Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 11, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle my friends brought from Belgrade (thanks Morko and Sara!)
Poured a golden-yellow colour. Bit cheesy malty nose, light, vaguely sweet. Perfumey cabbagey (love these notes) ok light taste, some crude hop, dry, slightly weak lemony notes. Unimpressive but ok.
luttonm (2170) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAR 11, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Credit to as for getting this up first. Found in the local discount drinks store quite suddenly, in the pretty new ’Lav’ bottles. As he said, great to see that there are new local beers coming out (and not just repackaged) but shame they didn’t push. This seems to me like another ’premium’ version of the local lager like so many other balkan breweries do. Compared to ’regular’ this pours a darker golden color, heavier appearance and with a stronger aroma. Flavor is more pungent which is good up front but quickly becomes too much. Winier and more metallic than normal Lav. Not necessarily an improvement, they’re pushing the envelope of the quality of their ingredients already. At this abv and price I really don’t see the point.. but local breweries continue to go down this road, so there probably is a market. bummer.
as (159) - Belgrade / Hamburg, - MAR 11, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
0,5 l bottle. After Lav Tamno, here’s yet another new beer from Carlsberg Serbia, and if someone thought that a macro - Dunkel could be a turning point in Serbian brewing industry, the guys from Čelarevo proved him wrong - they released another Pale Lager to the, oh so interesting, Serbian beer market.
Upon first sip, this golden ("Zlatni" means golden in Serbian) colored lager tastes actually quite interesting and different than the usual Lav, strong malty aromas mixed with a touch of grain, dominate the overall impression. But then, as you continue drinking, these aromas seem to vanish and, eventually, the only thing remaining is the awful and bland metallic aftertaste.
A far as I know, this beer is a product of a contest in which a group of ordinary people was selected to choose the taste for a new Lav beer, based on their personal likings. If so, it seems to me that the future of brewing in Serbia may be grimmer than I thought.