Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

Not Rated.
KarlovackoKarlovacko

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
71
okay

314 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 314
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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)
View: Beers (5) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 314 | Reviews: 190 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rale
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of DRTBrewster
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jarmby1711
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear to the point of shining this beer had scant bead but a lovely sudtained frothy white head.
Mostly malts in the smell but is moderated by some bittery hops.
This is reasonably sweet with a distinctive and pleasant lime taste to it.
It is overly oily in the mouth and when combined with the sweetness makes it not very nice in the mouth.
Not very exciting or engaging this is drinkable at best
Seeing as it has a substantial corn component it probably has more charcter than expected

Photo of Bobhoya
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Citadel82
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ho hum euro lager from a part of the country formerly known as Yugoslavia. Pours pale straw with a short-lived white head. Little discernable aroma apart from some adjunct graininess and a faint floral note or two. Taste is not very pronounced. Not offensive just light and sweet. Little body and no finish to speak of. Might do well if served on a hot day as a quencher before you drink something nicer.

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 KerryCummins1977
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Noxious26
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Best before on back 05 06.

Pours a nice, clear gold colour. White head is 1/8 inch and just sits level with the top of my mug. Head quickly reduces to a very thin ring around the edge. Head is completely gone after a couple sips.

Nose is sweet with touches of malt and corn. A faint grassiness is the background.

Taste is fairly mild at the start. Slightly sweet with a hint of malt then after the carbonation rush the hops kick in to a mild bitter skunk/grassy hops finish. Aftertaste is dry and mildly bitter.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty much a run of the mill pilsener. Not enough malt spine and the hops lacks some bite, both of which would make this better. All-in-all it's not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

Photo of JBogan
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light golden color with a minimal head and little lacing. Nothing special to look at.

Smelled of grains with a slight breadiness. There was a small trace of that skunkiness that seems ever present in so many euro lagers.

Tasted of grains along with some sweetness. It's a very mild tasting brew, nothing either wonderful or offensive going on here.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side and somewhat slick.

Not a bad beer, but there's just so many others out there which are far better.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden straw with perfect clarity. A fizzy three-finger head slowly gives way to a rocky soap bubble cap that holds fairly well and leaves some spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and some toasty biscuit aromas, background noble hops and a faint fruit scent. The Pilsener malt flavor is sweet at first, with subtle layers of toasted nut and light caramel flavors. This gives way to the more typical sharp pils taste. A very mild Saaz or tettnanger flavor and lacking bitterness are found in the aftertaste-but at least its not skunked. Lighter body with some decoction-esque malty texture and medium light carbonation make a slightly crisp and mellow mouthfeel. Finishes with traces of spicy german hops and a kiss of toasted Pils sweetness. Honestly, I found this to be an enjoyable beer -albiet lackluster example of the style. I bought it for the novelty of being Croastian beer- but I would be disappointed if I were expecting an authentic Czech PIls. On the other hand- its very affordable, highly drinkable, and could easily be passed off as a really great Macro. An ideal choice for introducing craft beer to non-enthusiasts.

Photo of dgallina
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of funkengruven
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your average european lager, bright yellow. Smell is alright, some hops, no skunk, which is a bonus. Taste is surprisingly good, clean and refreshing, Not overly sweet, and not overly bitter. This is well carbonated but overdone which makes the mouthfeel pretty unoffensive. This beer is a great Macro-Alternative and makes for a good BBQ beer for sure.

Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle -> goblet
coded

Pours clear straw yellow with a thin head that leaves a little quick flash lace. Carbonation appears timid.

Nose: Light grains, some pale malt

Taste: Light and grainy, with a tad bit of bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouth: Feels a little thin, but finishes clean.

I could probably knock down quite of few of these over a few games of bowling, easy to drink, just not too exciting.

Drink:

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Not much head to speak of over a deep golden body. Decent lacing.

S: A bit of sweet apple juice. Sweet malts and grains.

T: A hint of sweet then the hop bitterness gets you but its a good bitterness than leaves the mouth dry and crisp.

M: Big carbonation but it feels rather nice for this type of beer.

D: A six pack a day will keep Dr. Blues away doooodes.

Photo of bulldogg915
2.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Florya
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of silverking
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TR0219
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of T-34-85
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Has a pleasant aroma that can't put my finger on as to what it is, but nothing I have experienced in another pilsner, or any other beer. Otherwise, the beer has the typical light body of a pilsner, along with a mild bitterness.

Pretty good beer if you're looking for something on the lighter side.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Crystal clear gold with a toasted look, plentiful medium bubbles and a soft thin white head that laces a little.

S: Mostly sulfur and skunk, but some buttery grain notes are detectable underneath.

T: Dry grainy malts up front paired with a slight skunky flavor. Shortly the malts start to take on a more toasted flavor, and meld nicely with some minimal hop bitterness as the biscuity aftertaste rises and falls.

M: Quite smooth. The carbonation lifts up the flavors nicely, but isn't too biting.

D: Very drinkable as is common for this style.

Overall: A good Czech Pils, but not the best example.

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

The pour is pale gold with a head that starts out appropriately large, but disappears altogether. The nose is grassy hops, muted as they might be. This straddles the fence between a European-macro lager and a Czech pilsner. It's got crisp, grassy saaz hops, a bit of malt, and a hint of herbs- there's just not much of any of it. The mouthfeel is average, so is drinkability. This stuff is a little bit better then a novelty beer from an exotic eastern European country although it's nothing exciting.

Photo of Beastdog75
2.13/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Karlovačko is a beer from Croatia that once again I would classify under "lifeless Euro-Lager." It had almost all the quantities of a Heineken/Beck's rip-off (minus the green bottle), and still ended up being less drinkable than those particular macros.

Karlovačko pours a golden color with a little more than a fingers worth of foam, which lasts for about 25 seconds before dissipating into soapy bubbles. The initial aroma was indeed skunky, mixed with some cheap grainy smells. A watery and moderately carbonated mouthfeel hit the tongue. The taste certainly struck me as adjuncty, with a corn flavor being quite pronounced. A cheap husky graininess is also present, with a moderate bitterness and dryness in the finish. Flavors of corn and cooked veggies linger in the aftertaste, and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This beer seemed rather lifeless and ordinary to me. There are quite a few good beers to be found in Eastern Europe, but this isn't one of the better ones.

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.