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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003)
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Photo of bushbeer75
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass - dated born 6/1/2010

Krusovice Cerne poured a clear dark brown body with a limited off-white head. Aroma is light, of roasted dark malts [chocolate, coffee] and a [very] little nutty. The taste is similar to the nose, with the hops and alcohol almost undetectable. Mouth feel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

The ABV and lighter flavor of Krusovice Cerne make it a good candidate for a dark session brew. Goes well paired with brownies.

bushbeer75, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml. 1 year old bottle. Pours black with a thick, long lasting off-white head and much lacing. Aroma is of sour dough, toast and hints of hops. Light, smooth body. Taste is of toasted malt and not much else. I hope to find a fresh bottle next time.

mikeg67, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Berecki
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From chilled 0.5 L can into warmed pokal, this beer shows dark ruby-brown to black body with semi-persistent pearly head. Following the dark colour and solid head, one would expect typically aromatic malty-caramel smell, but the smell turns out to be faint and surprisingly weak.
On a first sip tastes really good, malty and roasted, with some smoke, but after that leaves somehow dull aftertaste in mouth.
Maybe I expected too much of Krušovice's beer, but this one is a bit of disappointment to me: too average, with nothing special to be remembered of.

Berecki, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black color thin body. Completely opaque. The head is thin with some mild bubbles. It dissipates rapidly. The head forms a ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt odor. Hints of charcoal. Wet smelling. I think it smells like Guinness. Slight sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted flavor. The malts are good. a nice balance between sweet charcoal malts and a bitter hop backing. Not bad at all for the price of 1.99 for a pint and a half. Leaves a slightly sour taste upon finish. Hints of coffee and wood flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light. Thin. Good balance. Light carbonation.

Overall: Good for a change of pace. I normally don't drink black lagers. The price was excellent and it was well constructed. I will recommend this to my friends.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Portertime
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems to be a rare beer (at least in Florida) but I was able to procure this Cerne as well as the light version of Kruovice.

Apperance - pours a little thin looking for a Schwarzbier but has nice color and a fizzy head.

Smell - has that Schwarzbier smell of roasted chocolate malts and a mild hoppy charredness

Taste - smooth and drinkable with the roasted malts dominating and some mild malts backing everything up.

Not a bad Schwarzbier. A touch thin for my taste but good flavors for what it had.

Portertime, Jul 31, 2011
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 chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Prague. Served in tall Krusovice glass.

A - very dark mahogany rather than black (cerny); clear with a tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: rich and malty: superb.

T - slightly sweet with a fine very dark malt flavor that has no burnt notes.

M - medium-light body, medium carbonation and a slighty dry finish.

O - very drinkable beer with excellent flavor.

(lightly modified with bottle consumed in August 2014)

chinchill, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this not paying attention that the bottle dated from 2009, so I have to give props for the excellent head retention. Deep, clear brown color. It has a roasted malt aroma and flavor - mild and drinkable. I think it goes especially well with food. I whipped up a curried rice dish for dinner. The food brought out the roasted flavor of the beer. As far as mouthfeel, it's not like a Belhaven, but then again, we're not talking about an ale here. This is a dark lager. I would have this again, hopefully a fresh version next time.

angusdegraosta, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

dasenebler, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark brown with rubby highlights (seems opaque but is actually clear), capped by rather thin yet well-formed light-tan creamy head that holds well. Aroma is moderately malty with caramel and dark chocolate qualities and herbal-spicy hops in the background. Flavor is rather neutral malt with moderate herbal-spicy hops leading into the dry finish with lingering roastiness complemented by hop-bitterness. Medium-light bodied and watery on the palate.

crnipeter, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown with some red highlights when held to the light. Light cream colored foam head, no lacing.

Light coffee and cocoa aromas. Roasted malt, some sweetness.

Nice roasted malt up front. Clean roasted grain flavors, some light coffee and cocoa powder. A little grain sweetness, some brown bread. Light bitterness. Pretty smooth. Flavors a solid, but a little on the light/mild side.

Lighter bodied, a little thin. Good carbonation. Easy drinking at its best. Not the best of style, but pretty good.

