Nektar Beer (Pivo) Original | Banjalučka Pivara

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Nektar Beer (Pivo) OriginalNektar Beer (Pivo) Original

Brewed by:
Banjalučka Pivara
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brand with the longest tradition and the most recognizable brand of Banja Luka Brewery is Nektar beer. Nektar has been awarded the status of Supebrand of the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina.This has confirmed once again that the name of Nektar is positioned among the leading brands in BiH. Using only the best ingredients and original recipe from 1873., Nektar is a real jewel for beer lovers. The unique taste and quality of such stock are represented through its symbolic name, Nektar, the drink of the Olympic gods. The fact that Nektar beer for the third time in a row won the gold medal for quality at the prestigious competition "Monde Selection" in Brussels, proves the exquisiteness of the beer.

Added by cyrenaica on 06-07-2008

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Photo of OompaMentor
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am really working to eradicate the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody! This one came to me as part of a recent drop-off/drop-by from/with my local, in-person trader, tone77. I just hope that I enjoy it as much as he did!

From the bottle: "Brewed with Pride Since 1873"; "Quality Tradition".

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I really let fly with my pour since, according to tone77, it can't hurt. I got a massive amount of foaming that settled into two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, eggshell-white head with good retention. Sofa! So fa, so good. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled more like that cheaply made Euro Pale Lager that comes in a close third to AALs & AMLs! Sharp, fusel, acetaldehyde, all earmarks of some fine brewing ... not! It usually means stressed or overworked yeast & I would not put this outside of the realm of possibility here. Mouthfeel was medium, but soft on the tongue. That was the only thing soft about it, though! The taste was really sharp, very much of green apple and not at all like a GER Pils. Allowing it to warm, I also got notes of honey & a light breadiness, reinforcing my idea that it is a EPL. Still, it was not very tasty. Finish was semi-sweet and left me with a slight honey-apple flavor that just seemed to linger. Woof! In all good conscience, I cannot review/rate this as a German Pilsener. It barely passes muster as a Euro Pale Lager, which would be a better style identification for it.

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Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

My eastern Europe beer night continues, with my first ever from this country. Hell yeah. Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of green apples, some grains. Taste is green apples, grains, malts, hints of vinegar. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not a beer I would want to drink again.

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Photo of stevoj
2.39/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle share courtesy of Jeremy. As expected for a euro lager, mostly adjunct grains, a little cooked vegetables. Pale golden body with small airy head. A bit too funky/musty.

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Photo of misternebbie
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of grga
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vuk
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of djura
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, 0,33 l

A - Big white head, staying surprisingly long for industrial lager. Medium carbonation, pale.
S - Citrus aroma, pilsener like.
T/M - Balanced, refreshing, crisp, some sweetness. Medium bitterness and carbonation.

O - It is good actually. Or is it too hot outside..

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Photo of ordybill
3.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass at the "World of Beer" in Pooler, GA.
Aroma- slight skunky smell (the Euro Green Glass Monster strikes again!!)
Appearance- Pours a slightly murky yellow with a medium sized white head.
Taste- slightly skunky with a lot of grain flavor. Not bad
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- Not a horrible beer but not earth shattering. If you are trying to add "Bosnia" to your list of beer countries this is a good beer to get the "X".

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Photo of mikeg67
1.96/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

330 ml bottle. Pours golden with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of slight grassy hops and grain. Body is light and smooth. Not much taste here – some grassy hops and sweet malt. Why would anybody import this?

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Photo of DegenErik
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of KristijanG
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Boki
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jsh420
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of poskok
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Beer...from Bosnia?! Another nation off the list. There's 500 ml of liquid underneath that green bottle, so here goes. On to the beer:

The standard pale yellow color also applies to this national lager. Topping it is an inch of soapy head which retains quite well, better than the usual fizzy lager. I smell...spicy hops. And...Pepe LePew. And that cat which Pepe thinks is a skunk. Actually, the stink here isn't revolting, but that aspect paired with cat pee makes for a bruised experience.

Perhaps not as fresh as it could be. The taste of hay has a taint, like it has seen better days. Some sulfur, gee, what a surprise. A little sweetness from the malt. So, it could be worse. It's a light/medium bodied beer with a slick feeling.

What do I do this? Oh yeah, because I like to taste beers that I've never had.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I obtained this Bosnian beer from Friar Tucks in Savoy, Illinois. This rare European beer pours golden clear, with a thin effeminate head, that rapidly dissipates, below average carbonation and average lacings. It has a unique honey taste, with strong hints of maltiness, and fruits. It is light bodied, no edge or bite, clean tasting, and not filling.

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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.34/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found in a mixed six-pack I got from Liquor Barn in Niles, IL. Chicago's huge Slavic community means that a lot of hard-to-find European beers find their way to specialty importers in the area. It's a great arrangement for beer drinkers!

Pours a hazy straw yellow into a pint glass, 5588 miles from where it was produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pouring the last bit hard results in a coarse head that fades to leave a little lacing.

Smells faintly of straw and grain, with a little bit of a floral trace. Not outstanding, but certainly not offensive.

Tastes mellow, all bright grains and a trace of bitter hoppiness right at the end. This would be a great summer beer, easy drinking with enough body to count as real beer. Perfect carbonation though; I feel like a lot of Euro style lagers are rather fizzy but this one balances that out nicely.

Overall, this beer is nothing exceptional, but it's like a good 2nd baseman - consistent. I like its surprisingly substantial mouthfeel and refreshing taste. If I could pick up a case of this for a party instead of, say, Corona, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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3/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

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