Nikšićko Pivo
Trebjesa Brewery

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #359
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
71
Ranked #50,594
Avg:
2.91 | pDev: 17.87%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
124
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Trebjesa Brewery
 
Montenegro
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  19
SCORE
71
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Notes: Nikšićko Pivo, brewed with natural ingredients and pure mountain water, is the number one quality beer in the former Yugoslavia. A pils beer, it has an alcohol content of 5 % vol and contains 11.4 % malt extract.
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.32/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle served in a nonic glass.

Look- Clear golden color. Solid off white head with good retention, moderate lacing. Very active carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Bready malt and honey, rotten apple and light citrus, a bit of skunk and yeast, herbal/grassy and floral notes.

Taste- Lemony citrus and rotten apple, sweet bready malts and honey, floral/grassy hops.

Feel- Light bodied, almost watery. Crisp and lightly sweet. Medium/heavy carbonation on the tongue.

O- Nothing more than a decent European Pale, ok for what it is, but not going to repurchase.

Jun 28, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Trebjesa Brewery "Nikšićko Pivo"
500 ml brown glass bottle, "Najbolje upotrijebiti do: 16/07/20 10:23" and sampled on 10/02/20
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A rough pour has brought up around 3 inches of bright white foam and I'll wait until it settles down and top it off. The body is a clear gold, and I can see my fingerprints through the glass. OK, the head dropped fairly quickly, and I've topped it up and this time I've got about a creamy cap that's about 3/4 of an inch tall. The aroma is malty and sweetish. I'm not finding any hops, but it does have a kind of generic beer aroma that includes 'some' hops. I'm not so sure at this point that this isn't an adjunct beer but it kind of smells like it. On to the flavor... well, it's sweet as expected. It's got a nice cereal-like graininess to it and there is a very, very light suggestion of herbal and grassy hops. There's a light bitterness to it, but it definitely leans towards the sweet side. I'm not sure if there are adjuncts in use here, but it seems that there are. Anyway, the maltiness lingers a bit in the finish but there's not really enough there that it builds on the palate, and once it passes the bitterness comes forward a bit. In the mouth it's medium bodied but on the lower end, although not quite medium-light. It's got a soft, moderate carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then somewhat smooth across the tongue. That brings me back to head retention and lacing. Obviously with a limited carbonation the head doesn't hold up as well as it could, and this is no exception, nor does it leave great lacing. It was OK though; there's a lot of tiny spots here and there and some fuller lace just above the level of the liquid, it just doesn't last. In the end this is a decent enough Euro lager that's free of flaws but just doesn't have enough going on to make it exciting. It's a little out of balance, and lacking in some areas. I won't suggest you avoid it, but neither will I recommend it. There's a time and place for every beer, and when you find yourself there enjoy it.
Review #6,943

Feb 10, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

. 5 L bottle in Durmitor National Park (Montenegro ).
Amber body with a decent sudsy white head.
The aroma is typical for style, as is the flavor which, as is so often the case, would benefit from a better hop load and more bready malts.
Medium body and (overly) high carbonation.

Sep 02, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

3.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like Slovenian beers (actually quite similar to Anerican adjuncts) and after Laskos and Unions this was also in the same vein:
Cheap, skunky lager but absolutely nothing wrong with it! Nice, smooth, neutral taste with some skunk hops, that is all. This is all that you need along with a nice grilled BBQ plate in Slovenia.

Apr 09, 2018
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Alpha309 from California

2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden hue with about 1 finger of foamy head. Foam dissipates to a thin layer quickly.

Smells sugary with a hint of burnt malt on the nose.

Sweet flavor with a strong burnt/charred food after taste. Some slight hint of skunking, but barely detectable.

Very thin body. Feels low on carbonation.

Feb 03, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

High C+ (3.23) / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
2nd impressions from a can in Podgorica (02.11.16):

Above average quality Euro pale lager for the price with a clean barley/pilsner malt backbone and an apt light body. Not unrefreshing. Hop presence is minimal (to style), though some more Noble hop grassiness would fit right in. I find none of the usual suspects in terms of off-flavours - no metallic character, buttery diacetyl, vegetables, etc. It's balanced albeit wanting in terms of complexity and subtlety. It's a very plain beer, which is to say it's not only simple but it's rudimentary.

True to form, this is meant to be highly drinkable - but that comes as it so often does at the expense of depth of flavour; this is a very neutral inoffensive brew that takes no risks lest it turn off casual drinkers (their bread 'n' butter demographic). Montenegro's entry in the ubiquitous pale lager category is better than that of most country's, but this is still quite lackluster fare.

