Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Pivovarna Laško visit their website
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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 79
Photo of Ralphus
4.2/5  rDev +31.7%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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 (745 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.09/5  rDev -34.5%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. A nice bright white head, decent retention and lacing. The carbonation is very lively, lots of bubbles.

Smells of floral hops, pale malt and vegetables.

Tastes similar to the nose, pale malt, light on the hops and some veggies. Crisp and clean. Nothing that will shock the average beer drinker but it still has more taste than most. (362 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
2.41/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev +6%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of pootz
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of ernie
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Slovenian beer more and more with each consecutive sip. It is a very light beer with a pleasant taste that goes down easily, especially on a hot day or with a barbecue dinner. Of course my enjoyment could be attributed to the novelty of drinking something from the small alpine country in which it was brewed.

It brought back memories of the Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup 2002 game I saw in Daegu between Slovenia and the victorious South African squad. (467 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of shamus
2.62/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of stoutman
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of putnam
4.52/5  rDev +41.7%
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! (1,140 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (279 characters)

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Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
75 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.