Karlovacko | Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara
Croatia (Hrvatska)
karlovacka.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
207
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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3
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56
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 207
Reviews by jale:
Photo of jale
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light straw color with two quarters of off white head.

S: Light malt and light hops.

T: Slight sweet malt upfront followed by just a hint of hops and tad amount of spice.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Not my style of beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from a freind of mine who hails from Kosovo,pours a medium clear golden with a thinner white head on top.Pretty highly carbonated,aroas are quite sweet and very fruity wich suprised me quite a bit but its pleasant.A little thin in body not quite watery but thin,nothing really stands out flavor wise except for a fruity finish it just seems to go down with not much flavor till a burst of fruit hits in the finish and aftertaste.Well Iam glad I got a chance to try this Croatian brew that goes down easly but with no frills.

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Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served up at the Beachwood Ballroom in Cleveland, OH. Pale gold with a white head that disappears right away. Aroma is faintly skunky, containing noble hops. Grainy with some citrus. Flavor is pretty on par with your typical Euro lager, pale, dull, and light. This one is perhaps a touch hoppier then the average. Light, crisp, and fairly clean body. Drinkable but not exciting. Still, this is from Croatia, ancestral home of one of my great grandfathers and current home to my ex-commissar cousin so this beer gets a bonus for that.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Dmann
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a perfectly white head that settled into a thin lace. It did have a touch of skunk at first, but after letting set for a minute it faded and the beer had no real aroma. Maybe it was just the bottle I had, but the beer felt very flat in my mouth. It was also difficult to decern specific flavors in this beer, it just seemed very sweet. The only way I can describe it is a sweeter tasting Budweiser. I was not impressed at all.

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Photo of bulldogg915
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of DeanBB
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JoeMertens
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko is an average European Lager. Nothing exceptional to report, nothing awful either.

Pours a bright golden color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Slight hop aroma. Smooth mouth-feel, a bit over-carbonated, with clean malt and slightly predominant hops.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
2.08/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: This beer poured an average golden color. , appeared to have quite a bit of carbonation as I poured at a straight pour which produced about an inch and a half worth of head, which was fairly sustainable.

S: Little to no aroma for this product.

T: Not impressed what-so-ever. The after taste left a feeling of metal in my mouth and I constantly found myself asking when this beer would be over, so I could move on to the next.

M: Mouthfeel was generally plesant not overly full-bodied but slightlly bitter.

D: Not my favorite, but I've had worse.

Overall, I'd rate this about a 1.9 despite my above response.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.54/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold colour. Smells like lager/pilsner yeast, light pale malts, crisp, and clean. Tags a bit heavier than it smells, but light overall, pale malts, basic lager/pilsner flavours and bitterness; not much to it, but it's crisp and refreshing, perfect for the Croatian heat!

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Photo of jondeelee
3.67/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a subtle, malty aroma that is full of toasted grain notes, with a slight hint of floral hops.

On the tongue, there's a sudden explosion of fruity flavors that is very reminiscent of a lightly-flavored carbonated water, such as Clearly Canadian or Crystal Geyser. Don't let that comparison turn you off, because it's actually a good thing here, bringing lovely sparkly apricot, apple, grape and pear notes to the mix. These fruit flavors lie just over a bed of Grape Nuts cereal-like toasted grains (or perhaps biscuit-like grains, if you prefer). The fruit flavors last a surprisingly long time into the mouthful, only slowly subsiding near the end to reveal a light layer of hops that adds a slight bitterness and spiciness to the waning tide. The aftertaste was virtually nonexistent for me; only a slight flavorless hoppy buzz.

Overall, this is a great brew, full of unexpected flavors and charm. If this is the fare that Croatia has to offer, then this is one reviewer who will be making a point to swing by the next time he goes across the pond.

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Photo of OompaMentor
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant straw to gold with a 1” persistent dense white foam collar.
S: Perfumey, herbal nose with a light grain background.
T: Light pilsner malt flavors with a light bitter accent.
F: Crisp, light and smooth.
O: An easy to drink fairly typical Euro-lager with less character than many.

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Photo of Miha
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of DarrellK
3.76/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this brew several times over the last 10 years and is has been very consistent.

