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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 333
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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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Reviews: 192 | Hads: 333
Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beige, three-finger head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Deep mahogany color. Nose is roasted chocolate/coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee, clean finish, good session beer. $2.70 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass. Bottle has a "born by date", whatever that means, of 4/15/2010.

Appearance: deep brown hue with a clear body and two thick fingers of pillowy tan head. Nice lace on the glass, too.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a hint of chocolatey toast and a touch of sour grain. Sweet, earthy hops are lightly evident as well. I rather like it.

Taste: sweet, light malt again with a hint of roastiness. Less sourness or graininess in the flavor than the aroma. Bitterness is balanced and noble in character, just like the aroma. This is quite a tasty brew indeed.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied with a fizzy carbonation. Not really creamy, but at least it is interesting.

Drinkability: quenching and tasty. I haven't had a ton of schwarzbiers, but I am finding this one rather nice.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought myself a 50 cl black can. There's a picture of the Bohemian castle in gold along with an emperor crown and some gold medals. Looks really nice.

A: The color is very dark, almost black with hints of red. The head is massive, creamy and light brown. The lacings left after the slow dissipation is quite impressive.

S: Light roasted malt, with a hint of smoke. Floral hops and dark dried fruits. An obvious flowery smell. Chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, but a bit thin in taste. Dark dried fruits along with coffee and bitter chocolate. There's very little hops in this one.

M: A bit thinner than I expected, still medium but a bit thinner than I want a Schwarzbier to be. The carbonation is moderate. Aftertaste is a bit short, and holds some sweetness and some dry bitterness.

D: A Schwarzbier is always a Schwarzbier. This is of course a nice beer, but not the best Schwarzbier I've had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin creamy tan head.

S: Fruity aroma bursting with fresh cherries, and plums.

T: Flavor is dried fruit, cherries, raisins and plums with some good bread notes. Beer ends with a good nutty chocoalate finish with just a slight smoky touch. Easy to drink with low carbonation, a smooth palate that flows from starts to finish.

M: Low carbonation and silky mouthful.

D: A decent example from the chech. Republic.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some notes of coffee. Taste is good, plenty of malts, a bit sweet, some mild coffee flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of bark
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4.4% ABV, brewed for the Swedish market.

The colour is deep dark brown-black; the three finger head is airy, dark beige and firm. Some lacing.

The smell is sweet with notes of beef stock, treacle, some bitter notes and hints of toffee and prunes.

The taste is malty and a bit roasted with notes of roast beef, nuts, a quickly passing clean bitterness, prunes, caramel and dried meat. The aftertaste got some sweet malty notes with roasted flavours, earthy hints and a gentle bitterness.

The carbonation is mild (small bubbles), the liquid smooth.

A fine schwarzbier, maybe a little too conservative.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, malty, and mouth-watering. It pours a dark reddish-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, tan head that does not stay for long. Flavor is malty with a hint of burnt coffee and a little hop bitterness. This beer is velvety smooth and pleasant to drink, best by itself.

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Photo of dar482
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a fluffy, floamy, frothy, thick, light tan head that lasted a long time and some lace. Color is a clear dark cherry. Aroma is dark malt, toffee, dark pipe tobacco, a little fresh sawdust, fresh turned earth and in a word: nice. Flavor is similar but not quite so extravagent- dark malt, a bit roasty, not overly sweet, super easy drinking. Body is good, soft, but not overly so and well carbonated for what it is. Finish is like flavor, tapers slowly to mid length and prompts me to want a little cigar. I like this beer. Session.

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Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now here's a low alcohol beer I can drink....nice chocolate milk like aroma....flavor is mild sweet cocoa mixed with a little dark cocoa...pours dark brown/black with a nice reddish tan lace surrounding the glass as you drink..

Body is thinnish and a little watery...medium carbonation.

All in all this would fit a spot as a tasty session beer for dark beer lovers...nice beer...

