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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
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: 194 | Hads: 335
Photo of Chaz
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle, best before November 2007, drank in June 2007.

I chose this beer (from my stash) because I had some Chilli Edam cheese my wife had bought for my Belgian beer night and I wouldn't let her serve it because it would have ruined the tastebuds of everyone. I wanted to eat the cheese with a beer that would complement each other. My review is for the beer before I started eating the chilli cheese, although I enjoyed it more washing down the biscuits and cheese.

Poured into my Gordon's Finest Gold thistle glass, it looks great.
Dark with an off white head.

The aroma is of sweet malts, the taste is weak and thin, so too the mouthfeel.

I thought this might be disappointing, I wasn't mistaken, it will help wash down the chilli cheese.

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Photo of budgood1
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a dark garnet colour, with a big frothy head which leaves plenty of lace. cocoa aroma with a bit of burnt sugar. bitter and charred malt flavours...a bit of smoke with a very lightly hopped finish. nice enough for a such a low ABV schwarzbier. light body and a somewhat strange mouthfeel...refreshing enough with a decent amount of character and flavour. sessionable to be sure...i wonder if it's marketed as a light beer in europe? drinkability is good if you like your schwarzbiers on the really light side.

on the disturbing side...the back label states the ingredients as water, malt, hops and ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER! and...."flavoured imported dark beer". this explains the low ABV and strange mouthfeel. i'm afraid this is the michelob ultra of the czech republic. but at least it has a lot of flavour....artificial or otherwise.

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Photo of meadhead
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit lackluster for a shwarzbier
a hint of burnt caramel malt
and a strange bit of aftertaste
almost like cardboard

yet it is supposedly a wheat shwarzbier
so of course it is different
it is what it is
but it is not my favorite

ruby black
a bit of head
with a foam that disappears
smells of subtle
dark malt

taste is a very mild feel
of slight bitter hops
and the malt
{paper yeast}

feels okay on the palatte
goes down with
unspectacular ease

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Photo of BoucheGulp
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, medium layer of frothy tan foam that quickly flattens to a thin cap

Aroma: bitter chocolate, roast, flat Coke, vanilla, hint of iron

Flavor: mildly sweet maltiness with an edge of coffee and burnt sugar; wet paper in the background; finishes semisweet with not much aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, mild carbonation, soft texture, a bit thin

Other comments: Not much to say about this supremely boring rendition of a schwarzbier.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black with a garnet hue when held to the light. Pretty clear, but darkly tinted. Big creamy tan head with really nice lace left on the glass.

S - Roasty firewood and nuts. Pils-like saltine cracker aroma that is very similar to Krusovice Imperial but with roastier overtones. Cracked wheat crackers.

T - Charcoal grilled flavor with elements of smoke, wood, and pilsner-like hop characteristics. Smokey, but very crisp at the same time. Worcestershire sauce and light touches of caramel.

M - Light in body and moderately carbonated. Very quenching....I could see this paired with spicy Mexican food. In fact it kind of reminds me of Negro Modelo, but smokier and better.

D - Excellent. This is not really all that interesting, but it is definitely a sessioner! This seems to go well with food as it's mellow flavor profile and it's thirst quenching ability scream "summer session BBQ beer."

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Photo of mdagnew
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

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Photo of cypressbob
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, poured into a Maredsous tulip

Brought back from Prague as a gift

Pours with a rich dark maroon and burgandy body, almost black with little light behind it. Amazingly thick and frothy tan head forms an inch and a half thick. Great retention settles down about a centimetre thick. Tonnes of snake like lacing

Smell, spicy rich dark malt, little bit of cocoa powder and chocolate. Some slightly bready and biscuity aromas, a few slight esters

Taste, initially a crisp roasted malt character and dark chocolate, biscuity crispness followed by a slight coffee bitterness on the finish. Some slight hint of dark burnt sugars, maple syrup and a tinge of liquorice

For a beer this size the flavours are pretty complex and deep. Very very drinkable, I could see myself in a beer hall with a litre stein of this and being content

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1,99 for a pint. 15AUG2006 printed on the back.
WOW! This is a fantastic schwartzbier! Everything about was dead-on for the style, plus a bit more! The pour was very dark red, and the way the light hit it, was actually black up toward the top with reddish highlights around the edges at the bottom. The head was almost pure white, and stayed around for probably a minute and thirty or so. It laced the glass nicely, and a 2mm blanket of frost stayed put throughout. Smell was freshly sawn hickory and smoke. The taste was smoke and sweet malt. Lots of smoke! This should be called a schwartzrauchbier! Wonderful stuff. Mouthfeel was very smooth and there is no hop bitterness or CO2 to speak of. With these characteristics and at 3,8%abv, I could drink this all afternoon!! A sensational example of the style!!

