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Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 22.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Slovenia

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2005

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
4.2/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Zlatorog, which means "golden horn", is a mythical buck that guarded a treasure along with three virgins in Slovenian lore. Today it's remembered as a popular beer in the region and one that I had the chance to sample frequently during a trip to Croatia in the fall of 2007. Todays sample is nearly as good despite being bottled and shipped overseas to Canada.

Zlatorog pours a deep golden color with a two finger head. It recedes but laces the glass nicely right to the bottom. At first smell I simply thought, "This smells like good beer" - and it is. There's grain, flowers and light vanilla in the scent. The mouth-feel however is wonderful. Very creamy for a Czech Pilsner - reminding me of what Canadian cream ales want to be but don't have much success representing. This beer is silky smooth with very well behaved carbonation - you'll have no trouble taking big gulps of this brew! Taste wise the creaminess is there but balanced well with grains, malt and hops.

From experience I can tell you that drink-ability is high. Not only because my friends and I had no trouble polishing of enormous mugs of this - but neither did the locals. Give this one a try and you'll agree that the buck on this label really does guard a treasure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a Euro lager kick, just to see what's out there. After buying a series of bocks to celebrate the upcoming spring weather, I picked up Lasko because it also sported a goat on its label. Though its not a bock, I figured I'd give it a go.

Quick pour yielded a fluffy head that dissipated very quickly. Nice colour to the brew, though, a solid golden hue.

Nose is malts, a bit of bread, floral hops, some sweetness that reminds me of corn syrup. Nothing offensive, nothing great.

Crisp cracker, decent but sparing floral hops, slightly sweet. A good malt profile. Easy to drink, certainly a touch better than most mass-market Euro fare. Still, calling this a czech pilsner is a stretch - its very mild. Finishes slightly bitter and tinny.

Strong carbonation, thin bodied.

Even if knocking another beer country off your list was the aim for drinking this beer, Zlatorog is actually a pretty decent and wasn't a chore to drink. Clearly the formidable brewing heritage of its neighbours has had an influence on this Slovenian brewer. Zlatorog is nothing great, but its certainly better than other Eastern European fare.

Photo of Swedes21
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - first thing noticed is the nice foamy white head with poured, has a very "airy" appearance. once the head is gone, decent amount of lacing left behind. very clear golden colour with a min amount of carbonation.

Smell - clean smelling beer, unique smelling beer. I would say a malty sweet smell was the one that came across the most.

Taste - nice tasting beer, can really taste the malt of brew. there is a slight kick to the aftertaste, however, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - carbonation level increase providing a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability - for a Czech beer, i went in with no expectations. Coming out, i would 100% drink this beer again and enjoy it with friends.

Photo of Chief_Mug
3.72/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lasko Zlatorog is a good commercial beer. I would call the taste and feel like a lager. In most places in Slovenia, you will have a choice of Union (more like a Pilsner) or Lasko. As of 2014 a few Micro brewers are available. But you will have to find those at a liquor store. : Extra note the Lasko Dark is better (imo) if available.

Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in several locations while touring Croatia.

Aroma is dry, grassy and hint of malts rather than bitterness of hops. Pours clear gold with decent head that lasted fairly well down the half litre glass.

Good flavours, typical of its style in this form, fairly smooth and dry start, some malts come through and crisp bitterness at the end, leaving a clean aftertaste, though maybe a shade too 'gassy'.

This became my favourite beer of the region when on tap, and found it consistant where-ever I went, always refreshing and enjoyable on a hot sunny day.

Fairly well balanced between malts and the dryness of hops, making it easy to drink, even if not outstanding, a good solid thirst quencher with no vices.

JohnW July 2008
B'ham UK

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml, 4.9% ABV, according to the LCBO...

This beer pours a clear light straw colour, with a copious amount of thin foamy white head, which leaves some sparse random lace around the glass upon its remission. It smells of white cracker grain, and somewhat acrid grassy hops. The taste is sweet white grain, a bit bready, and earthy, kind of vegetal, hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and it finishes kind of flat, the white grain and underwhelming hops not exactly showboating.

