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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
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
88
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
28.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 88
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Gajo74
2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a typical golden pilsner color, but head quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. No detectable aroma. Taste started out sweet, but overall bland and watery. Dissappointing in general.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass at Pr'Skelet Bar in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

A: Pure gold witha 1.5 finger pure white head with ok retention.

S: After pouring, the skunky smell is evident from pretty far away. Euro lager smell. A lot of must and some grainy sourness. Old grain.

T: Rough and grainy with the taste of whole grain crackers... like triscuits or something. Finishes slightly sour with a lasting impression of skunk and must that is not altogether pleasant.

M: Crisp on the tongue and going down alright.

D: Not a big fan and not looking to drink a bunch of these. Kind of off-ish taste, but I have a feeling it's intentional.

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Photo of TheHammer
1.62/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: A solid two fingers to frothy head that retains and laces decently. The body is a typical Lager gold with perhaps a slight tinge of brown, however not much carbonation going on.

Smell: Really bad earthy skunk, with only the barest touches of grass in the background. It is also quite pronounced which in this case, isn't a good thing.

Taste: It takes just like it smells, as it starts with a sulfuric fizzy taste that turns into an awful earthy swamp taste. Not very complex, and frankly not very good. There are worse things I've put in my mouth, sure but this is not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is way to fizzy, there is a severe lack of transitioning, the aftertaste tastes like dirt, and the only redeeming quality is that it thankfully moist to drink, washing away much of the unpleasantness.

Drinkability: Well, it does quench the thirst, but not much else. My stomach doesn't quite agree with it as it seems to cause some bloating. It's not easy going down, in fact it is a struggle.

Final Thoughts: Yeah...you will want to pass on this one. There are certainly better imports out there as I can't really see ever wanting to have another one of these ever again. It got drain poured at the half way mark. At least it looked nice.

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Photo of sfprint
3.64/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangy yellow with a quickly disappating head.
Smell: Malty and sweet, not striking.
Taste: Very sweet, honey, bitter, and herby.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a near medium body. Very sparkly carbonation.
Overall: Great! Huge contrast to Union, which I'm surprised many people favor.

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Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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 stoutman
2.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4.9 % on bottle label. Nothing special here, this is below average stuff, and kind of cheap. Bought from the LCBO in Toronto. The aroma was sharp, crisp, floral, slightly sweet. Light gold in color, thin white head, lots of lace that fades rather quickly. The flavour was of floral hops, some sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, and medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
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 CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 ThatWineGuy
3.36/5  rDev +6.7%
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 djura
2.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden color,nice white foam,staying for couple of seconds,but stay with one finger till the end. Medium carbonation.

S-Extremely awful,very unpleasant smell,don't know what it is,like bad brandy.

T/M- Taste is below average for lagers. At the first,it is refreshing,but as you drink it,it tastes sorrow. Some bitter aftertaste.

O-Expected much more from this,Lasko produce nice beers,but this one is below their standards.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.41/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle
4.9% abv
I tried this beer on August 27, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold into a glass with a loose white head which didn't last very long. There was some hints of malt in the aroma, but not a lot. The mouthfeel was thin, with mild carbonation, and slightly slippery, reminiscent of wheat beers. The flavour was also a bit on the grainy side. Not a beer I would go out of my way to order again, but it did knock another country off my list.

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Photo of decimator
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV marked as 4.9% on stickers affixed to the can.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with a 2cm white head. Head reduced to a thin cap and a decent of amount lacing is produced.

S - Grainy, grassy and a hint of butter.

T - Sweet malts hit first followed by the hops. The hop profile is more herbal then typical Lagers/Pilsners. Again I picked up some buttery notes. There's also some unpleasant metallic notes that show up in the finish

M - Average carbonation and some creaminess. Lacks that crispness I expect from a typical Lager/Pilsner.

D - Average. Enjoyed on occasion but not something I regularly drink.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, this review may not be completely objective, because I have been drinking this beer for ages now, it has been my first beer I have ever tasted, and so far my last one (since I just finished one). The glass was full of golden delight topped with a decent and foamy head. It had the typical aroma of the bready malt and some grassy note as well in there. The taste was sweet, finishing with a slight bitterness. All in all, a nice and refreshing beer, perfect for a night drink with the guys.

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Photo of ernie
3.69/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color, medium carbonation, modest but long-lasting white head, beautiful lace.

Aroma flowery-hoppy with a lively citric note.

Start soft, dryish, body medium, rounded, taste beautifully balanced (pale toasted malts vs bitter hops). Dry hoppy finish. Long bittersweet aftertaste.

Nice beer, easily drinkable. Of course worth a try.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Ralphus
4.2/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Zlatorog, which means "golden horn", is a mythical buck that guarded a treasure along with three virgins in Slovenian lore. Today it's remembered as a popular beer in the region and one that I had the chance to sample frequently during a trip to Croatia in the fall of 2007. Todays sample is nearly as good despite being bottled and shipped overseas to Canada.

