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Karlovacko | Karlovaċka Pivovara

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Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 387
Photo of FleeVT
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml green bottle poured into a Pilsener.

A: Pale straw color with a mediocre head at initial pour that fades to just surface scum. Light carbonation action the entire session from the bottom of the glass.

S: Light on the nose with a subtle mix of grains, grassy hops, a hint of sourness, and a scant service of sweet malt.

T/M: Perfect Pilsener body with a clean crisp finish. A mild dose of peppery hops on the front of the palate with some doughy malt in the back followed by some hop bitterness.

D: Lacking in head retention, this beer delivers every else. Not a bad brew and within all style guidelines.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.16/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

50cL bottle poured into a mug.

A - clear, golden yellow color with 1cm white head that disappeared before my very eyes.

S - skunk, cereal grains, a very classic light beer smell and as many have said, it smells a lot like Heineken.

T - 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.

M - high carbonation.

D - not good. definitely a drain pour.

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Photo of TripelJ
2.08/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle

Okay the folks over in Croatia need to pay attention to what the folks over Poland or Czech. are doing because this brew leaves much to be desired. Poured as I expected a light straw color with a massive amount of carbonation. Smell is pungent, grassy and earthy. Taste is watery, muddy, when combined with the pungent nose you get with each sip makes for a truly unpleasant drinking experience.

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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 hungryghost
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
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 stockingcpl
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours with a rather full head that has thick foam. Very stylistic of a traditional Czech Pilsner. Color is a light straw. Head sustain is pretty good with clingings to the side of the glass. Impressive so far.

Smell: There is an earthy aroma. Malt and hops permeate the character with faint pine. The aroma is not overly strong but disipates rather quickly. Interesting, but nothing special for a beer of this style.

Taste: The flavor is light and airy. There is a rather strange cream essence that jumps out immediately. This is followed by a sweet nectar feel. Flowery and light. Not oppressive in any sense. Again, an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very light. This is almost a "woman's brew". The interesting creamy presence during onset tends to keep the drinker's attention. I like this. Very airy on the palate.

Drinkability: This brew is about as filling as an American Light Macrobrew beer. Very easy to drink and not filling at all. This would be GREAT selection for female guests during a pool party or summer BBQ.


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Photo of skypup
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Pils glass.

clear light pilsner with above average carbonation; Thin head that dissolves relatively quickly.

Sweet and slightly malty smell.

Clean with a mildly hoppy aftertaste

Light and bubbly. Crisp finish.

Had this beer from the bottle and on tap while on vacation in Croatia; Decent drinkability, over-all an average

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Photo of appenzeller
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Croatians are pretty dang awesome at most things. So I figured I'd try their brew.

Pours a thin white head, dissipating quickly. Beer has a classic light yellowish pilsner hue and excellent clarity.

Smell is classic Czech pilsner, Saaz hops, flowery, slightly sweet, subdued, no harshness whatsoever.

Tastes light, slight bite in the mouth with an underlying smooth and slightly sweet taste of malt. This seems even lighter on hops than other Czech style brews from Europe, though.

Moutfeel is refreshing, slightly too light even for my taste (and I love delicate pilsners), but this could be nectar from heaven on a hot summer day.

Summary: nice beer, closely tracks Urquell and the other Czech pilsners but slightly lighter and less flavorful. Not a bad beer but not the cream of the class.

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Photo of surfmeister
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow/gold, beautiful sturdy head with sticky lacing on the glass
Smell: great blast of malts and spicy hops, very inviting and just what you want from this style
Taste/Mouthfeel: full, lived up to it's strong fragrance, in great balance, not over hopped, just a nice nip of bitterness
Drinkability: great, I felt like drinking more, I will purchase this one again

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Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What starts out as a regular european style lager, comes out with some unusual notes as you partake.

A - Pale light gold

S - touch of skunk at the start, but went away. Notes of straw/hay. Something that makes me think of cigarette ash, and I don't know if that's a bad thing or not, but each time I'd bring the glass up to drink, I'd pause at that smell. No, I don't smoke, and i wasn't drinking it near smoke, heh.

T - Dry, sweet start that turns tart. Finishes dry. Touch of a grain sweet linger, corn like.

M - good. Sugary touch. Smooth.

