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Niksicko Pivo - Trebjesa Brewery

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Montenegro

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jackndan on 08-05-2002)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

its another standard euro lager, but there is a lot less to hate about his one. also my first brew from montenegro. pours pale and standard yellow gold color, but with a decent white milky head that lasts a few minutes. smells like it looks, mild malts, bittering hops only, and a faint metallic tang. flavor is pretty decent, comparatively speaking. the malts seem to be fresh and upbeat, while the metal taste is absent entirely. mouthfeel is fine, standard carbonation and a touch more body than its peers. im not about to call this an excellent beer, but in the balkan universe of less than awesome beer, i can work with this one.

StonedTrippin, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Niksiko Pivo has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head, lots of streaming bubbles, some lacing, and a clear, golden appearance. The aroma is of sweet, lightly toasted malt. Taste is similar, with sweet, light barley malt, biscuit, some paper, and a decent hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Niksicko Pivo finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and very easy drinking. Overall, this beer is delicious.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of PrvoPivo
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

PrvoPivo, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of BlackDrongo
3/5  rDev +2.7%

BlackDrongo, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of kjyost
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Alright, Folklorama leftover time... Montenegro? Tick! :)

500 mL can poured at 40F into a Duvel tulip

A: As pale lagers go, this one has a stellar look. Straw yellow with a high and dense white head that drops very slowly leaving chunks of lacing. Not what I was expecting here.
S: Well, there goes my love. Corn and cooked vegetables. Light earthy hop aroma that quickly becomes virtually imperceptible. Meh.
T: Not nearly as disappointing as the aroma. There's not much going on here as the body is thin and has no discernible bitterness, with only a hint of corn sweetness. Light grainy notes. Cooked cabbage in the background. About what I expected when I found out I bought a plain old lager.
M: Macro lager. Thin body, high carbonation (though not as high as some) and no lingering flavours (which is a definite plus as too many macros have nastiness lingering).
O: I am not a ticker, but I figured I should try something from a country I will never visit. Next time I review something from Montenegro, it will be a better beer.

kjyost, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty weak but if I smell hard enough I get grains, corn flakes, and grass/hay aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, slight cornflakes, with a herbal grass/hay hop finish. Very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this an average lager and my first beer from Montenegro. Not too shabby for what it is.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of CrazyMike
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow apperance but with thick white head leaving decent retention. Smell consists of grain, corn and grass, nothing different from other Euro lagers.

Taste is similar to the smell, mainly corn and grass. Has a clean malty taste as well as a hint of spices and bread. Light-medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is oddly sweet and spicy.

After a few bad experiences with balkin beers, this isn't to bad. A little bland if compared to other European beers, but drinkable. Worth it to drink a beer from Montenegro.

CrazyMike, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.22/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mom brought this back from France for me.

Into tulip.

A- Very nice clear gold. Tight white foam on top. Good amount of retention and lacing. Kind of pilsner like only the liquid is a few shades darker.

S- Doesn't seem as offensive to me as most American adjunct lagers. Very little smell actually. Rating the smell is peculiar: It doesn't smell like much, but at least it doesn't smell bad (like many AALs.

T- Very thin without exactly being watery. Nice hop bite in the finish. One of the cleanest american adjunct lagers I've tasted. Might be the best one I've tasted.

M- Crisp right from the start. Not as dry as it is crisp. Medium body for the style. Medium carbonation. Nice soft foaming in mouth.

O- I don't drink many of these but I think this is one of the best tasting beers in the style.

If I visited Montenegro or whatever other country where this was a staple, I wouldn't have as much trouble drinking this as others. I'm actually recommending this.

What a nice surprise.

Yoonisaykul, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very pale straw color, clear, with only a little bit of off-white foam. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - fairly "cerealy" smelling, just like an adjunct beer. Not much aroma other than that.

Taste and Mouthfeel - the taste is like a lighter pale lager, but some of the spice is stronger. Still not much else there. The texture is actually fairly well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad beer, but not complex at all.

Nerudamann, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Astoria. Right off the bat, I'd say this is a legitimate Czech pilsner. There was a mild, light toasty malt with spicy, peppery hops. It finished dry and was very easy to drink - a fine lawnmower beer. The character is muted to compared to top Czech pilsners, but this is clearly well within the style.

tempest, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of skypup
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pale lager; clear with two finger head that dissolves moderately.

