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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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HeroJH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What starts out as a regular european style lager, comes out with some unusual notes as you partake.

A - Pale light gold

S - touch of skunk at the start, but went away. Notes of straw/hay. Something that makes me think of cigarette ash, and I don't know if that's a bad thing or not, but each time I'd bring the glass up to drink, I'd pause at that smell. No, I don't smoke, and i wasn't drinking it near smoke, heh.

T - Dry, sweet start that turns tart. Finishes dry. Touch of a grain sweet linger, corn like.

M - good. Sugary touch. Smooth.

D - good lager, quenching. Some interesting notes which you could either like or dislike, but probably not in between.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 20:25:47 | More by HeroJH
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DarrellK

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this brew several times over the last 10 years and is has been very consistent.

The pour leads to a big head that dissapates fairly quickly with little lace. The color is a pale gold. (I'm a bit color blind to it is probably yellow)

The nose is subdued and does add or detract from the beer.

The mouth is quite full for a pilsner particularly with the carbonation stirring things up.

The finish is what I like about the beer. It is on the dry side but leaves a slighty malty finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 21:26:36 | More by DarrellK
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale golden, fizzy, and with a healthy head. In the nose, it's grainy and with a whiff of adjuncts. Tastes very light, grainy, and perhaps a bit corny. Very light hops. Not terrible, but not all that exciting. The mouthfeel is lightly grainy and soft. Overall this is okay in a pinch. If I were in the Balkans, I'd probably be fairly pleased to find this at a restaurant rather than some other terrible Euro-lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:04:57 | More by Georgiabeer
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Sunnanek

Sweden

2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light golden with a white high head that dissipates after a little while leaving a hint of lacings.

S: Not so strong smell, but there is malt mixed with hops - a nice blend.

T: Malt and some hops (but far to little hops to be a good czech pilsener), some sweetnes and fruit mixed with floral notes.

M: Carbonic acids, with small bubbles. Mediumbodied.

D: The first beer I had from the Balkans, but the Czechs make far better Czech Pilsener than the boys from Croatia. But this is not a bad beer, it just got some stiff competition in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 18:21:11 | More by Sunnanek
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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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FleeVT

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle poured into a Pilsener.

A: Pale straw color with a mediocre head at initial pour that fades to just surface scum. Light carbonation action the entire session from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light on the nose with a subtle mix of grains, grassy hops, a hint of sourness, and a scant service of sweet malt.

T/M: Perfect Pilsener body with a clean crisp finish. A mild dose of peppery hops on the front of the palate with some doughy malt in the back followed by some hop bitterness.

D: Lacking in head retention, this beer delivers every else. Not a bad brew and within all style guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:53:00 | More by FleeVT
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a full, soapy white head, solid retention, some lace.

S: Smells of noble hops, grass, typical Euro lager bottle smell.

T: Malt is bready, light notes of pastry bread. Hops flavour is noble, a green flavour, grass and hay. Good balance.

M: Smooth, light-bodied, crisp, refreshing as a good pils should be.

D: A real nice suprise on the cheap out of Croatia. Went real nicely after a hour of shooting hoops.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 22:26:40 | More by Halcyondays
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bowersdm

Ohio

2.17/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

50cL bottle poured into a mug.

A - clear, golden yellow color with 1cm white head that disappeared before my very eyes.

S - skunk, cereal grains, a very classic light beer smell and as many have said, it smells a lot like Heineken.

T - very, very flavorless. there's some cereal grains going on, but not much else. thankfully there wasn't any of the skunk flavor detected in the nose. the finish was dry and again, very flavorless. i didn't get any of the yeasty and spicy notes that others have spoken of.

M - high carbonation.

D - not good. definitely a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 07:17:06 | More by bowersdm
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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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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very light yellow, very clear with a bit of white head. The aroma reminds me very much of Heineken, very much, a bit of skunk, which was a turn off. The flavor wasn't at all bad, no skunk. There is some bready/grainy notes along with a bit of hop flavor and enough hop bitterness to keep the beer from being cloying. The body is medium-light and carbonation medium-high. Overall an easy drinking beer with a bit of flavor, worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 17:32:27 | More by uwmgdman
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ommegoose

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL brown bottle, $1.29. Croatia gets checked off the country list here. The Lithuanian beer looked like it was in the cooler forever, while this one was dust free.

A hard pour nets a very weak average head. It fades fast to near nothing. Not as clear as I expected, possibly due to chill haze. Very dull pale orange. Doesn't look to style at all.

Smells floral, estery. Has the apple character common to a lot of Eastern Euro pale lagers. Almost apple cinnamon, oddly. Lack of hops. It doesn't smell bad, per se, but the aroma doesn't suggest a tasty beer.

Again, where are the hops? I was hoping for some of that grassy, spicy snap from the Saaz, but this is just bland sweet malt, with weak fruity, flowery hints. Hop use has to be minimal. No bitterness. Not skunked. Finish is grainy and forgettable, and I almost neglected to mention it. Not really pleasant.

Feels full for the style. Undercarbonated, which goes a way in explaining the lifeless head.

No, this is not a very good Czech Pilsner, and not a good beer. Possibly miscategorized. Stick with Golden Pheasant or Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen for a Czech Pils. If I didn't hate to waste beer so much, I would have given up and dumped it halfway through. Below average across the board. It doesn't kill me to drink Euro macros, but this might be the least worthy I've had. I'd have to be in Croatia to think about trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 05:36:08 | More by ommegoose
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jerseyjoe

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:20:56 | More by jerseyjoe
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stockingcpl

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with a rather full head that has thick foam. Very stylistic of a traditional Czech Pilsner. Color is a light straw. Head sustain is pretty good with clingings to the side of the glass. Impressive so far.

