MATT'S BEER WE GO! LASKO ZLATOROG LAGER BEER

Here's one to try saying ten times fast dear reader:

"Zlatorog."

Go ahead, try it.

Actually, nevermind, forget it.

Have you even heard of the word "zlatorog?" Unless you're Slovenian, the answer is likely, "no." Good. That makes two of us.

But, since I care about you so much dear reader, I took the five second trouble to translate it from Slovenian to English: golden. And, how appropriate, given its colour: gold!

All silliness aside, this was a pretty decent beer! Let me tell you more (after all, that's why you're here, not just to sit here and read my witty remarks).

Once opened via bottle opener, it does pour indeed to reveal a rich, deep golden colour, as if Midas himself had produced it. Take a whiff and you'll get a rich, flavourful nose, beery of course, but inticing and, well, nice.

A crisp, medium bodied, kinda hoppy taste fills the mouth, which isn't too heavy nor overwhelming thankfully, making this balanced between strong and smooth. It is somewhat dry, particularly in its aftertaste, but luckily it is not annihilated by an overly hoppy residue.

After letting it linger for a while in your mouth (as in after swallowing), the bitterness of the hops gives way to a slight beery sweetness.

While I had no real idea of what to expect - as is the case with all new products I try! - this one wasn't utterly amazing, but definitely not terrible at all. I enjoyed the great near one-pint sized bottle this came with, so you certainly get a bang for your buck. Although not golden in excellence, it's definitely a silver, and worth trying, especially at its very reasonable price.

**3/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$2.25 (US$2.10).

From LCBO.com:

ZLATOROG, 500 mL bottle
LCBO #676270
Beer, Lager
4.9% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 2
Made in: Slovenia
By: Pivovarna Lasko

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