Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Served on tap at a restaurant/bar in Prague in a large half-litre mug.
Poured a dark brown with a garnet hue when held to the light; thick off white head of tightly formed bubbles. Aroma was slightly roasty, but I got more malt sweetness and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste was also slightly roasty, but not overly so, low to no hop presence in the flavor, just enough bitterness to counter the sweet malt. Medium body leaning toward a dry finish, though not astringent.
Overall recommend. Not like some harsher German schwarzbiers that I've had - this one seemed more like a 'dark pils' to me - smooth, clean dark lager. Interesting take on the style.
06-14-2009 20:10:31 | More by kevinglin
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
500 ml bottle from Riga
Pours dark amber/quite similar to cola colour with large tan and considerably fizzy head that soon fades to foamy 1/2 finger layer, downsliding lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, bits of mild roasted.
Taste is similar and mild, but more roasted, medium dry finish and low bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with less than average carbonation and weak and smooth alcohol warming.
Overall, I liked the beer. Although it is rather mild, its taste has nice roasty character and it is very refreshing.
05-19-2009 19:21:36 | More by atis
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
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
05-17-2009 04:04:30 | More by jsh420
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-15-2009 04:30:57 | More by yemenmocha
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev +2%
A - Poured with a finger of light tan, creamy looking head. Deep, dark brown that verges on black in color. Hints of shimmering ruby around the edges. Just OK head retention.
S - Slightly sweet maltiness up front; touch of dark fruits; pretty muted overall
T - Mirrors the aroma with the hint of sweetness, but the dark fruit is actually closer to raisiny/pruney. Solid enough, but not that complex.
M - Thinner MF, a little sticky, pretty tame carbonation.
D - Pretty solid drinkability given the way below average abv. Fine session beer with just enough taste and flavor to keep things moderately interesting.
Just an OK take on the style, and there are way more complex out there. Check it out, but only if readily available.
04-07-2009 01:31:48 | More by Nickls
2.88/5 rDev -19.1%
Got a bottle of this from Tommy C. Pours a very dark almost black color with an egg shell white head.
Aromas, i'm not there were any. I could barely make out any sweet smells or hoppyness. Not much going on here.
Taste was similar as well. Reminded me of seltzer water. Very tingly on the tongue and I could not taste much at all.
M & D while the mouthfeel was not good, medium to lite body, I could probably drink this all day, maybe in the summer. But give me a weiss any day of the week.
04-06-2009 22:08:48 | More by whitehouse50
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
Boy, is this one a disappointment. I'd had plenty of Schwarzbier when over in Berlin (Markischer Landman comes to mind) and I could have sworn they had more kick than this. This beer pours beautifully (nice head) and looks impressive (deep rich ruby), but bottom line... it's just plain watery. What little notes there are, are lost in the thinness. And 3.8% ABV just don't cut it. Isn't this what they call, in the States, "Sunday beer"? Not for me!
04-02-2009 20:13:26 | More by Mthom
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Smell: burnt notes, some coffee, dark bread, butter, some spicy notes.
Taste: dark bread, butter, some notes of coffee; body is ok but could be better, a bit watery; hops in the background.
Overall: cheap and enjoyable beer. It has quite a lot of flavors, but they are in the background and not that easy to identify. This beer is well worth a try.
02-27-2009 00:32:36 | More by simonjohansson
3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
A - A dark brown with some dark red highlights.
S - Incredibly sweet smelling, hints of anice, black current, cherries, cranberry, coffee and chocolate.
T - Rather bland in comparison with the smell. Lingers a burning taste of coffee in the aftertaste. Notes of fruit and coffee are present but subtle.
M - A bit watery, and quite light. Perhaps even undercarbonated.
D - Not so bad, the mouthfeel makes it much more drinkable.
01-13-2009 20:17:35 | More by Quej
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
A deep amber brown with garnet highlights and a rough khaki head. Sticky as it dissipates down the glass.
Smell is all about some sweet malts. It kind of smells like a sugared up breakfast cereal. Lightly toasted malt nose mixed with some caramel.
Taste is sweetened as well. The malted grain flavors are definitely dominate with subtle caramel undertones. The finish has a metallic coppery taste that is not one of my favorite things.
Decent mild carbonation that let's you taste the beer. The mouthfeel is just short of being buttery smooth. It's almost like sipping on a good 2% thinned out milk in the way that it coats your mouth. Combine that with a mediocre 3.8% ABV and this one is easy to slug down.
01-02-2009 22:59:42 | More by jbphoto88
4.15/5 rDev +16.6%
This Czech Schwarzbier pours a dark brown with the garnet and ruby highlights characteristic of the style. The tan head is a bit smaller than I would have expected. Nose is moderately malty, slightly sweet, slightly roasty and hop aromas are more or less absent. Flavor follows nose with the slightly roasted malts leading the way, followed by some sweet notes, a mildly apparent hopness, no esters or diacetyl detected. Finishes clean with a slightly bitter and quite pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, medium to light with a light carbonation. Overall this is a fine black beer from my Czech brethren that I will be having again. It would be a good first Schwarzbier to serve up to one of your cronies.
