Nektar Beer (Pivo) Original | Banjalučka Pivara

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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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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light, dry grassy color, and is generally clear....just has a hint of cloudiness to it. There is lots of carbonation rising to the top of the glass, where the initial thick puffy head quickly dissipates into a thin layer over the beer. Lacing is modest, with small patches of foam clinging to the side of my glass before gently slipping back into the beer.

S- Not much going on here except for sweet malts and some grainy barley kernels. I agree with another reviewer in that this beer smells fresh. There is a hint of dryness on the back end of the's just that overall this beer doesn't smell that much different than your typical BMC.

T- This has some definite malty sweetness, that is followed by some corny adjuncty is what it is! What I do find on the palate that differs from the overall average taste is a tinge of soap on the finish that lingers for a bit. It isn't totally offensive, just unspectacular.

M- Light bodied, plenty of carbonation to scrub the palate clean and with a crisp finish, this beer is very typical of a macro style lager.

D- This isn't the worst beer that I've had but it's certainly far from the best! If this comes from a Trappist recipe, then it must have been scribbled on some paper real quick and mass brewed for the abbey real quick before some hot weather, b/c this isn't what I'd expect. That said, it's easy going and would be good on a hot day but otherwise, it's overpriced for what it is...I could easily drink this down rather fast!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nektar has a pretty thick, white head and a somewhat hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of bubbles and minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet, rich barley malt. Taste is of lightly toasted, sweet barley malt and a moderate hop bitterness to balance the flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Nektar finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. This is excellent.


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Photo of Branko
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking this beer since ever..grew up in its neighborhood, 500 meters away from the brewery! unfortunately, the smell of this beer is not its strongest point!
nice, golden appearance with a thick frothy white head makes it better! and cool silky mouthfeel not that common for a MB of southeastern Europe...
Missing some body and more hops to reestablish its original typicity - the brewery itself has 150 years of tradition, founded by hard working trappist monks.
As other bosnian beers - great potential reflected in (half forgotten) tradition, marvelous waters and generally quite natural ingredients! a true paradise for a serious microbrewer!

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Photo of decimator
3.74/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1cm head. Head was gone real quick. Lively carbonation. No lacing.

S - Smells fresh. Sweet malts and flowers.

T - Sweet malts followed by the hops and a hint of citrus. The balance is a bit on the sweet side.

M - Good carbonation. Zesty with a crisp finish.

D - Pretty good and easy to drink Lager.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another sampling from a beer-tasting I hosted. All were pretty excited at a brew from Bosnia - as a previous poster said, another country off the list.

Pours a light straw colour, a thin layer of white foam that doesn't last. Not a good sign.

Nose is corn, very light hops. Smells like a typical Euro lager.

The taste is quite forgettable - an easy-drinking Euro lager to the letter. Hollow and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, but it'll do.

This isn't a style I'm usually interested in, but I know there are better examples out there. Not one I'd get again.

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Photo of OompaMentor
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light straw colour, with two fingers of thick soapy white head, which leaves a thick ring of lace around the glass. It smells of crispy crackery white grain and spicy floral hops. The taste is subsequently consistent: big biscuity white grain, and weedy, floral hops, and any skunkiness that one would expect is quite negligible. The carbonation is pretty average, the body decently smooth and weighty, oily and slick, and it finishes off-dry, with more sweet white grain and somewhat skunked hops.

This has a lot more that relates it to decent Czech or German pilseners, that it does to typical crap Eastern Euro-lagers. Nothing stellar, but an adequate addition from the Balkan corner of Europe.

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Photo of KristijanG
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neutral aroma. A bit of creamy head on waterish yellow. Some lace. OK mouthfeel, with some creaminess. A bit of bitterness in the finish. Not all that tasty, but drinkable. Drying aftertaste.Not bad for a pale Euro lager. This is the pre-macro lagers of small plants that were bought out in the Sixties. How do I know?

