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San Servolo Svijetlo Pivo

Rating: 3.8

The first of three San Servolo beers that I managed to sample whilst in Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia over the summer, this one being their Czech pilsner variety. The beers are all from the Bujska brewery based in the town of Buje on the peninsula and are ones that I became aware of when I first arrived in Pula on the first night of my holiday but I only managed to sample any of them for the first time two weeks later when I arrived in the Istrian town of Rovinj later on my trip. As it turned out, the San Servolo beers only appear to be widely available in Istria as I was able to spot them at the odd bar in Zagreb but they definitely were not as popular as the were in Rovinj and particularly Pula. From what I can gather, this particular offering was introduced in early 2013 and is naturally the most popular of the brewery’s beers. I was able to sample this one (along with two more of the brewery’s offerings) at the Mediterraneo Bar in Rovinj towards the end of my trip and I’m quite glad I was able to give them all a go.

San Servolo Svijetlo Pivo

Appearance (4/5): Golden coloured with a very slightly cloudy body and  ahalf centimetre tall, foamy white head that holds well for the first minute or so before starting to fade and turn a little patchy.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh grassy hops come through well as the start and are followed by some hay and light malts. There is some decent strength citrus notes in the background as well as a light bitterness and pale malts towards the end.
Taste (7/10): Pale malts and quite a fresh lager taste start things off here, there’s touches of citrus and some hay following on soon after with a subtle taste of corn in there as well. The beer is fresh but not overly complex, it’s just a very nice Croatian lager.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a light medium body and very fresh on the palate with some subtle bitterness coming through and quite a good balance overall. Refreshing to drink in the sun and there was no sign of any skunk or off-flavours making it a surprisingly good and easy to drink beer.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very nice and highly enjoyable Croatian lager that was easily one of the beer of the style that I managed to try whilst in the country. The beer was smooth, fresh and easy to drink with a nice balance despite it not being the most varied or complex tasting beer that I had in Croatia; a good beer and one well worth trying.

Brewed In: Buje, Istria, Croatia
Brewery: Bujska Pivovara
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Mediterraneo Bar, Rovinj, Croatia
Price: 35 kuna (approx. £3.38)

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