The lack of any crispness to the hops and grain make me question the Czech Pilsner classification, but overall, not a bad pale Euro-lager, cloyingness being at a minimum. (Maybe the 'love' in the brewing process softened things a bit...)

Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather ordinary beer . Pale, thin after first sip of the lastin head, some creaminess in head. Drying aftertaste. Some beer and floral-nitrogen like aroma. Not much taste. Pales, pardon the pun, in comparison to the other side of the tracks where the real Czech beers are brewed.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golde. Short head, little lacing.

I get apple on the nose. Some hay.

Nice grassy hops up front. Doesn't leap out at you, but they're there, which is better than you can say of most mass euro-lagers. Crisp finish with light fruity malt.

A surprisingly nice lager from Slovenia.

Photo of sfprint
3.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangy yellow with a quickly disappating head.
Smell: Malty and sweet, not striking.
Taste: Very sweet, honey, bitter, and herby.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a near medium body. Very sparkly carbonation.
Overall: Great! Huge contrast to Union, which I'm surprised many people favor.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.09/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color pilsner with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of corn and light floral malt is kind of disappointing. Taste is also dominated by some medium sweet corn malt with limited hops presence. Average body for the style with good carbonation. Another bland and boring euro-lager.

Photo of dolzan
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with a large head.

The second most common lager in the country where I live.

Very light and drinkable with a slightly hoppy and bitter aroma, but without the unpleasant aftertaste of its main rival in the country, Union. It's an adequate lager, but nothing to write home about, though.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. A nice bright white head, decent retention and lacing. The carbonation is very lively, lots of bubbles.

Smells of floral hops, pale malt and vegetables.

Tastes similar to the nose, pale malt, light on the hops and some veggies. Crisp and clean. Nothing that will shock the average beer drinker but it still has more taste than most.

Photo of tatterdash
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this bright green label at the local LCBO and decided to go for it. Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that dissipates but never completely goes away. Aroma of strong saaz hops, with a bit of breadiness and over-cooked vegetables thrown in. Taste was a bit of sweet grain turning quickly bitter, with spicy hopped finish, a little brackish though. Mouthfeel was of course very crisp, but not as soft water as expected. Very good and drinkable, but there are many better pilseners out there.

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, hops, floral notes, lemon, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with light hops and some lemons. There is also a little bit of a metallic flavour mixed with corn. As well I picked up on a bit of a fruit sweetness.. perhaps pears or apples. The beer finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a fair amount of a spicy bitterness.

Overall – A highly drinkable beer that was unremarkable. Just another Euro lager..

Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a familiar golden-yellow colour, topped with a thin white head that lasts a few minutes before fading into wisps upon the surface. A thin collar follows the edge of the glass, but there is little-to-no-lacing. Carbonation level looks appropriate. The aroma is nice but highly generic; grainy cracker malts and grass.

Clean, crisp taste, but nothing especially interesting as far as flavour goes - those same doughy, grainy malts provide a bit of sweetness, with some light hay-like hops rounding out the profile. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feels a little slippery on the tongue.

I can't really work up much enthusiasm for this, but it's a perfectly drinkable lager. I bought this mostly because I've never had Slovenian beer before, and I doubt I'll get it again.

Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice pilsner... very drinkable and session worthy. I actually drank it in Croatia, and preferred it to the Croatian alternatives. (which were pretty good too...) It reminded me a lot of Sierra Nevada Pilsner, it has a nice slight fruity quality to it.

Photo of ernie
3.69/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color, medium carbonation, modest but long-lasting white head, beautiful lace.

Aroma flowery-hoppy with a lively citric note.

Start soft, dryish, body medium, rounded, taste beautifully balanced (pale toasted malts vs bitter hops). Dry hoppy finish. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

Nice beer, easily drinkable. Of course worth a try.

Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.9%.

A: Clear golden yellow, pours with a nice white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Steelie, grassy & floral hops.

