Karlovacko | Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara
Croatia (Hrvatska) | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
203
Ratings:
380
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
22.95%
 
 
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3
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Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Completely clear gold, decent head and good lace. They say it is supposed to be a Pilsner, but I ain't getting that. Has a smoother macro smell to it, the look was also that of a macro.

Tastes almost like this Latvian beer called Aldaris. Very dull and leaves a sort of bad taste in the back of the throat. It's an easy going beer, that has a slight bitterness to it.

Again, if this is a Pilsner, then it is all wrong. But if that is a misprint, it is still not a very good beer, but drinkable.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, the brown 25cl bottle bears a red, white and gold label with a coat of arms above the name. The Croatian language label offers no ingredient list. Best before 10/15/07, I opened it on 9/30/07.

Pours a clear solid gold under a short-lived one finger white head that left exactly one spot of lace before disappearing quickly. The nose is reasonably strong of grain, perhaps corn but not at all unpleasant. The mouth is fairly chewy and reasonably well carbonated. A decent, solid taste with plenty of bready grain but not much on the hops side. I suppose this would be OK as a quaffer on a hot summer day. It'll do.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for the sixpack of Croatian beer.
Poured cold into a pokal.
A - A golden body with a rapidly falling white head that allows for some stickage of lace.

S - Mostly malt with some scents of eastern european yeast.

M - A medium light bodied lager w/ moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness and decent bitterness to balance.

T - Herbal + pine hop flavors with a sweet honey-like malt that is downplayed by a crisp taste. Slight grassiness in hop flavor as it warms. The carbonation brings out some of the nutty malt qualities.

D - An average pils flavor, nothing to write home about. Basic drinkability, not bad, but not great. I would drink this again, but probably not seek it out.

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Photo of riversider76
2.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden. One finger head, but not much retention,or lacing. Aroma is of faint yeast,and malts. Weak at best. Body is thin, and watery with some carbionation. Taste is sweet,and bready with a honey edge that is not unpleasent. Not my favorite style,but if it's yours,give it a try.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
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 shadow1961
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko pours a stiff white head over a clear
golden brew. Carbonation is active and steady,
and the nose is light barley malt and pilsner yeast.
The flavor is slightly sweet barley malt up front, some
slight citrus notes, and a grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel
is clean and crisp. This is not the finest pils ever but it's a
decent enough quencher. If you like the style by all means
try it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A beer from Croatia? Gotta give it a try:

Eye catching gold in color, but the head is lackluster. This is a pretty standard pilsner. Sort of sweet, broken by the hops and hay flavors. Good crisp feel on the tongue. Drinkablilty is okay, as it sometimes tasted rusty. Worth sampling once or twice; I already have.

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yep, I was drawn in by a beer from Croatia – let’s give it a try and see what happens.

Hey, not a bad start – straw yellow with a nice foamy white head. Constant stream of carb bubbles appear and rise. And river lacing cutting around the glass, too.

Lite aroma of steamed veggies, along with a barely discernable note of the Euro yeast skunk. Soft malts along with a nice hop hit at the finish. Crisp and dry, I could drink several at a session. Glad I tried it, not bad and made up for an otherwise boring evening.

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Photo of drpimento
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
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 July2Nov
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a pack of "Beers of the World" from BevMo. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours clear (think apple juice) with no head at all.
S: A slight acidic/fruit smell.
T&M: Suprised by the tasty flavor. Very light and crisp. Has the a sweet fruit flavor that empowers the brew. Quite suprised by the overall flavor of it.
D: This brew has it going on. Never had a Czech Pilsner before and if this is any indication of the style...then I'll be seeking out more of these.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.36/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden straw with perfect clarity. A fizzy three-finger head slowly gives way to a rocky soap bubble cap that holds fairly well and leaves some spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and some toasty biscuit aromas, background noble hops and a faint fruit scent. The Pilsener malt flavor is sweet at first, with subtle layers of toasted nut and light caramel flavors. This gives way to the more typical sharp pils taste. A very mild Saaz or tettnanger flavor and lacking bitterness are found in the aftertaste-but at least its not skunked. Lighter body with some decoction-esque malty texture and medium light carbonation make a slightly crisp and mellow mouthfeel. Finishes with traces of spicy german hops and a kiss of toasted Pils sweetness. Honestly, I found this to be an enjoyable beer -albiet lackluster example of the style. I bought it for the novelty of being Croastian beer- but I would be disappointed if I were expecting an authentic Czech PIls. On the other hand- its very affordable, highly drinkable, and could easily be passed off as a really great Macro. An ideal choice for introducing craft beer to non-enthusiasts.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.15 oz bottle. Very pale yellow, almost clear. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but very small head that settles quickly.

Very faint hop aroma, smells of straw or fresh grass, much like a pilsner should.

Can taste the hops a little bit more than the smell would indicate, but not much. Feels slightly fizzy in the mouth, but otherwise very smooth. Doesnt leave it particularly dry.

As far as drinkability is concerned, this is up there in score simply because it very easy to drink. I doubt that anyone would be offended by the taste/feel of this beer unless they were expecting something more. A good example of the classic pilsner style. Would definitely not pass up a bottle of this were I offered one.

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Photo of beerphan
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle -> goblet
coded

Pours clear straw yellow with a thin head that leaves a little quick flash lace. Carbonation appears timid.

Nose: Light grains, some pale malt

Taste: Light and grainy, with a tad bit of bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouth: Feels a little thin, but finishes clean.

