Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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Reviews by ctdfalconer:
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
I wasn't a fan of this brewery's schwarzbier, and from what I've heard, their light lager is not to be bothered with. Thier "Imperial" turns out to be quite decent. For starters, the bottle I got was not stale, which is a frequent problem with European imports. Secondly, I'm sure it helps that I've just arrived home from cycling back from work on a warm summer day. Anyway, after having caught my breath, I can smell the grainy aroma with some spicy-herbal-grassy hops and a hint of corniness. About how I'd expect a Czech Pils to smell. The flavor is clean and malty with a brisk hoppy bite in the finish and a mildly tart yogurt-like tangy aftertaste. All in all, I've had better Czech Pilseners, but this one is drinkable, especially if you've gotten yourself all hot and thirsty first.
07-10-2007 01:04:08 | More by ctdfalconer
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2.05/5 rDev -40.9%
Appearance - This came out a muddled yellow in color and not very attractive but did sport a nice, white head.
Smell - The rough grain is the only thing I can find in this nose.
Taste - The grain was just as bad at the taste. It was putrid and left a lingering, almost rotten kind of aftertaste. I found some light sugar in there towards the end but it wasn't very inviting.
Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with little carbonation.
Sinkability - This was a notch below blah.
05-14-2010 01:59:12 | More by RoyalT
3/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Stale aroma of straw, grass, and hops. Bready, sweet taste with some hops and metal. Grassy finish. Decent, but nothing special. It came as mo surprise when I found this was owned by Heineken. Somewhat reminiscent of their hop profile.
12-10-2008 17:19:37 | More by magictrokini
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
This beer is very good!!! This beer really took me by surprise. It is light, as a good Pilsner. A real Staple in Pilsner beer, probably as good as Pilsner Urquell. I thought this beer was really good. It was very thin, but good. The taste was very good as well with hints of citrus and is semi bitter.
01-08-2010 00:47:16 | More by StevenBilodeau
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
Had on tap in Tanks Tap Room Tampa Florida, one of his regular imports. Served in chunky dedicated Krusovice Glass tankard, is medium dark, maybe a little darker than the usual Pilsner, though had little head. Aroma is what would be expected of a typical pilsner, clean, maybe a little more malty than some, some floral and yeasty hints. Taste is good, fair body, and good texture for this style of beer, smooth and malty to start, but good balance of bitterness and hops in the finish, very tasty and refreshing. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, with plenty of character, more so than some other more popular pilsners. Strangely, I have never seen this beer in any form in England, yet we get Staropranen, Czech Bud, and most of the other well known Czech Pilsners, which is a great shame, as I would be more than happy to buy it, if it tastes the same from bottle as it does on tap from the samples I have had.
JohnW written while in Tampa FL Nov 2006
11-02-2006 17:11:25 | More by JohnW
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
Clear golden colour, medium white head, some lacing, pretty average. Aroma is malty with some hops in the nose, grass, straw. Flavour is malty, but more hoppy than the aroma indicated, grass and straw and also some funky metallic notes that spoils it a bit. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles and the liquid isn't particularly sticky. All in all a decent pils that for its price is good value for money.
05-01-2009 13:40:23 | More by linnet
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner Glass.
Appearance - Nice little head that sat atop the beer, seemingly lighter than air. Head transformed into a thin cover after the first few sips. Nice, golden colour that seemed to complement the late-August mid-Afternoon sun here in wonderful Atlanta. Thin streaks of green perhaps, or do my eyes deceive me? No lacing to speak of.
Smell: Light, but not faint. Czech hops dominated the aroma with hints of honey. Quite nice really.
Taste: Light, but not faint (hey wait a second!). Czech hops dominated the taste with hints of honey (Wait just one bloody second!). Main difference between the smell and taste was that the honey was stronger and more apparent sooner than in the smell. After my Ommegangs, this was an amazing change of pace.
Mouthfeel: Light, but not faint (have you any other descriptions?). Certainly not watery, but it was not particularly strong--in a good way.
