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Brewed by Zagrebačka Pivovara (MolsonCoors)
Style: Pilsener
Zagreb, Croatia

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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During the holiday season, make a toast with your family and friends with the Christmas beer of rich taste, made according to the special recipe of the brewmasters of the Ožujsko Pivo. Božićno Pivo is the crown of the superb quality and tradition of Zagrebačka Pivovara.
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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) A Croatian christmas beer, now that’s a first for me. Not much deeper golden than a standard lager, but the head is neat and creamy. Decent body. But it’s the hops that really makes a difference in this beer. Very refined, flowery hops adding mostly aroma but not so much bitterness. Nothing close to a christmas beer by Danish standards, but very nice indeed. 261104

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled. Pale golden, rich head. Fruity slivovic aroma. Sweet and medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Notes of honey and grain. Some late resiny bitterness. A step up from mega-brew standards.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle courtesy of shrubber85, thanks! Bright golden color, scant white edge head. Aroma of straw and subtle white pepper. Taste is plain and lager-like. OK.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (7387) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering (day 2) at Idar Oberstein - courtesy of Ogivlado. Sour barley malt aroma with light floral notes. Golden yellow color with small head. Honey malt and lightly bitter hay hops flavor. Light alcohol finish. Not bad but nothing to make it stand out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5584) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 21, 2002
Bottled(500ml). -excellent winter beer, pleasant hoppy aroma, dark gold color, rich head, nice aftertaste

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tderoeck (4448) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011

03/01/2011 - 50cl bottle @ home (2011-3) Thnx to Josip and Una for the bottle!

Clear dark yellow to light orange beer, creamy white head, stable and non adhesive. Aroma: mainly hops, some herbs and sweet malts, but in all pretty faint. MF: ok carbon, light body, watery texture. Taste: a little bit of hop, some malts, pretty flavourless. Aftertaste: little bit dry, practically none. Why are people rating this so high?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 2011 version
Well now, It was past time I rerated this one. This poured a pale golden body with a medium sized white head, unimpressive but lasting. Tart herbal hoppy notes in the nose, weak metal perhaps? No real maltiness pops up. The taste has some nice breadiness, light herbal hopiness to help things going, weak weak fusels perhaps though. Hmm, am I imagining toffee? No, I’m not. Strange, but appreciated. Bitter/salty hoppy aftertaste, lasting. Solid, balanced macro lager, unfortunately not special enough to be a proper winter seasonal. It would be greatly appreciated, like the great Ožujsko Strong, that they killed for no sensible reason at all, was, if it was year-round, but really, throwing out only during winter something that really should be your basic lager? Please. At least this year’s label is very nice. All in all, don’t expect wonders, but the extra 1% and a cleaner, yet more interesting profile than pretty much any other macro on the Croatian market is and will be appreciated.

2005 version
1.5l plastic bottle. Odd that they would bottle this in those. Hm. Anyway, it poured a big fluffy white head that went away fast. It’s of a darker orange colour. The nose is malty and caramelly with some hints of honey and dust. The taste feels a bit different this time. It’s stilly very nice though. It’s dominated by hops which creep from the lemony and bready base. A tasty, well, pils, rivalling the Czech ones I’ve tried. The regular Ožujsko floweriness keeps itself to the background, and it’s far from a full blossom. I don’t like this year’s label much, the one on the pic was nicer.

2004 version
My no.100 beer. Nice. The label changes every year, and is always painted by some famous Croatian artist. And it always looks great. The beer is not great, but it’s quite good. Very hoppy flavor (still those great flowery hops), a bit bitter, but not much. It’s worth trying more than once. 7/3/7/4/15

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
armando629 (2405) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 26, 2012
0,5 l bottle as a gift, after BBD.
Poured gold with a small lacing white head. Aroma of hay and malt, some sourish yeast. Little bit sweetish malt taste with a minimal grassy hop. No more words to waste for it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 7, 2012
.5l bottle bought in Zagreb, ’12 version. Looks like a normal yugo-lager, clear and yellow. Slightly stronger aroma and flavor, certainly a touch better than most of the beers around. Still mineral and grass, but slightly more balanced and full flavor. Reminds of the ’premium’ versions of the macros around the region. Pretty nice though, I’d seek this out more often if available.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bierkrug (2133) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 24, 2011
Part of the first German beer tasting in Idar-Oberstein (day two). Thanks to shrubber85. 500 ml bottle, pours a normal pils look. Aroma is a sweet gum. Taste is sweet with spices. Palate is lightly bitter.


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