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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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Redrover

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a bright gold with a soapy loose but voluminous head.

The beer smells slightly spicy (Saz hops?) with a bit of grass. No off aromas at all.

The taste is fresh and clean. A bit of floral hop flavor with some underlying pepper. A bit of grainy goodness emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

Beer is a bit under carbonated, but it very smooth. Easy drinker here folks. While not overly complex, this is an enjoyable beer that would go well with a fish fry, fried chicken, a nice salad, heck it will go with anything that is not overly spiced.

This is an enjoyable and well made beer. $1.49 at Sam’s liquors in Downers Grove.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 01:17:54 | More by Redrover
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow with a full white head, nice active carbonation, and some sporadic lace. Grassy herbal hops dominate aroma with a touch of grainyness underneath. Balanced grain and hop flavors. Light bodied but not watery; fairly smooth and not overly bitter or dry.

Better than your average macro for sure but not quite up to the better Czech Pilsners...

Per label: "Est. 1854" & 5.4% ABV

(11.15 oz. / 330 ml)

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 18:25:11 | More by RBorsato
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of eggshell-white head. The retention as a skim was not bad and it left spotty lacing. The aroma was a faint blend of dry grains and sweet malt. The flavors were very generic and though I’ve seen this beer billed as a Czech Pilsner in truth I think it’s just an average Euro Pale Lager. The flavors were mostly corn, dry grains, sweet malt and a touch of bread. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation moderate.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 22:34:37 | More by thekevlarkid
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium clear gold color, head is fully, creamy, and about 1/2" on the pour. A couple bubbles wander towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Light malt, but it is a weird, overcooked smell, and a light soapy presence.

Taste: Not too good, has a stale taste to it, but not too bad. Lighty maltiness, fairly crisp, not very hoppy, though.

Drinkability: So many beers are like this, why pick this one? Maybe if you want to check Croatia off of your "Countries of Beer Origin" list.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 00:33:05 | More by TastyTaste
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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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DogFood11

California

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

11.2oz brown bottle. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a tight white head that has good staying power and leaves ring lace. Golden body with loads of racing carbonation.

Pale malts and a little doughy in the background. There is a subtle but very nice hop profile that drys this up a bit and it finishes clean and refreshing. The more I have of this the more the hops kick in, they end up being a big factor as it warms just slightly. Grains are subdued and it doesn't have an adjunct feel to it at all. Pretty much what a Czech pils is shooting for.

Notes: I've had better in the style but this is at least in the same ballpark as some of the better ones I've had. I could session this with ease. Hits all the marks, Solid. This was part of a "beers around the world" pack I recieved from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised w/ this offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 01:02:03 | More by DogFood11
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popery

California

2.25/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not much to say here, this is just another mediocre Euro Lager. It pours clear, bright, yellow gold. Carbonation is a bit light. There's a touch of hops in the aroma and finish but nothing to write home about. The malt is relatively clean but bland. It's just too similar to too many other lagers to merit much discussion.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:32:06 | More by popery
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Globetrotter

Virginia

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

Picked up in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, the brown 25cl bottle bears a red, white and gold label with a coat of arms above the name. The Croatian language label offers no ingredient list. Best before 10/15/07, I opened it on 9/30/07.

Pours a clear solid gold under a short-lived one finger white head that left exactly one spot of lace before disappearing quickly. The nose is reasonably strong of grain, perhaps corn but not at all unpleasant. The mouth is fairly chewy and reasonably well carbonated. A decent, solid taste with plenty of bready grain but not much on the hops side. I suppose this would be OK as a quaffer on a hot summer day. It'll do.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 19:07:10 | More by Globetrotter
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden colour, finger of head, some retention and no real lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, bready grains and sweet corn.

T - Mild flavoured, bready malts, grains, biscuit notes, toasted crackers and a grassy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty lager, easily sessioned with no real aftertaste that leave you wondering if you've even drank a beer.

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 01:48:00 | More by andrenaline
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soju6

Missouri

2.69/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, grain and just a bit musty.

T: Taste of malt sweetness and grain. No real bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and bland.

