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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Krušovice ImperialKrušovice Imperial

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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

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Ratings: 306 | Reviews: 184
Photo of Irvinator
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer lacked flavor. It was light

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (can)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of waiting4lunch
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Meh just not my style I guess

Photo of SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Format: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a pretty standard Euro macro label.

Appearance: looks like a cheap lager too. No head either

Aroma: smells of sweet malts and a touch of hops. A bit cheap.

Taste: tastes like it smells. A fairly poor-quality Euro lager.

Aftertaste: lingers for a short period before fading. Fair for a lager.

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a moderate carbonation. Feels a bit flat.

Overall: there are better lager / pilsner beers available in this price range. I don't think I'll be bothering with this one again.

Photo of mhuber
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Clear, golden color. Crisp, refreshing with just a slight hint of maltiness. Kind of your run-of-the-mill pilsner. A good beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

pours clear and golden, finger of tight off white head falling quickly with no lacing
smells a little buttery, earthy hops
taste is subtle, quiet, grassy hops and smooth malt, somewhat dry, moderately bitter finish

nice pilsner.

Photo of DoktorEd
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottled on Feb 10 2014, this pilsener poured a nice, radiant amber color with lots of carbonation that continued to rise to the top. The head of the beer came out as slightly thick, but dissipated rapidly.

Very light to drink, not a bad initial impression, somewhat sweet and hoppy but finishes with notes of bitterness. Overall not bad, especially at 16.9 ounces, but not something I'd personally go running back to.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

It's been seven long years since I last tried a beer from the Imperial Brewery. This time, I have decided to change color, going from the low alcohol dark beer to the mild alcohol pilsner. From a 500 ml foil-wrapped bottle, on to the beer:

This beer starts off with a great intro. A bright golden body, lifted with lively bubbles from bottom to top, and a thick creamy head which retains well. The aroma offers a slight note of diacetyl, and also offering notes of crisp grass and a kiss of honey.

Pilsner is pilsner, right. Not here, as this Czech Pilsner offers many little subtleties which give this beer a character above the pack. Little notes include grass, honeysuckle, the pleasant Saaz hop bitterness, and a note of diacetyl. The flavor overall is soft yet pleasing, and its softness continues into its mouthfeel, which is note only soft, but light. And a half-liter? That won't be enough, and I'm not dying of thirst here.

I certainly don't expect an imported lager to have the same freshness as it does in its home country. That said, I was very surprise with what I got out of Krušovice Imperial. I'll be returning to this Czech beer, but I guarantee that it will be within seven years.

Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a very fresh beer, it had been bottled less than a month ago.
Nice choppy head which diminished slowly and left nice lacing. It was a deep golden brass color.
It smelled sweet and malty with a slight grassy hoppy under tone
Taste went from a sharp clean hop bitterness to a full malty round mouth feel, but then finished dry and a little harsh.
This is a nice beer in its look and aroma. It is unfortunate that although it started well it finished rather harshly which really unbalanced the beer and sullied what was a very promising Czech Pilsner.

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, malty, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, grassy hops, some malts, a bit dry at the finish, not quite as flavorful as the smell would have indicated. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled on 11.11.2013

Appearance - clear golden body with white head

Smell - grass, buttered biscuit, grain, slight amount of honey sweetness

Taste - grass, herbs, buttered biscuits, grains, that hint of honey sweetness

Mouthfeel - lighter end of the medium bodied spectrum, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, smooth finish, decent amount of hop bite on the tail end of the finish

Overall - very crisp and clean, unobtrusive beverage that I found to be refreshing. Perfect for when you need that post yard work re-hydration. Would love to try this fresh on tap.

Price Point - $2.50/16.9 oz bottle

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 12/11/13.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of intense skunk that eventually dissipates somewhat, malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the initial skunk aroma coming from the bottle is quite potent and never quite goes away.

Photo of McStagger
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Random buy from Bevmo. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Aggressive pour leads to two fingers bleached head. Beer is a fairly rich golden. Good amount of carbonation, racing to the surface. Moderate to good head retention. Moderate lacing. Looks good so far.

S: Crackery malts. Slightly salty. Very grassy and slightly floral. Noble hops, but not overly powerful. Nice balance.

T: Muted a bit in the flavor. Green grape on the end. Has a strange astringent streak that runs through in the end. Synthetic, plastic flavor. Very, very dry. Displeasingly dry, almost. Malt just falls out and the strange synthetic flavor dominates from the mid point on. Splashes of diacetyl and a strange, overbearing bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: Very dry. Vigorously carbonated, but not overly so. Enjoyable.