Drinkability: Due to the fact the beer was...light, but not faint...I could easily consume several of these. A good summer beer, or any season beer for that matter. There was heaps going on with this beer, but it didn't smack you upside your head. Instead, it invited you to find its characteristics. Wonderful.
The beer is quite nice. The best way to describe it is...wonderfully subdued. If your looking for a Pliny or Storm King, look elsewhere. If you just want a quality beer you can enjoy and like drinking, this is it.
08-15-2007 20:29:55 | More by rugbyfan13
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
This beer is a clear, deep golden color with just the slightest lean toward amber. A soft, foamy white head fades fairly quickly while maintaining a foam and leaves some lacing here and there.
A crisp, dry hops aroma balances on the nose with a sweet malt with some grains. Nothing off-putting here, though it's extremely light.
The taste follows suit. This isn't a big beer, and I'd certainly refer to it as a pilsener rather than an imperial pilsener, but it's what I expect. While it doesn't stand out and it isn't going with the "palate destroyer" trend, this seems to be par for the course, so to speak.
The body is light without being watery, and this beer has a crisp, clean feel and a dry, herbal finish. It's definitely as refreshing as one expects from a pils.
If this was what the typical BMC was, we'd be better off for it.
07-03-2010 12:56:48 | More by Brenden
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
Pretty standard Czech golden, with a nice foam on top. Smells slightly malty and slightly sweet, again with nothing really unusual.
Taste is actually something of a surprise. I expected something more, I guess, but this felt almost watered down. When something claims to be 'imperial' I just expect a bit of oomph.
Not a bad beer, just somewhat boring.
12-07-2008 21:44:07 | More by SetarconeX
4.58/5 rDev +32%
After having their Cerne, I wasn't expecting much from their Pilsner especially since it got lower reviews, however with this one I am impressed.
Pours a medium golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing as the glass drains.
Aromas are pleasantly grainy with a bit of floral hops bringing up the rear.
Taste is also grainy like wheat and maybe a touch of rye making for a slightly spicy pilsner with a pleasant hop bite that keeps everything dry and your mouth feeling clean.
An exceedingly drinkable pilsner. I will revisit this one again sometime.
12-01-2007 22:25:16 | More by IntriqKen
3.88/5 rDev +11.8%
I spent the better part of a summer many years ago visiting Prague, and immediately seized on the wonderful (and at the time, still inexpensive) beer there. Ever since, I have noticed every Czech beer that is imported here, as there haven't been many. My favorites, Staropramen, Gambrinus, Platan, etc. have yet to make it to my home turf, so I approach each new 'Cesky pivo' made available here with nostalgic hope. Krušovice is indeed a new one for me - the bottle is adorned with a fair dose of royal imagery - a lot of Czech beers seem to have this affectation.
This 500ml bottle pours a nice, bright medium golden amber hue, with two hefty fingers of fluffy whipped-topping off-white head, which leaves some adequately complex snow rime splatter lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away. A pretty fine-looking beer, I'd say.
It smells of, well, nostalgia - all I could think was 'yup, smells like a Czech pilsener', which means grainy, saltine cracker-like pale malt, a touch of middling lemon, and earthy, leafy, somewhat spicy hops. The taste is more crisp, grainy, crackery malt, a retreating citrus essence, and somewhat subdued leafy, zingy hops.
The carbonation is a tad frothy at first, but settles down apace, the body a decent medium-light weight, and bracingly smooth, as those hops don't normally come without a price. It finishes clean, crisp, and still deftly balanced between the aforementioned yin and yang goodness.
A pretty easy drinker, this is, one I could see enjoying a full pint of on a patio on a hot summer day, in Vaclavske Namesti (wishful thinking), or elsewhere (probably even more so). A decent, if a tad reserved version of the best Pilseners out there - even though it's got the look down pat.
