Skopska Pivara (Heineken)

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German Pilsner
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2.95 | pDev: 23.39%
Skopska Pivara (Heineken)
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Photo of jwc215
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle- Poured into a pils glass:

Pours clear golden with a lasting white foamy head. Visible carbonation steadily rises to the top. Lacing sticks.

A whiff of sulfur/"Euro skunk" gives it an EPL character. That subsides, leaving grain and a floral character.

The taste is of some sulfur, with grain and a floral dry finish.

It is light-bodied with an appropriate carbonation level, making it crisp.

I would say this is on a Euro Pale Lager and German-style pils border. Not bad for an EPL - a bit lacking for a pils, but has enough traits to fit the style. Overall, it's an easy drinking brew. Pretty refreshing. Decent. (I might be slightly generous with the "overall" - almost gave it a 3.25 - but for what it is, I'm fine with the score I gave it.) I would drink it again if offered to me, but wouldn't seek it out. Meh...

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Photo of stevoj
2.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle thanks to Jeremy. Yet another bland euro lager, heavy on the adjuncts, and cereal grains. Pale golden with small bubbly head, musty, dusty, pasty,

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.02/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear slightly darker than medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amber + medium golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness and light aromas of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and relatively enjoyable - though noting about the beer really stands out and I'm unlikely to seek it out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grassy hops and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of grainy malts along with notes of grassy hops, the latter of which also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Apart from the weak smell, this beer isn't that bad for your basic pilsener. I thought that the best quality of the beer was its dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of schavuytje
1/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On holiday in ohrid macedonia looking for a drinkable beer; Just did not light water, water was better, lack of taste gives a dirty aftertaste bah bah

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Photo of kojevergas
2.32/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Notes from Skopje in February 2016:

Half litre brown glass bottle purchased at a Vero hypermarket in Skopje for 39 denars (plus a 5 denar deposit). Has a green outlined square label and a green branded pry-off crown cap.

4.90% ABV. Described as a "premium lager" on the label.

Served chilled into a nonical pint glass. Expectations are low seeing as it's a Heineken-owned macrobrew brand.

HEAD: ~5cm wide white head. Thin and weak, but not overly fizzy. Retention is above average to boot - ~3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: It's a predictable clear pale copper of average vibrance. Clean, without any visible yeast particulate.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a standard macrolager appearance. I'm anticipating an insipid beer.

AROMA: Cheap barley, cheap pilsner and/or Munich malts with an accompanying off-putting buttery sweetness, maybe basic Noble hop character (i.e. it's a biteen grassy).

Aromatic intensity is low. Suggests an inferior shallow brew which lacks flavour. Luckily, I don't detect any metallic off-notes, and any diacetyl is limited.

TASTE: Cheap. Old barley, lowest common denominator pilsner or Munich malts, faint buttery diacetyl, and zero hop presence. Imbalanced, with the diacetyl emerging as dominant to its detriment. It'd probably be better were it insipid, but at least it's not watery. Maybe some adjunct presence, but I suppose it can't be corn, and it doesn't taste like rice. About as shallow and simple as they come, but it doesn't have any offensive metallic flavours or anything. I've had worse.

TEXTURE: Buttery, smooth, wet, light-bodied, unrefreshing. Not a great companion to the taste, but it could be executed far's not harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's about what I expected...just a cheap widely available lager with nothing to offer the discerning drinker. I've had macrobrewed lagers with far more off-flavours and much less body. I can't say I wouldn't buy it again...the price point is just too appealing. But it's pretty bad relative to microbrewed beers/craft beers.


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Photo of Gajo74
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color, modest head and creamy lace that retains well but disappears 3/4 of the way through.
Little to no aroma. Only a slight hint of bread and yeast.
The feel is its best attribute. Crisp, light and refreshing. Slight malt taste. A bit watery. Mild hops finish.
This is the go to beer in Macedonia.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Format: a solid brown 500mL bottle with a standard cheap Euro label.

Appearance: a crystal clear golden amber colour with plenty of thin carbonation across the profile. A thin white head drops to a film. Okay at best.

Aroma: clean grains with a touch of malt and some grass and floral hops.

Taste: reasonable grain again with limited grass. No florals on the taste. Average.

Aftertaste: drops away fairly quickly with a grain fug and slight hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: reasonable for the style - moderate in feel with a medium to higher carbonation.

Overall: an okay but ultimately pretty cheap-tasting pilsener that never set out to be anything but an okay and cheap-tasting pilsener. If you want a sessional, lower-cost beer, here it is.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
2.82/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold body with a fluffy white head that leaves some lace.

