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Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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73
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 22.19%
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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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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stevoj

Germany

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-21-2011 18:25:50 | More by stevoj
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

05-31-2014 21:12:48 | More by endless1408
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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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sfprint

Germany

3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 03:29:25 | More by sfprint
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 00:27:49 | More by crwills
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stoutman

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
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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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

07-14-2013 07:20:19 | More by hansavijaticar
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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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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 00:08:55 | More by CanuckRover
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exp 16-05-08. Light golden colour with a generous off-white head. Well carbonated with lots of fast rising bubbles (on second glance, many are coming from what my dish washer left behind!). Now, where was I? Oh yes, fast rising bubbles followed by some very good lacing. Smells ... well, actually it didn't. Wait ... a mild grassy nose; certainly nothing skunky. Taste is real pilsener: dry, crisp, lightly hopped, thin texture, some malt to balance the bitter finish. Lingers in a very pleasant, refreshing way. Overall, this is something you should try if you like the style; I'd buy this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 23:57:41 | More by ThatWineGuy
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -48.6%
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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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -22.2%
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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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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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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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.81/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:29:53 | More by MarkoNm
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 17:07:52 | More by ernie
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 23:23:43 | More by Ralphus
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -3.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -18%
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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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Slovenia

3/5  rDev -3.5%

08-09-2013 16:09:06 | More by tmzl
Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
73 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.