Jelen Svetlo Pivo | Apatinska Pivara A.D.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Apatinska Pivara A.D.
Serbia
jelenpivo.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ernie on 06-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
33
Avg:
2.7
pDev:
23.7%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tried this for the first time last night at a serbian pub in sarajevo. it pours an almost artificial looking dandelion yellow color that is basically flat. i couldnt get a head on this beer for the life of me. it appears watered down and unappetizing. it smells moderately better than it looks, with some pale german malt and a conventional yeast in higher proportion than im used to. flavor isnt bad, like day old multigrain bread and mineral heavy water. it isnt delicious, but it isnt repulsive. if it was ice cold it could be a good refresher because the body is so light and the finish is clean. the mouthfeel was not nice, this beer needs much much more carbonation to be satisfying. the lack of bubbles made it quite unpleasant to drink as it warmed up. nothing special here, but for two bosnian marks for a half liter, ill probably have this again.

edit: upon revisiting this in a much colder bottle, the mouthfeel recovered substantially, with more of a head and some decent, but still deficient bubbles. im upping the rating from 2.5 to 3 for that. still not going to win any medals though...

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Photo of metter98
2.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of skunk are present in the nose.
T: like the smell, the taste is skunky and has a light amount of bitterness. As the beer warms up, hints of grainy malts become noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little prickly on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't have much expectations for this beer after smelling it, but fortunately the taste was slightly better than the smell.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. After having our oh-so-provincial Canadian asses handed to us last night by an ex-pat Serbian squad in local men's soccer, ahem, action, it only seems right to delve into something from their homeland today. Note - they (the Balkan-Albertans) were all, to a one, drinking Corona and MGD on the 19th hole last night. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two thick fingers of puffy and foamy white head, which leaves some broad spidery lace around the glass as it slowly makes its way down.

It smells of gritty cereal grain (mostly of the corn pops and rice krispies variety), musty grass, and skunky weedy hops. The taste is more adjunct-heavy cereal malt, a bit of acetone, rotting lemon peel, weirdly crisp weedy, and still skunky hops, and some yeasty apple mush.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, but fairly clammy in its perceived smoothness. It finishes on the fast and loose road to dryness, unfortunately via the lingering musty, skunky hops and astringent booze esters route.

While not a total disaster, this particular offering just doesn't have that unmolested crispness that good Continental lagers/pilseners should possess, and of course, for what it does have, Imma gonna have to pass - my team could do well to follow the same advice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

2015 impression:

D / AVOID

***
2014 impression from a draught pour in Belgrade:

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New arrival at George's, dated euro style "01/09/12" still a few months within code. I've seen bottles dated into next year, so i'll try one to compare at a later date.

Brilliant high clarity gold, bare delicate lace in the glass. Initial half inch of foam that dwindles to a thin cirrus veil across the surface.

Smells a little musty, wet grain and possibly adjuncts.

Flavors are crisp and clean, crackery malt, light apple from the yeast, dry clean finish. Light body, fairly simple flavor, but ultimately very clean and drinkable. A good Euro lawnmower beer, will seek out a fresher bottle to sample and compare.

edit 7/12: Found a bottle dated 22/02/13 at my favorite Serbian deli... seemed pretty similar to the above notes. Seemed to have a nice collar of lacing, a wet grainy and grassy aroma with a touch of sulfur, dry crisp feel, but with a simply passable taste. A good match with some cured meats like suva govedina or kulen sausage.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with some significant amounts of active visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a mottled thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of adjunct malts including some sweeter corn and grains as well as some light amounts of grassy hops. But the dominant aroma in this beer is that of skunk.

T: The overall flavor of this beer is extremely light in flavor with just some very light flavors of cereal malts with a touch of grain and corn adjunct sweetness. Very light notes of grassy hops and moderate skunky flavors. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: The smell of this beer is all American Adjunct Lager but the taste is slightly better than the smell would indicate. This is not an excellent beer and I would not likely try it again. There is a skunkiness that I would have expected from a European beer in a green bottle but that was not the case here.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smithj4
2.61/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dcmchew
2.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 22Blue
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stevoj
2.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not a bad lager, but nothing special either. Kind of bland and unexciting, but easily drinkable. Medium gold with lazy carbonation and thin off white head. Lagerish grain aroma, and mostly grain taste, just a pinch of hops at the finish. This could use a little bit more bite....

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Photo of tempest
2.94/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket out of curiosity. No surprises here though, just a clean blonde macro lager. There's a tiny bit of toast, and a little hops spice in the finish, and a slight earthy aroma. But overall this is a bland, inoffensive lager, perfect for washing down a pljeskavica. Aside from the pasteurized, industrial lager character, there's nothing to complain about. But there's also absolutely nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than average world beer. Poured with a regular head and some lace. LIght golden color. Very light beery, slightly bittersweet aroma. Taste was same but more intense and complex. Also present are lemon, & grains.Decent body. This is from a can that I got from a maxi mart yesterday here in Beograd. Good clean finsih. No problem having another

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Photo of stcules
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden appearance, white, average foam. Quite carbonated in appearance,
At the smell, almost nothing interesting. It is a macro lager.
Honest taste, without any strange adjunct. Quite bitter, too. Nothing to remember, but also, not undrinkable.
Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +53%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a mug. Crystal clear golden color with a small white head. A very mild European flavor. Very enjoyable, good with food.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.83/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml Can in Bar Pausa Caffé, Trieste, Italy (€2):
This one was a terrible introduction to Serbian beer, definitely one of the worst lagers I've tried in a while & not one that I could recommend. There was way too much skunk showing & the taste lacked on pretty much everything, the beer was watery & bland making it a real struggle to finish despite the Italian sun making me thirsty; the fact that it was my first Serbian beer was the only positive I took from this one.

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Photo of Oidmoe
2.52/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of heerboth
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.59/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amalak
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had out of a can while in Belgrade.
A. It's clear gold, with some streams of bubbles. It has a small head that dissipates quickly and only leaves a bit of lacing.
S. Mild metallic scent.
T. It tastes like a cheap American Macro beer, cheaper than a PBR. The after taste is sour. There is a bit of a lemony flavory. A slight malt taste. But to be honest, after a feel sips, it just become androgynous.
M. Sllight bit of carbonation. Leaves a sour aftertaste.
D. It's light, but has no redeeming quality to want to keep drinking.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of polopaul20
2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of crossovert
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Best before 22/02/13.

It pours a clear gold with a foamy white head. Pretty standard.

The smell is relatively light. Light grains, light hops. A typical AAL.

The flavor is sweet and slightly soapy. A decent amount of hops but mostly pale malts. Herbal medicinal hop flavor.

Average. Not a German Pilsener btw.

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Jelen Svetlo Pivo from Apatinska Pivara A.D.
2.7 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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