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Skopsko | Skopska Pivara (Heineken)

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Skopska Pivara (Heineken)

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Frozensoul327 on 04-30-2006

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Photo of schavuytje
1/5  rDev -66.3%
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 milemobile
1.58/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Dav0
1.59/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of emiricius
1.91/5  rDev -35.7%
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 kojevergas
2.32/5  rDev -21.9%
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 worse...it'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 nfsxe
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of KristijanG
2.4/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of aschwab
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
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 rale
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of djura
2.59/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of poskok
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattSweatshirt
2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Globetrotter
2.88/5  rDev -3%
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 TwiggyCZ
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +1%
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 hansavijaticar
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dannyboygaga
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Gajo74
3.03/5  rDev +2%
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 +2.4%
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 yaron73
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgiordano88
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Skopsko from Skopska Pivara (Heineken)
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