12-23-2007 05:12:44 | More by biboergosum
2.68/5 rDev -22.8%
Situation: Add-in on a Shop-Rite Liquors trip--tough to pass up stand-alones that are under two bucks!
Glassware: 23 oz. pilsener...
Appearance: thin golden body, light effervescence, with a thin iced tea head that shifts in unison with its body--odd...
Aroma: subdued, light ping of Saaz; not as pungent as Czech or Polish varieties often are...some fruity notes too...
Palate: thin, watery body that projects a bit gassy, but overall quite a basic, predictable mouthfeel...
Taste: plain, pleasant compliment to food--like these nachos--but rather nondescript...not corny, but lacking the malts necessary to bring a fuller profile...
Overall: finishes as it starts, rather predicatbly but not awfully, while avoiding the butt some pilsners in green bottles will peddle...
07-19-2009 03:20:52 | More by dacrza1
3.4/5 rDev -2%
This beer was poured from a 500ml bottle at 40º with a born on date on the back label. It produced a slight, white, foamy head which left a little lacing while disappearing. A few small bubbles were still evident after 5 minutes. There was a slight gold coloring with tinges of orange.
Malt and noble hops are detectable at the very first encounter. This is a good example of an attractable pilsner bouquet.
The taste was clean with some sharpness. A slight bitterness could be attributable to the amount of hops.
The taste of malt lingered in the mouth and seemed to marry quite well with the hops. Although this was slightly sharp and bitter there was nothing off in the way it bounced around before being swallowed.
This beer was over a year old according to the born on date but still had a lot left. Lacing continued to impress and the total package was very well put together.
11-27-2007 01:01:37 | More by SMark
2.85/5 rDev -17.9%
Yellow with foamy bubbly white head. A bit beery aroma. Average drinkability, the mouthfeel is a tad grainy, dry and rough but one can get through it.I think those who expect this to be an imperial pilsner as opposed to a pilsner maybe a tad disapointed.
07-03-2008 22:18:07 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev -6.3%
A - Big bottle with gold foil around the bottle cap....always a classy touch. Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge fluffy white ice-cream head. Lots of honeycomb lace is left on the side of the glass.
S - Soft saltine cracker and salt aroma. Hard crusty baguettes and pizza dough.
T - Again, mild but crisp salty cracker and crust flavors. Saltier than most German pilseners that I've tried, and slightly less twangy too. Good firm cracker-like malts with crisp hops to balance it out. Very slightly metallic. Nicely done.
M - Medium bodied and slightly acidic. The low level of carbonation coupled with the salty but smooth flavor makes this "supple" to steal a word from the oenophiles.
D - Excellent, if a bit boring. I could drink a few more of these this spring. I'm not the biggest pils fan, but this is excellent.
04-12-2007 20:03:07 | More by pmcadamis
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
The Krusovice Imperial pours a deep golden body beneath a fairly long-lasting white head. It maintains a thin lid after dropping, mainly in part to its rising carbonation, and leaves short walls of spotty lace throughout the glass.
The nose is distinctly malty and hoppy with notes of grass and flowers.
In the mouth it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation; and lightly viscous with a dextrinous medium body.
The flavor is as the nose suggest, with a rich grainy malt that's straw-like and grassy with a touch of biscuity character, and infused with grassy and floral hops. It's gently sweet, but off-set by the hop flavors; and backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry with a thin, lingering yarn of malt, and a handful of mild, grassy, floral, and lightly spicy hops.
It's well-balanced, well-brewed, and loaded with enough character to keep you from getting bored. Worth trying!
09-30-2006 00:45:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
Brought a can of Krusovice Imperial home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer was golden cleal with foamy white head to start, which then faded. There was some initial lacing but eventually that ceased as well. The smell was malt and maybe a hint of some czech hops. The taste begins with a smooth malt taste that just stays throughout the whole taste. Mouthfeel was good had nice carbonation and was medium bodied....smooth. Overall was a good beer and would recommend it.
10-29-2011 13:28:52 | More by WoodBrew
Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.