I could probably knock down quite of few of these over a few games of bowling, easy to drink, just not too exciting.

Drink:

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle given to me by my buddy's dad poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Piss yellow with a 2 finger, fluffy, snow white head. No retention or lacing. High carbonation bubbles.

S: Not much here. Slight barley smell.

T: 1st sip was nasty. Metallic as hell. Almost a drain pour, but it got better. Very mild sweetness of malted barley. No hop bitterness/crispness usually associated with a pilsner.

M: Thin to medium body and highly carbonated. No bitter prick from the carbonation, though.

D: Very easy to session, not at all offensive. Nothing special either. Easy drinking...Easy forgettin'.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a tight white head that has good staying power and leaves ring lace. Golden body with loads of racing carbonation.

Pale malts and a little doughy in the background. There is a subtle but very nice hop profile that drys this up a bit and it finishes clean and refreshing. The more I have of this the more the hops kick in, they end up being a big factor as it warms just slightly. Grains are subdued and it doesn't have an adjunct feel to it at all. Pretty much what a Czech pils is shooting for.

Notes: I've had better in the style but this is at least in the same ballpark as some of the better ones I've had. I could session this with ease. Hits all the marks, Solid. This was part of a "beers around the world" pack I recieved from a friend. I was pleasantly surprised w/ this offering.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light straw color leaning towards the golden side. Very refined with vast amounts of bubbles streaming to the top. Head is a full finger of light, snow white bubbles.

S: Malted barley, copper coins, yellow corn and a little bit of hop bite.

T: Lightly sweet like snow peas and creamed corn with a touch of lime. Mineral component gives it almost a sedimentary disposition. Finishes lightly malted with a subtle hop component.

M: Thin and a bit hard but actually has some viscosity to it.

D: Not a bad beer for what it is. It lacked a lot of features I find undesirable in other eastern European pilsners. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.62/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 500ml brown bottle with a dull label (couldn't they at least use the famed checkered pattern, like on the flag and soccer shirts?) today at Sam's Blue Light in Durham.

Pours a nice golden color with reasonable head and tons of slow moving visible carbonation. Nose is adjuncts over malts; astringent and barely palatable.

Taste is fairly malt dominatted for a pilsner, but fairly inoffensive. Unfortunately, the texture is limp and lifeless, with little crispness or hop bite in the aftertaste. Far too watery to be satisfying, and too impotent to be refreshing. This beer is inconsistent and not really worth your time unless you just want to try a Croatian beer, like I did. One is enough.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear to the point of shining this beer had scant bead but a lovely sudtained frothy white head.
Mostly malts in the smell but is moderated by some bittery hops.
This is reasonably sweet with a distinctive and pleasant lime taste to it.
It is overly oily in the mouth and when combined with the sweetness makes it not very nice in the mouth.
Not very exciting or engaging this is drinkable at best
Seeing as it has a substantial corn component it probably has more charcter than expected

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.65/5  rDev -45.9%
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 Bones54
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am Croatian and this beverage is drank more than water in my family. Trying to hide my biast, this is an average Pilsner at best. I believe it was recently purchased by a larger brewer (maybe Heiniken) and this is a good thing because this beer was easily spoiled in the past. The pasteurization must have improved because rarely is a spoiled one found now. The overall taste has a bit of bitter crispness to it, but generally bland. Overall this is a great lawnmower or summertime beer when your looking to throw some back and not worry about how many you drank

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Cost Plus World Market's "Beers of the World" gift pack.

Pours a light yellow typical lager- white head vansihes quickly, but a steady stream of carbonation keeps up the beat.

Aroma of malt and wheat, slightly sweet, with lemon zest. A definite hop sharpness. Flavor follows through, but initial hop flavor is very difficult- harsh, sharp, bitter, bot good. Mellows as the taste buds are beaten into submission. But still, the hop aftertaste is just not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is moderate, not thin, not rich. But with the flavor, I just could not finish this one.

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Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a decent beer. Pretty simple and straight forward. While it is certainly drinkable, it is also in my opinion somewhat forgetable. Nothing really stood out while drinking this beer. Certainly a bit better than the american alternatives, but still nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly nice looking clear yellowy pour with a 1 finger white head that doesn't last too long. Faint scent of honey in the nose. That honey scent is a much stronger honey flavor on the tongue. It might be a bit too sweet for some, but I liked it just fine. Not a huge mouthfeel though. Pretty darn drinkable if you like honey, which I do. This would be a great dessert after a lunch of fish and chips by the beach on a sunny day.

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Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.15oz. bottle. This pours a clear golden color. Mine had minimal head, even though there was moderate carbonation. The aroma is actually pretty decent. There is a bit of a pleasant malt sweetness to the beer. The taste is not as good as the aroma. It is a bit thin, with a mild malt flavor. It doesn’t taste light, however. Definitely lacking in the hops department. I suppose this would be good if I were in Croatia, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one here, except to add another country to the list.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Best before on back 05 06.

Pours a nice, clear gold colour. White head is 1/8 inch and just sits level with the top of my mug. Head quickly reduces to a very thin ring around the edge. Head is completely gone after a couple sips.

Nose is sweet with touches of malt and corn. A faint grassiness is the background.

Taste is fairly mild at the start. Slightly sweet with a hint of malt then after the carbonation rush the hops kick in to a mild bitter skunk/grassy hops finish. Aftertaste is dry and mildly bitter.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Pretty much a run of the mill pilsener. Not enough malt spine and the hops lacks some bite, both of which would make this better. All-in-all it's not bad, but nothing to write home about either.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.
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