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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: 14 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003)
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Photo of cypressbob
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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!!

Photo of stephendr
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of shbobdb
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Tbone
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  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.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of bashiba
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of kernalklink
4/5  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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an opaque dark brown with just a hint of ruby, and thick tan head that shrinks quickly to fair lacing. Try as I might, it was difficult to detect much of any aroma at all. Although body was thin and slightly watery, there was a nice chocolate-caramel flavor with a hint of malty sweetness. Finish was smooth and fairly long lasting. I just picked this up on a whim....glad I did. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet, with tan foam and sticky lacing. Not much aroma, maybe week-old bread. Taste is thin, lightly malty, and velvety on the palate. Spice and roastiness are absent, again just a baked breadiness prevails. *Maybe* a tiny hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Character is pretty one dimensional, a dark and malty lager. A so-so Schwarzbier...

I'm not picking up any complexity from this one. It's balanced and easy to drink, but doesn't throw down the glove to challenge you.

Photo of Guinness4me
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like your beer a bit on the dark side, this is the perfect beer for a light fish or salad course.

It poured a chocolate brown with a thick, impressive tan head which left a ring-like lace on my glass.

The smell was sweet with a miniscule amount of hops.

The taste was light at the front of my tongue but got more pronounced once swallowed. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate quickly come and go.

I want more.

Photo of Daredevil
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew indeed ... the main feature is the exceptional mouthfeel ... blindfolded I would have expected this to be a very good sparkling wine (if not a standard champagne ...) ... smell and taste however lack a bit of outlines and aromas ... on overall I would say this is a very noble brew, which needs a bit of connoisseur spirit ....

note: I trust there might be a double entry on this beer, as far as I know Krusovice only brews one dark beer

Photo of shertzogovina
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic looking 500ml europian bottle with gold aluminum foil and a pretty black label.
Poured it into a mug. The beer is very dark brown, like a porter.
Nice off-white head that stays for a while but not too long.
Pleasant light roasted aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate and dark bread.
The chocolate is back on the tongue as well, together with some coffee and toffee, roasted malts and mild hops at the end.
Medium body and perfect carbonation help a lot with the drinkability, which was high to begin with.
a very decent schwartz - one of the best I had of this style.

Photo of ernie
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My everyday dark lager.

On tap - smooth, creamy, with spicy aroma and majestic crown. If you empty your pint glass in less than 15 minutes, you enjoy every drop. If the pint lasts for more, you'll feel candy sugar and may find it unpleasant.

Bottled version is more balanced and somehow drier. Perfect companion to smoked meat, cheese or even fruits.

Must admit that the quality hasn't diminished in last 5-6 yrs. Quite the opposite, the beer has become tastier. Recommended!

Photo of nickss
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown, Coke looking brew with a good 2" rocky ran head.

Musty aroma filled with malt. Perhaps a touch of brown sugar, but pretty boring.

Almost a bock like flavour. Some brown sugar and malt.

Mouthfeel is excessively carbonated and a bit thin.

Just doesnt do it for me. Too much carbonation to make it an easy drinker. Not bad... just OK.

Photo of Sinse
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very smooth schwarzbier that pours a white head that leaves some lacing while slowly disappearing. Colour is deep dark, almost black, but not quite there. Tastes are not very clear (not for me at least). Some coffee, dry hay. Drinkability is good: leaves a fresh feeling afterwards.

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