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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trebjesa Brewery
Montenegro
ab-inbev.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jackndan on 08-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
81
Avg:
2.97
pDev:
24.92%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 81
Photo of emiricius
2.02/5  rDev -32%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was drink that during my visit to Montenegro

A: Pouring it into a small cup it's a bright clear pale.

S: Touch of grain. Not much else.

T: Very watery.

Is I already say, only good beer from that region comes from Bosnia . like: Sarajevko, Tuzlanski pilsner, Erster...

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.18/5  rDev -26.6%
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 biboergosum
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
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 scott451
2.76/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass mug. A clear yellow with a one finger bubbly white head which soon diminishes ti a ring. No lacing to speak of.

This beer actually doesn't smell very good. Kind of rank. Grainy. It tastes much better than the smell. Sweet malts and moderate hops.. A metallic finish.

Medium light body. Drinkability is moderate. Not bad really but nothing that I would seek out.

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Photo of largadeer
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
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 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 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 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 dhilltop2000
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a neon yellow, oatmeal-like haze with small irregular dark specks floating around. (Yes, it was poured from a clean glass) Very little head. It starts out as a small amount of large diameter sudsy bubbles which quickly subside into a small, almost unnoticable layer ontop of the beer. Smells of classic pisner style with dry cereal, lemon and malt. Tastes somewhat dry, slightly sweet and moderatly crisp hops. Good balenance here but not too complex. Light on the palate and rather drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 proc
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A slightly, disappointing pils. Pours out to the usual, golden color in the glass with a moderate, sized head. The aroma is of very faint hops, cereal, and a weird, almost burnt smell. The taste is o.k., but not great. The hops don't really give it a good, bitter taste, but rather a metallic bitterness.

It was worth a try, but not a revisit.

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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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