Zlatorog | Pivovarna Laško

ZlatorogZlatorog
BA SCORE
3.09/5
94 Ratings
ZlatorogZlatorog
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovarna Laško
Slovenia
pivo-lasko.si

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,184
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
94
pDev:
22.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very standard gold colour, with a minimal froth of white head. Light carbonation, but not much lacing.

Lightly fruity notes on the nose, with quite a fragrant tropical hoppiness - hints of passionfruit dominant. Quite surprising and most certainly welcome.

Taste also has the light hoppy passionfruit character. Nice flavours of fruit, but with a slight yeasty hit that dries the back of the palate. Not bad though.

This is a pretty good beer overall, it certainly has some character over generic swill.

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Photo of nmoeschler
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. A nice bright white head, decent retention and lacing. The carbonation is very lively, lots of bubbles.

Smells of floral hops, pale malt and vegetables.

Tastes similar to the nose, pale malt, light on the hops and some veggies. Crisp and clean. Nothing that will shock the average beer drinker but it still has more taste than most.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent thirst quenching, quaffer beer. Pours a very clear yellow with a small amount of head. Perhaps half a finger. Smells very nice. Bit of malts, with a grass and floral hop bite. Taste is very refreshing. Crisp malts, mild bitter hops. Mouthfeel is clean and light, but not to light. Very drinkable. A great session beer.

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Photo of Lipa
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't drink a lot of pilsner, but a friend of mine brought this over as a gift (thanks Ang!) so I figured I'd try it out and review it.

Poured a very clear yellow into a pint class, with a thin bone-white head that sticks around. Looks pretty carbonated.

Not a whole lot of aroma to speak of... some mild fruitiness and crackers, and a little bit of farmy yeast in there. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, and actually deceptively little carbonation. Tangy fruits and yeast up front, with mild floral hops filling out the middle and aftertaste. Overall, everything is fairly muted, but this isn't unexpected.

Pretty decent for what it is, and better than most local offerings in the style.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exp 16-05-08. Light golden colour with a generous off-white head. Well carbonated with lots of fast rising bubbles (on second glance, many are coming from what my dish washer left behind!). Now, where was I? Oh yes, fast rising bubbles followed by some very good lacing. Smells ... well, actually it didn't. Wait ... a mild grassy nose; certainly nothing skunky. Taste is real pilsener: dry, crisp, lightly hopped, thin texture, some malt to balance the bitter finish. Lingers in a very pleasant, refreshing way. Overall, this is something you should try if you like the style; I'd buy this again sometime.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm on a Euro lager kick, just to see what's out there. After buying a series of bocks to celebrate the upcoming spring weather, I picked up Lasko because it also sported a goat on its label. Though its not a bock, I figured I'd give it a go.

Quick pour yielded a fluffy head that dissipated very quickly. Nice colour to the brew, though, a solid golden hue.

Nose is malts, a bit of bread, floral hops, some sweetness that reminds me of corn syrup. Nothing offensive, nothing great.

Crisp cracker, decent but sparing floral hops, slightly sweet. A good malt profile. Easy to drink, certainly a touch better than most mass-market Euro fare. Still, calling this a czech pilsner is a stretch - its very mild. Finishes slightly bitter and tinny.

Strong carbonation, thin bodied.

Even if knocking another beer country off your list was the aim for drinking this beer, Zlatorog is actually a pretty decent and wasn't a chore to drink. Clearly the formidable brewing heritage of its neighbours has had an influence on this Slovenian brewer. Zlatorog is nothing great, but its certainly better than other Eastern European fare.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CampusCrew
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer while visting Croatia. it was very popular there. It's a good example of a czech pilsner. Clean and pronounced hops. Frothy head and pure golden color. It's very drinkable and goes down easy. Perfect for those hot Croatian summers. I would not put it up there with Staropramen and others, but it's a good pilsner option.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml, 4.9% ABV, according to the LCBO...

This beer pours a clear light straw colour, with a copious amount of thin foamy white head, which leaves some sparse random lace around the glass upon its remission. It smells of white cracker grain, and somewhat acrid grassy hops. The taste is sweet white grain, a bit bready, and earthy, kind of vegetal, hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and it finishes kind of flat, the white grain and underwhelming hops not exactly showboating.

The lack of any crispness to the hops and grain make me question the Czech Pilsner classification, but overall, not a bad pale Euro-lager, cloyingness being at a minimum. (Maybe the 'love' in the brewing process softened things a bit...)

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Nose is almost non-existent. Flavor is smooth. Decent grain tones with a bit of an earthy bite. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is decent and jut slightly high. Overall an easy drinker. There are certainly some bad examples of this style out there and this isn't one of them. Not going to blow you away, but it works.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golde. Short head, little lacing.

I get apple on the nose. Some hay.

Nice grassy hops up front. Doesn't leap out at you, but they're there, which is better than you can say of most mass euro-lagers. Crisp finish with light fruity malt.

A surprisingly nice lager from Slovenia.

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Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Swedes21
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - first thing noticed is the nice foamy white head with poured, has a very "airy" appearance. once the head is gone, decent amount of lacing left behind. very clear golden colour with a min amount of carbonation.

Smell - clean smelling beer, unique smelling beer. I would say a malty sweet smell was the one that came across the most.

Taste - nice tasting beer, can really taste the malt of brew. there is a slight kick to the aftertaste, however, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - carbonation level increase providing a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability - for a Czech beer, i went in with no expectations. Coming out, i would 100% drink this beer again and enjoy it with friends.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a familiar golden-yellow colour, topped with a thin white head that lasts a few minutes before fading into wisps upon the surface. A thin collar follows the edge of the glass, but there is little-to-no-lacing. Carbonation level looks appropriate. The aroma is nice but highly generic; grainy cracker malts and grass.

Clean, crisp taste, but nothing especially interesting as far as flavour goes - those same doughy, grainy malts provide a bit of sweetness, with some light hay-like hops rounding out the profile. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feels a little slippery on the tongue.

I can't really work up much enthusiasm for this, but it's a perfectly drinkable lager. I bought this mostly because I've never had Slovenian beer before, and I doubt I'll get it again.

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Photo of DegenErik
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of stevoj
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend brought me back a trunkload of beer from Croatia, and although predominantly pale lagers, I found them all rather enjoyable. Malty, crisp, snappy, tasty, refreshing. Must be the water.

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Photo of Oidmoe
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PsenicnoCRO
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mishi_d
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of andrew8626
3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tadej
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

Zlatorog from Pivovarna Laško
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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