biast, this is an average Pilsner at best. I believe it was recently purchased by a larger brewer (maybe Heiniken) and this is a good thing because this beer was easily spoiled in the past. The pasteurization must have improved because rarely is a spoiled one found now. The overall taste has a bit of bitter crispness to it, but generally bland. Overall this is a great lawnmower or summertime beer when your looking to throw some back and not worry about how many you drank

Photo of skypup
3.13/5  rDev +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

Photo of beerluvr
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a fluffy white head over pale straw colored liquid. Nose is slightly skunked, with some light malt aromas. Taste is slightly metallic, a bit hoppy and light. Finishes pleasant and clean, an unassuming lager.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold that holds almost no head after a few seconds. Nose is slightly cereal sweet. Bitter acrid tone to it. Slight fruity tone to it. Man. This tastes...funny. I want to say it almost tastes like apple juice beer. Which is interesting on the first sip. Then the whole flavor profile just jumps off the edge of the cliff. Turns bitter and metallic and has no good quality to it really. Feel is standard with minimal carbonation. I doubt I am going to get through this whole thing. So bland. So...just...so...not that worth drinking. Oh well. Add another country to the list.

Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for the sixpack of Croatian beer.
Poured cold into a pokal.
A - A golden body with a rapidly falling white head that allows for some stickage of lace.

S - Mostly malt with some scents of eastern european yeast.

M - A medium light bodied lager w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness and decent bitterness to balance.

T - Herbal + pine hop flavors with a sweet honey-like malt that is downplayed by a crisp taste. Slight grassiness in hop flavor as it warms. The carbonation brings out some of the nutty malt qualities.

D - An average pils flavor, nothing to write home about. Basic drinkability, not bad, but not great. I would drink this again, but probably not seek it out.

Photo of shadow1961
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko pours a stiff white head over a clear
golden brew. Carbonation is active and steady,
and the nose is light barley malt and pilsner yeast.
The flavor is slightly sweet barley malt up front, some
slight citrus notes, and a grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel
is clean and crisp. This is not the finest pils ever but it's a
decent enough quencher. If you like the style by all means
try it.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
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'.

Photo of jale
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl Bottle: BBD 27 Mar 2014, poured into a Konig Pilsner stemmed tulip three times on 12th Feb 2014. Obtained from Ambrosetti in Berlin and drank at home.

Huge white head on a bright golden body, clear and clean looking on each pour.

I so wanted this to be wonderful, my first ever beer from Croatia: actually it wasn't too bad. Usual Pilsner/Lager aroma, meaning almost odourless, this had a few hints of a grainy sweetness to be fair, but not enough to get excited about.

The taste was leaning towards a malty sweetness, but again nothing huge or exciting. This was another European Pilsner/Lager than doesn't try to upset anyone and could have been one of many such beers from anywhere around the world.

Just above average in it's style and class: a country tick, no more and no less.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer exits the big green bottle a light golden color with a big pillowy cap of white foam. Not bad looking. The aroma exudes a big blast of skunk, which tames down to a more subdued sulfur smell. The pale malt manages to wiggle through a bit too. The palate is light, as would be expected. Some husky grain gives way to a center accented by the sweetness of adjunct. It finishes with a snap of bitterness.

Once the unpleasantness of the skunk in the aroma diminishes, the beer settles down to something drinkable. Its not the best Czech style pilsener to wet my lips, but I sat back and enjoyed it for what it was.

Photo of friendofthedevil
3.22/5  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.

Photo of KeefD
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with yellow highlights. Decent white head that recedes quickly leaving some average lacing. Not bad for the appearance. Aroma of some grainy, husky malts, and decent herbal hop aroma. Not skunky in the least. Flavor is where things go downhill. A bit watered down, some husky pale malts, light sweetness, and a below average hop flavor for a Czech style pilsener. No aftertaste whatsoever, finish is incredibly clean. There a slight bite at the end, but the flavor is just lacking. Medium bodied, which is surprising since it tastes so light, and very drinkable. This stuff goes down so easy, it's almost sad that it has no flavor. I bought a single bottle of this because I've never had a beer from Croatia. I probably won't be revisiting this any time soon but it was worth the shot.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.