Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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 stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one in Czech. Very fresh and awesome! The beer has a full, sweet caramel taste and a light hop flavour. Light roasted and chocolatey aroma. Extremely dark brown/black colour, light brown head, good lace. Very full for a beer with just 3.8% alc. Long sweet and roasted coffee finish. Very good. (302 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice black body, although a little translucent, head is big and creamy, off white, and leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Black pepper, roasted malts, light cocoa, grass. Smells quite nice.

Taste: Malty and slighty metallic, chocolate and malt. Very smooth and easy to drink, this is a good schwarzbier in body and flavor.

Drinkability: Much better than the imperial, a sessionable beer (low ABV and good flavor). If not for the price, it would be a regular. (461 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Krusovice Cerna has a very thick, foamy, beige head, a good amount of lacing left behind, and a clear, yet dark, ruby-brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, brown bread crust, sweetness, and even coffee. Taste is of the same, with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Krusovice Cerna finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a delicious and tasty beer.

RJT (439 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have revisited this and found it to be a very good, light but subtly complex and characterful beer, a great session beer at 4.4% abv but with good character.

Very dark brown, essentially black but not quite, it has a medium-large tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy ring and leaving only weak hints of lace.

The aroma is roasty with hints of licorice, molasses cake, caramelised bread, chocolate, and prune. Its not strong but it's still full and very nice.

The taste is similar, dryish toasty overall with an engaging zesty-tingly licorice, mild very dark gingerbread, hints of prune, fermented fruit, chocolate. It has a finish of licorice, molasses gingerbread and hints of singed dry leaves and coffee bean. The molassesy gingerbread dominates the aftertaste and lingers. It has light bitterness in the finish. It's tasty and easily drinkable, clean and solid, light but characterful and engaging. The feel is lively. (927 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught in Prague, called Krusovice Vycepni Tmavé on the menu, but must be the same beer. Black (= very dark brown) colour, large head. Lovely malty aroma with strong elements of leather and cigarbox. Pleasant flavour of roasted malts, some caramel but not too sweet, very well balanced with the hops. For the style freaks: This is a Schwarzbier IMO, not a dunkel - but who cares, as long as the beer tastes good? I’d think the ABV was stronger than it actually is - another evidence that flavour and strength are not necessarily the same thing. Great with food or on its own. A truly enjoyable beer. Rerate bottle: I just realised I had written separate notes of the BOTTLED beer named Krusovice Cerne - I could SWEAR it was a different beer from the draught Vycepni Tmave. Notes bottle: Deep reddish brown colour. Large tan head, moderate carbonation. Moderate malty aroma. Typical dunkel flavour with low bitterness. Relatively light bodied, refreshing. Overall 13/20. (973 characters)

Photo of david18
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had no idea when I ordered this beer today that it was so low in alcohol. I knew that black lagers weren't necessarily stronger than lighter lagers, but 3.8%? I really enjoyed this and now that I know I can have this for Breakfest (lol) I'm hooked. Great black color, very good malty test, very, very drinkable. A very difficult beer to sip slowly. I never had a german Schwarz as good as this. HIghly recommend. (419 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

12/19/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Schwarzbier is new to me so I wasn't sure what to expect. A few clicks & I found this on the BeerMenus brewers page: "Simmer for you genuine Czech beer – let our proper KRUŠOVICKÁ ten or twelve! They taste like the time".

To this point I thought CERN was all about particle colliders, but one lives & learns.

Worse off than I was, I stick my nose in the mug & get a definite wisp of smoked something or other...a particle perhaps.

Knowing I'm on my own as far as the tripping brewers are concerned (go to the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Friinealkoholickepivo & see who's in charge) I'm getting worried. Instinct kicks in & I realize I'm actually in very safe hands.

This stuff has class. Hard to define but attractive nonetheless. Neither sweet nor bitter, polite body & ABV. They've been at it since 1581 (if you believe Wikiwhatsit) & I'd say they're on to something. Let's hope Heineken leaves well enough alone. (977 characters)