Sweet cereal maltiness and a little herbal and floral hop aroma.

Sweet somewhat caramely with herbal hop. Somewhat of a slight oddness going on but fairly enjoyable for what it is.

Light body with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Skopsko is a shimmering yellow beer that, while clear, has a slightly tarnished complexion owing to a wispy yeast haze and innumerable little bubbles that all seem to be stuck in fast-forward mode. Its head poured thick and, although some has gradually expired, it's still like trying to chew through lamb’s wool to get to the liquid beneath it.

The aroma boasts a clean, unvarnished cereal maltiness with very grainy overtones. Most importantly, it is free of corn or other adjuncts and, if for no other reason, is therefore already preferable to most North American national brands. Hops aren't perceptible, per se, but a vaguely earthy, floral component perspires, much to the nose's delight.

That cereal-y flavour reappears in the taste. It's nothing to do cartwheels over, but when reviewing pale lagers keep in mind the bar has to be lowered a little. To expect sweeping, grandiose flavours is to miss the point that a) these beers are brewed with mass appeal in mind, and b) they're not meant to be sipped and savored - they're meant to be drunk!

...and this one can certainly be drunk with ease, thanks to a lack of perceivable adjuncts. The mouthfeel, however, is concernedly thin and, even whilst still cold, flirts crossing that line between watery (acceptable) and syrupy (off-putting). Mix in a little thirst and some sunshine though, and the lager becomes not only agreeable, but frankly, quite rewarding.

This is probably exactly the kind of beer Alexander the Great would have killed for after one of his long military conquests (pun intended). Industrially-made, national brand lagers are a lot like jazz in that it's the notes you *don't* hit that matter most - there is nothing unpleasant about this one. This clean, quenching, grainy, well carbonated lager had exactly the desired effect: it left me feeling satisfied, but only too happy to have another! Thanks Zlatko!

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Photo of emiricius
1.91/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beer from Macedonia capitol Skopje

A: looks like some sort of cheap soda and it's a bright clear pale.

S: Kind of soury. Touch of grain.

T: Very watery. This is almost exactly like a Carlsberg - powder beer.

Anyway, it is better then any beer from Serbia or Croatia

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Photo of BucBasil
3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this while in Macedonia. This is basically the national beer of Macedonia, being everywhere... often the only choice around. Luckily, it's an ok lager.

A: Poured from the 500mL glass bottle into an imperial pint. The beer is a nice gold color, slightly pale, with a nice off white head.

S: Good clean aroma, a bit hoppy, a lot more grainy. Pretty typical, but not bad.

T: Again very grainy here with a slight bitter twang near the end. Kind of sweet. Finishes clean and refreshing with a balanced character that is a bit rough but pretty tasty. No real off notes to speak of - just a good classic lager.

F and D: A bit rough, but refreshing. I drank a bunch of these while here in Macedonia. A good local choice where the others are overpriced options like Tuborg, Becks, etc. Oddly enough this is made by Heineken I think, but overall pretty solid

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Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer brings back beer of the late 1990's. It has a lot of fizz when you open it up. It has nice white head that is made op of small bubbles. The thick white head dies down but there is always some type of head to this beer. There is a thin and soapy lace. The body is hazy with a dark brass color. The aroma is average for an Eastern European beer. That is this beers aroma is sweet and adjunct. The flavor is also adjunct at first but there are some complex flavors there earn you respect. This beer is earthy, gassy, bitter, fruity and sweet. The body is averagely thin so that is about right for a beer of this style. 

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Photo of aschwab
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I dont see how this beer is getting that high of reviews. I thought the taste was just awful. I had the beer a week or so ago in Macedonia along with Dab (the other Macedonian beer that I saw). It had some strange flavors in it, and it was drinkable, just not a good drinkable. I even had it to quench my thirst of walking all day and it just didnt go down as smoothly as I would have liked. I am not one to go into full details of the flavor, but this beer is worth skipping for the other Macedonian beer.

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Photo of ark57
3.98/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit I have a soft spot for this beer as I am marrying into a Macedonian family and have fond memories of sitting in Skopje drinking this. With that said, I didn't expect much the first time I tried it. It is a nice pale gold with a decent white head that lasts long enough to get an idea of what it is all about and then dies down. The aroma shows that there actually hops in this beer and it's not just a bland pils. Malt hits up front, but there is enough hop bite in the finish to make it a satisfying drink. There is little better than having this on a warm day eating some Macedonian grill.

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Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Walked into a European grocery store on Arthur avenue that i thought was Albanian but turned out to be Macedonian. While looking for one of those pelegrino sodas i noticed this Macedonian beer and figured what the hell, i'll give it a shot.