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in most dull light however holds a glow within of dark ruby-like molasses when up to a fair amount of light. Densely firmed capping of dirty light tanned creamy foam. Dissapates slowly to keep a thin skim always present and the lacing is strewn about the glass in a bunch of leathery strings.

Aroma is light and dry misted with cocoa dustings, dried black malt husks, and ever so faintly grassy herbs.

Taste is mild with a clean front of blackened sweetness. Vanilla paste slips in over the middle with a gradual leveling off into the finish where it drys faintly with a favorable touch of grassy herbs a bit of watery milked chocolate fluff.

Feel is fairly light-bodied, clean, quick, and smooth. Lightly and whispy drying across its nature with mild but flavorful little tones of cocoa and grassy herbalness.

An OK Black Bier, tendered a bit more lightness on the body and palate than I'd prefer, but seems well-crafted enough and is drinkable all the same.

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Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with ruby highlights producing a one finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Faint, but nice predominant aroma of creamy chocolate and grains.
Flavor of spices, creamy chocolate, roasted malt, cola, licorice, minerals and finishing with earthy and herbal hop bitterness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Smooth Black Lager and very easy to drink, not cloying at all. Decent not awesome. I bet this 4.4% abv version is better than the lower abv one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted and chocolate malts, with a faint spiciness. The taste is like the aroma, and very flavorful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice schwarbier. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rudi's, Hania, Crete.

Pours ruby brown with a lumpy tan panna head. Kola and earthy rubber nose. Licorice, plum and soil malts, slight sweet coffee hit in the middle and tingly spicy Zatec hops to end. Fruity note to finish and tight linger. Light to medium, fizzy, slightly sticky.

Had deeper dark lagers, but light and drinkable.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A nice two fingered head forms quickly and had great retention. Large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a distinct Noble hop aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor starts of interesting with chocolate notes from the malt combining with the spicey and earthy hop flavors. Unfortunately the flavor is short lived and ends very watery. Bitterness is low to moderate. The body is a bit thin but does have a nice carbonation. An easy drinking beer with a very low ABV and gentle flavors. The flavor just falls away too quickly.

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Photo of birchstick
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep, dark brown, almost black. There is a beautiful head on it as well.

S - very sweet, caramely malt. There is also a touch of brown sugar.

T - taste follows the nose, but it is more roasty in taste than the nose makes you believe. There are some faint caramel and brown sugar flavors that are pushed aside by the toasted malt.

M - very full and smooth...great mouthfeel to it

D - This is a good beer - I really like this style, although I have had only one other Schwarzbier. This is a good alternative to a stout or porter - it will definitely be added to my winter line-up. Flavorful, but not something that is too bold in its flavor. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of jsh420
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of david18
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had no idea when I ordered this beer today that it was so low in alcohol. I knew that black lagers weren't necessarily stronger than lighter lagers, but 3.8%? I really enjoyed this and now that I know I can have this for Breakfest (lol) I'm hooked. Great black color, very good malty test, very, very drinkable. A very difficult beer to sip slowly. I never had a german Schwarz as good as this. HIghly recommend.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Solber Fäss'je in Frankfurt.

This dunkel poured a dark, opaque brown color with light brown, creamy foam that clung to the glass. The smell was malty with hints of cocoa. The taste was malty with a touch of sweetness and hints of cocoa. Not much hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation feel. The malty flavor lingered nicely. This was a nicely drinkable bier.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Krusovice Cerna has a very thick, foamy, beige head, a good amount of lacing left behind, and a clear, yet dark, ruby-brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, brown bread crust, sweetness, and even coffee. Taste is of the same, with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Krusovice Cerna finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a delicious and tasty beer.


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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cola colored - medium brown and translucent, with light tan head. Nose is roasty but rather tame, even with a good solid pour and large head. Light coffee taste, very drinkable, and a rather inoffensive beer. Could be a nice gateway beer for people apprehensive about dark beers.

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.