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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 194
Photo of jondeelee
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a subtle, malty aroma that is full of toasted grain notes, with a slight hint of floral hops.

On the tongue, there's a sudden explosion of fruity flavors that is very reminiscent of a lightly-flavored carbonated water, such as Clearly Canadian or Crystal Geyser. Don't let that comparison turn you off, because it's actually a good thing here, bringing lovely sparkly apricot, apple, grape and pear notes to the mix. These fruit flavors lie just over a bed of Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains (or perhaps biscuit-like grains, if you prefer). The fruit flavors last a surprisingly long time into the mouthful, only slowly subsiding near the end to reveal a light layer of hops that adds a slight bitterness and spiciness to the waning tide. The aftertaste was virtually nonexistent for me; only a slight flavorless hoppy buzz.

Overall, this is a great brew, full of unexpected flavors and charm. If this is the fare that Croatia has to offer, then this is one reviewer who will be making a point to swing by the next time he goes across the pond.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a 2 inch white head that settles to a thin cap. Jagged rings of lace slowly dissolve into random spots of lace around the glass. When I first opened this beer, I got a huge whiff of skunk. Upon pouring into a glass, the only smells I get are of grains and some grass or hay notes. Taste is very much the same with grain and grass/hay flavors. There is a slightly herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel on this beer is a bit flat with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer from Croatia and my first from the country. I probably wouldn’t get this one again in the future.

Photo of aasher
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a watery bright gold with a one finger head. It smells of old stale pale malts. No crispness, a severe lack of anything hop related. It's blase. The taste is infinitely boring. It doesn't feature any complexity. It's old pale malts and that's it. It's somewhat stale and is very watery. It just isn't good in any aspect and doesn't feature anything new or refreshing. Noble Pils kills this beer in a head to head. It isn't worth the $3.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow. Pretty standard. Carbonation is not amazing, but decent enough. A nice layer of foam that fizzles to a nice half finger layer that remainds throughout.

Smell: Not crazy about the smell, but it's ok. Wet hay with a hint of hops in the end. A pungent vinegar-like fermented smell, which is not necessarily too bad of a thing since it's not everwhelming. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A lot less dry than something like Pilsner Urquell initially. A fair amount of cooked grain, almost corn-like. Some sour hops are the other main flavor component. Once of the flavors fizzle, there's a nice dryness in the finish that's definitely not too soda-like. Very clean.

Drinkability: All in all, not a terrible choice. It's nice to see some other European perspectives of this style.

Overall: Reminds me a bit of Tyskie Gronie with Bud Light's dryness and Golden Pheasant's sweetness.

Photo of samie85
1.8/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a very clear golden color with four fingers of white head.

S-Hardcore skunk stank as soon as you open it followed by some light grain and slightly spicy hops.

T-Very grainy and perfume-like hop notes are overwhelming.

M-Very well carbonated and light bodied with quite a bit of dryness.

D-The skunky nose and unpleasant taste make this one I won't try again. Don't bottle beer in GREEN BOTTLES!

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 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 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 djura
2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- very thin lace on a deep gold clear body with medium carbonation.
Smell: A slightly musty scent, not very strong. Fresh barley and maybe a slight note of hops.
Taste is simple, some pilsner malt & grain with a touch of floral hops
M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel.
D: Solid, average and down the middle.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green bottle

Karlovacko was pale gold in color with good clarity. It had a white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was noble hops and light malt. The taste was light malt with a little noble hop flavor. The finish was short and dry. The mouthfeel was average with a light body and plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was average. This was a pretty basic Pilsener that was crisp, refreshing, and boring. There are far better Pilseners out there

Photo of emiricius
2.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - No lacing at all.

S - mild hop presence.

T - Finish is fruity with a poor alcohol warmth.

M - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Not good.

D/N - Not too high. A decent beer though. Worth a try, just don't expect to much. Honestly I was kind of disappointed in this one.

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 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 amstelcat
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 500 ml bottle. Pale golden color with pure white head which dissipates quickly without any lacing. Smell is the fairly standard mild skunk smell from most Euro lagers from a green bottle. Taste... isn't half bad. Average, but I don't feel the need to have another one.

Photo of Beejay
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: It pours like water, in the glass it looks like chardonnay. Nice white head on top, but it dissipates rather quickly. Very clear. It looks pretty good for the style..

S: Holy skunk ass batman!! Some malt scent in there, just a touch possibly a little noble hop smell, but it is hard to pick out.

