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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
Ranking:
#44,395
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
417
pDev:
17.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 thehyperduck
3.24/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before Apr. 25 2013. Haven't had a Croatian lager in a while. Some day I will achieve my ultimate goal of ticking the entire former Yugoslavia. Curse you, Macedonia!

Pours a translucent golden-yellow colour, topped with a magnificent three-finger, sparkling white head that wilts away gradually over a period of minutes. It leaves behind substantial quantities of lacing, in addition to the soapy, uneven cap on the surface. The liquid itself, however, looks quite flat, with very little effervescence. The aroma is uninteresting, and differs little from many of these Euro lagers - grainy pale malts, some wet hay or grassiness, with some apple skin.

The taste falls along the same lines - serviceable, straightforward, uninteresting. Grainy pale and cracker maltiness forms the bulk of the flavour, with the grassy, slightly floral, vaguely spicy hop bitterness coming forward in the finish. Mildly bitter finish that doesn't linger long. A little more than light-bodied, but still pretty watery. The mouthfeel seems a little flat, but this is a mild complaint - there's enough crispness to get by.

Karlovacko isn't bad for what it is - a run-of-the-mill pale Euro lager. Better than Ozujsko, and better than many of the more widely-distributed EPLs, but if a genuine pilsener is your bag then this isn't something I can seriously recommend. If you need a highly drinkable, fairly enjoyable lager to drink with salty/greasy food or on a hot patio, this is definitely a worthy selection, though.

[Updated Apr 17 2016]

Another LCBO can. My old review was spot on: Karlovacko is a borderline decent pils, and above average as far as Euro national brand lagers go. The respectable hop presence puts this one above mass-produced stuff like Heineken, Carlsberg, Stella, etc., but it still lacks much of the clean, crisp pilsner malt flavour that you get in most of the real Czech/German pilseners.

Final Grade: 3.24, C+.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in appearance with a giant, foamy white head on top that settles at about two centimetres tall and stays well.

Lager malts to kick things off along wih some mild, earthy hops and a very slight hint of grain. There is some bread and corn.

Earthy malts, lager hops with a hint of mild citrus and some bitterness along with it. There is a gerneral sweetness and the usual mix of bread and corn but all of these work well and it is quite a refreshing taste from this one.

Smooth & light bodied as you would expect from a pilsener, there is also good, strong carbonation without being too strong or off-putting. There is a nice fizz to the beer and it is very refreshing.

Nothing really spectacular or ground breaking but a very nice lager and one that I kept going back to day after day, this was excellent whilst sitting in the sun.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can served in a pint glass.

First of all, this is not a Czech Pilsener (as it was described) but a Euro Lager beer.

A: Pours a golden clear yellow color forming a big white fizzy bubbled head. Retention is low and not many lacings are left

S: Sweet grains, mainly. Corn (the killer :)). Light skunky hops in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet grains, corn, Lager yeasts, cardboard. In overall, a dry beer. End in mild bitter

M: Watery body and medium carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild bitter hoppy end

O: Low drinkability. Poor

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Trent
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a light reddish. A bit surprising, as based on reviews, I expected a yellow pilsener.

Poured from the brown karlovacko bottle into a pint glass.

Taste is light, crisp and sweet. Extremely refreshing after a run.

Overall, an above average beer, and clearly surpassed expectation.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +23%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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 metter98
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +47.5%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of eggshell-white head. The retention as a skim was not bad and it left spotty lacing. The aroma was a faint blend of dry grains and sweet malt. The flavors were very generic and though I’ve seen this beer billed as a Czech Pilsner in truth I think it’s just an average Euro Pale Lager. The flavors were mostly corn, dry grains, sweet malt and a touch of bread. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation moderate.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of spinrsx
2.62/5  rDev -14.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
Beer rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 417 ratings
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