Distinct hop smell, slightly citrus and flowery smell with a slight hint of hops.

Mildly herbal and hop taste.

Smooth mouthfeel, slightly neutral aftertaste.

Had this beer from bottle and on tap a few times in Montenegro; above average drinkability.

skypup, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served into a pint glass from a 500 ml. bottle at the recommended serving temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. Pours a clear deep straw with a light apparent carbonation. A thin white cap is short lived as a result.

Sweet corn and grain on the nose. Nothing too distracting but rather light overall and with a bit of funky lemon after some exposure.

Smooth creamy body, somewhat slick and sweet in nature. Finishes with a slightly astringent lemon character and a hint of spice and toasted bread. Feel is rich though lacking in carbonation and actually feels a bit better direct from the bottle. A bit too heavy on the palate for me.

HalfFull, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of emiricius
2.05/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was drink that during my visit to Montenegro

A: Pouring it into a small cup it's a bright clear pale.

S: Touch of grain. Not much else.

T: Very watery.

Is I already say, only good beer from that region comes from Bosnia . like: Sarajevko, Tuzlanski pilsner, Erster...

emiricius, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.13/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally, Montenegro is in the database (and I can tick it)! This representative thereof pours a clear pale straw topped by a short half-finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises stale wheat, hard water, corn, and rice husks. The taste doesn't seem to want to deviate from this appointed path too much, though a sickly sweet vein of corn syrup finds its way through, marring the experience further. Making matters somehow worse is an aftertaste of toasted rice that does not want to go away. Talk about malingering! The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, another sad beer from the former Yugoslavia. Apparently only Croatia has figured brewing out since Dayton. Go figure.

TMoney2591, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, best before Feb 5, 2011, but all gold and shiny in the meantime.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden apple-juice colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving some sparse, broken webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of wet cardboard, bready corn mash - in the cheap breakfast cereal sense - more than a bit of petrol, and dead grassy, malodorous weedy hops. The taste kicks off with a dry, astringent corn graininess, followed meekly by a tame pale malt sweetness, which is quickly overshadowed by a phenolic nail polish remover acridity brazenly creeping in, and more lightly bitter weedy, teetering on the edge, skunky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pandering frothiness for the most part, the body on the light side, weight-wise, fizzy, and kind of clingy in its bland smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, with airs of crispness that are duly tamped down by a lingering morning after bar floor cloying unpleasantness.

While there are suggestions of a decent Euro lager here, too many converse Euro-swill markers spoil the party. Not particularly enjoyable, and not recommended, unless you are participating in some sort of hooligan soccer appreciation affair, and then, well, all bets are obviously off, ironically not entirely unlike this offering.

biboergosum, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of scott451
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass mug. A clear yellow with a one finger bubbly white head which soon diminishes ti a ring. No lacing to speak of.

This beer actually doesn't smell very good. Kind of rank. Grainy. It tastes much better than the smell. Sweet malts and moderate hops.. A metallic finish.

Medium light body. Drinkability is moderate. Not bad really but nothing that I would seek out.

scott451, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hell yes, my first Serbian tick. Huge thanks to Marina for hauling this rarity back from Serbia.

Pale yellow with a head that dissipates almost immediately, this looks like your average Eastern European lager. It smells quite bad, sweet pale malt with subtle diacetyl, cooked corn and sulfur. It's worse yet on the palate, surprisingly sweet but also metallic, buttery and mildly sulfuric. They seem to have used metal instead of hops, what little finish I can detect is more reminiscent of pennies. This would be drinkable if I were in Serbia and there were no other options, but it's pretty bad on the grand scale of things. Beer like this makes me grateful that I live in a country with better beer culture.

largadeer, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this is the gem of Montenegro InBev has brought to the states. My knee-jerk reaction is we have a standard Euro Lager. Why must we receive popular beers instead of getting cases of a highly rated brew of the same region? Enough about the preview, let's move on to the beer:

Nearly gold in appearance in a little head on top. Sweet grainy and grassy aroma. The taste of this is a little better than I was expecting. For starters, it doesn't carry that stinky imported taste. The flavor is a little more pronounced than in your average Euro Lager, balanced nicely by the sweet malt and a moderate hop flavor. For good measure, it feels a little meatier too, with a grape-like sweetness in the back of the mouth.

