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
Gots:
59
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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl Bottle: BBD 27 Mar 2014, poured into a Konig Pilsner stemmed tulip three times on 12th Feb 2014. Obtained from Ambrosetti in Berlin and drank at home.

Huge white head on a bright golden body, clear and clean looking on each pour.

I so wanted this to be wonderful, my first ever beer from Croatia: actually it wasn't too bad. Usual Pilsner/Lager aroma, meaning almost odourless, this had a few hints of a grainy sweetness to be fair, but not enough to get excited about.

The taste was leaning towards a malty sweetness, but again nothing huge or exciting. This was another European Pilsner/Lager than doesn't try to upset anyone and could have been one of many such beers from anywhere around the world.

Just above average in it's style and class: a country tick, no more and no less.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can - from the LCBO

Appearance – Mostly clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average mount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 2 or 3 minutes and there were some very small particles floating around in the beer.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, floral

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with light floral hops and some corn. There is also a bit of a harsh alcohol taste.. It ends with a corn syrup and floral slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – When will I learn to stop buying these run of the mill euro-beers. I keep hoping that one day I'm going to find a diamond in the rough, but it never happens. I made it through the can, but I won't buy this one again.

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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 Evil_Pidde
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light golden with a white high head that dissipates after a little while leaving a hint of lacings.

S: Not so strong smell, but there is malt mixed with hops - a nice blend.

T: Malt and some hops (but far to little hops to be a good czech pilsener), some sweetnes and fruit mixed with floral notes.

M: Carbonic acids, with small bubbles. Mediumbodied.

D: The first beer I had from the Balkans, but the Czechs make far better Czech Pilsener than the boys from Croatia. But this is not a bad beer, it just got some stiff competition in the style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RBorsato
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow with a full white head, nice active carbonation, and some sporadic lace. Grassy herbal hops dominate aroma with a touch of grainyness underneath. Balanced grain and hop flavors. Light bodied but not watery; fairly smooth and not overly bitter or dry.

Better than your average macro for sure but not quite up to the better Czech Pilsners...

Per label: "Est. 1854" & 5.4% ABV

(11.15 oz. / 330 ml)

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, pale copper-orange with a beautiful 2 finger frothy white head that had amazing retention while leaving a nice sheet lacing on the way down. Visible carbonation was almost non-detect.

S: neutral, light grains with no hopping. After a very good visible presentation, this sets it back.

T: honey, with a soft flowery hopping and some spiciness. A light toasted caramel adds some sweetness as well some buttered toast. The beer finishes with a decent spicy flowery hopping which may be its saving grace here.

M: light, a little thin, smooth, and slick.

D: Average drinkability, a nice start is hindered by a lack of aroma, but fairs better with the finish. Uneventful at times but still one that can be mindlessly put back on a Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with much of the same, simple lager, yet crisp and clean. Not bad at all.

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Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A strong skunky quality is apparent the second you open the bottle, but there are traces of hops and malt mixed in. An uneven smell.

T: Tasted of light hops, light malt and the aforementioned skunkiness. Pilsner flavors typically aren't overly complex, but this one doesn't reach the heights of the best of the style. It isn't hops forward enough, nor does it have a strong citrus presence. Not awful, but could have been better.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a pretty standard mass produced pilsner. It seems to be designed less to impress the drinker and more to sell.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big 50cl can. All red with a "so-standard-I-could-cry" ellipsoid crest on the front, rather like a red version of Heineken that says "Karlovacko" instead of Heineken. displays medals it has won on the front, along with a proud "Product of Croatia" legend.

Now to the real stuff:

Pale gold body, with lots of carbonation, and a good rocky crown of white foam. Pretty good lacing too, and the retention is great.

Slightly sour, slightly tinny aroma. Some sweetness, some carbonic seltzer water flavour. Not entirely unpleasant, but to be honest it's pretty weak. Not a lot to it.

Taste is initially flat with a little sweetness. Late on the palate arrives a coppery bitterness and a residual husky, grain flavour. Mouthfeel is lightly spiky but otherwise dry. It's not as clean and smooth as some of the other easy-drinking Euro lagers, but it does have some character.

It's reasonably easy to drink, and reasonably unoffensive. It's not a great beer though, and I'd be loath to call it an above average pils-style lager. Don't count on winning too many more medals, guys.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle, code of "L3206" on label, unclear what that means.

clear golden color, big foamy bone-white head. great head retention. mild aroma of pale malt and grassy hops. taste is fairly similar. sweet grainy corn flavor and earthy mild hops. thin body, higher carbonation, but something actually feels sorta grainy on the tongue. weird.

overall - my first Croatian beer, but nothing special.

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

Photo of bark
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale yellow; the two finger airy white head sinks slowly to a thin lid.

The smell is mild. Some buttery notes, some sweet malt and a very mild bitter hint.

The taste is mild and a quite buttery. Some light sweetness. It is fresh, balanced and very drinkable. The aftertaste is a bit bitter with some butter and minerals. The flavours are very clean.

The carbonation is average; the fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is a bit smooth.

I found this one a typical central European lager with a Czech twist.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured a copper, slightly golden amber hue, very odd for any pilsner I've ever had. Some sparse lacing for a pilsner. The first smell to the old nostrils was bananas then cloves. But the aroma eventually went to a tainted water malt with a hint of copper pipe. Flavor was like a weizen, not at all like a pilsner. Lots of cloves with some tropicla flavors that I couldn't describe. But the vacation in my mouth quickly went sour. Well, more like metallic just like the smell. This was just a hint of metal though, not overpowering.
But the metaalic did affect the mouthfeel of this brew. The carbonation was not up to par for my pilsners. Not as crisp or refreshing.

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

Clear gold, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a smattering of lace. Grainy malt aroma with a bit of floral/spicy hops. Mild bitterness, balanced to the sweet side, with a hint of floral and citrus hops. Not much of a finish. Light bodied and dry. Thirst quenching and average.

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Photo of Suds
2.44/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I have never had a beer from Croatia, so I picked this one up just to try it. It is a golden-yellow color with a tall white head. A little haze in the liquid. The aroma has a bit of sulfur, light hops, and grass. The taste is lightly sweet and has a middle-range bitterness. It is a typical, maybe sub-par, Euro-lager. Light, a bit of sharpness in the finish. Forgettable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle came from a brew of the month club and is a bit old, but no sediment. Just saw online today that the brewery may be temporarily closed for possible improper hazzardous waste disposal. Anyway - this poured with a nice head that promptly settled down. No lace. Nice golden amber color. Aroma of grain, grass, light malt, mild spice and some hop. Flavor is distictly sweet. Decent body. Short finish. Drinkable beer.

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Photo of shelby415
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of threedaggers
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour. Deep red with a good haze and very nice head. Looks like a good APA.

Smells like caramel and overripe fruit. Maybe a little bit old, but still nice. It gets sweeter as it warms up.

Tastes like caramel and apricots. Caramel upfront, fruity in the back, ending on a dry citrus note that lingers on the tongue. The hops are few and far between, but what are there are good.

Pretty tasty, solid Czech pilsner. Probably be better fresh, but what am I going to do?

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Photo of andrenaline
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden colour, finger of head, some retention and no real lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, bready grains and sweet corn.

T - Mild flavoured, bready malts, grains, biscuit notes, toasted crackers and a grassy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty lager, easily sessioned with no real aftertaste that leave you wondering if you've even drank a beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -2%

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
3.06 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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