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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 Bones54
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Bones54, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of KeefD
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

KeefD, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of BeerLover99
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

BeerLover99, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of kingothewoods
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

kingothewoods, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of guinnessfan
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%

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'.

guinnessfan, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%

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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flyingpig, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of friendofthedevil
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

friendofthedevil, Feb 29, 2008
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3.24/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

alesaram, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

RefillMyglass, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Froggy52, Sep 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Beermazter310, Jun 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Boone757, Jul 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

TwiggyCZ, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

KerryCummins1977, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of progress518
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

progress518, May 09, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Chucker17, Jul 01, 2013
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.