OtherShoe2, Jun 05, 2011
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 biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of foamy pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving some low inkblot lace around the glass. It smells of light roasted malt, a bit of dry cocoa and coffee grounds, and earthy hops. The taste is toasted caramel malt, some sugary root vegetable, semi-sweet chocolate, and leafy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and nice and smooth. It finishes still fairly sweet, the graininess and mild hops somehow seeming more drying than they actually are - it's a good thing.

A nice underlying Czech lager, roasted up into a decent cerny pivo, or schwarzbier. Whatever Euro specificity one subscribes to, this is nearly as easy drinking as it gets.

biboergosum, May 27, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

StJamesGate, May 12, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: dark, carmael, chocolate

taste: carmelized malt, dark rich flavors, great ,malt backbone

mouthfeel: medium bodied but heavy for style, good carbonation

drinkability: well balanced, equally drinkable lager.

CampusCrew, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of moester13
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks wonderful, dark brown with 2 fingers of swelling tan head, awesome retention.
Raisin and honey malt aroma, alcohol is noticeable in the nose.
bitter chocolate roastiness, fading into a raisin-y sweetness, not a whole lot of hop presence or lingering notes of anything.
Mouthfeel was a real let down, bordering on diet water.
I feel like this beer would be great with a heavier body. I'd drink it again, but I'm not going out of my way to find it.

moester13, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of djmichaelk
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

500ml bottle bottled on 2/26/09, courtesy of BobbysLiquors. Thanks, Dee!

A - Pours a somewhat translucent coffee color, with a finger or two or off-white head. Decent retention but not much lacing. Not a bad start.

S - Some roast, a bit of grain, and some soft brown sugar sweetness. Not bad by any stretch, but the problem is that it's just barely there. I have a really work to get much aroma out of it at all.

T - Similar to the nose, with plenty of roastiness. There's an almond note to it, followed by some bready flavors, and then it has an odd bitterness to the finish, almost like stale coffee. More like a brown ale than a schwarzbier. But either way just not all that good, just pretty bland.

M - It's soft and velvety, which is kind of a surprise. It opened with a prickly carbonation, but that gave way to a softness that reminds me of a nitro stout.

D - The very low abv makes this one easy to put away, but the flavors, or lack of them, makes it hard to reach for another. One and done.

O - Not a terrible beer, but not something I'd go out of my way to track down. And by out of my way I mean lift a finger to pick one up.

djmichaelk, Feb 13, 2011
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.

kjc51478, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Ink black body, I mean literally black this defines black this glass looks black now, I guess you get the point by now. Nice one inch decent retention lacing weaves around the glass.

S- Roasted nuts, caramel, warm fig aroma.

T- Toasted breads some burnt quality to the brew, somewhat empty finish.

M- Mouthfeel is stylistically appropriate.

D- Very sessionable

foogerd, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Anthony88
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Krusovice Cerne is a very dark beer but with a fluid pour. The head is a thick caramel color and laces the glass beautifully. The smell of hops is pungeant, but the hoppy taste you would expect is not there. The flavor is that of coffee and caramel.

You would think the beer would be a thick stout by the color, but it is actually a rather smooth beer to drink. The beer has the tendancy to coat your tongue which is less appealing, but the taste is similar to that of its smell.

Anthony88, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; only some hints of amber color appear around the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high creamy beige head that slowly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel and dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of caramel and dark malts.
M: It feels light-bodied, very smooth, creamy and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is easy to drink, making it rather sessionable.

metter98, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

tone77, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of TheSeeker61
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

TheSeeker61, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$3.99 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with better than two fingers of loose tan head that gradually give way to moderate foamy lace and a thick creamy cover.

S: Slightly sweet deep roasted malt carries the day with a strong nutty profile and coffee notes. Really pleasant.

T: Extremely delicate flavor that is malt driven. Slightly tart and coupled with a coffee bitterness and doses of roasted nuts. No hop flavors, but the flavor remains balanced. Very little aftertaste.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D: Definitely a session beer. At 3.8 abv you could drink this one all day and not feel a thing. The flavor profile is very light, and inoffensive, and the mouth and aroma are satisfactory. Excellent choice for a long day (or night) of drinking.

O: Respectable showing, but nothing special. I would have no problems having this one again some time.

dpnelson1978, Oct 24, 2010
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.