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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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195 Reviews
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Reviews: 195
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.05
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews: 195 | Hads: 348
Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow/gold, beautiful sturdy head with sticky lacing on the glass
Smell: great blast of malts and spicy hops, very inviting and just what you want from this style
Taste/Mouthfeel: full, lived up to it's strong fragrance, in great balance, not over hopped, just a nice nip of bitterness
Drinkability: great, I felt like drinking more, I will purchase this one again

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden beer with fairly lively carbonation.

Smell is very fruity and a bit sour smelling like a glass of hard apple cider. There is also some grain, and dried hay smells in the background.

Taste is much different than the smell. Slightly tart with an assertive hops bitterness. There are fruity tastes here too and a solid grain flavor. A dry Pilsner with a different more complex flavor. I like it; it doesn't try to be "Just Like The Others."

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, I will buy this again.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an almost greenish yellow, somewhere slightly away from the orange spectrum of yellow. Excellent clarity, completely transparent, topped with a thick white froth. Some slow, sparse bubbles float up. The head dissipates into a thick collar almost immediately, dying away completely after a few sips. A bit disappointing, as I like pilsners that keep at least a little misting all the way through.
The aroma is a pleasant balance between clean pils malt and spicy. peppery saaz hops. Some other hop variety is present, contributng a soft herbal, earthy scent. Slight lemony fruitiness.
The flavor starts off with clean, sweet pils malt up front, slightly bready, bolstered by a bold, effervescent carbonation. A bit of honey sweetness in the middle, with a touch of lemony fruitiness. A clean, peppery saaz hopping, with just a touch of that herbal hop flavor, and a slightly astringent metallic flavor finishes the brew. Dryish in the finish, with a bready malt aftertaste lingering on the tongue for a long while. Light to medium bodied, with a bouyant, bouncy mouthfeel.
A pretty good pilsner beer. Interesting with the herbal hop flavor. I just recently saw this in my neck of the woods, and I'll certainly get it again. A great beer for damp summer heat.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The quintessential lager translucent golden yellow on the pour with the head large and spumescent, the color a bright white and the residual lace a sealing sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is citrus crisp, malt sweet, clean and pleasant with the start cloyingly sweet, modest malt profile and the top cadaverous. Finish is meekly acidic, the hops sparse and lacking any real bite, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first beer from Croatia and it was very mediocre. Poured a golden yellow color with a medium sized head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was bitter with some strong grassy notes. The flavor was average. This pilsner is crisp but unrefreshing. It has a sharp bitterness and slightly thicker-body on the tongue. The bitterness last long into the aftertaste.

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Photo of putnam
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear pale gold with an abundant white head that settles to a film. Lots of carbonation. Laces quite nicely in rings down the glass.

Smells sour and grainy. Tastes grainy and metallic in turn. Some sweetness up front and a not particularly pleasant aftertaste.

Well. It comes in a nice big bottle so there's lots of it to drink if that's your objkective. Otherwise I'd give it a pass.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of TripelJ
2.08/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle

Okay the folks over in Croatia need to pay attention to what the folks over Poland or Czech. are doing because this brew leaves much to be desired. Poured as I expected a light straw color with a massive amount of carbonation. Smell is pungent, grassy and earthy. Taste is watery, muddy, when combined with the pungent nose you get with each sip makes for a truly unpleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Came in a brown 500ml bottle with best before date stamped on back label. Is an average clear straw hue, big white head upon pour that recedes to a thin ring. Smells of very light malt and metal. Metallic flavour is most predominant as well, a bit of graininess, it's pretty dry though, aftertaste of iron. The mouthfeel is rather watery. Actually my mouth tastes like I just sucked on some loose change. I'll be passing on this stuff next time.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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!).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow in color, with a proud, fluffy, white head. Unfortunately, the aroma department yields up nothing. Dry, slightly vegetal, nothing else. Body is light, texture has some small graininess in it, and a truly cloying sweetness pervades the lasting finish. Ultimately, a lack of flavor and overwhelming blandness is the hallmark of this lager. I'm still searching for the great beer of Croatia...sigh...

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Photo of Dmann
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a perfectly white head that settled into a thin lace. It did have a touch of skunk at first, but after letting set for a minute it faded and the beer had no real aroma. Maybe it was just the bottle I had, but the beer felt very flat in my mouth. It was also difficult to decern specific flavors in this beer, it just seemed very sweet. The only way I can describe it is a sweeter tasting Budweiser. I was not impressed at all.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a croatian pilsener. i had mine in a dark 330 ml bottle. very clear, very pale yellow in color. a minimal head with a touch of lace. had a hard time picking up anything in the aroma....maybe a tad of mustiness and just a touch of hops. nice smooth mouthfeel....tastes pretty neutral...clean and refreshing with a tongue tingling hop bite in the end. dry finish. easy drinking. i'd call it croatian budweiser for lack of any other apt descriptions.

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Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko: A Croatian Pilsener, in a dark brown 500 ml bottle. It is pure white head (that sticks and leaves very nice lace), over an absolutely clear, pale yellow beer. Clean aroma of light hops. This beer simply tastes like a non-skunked euro-lager, with a strange sour/dryness in the finish that is not unpleasant. Also had a relatively creamy mouth feel for a Pilsner. Very easy to drink. Not bad.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.