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Niksicko Pivo | Trebjesa Brewery

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Niksicko PivoNiksicko Pivo

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Trebjesa Brewery

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackndan on 08-05-2002

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 81
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.18/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mom brought this back from France for me.

Into tulip.

A- Very nice clear gold. Tight white foam on top. Good amount of retention and lacing. Kind of pilsner like only the liquid is a few shades darker.

S- Doesn't seem as offensive to me as most American adjunct lagers. Very little smell actually. Rating the smell is peculiar: It doesn't smell like much, but at least it doesn't smell bad (like many AALs.

T- Very thin without exactly being watery. Nice hop bite in the finish. One of the cleanest american adjunct lagers I've tasted. Might be the best one I've tasted.

M- Crisp right from the start. Not as dry as it is crisp. Medium body for the style. Medium carbonation. Nice soft foaming in mouth.

O- I don't drink many of these but I think this is one of the best tasting beers in the style.

If I visited Montenegro or whatever other country where this was a staple, I wouldn't have as much trouble drinking this as others. I'm actually recommending this.

What a nice surprise.

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Photo of ernie
3.93/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not an American lager but rather a crossbreed of Munchner and Pilsner, with strong malty character. Smells great, with flowery-hoppy notes. Forms majestic pale-golden crown. Beautiful lace, too. Taste is rich and complex with malts giving way to hops in the finish. Very drinkable beer, magnificent summer refresher and good companian to hearty Serbian or Hungarian meal. Recommended!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
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.


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Photo of EvilKeith
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For an American macro style lager I guess I was expecting something more sinister. I guess you could say I was pleasantly suprised.

Pours a clear pale golden color, starts with a dense frothy off-white head. Head fades to a 1/4" halo of a cap, lace is thick and sticky.

Smell is malty sweetness, spicy floral hops and the slighest hint of skunkiness. Not wholly unpleasant.

Taste is very much the same as the smell with the addition of a metal-like twang on the tongue. Finishes crisply and cleanly. No lingering aftertaste.

Medium-light body. Active carbonation. Lively, thin mouthfeel.

Overall, better than I had hoped. Not my favorite style of beer, but not bad for the style. Drinkable, yes.

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Photo of Skidz
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pale straw and sits light gold in the glass with a good sized soapy white head. Fades to a light skim with some good lacings around the glass.

Smells fragrantly grassy, lots of clover. Crackery malts buried beneath.

Tastes predominately malty up front, very mild though. Crackery pils malts and faint honey. Mild grassy hops provide slight bitterness into the finish.

Light in the mouth with mild and crisp carbonation. Easy drinking, nice refreshing character.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle purchased at George's Deli in Chicago for $1.50.

Served chilled in a fluted Kolsch glass. Fizzy foam with an initial swarm of carbonation. Pale flaccid yellow body.

Smell of bland grain, mild vegetal odor. Not offensive, but also not enticing.

Flavor of bready grain, fairly dry, bland and one-dimensional. Vague hop bitterness lingers in the ghostly finish. Not bad, it's pretty inoffensive overall.

Ok carbonation, along with a thin body make it an easy warm-weather quaffer.

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Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Astoria. Right off the bat, I'd say this is a legitimate Czech pilsner. There was a mild, light toasty malt with spicy, peppery hops. It finished dry and was very easy to drink - a fine lawnmower beer. The character is muted to compared to top Czech pilsners, but this is clearly well within the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says "Beer of Montenegro", but I guess they don't quite qualify as their own country yet on Beer Advocate. Pours golden with a decent white fluffy head that fades very quickly but leaves some decent lacing. The smell is clean with dry malt and some floral hops. Not bad. taste is fairly robust with a real floral hop taste. Crisp and with some slight graininess and a fairly pleasanr bitter finish. Mouthfeek is crisp and relatively full bodied. I don't know that I'd call this an American Macro lager, tastes more pilsnerish to me. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, not bad at all. I was dreading another Eastern European beer of death but found a quaffable well made, if somewhat simple brew.

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Photo of skypup
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pale lager; clear with two finger head that dissolves moderately.

Distinct hop smell, slightly citrus and flowery smell with a slight hint of hops.

Mildly herbal and hop taste.

Smooth mouthfeel, slightly neutral aftertaste.

Had this beer from bottle and on tap a few times in Montenegro; above average drinkability.

