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Krušovice Cerne | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Brewed by:
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Czech Republic | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stoutman on 06-08-2003

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 345
Photo of david18
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had no idea when I ordered this beer today that it was so low in alcohol. I knew that black lagers weren't necessarily stronger than lighter lagers, but 3.8%? I really enjoyed this and now that I know I can have this for Breakfest (lol) I'm hooked. Great black color, very good malty test, very, very drinkable. A very difficult beer to sip slowly. I never had a german Schwarz as good as this. HIghly recommend.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Solber Fäss'je in Frankfurt.

This dunkel poured a dark, opaque brown color with light brown, creamy foam that clung to the glass. The smell was malty with hints of cocoa. The taste was malty with a touch of sweetness and hints of cocoa. Not much hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation feel. The malty flavor lingered nicely. This was a nicely drinkable bier.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 1 pint 0.9fl oz bottle. Born by date 29.11.2006. Includes an artifical sweetener as an ingredient. Pours to a brilliantly clear dark mahogany, forming a voluminous creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is crisp and clean with mild raisins, tobacco, light chocolate, and when swirled...coffee. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean as well with a refreshing medium-light body. Very crisp finish. The taste is noted by layers of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, weak burnt sugar, caramel, mild herbal and floral hops. The bitterness is mild, and there is a faint smokiness in the aftertaste. No appreciable off-flavors.

A very easy to drink Shwarzbier. This is light enough in body to appeal to pilsner drinkers who want a little more flavor. I would say this is pretty true to the style, and quite enjoyable. Reccomended.

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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 jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Acquired recently from a B&M store for a rock-bottom price. The labelling has a classy Czech character....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of brown sugar/mild molasses, grain, coffee, subtle chocolate and faint yeast. Slightly sweet, with a metallic twinge lurking in the background.

Tastes of dark malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, coffee, molasses, faint chocolate, a hint of liquorice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Undertones of harsh cardboard and a weak metallic twang. Well attenuated, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the style. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted malt, subtle bitterness and faint molasses.

Pretty good - uncomplicated yet it has a satisfying wholesomeness to it. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour emphasise the roasted malt and faint sweetness that belong to this beer style. Some faint off-notes don't spoil it too much. Decent body. Not mind-blowing but very drinkable. At the price I paid for it I could see myself grabbing some more - worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a few winks of red. An inch or so of light tan foam.

Smells like roasted malt and a whiff of nuttiness. A bit of ... strange almost oxidized notes in the aroma.

Taste is roasted, nutty malt, but there's a strange metallic oxidized bite to it. It's weird. Kind of bracing, almost. Not a bad beer, but very straight-forward and simple.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A darkbrown beer with la small beige head.

A faint smell of roasted coffee, sweet dried fruits and burnt bread.

The sweet tones are dominating, dried plums and dates, some roasted notes, very short bitterness.

Rather creamy mouthfeell.

In all a bit bland, no specific highlights.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark, nutty brown looking beer with a medium, finger sized head that is a brownish-white in colour and has a bubbly look to it. The retention is about average.

A muted, nutty aroma at the start along with a little bit of dark malts and some toasted bread too. There is also a faint coffee aroma too.

Light roasted malts and a little bit of toasted bread hit you straight away with this one but don't overpower you. There is some dark, chocolate malt like flavours in the middle and a hint of coffee too.

Smooth and light with a mild fizz to it and solid carbonation and there is a touch of bitterness right at the end too. It is a pretty basic beer on the palate but a good one.

This one is a very nice beer, particularly for a relatively low strength dark lager. It was very simliar to a lot of the nicer dark lagers I tried whilst in Slovakia last year and it a beer that I will most likely good back to every now and again.

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Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.52/5  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.

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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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Photo of Amalak
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Beautiful looking beer with a thick, bubbly head and an essentially black, opaque, color.

Smell: There is something there, but nothing that really jumps out that I can really say it does anything.

Taste: Very burnt, caramel taste. Very crisp and flavorful but stay away if you don't care for a burnt tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Strong on the palate. Have to be in the mood for it.

Drinkability: Very flavorful and cuts down the throat. I like it.

Very good burnt-style beer.

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Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with eggplant highlights and a foamy firm cap of finely bubbled light brown foam that slowly recedes.

Sweetish malty aroma of cocoa and raisins, a dash of fig and clove.

Lightly roasted malty goodness upfront, not bitter, tending slightly toward sweet. Mild cocoa flavors, hints of coffee, plum and fig. Flavors are all understated, no one flavor dominates, pretty balanced.

Creamy and full, but slightly slick, finishes a bit chalky. Tasty and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights and offers a full inch of tan head. Quite clear and reddish in the light, not as dark as many of the style. In exchange you get better retention and some scattered lacing.

Mostly roasted carob/dark chocolate on the nose and without the typical lager notes I've seen in the style. As the carbonation diminishes, some lager notes blend in yet remain slight and allow for some earthy hops to show themselves as well.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat light in body and variety. The feel offers more body than expected however, all the way through to the finish where a touch of chocolate returns. Not as crisp as is typical, limiting drinkability somewhat.

Interestingly, this beers ingredients include; water, malt, hops, and artificial sweetener. Didn't pick up any off flavors or unexpected sweetness in the brew.

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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 DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Milky smell arises as soon as I popped the cap. Along with a roasted malt type charred smell. Dark brown body with a tan two tone head.

Chocolate pudding comes to mind initially. That didn't last long though as a charred slightly smoked dominance takes over. Personally I wouldn't session this but the low abv makes it reasonable and its interesting enough.

Notes: A light bodied dark brew. Undetectable hops but enough bitterness from the char to keep it somewhat in check. Not one I'll seek out.

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

This brand is all over Moscow, and deserves its popularity. The dark version comes dark burgundy, with a lovely dark tan head that displays admirable longevity. The lace is good, not great. The smell is roasted barley with just a touch of coffee. The taste is a touch sour, with a lot of big heavy malts, followed by some mild hops. The aftertaste is pleasant, but difficult to distinguish. Krusovice is a go-to beer; when in doubt, drink it and you can't go wrong.

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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 Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Krusovice Cerne pours appropriately enough an opaque black with an off white head from a brown half liter bottle. There is a nice mildly roasty aroma, but the problem is it's too mild. There is a nice little roasty flavor and lots of caramel malt. Not bad, I found it enjoyable, worth a try.

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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