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Sarajevkso Pivo | Sarajevska Pivara

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Sarajevska Pivara
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2005

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 56
Photo of johnnyd10vt
1.05/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Probably a prototypical bland lager. It's in a green bottle and mine was obviously light damaged so it tasted like skunk.

Marketing guys who push green bottles should be strung up by their toes.

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Photo of stevoj
2.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Musty, yeasty aroma, pale golden body with slight creamy head. Taste is bread, flat and uninteresting. Typical pale lager, no finish, some sour, yeasty aftertaste.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden, a tiny bit hazy, with a tiny white head that lasts for a while.
Smell of grains, cooked corn, some faint hops and a faint hint of sourness.
Weird cereal taste, but not bad, with cooked grains and corn, faint butter and lactic sourness, swept away quick by some skunk and grassy bitter hops with a small metallic note.
Medium body and carbonation, kind of a bad aftertaste.
A bit more interesting than the usual Eurolager, but damaged by some big bad elements.

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Photo of metter98
2.86/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head.
S: Moderately strong aromas of corn and the liquid butter that is pumped onto movie theater popcorn are present in the nose.
T: The taste isn't that flavorful and has light flavors of corn adjunct malts. The faintest hints of bitterness are present in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a somewhat watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer had a really unusual odor that wasn't horrible but just had a strange semblance to buttery popcorn.

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Photo of Mesha
2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving thin lacing, a clear yellow color. The aroma is weak and mildly acidic. There is bitterness in this beer, there is also malty sweetness, perhaps too much sweetness. This is the most popular beer in Sarajevo. I used to avoid this beer, but for some unexplainable reason I'm even enjoying driniking it now, from time to time. The majority of beers available here are bland pale lagers that taste alike, and those are what people here consider a beer. More complex beers, like pale ales, IPAs and such are unheard of here. To be honest, this is much better than American macros like Budweiser or Coors, but it’s a far cry from even the modest craft beers.

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Photo of barczar
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gotta love a beer that opens like a grenade...

Pours a brilliant straw color with minimal white head that dissipates immediately, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and grainy, with notes of corn and minerals. There's a hint of herbal hops, and a bit of skunkiness.

Flavor is very sweet and malty, caramel and toffee, and very bready throughout, with a bit of a toasty finish. There's an overlapping tangy flavor, which is somewhat minerally, that does not belong. As it warms, cardboard and bitterness emerge.

Body is moderate, as is carbonation.

Overall, a very malt forward brew. Did not expect this much malt flavor. The finish us fairly cracker-like and dry. The tanginess is offputting, though, as is the oxidation.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, golden straw colour with a thumb sized, bubbly white head that slowly reducing in size to a fairly thin lacing.

Sweet, syrup like aroma to begin with along with some corn and basic lager hops. There is some lager malts too and hints of grain but this one is fairly standard with nothing too exciting going on.

Lighter than a typical pale lager with a sweet flavour lingering in the background along with some bread and before rounding it off with some lager malts, a touch of grassy hops and a little citrus finished with a mild bitter tang.

Smooth with a touch of stickiness right at the end, there is also strong carbonation from this one and a light yet refreshing finish to it. Quite sweet but nothing sickening.

I enjoyed this beer more than you would expect from a pale lager, even straight from the can this was a good beer but its main selling has got to be how easy it is to drink and how refreshing it is.

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Photo of cpolking
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a ring tab pull top and pours a pale yellow golden in color.

The aroma is malty, grain, straw in a barn.

The taste generally follows the aromas and finishes semi-dry with a light bitterness.

There is an off tart note in the aftertaste. This beer has a nice maltiness, but would be well served with a more pronounced bitter finish. As Euro lagers go, it is unexceptional.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the people of sarajevo will tell you this is the fifth best beer in the world. not sure what data that relies on, but it isnt. it is however, one of the most affordable and tasty beers available around here, and one ive come to rely on. it pours a heady glowing yellow grain color with bubbles rising into a frothy cloud. smells like pale malts, dry yeast, and some mineral rich water. the water gives it a unique taste too, totally pleasant. yeast and malt are balanced, this is a pretty solid standard lager beer, with more body than most other ive had here. it does wonderful things for the thirsty man after a long day of hiking. i actually prefer it in the bottle, but the half liter drafts come at a very dangerous 3km price, which equals out to about 2 us dollars. dobro dobro!

