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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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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivski (24) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 9, 2008
This is great beer I drink very gladly every Winter and Spring. And every year it has a different etiquette, last two years was really ugly, but the beer was same, great as always.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5666) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 21, 2002
Bottled(500ml). -excellent winter beer, pleasant hoppy aroma, dark gold color, rich head, nice aftertaste

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crnipapar (10) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 20, 2006
Winter doesnt pass that I dont try this beer. Every year it has a little different taste and a different label of some famous Croatian painter. Rich head, dark golden color, pleasant hoppy aroma, nice body and nice aftertaste. Winter woudnt be the same without it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2127) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 0.5 l bottle, pouring pale golden body with medium head. Aroma is nice sweet, bit fruity malty with springtime flowers originating from hops. Flavor is sweetish, pleasant with those flowers dominating through it. Reminds of Tuborg Gold, only better. For the style, full bodied, really nice oily textured. Not too much carbonated, why it should be anyway. Very pleasant finish, bit of honey there. One of the best Pilseners I’ve ever had, specially home, in the warm pre-Christmas spirit when you enjoy it with the person you care the most :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hrc_Cro (48) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 7, 2014
2013/2014 edition. 0.5l glass bottle. Stronger than the Ožujsko Pivo. Taste is refined. Mostly everything is same as Ožujsko Pivo only slightly better. Overall great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25088) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (3904) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1030) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottled, 0,50l. Clear golden color with medium frothy white head and fizzy bubbles. Aroma of grassy hops, hay, yeast, malt, vanilla and light citrus note. Taste starts rich malty, followed by sour fruitiness and rounded with crisp and dry hoppiness. Medium body, slick texture and lively carbonation in palate. Thumbs up for Zagrebačka pivovara, great Christmas present :)

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2004
A good winter beer which has a decent ABV to beef up the flavour. Fairly pale amber in colour, this beer has a toffee malt body with some unusual flowery hops showing all through the beer, more flowery than lemony as in the standard lager. It made interesting drinking and was quite satisfying. (Bottle from shop, Varazdin)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukardo (122) - CROATIA - FEB 2, 2014
0,5l bottle. Colour is bright golden with average white head. Aroma is mostly hops, taste is a quite bitter. Good beer, but nothihg special.


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