Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003

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Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is toffee, honey and caramel. The flavor is light toffee and caramel malts with some yeast. Thin, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Acquired recently from a B&M store for a rock-bottom price. The labelling has a classy Czech character....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of brown sugar/mild molasses, grain, coffee, subtle chocolate and faint yeast. Slightly sweet, with a metallic twinge lurking in the background.

Tastes of dark malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, coffee, molasses, faint chocolate, a hint of liquorice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Undertones of harsh cardboard and a weak metallic twang. Well attenuated, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the style. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted malt, subtle bitterness and faint molasses.

Pretty good - uncomplicated yet it has a satisfying wholesomeness to it. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour emphasise the roasted malt and faint sweetness that belong to this beer style. Some faint off-notes don't spoil it too much. Decent body. Not mind-blowing but very drinkable. At the price I paid for it I could see myself grabbing some more - worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with eggplant highlights and a foamy firm cap of finely bubbled light brown foam that slowly recedes.

Sweetish malty aroma of cocoa and raisins, a dash of fig and clove.

Lightly roasted malty goodness upfront, not bitter, tending slightly toward sweet. Mild cocoa flavors, hints of coffee, plum and fig. Flavors are all understated, no one flavor dominates, pretty balanced.

Creamy and full, but slightly slick, finishes a bit chalky. Tasty and pretty drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Prague. Served in tall Krusovice glass.

A - very dark mahogany rather than black (cerny); clear with a tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: rich and malty: superb.

T - slightly sweet with a fine very dark malt flavor that has no burnt notes.

M - medium-light body, medium carbonation and a slighty dry finish.

O - very drinkable beer with excellent flavor.

(lightly modified with bottle consumed in August 2014)

Photo of JohnW
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this before reading the reviews here, as I like their Imperial Pilsner, which I think it a great Czech Pils. Then reading the reviews wondered if it was a mistake buying it! It poured appealingly dark into tall glass, with a good dense off white head which looked great. Aroma was very thin, more sweet malts and hint of roasted grains and licorice. Taste was initially fairly good, sweetish, more of malts and hint of roasted grains, but then as it went down it left nothing in the mouth, no aftertaste at all. The texture is smooth, but taste very thin and disappointing. The head lasted well down the glass, but the more one tasted, the sweeter it seemed to be, and then left a slightly artificial aftertaste in the mouth.

I would not say I disliked this, more that it was disappointing after their excellent Imperial Pils, and it does not have much character as some of the good Black Pilsners, and although would have one if offered, doubt I would buy it again.

The label on the rear made (bought in UK) made no mention of containing artificial sweeteners as others have mentioned in review here.

I would rate it easy to drink, as low alcohol content and not demanding in anyway, only the thin sweetness may be the downside.


JohnW
B'ham UK

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a pokal) born 06,10,2009
A- This beer has a jet brown body with a garnet glow with a thick tan head that last for a good bit. The body is a bit too dense to see much carbonation except for a few bubbles at the base of the glass.
S- This beer has a clean aroma with a flinty note and a faint black malt that has a bit of dish soap quality to it.
T- The nice smooth light flavor of black malt that is not astringent or bitter with a graham note. There is a hint of licorice that comes through as the beer warms a bit. There is a light dark nougat note with a very light hop tang in the finish. The black malt flavor lingers for just a moment after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer is very smooth nice dark black malt flavor but it is a bit soft.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber brown with garnet highlights and a rough khaki head. Sticky as it dissipates down the glass.

Smell is all about some sweet malts. It kind of smells like a sugared up breakfast cereal. Lightly toasted malt nose mixed with some caramel.

Taste is sweetened as well. The malted grain flavors are definitely dominate with subtle caramel undertones. The finish has a metallic coppery taste that is not one of my favorite things.

Decent mild carbonation that let's you taste the beer. The mouthfeel is just short of being buttery smooth. It's almost like sipping on a good 2% thinned out milk in the way that it coats your mouth. Combine that with a mediocre 3.8% ABV and this one is easy to slug down.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good. Standard dark beer, rather clear, lace that sticks around for a while. Smells good. Heavy on the malt, more than a little chocolate on the aroma. Little of the toasted scent you'd usually find on a dark beer like this.

Tastes...dissapointingly light. I'd expect something that looks and smells like this to have a bit of heft to it. A much more watery beer than I really wanted here.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is indeed a very light Schwarzbier.
Poured an almost black, dark coffee shade with an impressive tan head of small bubbles that seems to stay and stay, leaving lots of lacing as you tilt back the brew.