Photo of Sprows
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in Prague last week and enjoyed it immensely. While I admit to having had my fill of Pilsener Urquell leading up to it, and therefore being ripe for a dark beer (more my preference), I still felt the flavor and consistency were each notably positive. It had the endearing characteristic of leaving my appetite whetted for more, and I obliged happily, letting the full flavor and pleasant mouthfeel take over. I recommend this beer. (447 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1,99 for a pint. 15AUG2006 printed on the back.
WOW! This is a fantastic schwartzbier! Everything about was dead-on for the style, plus a bit more! The pour was very dark red, and the way the light hit it, was actually black up toward the top with reddish highlights around the edges at the bottom. The head was almost pure white, and stayed around for probably a minute and thirty or so. It laced the glass nicely, and a 2mm blanket of frost stayed put throughout. Smell was freshly sawn hickory and smoke. The taste was smoke and sweet malt. Lots of smoke! This should be called a schwartzrauchbier! Wonderful stuff. Mouthfeel was very smooth and there is no hop bitterness or CO2 to speak of. With these characteristics and at 3,8%abv, I could drink this all afternoon!! A sensational example of the style!! (812 characters)

Photo of ernie
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My everyday dark lager.

On tap - smooth, creamy, with spicy aroma and majestic crown. If you empty your pint glass in less than 15 minutes, you enjoy every drop. If the pint lasts for more, you'll feel candy sugar and may find it unpleasant.

Bottled version is more balanced and somehow drier. Perfect companion to smoked meat, cheese or even fruits.

Must admit that the quality hasn't diminished in last 5-6 yrs. Quite the opposite, the beer has become tastier. Recommended! (484 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, malty, and mouth-watering. It pours a dark reddish-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, tan head that does not stay for long. Flavor is malty with a hint of burnt coffee and a little hop bitterness. This beer is velvety smooth and pleasant to drink, best by itself. (292 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Czech Schwarzbier pours a dark brown with the garnet and ruby highlights characteristic of the style. The tan head is a bit smaller than I would have expected. Nose is moderately malty, slightly sweet, slightly roasty and hop aromas are more or less absent. Flavor follows nose with the slightly roasted malts leading the way, followed by some sweet notes, a mildly apparent hopness, no esters or diacetyl detected. Finishes clean with a slightly bitter and quite pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, medium to light with a light carbonation. Overall this is a fine black beer from my Czech brethren that I will be having again. It would be a good first Schwarzbier to serve up to one of your cronies. (709 characters)

Photo of BeerBeing
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass Euro-generic bottle, red/gold on black label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: dark brown color, large beige head, very good lacing

Smell: strong malt, coffee, some hops

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, strong malty taste, medium hops, nicely balanced

Notes: good and tasty brew, VERY drinkable (343 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 1 pint 0.9fl oz bottle. Born by date 29.11.2006. Includes an artifical sweetener as an ingredient. Pours to a brilliantly clear dark mahogany, forming a voluminous creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is crisp and clean with mild raisins, tobacco, light chocolate, and when swirled...coffee. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean as well with a refreshing medium-light body. Very crisp finish. The taste is noted by layers of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, weak burnt sugar, caramel, mild herbal and floral hops. The bitterness is mild, and there is a faint smokiness in the aftertaste. No appreciable off-flavors.

A very easy to drink Shwarzbier. This is light enough in body to appeal to pilsner drinkers who want a little more flavor. I would say this is pretty true to the style, and quite enjoyable. Reccomended. (898 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my go to beer when I was living in Prague to beat the bordom of Pilseners. i also routinely drink this at the Bohemian Beer Garden on Tap. This bottle was purchased at Bierkraft. born on date 5/11/7 so I got a new one.

A-Dark, almost black but is dark brown when held to the light. A nice 1.5 finger coffee coloured head drapes the beer leaving a wonderful slick.

S-Roasted malts dominate, an almost burnt smell. Some coffee and some grassy, herby hops.

T- Roasted malt, coffee again with a twinge of sweetness and a lovely bitterness throughout the sip. hops are not as present as in the smell. Aftertaste reminds me of Manhattan Espresso Soda. On the sweeter side overall but there is enough bitterness from the roasted malt and the hops to balance it.

M-Very light lager light body which you would not know from the colour but spot on to style. High carbonation pushes those flavours around the mouth nicely.

D-This is better on tap or in it's native land but it is one of my top all time dark lagers. A refreshing beer in the summer time when you don't want something light or to warm you up in the winter. This is a beer for all seasons. (1,166 characters)

Photo of SimplySinister
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Small cream colored head after an aggressive pour. Little lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

S - Roasted malt, hops, and chocolate.

T - Excellent taste. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes, yet not overly sweet or bitter. The presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable in this brew which isn't all too surprising given its low ABV.

M - Surprisingly thin. This beer is both dry and refreshing leaving little to no aftertaste.

D - Highly drinkable; an excellent session beer.