12-18-2008 01:11:55 | More by SickBrew
4.35/5 rDev +22.2%
I have revisited this and found it to be a very good, light but subtly complex and characterful beer, a great session beer at 4.4% abv but with good character.
Very dark brown, essentially black but not quite, it has a medium-large tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy ring and leaving only weak hints of lace.
The aroma is roasty with hints of licorice, molasses cake, caramelised bread, chocolate, and prune. Its not strong but it's still full and very nice.
The taste is similar, dryish toasty overall with an engaging zesty-tingly licorice, mild very dark gingerbread, hints of prune, fermented fruit, chocolate. It has a finish of licorice, molasses gingerbread and hints of singed dry leaves and coffee bean. The molassesy gingerbread dominates the aftertaste and lingers. It has light bitterness in the finish. It's tasty and easily drinkable, clean and solid, light but characterful and engaging. The feel is lively.
12-17-2008 18:47:39 | More by Offa
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Looks good. Standard dark beer, rather clear, lace that sticks around for a while. Smells good. Heavy on the malt, more than a little chocolate on the aroma. Little of the toasted scent you'd usually find on a dark beer like this.
Tastes...dissapointingly light. I'd expect something that looks and smells like this to have a bit of heft to it. A much more watery beer than I really wanted here.
12-09-2008 00:53:23 | More by SetarconeX
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Ruby brown color and clear. Impressive tan head with slow recession. Leaves spotty lace.
Deep roasted coffee with a touch of cream .
Espresso flavor--very much like a thin bodied stout. Very dry. Lots of biscuit flavor. The liquid is watery, which doesn't match the robust flavor profile.
12-07-2008 22:23:28 | More by smcolw
2.88/5 rDev -19.1%
Had this not long ago at a Czech restaurant in Concord, CA. Came in a big bottle with its own its own unique Krusovice goblet, which added its appeal. I was disappointed in this beer on several levels: its blackness wasn't that black, its body was water thin, and its aroma and taste were less burned than my overcooked schnitzel! I hate to pan this beer but it couldn't stand up to my food and didn't taste good on its own and fell short of my expectations from drinking Köstritzer, Samuel Adam's Black and (especially)Death and Taxes.
11-30-2008 07:11:00 | More by droomyster
2.9/5 rDev -18.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with no real head formation beyond some sporadic bubbles.
Smell: Dark, grainy malts with a slight note of fruit and some minor sweetish hints.
Taste: Dark malts provide modest tastes of chocolate and dark caramel with an overall light sweetness. A touch fruity. Hint of earthy molasses. Faint floral and spicy hops with a muted bitterness. Finishes dry with a light roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: An almost acceptable schwarzbier, though I am a bit wary regarding this "artificial sweetener" listed under ingredients.
11-20-2008 17:03:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. "Born By Date" of 25.04.2007 is clearly printed on the label, putting this one at over a year-and-a-half in age. Ingredients listed on the label are water, malt, hops, and, rather strangely, artificial sweetener. That last one has me wondering...
Pours a very dark brown with a nice, thick cappuccino-colored head of creamy foam that rests down to a cap with good retention and nice lacing on the glass.
Mild toasted malt aromas appear in the nose. Aside from a faint sweetness, not much else going on there.
Body and mouthfeel are rather light. Flavors are mild, consisting mostly of light roasted malts and a hint of bitter chocolate, with a slight bitter hoppiness in the middle and a finish that is dry, playing host to a mildly astringent sweet flavor, perhaps from the "artificial sweetener"?
Easy-drinking and low in alcohol, and overall a decent tasting beer, this would make a good quaffer. Not the best example of a Schwarzbier, but then it is an "Original Bömisches Schwarzbier," and not a true deutsches Schwarzbier, and therein lies the answer.
11-06-2008 05:02:34 | More by superdedooperboy
3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
10-20-2008 17:53:42 | More by bark
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
1pt .9fl oz dated 12/09/07 (guessing was when it expired?)to imperial pint glass, pours a deep dark brownish black, tan head fades
smells of yeasty roasty dry malts
taste is of dry roasty malt, slight hops have most likely faded out a bit, strange astringent sweetness (label lists artificial sweetner is used?), really easy to session, decent amount of flavor - i had no idea it was only 3.8%!
mouthfeel is dry, roasty, slightly sweet, yeasty, light
overall not bad but nothing that really stood out, perhaps it was an outdated bottle
10-09-2008 00:50:15 | More by drxandy
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
I poured a capped and foiled bomber into a large mug.
A: It poured a black body that when back lit had garnet hues. It has a creamy modest half finger head that receded quickly to a slight cover. There was a dense curtain of lacing.
S - It had aromas of a hardwood fire with darkly rosted malts.
T: It had flavors of charcoal and smoked nuts. The hops were crisp and only slightly bitter.
M: It had a light body with moderate carbonation. It was light and refreshing however, giving its low ABV it barely cleaned the palate.