O: Very good in every category except the one that truly counts; taste! Looks great, smells great, feels great, tastes...I don't know how to describe it. It's like an astringent plastic. Bad bottle, maybe? Everything else was so good.

Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark amber color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has lager yeast, a spicy hop quality, a grainy quality.

The flavor is very spicy in the front of pepper and herbal qualities. Green grass throughout with drying qualities on the back. There’s a bit of sweetness in the middle along with a touch of a bready malt.

The back carries much drying and hints of herbal and grassy bitterness.

A decent representation of the style, but I imagine that this bottle being 6 months old has caused it to lose some of hop qualities.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krušovice Imperial 12° has a medium, soapy, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, amber appearance, bubble streams, and some splotchy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dank, somewhat turned, pungent barley malt, and hop oil. Taste is of sweet, bready malt, grassy hops, and a touch of hop extract, I think. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Krušovice Imperial 12° finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, a bit filling, and terrifically good. Overall, I love it!

RJT

Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow body topped with a thick, chunky, creamy white head. Lightly toasted malt grain and somewhat grassy smell. Grainy flavor with a smooth hop bitterness at the finish. Light and smooth body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

Krušovice doesn't break any new ground for the style yet is certainly quite drinkable and solid representation of the style.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle:

The beer poured clear, darker amber/golden color that produced a big, slightly off white head that faded quickly into thin cap. The beer gave off a nice lager aroma, sweet malt and yeast. The taste of the beer was malty sweet as well, but also had a syrup quality to it, which was very unexpected. This contributed to the lesser feel rating. With that said, the beer was still rather smooth. I really wanted to like this beer. Maybe it just didn't travel well or maybe it was old. I am willing to give this one another shot as I am really into the style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some honey.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then a mild but odd hops bitterness bite comes in. There is very little sweetness and not much balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of JCBears
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: dusky amber gold with a pleasant head

smell: rich almost woody nuts, slightly citrus around the edges

taste: Nice sweet and with just enough back bone to be hearty, not bad at all

mouthfeel: although a bit watery in the end I like it a lot. Not something I can honestly describe accurately its new and good. You really should try

overall: I like it and its honestly something you have to try, it was a surprise, all I can say its pils with a surprisee

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light amber; effervescent; big head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; citrus; hints of honey

Taste: Juicy, creamy start with slight bitter notes; semi-sweet mid and finish, with slightly bitter, nutty aftertaste

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of Daredevil
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

color: golden, firm head

nose: dominance of yeast and hops

palate: rye bread, gouda cheese, ginger, some harmoniously integrated sour notes

conclusion: full bodied brew with a 'earthy-crunchy' taste - lacks a bit of fruity notes (for my own taste)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lemon gold, with a with a medium bubbled bodied frame. Head is nothing crazy maybe 1/4", white.

Smell: Hoppy and creamy, with light scents that fair well with the nostrils.

Taste: A real smooth beer that tasting it you realize what smooth is. Creamy like most marzens but it obviously it falls into it's own category. Light bitterness which has almost a milk feel to it.

Mouth: Medium feels a bit light at times but just enough to satisfy the pallets.

Overall: Honestly I am impressed, poruing it into my glass i was just thinking ehh "this is going to be okay" and to my surprise "YUM!". For around two bucks a bottle at your local beer spot, you got yourself a winner. Salud!

Photo of jonb5
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden colour, clear, decent sized head, retained some lacing. Aroma was red cabbage and vanilla, this is what I always detect from Czech beers brewed with the Saaz hop. Taste was fairly malt forward, not much bitterness, notes of paint, slightly grainy finish. Well carbonated, smooth but would have prefered a lighter body. Easily to identify as a Czech Pils, lacking something through.

Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head. The scent is sweet and malty with little hints of citrus added. The taste is sweet and grainy. The texture is smooth and light but could use some improvement. It finishes a little chewy and chalky. This is an overall average Czech Pilsner.

Photo of BierStein711
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pokal Two finger off white head

light amber

Grassy, malty, pilsner smell

Waited till the head settled

Taste: Dry and metallic! Second sip: malty and metallic

Mouthfeel: Way too watery!!!! :(

This is a pretty beer, but largely unremarkable! I was expected something refreshing! But, this is no Budweiser Budvar! Furthermore, I had heard this was better on tap! But, I won't be seeking this out.

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.