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Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovarna Laško visit their website
Slovenia

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Sammy, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.08/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
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...)

biboergosum, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

biegaman, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Viggo, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Derek, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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..

spinrsx, May 03, 2011
Photo of stcules
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

stcules, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of tbeckett
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

tbeckett, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

andrenaline, May 07, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

flexabull, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of CampusCrew
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer while visting Croatia. it was very popular there. It's a good example of a czech pilsner. Clean and pronounced hops. Frothy head and pure golden color. It's very drinkable and goes down easy. Perfect for those hot Croatian summers. I would not put it up there with Staropramen and others, but it's a good pilsner option.

CampusCrew, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of pootz
2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

pootz, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

allergictomacros, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of apasternak
1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

apasternak, May 26, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

This is

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of flyingpig
2.45/5  rDev -21.5%
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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flyingpig, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of TerryW
1.45/5  rDev -53.5%
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.

TerryW, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

thehyperduck, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of putnam
4.53/5  rDev +45.2%
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!

putnam, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 14, 2011
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Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
74 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.