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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Mitchster, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

sleazo, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of BILF
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

BILF, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

DrinkingDrake, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

HappyHourHero, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

RedHaze, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

garymuchow, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

tempest, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Sinse
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Sinse, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

dar482, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

seanyfo, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of amesirish
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

amesirish, Aug 15, 2007
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of DRC
4/5  rDev +12.4%

DRC, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +12.4%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kernalklink
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a dark brown with a thick tan head which lasted a while. Malty aromas, some roasted some not, with a spicy note. The taste was more of the same, very noticeable roasted, chocolatey malt with just the lightest hop profile at the end. Very light on the mouth, but full of flavor with a good balance between the classic schwarzbier body and taste. Easy to drink in session and very refreshing.

kernalklink, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brand is all over Moscow, and deserves its popularity. The dark version comes dark burgundy, with a lovely dark tan head that displays admirable longevity. The lace is good, not great. The smell is roasted barley with just a touch of coffee. The taste is a touch sour, with a lot of big heavy malts, followed by some mild hops. The aftertaste is pleasant, but difficult to distinguish. Krusovice is a go-to beer; when in doubt, drink it and you can't go wrong.

Globetrotter, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a pizza place in Prague. Serve in a tall pint, cool.

A-light mocha head and very dark walnut body.

S-roasted grain smell, chocolate, fresh air smell.

T-chocolate and toasted bread flavor.

M-smooth, slick and full.

D-very drinkable, not very much in the hops department, almost "stout-like".

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of blairb366
4/5  rDev +12.4%

blairb366, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of jmn5082
4/5  rDev +12.4%

jmn5082, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Braseltonage
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Braseltonage, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer. After trying their pilsner, I did not have much hope for this Schwarzbier. Pours an expected dark brown / black, nearly opaque color with lightened edges. Smells softly of pale and black malts. No real hop detection. Tastes simple and clean with the same pale malt soft sweetness and the medium roasted / charcoal flavor. Again, relying of the roasted grains for bittering rather than noticable hops. Quite clean and crisp in the finish with a light chalkiness and fleeting flavor. Leaving behind a subtle black malt character.

BEERchitect, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in St Petersburg.
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Served very dark with a small light tan head. Quite smooth; mouthfeel is nice; aided well by the malts. Hop balance is good with just a very little bit of bitter. There is a light hint of toasty too. A very decent dark beer.

scottum, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of bmaggot
4/5  rDev +12.4%

bmaggot, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of John
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha! - actually forgot I had this one in the fridge. I had to think about where I got it too??? Must have carried this one back from Europe back in June '03. 0.33L bottle. Pours a rich tawny brown color. Very nice looking brew. Head is tan and steady. Aroma is roasted grains and coffee. Taste combines the elements of the aroma with some burnt caramel and unsweetened dark chocolate. Wow, this is creamy and delicious. At 3.8% abv this is very drinkable too. Bursting with flavor, a mighty tasty brew. A nice treat hiding in the back of the fridge.

John, Oct 29, 2003
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.