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:
203
Ratings:
384
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
23.28%
 
 
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3
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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 384
Photo of soju6
2.69/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, grain and just a bit musty.

T: Taste of malt sweetness and grain. No real bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and bland.

O: Another standard Euro Lager in an ocean of lagers.

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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 Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thin head on a clear, golden body.
The aroma is a good grain scent with a bit of lemon.
The taste is a sweet/bitter lemon with a long honey finish. Really nice.
The texture is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Aside from not having any head, this is a great beer. The taste was an almost perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

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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 ThinkAgain
2.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

clear, golden yellow color with 1cm white head that disappeared before my very eyes.
skunk, cereal grains, a very classic light beer smell and as many have said, it smells a lot like Heineken. very, very flavorless. there's some cereal grains going on, but not much else. thankfully there wasn't any of the skunk flavor detected in the nose. the finish was dry and again, very flavorless. i didn't get any of the yeasty and spicy notes that others have spoken of. high carbonation. Not that good

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

A: Typical gold colour of beer
S: Average aroma, not strong, not weak, this beer smells like a light beer.
T: Mellow. This beer is not bitter. This beer has a light amount of alcohol.
M: Smooth. This beer has an average amount of bubbles.
O: Karlovačko is a beer that is very mellow. There are no strong tastes. There are no strong aromas. This beer is smooth. This beer is very easy to drink. People who enjoy light beers should try Karlovačko.

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Photo of mactrail
2.32/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The typical skunky whiff of hops when you pop open the bottlecap. Pours a pale golden yellow. Bubbles like apple cider about as good as it gets. The concept of "head retention" seems not to have made it to Croatian industrial brewing.

Faint malty flavor. Sweet and flat. A hint of tart acidity. Faint hops of the skunky variety, though not so unpleasant. Metallic aftertaste is one of the less attractive characteristics. That's as far as I can go with this.

Seems pretty substandard, even by Euro Pale Lager measures. I can't bring myself to rate this as a Czech Pilsener. Why don't we have a European Adjunct category? However, it has quite a beautiful label, if you like old-timey eastern European graphics. From the 500 ml bottle bought at BevMo, so I get what I deserve.

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Photo of biegaman
2.51/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is often a point of nationalistic pride. People will proclaim their local or national brand the best, which is why it's so ironic that, by and large, these beers are all virtually indistinguishable. One thing's for sure, they look identical. Croatia's national brand looks no different from Serbia's nor Bosnia's (nor anyone else's for that matter). It's clear, yellow, lightly bubbled, and has a fading fuzz over top.

The aroma smells, quite literally, like chicken feed: corn-y and foul. It less resembles "beer" than it does a "beer by-product" (whatever that could possibly be). It does not smell fit for human consumption. For one, there's little of anything that passes for barley or hops (and a nauseating amount of scents that could pass for less favorable, far less natural things). What the hell went wrong here?

Even chilled to low single digits, Karlovacko has a flavour that is borderline distasteful. Not entirely objectionable (for the style anyhow) but the quality of its ingredients, and the quantity of additives, is immediately drawn into question. It tastes of golden syrup, sweet with a strong chemically solvent-like mouthfeel. That latter feature is especially concerning; it does not come from water, yeast, malt or hops.

Bubbles kick in with the urgency of a mother rescuing her small child from a busy intersection. The cloying texture of corn syrup is a little slower to the scene, it sets in mostly on the finish where it unfortunately makes itself quite comfortable. This aftertaste is regrettable because the beer is relatively unoffensive until that point. The chemical-like note that caught my attention from the outset continues to grow. Could it be alcohol?

There's probably a reason this can of Karlovacko has "EXPORT ONLY" printed across its label: Croatians know better than to waste their money on it. Actually, in truth, the opposite is probably true. If I've taken anything away from this plain, adjunct-ridden lager it's that nationalism can delude people of anything, in particular that their beer is somehow superior. Croatians are free to enjoy this (if they can) but I'll pass.

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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 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.

1001 Beers: http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

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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 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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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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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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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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Photo of dansmcd
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear straw coloured beer with a finger of bubbly white head followed quickly by strands of lacing.

S - Corn chips and crackers, pilsener malt.

T - As with the nose but fainter and with the addition of metal.

M - Highly carbonated and watery thin.

O - Pedestrian macro.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale, very clear golden. Head is thick and white, with good rentention and a touch of lacing.
S- Aroma is bland but inoffensive. Sweet, grainy, that's about it.
T- Up front it's sweet and crackery. There is some bready grain notes. Pretty nondescript and uninteresting. that said, nothing is bad about it.
M- Decent body to it. Maybe a bit on the light end. The carbonation is assertive, a bit more so than I'd like.
O- Better than your average Euro pale lager, but there is nothing really that interesting about it.

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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 stevoj
3.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle brought back for me from Croatia. Clear golden color with silky head. Nice malty flavor, hints of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is creamy. This is a surprise. Truly delicious!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500-mL green glass bottle.

This beer pours a clear, fizzy yellow color with creamy, white foam that persists and then leaves lacing on the glass. There is a fine stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The smell is lightly malty with aromatic hops and a bit of sweetness. The taste has some nice, mild bitterness up front followed by some light malt sweetness. Kind of a one-dimensional flavor, but OK. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry overall with medium-light body. Some mild hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Overall a drinkable pilsner lager.

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

A: Pours a clear light straw color with two quarters of off white head.

S: Light malt and light hops.

T: Slight sweet malt upfront followed by just a hint of hops and tad amount of spice.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Not my style of beer.

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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 cagocubs
2.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz large green glass bottle poured into my 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a clear apple juice gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that sticks around and builds from arising carbonation. Very active.

S: Grassy scent, almost like a skanky skunk. Actually it really smells like a skunk, almost makes me not want to taste it, but I'm a degenerate, so I will.

T: A legit pilsner taste. Some sweetness mixed in with grain and earthy grass. Refreshing and crisp.

M: Light bodied, crisp, good mouth coating, and good wetness.

O: First Croatian experience, I'm pleased. A little nervous for the taste after the smell, but it pulled through.

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