O: Another standard Euro Lager in an ocean of lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:04:02 | More by soju6
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Number six in the 10 new bland commie lagers at the LCBO. This one’s pour is a little more on the gold side of pale straw but the same crystal clear fizzy cap vanishing character as most of em. Vague light malt sweetness and some spice and medicinal grassy hops. Same fizzy bland watery mouth feel and mild malt/hop mix....5 of these type of fizzy vapid commercial Slavic lagers is all I can take..quick a porter so I can confirm I still have taste buds!!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 23:08:35 | More by pootz
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budgood1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 14:56:09 | More by budgood1
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Drew966

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Karlovacko pours a light orange color with a fluffy white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Smells better than I expected, but much like a typical macro lager. Taste is malty, and also metallic. Not much to recommend it. You would be better off spending your money elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 23:04:38 | More by Drew966
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Karlovačko has a very thick, foamy, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, biscuit, barley malt and a touch of hop oil, and the flavor is the same, with pleasant, grassy hops to round it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Karlovačko finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, this is a delicious beer. RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 15:28:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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

A - Clear and vibrant, this brew looks like liquid gold in the glass. The head is brief and homely, but some crusty-salty lace sticks to the glass and swirling brings up a respectable finger of foam, but only for a few seconds. The tragedy of a head is a shame, because the color is pretty.

S - Saltine crackers and table salt. This is neither hoppy or malty, but focused on the aroma of straight up salt. Honestly, it's a very refreshing nose, but it's lacking in complexity.

T - Again, very salty and crackery. Saltine crackers are there in abundance, but not a whole lot else. Some bitter salad-greens hops are there with more force than in the nose, and I can also appreciate some floral marigold and dandelion notes upon retro-olfaction.

M - Light bodied and crisply carbonated, with a huge margarita-salt freshness on the palate. Would be a nice palate cleansing beer to have with something spicy.

D - A super-session beer for the great spring weather! I could totally see dropping a few of these down the gullet at a backyard summer BBQ...I'll bet it's great with brats since it would compliment the greasy and heavy fatty flavors with a crisp freshness.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 17:29:19 | More by pmcadamis
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a clear, golden body.
The aroma is a good grain scent with a bit of lemon.
The taste is a sweet/bitter lemon with a long honey finish. Really nice.
The texture is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Aside from not having any head, this is a great beer. The taste was an almost perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:26:23 | More by Fatehunter
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aasher

Indiana

2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:15:56 | More by aasher
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 500ml brown bottle with a dull label (couldn't they at least use the famed checkered pattern, like on the flag and soccer shirts?) today at Sam's Blue Light in Durham.

Pours a nice golden color with reasonable head and tons of slow moving visible carbonation. Nose is adjuncts over malts; astringent and barely palatable.

Taste is fairly malt dominatted for a pilsner, but fairly inoffensive. Unfortunately, the texture is limp and lifeless, with little crispness or hop bite in the aftertaste. Far too watery to be satisfying, and too impotent to be refreshing. This beer is inconsistent and not really worth your time unless you just want to try a Croatian beer, like I did. One is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 04:12:59 | More by daliandragon
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a decent head that drops to a film fairly quickly.
Smell is good and nicely balanced with malt, hops and a hint of honey.
Taste is just malt and hops (balanced well) but quite watery. If the taste had only followed up what the nose was promised...
Mouthfeel: carbonation is good, not overdone like a megabrew, a smooth, clean finish and medium body.
Drinkability: A decent year-round lager, not one to restrict to being just a summer-only thirst quencher.

One addendum: The label on my bottle says 5.4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:37:25 | More by PorterLambic
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 01:49:49 | More by UnionMade
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:33:17 | More by buschbeer
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 19:18:48 | More by BeerLover99
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up at the Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland, OH. Pale gold with a white head that disappears right away. Aroma is faintly skunky, containing noble hops. Grainy with some citrus. Flavor is pretty on par with your typical Euro lager, pale, dull, and light. This one is perhaps a touch hoppier then the average. Light, crisp, and fairly clean body. Drinkable but not exciting. Still, this is from Croatia, ancestral home of one of my great grandfathers and current home to my ex-commissar cousin so this beer gets a bonus for that.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 19:21:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought a pint single at surdyks..it poured a dark yellow color with an ok head and lacing not your typical pils color the smell was hops and sweet floral smells i also detect a slght earthy smell from this one..the taste was not as crisp and floral as i like euro-pils to be it had slight peat taste to it..overall its not a bad pils but ill choose budvar or golden pheasant over this one when the beer taste bud want an easy drinking euro-pils

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 21:00:50 | More by gatornation
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer caught my eye at the LCBO because its Croatian and my dad is also. I wasnt expecting much though.

It pours a pale straw with a decent foamy head. Lacing is very good, the only thing hurting this beer's appearance is its pallid color. The aroma is of a typical macro lager, very sweet and lacking in hops and barley malt. the taste is grainy and husky with a distinct adjunct corn flavor. The hops are imperceptable except for a tiny bit of floral flavor. The mouthfeel is light with chunky over-carbonation.

I would pass on this beer again. There is really nothing that distinguishes it from other international macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 03:47:59 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.