Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Karlovacko Pivo - Croatia 22-3-11

The Low Down:
For 150 years this beer has been the staple industry in the city of Karlovac in Croatia. Now firearms manufacture is, but the beer is still brewed, and it is still quite nice.

Somehow this fells like it should be called a pilsner, and it does have the signature hoppiness, but it is outdone by the fruitiness and mellow malt tones that surround it, so I guess it is a pale lager after all.

The bitterness is evident in the finish, and the flavours are maybe verging on a little too subtle. That aside it is quite nice to drink.

Allegedly the brewery is carbonating the rivers around its main factory, so that should be some bonus points.

Packaging: 4/10
The Eastern European usual. Still not exactly sure what they are trying to achieve. I guess they are angling on traditional.
Refreshment: 7/10
Goes down a treat, as it's quite highly carbonated. Allegedly like the river's near the factory.
Flavour 6/10:
Lots of flavours mixed in. Sadly, people tell me that the move to the green bottle is responsible for the added subtlety, and that it was much better in the brown.
Alcohol Content: 7/10
5.2%.This is exactly what I would expect from this beer. not enough alcohol that I can taste it, but not so little that I don't know that it's from Eastern Europe.
Price: 5/10
$4.50. More than its competitors, and I don't think it is quite premium enough to demand the extra price.
Total: 29/50
Starts out promising, and doesn't end disappointing, but just short of the mark. John Malkovich's Grandparent's are from Karlovac county, so drink this while on a film night, with beer nuts, pretzels, little bits of cabanossi and cheddar, and dips.