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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003)
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown bottle with fancy gold foil around cap and neck. Pours out a deep deep brown, still a deep brown when held to light, but a garnet/cola sphere where the direct light concentrates and shines through.

Rich biscuity chocolate malt aroma, dry chocolate wafer, a bit of smoke, but it's all very consistent.

Biscuity chocolate wafer in the flavour as well up front, evolving into a more bitter dry grassy hop on the finish. A very "Point A to Point B" beer in flavour, but it works, simple yet gets the point across. Very mild all the way though, with a slightly smokey aftertaste. It kinda hums mid-tune, not bombastic, and not a wallflower, yet not baby bear's porridge either--still it holds its own.

Straight forward mouthfeel, middle of the road, not too watery, but far from full, actually closer to watery....

This is an okay beer, mild in abv% and it shows in the intensity (or lack thereof) of the flavour, and the lacsadasial tone of the mouthfeel. Still tasty and worth drinking, and would make a good fall/winter session beer, although I am personally bored after one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 05:41:01 | More by IronDjinn
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep brown colored beer with a good light brown to beige colored head.

The scent is mostly chocolate and fresh baked bread. A little sweet with a mostly chocolate aroma with some traces of smoke. Most definitely a chocolate scented beer.

The taste starts out sweet smoked chocolate with a bread aftertaste. No real hop flavor here and no real bitterness a malty Schwarzbier.

The mouthfeel is light.

Very drinkable and sessionable from the alcohol content. On the light side for a beer of this type but still good. Still think I would pick the Erdinger version though. A new beer from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 06:02:05 | More by Zorro
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours blackish with a thin head that stays around.

The smell is of a charred, roasty dark maltiness with some floral notes in the background.

The taste is of dark maltiness and baker's chocolate. It has a mildly roasted character. An earthy, grassy bitterness balances out most of sweetness. Finishes a tad thin with a carbonated push.

It has a mediocre thinness about it. Not too thrilling, but enough to it to make it drinkable. It's like a schwartzbier meet a Euro Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 19:51:44 | More by jwc215
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in a 21 oz pilsner glass from a 1/2 liter brown bottle.

Pours with little body dark brown and crystal clear with a fluffy off-white head.

Aroma is very toasty and slightly sweet.

Tastes toasty, grainy, a bit malty. But no sweetness, with a funny flavor that I can't place, almost like a soft drink fruitiness.

Body is thin, mouthfeel is dominated by seltzer-like fizz.

Not a hint of roastiness or caramel. Definitely a dunkel and not a schwarzbier, as Czech dark beers usually are. Good lawnmower beer if you're looking for something fizzy but not yellow.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 05:05:57 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born on Date June 2007; Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially almost three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is dark, almost black color that has some caramel tinges to it. When held up to the light the body shows a brilliantly clear, deep red color. The aroma smells of toffee, ample toasted malt, light roast notes, a whole grain cracker note and a touch of sweet grain around the edges that almost has a cherry like fruitiness to it at times.

The carbonation adds a bit of fizziness to the texture and the body is light enough, but does have a medium heft to it. Caramelized notes provide just a touch of sweetness, but not nearly as much as I was expecting after reading that this had artificial sweetener added to it. Toasted whole grain flavors, a touch of cocoa powder, a hint of burnt smokiness, some blackened malt notes and a touch of roast coffee like flavors. The finish has some caramel, almost toffee notes that linger a bit on the tongue as well as a hint of hop bitterness that is quite smooth.

The overall impression of this beer is quite smooth and easy drinking; the dark grain used does not add any of the harsh, sharp or bitter notes that can often be found in darker beers. In this case a little more dark grain presence might provide a bit more complexity & balance, but this is certainly a classic example of a Schwarzbier.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 00:10:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark, nutty brown looking beer with a medium, finger sized head that is a brownish-white in colour and has a bubbly look to it. The retention is about average.

A muted, nutty aroma at the start along with a little bit of dark malts and some toasted bread too. There is also a faint coffee aroma too.

Light roasted malts and a little bit of toasted bread hit you straight away with this one but don't overpower you. There is some dark, chocolate malt like flavours in the middle and a hint of coffee too.

Smooth and light with a mild fizz to it and solid carbonation and there is a touch of bitterness right at the end too. It is a pretty basic beer on the palate but a good one.

This one is a very nice beer, particularly for a relatively low strength dark lager. It was very simliar to a lot of the nicer dark lagers I tried whilst in Slovakia last year and it a beer that I will most likely good back to every now and again.

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Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:45:06 | More by flyingpig
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madjr80

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Fluffy head that slowly dissolved into a thin lace. Very dark for a lager.

smell- smoky chocolate like aroma

taste- very soft going down. A slight linger on the tongue but nothing too overpowering. Kind of a metalic aftertaste. Not too many bubbles, but enough carbonation; medium bodied.

