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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002

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203
Ratings:
379
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
22.95%
 
 
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Photo of CrazyMike
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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 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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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 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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Photo of SmashPants
2.84/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard 330mL green bottle with a standard macro label.

Appearance: pours out a solid amber colour with light carbonation across the profile. A fluffy white head drops down to a thin cap.

Aroma: light grains with some grass hops. Nothing special.

Taste: the grains again with a light bread malt. The hops are pretty much unnoticeable.

Aftertaste: slight hops and those bread malts lingering through. Ho-hum.

Mouth feel: medium in feel with a moderate to higher carbonation. Reasonable.

Overall: an okay pilsener but certainly not the best I have ever had. I'll definitely take another option for the AU$52 a case mark.

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Photo of TongoRad
2.84/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

The nose does show some Saaz hop character, as well as a light doughy malt backdrop. It's all so slight, though, and could stand to be a little stronger. It falters even more on the palate, where the hops mostly show up as a clean bitterness. The malt becomes more toasty than it promised at first. They do get some things right, it's definitely a clean beer and nothing becomes annoying or cloying, but there is just a lack of complexity that ultimately dooms it to also-ran status. It's really only about toasty malt and lingering bitterness in the finish, and that gets too monotonous by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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 kegger22
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured most of a 500 ml Karlovacko pilsener into a pint glass. It was a very clear yellow and had a fragile one finger white head. I couldn't get much out of the aroma, not even your typical pils smells. This beer tasted sweet but had little other flavor, rather bland. It was light bodied and had adequate carbonation. In terms of drinkability, it would be a good session beer. Not bad, but summed up in one word, bland. Oh well, I was the one who wanted to try a Croatian beer.

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Photo of tubacharlie
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright white, three-finger head emerges from a hard pour, quickly receding to a thin film, revealing a clear, golden yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom replenishing the ring of foam remaining around the edge.

Slight aroma of fermented cabbage, dirty socks and a little bit of stale hops.

Typical Euro Pilsner with not a lot of flavor -- some hop bitterness and a mild, watered-down malt presence.

Good for washing down some polish sausage or for a game of checkers on the patio in hot weather.

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Photo of amstelcat
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 500 ml bottle. Pale golden color with pure white head which dissipates quickly without any lacing. Smell is the fairly standard mild skunk smell from most Euro lagers from a green bottle. Taste... isn't half bad. Average, but I don't feel the need to have another one.

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Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko: A Croatian Pilsener, in a dark brown 500 ml bottle. It is pure white head (that sticks and leaves very nice lace), over an absolutely clear, pale yellow beer. Clean aroma of light hops. This beer simply tastes like a non-skunked euro-lager, with a strange sour/dryness in the finish that is not unpleasant. Also had a relatively creamy mouth feel for a Pilsner. Very easy to drink. Not bad.

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Photo of OldYoda
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Guinness imperial pint. A not unattractive straw yellow with a minimal head and no lacing apparent.

Smell is slightly sweet and bready, certainly nothing overwhelming. Certainly not offensive, but nothing to make you want to dive in, either.

Taste, again nothing offensive - but, just not much of anything. A little sweet, no obvious hop kick. Just sort of nothing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean and the drinkability is fine - a few of these would be fine if this is all you can find. Not a beer I would buy again or seek out.

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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 GRG1313
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 DenisKolkin
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $2.15 from the local LCBO. I do believe this is my first beer from Croatia. It also happens to be my 1,000th unique beer, however, not my 1,000th review. Saving something more special for that,

Appearance - Crystal clear, pale golden straw color. Small weak half finger of head is poured with modest retention. Some lively bubbles of varying sizes.

Smell - Clean and fairly grain with a subtle sweetness that is too much for a Czech pilsner. Light grassy notes are relatively hidden. Some starnge malty sweetness in here too.

Taste - Fairly clean, lacking the hop bite of the best pilsners. Drinks more like a Euro pale Lager. Some graininess.

Mouthfeel - Expressive but moderate carbonation. light body. Easy to drink.

Overall - A decent beer that won't blow anyone away. Better than some pale lagers but doesn't hold a candle to the best pilsners.

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Photo of Dmann
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a perfectly white head that settled into a thin lace. It did have a touch of skunk at first, but after letting set for a minute it faded and the beer had no real aroma. Maybe it was just the bottle I had, but the beer felt very flat in my mouth. It was also difficult to decern specific flavors in this beer, it just seemed very sweet. The only way I can describe it is a sweeter tasting Budweiser. I was not impressed at all.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow. Pretty standard. Carbonation is not amazing, but decent enough. A nice layer of foam that fizzles to a nice half finger layer that remainds throughout.

Smell: Not crazy about the smell, but it's ok. Wet hay with a hint of hops in the end. A pungent vinegar-like fermented smell, which is not necessarily too bad of a thing since it's not everwhelming. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A lot less dry than something like Pilsner Urquell initially. A fair amount of cooked grain, almost corn-like. Some sour hops are the other main flavor component. Once of the flavors fizzle, there's a nice dryness in the finish that's definitely not too soda-like. Very clean.

Drinkability: All in all, not a terrible choice. It's nice to see some other European perspectives of this style.

Overall: Reminds me a bit of Tyskie Gronie with Bud Light's dryness and Golden Pheasant's sweetness.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ncbrewerbun
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
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 avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Berecki
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 0.5 L into a pokal.
Decent color, lots of pearling on edges, short-lasting white head.
Smells of industrial machines (maybe it's something about tap?).
Tastes dull, averagely sour-sweet, and leaves the same dull aftertaste with nothing to remember of.
Overall, an average pilsner-style beer to quench a thirst and forget about it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
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 tempest
2.96/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml bottle for about $2 at the Best Yet grocery in Astoria. After the initial skunk aroma wafts away (thanks green bottle), I'm left a with a plan, slightly sweet lager with a vague hint of herbal hops and toasted barley. Sure it's bland, but there's nothing offensive here. Probably a decent beer when fresh.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.96/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice soaring head of white crowned this beer after the pour. The color is a very pale golden straw color. That beautiful head doesn't stick, nor stay.

Smells like barley, corn, and Euro must. Has that Danish lager appeal, like Heineken. Perhaps, a little sweeter, but not offensively so. Lager grains, slight honey, and yeasty fruit.

Drinks a lot like the nose smells. Fruit rot, lagery grains, corn syrup, backend bitterness, and a generic sweet/stale carry-through. Has a note of light green apple and faint caraway. Some fusel and mintiness. The body has a decent shape, but it's not a game-changer. Carbonated averagely. Better than your average Euro Lager, but that's not saying too much. Especially, because it's listed as a Czech Pils.

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