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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003

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Photo of meatmallet
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the Wednesday Night Trivia crew was recently over in the Czech Republic for work and brought back some CANs for me. Once again, it pays to advertise and my thanks to Rod Shenk for the gift(s).

From the CAN: This is very loose translation due to the wording on the CAN being muddy at best - "Krušovice jsoudiky polozeidealni his address for quality beer. Best of Saaz hops pramentou Křivoklátsko vodumaji namely in the vicinity. ie beer at home here already since 1581." If I get hold of a bottle, I have a feeling the label may be easier to read.

The Crack revealed a CAN filled to the brim with beer and the Glug produced some VERY fast-dissipating deep-tan head that ended up as mere wisps. Color was a deep, dark cola-brown that allowed ZERO light penetration. Even the white bits was black! Nose smelled of coffee, tar, dark chocolate and even a slight metallic tang. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a molasses-like sharpness on the tongue that may have accounted for the metallic smell. It actually tasted much better than it smelled, with a licorice/anise flavor coupled with molasses in the mouth. I liked that it was not sweet at all and coupled with its low ABV, this could be a good session beer. I may not personally want more than a couple/few, but it does remain a CANdidate.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of sweethome
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Procrastinator
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Milky smell arises as soon as I popped the cap. Along with a roasted malt type charred smell. Dark brown body with a tan two tone head.

Chocolate pudding comes to mind initially. That didn't last long though as a charred slightly smoked dominance takes over. Personally I wouldn't session this but the low abv makes it reasonable and its interesting enough.

Notes: A light bodied dark brew. Undetectable hops but enough bitterness from the char to keep it somewhat in check. Not one I'll seek out.

Photo of kjc51478
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark opaque brown color with light head.

Smell: Aroma is weak but of cereals and grassy hops.

Flavor: Taste is roasted malts, grains, nuts, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Palate is light-bodied, light carbonation, moderate sweet aftertaste. This is a decent beer.

Photo of Mini4x
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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 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 xav33
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Krusovice Cerne
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a weizen glass.
Brewed 11/06, absorbed 06/07

Poured a clear ruddy brown with a large frothy mostly lasting beige head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate toasted light bread and caramel, with a light metallic/mineral smell.

Flavor was upfront light moderately bitter and toasted rye bread followed by a moderate bittersweet caramel and sugary green hops on a moderate finish.

Palate was upfront light bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and lightly astringent and metallic.

Overall, this is somewhat disappointing for a Schwarzbier, but enjoyable nonetheless. I really was expecting a little bit more though. Tastes like metal too.

Photo of theformula
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer #43 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/12. Found this at Chips Wine & Beer in Richmond, VA.

A: Pours a dark garnet body into a tulip glass. A khaki head of 2" forms, retention is decent. Not much lacing.

S: Nothing extraordinary, but the aroma is nice & appetizing. Dark crystal malts give off notes of brown sugar, raisin, cereal grains & a definite tart black cherry character.

M: Light, firm body, med. carbonation. Very light but smooth.

T: This is okay, just decent for a dunkel. I was expecting much more malt depth & more roast-focused flavor. Bready, fruity malts are somewhat tasty but too thin, seems diluted a bit. Brown sugar, raisin & plum notes are there but muted. Very soft chocolate notes. Hops are nearly non-existent as expected, w/ just a whiff of leafy bitterness.

D: Just a decent dunkel lager. While very easy to session, it's thin w/ not a lot going for it. Nice w/ some smoky sausage but this is one I won't come back to. Nice fruit malt flavors have potential, but aren't realized.

Photo of wordemupg
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 22/1/12

A clear reddish cola with a two finger light brown head that quickly falls too a thick film leaving no lace

S mild chocolate, prune, cold coffee and molasses pretty faint all-around

T as it smells but the flavors are a little stronger then the nose

M thin and a little flat without much aftertaste

O not offensive and not impressive, I could take it or leave it and I wouldn't look for it

I suppose for a light beer it has some flavor but not much going on here at the end of the day

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.