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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s. visit their website
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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark but clear ruby brown with a small tan head that falls quickly. Nose is not very strong, but carries malt scents and a slight robust quality to it. Flavor is interesting. Slightly smoked on the end. Things start off with a nice malty flavor and move on a bit of a tour to that slight smoky and roasted avenue. Feel is fairly bodied as far as the liquid feel goes. No real big attack of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. A pretty damn good beer actually. Worth trying, and could easily be a session brew considering the quality AND the price.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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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 DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Krusovice Cerne pours appropriately enough an opaque black with an off white head from a brown half liter bottle. There is a nice mildly roasty aroma, but the problem is it's too mild. There is a nice little roasty flavor and lots of caramel malt. Not bad, I found it enjoyable, worth a try.

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Photo of chilidog
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off....Nice bottle. Perfect foil wrap top with good detail on the label.
It poured a nice dark ruby. Good carbonation with-in, no fizz but a well formed, soft tan head that maintained to lace good.

The aroma was roasted malts, dark bread.

The taste was full of flavor. Dark roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee bean and expresso with a hint of smoke. The hops play a mild roll but are noted as a balancer.

The mouthfeel was the on the watery side though the mouth was left with an expresso-like aftertaste.

Drinkability is there, good flavor without an overpowering taste brake. Overall a well done, world class Schsarzbier. Hard to believe, only 3.8%abv.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tall frothy light brown colored head that held strong. Deep black colored beer with a faint mahogany glow around the bottom edge. Mildly sweet aroma is a mix of caramel, roasted malt, and molasses. Flavors is composed of bits of cola, dark malts, and a mix of cherries and tobacco on the bottom. Light clean mouthfeel with a decent bit of smooth carbonation. Low abv and clean. This would be great for an afternoon of drinking.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep brown colored beer with a good light brown to beige colored head.

The scent is mostly chocolate and fresh baked bread. A little sweet with a mostly chocolate aroma with some traces of smoke. Most definitely a chocolate scented beer.

The taste starts out sweet smoked chocolate with a bread aftertaste. No real hop flavor here and no real bitterness a malty Schwarzbier.

The mouthfeel is light.

Very drinkable and sessionable from the alcohol content. On the light side for a beer of this type but still good. Still think I would pick the Erdinger version though. A new beer from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

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Photo of Amalak
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Beautiful looking beer with a thick, bubbly head and an essentially black, opaque, color.

Smell: There is something there, but nothing that really jumps out that I can really say it does anything.

Taste: Very burnt, caramel taste. Very crisp and flavorful but stay away if you don't care for a burnt tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Strong on the palate. Have to be in the mood for it.

Drinkability: Very flavorful and cuts down the throat. I like it.

Very good burnt-style beer.

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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 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 CharlieMopps
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black hue with deep mahogany highlights, topped by a thick and voluminous head.

S: Interesting array of a heavier malt notes but with a starkly clean profile, all very subtle.

T: Up front there is a formidable malt presence, notes of roasted malt and chocolate, espresso. Still, the flavor is quite subdued, and fades into a light finish with a faint malty aftertaste that lingers. Barely noticeable hop bitterness, very much a lager in character.

M: The level of carbonation feels appropriate, giving the beer a bit more body than your average lager, but doesn't overdo it, which is nice.

D: Overall, a quite drinkable offering that can satisfy a malt craving but keep things on the lighter side of a lager. Definitely worth a try, as it tastes better than other black lagers, but may not be something that will blow you away.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 1 pint 0.9fl oz bottle. Born by date 29.11.2006. Includes an artifical sweetener as an ingredient. Pours to a brilliantly clear dark mahogany, forming a voluminous creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is crisp and clean with mild raisins, tobacco, light chocolate, and when swirled...coffee. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean as well with a refreshing medium-light body. Very crisp finish. The taste is noted by layers of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, weak burnt sugar, caramel, mild herbal and floral hops. The bitterness is mild, and there is a faint smokiness in the aftertaste. No appreciable off-flavors.

A very easy to drink Shwarzbier. This is light enough in body to appeal to pilsner drinkers who want a little more flavor. I would say this is pretty true to the style, and quite enjoyable. Reccomended.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich brown color with amber highlights, topped by a sizable off-white head that is rather short-lived. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, along with a bit of roastiness, light fruit, and caramel. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with a good bit of light and caramel malts. Finish is a tad roasty and quite smooth.
Body is a touch creamy and velvety smooth. With such a low ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I haven't had too many examples of the schwazrbier style, but I've liked most of them. This is no exception.

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Photo of sweethome
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of amesirish
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st beer review! Gotta start somewhere so here it goes...

Krusovice Cerne 0.5 liter bottle served in a 0.5 liter mug.

Appears dark with some deep red/brown coloring, about half an inch of tan head leaving minimal lacing as I drink. Hints of carmel in the taste, light and smooth with mild carbonation. Not as complex/full as say Kostritzer, but a good beer none the less. Krusovice Cerne is easy to drink and would make a good starter beer in the schwarzbier style.

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Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my go to beer when I was living in Prague to beat the bordom of Pilseners. i also routinely drink this at the Bohemian Beer Garden on Tap. This bottle was purchased at Bierkraft. born on date 5/11/7 so I got a new one.

A-Dark, almost black but is dark brown when held to the light. A nice 1.5 finger coffee coloured head drapes the beer leaving a wonderful slick.

S-Roasted malts dominate, an almost burnt smell. Some coffee and some grassy, herby hops.

T- Roasted malt, coffee again with a twinge of sweetness and a lovely bitterness throughout the sip. hops are not as present as in the smell. Aftertaste reminds me of Manhattan Espresso Soda. On the sweeter side overall but there is enough bitterness from the roasted malt and the hops to balance it.

M-Very light lager light body which you would not know from the colour but spot on to style. High carbonation pushes those flavours around the mouth nicely.

D-This is better on tap or in it's native land but it is one of my top all time dark lagers. A refreshing beer in the summer time when you don't want something light or to warm you up in the winter. This is a beer for all seasons.

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Photo of Blupoet03
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured black into a pint glass with a very thin, lacy head that diminished quickly. Once in the glass, it looked like Coke.

The nose has a very light caramel malt character and very light hops snap.

In the mouth, the beer's carbonation is released and the malt almost disappears, but presents itself as toasted rye. Almost all taste is in the back of the mouth - bitter hops. The aftertaste is very dry. It is a refreshing beer at first, but the dryness of the finish ended up making me thirstier.

I had higher expectations for this beer than it delivered, and I certainly wont go out of my way for it. I noticed afterwards that the ingredient list includes artificial sweetener, which may account for the "just not right" taste.

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Photo of JohnW
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

B'ham UK

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Photo of TripelMajor
2.11/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Accidental purchase wanted to buy their fairly solid Pilsner won't make this mistake again.

Adjuncts create a sickeningly sweet taste that results in a cross between a Schwarzbeir and a NA Malt beverage. Low alcohol.

It pours like a promising Schwarz, but smells and tastes like soda. Completely wrong for me. It has some good roasty malts that helped me finish this but overall it's a bad brew. Too sweet, flavor seems piped in from the additional malts and artificial flavors. Hard to finish the bottle.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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Photo of xav33
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.