Aromas are very light and faint...almost non-existent. A little peat and dark roasted coffee with no sweetness to my nose at all.

Taste is also pretty light and one-dimensional. Dark, dry roasted, almost burnt coffee, again with no sweetness making the brew much drier than you would expect for an under 4% ABV. A little woodiness...or maybe 'branchiness' comes through as it warms along with a bit of grass.

Very light and refreshing but sort of the BMC of Schwarzbiers

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of foamy pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving some low inkblot lace around the glass. It smells of light roasted malt, a bit of dry cocoa and coffee grounds, and earthy hops. The taste is toasted caramel malt, some sugary root vegetable, semi-sweet chocolate, and leafy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and nice and smooth. It finishes still fairly sweet, the graininess and mild hops somehow seeming more drying than they actually are - it's a good thing.

A nice underlying Czech lager, roasted up into a decent cerny pivo, or schwarzbier. Whatever Euro specificity one subscribes to, this is nearly as easy drinking as it gets.

Photo of Blupoet03
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured black into a pint glass with a very thin, lacy head that diminished quickly. Once in the glass, it looked like Coke.

The nose has a very light caramel malt character and very light hops snap.

In the mouth, the beer's carbonation is released and the malt almost disappears, but presents itself as toasted rye. Almost all taste is in the back of the mouth - bitter hops. The aftertaste is very dry. It is a refreshing beer at first, but the dryness of the finish ended up making me thirstier.

I had higher expectations for this beer than it delivered, and I certainly wont go out of my way for it. I noticed afterwards that the ingredient list includes artificial sweetener, which may account for the "just not right" taste.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable shwartzbier, about middling mouthfeel, with coconut shreds and licorice taste. Even with the small alcohol, its a soda pop, but it worked on this hot fall day. I don't think I could have it everyday. Black colour and some licorice and molasses on the nose. Fizzy carbonation. Little weak for a Czech beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black with a garnet hue when held to the light. Pretty clear, but darkly tinted. Big creamy tan head with really nice lace left on the glass.

S - Roasty firewood and nuts. Pils-like saltine cracker aroma that is very similar to Krusovice Imperial but with roastier overtones. Cracked wheat crackers.

T - Charcoal grilled flavor with elements of smoke, wood, and pilsner-like hop characteristics. Smokey, but very crisp at the same time. Worcestershire sauce and light touches of caramel.

M - Light in body and moderately carbonated. Very quenching....I could see this paired with spicy Mexican food. In fact it kind of reminds me of Negro Modelo, but smokier and better.

D - Excellent. This is not really all that interesting, but it is definitely a sessioner! This seems to go well with food as it's mellow flavor profile and it's thirst quenching ability scream "summer session BBQ beer."

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Krusovice Cerne is a light-bodied and dry schwarzbier with a noticeable bit of burnt caramel-like roastiness. It's clean, straight-forward, and refreshing. Beyond the burnt-sugar edge there's a background flavor of leafy, floral, and spicy hops, but it's definitely held within shadow. I find it quite drinkable considering its light body and delicate crispness, and clean, sharply-cut flavor profile; but in the end I'm not really sure that there's enough character to keep me coming back beyond a serving or two.

Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich brown color with amber highlights, topped by a sizable off-white head that is rather short-lived. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, along with a bit of roastiness, light fruit, and caramel. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with a good bit of light and caramel malts. Finish is a tad roasty and quite smooth.
Body is a touch creamy and velvety smooth. With such a low ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I haven't had too many examples of the schwazrbier style, but I've liked most of them. This is no exception.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought a can of Krusovice Cerne home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer poured very dark / opaque with slight off white head that only laced at the beginning. The smell included roast, hints of sweet malt/caramel, and some dark fruit. The taste did not dissapoint, there was toasted breads some burnt quality to the brew, but it was somewhat weak on the finish. Mouthfeel was ok, good carbonation, but very light body. Overall it would make a good session beer.

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally found a bottle of this in NYC that wasn't two years old. Thank you Key Foods. This was "born" just four months ago. Immediately this tastes different (and better) than my previous experiences with well-aged brethren.

At first this beer reminded me of a stout for roasty notes upfront and smooth, creamy malty follow through. There's a slight acidic bite, reminding me of Guinness. There's more character than a Guinness stout, however, this is more on par with a Beamish or Murphy's. There are also hints of licorice and toffee. Heck of a beer. Wish I'd bought more.

