Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 22.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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
Photo of TerryW
1.47/5  rDev -53%
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.

Photo of TheHammer
1.62/5  rDev -48.2%
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.

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 cyrenaica
2.41/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of stcules
2.47/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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 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 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 pootz
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of shamus
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of stoutman
2.67/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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 tbeckett
2.84/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

golden clear, some head, little lacing, not much sticks around

highly skunky / limey / minty... like a Corona with lime still in it

tastes alright, not much like it smells, kinda like a Heineken

maybe a bit over fizzy, feels pretty good

overall, pretty drinkable!

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 StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when i first had this it was ice cold on a 100 degree day, and i thought it was sensational. every subsequent drinking ive thought less and less of it. now im to the point where i cant really stomach more than one. call it beer fatigue, but this doesnt really work for me anymore. smells like a standard euro adjunct, with a crispy hop presence in the nose that doesnt quite make it to the flavor. it also has a decent malt profile in both aroma and flavor, not at all heavy, but not watered down either. flavor is pretty standard, a little mineral rich, but quite drinkable at a cold temperature. feel is way too carbonated, but the body is fine for a hot day. its the after taste that i think is the nasty part, i try to ignore it by drinking another sip before it sets in. im sure ill have this again, but i likely wont be too enthused.

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

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV marked as 4.9% on stickers affixed to the can.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a 2cm white head. Head reduced to a thin cap and a decent of amount lacing is produced.

S - Grainy, grassy and a hint of butter.

T - Sweet malts hit first followed by the hops. The hop profile is more herbal then typical Lagers/Pilsners. Again I picked up some buttery notes. There's also some unpleasant metallic notes that show up in the finish

M - Average carbonation and some creaminess. Lacks that crispness I expect from a typical Lager/Pilsner.

D - Average. Enjoyed on occasion but not something I regularly drink.

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 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Nose is almost non-existent. Flavor is smooth. Decent grain tones with a bit of an earthy bite. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decent and jut slightly high. Overall an easy drinker. There are certainly some bad examples of this style out there and this isn't one of them. Not going to blow you away, but it works.

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...)

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