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Zlatorog - Pivovarna Laško

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovarna Laško visit their website
Slovenia

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2005)
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

stevoj, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

BierBliss, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev 0%
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 spinrsx
3/5  rDev -4.8%
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 tbeckett
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of BucBasil
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

BucBasil, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Swedes21, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of decimator
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

decimator, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of dolzan
2.55/5  rDev -19%
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.

dolzan, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
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 sfprint
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

sfprint, May 24, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  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...)

biboergosum, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
1.6/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

TheHammer, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

CanuckRover, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3/5  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!

PEIBeerGuy, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkability - Better than the average mass market Euro lager with more flavours, this beer is still very drinkable. Probably will be my choice vs. the others on the shelves.

Appearance - clear gold with a head that recedes to leave some good lacing.

Smell - Immediately more interesting than the average Euro lagers on the mass market. This has some buttery spicy hops that are quite noticeable.

Taste - Like the aroma, this beer is more interesting than the average Euro lagers since this has more hops in the finish. Some might describe the aroma and taste as "vegetal" but I like it since it stands out as unique. There's also a nice diactyl butterscotch tone in the after taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy texture that isn't coarse in the medium-dry finish. There's some nice slickness in the mouth afterwards.

ecoastman, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
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 TerryW
1.45/5  rDev -54%
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 nokes
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mine says 4.9%

Poured this with moderate aggressiveness to get a two-finger white head which died back fairly quickly to a frothy one-finger and let me finish the pour. Moderate retention and some lacing...not too bad, really. The colour could use just a bit more richness, but it's crystal clear with some carbon bubbles rising throughout.

Smell-wise, it's pretty nice. Not amazing, but some light floral notes, some grassiness...smells fresh.

Medium-good appearance, medium-good smell...I wasn't expecting very-solid-good taste, but there it is. This beer is well and solidly into the realm of good. I like the way it's balanced; nothing overwhelming or overpowering, just a nice blend of light maltiness with some pleasant citrus and just a hint of deeper caramelly fruitiness. It tails off with some mild bitter...pleasant in all respects.

The carbonation is not too much, and it comes off as a really nice pilsener. Dry and crisp but still quite flavourful. It fills the mouth nicely and then it's gone, leaving a pleasant but mild aftertaste and no stickiness. Very easy to drink.

Then I tried it with food (roast beef and mashed potatoes to be exact) and was quite happy with the results. Nice!

I'd happily drink this again; I may even seek it out. If I were in Slovenia, I'm guessing this would be a summer stand-by.

nokes, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Ralphus
4.2/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

Ralphus, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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

JohnW, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
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
Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
74 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.