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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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BA SCORE
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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
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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travis224

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out dark brown with a nice tanned two finger head that fades pretty quickly, with medium carbonation and leaves little lacing. At first a caught a whiff of barnyard but it mellowed out to a coffee and chocolate smell. It had a light, watery mouth feel with a burnt coffee, chocolate taste and a hint of metallic. Overall, I probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 21:33:53 | More by travis224
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dasenebler

Maine

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

.5L, best before 11/12/11.

Pours a clear, reddish brown hue. Small, compact head, average retention and very little lacing.

The aroma has some nice coffee notes to it, along with general maltiness.

The flavor is a bit boring, with just a touch of near-roasted malt, coupled with some crusty bread. Thin overall. The mouthfeel seems watered down, the carbonation fizzy rather than creamy.

Mediocre for a Schwarzbier, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 18:52:01 | More by dasenebler
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HoppySeb

Washington

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-09-2014 20:46:34 | More by HoppySeb
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Evgen

Russian Federation

3/5  rDev -15.5%

10-04-2013 07:43:39 | More by Evgen
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rxmk

New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-26-2013 00:19:01 | More by rxmk
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petluo

Finland

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-07-2012 11:49:23 | More by petluo
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cola-like dark with tan bubbly head that sticks to the glass with little gobs of lace.

Smells of musk and hops. Not as malty as I'd expect. Hops up front with a bit of brown sugar.

Taste is mild and nice. Bits of caramel and hops.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a bit bitter.

Drinkability is fine but I wouldn't go searching for this one unless you hadn't tried many schwarzbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 03:20:54 | More by gonzo46and2
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Minkybut

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this hard to look up beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was almost black and had a nice tan head that went away pretty fast. I could not really smell this beer. It was kinda bland to me. Actually he taste was the same...kinda bland. It was not a bad beer but it was nothing that really jumped me either. It was kinda like a watered down porter best I can describ it. I think I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 18:37:30 | More by Minkybut
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abedenbaugh

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A:Dark brown (almost black) color. There is an average sized off-white head on top.
S:The smell is very nice. There is some burnt caramel smell to it along with a malty aroma. Also there is a little bit of tartness and raisin in the smell, too.
T:The taste is a little watered down tasting. There is some roasted malts in the middle of the palete but without any of the harshness. A little bit of caramel flavor is in it. Also there is a flavor that I think might be the artifical sweetner, but it does taste a little odd.
MF:The beer is very light on the palate but the low amount of carbonation gives it somewhat of a smooth feeling.
D:Did find it weird that one the back of the bottle it says there is artificial sweetner. I've heard of people talk about using it before but never tried any beers with it in it. Overall it's an okay beer, but the flavor isn't great so I wouldn't drink to many of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 01:46:48 | More by abedenbaugh
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance
Pours out a dark cola brown with a small head that has no lasting power nor leaves any lacing

Smell
Some chocolate, cookie malts, slight smokiness

Taste & Mouthfeel
Sweet and bacony, though overall a weak flavor; thin body with good carbonation; some artificial sweetness; no real aftertaste

Overall
I was pretty underwhelmed by this, although I recall enjoying the tap version much more.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 00:15:25 | More by JEdmund
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erikm25

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with marble and amber ruby tint. Not much of a head on this one but it was a creamy caramel color with only slight lacing.

S: There was not any huge amount of aroma that stuck out and grabbed me by the nose hairs. Very subtle roasted chocolate or light cocoa powder seemed to be the most prevalent smell. Very small amount of pepper and dark malt was thrown in but overall very mild.

T: Light and subtle chocolate taste with little to no bitterness. Despite the sweet toasted malt that hits the tongue very quickly it is a overall a crisp and clean tasting beer with hints of caramel. All in all, the taste seemed to thin though.

M: Light-medium body and the same goes for the carbonation. Overall while balanced, just too light.