T: Steelie, grassy & floral hops, modest bitterness, hints of underlying caramel & bread.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, with a relatively crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, this review may not be completely objective, because I have been drinking this beer for ages now, it has been my first beer I have ever tasted, and so far my last one (since I just finished one). The glass was full of golden delight topped with a decent and foamy head. It had the typical aroma of the bready malt and some grassy note as well in there. The taste was sweet, finishing with a slight bitterness. All in all, a nice and refreshing beer, perfect for a night drink with the guys.

Photo of djura
2.52/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden color,nice white foam,staying for couple of seconds,but stay with one finger till the end. Medium carbonation.

S-Extremely awful,very unpleasant smell,don't know what it is,like bad brandy.

T/M- Taste is below average for lagers. At the first,it is refreshing,but as you drink it,it tastes sorrow. Some bitter aftertaste.

O-Expected much more from this,Lasko produce nice beers,but this one is below their standards.

Photo of nokes
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mine says 4.9%

Poured this with moderate aggressiveness to get a two-finger white head which died back fairly quickly to a frothy one-finger and let me finish the pour. Moderate retention and some lacing...not too bad, really. The colour could use just a bit more richness, but it's crystal clear with some carbon bubbles rising throughout.

Smell-wise, it's pretty nice. Not amazing, but some light floral notes, some grassiness...smells fresh.

Medium-good appearance, medium-good smell...I wasn't expecting very-solid-good taste, but there it is. This beer is well and solidly into the realm of good. I like the way it's balanced; nothing overwhelming or overpowering, just a nice blend of light maltiness with some pleasant citrus and just a hint of deeper caramelly fruitiness. It tails off with some mild bitter...pleasant in all respects.

The carbonation is not too much, and it comes off as a really nice pilsener. Dry and crisp but still quite flavourful. It fills the mouth nicely and then it's gone, leaving a pleasant but mild aftertaste and no stickiness. Very easy to drink.

Then I tried it with food (roast beef and mashed potatoes to be exact) and was quite happy with the results. Nice!

I'd happily drink this again; I may even seek it out. If I were in Slovenia, I'm guessing this would be a summer stand-by.

Photo of BucBasil
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass at Pr'Skelet Bar in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

A: Pure gold witha 1.5 finger pure white head with ok retention.

S: After pouring, the skunky smell is evident from pretty far away. Euro lager smell. A lot of must and some grainy sourness. Old grain.

T: Rough and grainy with the taste of whole grain crackers... like triscuits or something. Finishes slightly sour with a lasting impression of skunk and must that is not altogether pleasant.

M: Crisp on the tongue and going down alright.

D: Not a big fan and not looking to drink a bunch of these. Kind of off-ish taste, but I have a feeling it's intentional.

Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't drink a lot of pilsner, but a friend of mine brought this over as a gift (thanks Ang!) so I figured I'd try it out and review it.

Poured a very clear yellow into a pint class, with a thin bone-white head that sticks around. Looks pretty carbonated.

Not a whole lot of aroma to speak of... some mild fruitiness and crackers, and a little bit of farmy yeast in there. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, and actually deceptively little carbonation. Tangy fruits and yeast up front, with mild floral hops filling out the middle and aftertaste. Overall, everything is fairly muted, but this isn't unexpected.

Pretty decent for what it is, and better than most local offerings in the style.

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, big white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is citrus, floral hops, grainy malt, vanilla and some spice. Taste is citrus, grass, slight skunk, nice malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Not bad at all.

Photo of andrenaline
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Continuing my goal of reviewing all the random import cans at the local LCBO comes this brew...

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thumb of head with little retention and a little sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, grassy hop notes, musty cardboard, paper mache and a metallic finish.

T - Mild again, musty grassy notes, hints of sweet corn, buttered bread and wet cardboard.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A mild and unadventurous pilz. I have a feeling I will continue to be underwhelmed by these import cans, but here's to hoping I will discover a hidden gem. This unfortunately, is not it.

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