A-Very pale golden yellow, clear with a pillowy head supported by an unending stream of bubbles. A very refreshing looking beer.

S-pretty clean smelling, i was expecting it to be skunked but it was fresh.

T-straw and grain hit you up front followed by a leafy/herbal hop finish. Like the smell, very clean tasting.

M-Slightly on the thin side but with a very good level of carbonation.

D-This was a pretty good beer, one i didnt have such high hopes for. i was expecting typical macro lager but it turned out to be a nice pilsener. I will probably pick some up again on my shopping trips to Arthur ave. A good summer pils

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Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, finding a beer like this totally re-affirms my faith in the the power of randomness and the need to be constantly on the lookout. I was visiting my parents in the Florida Keys last weekend and had to stop at a gas station a half mile from the Ft. Lauderdale airport on the way home in order to gas up the rental and avoid paying seven dollars a gallon (no lie) for what was missing. So after the fill-up I went inside to take a leak and along with the usual swill in the tiny fridge was a sixer of this wacky stuff. So I bought it..packing it into my check in luggage to avoid the ridiculous new carry on laws is another entire post and I'll spare you. Anyway, what an unusual find..the best part is, for a random eastern European macro, it's quite tasty..

Unbelieveable head broke over the top and got my desk wet the first bottle because I really wasn't expecting such a live wire, but there it was, snow white and bubbly and quite large and lasting, especially for the style. Nice golden color and surprisingly malty nose with hints of caramel to match a bitter, hoppy backing scent.

The taste is similar with a late blast of bitterness to temper a tasty, fresh, malty flavor. A bit of nuttiness and an oily aftertaste are maligned by metallic notes in the finish but this beer is still highly drinkable and worthwhile. High carbonation matches the texture well. This beer was hugely surprising for me (and not just the bittersweet beauty of low expectations) so definitely keep an eye open for it, you never know where it may turn up.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Skopsko pours a clear golden body beneath a creamy head of white. The head retention is good, and although it eventually falls, it then maintains a solid, cottony surface covering. Some very nice splotches and streaks of lace are left behind.

The nose is mainly malty, straw-like; and it has some leafy hops in the background.

The straw-like, grainy maltiness carries through within the flavor, and it has an interesting hoppiness that reminds me of lime leaves. It's leafy, grassy, gently citrusy, and herbal. The hops and malt are nicely tied together from start to finish, but there is an emphasis on the malt right at the start, and then much more hop flavor at the swallow and into the lingering, bitter and leafy finish.

Overall, it's a well-done, interesting, and thankfully, very solidly bitter and hoppy pilsner.

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Photo of brewQ
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full Disclosure- My oldest son, 28 years old, recently moved to Macedonia to serve in the Peace Corps. In his email reports he comments on the local beers (far less variety than he enjoyed for many years in Madison, Wisconsin).

I bought this beer locally in Missouri at Lukas Liquors which has an incredible selection of of Eastern European brews. (Spy report filed).

Pours a nice pale yellow with a highly charged head of fine bubbles that drops quickly.

Aroma is of grain but not skunky like many beers from the region I have sampled stateside.

Taste echoes the grain but has some hop balance and just light sweetness.

Finish is clean and this adds up to a servicable if not remarkable beer.
My son says this is an everyday beer in Macedonia at a decent price and I'd agree.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received at the end of a relay from Macedonia to some conference somewhere to Moscow (thanks, James, for the last leg!). Brown 33cl bottle with a yellow, white and blue label with nothing but words, presumably in Macedonian. They extol the wonders of the original recipe from 1924, the year the brewery was founded. I think the ingredients list includes only purity law products, plus "love" (actually listed as an ingredient!). No freshness information.

Pours a pretty standard clear gold under a one finger white head that proves surprisingly resilient and leaves a few strands of lace before fading to film and collar. The nose is honey-glazed doughnut sweet. The mouth is light and almost painfully prickly. Pretty run-of-the-mill flavor here, from the sweet grainy malt to the mild dry bitter hops. If I were in Skopje, I'd probably drink a few of these occasionally. It's respectable.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first beer from Macedonia. Pretty bland. Pourso ut to a medium bodied golden yellow color with a big head of foam that didn't last long. Good lacing. Aromas were watery and weak; some hops and biscuit notes. Taste was flat and one dimentional. Malt and grain with a touch of light hops. Mouthfeel was uneventful. Drinkability? Fair at best. Skip it.

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Skopsko from Skopska Pivara (Heineken)
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 45 ratings