One could argue that this beer is a little too thin and watery, but I feel what it lacks in ABV it more than makes up for in a good tasting and refreshing brew. After all, not all beers have to have a 5%+ ABV to be considered a real beer. (728 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tall frothy light brown colored head that held strong. Deep black colored beer with a faint mahogany glow around the bottom edge. Mildly sweet aroma is a mix of caramel, roasted malt, and molasses. Flavors is composed of bits of cola, dark malts, and a mix of cherries and tobacco on the bottom. Light clean mouthfeel with a decent bit of smooth carbonation. Low abv and clean. This would be great for an afternoon of drinking. (436 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown/black with hints of ruby around the edges. Had a nice off white two finger head that slowly faded with decent amounts of lacing.

Smells were a little coffe and chocolate, with roasted malt.

Taste was mild coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. It has an almost smokey finish to it. Mouthfeel was a little thin at first, but was a little better after warming up some. This one is very easy to drink, especially with the low ABV. Wish I had a few more of these. (485 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to by brother John for bringing this back from Prague.

Aroma notes malty, yeasty, (phenol) and is mildly sweet and lightly roasted. The aroma does fade pretty quickly.
Dark brown with mahogany hues. One inch tan head that's persistent and shows a creamy quality. Nice lacing.
Nice complexity of flavors. Roast. Chocolate. A bit dry. Mildy sweet, but not excessive. Well balanced bittereness. Seems like a yeasty quality at times.
Rather thin. Almost watery. Fairly fully carbonated. Smooth. No bite. Good lager qualities.
Not sure why this isn't listed as a schwartzbier. It's labed as such on the bottle, it carries a fair amount of roast flavors that's not necessarily appropriated for a dunkel, and carries less of caramel.
Anyway, this is a good sample and an enjoyable beer. (794 characters)

Photo of BILF
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with hints of brown on the edge. Generous off white to beige head.

S - Chocolate, coffee beans, malt, chaff.

T - Roast coffee, roast malt, molasses, bitter chocolate, charred wood and bitter licorice.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth and syrupy.

D - Could drink this all night. Satisfying and very relaxing to drink. (323 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some brown when held up to the light. Small amount of off-white head that just leaves a ring around the glass. Full tangy malt nose with some baker's chocolate. Light creamy body rich on toasted malts. Unsweetened chocolate just like the nose. A good amount of carbonation tingles all the way to the finish. Easy drinking full malty flavor. (351 characters)

Photo of Sinse
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth schwarzbier that pours a white head that leaves some lacing while slowly disappearing. Colour is deep dark, almost black, but not quite there. Tastes are not very clear (not for me at least). Some coffee, dry hay. Drinkability is good: leaves a fresh feeling afterwards. (284 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark color with a bit of reddish in the light with a brown head.

The aroma has a wonderful deep toasty malt with some roast qualities along with those Czech spicy and grassy hops. A lager yeast, a light coffee.

The flavor has a clean nutty toasted malt with some light chocolate and coffee. A toasty bread of whole wheat, even a light fruit quality of apple skin and light raisin. A clean lager quality with some spicy Czech grassy hops in the finish. A very clean beer with a medium minus mouthfeel, but still with substantive malt quality.

The beer is wonderfully flavorful with pilsner qualities on the finish, but still contains full malt qualities. (677 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in my local Bierhalle on New Years Eve.
Bottle served into Krusovice pint glass

A- Not jet black, when held to light, some ruby tones apparent, 2 finger tan head, that produced good brussels lace.

S- lots of roasted malts, some faint hops. all very toasty

T- some faint character of chocolate, but roasty malts, and a slight hop bitterness in the finish overpower, as aftertaste arrives, chocolate comes back, very nice balance

M- light yet full bodied, defintitely not watery

D- very sessionable at low abv, roasty bitterness i think would be trying after a few. i did a shocking thing with this beer and paired it with Amaretto on Ice, the roasty bitterness of the Krusovice, and the Almond Syrupy sweetness, was a joy to behold. (756 characters)

Photo of amesirish
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st beer review! Gotta start somewhere so here it goes...

Krusovice Cerne 0.5 liter bottle served in a 0.5 liter mug.

Appears dark with some deep red/brown coloring, about half an inch of tan head leaving minimal lacing as I drink. Hints of carmel in the taste, light and smooth with mild carbonation. Not as complex/full as say Kostritzer, but a good beer none the less. Krusovice Cerne is easy to drink and would make a good starter beer in the schwarzbier style. (471 characters)

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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