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Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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BA SCORE
73
okay

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovarna Laško visit their website
Slovenia

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2005)
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

1.45/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Uhn. No so good.

Looks okay, clear golden colour, good sized head, some lace. After that its pretty much a bust. A very weird combination of things happening here. Doughiness, odd creaminess, metallic finish. Vegetal, corny.

I kinda suspect that with all this weirdness happening there's something off with whatever they make this with.

Not at all enjoyable. Might not even be real beer? Bizarre.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 00:38:21 | More by TerryW
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SadPanda

Afghanistan

1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

07-01-2014 19:20:36 | More by SadPanda
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apasternak

District of Columbia

1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

05-26-2013 21:38:51 | More by apasternak
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

11-21-2013 11:56:41 | More by pipinmalikonj
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: A solid two fingers to frothy head that retains and laces decently. The body is a typical Lager gold with perhaps a slight tinge of brown, however not much carbonation going on.

Smell: Really bad earthy skunk, with only the barest touches of grass in the background. It is also quite pronounced which in this case, isn't a good thing.

Taste: It takes just like it smells, as it starts with a sulfuric fizzy taste that turns into an awful earthy swamp taste. Not very complex, and frankly not very good. There are worse things I've put in my mouth, sure but this is not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is way to fizzy, there is a severe lack of transitioning, the aftertaste tastes like dirt, and the only redeeming quality is that it thankfully moist to drink, washing away much of the unpleasantness.

Drinkability: Well, it does quench the thirst, but not much else. My stomach doesn't quite agree with it as it seems to cause some bloating. It's not easy going down, in fact it is a struggle.

Final Thoughts: Yeah...you will want to pass on this one. There are certainly better imports out there as I can't really see ever wanting to have another one of these ever again. It got drain poured at the half way mark. At least it looked nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:05:20 | More by TheHammer
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 17:13:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle
4.9% abv
I tried this beer on August 27, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold into a glass with a loose white head which didn't last very long. There was some hints of malt in the aroma, but not a lot. The mouthfeel was thin, with mild carbonation, and slightly slippery, reminiscent of wheat beers. The flavour was also a bit on the grainy side. Not a beer I would go out of my way to order again, but it did knock another country off my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 00:02:48 | More by cyrenaica
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light looking and clear pale amber to straw colour with plenty of bubbles. It is quite a light looking beer, even for a pale lager although the head retention isn't the worst at least.

Very light grassy hops to begin with, along with some skunk and grain. There is some vegetable adjuncts and a touch of cheap lager malts but overall the aroma is on the poor side.

Light on taste to begin with, however there is some corn, grain and cheap adjuncts along with some sweetness. It's not a great taste at all and is rounded off with some bread and lager hops.

Light, thin and cheap on the palate with some grain but other than that a mainly smooth feel. There is a touch of skunk and it comes across as being quite bland and watered down meaning it wasn't all that refreshing either.

A very poor offering and not how I wanted my introduction to Slovenian beer to go. It was at least somewhat drinkable but not great or refreshing really, which is all you want from a cheap pale lager in a foreign country. Cheap, unexciting and not worth trying, give this one a miss.

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Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 16:03:01 | More by flyingpig
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stcules

Italy

2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, with greenish reflexes. White head, not very compact, average in persistence. Carbonated appearance.
The smell is quite hoppy, grassy and fresh, quite pleasant. Then it comes out the malt, more standard. Volatile hop.
In the taste the grassy hop is again well present, and it is also quite bitter. But then the sweetness ofthe malt comes out again. More standard.
Light body, bitter hop in the aftertaste, quite long. Then the malt.
Overall, not so bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 20:55:35 | More by stcules
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GregaR


2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

07-17-2014 17:25:15 | More by GregaR
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Iztok

Slovenia

2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

10-23-2012 18:42:23 | More by Iztok
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mariobbr

Serbia

2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

05-07-2013 12:41:26 | More by mariobbr
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle> Handled in the typically insane way the LCBO does this> Long term, in the light at room temp...but the beer was not skunked?? ( chemical adjuncts to prevent photo degeneration?)

Pour: a golden colored Pils with a tall fluffy cap which lasts and laces..moderate carbonation.

Aroma:Primal cracked grains, weak floral hopping , some sweetness.

Profile: grain and husky up front light moravian malts and hops then a flood of sickly sweetness from some refined adjunct source ( probably vegetable dextrose) finishes wet, sweet and with a light bittering

Overall impression: grainy nose cloakes the sickeningly sweet adjuncts and stabilizers ...the ultimate "Slovak welfare lager" meant to rot your teeth, fuzz your head and be easy on the Kopecks...why is the LCBO wasting shelf space with this commie welfare slop when we can’t get a decent lager like Spaten or Ayinger here ????

Also seeing an "80" rating for this sweet adjunct crap makes one wonder about the rating system.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 15:01:00 | More by pootz
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 23:32:22 | More by Sammy
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dolzan

Slovenia

2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 20:12:09 | More by dolzan
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has character. It leaves a lace but it smells better than it tastes. While I appreciate that it has more complex flavours than many beers it leaves a sickly sweet aftertaste. I prefer a more bitter hopped experience however and lean towards flavourful pale ales.I could easily skip this one next time around.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 05:45:36 | More by shamus
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djura

Serbia

2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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 above their standards.

Serving type: can

01-20-2012 19:11:19 | More by djura
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stoutman

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4.9 % on bottle label. Nothing special here, this is below average stuff, and kind of cheap. Bought from the LCBO in Toronto. The aroma was sharp, crisp, floral, slightly sweet. Light gold in color, thin white head, lots of lace that fades rather quickly. The flavour was of floral hops, some sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, and medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 23:57:56 | More by stoutman
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:40:21 | More by BucBasil
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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-31-2014 22:10:13 | More by poskok
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL can from a small store in Sarajevo. Can says 4.9% ABV.

A - Pours with a loose, soapy white head of two fingers. Bright gold or yellow colour with alot of carbonation. Bright. Lacing is quite good with chunks around the sides and a retention that is better than it should be.

S - Sweet corny malt. Some hay like hop notes.

T - Sweet malt, less corny. Grassy, hay hop notes. More sweetness than I would like.

M - Medium carbonation and light to medium body. Creamy. Not crisp.

D - Meh. A Euro lager less sweet than your typical stuff but not good by any means. Worth it if the only thing available is less interesting but otherwise a pass.

Serving type: can

04-13-2011 18:09:04 | More by tbeckett
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Anze

Slovenia

3/5  rDev -3.2%

10-24-2013 16:33:50 | More by Anze
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%
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..

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 18:34:58 | More by spinrsx
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -3.2%

11-16-2011 02:49:42 | More by BierBliss
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-07-2012 17:01:42 | More by andrenaline
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Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
73 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.