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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Schwartzbier having a "born" date of March 8, 2009. Perhaps I tried this WAY too late. I don't think that this beer is meant to be tried a year later, at all. I will try again when I see it fresher. However, for a year old, it pours black with a thick tan head that is nice looking but quickly fades. There is no nose but for a very small hint of pumpernickel; very faint. Wow. No body; no character; no flavor except a hint of yeast and hops....a small hint. Not to try a bottle of this a year old again. Will re-visit this review if and when I try a fresh one.

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 subyman
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at a local package store to give it a go. Not a bad beer, but nothing super special about it.

Appearance- Lovely dark red body with a very fluffy head. The head pours about 2-3 fingers and slowly tapers to about a quarter inch after four-five minutes.

Smell- Not too much of a smell to this beer. Has an airy, woody smell. Like you are in a humid redwood forest, is the best I can describe it. Pleasant, but not strong.

Taste- Very hoppy initial taste with a smooth, fresh finish. Does not have the coffee, nutty, or chocolate taste of other dark beers. The carbonation is quite high in this beer which gives a very airy after taste. Slight bite two seconds after the swallow, in a good way.

Mouthfeel- Slightly heavy initial, but dissipates into a dry feeling afterwards. Strange for a beer with such low alcohol content. The high carbonation is pleasant.

Drinkability- Feels heavy after a pint. Could probably drink 2-3 in a hour tops before feeling too full. However, it is very enjoyable and is not a quick drink kind of beer.

Overall, I enjoy the beer but its not one that I will exclusively go after or try to find. I would like to try it on tap.

Photo of madjr80
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Fluffy head that slowly dissolved into a thin lace. Very dark for a lager.

smell- smoky chocolate like aroma

taste- very soft going down. A slight linger on the tongue but nothing too overpowering. Kind of a metalic aftertaste. Not too many bubbles, but enough carbonation; medium bodied.

Mouthfeel- I am not a great judge of this category, but there was something about this beer.

Drinkability- pretty good. Not too heavy. A bit like a light porter, but much more drinkable. Maybe about 3-4 in a session.

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a pizza place in Prague. Serve in a tall pint, cool.

A-light mocha head and very dark walnut body.

S-roasted grain smell, chocolate, fresh air smell.

T-chocolate and toasted bread flavor.

M-smooth, slick and full.

D-very drinkable, not very much in the hops department, almost "stout-like".

Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, very dark brown with red throughout and slight light penetration. A nice fluffy head drops to a thick film.
Smell is malt, smoke, molasses and coffee. nicely balanced.
Taste is the same as the smell. Balance is as well.
Watery with a light-medium body. Light effervescence, fairly smooth. A good flavor but a weak body. Easy to drink several of these.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has dark brown color with a creamy cap of foam which left significant lacing. The nose showcased chocolate and biscuit malt and a dash of earthy hops. Light and fluid on the palate. The dark malt reveals some chocolate as it dances toward bitterness in the finish. It leaves the palate a little dry.

This beer isn't bursting with flavor but it has nice balance and is drinkable.

Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.