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Zlatorog | Pivovarna Laško

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovarna Laško
Slovenia
pivo-lasko.si

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,204
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
94
pDev:
22.65%
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Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather ordinary beer . Pale, thin after first sip of the lastin head, some creaminess in head. Drying aftertaste. Some beer and floral-nitrogen like aroma. Not much taste. Pales, pardon the pun, in comparison to the other side of the tracks where the real Czech beers are brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when i first had this it was ice cold on a 100 degree day, and i thought it was sensational. every subsequent drinking ive thought less and less of it. now im to the point where i cant really stomach more than one. call it beer fatigue, but this doesnt really work for me anymore. smells like a standard euro adjunct, with a crispy hop presence in the nose that doesnt quite make it to the flavor. it also has a decent malt profile in both aroma and flavor, not at all heavy, but not watered down either. flavor is pretty standard, a little mineral rich, but quite drinkable at a cold temperature. feel is way too carbonated, but the body is fine for a hot day. its the after taste that i think is the nasty part, i try to ignore it by drinking another sip before it sets in. im sure ill have this again, but i likely wont be too enthused.

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.09/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color pilsner with a nice foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of corn and light floral malt is kind of disappointing. Taste is also dominated by some medium sweet corn malt with limited hops presence. Average body for the style with good carbonation. Another bland and boring euro-lager.

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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 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 Derek
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.9%.

A: Clear golden yellow, pours with a nice white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Steelie, grassy & floral hops.

T: Steelie, grassy & floral hops, modest bitterness, hints of underlying caramel & bread.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, with a relatively crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, hops, floral notes, lemon, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with light hops and some lemons. There is also a little bit of a metallic flavour mixed with corn. As well I picked up on a bit of a fruit sweetness.. perhaps pears or apples. The beer finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a fair amount of a spicy bitterness.

Overall – A highly drinkable beer that was unremarkable. Just another Euro lager..

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It would be fitting for a country that borders the Alps and produces a ton of basketball talent to have a very tall, tall head on its national brand of beer; inconveniently, this is not the case and I am hence robbed of any easy metaphors. Fortunately, it does have a gloriously clean, glinting gold complexion that allows for some alliteration.

Zlatorog has the right smell for a Czech Pilsner but unfortunately it's set at a 3 or 4 when where I really need it to be is, ideally, at least a 7 or 8. I understand, however, that for a (relatively) mass-produced national brand this is asking too much, especially considering it already offers far more hop presence than is customary for beers of this ilk.

Furthermore, the maltiness it exudes is infinitely cleaner than that of the worst North American (or European) offenders. The clean, unadulterated taste of barley malt (as oppose to corn or rice) makes for a flavour profile that is eternally more appreciable for its honey-like sweetness and soft bready taste. And it's supremely more pure and elegant.

And it's not without *some* of flowery, earthy hop character! It may be subdued but its inclusion is uncustomary and unexpected; the bitterness it imparts is brittle and faint but for all its temperance it manages to obtrude that biscuity sweetness and remodels the straw-like dryness of pale malt with a markedly more floral and earthy brand.

Zlatorog may taste like an uninspired, watered down pilsner but that is enormously better than most countries' national brands which drink like defiled, adulterated sodas. This is not only superlatively more flavourful and drinkable, but it also earns its brewers, and indeed its country and the people who drink it, an immeasurable amount of more respect from me.

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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 bylerteck
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL can from a small store in Sarajevo. Can says 4.9% ABV.

A - Pours with a loose, soapy white head of two fingers. Bright gold or yellow colour with alot of carbonation. Bright. Lacing is quite good with chunks around the sides and a retention that is better than it should be.

S - Sweet corny malt. Some hay like hop notes.

T - Sweet malt, less corny. Grassy, hay hop notes. More sweetness than I would like.

M - Medium carbonation and light to medium body. Creamy. Not crisp.

D - Meh. A Euro lager less sweet than your typical stuff but not good by any means. Worth it if the only thing available is less interesting but otherwise a pass.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
2.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale gold with a bright white head. Delicate aroma of spicy and floral hops with mild grainy malt. Maybe a hint of lemon as well. Solid flavour with a nice bitterness that lingers. Hops increase into the finish as well. High carbonation keeps it lively on the palate and the body, though light, never feels thin. Lightly drying as well. I picked this up because of the cool name and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, big white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is citrus, floral hops, grainy malt, vanilla and some spice. Taste is citrus, grass, slight skunk, nice malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Not bad at all.

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Photo of stcules
2.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, with greenish reflexes. White head, not very compact, average in persistence. Carbonated appearance.
The smell is quite hoppy, grassy and fresh, quite pleasant. Then it comes out the malt, more standard. Volatile hop.
In the taste the grassy hop is again well present, and it is also quite bitter. But then the sweetness ofthe malt comes out again. More standard.
Light body, bitter hop in the aftertaste, quite long. Then the malt.
Overall, not so bad.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Continuing my goal of reviewing all the random import cans at the local LCBO comes this brew...

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thumb of head with little retention and a little sporadic lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, grassy hop notes, musty cardboard, paper mache and a metallic finish.

T - Mild again, musty grassy notes, hints of sweet corn, buttered bread and wet cardboard.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A mild and unadventurous pilz. I have a feeling I will continue to be underwhelmed by these import cans, but here's to hoping I will discover a hidden gem. This unfortunately, is not it.

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Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 flyingpig
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light looking and clear pale amber to straw colour with plenty of bubbles. It is quite a light looking beer, even for a pale lager although the head retention isn't the worst at least.

Very light grassy hops to begin with, along with some skunk and grain. There is some vegetable adjuncts and a touch of cheap lager malts but overall the aroma is on the poor side.

Light on taste to begin with, however there is some corn, grain and cheap adjuncts along with some sweetness. It's not a great taste at all and is rounded off with some bread and lager hops.

Light, thin and cheap on the palate with some grain but other than that a mainly smooth feel. There is a touch of skunk and it comes across as being quite bland and watered down meaning it wasn't all that refreshing either.

A very poor offering and not how I wanted my introduction to Slovenian beer to go. It was at least somewhat drinkable but not great or refreshing really, which is all you want from a cheap pale lager in a foreign country. Cheap, unexciting and not worth trying, give this one a miss.

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Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice pilsner... very drinkable and session worthy. I actually drank it in Croatia, and preferred it to the Croatian alternatives. (which were pretty good too...) It reminded me a lot of Sierra Nevada Pilsner, it has a nice slight fruity quality to it.

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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 apasternak
1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of polloenfuego
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TerryW
1.47/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Uhn. No so good.

Looks okay, clear golden colour, good sized head, some lace. After that its pretty much a bust. A very weird combination of things happening here. Doughiness, odd creaminess, metallic finish. Vegetal, corny.

I kinda suspect that with all this weirdness happening there's something off with whatever they make this with.

Not at all enjoyable. Might not even be real beer? Bizarre.

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