Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 tmzl
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours with a fizzy, thick off-white (brown hue) average size head, relatively fast retention, mostly diminishing. Leaves good amount of lacing. Medium carbonation. Clear, light body, looks like coca-cola.

Smell: Light roast, light sweetness, some chocolate, cappuccino, some subtle earthy notes, a bit stuffy.

Taste: Very easy and light sweet caramel, roasty, nutty middle goes into light roastiness with mild hop bitterness in the after taste. A bit missing, but not that bad.

Mouthfeel: Light, silky, dry, but crisp and pleasant medium carbonation - lifts up the whole beer. Bit watery still.

Overall: Light. But offers enough to stay interesting and very drinkable. Good easy roasted beer.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark reddish amber with a tall three fingers of tan head that retains well while leaving behind small chunks of lacing.The nose is caramel malts and some faint burnt bitterness.This is delightfully nutty and subtly sweet with notes of brown sugars and a burntness that tastes surprisingly clean(no grittiness)or texture to speak of.Light bodied,with a lot less flavor on the tail than I expected,some nice flavor upfront but the end kind of falls off to a watery average finish.Not somthing to seek out,tho I could drink this again and enjoy.

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger of tan head.

S: There's a definite vegetal note with some corn and sulfur. A mild roast that does let you know it's a schwarzbier. Lightly acidic with some hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Roast and coffee are the first things I pick up on the palate. A definite acidity to it as well as a mild sweetness. Some light cocoa notes. No real off-flavors, but not really any standout, good ones, either.

M: Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Better than the Imperial, but not a great schwarzbier either.

Photo of QuentinCompson
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt. 9oz bottle into Pilaarbijter pilsner glass

A - Settled into a two-finger, maltish-looking head which dissipated within minutes leaving just a film; dark cherry looking brew, when held up to light, otherwise opaque

S - Seemed to be a heavy hop smell when first poured, but then nothing... The smell somewhat disappeared, a bit of caramel once it warmed a bit

T-M - Thin, malty nose, watery, hops, a touch of wood in the finish.

D - Decent brew, though a bit watered down for my taste

Photo of yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Born on 11.04.2007 (April 11, that is), this was a surprising find at the local ShopRite next door to my work. A schwarzbier with an extremely low ABV and an easy price tag of $1.99. This is a 16.9 oz. bottle served at fridge temperature in a tasting tulip.

Appearance- On a traditional pour, this beer is deep chestnut with ruby hues, supporting a creamy ivory head. Excellent retention, leaving behind strips and small patches of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of roasted coffebeans intermingle with milk chocolate, subtly presented with notes of European hops that come off very clean and zippy.

Taste- The beginning is nondescript, almost like drinking straight seltzer water... the aforementioned coffee and chocolate malt flavors happen literally *after* swallowing, when the nose has been able to register what the tongue has processed. Unimaginally boring in the taste department.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly and active in a good way, creating a sea of foamy carbonation in the mouth that would do wonders with an appropriate food pairing... I'm thinking bratwurst or mushroom asiago chicken sausage. Drinkability here is amazing; it's a great inexpensive all-day quaffer as an alternative to this Fall's seasonals, which offer more caramel malt or perhaps pumpkin and spice notes. Where this beer lacks seriously in taste, it slam dunks sessionability.

Photo of mdagnew
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a dark mahogany red colour. Creamy tan head poured tight and thick then faded quite quickly to nice light layer... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lightly roasted biscuity malts, light liquorice notes, chocolate, some dark vinous fruits (blackcurrents, raisins, figs), light smokey notes, nutty sweetness, light toffee / treacle notes, cardboard hints, some peppery hops, some saltiness...

Taste – Pretty watery tart fruits (black grapes, blackcurrents, light figs), light chocolaty malts, spicy / peppery hops, quite salty, some light medicinal notes, some breadiness, earthy, very little sweetness - maybe some light treacle / dark brown sugar notes, faint anise, some sourness...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light bodied... a very sessionable brew at only 3.8%...

Overall - An OK beer... very very drinkable but just a bit dull for my liking...

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass mug from an attractive large (17oz) import bottle. A dark blackish brown in color with a khaki colored head. Bready and roasted malt aroma. Flavor has the black malt up front, giving way to bitterness. Coffee and roasted flavors are there but very tame. Slight metallic twinge. Medium bodied lager. Drinks easy but there are better tasting examples to be found. At the price point its at, Krusovice is a decent low end schwarzbier option.

Photo of BucBasil
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on my trip to Slovaki and reviewing from notes. Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pilsner style glass. The beer looks great, and tastes OK. Light with touches of roasted, on the borderline of being burnt. Some bitterness. Highly sessionable at 3.8%.

Photo of jsh420
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottled 2/28/09

pours a deep dark brown with little head and no lacing

smells sweet and smokey

taste is kinda fruity for a lager and somehow i pickup smoked meat??? must be the malts but its different which sets it apart

mouthfeel/drinkability is so so - light to medium body with not enough carbonation for my liking

overall i prefer this brewers czech pils but this is a cheap schwarzbier if you are in the mood

Photo of theopholis
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Fairly dark with a gorgeous ruby body when held up to the light. Not much head. What there is is a light brown, and absolutely no head retention. No lacing either.

Smell- Very faint. I get some malt, some sweetness coming though with hints of coffee.

Taste- Doesn't knock you over the head with strong flavors. They are muted, but nice. Some soft malts with a mild roastiness. Ints of bitter coffee taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A little under-carbonated IMO, altho BJCP lists this as a representative beer for the style.

Drinkability- This is not a style I normally drink, so I'll keep my mouth shut. It ain't bad, ain't great. Try it for yourself.

Photo of rwrk42
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of BoucheGulp
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of stephendr
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

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Chaz
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of ctdfalconer
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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...

Photo of drxandy
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of wcintula
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.

Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.