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
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
401
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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3
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54
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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 401
Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -2%
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 +20.9%
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 -12.4%
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 -8.5%
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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Photo of Drew966
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Karlovacko pours a light orange color with a fluffy white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Smells better than I expected, but much like a typical macro lager. Taste is malty, and also metallic. Not much to recommend it. You would be better off spending your money elsewhere.

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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 clickpush
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour: 330ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Pours a pale orange, color of dark urine. White head hardly develops at all and leaves almost no trace of lacings.

Nose: Apple juice and white grapes. A little too sweet to seem inviting.

Mouth: It enters sweet and a bit chewy and follows with a bitter swallow. I like the high carbonation (do I see a trend here) but there's absolutely no depth to the flavor. The beer is completely gone from the mouth no more than 5 seconds after being swallowed - except for a nasty metallic aftertaste that doesn't seem like it should be coming from a bottle.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out the 11.15oz bottle a dark straw/light golden with a foamy white head.

Smell. light maltiness and sweet. little mild lemon candy fruitiness to it to as well.

Taste. dry maltiness, small cardboard taste to it. also has an off flavored sourness to it. not a good taste at all. aftertaste isnt good either, like finishing a cheap american macro lager.

Mouthfeel. decent carbonation. bad balance and just overall not that good of a mouthfeel.

Overall not one i like at all. wasnt even an average lager, muchless a pils. Pass this on up.

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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 Citadel82
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ho hum euro lager from a part of the country formerly known as Yugoslavia. Pours pale straw with a short-lived white head. Little discernable aroma apart from some adjunct graininess and a faint floral note or two. Taste is not very pronounced. Not offensive just light and sweet. Little body and no finish to speak of. Might do well if served on a hot day as a quencher before you drink something nicer.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your average european lager, bright yellow. Smell is alright, some hops, no skunk, which is a bonus. Taste is surprisingly good, clean and refreshing, Not overly sweet, and not overly bitter. This is well carbonated but overdone which makes the mouthfeel pretty unoffensive. This beer is a great Macro-Alternative and makes for a good BBQ beer for sure.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Beer I tried from the Balkins. When I saw this at the store the other day, I picked it up almost immediatly.

The reasoning behind my average score is because this is a very average beer. Not bad but not to great. This is a very light tasting beer, almost watery and heavily carbonated. There is a small hint of malt. Apperance and smell wise, meh. It looks like your average popular beer, not as exotic as expected.

Prehaps this beer tastes better on tap in Croatia, but the kind imported was only a bit different from dollar beers such as Carling.

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Photo of goschool
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is pale gold with a head that starts out appropriately large, but disappears altogether. The nose is grassy hops, muted as they might be. This straddles the fence between a European-macro lager and a Czech pilsner. It's got crisp, grassy saaz hops, a bit of malt, and a hint of herbs- there's just not much of any of it. The mouthfeel is average, so is drinkability. This stuff is a little bit better then a novelty beer from an exotic eastern European country although it's nothing exciting.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 500ml bottle. No best by date, but the bottle said 5.4% alc./vol.

Beer poured a brilliant pale/straw gold with a small white head that turns to lace.

Aroma is very slight...hard to catch any, really. I'll call it a very mild malt aroma...maybe some corn?

Flavor is light...not a whole not interesting going on here. No off flavors, either. A very clean beer.

Everything about this beer is on the light side....Nothing wrong with this beer, but certainly nothing exciting about it, either. Very easy to drink, but so is water.

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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 TastyTaste
2.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium clear gold color, head is fully, creamy, and about 1/2" on the pour. A couple bubbles wander towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Light malt, but it is a weird, overcooked smell, and a light soapy presence.

Taste: Not too good, has a stale taste to it, but not too bad. Lighty maltiness, fairly crisp, not very hoppy, though.

Drinkability: So many beers are like this, why pick this one? Maybe if you want to check Croatia off of your "Countries of Beer Origin" list.

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a bright gold with a soapy loose but voluminous head.

The beer smells slightly spicy (Saz hops?) with a bit of grass. No off aromas at all.

The taste is fresh and clean. A bit of floral hop flavor with some underlying pepper. A bit of grainy goodness emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

Beer is a bit under carbonated, but it very smooth. Easy drinker here folks. While not overly complex, this is an enjoyable beer that would go well with a fish fry, fried chicken, a nice salad, heck it will go with anything that is not overly spiced.

This is an enjoyable and well made beer. $1.49 at Sam’s liquors in Downers Grove.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

selection of beer of the month club. Poured a pale yellow color with bountious white head. Smell is a bit crisp with a not pleasant sweetness. Taste is very light with crisp malts. Finish is dry and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary. Average beer at best.

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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 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 PorterLambic
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a decent head that drops to a film fairly quickly.
Smell is good and nicely balanced with malt, hops and a hint of honey.
Taste is just malt and hops (balanced well) but quite watery. If the taste had only followed up what the nose was promised...
Mouthfeel: carbonation is good, not overdone like a megabrew, a smooth, clean finish and medium body.
Drinkability: A decent year-round lager, not one to restrict to being just a summer-only thirst quencher.

One addendum: The label on my bottle says 5.4% ABV.

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

Straw yellow in color, medium carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. Medium sized white head disapated rather quickly.
Clean aroma, I guess what I mean is it smelled like fresh air, or nothing really.
Basically a crisp, easy going down pilsner. No aftertaste or bitterness. Nothing outstanding about it, one could have a few no problem.

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Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as crisp as other Czech Pilseners I've had, but overall, this was a pleasant and easy to drink beer. Malt had a touch of grassy flavor, with some light grape in the background. A bit light on the hops, but enough to carry through. Finish was on the sweet side.

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Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, clear brassy gold color with a moderate white head.

Aroma is sweet malt with a touch of spicy hops and dried hay.

Taste starts with sweet malt, a hint of fresh biscuits and honey, then a hint of lemon tartness with peppery hops for a dry clean finish. Mild sweet malt comes back in the aftertaste.

Refreshing and very drinkable. should be a good summer cooler.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
3.06 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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