Nikšićko Pivo
Trebjesa Brewery

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From:
Trebjesa Brewery
 
Montenegro
Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #235
ABV:
5%
Score:
69
Ranked #30,234
Avg:
2.9 | pDev: 17.59%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
65
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 05, 2022
Added:
Aug 05, 2002
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  20
SCORE
69
Poor
Nikšićko PivoNikšićko Pivo
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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Rated: 2.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

May 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.1 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
500 ml bottle. ABV is 5%. My first beer from Montenegro. Clear pale golden colour, large and lasting white head, good lacing. Flowery and grassy aroma, quite nice. Maybe some soap in the background, but not enough to ruin the aroma. Light bodied with a substantial hoppy bitterness from start to finish. I would like some more malts to balance the hops, but this beer is still much better than I feared.
Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a big, three finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of lager malt, grassy hops, a touch of caramel and citrus. Flavor follows with pilsner malt and grassy hops, faint citrus and fruit flavors with the malt fading out and revealing the grassy hops as the taste progresses. Finishes with mild grassy hops,corn adjunct malt sweetness and vague hints of fruit. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A bit of a roller coaster of flavor, with a relatively hoppy start with typical Euro lager/pilsner malt, the malt dies out a bit leaving the hops a little stark. However the finish is pretty nice as the typical Euro/American adjunct malt kicks in with a mild sweetness and hints of fruit mediating the hops. Not as innocuous as American adjunct lagers as it is well hopped, but with the same slightly sweet, calm finish that has made this style ubiquitous around the world. Not a bad example. I'd be happy to run into this in its home territory, where there is likely to be a dearth of craft beer. Better than anticipated.
Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
12oz green bottle. Poured out a crystal clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of corn, sweet caramel and some floral notes. Sweet corn taste with a bitter bite. Crisp and sharp.
Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.04 by balizz

Jun 09, 2021
 
Rated: 2.88 by ZombiePlus from California

Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Duff27 from Illinois

Mar 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
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
 
Rated: 3 by Mattias from Sweden

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 2.83 by Acocar from Serbia

Jul 09, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

3.16/5  rDev +9%
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
 
Rated: 2.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by VictoriaTyagunova from Ireland

Oct 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.08 by Shanex from France

Oct 13, 2017
 
Rated: 2.87 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Sep 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by rugene from Canada (QC)

Sep 01, 2017
 
Rated: 2.93 by Robertas from Lithuania

Jul 20, 2017
 
Rated: 2.9 by dcmchew from Romania

Jun 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by JLateralus21 from Illinois

May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by mishi_d from Romania

Apr 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.49 by talbotjf99 from Canada (QC)

Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 2.96 by DanielCseklye from Belgium

Sep 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by igl from Russian Federation

Jul 10, 2016
 
Rated: 2.63 by torwart94 from Ohio

Jun 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.19 by PsenicnoCRO from Croatia (Hrvatska)

May 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.15 by MaxOhle from Illinois

Apr 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Alpha309 from California

2.61/5  rDev -10%
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
 
Rated: 2.8 by randomNBGD from Serbia

Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
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
 
Rated: 2.98 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 12, 2015
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.41 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Nov 25, 2015
 
Rated: 2.85 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON)

Oct 12, 2015
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

2/5  rDev -31%
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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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

3.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.31 by grga from Bosnia & Herzegovina

Jul 25, 2015
 
Rated: 2.5 by fostachild from Wisconsin

Jun 30, 2015
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