Marko (3797) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 15, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
1.5l green plastic bottle, contract brewed since very recently by Karlovačka Pivovara
Gee... this was one brilliant decision by the Heineken people. Guess they ran out of gimmicky packaging "innovations" so they had to actually introduce a new product. And noooo, why bother with adding new beers to the Karlovačko line, inventing new recipes, trying some new styles, when you can just start contract brewing a pale lager or whatever from Romania (which is hardly considered a synonym for good beer here)... "The new beer with a golden taste." Sheer marketing brilliance. En par with their recent decision to put everything (I guess) in green bottles.
This almost fails at being golden, very pale and dull yellow-golden colour with a huge white head that went away fast, damn fizzy in the beginning. One can actually detect some herbal hops in the nose, mixed with some dust and some bad maltiness. Better than expected Weak taste. That same herbal-dusty hopiness (Saaz?), some weak lemoniness and fruity maltiness and maybe bready at times. Hints of eggs at times. Distinctly watery, salty (and maybe a touch sourish), with just a weak bite from the hops. Would’ve been more interesting with a fuller body. Not an utter failure, but a completely and utterly unnecessary addition to the Croatian market. I have yet to see how it’ll perform when in its intended habitat and function. The hand of someone (me) drinking in the park with a bunch of friends. I also wonder how it compares with the other versions...
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - FEB 6, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Hazy golden colored pour with little to no head. Sweet, honeylike aroma with a sweet malty finish.
omhper (18971) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2007
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Canned. (4.8% - by Heineken Romania) Pale golden, airy head. Fruity and papery, mushy and sweet with lots of glue. No bitterness. Foul industrial swill.
Quack-Duck (7523) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
can, 4.8% ABV, brewed in Romania. Pale clear yellow, large and persistent head. Hoppy nose. Dusty and hoppy, malty, slightly watery, strangely dry mouthfeel.
SHIG (3454) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big plastic bottle: Poured a hazy orange yellow color with a white head. The aroma was sweet harvesty and honey. The flavor was also sweet honey and malty.
Sten (596) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden coloured beer with a fluffy white head. A rather sweet pilsner, I usually don’t like sweet beers but this is a good pilsner. (Bottle 50cl 4.7 alcohol % in my version)
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle brewed in Romania at 4.7%
Pale golden/straw colour. Neon white, small head. Correct Bohemian style aroma, though a bit weak. Sweet maltiness and hay that ends with a surprisingly defined bitterness. Very impressing for a best-selling beer of any country! I can see myself drinking this on draft if ever going to Romania on holiday.
TBone (11941) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Can, brewed in Austria, alc. 5.0% (BB 02/2006)
Pale yellow, white head. Sweet buttery malty and bitter grassy hoppy aroma - very Czech-like. Sweetish malty, nice soft hopping in the finish. Decent imitation of Pilsner Urquell. (7/2/7/3/12 3.1)
Re-rate, bottled@RBESG Grand Tasting 2008
Re-rate is from Romanian version of this beer. Golden color, small vanishing head. Sweet maize-like nose. Sweet corn flavor, very apple-like flavor. No bitterness. (2/2/2/2/6 1.4)
Dorqui (2056) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Canned. Dense and much supporter foam, good persistence. Yellow clearly color, limpid and much bubbly. Amazing aspect for a canned beer. Light scent , herbaceous and malt. Lightly prickly taste, fine and simple. It’s deprives of particular characteristic and lightly watery on the finish.
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can; brewed in Austria
Blond color. Paper and corn aroma. Dry taste; bitter end. Ordinary.