I would like to apologize to the brewers of Niksicko Pivo for my stereotyping earlier. You proved me wrong by making a lager that's a little ahead of the curve.

DoubleJ, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "Beer of Montenegro", but I guess they don't quite qualify as their own country yet on Beer Advocate. Pours golden with a decent white fluffy head that fades very quickly but leaves some decent lacing. The smell is clean with dry malt and some floral hops. Not bad. taste is fairly robust with a real floral hop taste. Crisp and with some slight graininess and a fairly pleasanr bitter finish. Mouthfeek is crisp and relatively full bodied. I don't know that I'd call this an American Macro lager, tastes more pilsnerish to me. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, not bad at all. I was dreading another Eastern European beer of death but found a quaffable well made, if somewhat simple brew.

Georgiabeer, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased at George's Deli in Chicago for $1.50.

Served chilled in a fluted Kolsch glass. Fizzy foam with an initial swarm of carbonation. Pale flaccid yellow body.

Smell of bland grain, mild vegetal odor. Not offensive, but also not enticing.

Flavor of bready grain, fairly dry, bland and one-dimensional. Vague hop bitterness lingers in the ghostly finish. Not bad, it's pretty inoffensive overall.

Ok carbonation, along with a thin body make it an easy warm-weather quaffer.

emerge077, May 09, 2007
Photo of dhilltop2000
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a neon yellow, oatmeal-like haze with small irregular dark specks floating around. (Yes, it was poured from a clean glass) Very little head. It starts out as a small amount of large diameter sudsy bubbles which quickly subside into a small, almost unnoticable layer ontop of the beer. Smells of classic pisner style with dry cereal, lemon and malt. Tastes somewhat dry, slightly sweet and moderatly crisp hops. Good balenance here but not too complex. Light on the palate and rather drinkable.

dhilltop2000, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.95/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not an American lager but rather a crossbreed of Munchner and Pilsner, with strong malty character. Smells great, with flowery-hoppy notes. Forms majestic pale-golden crown. Beautiful lace, too. Taste is rich and complex with malts giving way to hops in the finish. Very drinkable beer, magnificent summer refresher and good companian to hearty Serbian or Hungarian meal. Recommended!

ernie, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an American macro style lager I guess I was expecting something more sinister. I guess you could say I was pleasantly suprised.

Pours a clear pale golden color, starts with a dense frothy off-white head. Head fades to a 1/4" halo of a cap, lace is thick and sticky.

Smell is malty sweetness, spicy floral hops and the slighest hint of skunkiness. Not wholly unpleasant.

Taste is very much the same as the smell with the addition of a metal-like twang on the tongue. Finishes crisply and cleanly. No lingering aftertaste.

Medium-light body. Active carbonation. Lively, thin mouthfeel.

Overall, better than I had hoped. Not my favorite style of beer, but not bad for the style. Drinkable, yes.

EvilKeith, May 07, 2006
Photo of Skidz
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pale straw and sits light gold in the glass with a good sized soapy white head. Fades to a light skim with some good lacings around the glass.

Smells fragrantly grassy, lots of clover. Crackery malts buried beneath.

Tastes predominately malty up front, very mild though. Crackery pils malts and faint honey. Mild grassy hops provide slight bitterness into the finish.

Light in the mouth with mild and crisp carbonation. Easy drinking, nice refreshing character.

Skidz, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this looks good in the Pilsner glass. Clear yellow to gold colored beer with a tall puffy white head.

Smell is malt with a hint of acid and sweetness in the smell. Hops are herbal and borderline soapy in scent.

Taste is malty and somewhat flowery on the tongue. Slightly sweet with a good grassy and herbal hop flavor. The flowery flavors get stronger as you drink this and remind more than a little of Saison.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Far better beer than I expected it is actually drinkable. Good if a bit flowery lager, I must try this at the factory sometime in the future.

Zorro, Mar 27, 2006
Niksicko Pivo from Trebjesa Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.