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.54/5  rDev -15.1%
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 tempest
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a .5L bottle at EuroMarket in Queens, your home for hard-to-find mass-market European lagers. This beer certainly stands up to it. As a German pilsner it's lacking, but compared to the pale Euro lager, it's not too bad. There's a distinct spicy hop note and finish to the beer, but otherwise the malt is smooth and overly simplified with just a mild fruit and honey note. Easy to drink, I suppose, but I could use more flavor.

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Photo of ordybill
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
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 tone77
2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Stocean1
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a two finger fluffy white head upon a pale straw yellow body, decent retention, leaving a collar of foam, patchy lacing, and clear

Not much in the smell, light malt and faint grassy hops

Taste is more pronounced, grainy malt, grassy hops, hint of apple, some skunk, an odd Metallic aftertaste

Light body with some carbonation, there is a stale bitterness that lingers in the finish, not overly crisp or refreshing which is what I look for in the style

Really little redeeming about this brew and I will not be grabbing it again - although I can now scratch Bosnia off of my country list

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a tapered pub glass.
No freshness dating.

Very pale straw yellow, slow rising trails of carbonation. Thin cap of white foam settles into a thin veil of skim that leaves a peninsula of larger bubbles clustered on the surface. A sticky collar forms around the edges, before the first sip is taken.

Applesauce, dry grasses, and saltine crackers in the aroma.

Very crisp feel, finishes dry and lightly bitter like a German Pils. Flavor is very light and low on substance. Grain husk, hint of apple, then vanishes. The beer turns to foam instantly on the palate, not sure this is a good thing really. Slightly bitter aftertaste, vague suggestion of noble hops, slight grassiness. Not fatally flawed, but not all that interesting either. A textbook industrial lager, though it's fairly drinkable. Wouldn't turn this down at a summer barbecue.

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Photo of jsh420
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured deep golden color lager with a large bubbly white head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light floral malt with no discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with some very subtle hops. Quaffable and easily drinkable but in the end it is lacking character.

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Photo of metter98
2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of initial malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable and goes down easily.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 500 ml brown bottle, best before date stamped on back label is 05.02.2010. Pours out a transparent straw gold hue, tall fluffy white head with great retention for a lager.

The aroma is quite faint, yet what is present works. Bready malt, crisp grains, very light grassy hops.

Things fall apart in the flavour dep't however. The sweet malt and husky metallic grains don't meld well at all, while the grains smear its way through the finish of herbal grassy hops, yet going off in its own direction. No balance or harmony or cohesion, and as a result of that it tastes like it possesses off flavours that it probably really doesn't, such as corn and veg.

Mouthfeel is light and more watery than all the visible carbonation would make you believe at first.

Looks good, smells okay, and then it can't live up to the intros after that. I'll pass next time on this one.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a willis glass.

Pours a straw gold with a rocky stark white head of about two fingers.

Aromas of sweet malt and earthy hops.

Flavors of grainy, sweet malt and an earthy bitterness. Bitterness and malt in good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium/light.

Overall a very nice example of a european pale lager. Nothing fancy, aggressive, or offensive. Also nothing to really distinguish it from other similar beers.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A grassy adjunct aroma fills the air as the bottle opens. It is a good looking beer. It has a clear gold color and perfect whit head and lace. The flavor is grainy and a little bitter sweet. There are some starchy fruity tones. The mouthfeel is thin with some carbonation bite.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, bread, light hops, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread mixed light hops and malts. There is a corn syrup sweetness and a bit of a spicy floral flavour. It finishes with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Not something that I'd rush out to buy again, but the
taste is actually pretty decent. In a sea of countless euro beers this one is slightly above average.

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Photo of PivoLover
3.85/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear and golden.
Smell: clean, allowing the malt and hop subtleties to pull through
Taste: Light
Feel: Tasty, no bitterness.
Overall: Not for enjoying in one bottle, great companion in rough nights.

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