Probably its biggest flaw is its overcarbonation, which borders on sharp and/or biting, detracting from the otherwise run-of-the-mill presence on the palate.

When in Montenegro and craving a svetlo lager, I'd contend that Hungarian and Slovenian imports are your best bet. This isn't a brew I intend to return to, but I'm impressed they can brew it on the scale they do whilst keeping the product consistent. There's some serious brewing talent at Trebjesa; hopefully some of the staff leaves to open more ambitious enterprises.

C / AVERAGE

Dec 24, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth and drinkable, not overly malty like some of the north American macro brews., Pale golden, aroma and taste is grains, nothing special in appearance, but pretty flavorful. One of the better second world lagers I’ve had.

Dec 03, 2015
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flyingpig from Scotland

2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

500ml bottle from Billa supermarket, Zagreb (6.99 kuna):
After a terrible start (awful looking & not smelling much better) things improved slightly with the taste but it wasn't a good offering. Overly light & basic with too much skunk & not enough flavour, still drinkable but not enjoyable. I've had worse lagers though.

Sep 02, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.12/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle, Pours clear golden colored with a thin white head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of grain, bread and slight hop. Taste grainy malt with light hops on the smooth finish.

Aug 31, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Format: a big brown 500mL bottle with an average macro label.

Appearance: pours out a light straw yellow with plenty of visible carbonation. A thin white head lasts the distance.

Aroma: grass and floral hops with some of those standard grains and adjuncts. A bit too light.

Taste: pretty much the same - those adjuncts with some decent hops. Not a bad macro lager.

Aftertaste: some hop bitterness with those grains poking their heads in.

Mouth feel: light in body with a moderate to higher carbonation, a bit dry on the finish.

Overall: not a bad macro lager - a cut above most other dodgy Euro Lager nastiness. Very drinkable and good on a hot day.

Dec 17, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

2.82/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brewed with mountain water. The Coors of the Balkans?

Big øl can .5l plus 13.6% free Football Edition can.

Looks like typical fare for the style. Leaves some nice lace.

Grass, hay, bread, grain aroma.

Wasn't expecting as much grassy hop on the flavor as I got from a beer like this. Bready malt.

Lively carbonation and light bodied.

Much more than I expected. Not many options in Montenegro so go for this.

Oct 26, 2014
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BlackHaddock from England

2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 33cl bottle from Ambrosetti (Berlin) purely for the tick.

Poured at home on 5th Feb 2014, two weeks after it’s BBD.

Sat in a Duvel glass it soon lost it’s white head. Golden, clear and clean though.

Sweet and grainy feel to the aroma and taste.

This isn’t a great beer at all. I struggled to finish my little bottle and even offered the wife and daughter a sip.

I’ll not be seeking another!

Feb 05, 2014
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another typical Euro lager, perfect for a hot day at the beach.
Pours a golden color, clear, and a couple of fingers of white head.
There are sweet malts in the aroma, as well as some grains. Nothing special.
The taste starts slightly sweet, but turns into a very refreshing bitterness. Finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness.
Refreshing, drinkable, nice.

Feb 03, 2014
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Kbyfield from Wisconsin

2.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A; Pale yellow, like the urine of a moderately hydrated person. Little to no head.

S: Like stale frat party beer

T: See above, and add in a small amount of metallic aftertaste, like you'd just put a 9 volt battery on your tongue.

M: regretful

O; I wish I could say this bottle was skunked, but honestly, I can't be certain. For all I know, it's exactly how the brewers intended it to taste - bad. I'm certainly glad I didn't pay $ for this - a coworker gave it to me, but I'm bothered that they had to give up any amount of money to obtain it. This truly is one of the worst beers I've ever had,

Bottle

Jan 10, 2014
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Olek4374 from Canada (AB)

2.32/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my Dad for picking up a can of this on his recent trip to Europe.

For what it's worth, the dark version is vastly superior. The look of it is like that of any other Euro lager, but the smell is really sour, and the taste is VERY boozy. It's not the worst beer I've had, but I really wouldn't want another of this.