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights and offers a full inch of tan head. Quite clear and reddish in the light, not as dark as many of the style. In exchange you get better retention and some scattered lacing.

Mostly roasted carob/dark chocolate on the nose and without the typical lager notes I've seen in the style. As the carbonation diminishes, some lager notes blend in yet remain slight and allow for some earthy hops to show themselves as well.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat light in body and variety. The feel offers more body than expected however, all the way through to the finish where a touch of chocolate returns. Not as crisp as is typical, limiting drinkability somewhat.

Interestingly, this beers ingredients include; water, malt, hops, and artificial sweetener. Didn't pick up any off flavors or unexpected sweetness in the brew.

Photo of bashiba
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep black with a long lasting thick creamy head.

Smell has light malts notes, but is dominated by a musty funkiness that I don't particulary care for.

Light malty flavor with hints of cola and coffee. Just a bit of bittering in the finish, but overall malt dominated.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

Overall easy enough to drink, but not at all great.

Photo of shbobdb
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer.

Whoa. 3.80%? Are you serious? This guy was packing flavour like it was 6.5% alcohol! I mean, it wasn't overflowing with a rush of taste that I couldn't contain, but there was a solid balance between chocolate and roasted malts as well as a nice strong pils-malt back. It tasted pretty good.

The fact that it is so low in alcohol definately means that I will seek this beer out again. All the good taste of drinking without the stumbling. I could easily down six of these in a sitting.

Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A nice two fingered head forms quickly and had great retention. Large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a distinct Noble hop aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor starts of interesting with chocolate notes from the malt combining with the spicey and earthy hop flavors. Unfortunately the flavor is short lived and ends very watery. Bitterness is low to moderate. The body is a bit thin but does have a nice carbonation. An easy drinking beer with a very low ABV and gentle flavors. The flavor just falls away too quickly.

Photo of Anthony88
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Krusovice Cerne is a very dark beer but with a fluid pour. The head is a thick caramel color and laces the glass beautifully. The smell of hops is pungeant, but the hoppy taste you would expect is not there. The flavor is that of coffee and caramel.

You would think the beer would be a thick stout by the color, but it is actually a rather smooth beer to drink. The beer has the tendancy to coat your tongue which is less appealing, but the taste is similar to that of its smell.

Photo of calise1122
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No music, just have the Bruins game going in the background. Been meaning to grab this for years now - and just never have. $1.99 for a 25 oz of beer?, sign me up.

As you would expect with a Schwarzbier, its dark but not thick on the pour. A nice brown head settles down quickly leaving some tan bubbles floating around the top. It's actually more cola reddish brown than black, but has a nice inviting color.

I smell coffee and black licorice flavored malts with a very faint and muted smoky hint to it. It could use more malt though - it comes up a bit short

The malt smells more prominent than they taste, and when upon my first sip - albeit to cold - the flavors are a bit muted. I get a bit of a bitter chocolate/coffee taste around the edges. I don't know why, but this reminds me of a walnut in many ways. At first I was going to say it tasted like a walnut shell - but as it warms up it actually reminds me of the nut itself. Maybe a little cocoa and caramel - but more than anything else it is very very light. Somewhere in there you get the very subtle floral hops character - but in a beer that doesn't have much character to start... it is not easy for my palate to place

It is certainly drinkable - but I would like to have a bit more character. It could use some more body, a richer malty flavor, and just better execution. I thought it would improve as it warmed, but it didn't.

Overall - a nice larger, especially for the value... but not something I will be coming back to often.

Photo of elricorico
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cola coloured, nearly blocks all light, and a big tan head was generated. Some retention, the head doesn't dissappear in a hurry. Spotty lacing.

Darker malt aroma, though is still a bit grainy. Nothing too exciting to the nose.

Light body, with a cola like caramel flavour. Leans towards sweetness, with little to balance it in the back end. Flashes of citrus in the middle. Light to medium carbonation makes this a breeze to quaff. A little bit of lingering metallic flavour is the final impression.

A definite easy drinker. Won't stand out in a crowd though.

Photo of GRG1313
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Schwartzbier having a "born" date of March 8, 2009. Perhaps I tried this WAY too late. I don't think that this beer is meant to be tried a year later, at all. I will try again when I see it fresher. However, for a year old, it pours black with a thick tan head that is nice looking but quickly fades. There is no nose but for a very small hint of pumpernickel; very faint. Wow. No body; no character; no flavor except a hint of yeast and hops....a small hint. Not to try a bottle of this a year old again. Will re-visit this review if and when I try a fresh one.

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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