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Photo of jackndan
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Niksicko Pivo: From Niksic, Montenegro, Yugoslavia. I understand this is the most popular beer in Yugoslavia, and its an Interbrew import. Golden color with a pure white, pillowy head. Medium body with a small amount of Belgian lace. Very creamy mouthfeel for a pils. Slight malt sweetness coupled with a floral hop finish. Somewhat of a bitter coffee grounds taste, but not unpleasant. Worth the $1.25 for the half liter.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this is the gem of Montenegro InBev has brought to the states. My knee-jerk reaction is we have a standard Euro Lager. Why must we receive popular beers instead of getting cases of a highly rated brew of the same region? Enough about the preview, let's move on to the beer:

Nearly gold in appearance in a little head on top. Sweet grainy and grassy aroma. The taste of this is a little better than I was expecting. For starters, it doesn't carry that stinky imported taste. The flavor is a little more pronounced than in your average Euro Lager, balanced nicely by the sweet malt and a moderate hop flavor. For good measure, it feels a little meatier too, with a grape-like sweetness in the back of the mouth.

I would like to apologize to the brewers of Niksicko Pivo for my stereotyping earlier. You proved me wrong by making a lager that's a little ahead of the curve.

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Photo of stevoj
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - very pale straw color, clear, with only a little bit of off-white foam. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - fairly "cerealy" smelling, just like an adjunct beer. Not much aroma other than that.

Taste and Mouthfeel - the taste is like a lighter pale lager, but some of the spice is stronger. Still not much else there. The texture is actually fairly well-balanced.

Overall - not a bad beer, but not complex at all.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color- nothing exceptional aside that it is better than US megabrews. Head is 1/4" of small white bubbles that does not disappear immediately much like other similar brews. Aroma is fresh and clean, with nothing special jumping out, but nothing off-putting either. Perhaps some very light citrus hidden in between the semi-sweet malts and a touch of hop herbal aroma. Flavor nice, generally malty. Mouthfeel has a light creaminess. Went down very smoothly but I couldn't remember much about it after I had finished it. A generally OK beer. I can't complain about it, or say much that really excites me either.

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this looks good in the Pilsner glass. Clear yellow to gold colored beer with a tall puffy white head.

Smell is malt with a hint of acid and sweetness in the smell. Hops are herbal and borderline soapy in scent.

Taste is malty and somewhat flowery on the tongue. Slightly sweet with a good grassy and herbal hop flavor. The flowery flavors get stronger as you drink this and remind more than a little of Saison.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Far better beer than I expected it is actually drinkable. Good if a bit flowery lager, I must try this at the factory sometime in the future.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.04/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours the prototypical pilsner limpid gold color with the archetypal pilsner bright white and generous in size head, the lace a fine concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is the apropos sweet malt that is also crisp and fresh, the start sweet with a fair to middling malt presence, the top thin. Finish is moderate in its acidity and the hops refreshingly spicy with a very dry aftertaste, can’t say it’s a great pilsner, but I’ve had many worse beers than this one

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: A weird funky bottle that drew me, I have reached that point where I picking up offerings like this from my local beer store as I have exhausted “all the good stuff”. Half Litre [50cl] bottle, with a rectangular main and strip like neck label that is very Slavic in nature. The gold lined main label has a green ringed white oval middle that has the words ‘Nikšičko Pivo’ written in black bordered gold text. The label states that this has been brewed since 1896, and is ‘Svijetlo Alc. 5.0% Vol’, there is another confusing figure of ‘Ekstrakta 11,8%’ mentioned but I guess this is the Malt Extract content maybe?? Best before date of 28.07.04 meant I got this for just a Dollar. Recommended to be served between 5ºC - 15ºC so put your gloves on.

This is the best selling national lager of the region known as Montenegro, one of the six republics of the former Yugoslavia, which I believe has now formed an uneasy but mutually beneficial alliance with Serbia.

Appearance: Surprisingly good presentation, a lovely clear gold Pilsner body that starts out with a massive frothy white head that builds easily and slowly relaxes to form an ever present covering that is never less than ¼” thick. Lots of “sticky lacing” down the sides of the Glass, patch like webs mixed in with definitive rings where I had taken a swig. Nice conditioning, a quick swirl induces a milky race of bubbles beneath the surface and ensures that the head remains. Looks great.

Nose: Sweet malts, some feint aromatic hop aroma, clean and crisp, the sweet malt can be a little too much and it seems to develop a scorched grain nose as it warms, a little weird, keep this one cold and it is non-descript, let it warm and it’s a bit too much.

Taste: The hard mountain water used helps to give this a crisp, clean I feel. The heavy sweet malts in the nose thankfully don’t come across as heavy in the body. Restrained hops, some bitterness, but only enough to balance the average sweet malts and produce much of a nothingness to speak of. Not offensive though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average…..just as expected, not much else to add really. It’s very typical of an East European Lager.

Drinkability: Goes down rather easily when chilled, but can get a little sticky as it warms. Not a bad Pivo, looks better than it actually is. Average.

Overall: Obrni turu za avanturu!!!

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Photo of Brenden
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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2.97 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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