T: Slightly sweet, with a little malt. There is a little skunk at the front of it. A slight bit of hops there, but not a lot to speak of.

M: Thin, with fairly high carbonation. It is quite the fizzy beer.

D: One is good enough for me. Not a big fan in general. But it is always nice to try the same lager from other countries.

Photo of GRG1313
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a dense but thin white head that is nice looking.

Nose esters fruity white bread with spice and some undertones of green herbs; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium and well balanced, although flavors of white pepper, light celery, hints of salt and green peppers are very nice but very short lived.

Short herbaceous green pepper/green peppercorn finish. Not bad just a very short profile.

Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The smell is like the grass after a rain. I also sense a little yeast in there. The taste is crisp and refreshing. It is better than I remember. It is a really drinkable beer if your into this style. I just am turned off by the green bottle. I can't get over my prejudice.

Photo of bristol2120
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of rarbring
2.05/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very light straw colored clear brew, a white fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is modest, white bread and canned vegetables.

A bit sweetish taste, corn flakes, some metallic acidity, boiled vegetables. Very little bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a bit watery and rather refreshing. A short dryness at the end.

To me this is not a Czech Pilsener, at least not a good one. More an unexciting euro pale lager.

Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Croatians are pretty dang awesome at most things. So I figured I'd try their brew.

Pours a thin white head, dissipating quickly. Beer has a classic light yellowish pilsner hue and excellent clarity.

Smell is classic Czech pilsner, Saaz hops, flowery, slightly sweet, subdued, no harshness whatsoever.

Tastes light, slight bite in the mouth with an underlying smooth and slightly sweet taste of malt. This seems even lighter on hops than other Czech style brews from Europe, though.

Moutfeel is refreshing, slightly too light even for my taste (and I love delicate pilsners), but this could be nectar from heaven on a hot summer day.

Summary: nice beer, closely tracks Urquell and the other Czech pilsners but slightly lighter and less flavorful. Not a bad beer but not the cream of the class.

Photo of eschbach
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer at Total Wine and I couldn't resist buying it. It has a cool old world label, and a cool name.

This beer looks good in a glass. It is much darker than most pilnsers. It has a sticky head. The smell is malty with a strong hops aroma. The taste is unique. It's more malty than other czech pilsner styles. But it still has the usual strong bitterness of the hops, and it does have little bit of a metalic flavor. It leaves a sweet grassy aftertaste in the mouth. It feels very creamy in the mouth. And it goes down quite smoothly.

I don't think this is an amazing beer but it's not expensive for a European beer, and it is easy to drink. And the bottle is so cool you might just need to buy it!

Photo of progress518
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of tubacharlie
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright white, three-finger head emerges from a hard pour, quickly receding to a thin film, revealing a clear, golden yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom replenishing the ring of foam remaining around the edge.

Slight aroma of fermented cabbage, dirty socks and a little bit of stale hops.

Typical Euro Pilsner with not a lot of flavor -- some hop bitterness and a mild, watered-down malt presence.

Good for washing down some polish sausage or for a game of checkers on the patio in hot weather.

Photo of JoeMertens
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko is an average European Lager. Nothing exceptional to report, nothing awful either.

Pours a bright golden color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Slight hop aroma. Smooth mouth-feel, a bit over-carbonated, with clean malt and slightly predominant hops.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Liquid brass sits in my glass. (Let's hear some snapping from the peanut gallery for my poetry slap. Yeah, I said it.) The only reason I can distinguish between this brew and, say, a French horn, besides the clear sonic advantage favoring the latter, is the stiff quaff of white foam before me. Once this is dissipated, a steady stream of bubbly goodness rises from the base. A deep sniff makes me question why I even continue sampling the pilsners and AALs of the world, as they all seem to smell the same to me: some corn syrup, some toasted rice, and a bit of wheat. Nothing offensive, nothing impressive. The tastes are also very similar (though the pilses are indeed distinguishable from the AALs), with a firm backbone of wheaty rice propping up a vaguely bitter body. What makes me less derisive toward this particular brew is the lack of a sharp tinniness that tends to pervade other pilsners. Still nothing Earth-shattering, but definitely not as negative as the rest of its ilk. Though that bubbly jet stream continues to rise like one of those bubble walls we all used to marvel at while visited Sharper Image as children, the carbonation is not overtly active, not overly fizzy, allowing the fairly light body glide sleekly over the tongue and down the gullet. Though it has not converted me into a smiling clear lager drinker, it has shown me that I oughtn't necessarily judge every one as boring before I try it, and that Croatia is coming along in terms of beer production.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.