Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško
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4.53/5 rDev +45.2%
A delicately balanced, captivating perfume of honey, minerals and rosy baked brioche crusts emerges from this blonde liquid. A mouthful of biscuit, pepper and cream flavor is round yet stony and dry. Stabbing prickles of gas leave dusty etchings in the buxom, generous flesh. Neatly extracted bitterness makes the bones. Suggestions of honey-drenched apricot, plum and other stone fruits join unobtrusive mint and lemon/lime flavors. Buried within are measured amounts of butter and hot cereal notes.
Stylisticly this lies somewhere between a Bavarian Helles and Maerzen. I'm surprised. I wish someone brought this into the US. I'd buy 10 cases today.
Regarding this beer from the brewery's site:
"A friend in all moods and a comrade at every social event as in the days when beer was still simply called - beer. From that era of classic beer comes Zlatorog, the predecessor of all the Lako Beers. It is still the one most sought after, still the one that sells the best and still the one that is most often brought to the company of the drinking table."
"drinking table" ... "when beer was still simply called - beer"
06-20-2005 19:50:19 | More by putnam
4.2/5 rDev +34.6%
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.
08-11-2008 23:23:43 | More by Ralphus
4/5 rDev +28.2%
Drinkability - Better than the average mass market Euro lager with more flavours, this beer is still very drinkable. Probably will be my choice vs. the others on the shelves.
Appearance - clear gold with a head that recedes to leave some good lacing.
Smell - Immediately more interesting than the average Euro lagers on the mass market. This has some buttery spicy hops that are quite noticeable.
Taste - Like the aroma, this beer is more interesting than the average Euro lagers since this has more hops in the finish. Some might describe the aroma and taste as "vegetal" but I like it since it stands out as unique. There's also a nice diactyl butterscotch tone in the after taste.
Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy texture that isn't coarse in the medium-dry finish. There's some nice slickness in the mouth afterwards.
08-27-2009 00:30:55 | More by ecoastman
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +24.4%
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
07-17-2008 11:17:40 | More by JohnW
3.88/5 rDev +24.4%
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.
03-25-2009 23:33:57 | More by nokes
3.85/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
07-23-2006 22:14:43 | More by flexabull
3.81/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
11-13-2013 21:29:53 | More by MarkoNm
3.8/5 rDev +21.8%
It would be fitting for a country that borders the Alps and produces a ton of basketball talent to have a very tall, tall head on its national brand of beer; inconveniently, this is not the case and I am hence robbed of any easy metaphors. Fortunately, it does have a gloriously clean, glinting gold complexion that allows for some alliteration.
Zlatorog has the right smell for a Czech Pilsner but unfortunately it's set at a 3 or 4 when where I really need it to be is, ideally, at least a 7 or 8. I understand, however, that for a (relatively) mass-produced national brand this is asking too much, especially considering it already offers far more hop presence than is customary for beers of this ilk.
Furthermore, the maltiness it exudes is infinitely cleaner than that of the worst North American (or European) offenders. The clean, unadulterated taste of barley malt (as oppose to corn or rice) makes for a flavour profile that is eternally more appreciable for its honey-like sweetness and soft bready taste. And it's supremely more pure and elegant.
And it's not without *some* of flowery, earthy hop character! It may be subdued but its inclusion is uncustomary and unexpected; the bitterness it imparts is brittle and faint but for all its temperance it manages to obtrude that biscuity sweetness and remodels the straw-like dryness of pale malt with a markedly more floral and earthy brand.
Zlatorog may taste like an uninspired, watered down pilsner but that is enormously better than most countries' national brands which drink like defiled, adulterated sodas. This is not only superlatively more flavourful and drinkable, but it also earns its brewers, and indeed its country and the people who drink it, an immeasurable amount of more respect from me.
06-18-2010 16:54:33 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev +19.6%
Appearance: Light light straw colour. Laces the glass nicely but head retention is not so good.
Smell: Hint of floral hops and some metallic notes.
Taste: Not overly bitter, floral and grassy.
Mouthfeel: Light body. Perfect carbonation.
Drinkability: Easy to drink for sure.
01-21-2006 22:59:20 | More by allergictomacros
3.7/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
05-24-2010 03:29:25 | More by sfprint
3.7/5 rDev +18.6%
I like the two tone green label.
This pours pale gold with a rocky head with excellent retention. Fantastic sheets of lace coat the glass. The aroma is grainy with a nice hop bitterness, nice malt sweetness and a residual tartness as well. The taste hoppier than I thought, though stil no Prima Pils. There a nice interplay between the malt and hops. I also taste a little bit of ryvita crackers. In the finish theres a slight metallic taste. The mouthfeel is mouthcoating and thick with good carbonation for the style.
This is a decent pilsner all things said, worth a try but nothing groundbreaking.
10-09-2005 20:58:21 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
06-30-2006 17:07:52 | More by ernie
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
07-05-2008 21:55:04 | More by Derek
3.63/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
12-01-2005 21:11:23 | More by Viggo
3.63/5 rDev +16.3%
Crystal clear pale gold with a bright white head. Delicate aroma of spicy and floral hops with mild grainy malt. Maybe a hint of lemon as well. Solid flavour with a nice bitterness that lingers. Hops increase into the finish as well. High carbonation keeps it lively on the palate and the body, though light, never feels thin. Lightly drying as well. I picked this up because of the cool name and I was pleasantly surprised.
03-06-2006 00:37:23 | More by DrJay
3.58/5 rDev +14.7%
I enjoyed this Slovenian beer more and more with each consecutive sip. It is a very light beer with a pleasant taste that goes down easily, especially on a hot day or with a barbecue dinner. Of course my enjoyment could be attributed to the novelty of drinking something from the small alpine country in which it was brewed.
It brought back memories of the Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup 2002 game I saw in Daegu between Slovenia and the victorious South African squad.
06-11-2006 22:01:49 | More by mwrseeley
3.55/5 rDev +13.8%
Pours a very standard gold colour, with a minimal froth of white head. Light carbonation, but not much lacing.
Lightly fruity notes on the nose, with quite a fragrant tropical hoppiness - hints of passionfruit dominant. Quite surprising and most certainly welcome.
Taste also has the light hoppy passionfruit character. Nice flavours of fruit, but with a slight yeasty hit that dries the back of the palate. Not bad though.
This is a pretty good beer overall, it certainly has some character over generic swill.
04-21-2008 02:01:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.5/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-20-2008 06:09:52 | More by irishkyle21
3.43/5 rDev +9.9%
Decent thirst quenching, quaffer beer. Pours a very clear yellow with a small amount of head. Perhaps half a finger. Smells very nice. Bit of malts, with a grass and floral hop bite. Taste is very refreshing. Crisp malts, mild bitter hops. Mouthfeel is clean and light, but not to light. Very drinkable. A great session beer.
12-04-2005 04:27:32 | More by slitherySOB
3.4/5 rDev +9%
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.
02-01-2007 00:27:49 | More by crwills
Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
73 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.