D: Very easy to drink but nothing that makes your head turn. It is simple and it was on sale about a block away so overall it was a good deal.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:10:30 | More by erikm25
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a dark garnet colour, with a big frothy head which leaves plenty of lace. cocoa aroma with a bit of burnt sugar. bitter and charred malt flavours...a bit of smoke with a very lightly hopped finish. nice enough for a such a low ABV schwarzbier. light body and a somewhat strange mouthfeel...refreshing enough with a decent amount of character and flavour. sessionable to be sure...i wonder if it's marketed as a light beer in europe? drinkability is good if you like your schwarzbiers on the really light side.

on the disturbing side...the back label states the ingredients as water, malt, hops and ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER! and...."flavoured imported dark beer". this explains the low ABV and strange mouthfeel. i'm afraid this is the michelob ultra of the czech republic. but at least it has a lot of flavour....artificial or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 22:22:38 | More by budgood1
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Mthom

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boy, is this one a disappointment. I'd had plenty of Schwarzbier when over in Berlin (Markischer Landman comes to mind) and I could have sworn they had more kick than this. This beer pours beautifully (nice head) and looks impressive (deep rich ruby), but bottom line... it's just plain watery. What little notes there are, are lost in the thinness. And 3.8% ABV just don't cut it. Isn't this what they call, in the States, "Sunday beer"? Not for me!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:13:26 | More by Mthom
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nickss

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown, Coke looking brew with a good 2" rocky ran head.

Musty aroma filled with malt. Perhaps a touch of brown sugar, but pretty boring.

Almost a bock like flavour. Some brown sugar and malt.

Mouthfeel is excessively carbonated and a bit thin.

Just doesnt do it for me. Too much carbonation to make it an easy drinker. Not bad... just OK.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 00:40:55 | More by nickss
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kaseydad

California

3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Never even heard of this beer until my wife brought it home.

Pilsner glass pour with a cola brown color and a small off-white head. Roasted malts, light pear and a slight coffee aroma. Dark malty taste with some campfire smoke in there as well and some light bitterness in the aftertaste. Watery, thin mouthfeel. Drinkability is somewhat higher though the taste, for me, would get tiresome quickly.

Overall it was nice to try this gold medal Prague beer though I am sure this brew is much better directly at the source.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 19:33:43 | More by kaseydad
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bierdeflanders

California

3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: roasted malt, coffee

A: black w/ tan head

T: light, nice roasted/coffee flavor, creamy mouthfeel, light body, metallic (copper) note on finish

O: great example of a black lager, nice malt flavor with a light body. very easy to drink, would be a good session bier even though its dark in color.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 02:18:27 | More by bierdeflanders
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IntriqKen

California

3.08/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 20:43:31 | More by IntriqKen
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Sainsbury's, at 1.29 quid, which, I suppose, might be twice as much as I'd pay in the Czech Republic. But given my nice experience drinking Krusovice's beers on draught in Prague, I was happy to buy it w/o a second thought. BB 25/11/2007, served chilled in a stright imperial pint glass.

A: a well-lasting, fluffy beige head sits on top of a lively-carbonated dark mehogany colour.
S: a sweet edge of caramelised brown sugar and caramel-coated roasted chestnuts dominates the nose, while a very light tinge of lager-sourness stays underneath. Overall the aroma is a bit too sweet and simplistic, but not un-nice.
T: slightly metallic upfront, followed by the sweet edge of lightly-roasted Munich malts, Chinese grass-jelly, caramel, and sour-sweet semi-roasty nuttiness, while the sour edge as of overripe plums is at presence but almost too muted to provide a balance. The finish is quite clean w/o much aftertaste, apart from a mildly sour-sweet maltiness, nuttiness, and kidney-bean-paste in the end.
M&D: the carbonation remains refreshing (slightly on the gassy side) and the body light (read "thin-ish"), but somehow the flavour is too timid to make a delicious pint and the bitterness almost absent to make it a more-ish drink. I'd love to see how the draught version goes, but this bottle simply is unconvincing.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 18:01:52 | More by wl0307
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sweethome

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, a ruby hue as light comes through. As I looked at it, I was sure it was cola. Same tan head as Coke.