Dec 25, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nearly as pale a yellow as I've ever seen, it's not quite the lightest. There's a bit of a bright gold hue to the straw yellow. A soapy pure white head foams up on the pour to a craggy two fingers or so and drops down quickly. It does leave a steady foam, helped along some by continual bubbling from the bottom of the glass. A touch of spotty lacing is left behind.
First off on the nose is some sulfur / skunk. After that, there's a bit of grass and a metallic note.
The flavor offers a bit more, some pale malts and a slight herbal note to the grassiness. There's also a sweetness to the grains and some corn husk.
Crisp and very light-bodied, there's a slickness before the effervescence leads into a watery finish.

Jul 26, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium straw yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium patch of thin film with a very thin film covering the majority of the rest of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of cereal grain malts with fairly significant amounts of corn and grain sweetness. There are also slightly lighter notes of floral and grassy hop aromas.

T: Light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts and bready malts and there is a light amount of sweetness upfront. The grassy hops contribute some light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The smell is all American Adjunct Lager but the flavors are better than that with some more notes of a Pilsener. Overall, not a horrible beer (my expectations were pretty low) and pretty easy to drink but don't think I will be seeking it out again.

Apr 03, 2013
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metter98 from New York

2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, but consistently left a thin head covering the surfaced and moderate lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose, which also has some hints of floral and grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that that the adjunct malts aren't that noticeable and there are also some hints of sweet, bready malts. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smells like a typical adjunct lager, however the taste isn't that bad since the flavors of corn are mostly masked from the taste.

Mar 16, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is grain and honey.
The taste is malty with a touch of bitterness, and (bonus) hardly any sweetness. Quite nice.
The texture is frothy, light body and moderate carbonation.
The texture and taste were pretty good. A well above average adjunct lager.

Jan 14, 2013
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale/yellow beer
S: grainy/hoppy typical beer aroma
T: light taste/almost vague
M: average carbonation

Nikšićko resembles a light beer. The taste of Nikšićko could be considered smooth. There are no strong flavours that would distract from the taste of this beer. Nikšićko could be considered a light beer.

Nov 24, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

its another standard euro lager, but there is a lot less to hate about his one. also my first brew from montenegro. pours pale and standard yellow gold color, but with a decent white milky head that lasts a few minutes. smells like it looks, mild malts, bittering hops only, and a faint metallic tang. flavor is pretty decent, comparatively speaking. the malts seem to be fresh and upbeat, while the metal taste is absent entirely. mouthfeel is fine, standard carbonation and a touch more body than its peers. im not about to call this an excellent beer, but in the balkan universe of less than awesome beer, i can work with this one.

Aug 12, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Niksiko Pivo has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head, lots of streaming bubbles, some lacing, and a clear, golden appearance. The aroma is of sweet, lightly toasted malt. Taste is similar, with sweet, light barley malt, biscuit, some paper, and a decent hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Niksicko Pivo finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and very easy drinking. Overall, this beer is delicious.

RJT

Jul 11, 2012
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Alright, Folklorama leftover time... Montenegro? Tick! :)

500 mL can poured at 40F into a Duvel tulip

A: As pale lagers go, this one has a stellar look. Straw yellow with a high and dense white head that drops very slowly leaving chunks of lacing. Not what I was expecting here.
S: Well, there goes my love. Corn and cooked vegetables. Light earthy hop aroma that quickly becomes virtually imperceptible. Meh.
T: Not nearly as disappointing as the aroma. There's not much going on here as the body is thin and has no discernible bitterness, with only a hint of corn sweetness. Light grainy notes. Cooked cabbage in the background. About what I expected when I found out I bought a plain old lager.
M: Macro lager. Thin body, high carbonation (though not as high as some) and no lingering flavours (which is a definite plus as too many macros have nastiness lingering).
O: I am not a ticker, but I figured I should try something from a country I will never visit. Next time I review something from Montenegro, it will be a better beer.

Aug 29, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.96/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty weak but if I smell hard enough I get grains, corn flakes, and grass/hay aromas. Taste is of sweet grains, slight cornflakes, with a herbal grass/hay hop finish. Very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this an average lager and my first beer from Montenegro. Not too shabby for what it is.

Aug 09, 2011
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow apperance but with thick white head leaving decent retention. Smell consists of grain, corn and grass, nothing different from other Euro lagers.

Taste is similar to the smell, mainly corn and grass. Has a clean malty taste as well as a hint of spices and bread. Light-medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is oddly sweet and spicy.

After a few bad experiences with balkin beers, this isn't to bad. A little bland if compared to other European beers, but drinkable. Worth it to drink a beer from Montenegro.

Jul 09, 2011
Nikšićko Pivo from Trebjesa Brewery
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 124 ratings