Mouthfeel- I am not a great judge of this category, but there was something about this beer.

Drinkability- pretty good. Not too heavy. A bit like a light porter, but much more drinkable. Maybe about 3-4 in a session.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 22:56:15 | More by madjr80
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, very dark brown with red throughout and slight light penetration. A nice fluffy head drops to a thick film.
Smell is malt, smoke, molasses and coffee. nicely balanced.
Taste is the same as the smell. Balance is as well.
Watery with a light-medium body. Light effervescence, fairly smooth. A good flavor but a weak body. Easy to drink several of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:58:33 | More by PorterLambic
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kevinglin

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a restaurant/bar in Prague in a large half-litre mug.

Poured a dark brown with a garnet hue when held to the light; thick off white head of tightly formed bubbles. Aroma was slightly roasty, but I got more malt sweetness and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste was also slightly roasty, but not overly so, low to no hop presence in the flavor, just enough bitterness to counter the sweet malt. Medium body leaning toward a dry finish, though not astringent.

Overall recommend. Not like some harsher German schwarzbiers that I've had - this one seemed more like a 'dark pils' to me - smooth, clean dark lager. Interesting take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 20:10:31 | More by kevinglin
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$3.99 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with better than two fingers of loose tan head that gradually give way to moderate foamy lace and a thick creamy cover.

S: Slightly sweet deep roasted malt carries the day with a strong nutty profile and coffee notes. Really pleasant.

T: Extremely delicate flavor that is malt driven. Slightly tart and coupled with a coffee bitterness and doses of roasted nuts. No hop flavors, but the flavor remains balanced. Very little aftertaste.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D: Definitely a session beer. At 3.8 abv you could drink this one all day and not feel a thing. The flavor profile is very light, and inoffensive, and the mouth and aroma are satisfactory. Excellent choice for a long day (or night) of drinking.

O: Respectable showing, but nothing special. I would have no problems having this one again some time.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 19:50:38 | More by dpnelson1978
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an opaque dark brown with just a hint of ruby, and thick tan head that shrinks quickly to fair lacing. Try as I might, it was difficult to detect much of any aroma at all. Although body was thin and slightly watery, there was a nice chocolate-caramel flavor with a hint of malty sweetness. Finish was smooth and fairly long lasting. I just picked this up on a whim....glad I did. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 00:17:33 | More by kimcgolf
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wcintula

New York

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

Had on tap at Quarter Bar, Brooklyn.

Poured into a shaker pint, the beer has a nice stiff creamy looking head above a dark chocolate colored body with deep red highlights. Smells very malty with nice roasted and smoked aromas as well. There's an earthy bite to this beer, with bitterness and slight sour sensations all over with those same burnt and smoked flavors coming through in the taste as well. The body is pretty thick with lower carbonation. A nice beer for dark lovers looking for a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 19:24:42 | More by wcintula
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drxandy

Michigan

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

1pt .9fl oz dated 12/09/07 (guessing was when it expired?)to imperial pint glass, pours a deep dark brownish black, tan head fades

smells of yeasty roasty dry malts

taste is of dry roasty malt, slight hops have most likely faded out a bit, strange astringent sweetness (label lists artificial sweetner is used?), really easy to session, decent amount of flavor - i had no idea it was only 3.8%!

mouthfeel is dry, roasty, slightly sweet, yeasty, light

overall not bad but nothing that really stood out, perhaps it was an outdated bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:50:15 | More by drxandy
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy. Nose too creamy with hints of coffee and caramel that escalate over time. Brownish color with hints of black foam of the same ilk. Bitterness, which becomes progressively stronger during the tasting, with traces of roasting, which are felt in the palace. The body is pretty safe, even acid, a bit like bad coffee ground.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-01-2010 10:31:47 | More by ThaCreep
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ctdfalconer

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

As always, I approached this European lager with trepidation. As often as not, they arrive on our shelves showing some abuse. Fortunately, this one had survived in still-drinkable shape. The only flaw I could detect was a slight oxidation note, just detectable in the aroma and flavor...not quite enough to put me off, just enough to notice. I was a little surprised to read on the back that it has artificial sweetener added to it. Upon drinking, I can believe this, since I would expect a 3.8% beer to be a bit more on the dry side, where this one finishes with a slightly sticky sweetness. Not a lot, mind you, they at least held themselves to sweetening just enough to offset the roasted bitterness. I would rather have paid a little bit more money to get a beer that was brewed stronger to achieve that sweetness through residual malt sugars, though. Oh well, I guess that's why there's more than one brewer in the world. All in all, not a bad product with decent caramelly malt character. The quest continues...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 20:57:02 | More by ctdfalconer
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Mora2000