Smell: There is an earthy aroma. Malt and hops permeate the character with faint pine. The aroma is not overly strong but disipates rather quickly. Interesting, but nothing special for a beer of this style.

Taste: The flavor is light and airy. There is a rather strange cream essence that jumps out immediately. This is followed by a sweet nectar feel. Flowery and light. Not oppressive in any sense. Again, an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very light. This is almost a "woman's brew". The interesting creamy presence during onset tends to keep the drinker's attention. I like this. Very airy on the palate.

Drinkability: This brew is about as filling as an American Light Macrobrew beer. Very easy to drink and not filling at all. This would be GREAT selection for female guests during a pool party or summer BBQ.

Prosit!
Nikki

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 23:39:41 | More by stockingcpl
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tbeck

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow and very clear. Has a thin white head that disappears quickly into a thin collar and thinner laciness. Aroma is barley and malt and has a sweetness in the background. Taste is sweet with a strong barley presence, mild fruit taste. Decent body but thin texture. Good for a lager, not what I expected coming from Europe. Decent overall flavor, that would be good to have a couple around the house. Not my first choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:18:35 | More by tbeck
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armock

New York

2.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a decent white head that fades quickly trying to leave some lacing

S - Has a touch of that familiar euro funk with a grainy malt nose

T - Starts off not to bad the malt is slightly sweet but has a horrible metallic finish

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - If there wasn't the weird metallic flavor this beer wouldn't really be all that bad taste starts decent but finishes bad maybe fresh it would be better

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 00:15:39 | More by armock
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kingothewoods

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:41:22 | More by kingothewoods
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours what looked crystal clear as it was being poured to turn out to be light golden yellow. A white fizzy head forms, but disappears. Despite lacking of retention, some lacing amazingly sticks (not much though).

The smell is of light "Euro-Pale" character and some caramel. I was surprised to see this is listed under "Czech Pils" - I thought I was smelling a decent Euro Pale Lager.

The taste is of some caramel, light standard Euro-Pale character and some grassy notes. There's a vague oxidation/"wet cardboard". It is sweet-ish turning to a dry-ish finish.

I was thinking that this isn't a bad standard-ish EPL. As a pils, it's lacking, but still not bad. I'll say it lands between the styles. In any case, it has a bit of character, though it's a bit too sweetish and bland overall. Nothing special, but inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 05:16:08 | More by jwc215
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - crystal clear golden straw color with a thick head that is well retained

S - gentle malt with noticeable, but not overwhelming noble hops

T - balanced malt and hop flavor, slightly favoring the malt but not by much; overall somewhat subdued though compared to other Czech-style pilsners; surprisingly clean with concern to yeast flavors

M - medium to light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent enough example of a Czech style pilsner, but really falls more into a 'macro-Euro lager' category. The hops aren't as 'bright' as perhaps I would like and this might be a function of age. However, there is no oxidation noted if it is well aged which is a credit to the brewers. This is probably really good fresher and closer to the source.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 23:04:56 | More by scoobybrew
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dgallina

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce green bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a crystal-clear pale golden color. Somewhat flat, with essentially zero head and faint lace. Smells like cut grass, metallic hops, and light-toasted biscuit malts. Generally lacks in flavor. Some hop bitterness is evident, but there are too many oxidized metal overtones Finishes with unwelcome stewed-corn sweetness. The body is painfully thin and watery; disappears down your throat before you notice it.

I suppose the beer-of-the-month club ran out of worthwhile things to import.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 18:32:08 | More by dgallina
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local beer store for $2.60 500ml bottle. A light golden color,stark white head that quickly fades.Lots of carbonation. Aroma of mild hops and maybe some faint apple notes.Flavor of mild bitter hops and a tiny caramel note. I really liked this,for a pale lager it was very good,did not have that odd baby puke aroma that some pale lagers have. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:03:05 | More by WakeandBake
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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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KeefD

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 17:19:22 | More by KeefD
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with a good sized frothy white head, sitting light gold in the glass. Minor lacings decorate the glass as the head retreats to a light spattering and ring of foam around the glass.

Biscuit aromas with floral and grassy notes. Tints of lemon and sourdough also present.

Bright grassy hops from the start, very well balanced with dry, crackery malts and bread dough. Hints of white pepper and orange blossom honey, but bearing little to no sweetness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Light-medium in body with fine, crisp carbonation. Perfectly refreshing flavors and mouthfeel to compliment a sunny afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 22:16:20 | More by Skidz
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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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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, bubbly, clear, light gold into my glass with tons of head that drops quickly but leaves a nice lacing.
Aroma is of pilsner malt, slight caramel, freshly milled grain, and light grassy noble hops.
Flavor is much like an average good pils, but with a bit more grainy sweetness than average, as well as a bit more alcohol. Hops a very light and slightly bittering, but there is little hop flavor.
Very high carbonation, lending a smooth, almost spicy note. Light and refreshing with light body and a clean finish.
Overall, this is a very good lawnmower beer if you're looking for something with a little more malt flavor and complexity than the average pils. The lack of hop balance is made up for by the high carbonation, lending this one a good overall impression on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 21:27:38 | More by khiasmus
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.