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Photo of Brabander
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from one of my collegues who was in Sarajevo a few weeks ago. Thanks for this beer Maarten.

Poured in a big beerglass this beer looks very nice with it's frothy head and lightyellow fluid with lots of carbonation. I like that in a beer.

Smell is grassy and citruslike, just as the taste. Light and drinkable pilsener. Not spectacular but a good beer to drink when you are thirsty. At the end the beer warms up a bit and then some skunkyness comes in the afterflavour. Pity!

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Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cryptic back label is notched: X-18-2011, the X being the roman numeral ten. Therefore within code and relatively fresh...

12 oz. pull tab bottle, poured into a 0,2l stange glass. Fluffy cap of white foam, with irregular topography on it's surface. Sticky and long lasting, it laces pretty nicely to my surprise. Ultra pale yellow, even less color than most Kölsches. Brilliantly clear factory lager.

Smells like wet grain, mild pilsner malt and a vague sense of honey or clover. Fairly average.

Taste is dry and lightly bitter with a bigger sip. Husky grain, dry and bitter, light and mellow feel, completely inoffensive. Soggy wet graham cracker, mildly grassy dry bitterness. Very clean and simple. Pretty bland, but overall no real flaws other than being a utilitarian industrial lager.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a grocery store in Sarajevo. From notes.

A - Poured bright with medium carbonation and a dark yelloy/gold colour. Two finger fluffy white head was loose and gone fast. Weak lacing and soapy retention.

S - Smelled bad as soon as poured. From far away I got a sorny aroma but not so bad closer. Some herbal hop and earthiness with a lemongrass character. Sweet malt too.

T - Much the same as the aroma. Obviously more generously hopped than the typical piss you find in Eastern European lagers. Not that great really with that obvious corn element but better than alot of others.

M - Light carbonation in the mouth and an oily body. Feels bad. Lingering herbal note and sweetness.

O/D - I could have two or three of these if it was the only thing available...which it pretty much is in Sarajevo. I'd take it over a BMC but it isn't particularily great. You have no choice if you want a beer in Bosnia, you will drink this.

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Photo of emiricius
4.08/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Bosnian beer which had great spring water

A: Bottle looks like some average beer. Pouring it into a small cup it's a bright clear lager.

S: Kind of soury. Touch of grain. Simple beer.

T: Hint of some sort of grain maybe and a light sweetness. T
Everybody shold taste this and beer Tuzlanski pilsner to notice difference..

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Photo of lstokes
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on several occasions, both on tap and in the bottle, while in Bosnia recently, and it struck me as light bodied, inoffensively malty to the nose, a little bit more hoppy than some of its companions, which is good in my book, light aroma, with a short dry aftertaste. It's probably a bit better on tap, and I will say that my traveling companion and I found ourselves hoping it would be the beer of choice (rather than its Croatian companions) after a few days, so it must be pretty alright.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.74/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden colour, quite mirrorlike, with a fine bubbled but slightly filmy head of pure white foam. Some decent lacing. Not stupendous, but very pleasing to look at in the glass.

Unpleasant over sweet corn characters on the nose. Hints of cooked veggies and sugar water. Rice is also quite possible. Very unpleasant, and appallingly insulting after the reasonable looking appearance.

Thin, but some how glutinous and weak in the mouth. Texture reminds me of someone else's saliva. Some fizziness, and a hint of weak rice or maize sweetness, but it's incredibly thin nonetheless. Back palate leaves a vaguely unpleasant organic bitterness in my mouth - I can't help but think that it's what the floor of a chimpanzee's cage would taste like. Very unpleasant.

Mouthfeel has that odd gelatinous character to it. It's not good, but it adds some interest at least.

No, not for me - very thin, very weak, devoid of character, and not even particularly refreshing for a hot summer day. I only save it from utter annihilation because I have had some truly offensive beers in the past, and this doesn't have enough character to be truly repellent.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.75/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale straw colour with decent snowy head, quite sparse though with big bubbles; good retention. Bead is virtually non-existent, and lacing is decent but doesn't stick to the glass. Looks fairly decent.

Nose is absolutely revolting. Sickly sweet with the mega-diacetyl-tron rampaging through it. Huge corn syrup stench, just sugary and syrupy. If I'm to be generous I'd imagine a brief and very slight grassy character, but really it's all treacle and molasses and sunshine. In a really sickening way. A pig of a smell. Smelling like a pig would be better.

