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
Ratings:
406
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
16.72%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
56
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Photo of AmitC
3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of putnam
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell of grits and blanched spinach is strong.
In the mouth the beer growls out a sequence of fruit salad, steel and parched resin flavors. Suggestive of hay throughout.
Lots of rustic character. Definitely industrial.
Honeyed barbed wire.
Asperin dry.
This is not a pampered beer. This is one that has been working 60 hour weeks in a factory since it was 6 years old. A factory where the lunch room is a mess and the employees grumble out loud in a foreign language. Gritty, greasy, factotum lager.

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Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

A mild tasting, low body, clear looking and clean pilsner. Some bready characteristics and light hops flavor. Not ordinarily something that I would have on a regular basis. However, being that I was at a European style tavern run by and patronized by people from various parts of the former Yugoslavia, the mood was perfect. Furthermore, the spicy sausage I ate with it was the perfect counterpoint.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Cost Plus World Market's "Beers of the World" gift pack.

Pours a light yellow typical lager- white head vansihes quickly, but a steady stream of carbonation keeps up the beat.

Aroma of malt and wheat, slightly sweet, with lemon zest. A definite hop sharpness. Flavor follows through, but initial hop flavor is very difficult- harsh, sharp, bitter, bot good. Mellows as the taste buds are beaten into submission. But still, the hop aftertaste is just not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is moderate, not thin, not rich. But with the flavor, I just could not finish this one.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of birdsellam
2/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a non-descript local liquor store that seems to specialize in a) macro swill, and b) foreign beers from distant lands not well known for their beers. In a momentary frenzy of "wow, wonder what that's like?", I plucked up a bottle of Karlovaċko.
Hmm, looks a lot like a Heineken or some other Euro schwill; clear golden color, modest clots of carbonation and a soapy white head. Not much in the way of a smell, either. A light amount of grainy malts but I had to really work to detect it. This wasn't going all that well.
The taste is where things started coming together. Not exactly bursting with flavor, Karlovaċko still delivered a respectable level of grassy malt flavor and a surprising amount of herbal, vaguely spicy hops taste. The finish had an increasing amount of bitterness that faded out at the right time instead of lingering and morphing into a metallic bite I despise. The feel was a bit watery and slick.
Overall, this finished up on a strong note. While nothing earth-shattering, Karlovaċko had a decent flavor and was an interesting find.

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Photo of KeefD
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with yellow highlights. Decent white head that recedes quickly leaving some average lacing. Not bad for the appearance. Aroma of some grainy, husky malts, and decent herbal hop aroma. Not skunky in the least. Flavor is where things go downhill. A bit watered down, some husky pale malts, light sweetness, and a below average hop flavor for a Czech style pilsener. No aftertaste whatsoever, finish is incredibly clean. There a slight bite at the end, but the flavor is just lacking. Medium bodied, which is surprising since it tastes so light, and very drinkable. This stuff goes down so easy, it's almost sad that it has no flavor. I bought a single bottle of this because I've never had a beer from Croatia. I probably won't be revisiting this any time soon but it was worth the shot.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dcotom
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knoxrb12
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of little_star
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mwar
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of GRPunk
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- Even a gentle pour, left a big 2-3 finger, fluffy white head. The body was a clear, deep, golden color with hefty carbonation rushing to the top. The head had some great staying quality. Eventually it dropped to a full lace that left nice rings on the glass.

S- There was an initial rush of skunkiness. On futher inspection there was a decent cereal quality to the malt profile that was balanced with some light, spicy hops.

T- The flavor was a little thin at first. There was, again, a nice mix of doughy malts and spicy hops. I was expecting a nice dry finish, but it ended up lingering a bit.

M- It had a fairly clean feel with a significant bite from the hops and the high carbonation level.

D- I just wasn't overly impressed with this beer. While not bad, so many of the key components (aroma, flavor) were just a bit "off."

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Photo of beergeek279
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is golden with a bit of sediment suspension, and a thin covering of white foam. The smell is a mix of the sweet malt and slight (Saaz?) hops. The taste is fairly dry with the hops hitting at first, followed by a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Drinkability-wise, could maybe have another.

Better than I was expecting. Though certainly not a Pilsner Urquell/Czechvar, this doesn't completely disappoint, and this is one I'd possibly have again.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a fairly dark golden color, with a bubbly white head topping it off. Clean malt scent, touch of hops. Grainy malt taste, some bitter hops rounding out the back. This is a pretty dry drink. This certainly isnt the worst beer, but it is pretty standard for the category.

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Photo of Zylod
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 seangibbs60
4.42/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
3.05 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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