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:
412
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
16.99%
 
 
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3
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59
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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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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a 2 inch white head that settles to a thin cap. Jagged rings of lace slowly dissolve into random spots of lace around the glass. When I first opened this beer, I got a huge whiff of skunk. Upon pouring into a glass, the only smells I get are of grains and some grass or hay notes. Taste is very much the same with grain and grass/hay flavors. There is a slightly herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel on this beer is a bit flat with a low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer from Croatia and my first from the country. I probably wouldn’t get this one again in the future.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber with a dense but thin white head that is nice looking.

Nose esters fruity white bread with spice and some undertones of green herbs; pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium and well balanced, although flavors of white pepper, light celery, hints of salt and green peppers are very nice but very short lived.

Short herbaceous green pepper/green peppercorn finish. Not bad just a very short profile.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

just another balkan region light lager/pils beer. this one pours a decent looking honey color with a one inch white head. aromatically its similar to a lot of the other beers on offer here in sarajevo, bready malts balanced by faint bittering hops in the finish. this one is distinct only because of a hint of floral sweetness that comes in and out of the nose. flavor is quite palatable, none of the metallic tainted aftertaste of its peers, but the sweetness here is out of place, it makes the beer more filling than it should be. its also usually a bit skunky in bottled form. the mouthfeel is okay, less than medium body and normal carbonation. i feel like a lot of these euro lager type reviews sound the same, which is a frustrating reflection of the reality that is standardized brews. still waiting for something distinct over here, and karlovacko definitely isnt that, but its drinkable enough and cheap enough to be on regular rotation for me this summer.

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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Immediately after the bottle was opened, strong smells of skunk odors emanated from the bottle, similar to what you would expect if you were in the woods after a skunk passed by. However, these quickly dissipated and transitioned to smells of sweet, bready malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness. Some hints of sweetness are also detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink but could use a bit more flavors of bready malts and floral hops.

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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 emerge077
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is dedicated to John, a friend and tavern keeper that recently passed away after running his bar for 50 years. This is the last "house beer" he was serving, as it was from his home country of Croatia. Johnny's Lounge RIP.

In a large mug this looks bright gold, a little darker orange than some. There's a fingers width of foam, with surprising lacing all around. Retention is ok, after the first couple sips it's head is still intact. Lazy bubbles make their way upward.

It smells clean with no off notes, a hint of bready pale malt sweetness, and an herbal noble hop hint when it was first poured. Any olfactory trace of hops seems to disappear quickly though. Not especially aromatic, but more importantly inoffensive.

Flavor is a little bland, though there is a very mild spicy bitterness from the hops and a touch of sweetness. Very dry in the middle, sort of papery with an occasional metallic twang. Carbonation is nice and crisp, and it's definitely a simple warm weather quencher. In the dead of winter, not so much for me.

Cheers John.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured out a golden, yellow color. Lots of bubbles and very little head. It smelled a bit like corn and a little like hops. The corn flavor came through while drinking it, but there was no real overpowering flavor. The mouthfeel was good. It was pretty light so I'd say it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow beer with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite weak but some malt can be detected. Taste is quite not enough crisp with some malt that can be detected and some very light bitterness at the end. Overall, I would classified this as a better then average lager without any skunk taste from the bottle which is a major accomplishment.

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Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. brown bottle. It pours a crystal-clear, bright yellow-gold body with a foamy bright-white head that holds OK before dropping to a thin collar that leaves some thin lace. Standard sized bubbles rise steadily towards the surface. The nose expresses a clean and sweetly grainy maltiness that's backed by mild floral and spicy hops. The body is distinctly medium with a crisp carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a grainy maltiness that's lightly sweet but well infused with gentle floral and spicy hop flavor; and backed by a firm bitterness. Overall, a pretty average European lager (although it's clean and un-skunked!).

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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 dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head which reduces by about 50% but the remainder is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: When you first open the bottle of this beer, it smells like there is a skunk in the apartment with you but that dissipates quickly. After the pour, there is still a slight skunkiness along with pale malts, grains, and corn. Also, I get some sweet bready malts.

T: In reviewing a number of less known for their beer eastern European beers, this by far had the best flavor of the lot. There is a lot of corn and grain in the flavor along with sweet bready malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: After getting over the initial shock of the smell when opening the bottle, I think this a decent beer. The beer is easy to drink and has a pleasant flavor and appearance.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.32/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The typical skunky whiff of hops when you pop open the bottlecap. Pours a pale golden yellow. Bubbles like apple cider about as good as it gets. The concept of "head retention" seems not to have made it to Croatian industrial brewing.

Faint malty flavor. Sweet and flat. A hint of tart acidity. Faint hops of the skunky variety, though not so unpleasant. Metallic aftertaste is one of the less attractive characteristics. That's as far as I can go with this.

Seems pretty substandard, even by Euro Pale Lager measures. I can't bring myself to rate this as a Czech Pilsener. Why don't we have a European Adjunct category? However, it has quite a beautiful label, if you like old-timey eastern European graphics. From the 500 ml bottle bought at BevMo, so I get what I deserve.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of smithj4
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcmchew
2.32/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale straw colour, big white head, foamy and unhealthy looking.
Skunk smell from a distance, bit of grain, low hops.
Sweet malts, grains, bit of corn and honey, but skunked and big metallic bitterness in the finish.
Light body, very fizzy.
Bad, a gas station lager.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Advertised as a Czech pils.

Straw color color and clear. Moderate head but little lace.

Grainy pale barley dominates the smell.

The taste is not as awful as I expected which is to say it's more flavorful than the typical macro. It starts with pale malt with nearly no graininess. Light hop but notable. The body is appropriate for the style.

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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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3.06 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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