The pour leads to a big head that dissapates fairly quickly with little lace. The color is a pale gold. (I'm a bit color blind to it is probably yellow)

The nose is subdued and does add or detract from the beer.

The mouth is quite full for a pilsner particularly with the carbonation stirring things up.

The finish is what I like about the beer. It is on the dry side but leaves a slighty malty finish.

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Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in half litre glasses in several locations in Slovenia and Croatia while touring, at fair price of around €2.50 in most places.

Bright gold colour and crystal clear, fair head to start but dissipated quickly. Aroma was laid back, grassy and dry as in most European lager/pilsner styles, though not as strong as some.

Very clean crisp taste, slightly more malts at first, then hint of bitterness from hops comes through at the end, though no great lingering aftertaste. Did not have that "metallic" aftertaste that some mass produced beers suffer from. Very refreshing and easy to drink, I enjoyed this - especially on a hot sunny day, though nothing outstanding, very pleasant in the 'on tap' form I had and recommended.

JohnW July 2008
B'ham UK

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Photo of FleeVT
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle poured into a Pilsener.

A: Pale straw color with a mediocre head at initial pour that fades to just surface scum. Light carbonation action the entire session from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light on the nose with a subtle mix of grains, grassy hops, a hint of sourness, and a scant service of sweet malt.

T/M: Perfect Pilsener body with a clean crisp finish. A mild dose of peppery hops on the front of the palate with some doughy malt in the back followed by some hop bitterness.

D: Lacking in head retention, this beer delivers every else. Not a bad brew and within all style guidelines.

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Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been interested in trying beers from as many different areas as I can. This was my first Croatian and I just found my notes. They're pretty recent anyway.

This brew is a pale yellowish golden color. The head poured to about three fingers and faded to a foam, though not as quickly as I was afraid it might, leaving a little lacing behind.
Aroma is predominantly grains with a fair balance of sweet malt and light hops. There's an initial funk on the nose that fortunately doesn't last.
A decent balance of hops and malt on the palate supports the stronger grains flavor. There's no funk in the flavor.
This wasn't as thin as I was afraid it might be. Body is light without being watery. It's also not as crisp as I thought it might be either.
This is worth trying and a pretty good offering.

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Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of MJ63
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml bottle - wow, it's been a coon's age since we last saw this Croatian offering in Alberta, back about a decade or so ago when I chugged a few of these at the behest of that uber-sexy blonde waitress at Metro Billiards. Or something.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, further wet cereal notes, a bit of pear and apple fruitiness, weak Euro gasohol, and some grassy, herbal, and dank floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, more damp breakfast cereal, muddled pome fruity esters, subtle hints of petrol, and more understated leafy, dead grassy, and musty floral verdant 'hoppiness'.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as an uncertain acridity takes more than a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt keeping things moving along, while the meek fruity and hoppy essences fade into the ether.

Overall, this is hardly an exemplary version of the proclaimed style, as the hops just seem to be dialing it in, and the general crispness factor is damned near nil. Not all that hard to drink, mind you, but more as a simple Euro Pale Lager, and not the headier Czech-style Pils, IMHO.

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Photo of KristijanG
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Croatians are pretty dang awesome at most things. So I figured I'd try their brew.

Pours a thin white head, dissipating quickly. Beer has a classic light yellowish pilsner hue and excellent clarity.

Smell is classic Czech pilsner, Saaz hops, flowery, slightly sweet, subdued, no harshness whatsoever.

Tastes light, slight bite in the mouth with an underlying smooth and slightly sweet taste of malt. This seems even lighter on hops than other Czech style brews from Europe, though.

Moutfeel is refreshing, slightly too light even for my taste (and I love delicate pilsners), but this could be nectar from heaven on a hot summer day.

Summary: nice beer, closely tracks Urquell and the other Czech pilsners but slightly lighter and less flavorful. Not a bad beer but not the cream of the class.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, drinkable on a hot summer afternoon. Mine said draught. Perhaps I should list it as a new beer as the bottle is different. Unoffensive though not creamy. Mild bitterness.. Citrus floral, there's hops in there. Golden yellow with nice white foam. A bit sweet, and fruity. Neutral, fine with lunch. I''ve had worse pils

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