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Photo of stephendr
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of shbobdb
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer.

Whoa. 3.80%? Are you serious? This guy was packing flavour like it was 6.5% alcohol! I mean, it wasn't overflowing with a rush of taste that I couldn't contain, but there was a solid balance between chocolate and roasted malts as well as a nice strong pils-malt back. It tasted pretty good.

The fact that it is so low in alcohol definately means that I will seek this beer out again. All the good taste of drinking without the stumbling. I could easily down six of these in a sitting.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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

Had this in my local Bierhalle on New Years Eve.
Bottle served into Krusovice pint glass

A- Not jet black, when held to light, some ruby tones apparent, 2 finger tan head, that produced good brussels lace.

S- lots of roasted malts, some faint hops. all very toasty

T- some faint character of chocolate, but roasty malts, and a slight hop bitterness in the finish overpower, as aftertaste arrives, chocolate comes back, very nice balance

M- light yet full bodied, defintitely not watery

D- very sessionable at low abv, roasty bitterness i think would be trying after a few. i did a shocking thing with this beer and paired it with Amaretto on Ice, the roasty bitterness of the Krusovice, and the Almond Syrupy sweetness, was a joy to behold.

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Photo of Tbone
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, but not black, with a short-lived tan head.

The nose is subtle, but has some sweet licorice and smoke notes.

Little taste initially, but a nice sweet roastiness and almost rauchish smoke emerges.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, even for the style.

Not a bad session beer and a decent amount of flavor for a an 3.8% abv.

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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 Procrastinator
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first schwarzbier. My sister brought this one back from the Czech Republic. Poured a deep, dark brown color with a good size tan head. Head faced slowly to a covering of the glass. Good lacing. Aroma fairly faint, mostly malt. Taste is good, very smooth, mild burnt malt taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but that is probably appropriate for this style. Drinkability is good. I had a 500 ml bottle with some pizza, but I could easily see this as a good session beer. Tastes good, goes down smooth and the ABV is fairly low. Would love to try this one on tap. Nothing I would seek out, however I would enjoy it if available at a bar.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with the color of dark cola. The head is fluffy and tan, but dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is dominated by smokey dark grain. Mild bitterness.

Taste is similiar to the nose with smokeyness making an impact. There is also a milk sweetness, and a touch of brown sugar. Malt does offer a sense of balance. Finish has an unusual sourness that seems to be an off flavor that really ruins things.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. There is a bit of diacetyl butteryness.

Overall not a bad beer, but not very exciting either. I won't be seeking this one out.

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Photo of bashiba
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep black with a long lasting thick creamy head.

Smell has light malts notes, but is dominated by a musty funkiness that I don't particulary care for.

Light malty flavor with hints of cola and coffee. Just a bit of bittering in the finish, but overall malt dominated.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

Overall easy enough to drink, but not at all great.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a dark brown with a thick tan head which lasted a while. Malty aromas, some roasted some not, with a spicy note. The taste was more of the same, very noticeable roasted, chocolatey malt with just the lightest hop profile at the end. Very light on the mouth, but full of flavor with a good balance between the classic schwarzbier body and taste. Easy to drink in session and very refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer. After trying their pilsner, I did not have much hope for this Schwarzbier. Pours an expected dark brown / black, nearly opaque color with lightened edges. Smells softly of pale and black malts. No real hop detection. Tastes simple and clean with the same pale malt soft sweetness and the medium roasted / charcoal flavor. Again, relying of the roasted grains for bittering rather than noticable hops. Quite clean and crisp in the finish with a light chalkiness and fleeting flavor. Leaving behind a subtle black malt character.

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

The Krusovice Cerne is a light-bodied and dry schwarzbier with a noticeable bit of burnt caramel-like roastiness. It's clean, straight-forward, and refreshing. Beyond the burnt-sugar edge there's a background flavor of leafy, floral, and spicy hops, but it's definitely held within shadow. I find it quite drinkable considering its light body and delicate crispness, and clean, sharply-cut flavor profile; but in the end I'm not really sure that there's enough character to keep me coming back beyond a serving or two.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice black body, although a little translucent, head is big and creamy, off white, and leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Black pepper, roasted malts, light cocoa, grass. Smells quite nice.

Taste: Malty and slighty metallic, chocolate and malt. Very smooth and easy to drink, this is a good schwarzbier in body and flavor.

Drinkability: Much better than the imperial, a sessionable beer (low ABV and good flavor). If not for the price, it would be a regular.

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