D - good lager, quenching. Some interesting notes which you could either like or dislike, but probably not in between.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a decent head that quickly subsides, leaving the thinnest layer of foam. Very little lacing to speak of. Aroma has grainy notes up front, with some hops and vanilla in the background. Taste is alright, with a bit more tartness than I expected, but also a disappointing lack of hops presence characteristic of the style. Mouthfeel is okay, with decent carbonation, though the body is perhaps a bit watery. Overall, not a bad brew, but not really my idea of a true Czech pilsener. As a previous reviewer stated, this beer is more reminiscent of a standard Euro pale lager.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +23%

Review: Can of Karlovacko Pivo Beer, 5.2% ABV

My first Croatian beer The aroma was a good grain scent with some malt sweetness, nice. A nice thick, foamy, white head appeared after the pour, that stuck around. A bit of lacing noted.

The colour was a bright clear golden straw appearance. Had a bitter taste, and I felt it was a strong beer. No doubt a few of these under my belt and I would be ready for a good party.

A good clean Pale Lager, with a nice decent aroma.

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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 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 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 kingothewoods
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The green bottle! Never been a fan of anything produced in a green bottle. Clear, golden pilsner with carbonated head that dissipates to nothing. Cleans the pallet. Smooth with hints of alcohol. I find the drinkability higher than what I originally thought.

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Photo of Puddleglum
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in Croatia after a day at the beach and it hit the spot for that moment. Just enough flavor to make it refreshing on a hot august day. There were mild hops and malt. The glass was laced nicely at the end and the color was a beautiful golden that refracted the sun nicely if you held it up right. It was a good pilsner. Certainly better than most of the beers passing themselves off as pilsners in America. I also found it very drinkable later that evening as I enjoyed several more.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
2.08/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: This beer poured an average golden color. , appeared to have quite a bit of carbonation as I poured at a straight pour which produced about an inch and a half worth of head, which was fairly sustainable.

S: Little to no aroma for this product.

T: Not impressed what-so-ever. The after taste left a feeling of metal in my mouth and I constantly found myself asking when this beer would be over, so I could move on to the next.

M: Mouthfeel was generally plesant not overly full-bodied but slightlly bitter.

D: Not my favorite, but I've had worse.

Overall, I'd rate this about a 1.9 despite my above response.

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Photo of eschbach
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer at Total Wine and I couldn't resist buying it. It has a cool old world label, and a cool name.

This beer looks good in a glass. It is much darker than most pilnsers. It has a sticky head. The smell is malty with a strong hops aroma. The taste is unique. It's more malty than other czech pilsner styles. But it still has the usual strong bitterness of the hops, and it does have little bit of a metalic flavor. It leaves a sweet grassy aftertaste in the mouth. It feels very creamy in the mouth. And it goes down quite smoothly.

I don't think this is an amazing beer but it's not expensive for a European beer, and it is easy to drink. And the bottle is so cool you might just need to buy it!

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Photo of friendofthedevil
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

While camping in Croatia, not many beers other than Karlovacko where available in the nearby shops. It's nothing special, but it's surely better than nothing. After a hot day of climbing and sun, it was nice to crack a few of these and feel refreshedwhile watching the sun drop on the horizon. Definitely not a great beer, but perfect for it's situation.

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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 emiricius
2.32/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - No lacing at all.

S - mild hop presence.

T - Finish is fruity with a poor alcohol warmth.

M - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Not good.

D/N - Not too high. A decent beer though. Worth a try, just don't expect to much. Honestly I was kind of disappointed in this one.

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Photo of jerseyjoe
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a green bottle(picture on site has brown bottle?).

A- Piss yellow with a light foamy head that quickly disappeared.

S- Skunky smell with slight grainy smell tha most Euro beers have that come in a green bottle. ex. stella, heineken.

T- crisp and clean with a light taste. Could drink many. Good session beer. Very true to the style. Almost a grassy type of taste if that makes sense.

M- Light bodied with just enough carbonation. Not overwhelming to the taste buds which once again is true to the style.

D- High drinkability. Good session pilsner. Could drink these all night. Over all a solid pilsner.

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Photo of JoeMertens
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Karlovacko is an average European Lager. Nothing exceptional to report, nothing awful either.

Pours a bright golden color with a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Slight hop aroma. Smooth mouth-feel, a bit over-carbonated, with clean malt and slightly predominant hops.

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Photo of wolf6656
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Light golden, with the typical thin head.
Grainy nose, like a first pressing of grain.
Taste of apples. First mouthful sifts into a bitter afterbite that is the primary reason I don't like pilseners to begin with.
Second mouthful, not so bad. Maybe I should have cleansed better beforehand.

Same thin, limpid pilsener feel in the mouth. Nothing much happening.
Not bad for a pilsener, but I probably should have tried it in on a sunny May or June afternoon, instead of a rainy October evening.

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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
3.05 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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