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
Photo of Fabkom
1.5/5  rDev -51%

Photo of Padron4KM
1.65/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Poured a little into a Karlovačko glass. Glass was small, only holds about 4 oz so poured the rest into a pint glass.

Clear golden, fluffy white head. Good retention, nice lacing.
That’s where the good ends.

Skunk pee in the grain bin aroma, with a flavor to match.
It’s no wonder the glass was so small, one can only take so much of this swill at once.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.73/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured mine into a lager mug. Pours a nice pale golden yellow color, with a thin foam head that sits.

Smells skunky with a watery smell, similar to a Euro Pale Lager.

Tastes like an average Euro Pale Lager, with water. Wouldn't say it's watery but the flavor is on the weak side.

Feels thin, almost watery, low carbonation. Easy to drink but not much to it. Besides its color.

Overall this is my second Czech Pilsner in two days and this one doesn't taste anything like the other, it's a Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of pipinmalikonj
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

Photo of boddhitree
1.76/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

I tried a beer from Croatia, Karlovačko. It was horrible, really. I'm not sure how it was possible to make a beer that was simultaneously too bitter AND too sweet. It was so bad I could only stand 3 sips before I donated to a local tree in the park.

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Photo of samie85
1.8/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a very clear golden color with four fingers of white head.

S-Hardcore skunk stank as soon as you open it followed by some light grain and slightly spicy hops.

T-Very grainy and perfume-like hop notes are overwhelming.

M-Very well carbonated and light bodied with quite a bit of dryness.

D-The skunky nose and unpleasant taste make this one I won't try again. Don't bottle beer in GREEN BOTTLES!

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Photo of GregaR
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Iztok
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of birdsellam
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of fortyfield
2/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Polasiuss
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of canucklehead
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ok this beer pretty well sucks as Red Cap tastes better and I didn't exactly laud that brew. I expected some semblance of taste and was given a vacuum that sucked all flavour out this beer. For sweet jesus aren't all Eastern European beers at least supposed to taste like something. Those poor Croatians are subjected to this poor excuse for a lager.

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Photo of TerryW
2.03/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear pale gold with an abundant white head that settles to a film. Lots of carbonation. Laces quite nicely in rings down the glass.

Smells sour and grainy. Tastes grainy and metallic in turn. Some sweetness up front and a not particularly pleasant aftertaste.

Well. It comes in a nice big bottle so there's lots of it to drink if that's your objkective. Otherwise I'd give it a pass.

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Photo of rarbring
2.05/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A very light straw colored clear brew, a white fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is modest, white bread and canned vegetables.

A bit sweetish taste, corn flakes, some metallic acidity, boiled vegetables. Very little bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a bit watery and rather refreshing. A short dryness at the end.

To me this is not a Czech Pilsener, at least not a good one. More an unexciting euro pale lager.

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Photo of El-blanco
2.05/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Probably one of the worst beers you can find in Europe. It reminds me more of a cider than a beer. Very watery with absolutely no depth of flavour. The scent is very sweet, again, like a cider. This might be great while lounging on a beach in split but it does not work anywhere else.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The quintessential lager translucent golden yellow on the pour with the head large and spumescent, the color a bright white and the residual lace a sealing sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is citrus crisp, malt sweet, clean and pleasant with the start cloyingly sweet, modest malt profile and the top cadaverous. Finish is meekly acidic, the hops sparse and lacking any real bite, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of aasher
2.06/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a watery bright gold with a one finger head. It smells of old stale pale malts. No crispness, a severe lack of anything hop related. It's blase. The taste is infinitely boring. It doesn't feature any complexity. It's old pale malts and that's it. It's somewhat stale and is very watery. It just isn't good in any aspect and doesn't feature anything new or refreshing. Noble Pils kills this beer in a head to head. It isn't worth the $3.

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

Presentation: 500 ml bottle

Okay the folks over in Croatia need to pay attention to what the folks over Poland or Czech. are doing because this brew leaves much to be desired. Poured as I expected a light straw color with a massive amount of carbonation. Smell is pungent, grassy and earthy. Taste is watery, muddy, when combined with the pungent nose you get with each sip makes for a truly unpleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of djura
2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- very thin lace on a deep gold clear body with medium carbonation.
Smell: A slightly musty scent, not very strong. Fresh barley and maybe a slight note of hops.
Taste is simple, some pilsner malt & grain with a touch of floral hops
M- it's not highly carbonated, and not a terribly substantial mouthfeel.
D: Solid, average and down the middle.

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Photo of ommegoose
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL brown bottle, $1.29. Croatia gets checked off the country list here. The Lithuanian beer looked like it was in the cooler forever, while this one was dust free.

A hard pour nets a very weak average head. It fades fast to near nothing. Not as clear as I expected, possibly due to chill haze. Very dull pale orange. Doesn't look to style at all.

Smells floral, estery. Has the apple character common to a lot of Eastern Euro pale lagers. Almost apple cinnamon, oddly. Lack of hops. It doesn't smell bad, per se, but the aroma doesn't suggest a tasty beer.

Again, where are the hops? I was hoping for some of that grassy, spicy snap from the Saaz, but this is just bland sweet malt, with weak fruity, flowery hints. Hop use has to be minimal. No bitterness. Not skunked. Finish is grainy and forgettable, and I almost neglected to mention it. Not really pleasant.

Feels full for the style. Undercarbonated, which goes a way in explaining the lifeless head.

No, this is not a very good Czech Pilsner, and not a good beer. Possibly miscategorized. Stick with Golden Pheasant or Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen for a Czech Pils. If I didn't hate to waste beer so much, I would have given up and dumped it halfway through. Below average across the board. It doesn't kill me to drink Euro macros, but this might be the least worthy I've had. I'd have to be in Croatia to think about trying this again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rich, polished gold bullion. If Czech pilseners are supposed to be some variation on pale amber, this one didn't read the memo. The cotton white cap is clumpy, hugely pitting and sticky and looks great perched atop the liquid gold. Graceful arches of sudsy lace encircle the top of the glass. Why do I feel the appearance will be the highlight of this experience?

The focal point of the nose is tremendously muted Saaz hops. They impart a grassiness that is combined with an untoasted graininess. It's on the musky side, but isn't skunky in the least. There's really nothing of note here, at least nothing very good.

What makes a poor quality Czech pilsener taste all that different from a Euro pale lager? Or an American macro lager for that matter? In other words, I'm not impressed. Karlovacko is woefully hop-deficient, which allows an insipid, adjuncty, mineral-like character to seize control like a slime drenched, atomic blast mutated monster in a B-movie. Okay, maybe that analogy is a bit out there, but does anyone actually read these things?

The body is light and lifeless, completing the picture of an uninspired and an uninspiring beer. I feel an acute attack of extreme boredom threatening to overtake me and may not have the strength to finish this review. This is lousy beer, plain and simple. I still think Karlovacko vs. Godzilla would make a great creature feature.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
3.06 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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