Taste is not very nice either. Pretty watery on the front with mild buttery notes, and then mid-to-back altogether is a cloying, sticky mess. Not so sweet but large chunks of adjunct flavour and a doughy biscuity malt character. Hops are very mild and herbal, with a very slight woody character and a bit of sap in there.

Fizzy carbonation on the front also sours it up unpleasantly, while mouthfeel as a whole is undesirably sticky. Not good, not drinkable.

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Photo of aschwab
2.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On a warm day in Sarajevo, you want to reach for a refreshing beer. However, you have few choices, this is most likely your cheapest option and most widely drank option. I was hardly impressed by this Bosnian showing of brewing skills, it sort of had a weak metallic taste to it. It wasnt terrible, but it just had no real good flavor. If I had a choice between Coors Light and this, I would have to choose the cheaper of the two, as they are about the same. Dont expect much.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery's beer hall, it came out a clear straw gold under a thin 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. The nose is quite strong of sweet malt. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste is strong of grainy malt with a touch of apricot. A fairly tinny hops bitter hits essentially from the beginning and lingers throughout. A slightly acrid bite at the back of the throat is the only aftertaste. Certainly not great, but it is drinkable in its natural habitat.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bleached corn with edges that resemble water. The fluffy cap is bright ivory in color and has a respectable appearance considering the style and the country of origin. Speaking of which, it looks like I'm the first reviewer to have purchased this brew in the U.S. Just enough lace sticks to keep the score stuck on average.

The nose is typical of the style. SB smells like lightly sweet grain and Euro hops that are short on pungency. Credit the brown glass bottle for keeping any skunks at bay. Sure, it's pleasant... as long as expectations remain reasonable.

It's a good thing strength of flavor is on the low end because quality of flavor is lacking. In my opinion, beer of this style (along with American macro lagers) should favor slightly sweet over bitter since it tends to make them more palatable. Unfortunately, Sarajevo Beer leans toward bitter without providing the good hop flavor to go along with it.

An absence of corn (just a guess) and plenty of grain and husk makes me think Budweiser rather than Miller High Life. Despite the fact that tens of millions of brand-loyal Americans will tell you otherwise, that's not a good thing. Interestingly enough, the flavor doesn't seem to be worsening with warming.

I find it difficult to score the mouthfeel of beer that is meant to be light. Since this one is much closer to a light lager than the stated style, I have no choice but to go with below average. The bubbles are fine, so that's a bit of a silver lining.

The ring-pull cap is cool and the brown glass bottles are a good idea. Uh... that's pretty much the extent of Sarajevo Beer's positives. Since drinkers of BMC won't even consider it and anyone interested in good beer won't buy it a second time, I fail to see the wisdom in shipping this stuff across the Atlantic.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought this back from Europe for me.

Pours an extremely pale straw color with a smallish head and a smattering of lace patches. The aroma is of salted crackers and a bit of flowery hop aroma. The taste is subdued with some sweetish malt and a brisk hop bitterness. There's a fibrous, pithy somewhat abrasive hop character. A soapy feel is evident in the back. The mouthfeel is light with a soft carbonation and a wierd coating feel. The finish is lightly bitter and a vegetal.

This is a rather mundane lager. It distinguishes itself with its unusual hop profile, coarse and somewhat unrefined.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer upon the pour is a clarion yellow with a modest frothy white head that vanishes quite quickly leaving a paper-thin patchy sheet of lace. Nose is the archetypical lager/pilsner malt, somewhat crisp, and a bit sweet, Start is conventional in its sweetness, grain presence light, as is the top. Finish is customary in its acidity and the hops light in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, not a bad beer, not a good beer, just and average beer in my books.

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Photo of ahking
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was fortunate to try this beer at the source while backpacking in Bosnia last month. Sarajevo is a great city and this is a decent beer. One thing that struck me is that the beer smells very yeasty. I am a homebrewer so I smell a lot of fresh yeast and this beer had that aroma. Maybe it meant the beer was bottled too young. Anyway, I like the smell so it gets points for that. Beyond that, this beer is a typical eastern european lager. Light bodied, golden color, medium hop aroma, very non-offensive. Most likely an adjunct brew containing some corn and/or rice. Enjoyable to drink while travelling and I would like to try it again, but nothing special.

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Sarajevkso Pivo from Sarajevska Pivara
2.85 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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