Zlatorog pours a deep golden color with a two finger head. It recedes but laces the glass nicely right to the bottom. At first smell I simply thought, "This smells like good beer" - and it is. There's grain, flowers and light vanilla in the scent. The mouth-feel however is wonderful. Very creamy for a Czech Pilsner - reminding me of what Canadian cream ales want to be but don't have much success representing. This beer is silky smooth with very well behaved carbonation - you'll have no trouble taking big gulps of this brew! Taste wise the creaminess is there but balanced well with grains, malt and hops.

From experience I can tell you that drink-ability is high. Not only because my friends and I had no trouble polishing of enormous mugs of this - but neither did the locals. Give this one a try and you'll agree that the buck on this label really does guard a treasure.

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Photo of shamus
2.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has character. It leaves a lace but it smells better than it tastes. While I appreciate that it has more complex flavours than many beers it leaves a sickly sweet aftertaste. I prefer a more bitter hopped experience however and lean towards flavourful pale ales.I could easily skip this one next time around.

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Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in several locations while touring Croatia.

Aroma is dry, grassy and hint of malts rather than bitterness of hops. Pours clear gold with decent head that lasted fairly well down the half litre glass.

Good flavours, typical of its style in this form, fairly smooth and dry start, some malts come through and crisp bitterness at the end, leaving a clean aftertaste, though maybe a shade too 'gassy'.

This became my favourite beer of the region when on tap, and found it consistant where-ever I went, always refreshing and enjoyable on a hot sunny day.

Fairly well balanced between malts and the dryness of hops, making it easy to drink, even if not outstanding, a good solid thirst quencher with no vices.

JohnW July 2008
B'ham UK

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Photo of tatterdash
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this bright green label at the local LCBO and decided to go for it. Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that dissipates but never completely goes away. Aroma of strong saaz hops, with a bit of breadiness and over-cooked vegetables thrown in. Taste was a bit of sweet grain turning quickly bitter, with spicy hopped finish, a little brackish though. Mouthfeel was of course very crisp, but not as soft water as expected. Very good and drinkable, but there are many better pilseners out there.

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Photo of ecoastman
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkability - Better than the average mass market Euro lager with more flavours, this beer is still very drinkable. Probably will be my choice vs. the others on the shelves.

Appearance - clear gold with a head that recedes to leave some good lacing.

Smell - Immediately more interesting than the average Euro lagers on the mass market. This has some buttery spicy hops that are quite noticeable.

Taste - Like the aroma, this beer is more interesting than the average Euro lagers since this has more hops in the finish. Some might describe the aroma and taste as "vegetal" but I like it since it stands out as unique. There's also a nice diactyl butterscotch tone in the after taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy texture that isn't coarse in the medium-dry finish. There's some nice slickness in the mouth afterwards.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

golden clear, some head, little lacing, not much sticks around

highly skunky / limey / minty... like a Corona with lime still in it

tastes alright, not much like it smells, kinda like a Heineken

maybe a bit over fizzy, feels pretty good

overall, pretty drinkable!

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Slovenian beer more and more with each consecutive sip. It is a very light beer with a pleasant taste that goes down easily, especially on a hot day or with a barbecue dinner. Of course my enjoyment could be attributed to the novelty of drinking something from the small alpine country in which it was brewed.

It brought back memories of the Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup 2002 game I saw in Daegu between Slovenia and the victorious South African squad.

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Photo of nokes
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mine says 4.9%

Poured this with moderate aggressiveness to get a two-finger white head which died back fairly quickly to a frothy one-finger and let me finish the pour. Moderate retention and some lacing...not too bad, really. The colour could use just a bit more richness, but it's crystal clear with some carbon bubbles rising throughout.

Smell-wise, it's pretty nice. Not amazing, but some light floral notes, some grassiness...smells fresh.

Medium-good appearance, medium-good smell...I wasn't expecting very-solid-good taste, but there it is. This beer is well and solidly into the realm of good. I like the way it's balanced; nothing overwhelming or overpowering, just a nice blend of light maltiness with some pleasant citrus and just a hint of deeper caramelly fruitiness. It tails off with some mild bitter...pleasant in all respects.

The carbonation is not too much, and it comes off as a really nice pilsener. Dry and crisp but still quite flavourful. It fills the mouth nicely and then it's gone, leaving a pleasant but mild aftertaste and no stickiness. Very easy to drink.

Then I tried it with food (roast beef and mashed potatoes to be exact) and was quite happy with the results. Nice!

I'd happily drink this again; I may even seek it out. If I were in Slovenia, I'm guessing this would be a summer stand-by.

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Photo of dolzan
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with a large head.

The second most common lager in the country where I live.

Very light and drinkable with a slightly hoppy and bitter aroma, but without the unpleasant aftertaste of its main rival in the country, Union. It's an adequate lager, but nothing to write home about, though.

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