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Niksicko Pivo | Trebjesa Brewery

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Brewed by:
Trebjesa Brewery
Montenegro | website

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: 79
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev 0%
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 StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.26/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hell yes, my first Serbian tick. Huge thanks to Marina for hauling this rarity back from Serbia.

Pale yellow with a head that dissipates almost immediately, this looks like your average Eastern European lager. It smells quite bad, sweet pale malt with subtle diacetyl, cooked corn and sulfur. It's worse yet on the palate, surprisingly sweet but also metallic, buttery and mildly sulfuric. They seem to have used metal instead of hops, what little finish I can detect is more reminiscent of pennies. This would be drinkable if I were in Serbia and there were no other options, but it's pretty bad on the grand scale of things. Beer like this makes me grateful that I live in a country with better beer culture.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can, best before Feb 5, 2011, but all gold and shiny in the meantime.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden apple-juice colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving some sparse, broken webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of wet cardboard, bready corn mash - in the cheap breakfast cereal sense - more than a bit of petrol, and dead grassy, malodorous weedy hops. The taste kicks off with a dry, astringent corn graininess, followed meekly by a tame pale malt sweetness, which is quickly overshadowed by a phenolic nail polish remover acridity brazenly creeping in, and more lightly bitter weedy, teetering on the edge, skunky hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a pandering frothiness for the most part, the body on the light side, weight-wise, fizzy, and kind of clingy in its bland smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, with airs of crispness that are duly tamped down by a lingering morning after bar floor cloying unpleasantness.

While there are suggestions of a decent Euro lager here, too many converse Euro-swill markers spoil the party. Not particularly enjoyable, and not recommended, unless you are participating in some sort of hooligan soccer appreciation affair, and then, well, all bets are obviously off, ironically not entirely unlike this offering.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
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 kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally, Montenegro is in the database (and I can tick it)! This representative thereof pours a clear pale straw topped by a short half-finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises stale wheat, hard water, corn, and rice husks. The taste doesn't seem to want to deviate from this appointed path too much, though a sickly sweet vein of corn syrup finds its way through, marring the experience further. Making matters somehow worse is an aftertaste of toasted rice that does not want to go away. Talk about malingering! The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, another sad beer from the former Yugoslavia. Apparently only Croatia has figured brewing out since Dayton. Go figure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BlackHaddock
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
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!

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Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
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 stevoj
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Gusler
3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Brenden
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +31.1%
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

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Photo of flyingpig
2/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served into a pint glass from a 500 ml. bottle at the recommended serving temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. Pours a clear deep straw with a light apparent carbonation. A thin white cap is short lived as a result.

Sweet corn and grain on the nose. Nothing too distracting but rather light overall and with a bit of funky lemon after some exposure.

Smooth creamy body, somewhat slick and sweet in nature. Finishes with a slightly astringent lemon character and a hint of spice and toasted bread. Feel is rich though lacking in carbonation and actually feels a bit better direct from the bottle. A bit too heavy on the palate for me.

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Photo of Alpha309
2.61/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
2.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Niksicko Pivo from Trebjesa Brewery
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