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:06:30 | More by Mora2000
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Milos- A deep cola pour with a thin beige ring. Nose is coffee and hops, musty tobacco, some pit fruits. Tastes very coffee like with no sweetness whatsoever. Dry and hoppy with dark chocolate too. Surprisingly light bodied and super easy drinking. Very good. Thanks Milos!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 11:27:24 | More by mrmanning
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DoubleJ

California

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this today during my most recent beer run. Most of the writing on the bottle label is in German. Ingredients: water, malt, hops, artificial sweetener?!? This is a clear violation of the Purity Law of 1516, but fortunately for Kralovsky Pivovar, it's produced in the Czech Republic. On to the beer:

This black colored beer is topped by a thin white head in my Kronenbourg glass when the pouring ritual is complete. It has subdued roasted barley in the smell and hints of coffee. As weak as the aroma was, the taste is fortunately much stronger. Good thickish mouthfeel brings a brush of smoky flavor. Light sweetness in the body balances out the moderate roasted bitterness. Kind of tastes like a wooden popsicle in the aftertaste, though it's not as bad as it may sound.

This is a rock-solid schwarzbier. It's low ABV and lighter tasting characteristics makes this a fine choice to wash down a piece of German chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 03:04:05 | More by DoubleJ
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Overlord

California

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a few winks of red. An inch or so of light tan foam.

Smells like roasted malt and a whiff of nuttiness. A bit of ... strange almost oxidized notes in the aroma.

Taste is roasted, nutty malt, but there's a strange metallic oxidized bite to it. It's weird. Kind of bracing, almost. Not a bad beer, but very straight-forward and simple.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 07:42:09 | More by Overlord
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BoucheGulp

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into pint glass: Deep ruby color with a frothy off-white head and some nice thick lacing. I'm surprised at how well the head settled down, given the huge cascade that ensued when poured into the bottom of the glass. Thin aroma of brown malts with a slighly off odor like wet paperboard. The flavors don't begin until the back of the tongue, on the sides, where an initial subtle hit of dark bitterness quickly subsides to a mellow sweetness. This is a lighter schwarzbier than most I've had, and as I've said, the malt character is more 'brown' than 'black'. The mouthfeel is, however, excellent in its balance. Very smooth with a medium body and low alcohol, the first sip left me feeling like I could drink this all night. Were it not that the aroma leaves something to be desired, I probably would. But as pmcadamis said, this beer would likely pair well with BBQ foods among others. Very sessionable if you're content with the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 23:39:22 | More by BoucheGulp
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Chaz

Minnesota

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

Medium-firm pour produces a fairly 'black' beer, a deep dark ruby-amber in color, and very clear, with minimal carbonation. Head is medium-tan in color with average lacing and retention. Nose is full of character appropriate to the Schwarzbier style: dark and roasted malts with a touch of metallic tang as well as a very, very mild sour aspect. Light notes of toffee, espresso, and vanilla as well. Tangy and slightly metallic on the first sip, with pleasant notes of caramel and burnt grains bringing up the rear. A very faint sourness is present, but is indicative of its grain bill no doubt. Light notes of vanilla and sour cherry mingle and merge as this begins to warm a little, and they do so to very likable effect. A touch of dry biscuity malt in here, too, but very little in the way of hops (and still, bitterness is appropriate for the style). Mouthfeel is about average, although it is lighter-bodied and even a bit thin - reminds me a bit of Kostritzer in this regard (not to say any other characteristics are similar between the two). Finish is dry, and the overall impression is of a light, dry, and refreshing dark lager. I will admit to preferring a touch more body and booze in my dark Czech lagers (Topvar is my favorite), but this is a unique and above-average interpretation of the Schwarzbier style which should appeal to those who like their's on the lighter and thinner side of that style.

Served chilled in a 250 ml pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 21:39:12 | More by Chaz
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 19:32:35 | More by HalfFull
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet, with tan foam and sticky lacing. Not much aroma, maybe week-old bread. Taste is thin, lightly malty, and velvety on the palate. Spice and roastiness are absent, again just a baked breadiness prevails. *Maybe* a tiny hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Character is pretty one dimensional, a dark and malty lager. A so-so Schwarzbier...

I'm not picking up any complexity from this one. It's balanced and easy to drink, but doesn't throw down the glove to challenge you.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 02:23:52 | More by emerge077
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stephendr

California

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle- color of dark brown , with an alright tan head - nose of malt , cereal , sugar , French coffee , and mocha – taste of malt , slight brown sugar , coffee , and mocha - body sparklely , and clean– aftertaste of malt , cereal , and hint of sour milk

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 21:17:25 | More by stephendr
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rwrk42

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A very dark brown with minimal lacing or head
Smell: Roasted malt with a bit of sweet, faint caramel
Taste: Very smooth with predominant roasted malt like flavor. Little if any hops. Faint sweet caramel and coffee finish
If you like a beer dominant in malt flavor with coffee notes, this one is for you. I would recommend

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:45:42 | More by rwrk42
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.