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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003)
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SickBrew

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 01:11:55 | More by SickBrew
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Offa

California

4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 18:47:39 | More by Offa
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 00:53:23 | More by SetarconeX
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 22:23:28 | More by smcolw
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droomyster

Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 07:11:00 | More by droomyster
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 17:03:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 05:02:34 | More by superdedooperboy
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bark

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2008 17:53:42 | More by bark
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drxandy

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:50:15 | More by drxandy
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dnichols

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 05:00:09 | More by dnichols
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SimplySinister

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 20:25:14 | More by SimplySinister
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erikm25

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:10:30 | More by erikm25
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 21:55:29 | More by TheMistler
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 05:41:01 | More by IronDjinn
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 00:10:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown which revels some garnet red hues when held up to the light. Decent head, decent retention. Nose is of generic fruits (sweet malts) with a certain musky quality. A curios set of flavors hits my tongue when I drink it, the malty sweetness is not as forward as I expected it to be, more like dried fruit. As it warms the flavor of caramel is revealed. Low carbonation and a light body (esp. for a beer this dark) help to give this brew a silky mouthfeel and makes it quite quaffable. Nothing exciting but still a good offering from the rarely heard from Czech Republic.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 17:12:04 | More by thekevlarkid
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance
Pours out a dark cola brown with a small head that has no lasting power nor leaves any lacing

Smell
Some chocolate, cookie malts, slight smokiness

Taste & Mouthfeel
Sweet and bacony, though overall a weak flavor; thin body with good carbonation; some artificial sweetness; no real aftertaste

Overall
I was pretty underwhelmed by this, although I recall enjoying the tap version much more.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 00:15:25 | More by JEdmund
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cola-like dark with tan bubbly head that sticks to the glass with little gobs of lace.

Smells of musk and hops. Not as malty as I'd expect. Hops up front with a bit of brown sugar.

Taste is mild and nice. Bits of caramel and hops.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a bit bitter.

Drinkability is fine but I wouldn't go searching for this one unless you hadn't tried many schwarzbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 03:20:54 | More by gonzo46and2
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dmamiano

West Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Born on date 11-15-07.
Poured deep brown with a big tan head and lacing left behind.
Chocolate, roastiness and some actual medicinal notes in the aroma.
Taste was very sweet, black licorice and figs on the palate. Strange lingering finish. Once again remindiing me of medicine.
I will not buy again, just not my fancy.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 23:31:30 | More by dmamiano
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin creamy tan head.

S: Fruity aroma bursting with fresh cherries, and plums.

T: Flavor is dried fruit, cherries, raisins and plums with some good bread notes. Beer ends with a good nutty chocoalate finish with just a slight smoky touch. Easy to drink with low carbonation, a smooth palate that flows from starts to finish.

M: Low carbonation and silky mouthful.

D: A decent example from the chech. Republic.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 23:18:31 | More by beerthulhu
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark reddish amber with a tall three fingers of tan head that retains well while leaving behind small chunks of lacing.The nose is caramel malts and some faint burnt bitterness.This is delightfully nutty and subtly sweet with notes of brown sugars and a burntness that tastes surprisingly clean(no grittiness)or texture to speak of.Light bodied,with a lot less flavor on the tail than I expected,some nice flavor upfront but the end kind of falls off to a watery average finish.Not somthing to seek out,tho I could drink this again and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 04:29:20 | More by orangemoustache
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stumac

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born On Date: June 14, 2006....aged two years before I drank it and wrote this review...

pours a negro color with a decent brown tinted head. decent lacing. nose is liquorice, coffee, dark and roasted malts. taste is same as nose but add a metallic bite (which is not too uncommon with schwarzbiers) and add a sweet something. guessing its the artificial sweetener they added. i love Sweet 'N' Low! medium bodied, medium carbo, dry finish. decent black lager

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 03:14:53 | More by stumac
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in a 21 oz pilsner glass from a 1/2 liter brown bottle.

Pours with little body dark brown and crystal clear with a fluffy off-white head.

Aroma is very toasty and slightly sweet.

Tastes toasty, grainy, a bit malty. But no sweetness, with a funny flavor that I can't place, almost like a soft drink fruitiness.

Body is thin, mouthfeel is dominated by seltzer-like fizz.

Not a hint of roastiness or caramel. Definitely a dunkel and not a schwarzbier, as Czech dark beers usually are. Good lawnmower beer if you're looking for something fizzy but not yellow.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 05:05:57 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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QuentinCompson

California

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt. 9oz bottle into Pilaarbijter pilsner glass

A - Settled into a two-finger, maltish-looking head which dissipated within minutes leaving just a film; dark cherry looking brew, when held up to light, otherwise opaque

S - Seemed to be a heavy hop smell when first poured, but then nothing... The smell somewhat disappeared, a bit of caramel once it warmed a bit

T-M - Thin, malty nose, watery, hops, a touch of wood in the finish.

D - Decent brew, though a bit watered down for my taste

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 03:11:53 | More by QuentinCompson
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cola coloured, nearly blocks all light, and a big tan head was generated. Some retention, the head doesn't dissappear in a hurry. Spotty lacing.

Darker malt aroma, though is still a bit grainy. Nothing too exciting to the nose.

Light body, with a cola like caramel flavour. Leans towards sweetness, with little to balance it in the back end. Flashes of citrus in the middle. Light to medium carbonation makes this a breeze to quaff. A little bit of lingering metallic flavour is the final impression.

A definite easy drinker. Won't stand out in a crowd though.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 03:24:30 | More by elricorico
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.