Very nice nose, tradition of german schwarzbier. Fruity hops, sweet complex malts.

First taste is rather dry malts, then sweetness just rolls. A bit of an odd transition. Full sweetness, just a hint of hops late...wow, where did that hops from the nose go. A bit too sweet for this style. Very clunky beer. Too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 02:40:30 | More by sweethome
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meatmallet

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a good head that didnt stay around long vert little lacing. Smell is not very powerful but pleasant. Has a carmel and coffee aroma. Taste was very mild and had a watered down feel with light carbonation. Roasted coffee and malt flavors were good, I just wish a bit stronger. I think this is a good beer but it is one you need to be in the mood for.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 21:00:51 | More by meatmallet
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent hazelnut with red, orange and gold highlights. The good-sized head is an attractive shade of toasted beige and sets off the color of the beer quite nicely. Random splotches of lace stick to the upper portion of the glass. This is exactly what I expect a schwarzbier to look like.

The nose is mild and smells of dark malt and metal. It's too mild for me to be more specific than that, even after biding my time until the foam is no longer getting in the way of the aroma assessment. A definite letdown after the appearance.

Cerne is a decent enough example of the style that probably has more roasted maltiness than most (on second thought, no, it doesn't). Lightly charred coffee grounds and bitter cocoa powder make up the flavor profile. It tastes a little better than that description would suggest, however. There isn't quite enough malt onboard and the beer favors neither sweet nor bitter. In fact, it lacks a flavor hook of any kind.

I don't know if I've ever seen such a low-ABV schwarzbier before. It certainly tastes and feels like a light beer to me and I don't care for it as much as I do others of the style for that very reason. I know that schwarzs have light mouthfeels, but this one takes things a little too far in that direction. Calling it watery would not be overstating the case.

I thought Krusovice Imperial, a Czech pilsener, was an average to slightly better than average beer. I'm not surprised in the least that Cerne earns that same general assessment. I tend not to be impressed by schwarzbiers unless they do something to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, this one doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 14:53:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. The “BORN ON DATE” is “23.03.2012.”

Appearance: Poured into a flute. The color is medium brown with dark ruby tones. Two fingers of light tan head dissipated quickly to leave a layer of buttery lacing.

Smell: Dark and toasted malts, caramel, molasses, grassy hops (it has that fresh cut hay smell), apple, plum, fig, and prune. Very crisp and nutty. It is also on the sweet side.

Taste: It is almost reminiscent of canned nitro stout. It mostly mirrors the aroma but the smells are much more pronounced. Dark and toasted malts, grassy hops, nutmeg, cocoa, caramel, and dark fruit. Leaves a nice bitterness lingering in the mouth for a second or two after each sip.

Drinkability: It is a million times better on tap (surprise, surprise). Out of the bottle, though, it is what I would expect from a Czech schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:24:06 | More by TheQuietMan22
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is mainly of dark roasted malt. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly one dimensional in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:36:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing I noticed was that there was no smoke when I popped the cap off. It poured a dark amber/brown with a one finger head which left shortly but a ring stayed around. There was a dark fruit malty aroma which emitted from the brew. The taste was a mix of malts, hops with a slight bitter finish. Thought the mouthfeel was a bit watery but seemed to get better as I sipped it. Would drink this again. Not one that I would choose first but because of it's very low 3.8 ABV, this could easily be a session beer from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 19:53:31 | More by TheSeeker61
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Procrastinator

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1-pint .9 oz. bottle into nonic pint glass. Born date of 4-5-06 on bottle label.

Appearance: dark brown "cola" like look with red hues along outer edges. Lots of visible carbonation builds volumous head which quickly recedes to almost none, just like a cola. Sticky lacing clings to sides of glass.

Smell: sweet aroma of dark chocolate, burnt toffee, malts and coffee.

Taste: bittersweet chocolate with dry aftertaste. Slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: needs more depth, bit watery and thin. Overcarbonated for my satisfaction.

Drinkability: fairly easy to drink beer. Nothing complex about this seemingly simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 15:33:35 | More by Procrastinator
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.