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Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.22%


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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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 22:59:20 | More by allergictomacros
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stcules

Italy

2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
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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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 04:27:32 | More by slitherySOB
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 21:11:23 | More by Viggo
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 20:58:21 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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putnam

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 Laško 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"
Choice!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 19:50:19 | More by putnam
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 00:40:16 | More by tatterdash
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -18%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-16-2012 17:48:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%
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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djura

Serbia

2.58/5  rDev -17%
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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 07:27:52 | More by thehyperduck
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%
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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
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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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2011 20:02:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-07-2010 01:04:38 | More by Swedes21
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-14-2010 02:02:48 | More by decimator
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dolzan

Slovenia

2.55/5  rDev -18%
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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2010 16:54:33 | More by biegaman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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...)

Serving type: can

02-21-2010 01:15:16 | More by biboergosum
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-12-2009 19:57:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2008 11:17:40 | More by JohnW
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flexabull

California

3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 22:14:43 | More by flexabull
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Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
73 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.