D: Nice balanced Black Beer. Refreshing, light and low ABV make this a nice brew for a hot afternoon.
09-15-2008 05:00:09 | More by dnichols
4.18/5 rDev +17.4%
A - Small cream colored head after an aggressive pour. Little lacing, moderate to high carbonation.
S - Roasted malt, hops, and chocolate.
T - Excellent taste. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes, yet not overly sweet or bitter. The presence of alcohol is nearly undetectable in this brew which isn't all too surprising given its low ABV.
M - Surprisingly thin. This beer is both dry and refreshing leaving little to no aftertaste.
D - Highly drinkable; an excellent session beer.
One could argue that this beer is a little too thin and watery, but I feel what it lacks in ABV it more than makes up for in a good tasting and refreshing brew. After all, not all beers have to have a 5%+ ABV to be considered a real beer.
09-11-2008 20:25:14 | More by SimplySinister
3.03/5 rDev -14.9%
A: Pours a dark brown with marble and amber ruby tint. Not much of a head on this one but it was a creamy caramel color with only slight lacing.
S: There was not any huge amount of aroma that stuck out and grabbed me by the nose hairs. Very subtle roasted chocolate or light cocoa powder seemed to be the most prevalent smell. Very small amount of pepper and dark malt was thrown in but overall very mild.
T: Light and subtle chocolate taste with little to no bitterness. Despite the sweet toasted malt that hits the tongue very quickly it is a overall a crisp and clean tasting beer with hints of caramel. All in all, the taste seemed to thin though.
M: Light-medium body and the same goes for the carbonation. Overall while balanced, just too light.
D: Very easy to drink but nothing that makes your head turn. It is simple and it was on sale about a block away so overall it was a good deal.
09-07-2008 19:10:30 | More by erikm25
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured from a .5L bottle purchased in Budapest... so absolutely nothing is decipherable other than a freshness date that I am pleased to see is rather far in the future.
I like schwarzbiers, from my experience with them, and am looking forward to this. This "royal" beer pours a deepy amber brown, more opaque by the width of the section of the glass you are looking through. The head took some coaxing, ultimately getting up to a few pinkies width of rocky, cloudy tan bubbles, displaying little retention other than a pockmarked film. Some bits of lacing.
Sweet chocolate wafer on the nose, I was surprised by the bitterness to the taste, though a certain hop crispness is noticeable at the tailend of the aroma.
Well carbonated, the taste is of processed grains with a combination of milk chocolate and a tad of coffee. Light dusting of dark chocolate left on the palate, reflecting the building of a hop taste throughout the drinking experience. Very crisp with carbonation, the grain hop bitterness becomes more noticeable as the the carbonation subsides.
Very well balanced, and pretty tasty, though I feel like it could be more substantive in flavor.
09-02-2008 21:55:29 | More by TheMistler
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
500 ml brown bottle with fancy gold foil around cap and neck. Pours out a deep deep brown, still a deep brown when held to light, but a garnet/cola sphere where the direct light concentrates and shines through.
Rich biscuity chocolate malt aroma, dry chocolate wafer, a bit of smoke, but it's all very consistent.
Biscuity chocolate wafer in the flavour as well up front, evolving into a more bitter dry grassy hop on the finish. A very "Point A to Point B" beer in flavour, but it works, simple yet gets the point across. Very mild all the way though, with a slightly smokey aftertaste. It kinda hums mid-tune, not bombastic, and not a wallflower, yet not baby bear's porridge either--still it holds its own.
Straight forward mouthfeel, middle of the road, not too watery, but far from full, actually closer to watery....
This is an okay beer, mild in abv% and it shows in the intensity (or lack thereof) of the flavour, and the lacsadasial tone of the mouthfeel. Still tasty and worth drinking, and would make a good fall/winter session beer, although I am personally bored after one.
08-23-2008 05:41:01 | More by IronDjinn
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
Born on Date June 2007; Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially almost three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is dark, almost black color that has some caramel tinges to it. When held up to the light the body shows a brilliantly clear, deep red color. The aroma smells of toffee, ample toasted malt, light roast notes, a whole grain cracker note and a touch of sweet grain around the edges that almost has a cherry like fruitiness to it at times.
The carbonation adds a bit of fizziness to the texture and the body is light enough, but does have a medium heft to it. Caramelized notes provide just a touch of sweetness, but not nearly as much as I was expecting after reading that this had artificial sweetener added to it. Toasted whole grain flavors, a touch of cocoa powder, a hint of burnt smokiness, some blackened malt notes and a touch of roast coffee like flavors. The finish has some caramel, almost toffee notes that linger a bit on the tongue as well as a hint of hop bitterness that is quite smooth.
The overall impression of this beer is quite smooth and easy drinking; the dark grain used does not add any of the harsh, sharp or bitter notes that can often be found in darker beers. In this case a little more dark grain presence might provide a bit more complexity & balance, but this is certainly a classic example of a Schwarzbier.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
08-21-2008 00:10:42 | More by Gueuzedude
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.