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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 09-03-2003)
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

EPseja, Dec 02, 2011
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Joaco, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of 650bguy
4.83/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep golden yellow color. Not as big a head as some other reviewers noted but a nice head that lingered. Good carbonation, lots of big bubbles.

S: Excellent smell, very malty, fresh, maybe a little grassy...maybe not. It smells good.

T: Terrific example of a Czech lager. To date this is by far the closest to the beers I drank in the Czech Republic last summer that I have been able to find...much closer to the genuine article than more widely available Czech offerings like Czechvar and Urquell (which both taste much better over there than the stuff they send here). Very good satisfying flavor, malty, slightly bitter and not very hoppy. Like a real Czech beer.

M: Felt substantial in my mouth, good mouth feel, not very watery, as noted above well carbonated but it doesn't feel as bubbly as it looks.

D: Eminently drinkable. It might not be boutique enough for beer snobs but it tastes like a Czech beer should. Complex enough to drink with meat dishes yet light enough for just sitting around on the couch watching a ball game. Might be my new staple.

650bguy, May 04, 2010
Photo of Nixon
4.83/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought one of these out of curiosity yesterday and was very impressed. This is a 'top-of-the-heap' example of what a lager should taste like.

It is very clear, the color of gold, has a nice dense white head that lasts and just the right amount of gassiness/effervescence.

The taste is right on the money too. You get the proper amount of malty sweetness balanced by a noticeable hop flavor with a just-right level of bitterness.

The classic label design leads you to believe that they know what they're doing and the bottle has gold foil covering the neck, the 'kiss your pinched fingers' final touch that lets you know that these guys have a lot of pride in their product. The labels says this brewery has been at it since the 1500's so they've had plenty of time to tweak their recipe and get it just right. And I believe they've done just that.

Nixon, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of demuzik
4.7/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliant gold-copper in color, a tad darker than you may expect from a pils.
Smell is certainly saaz; noble and clean.
Taste is perfectly balanced, yet a touch of bitter over the top to let you know this is pilsner without question.
Mouthfeel is above average, and this is by far my favorite session Pils from Europe.
No bad aftertaste, this is one that continues to blow you away after the glass is half empty, on glass #2, or whatever the case may be.
It may have helped trying this one on tap in Germany, but the bottle serving version is not far behind, as I tried a case worth of that serving type also.

demuzik, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

IntriqKen, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Campodog
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Campodog, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, more darkly malty lager with character resembling a good English bitter as much as a pilsner.

Light amber, it has a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin top, leaving some lace.

The aroma is mostly toasty grain with bread, a hint of caramel, leaves, pine, citrus, and flowers. The citrus is mostly lemon with a little grapefruit.

The taste is surprisingly earthy, with toasty bread, caramel, leaves, a little pine, and a quite a bit of citrus, particularly lemon with a hint of grapefruit. After starting light, the bitterness soon increaseas to make a very nice balance of hops and malt.

Offa, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of berserker256
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the ingredients label... Water, malt, hops. I bought the 1 Pint .9 ounce bottle for $2.49. It says Born by date (I think they mean born on date) was eight months ago. Nice clear golden straw yellow color with a massive head. As the head retreats it leaves its foam stuck to the side of the glass. Smells just as beer was intended to smell... Meaning, crisp sweet malty clean pure beer. Outstanding flavor. Sweet and malty at first followed by a mild aftertaste of bittering hops. The taste mimicks the aroma almost exactly. Slippery sweet film is left on the teeth. Slight creamy texture with the right carbonation. Very easy to drink. The Czechs do it right.

berserker256, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Born by 8/26/08.

A: Straw color. Not much of a head, but it does leave some lacing.

S: Lemons and hops.

T: Crisp clean bitterness, lemony tartness, and just enough malty sweetness. Goes down like a dream.

M: A bit heavier than I expected, but the carbonation balances it out.

D: A very pleasant surprise. Easily the best Czech pilsner I've ever had. In fact, I'd put it in the same league as the better German lagers.

BarrelO, Jun 04, 2009
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4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
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)

Daredevil, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

snakeayes11, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of elginirishpunk
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I run a bar and I brought this beer in before ever having it. This was defintily one of the best czech pils I have ever had. Very crisp and clean with nice carbonation. If you want to taste a great beer definitly pick this one up. Was able to buy this bottle individualy for $1.25 a bottle and its worth every penny and more.

elginirishpunk, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of moosiz
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. This brew is a golden/straw yellow with a slight tinge of orange. Nice moderate to high carbonation producing a 1" head with decent retention. Frothy lacing displaying a patch work slippery pattern.

Grassy yeast/malt with a sweet light caramel aroma. The grassy hop is right up front followed by faint sweetness with a touch of yeastiness.

Tastes just like it smells, nice mild hop quality. Soft caramel malts dancing in an open field.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style in my opinion. Not thin but robust for how light it is. Nice drying finish.

Very drinkable.

moosiz, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/15/2010. Pretty damn fresh for an European import. Pours a clear pale golden color with a solid one inch of dense head. The head has very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Pretty damn impressive looking for a pilsener. The aroma has more going for it than a Saaz hop smell. Definately pick up on a sweeter malt bill than others of the style. The hops also smell fresh rather than skunky. Definately benefits from being fresh. The flavor starts dry and bitter but finishes from a slightly sweet note. Plenty of hop flavor in this one. The Saaz are nicely featured. The body is light and crisp. Dry without some relief from a touch of sweet. I do not know what the other reviewers were drinking, but this is a fine example of a pils. Definatley will pick it up again.

morimech, Jun 06, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malty, hints of vanilla, yeast and some light herbal hops
Taste: Sweet malts, clear grain and a soft bitter hop.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and a medium creamy body
Overall: Nice balanced pilsner, like the vanilla in the smell

rvdoorn, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours up a slightly murky goldonian hue with a very mellovescent shine when held up to the Sun. also has a little yet long lasting white head. The nose consists of chobile, grains, some lighter fruits like peaches, and very similar of a smell to the African baobab fruit. Taste is of grains, slight floral hops, very remeniscant of my grandmama. the body was medium like that of an Egyptian belly dancer, low carbo, sweet finish, a very virtuous beer.

stumac, Aug 25, 2008
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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.

DoubleJ, Sep 11, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with "born by" date of 26.08.2008

tasted in early may 2009

golden straw w honey amber tones. almost clear but for some possible chill haze. 1-finger head, bumpy and bubbly, fades to wispy layer and ring. splotchy lace here and there.

aroma: bready malts and gentle yet fragrant noble hops. hint of herbs and almost even citrusy. clean but for a hint of fusel or phenol in back, though never distracting.

taste: saaz is the centerpiece, with with controlled, crisp bitterness, countered by nice toasted breadiness. hint of pear or white grape. hops maintain crispness, with herbal/grassy note.

light to medium body, smooth overall w faint resins in finish. crisp, not too fizzy carbonation, giving further body.

tai4ji2x, Jul 12, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a clear, deep golden body. The head disappates quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A rich aroma of pilsner malt with notes of bread crusts and honey. Musty, earthy saaz hops with a hint of sulphur.

T - Sweet malt up front, honey and bread character with a little bit of husky grain. Some spicy hop flavors in the middle that fade to moderate bitterness in the finish. Lingering malt character of honey with a hint of earthy saaz hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - The thick, rich malt character is excellent and the spicy hops are spot on as well, especially in the aroma. The balance of honey and smooth bitterness in the finish is exactly what one expects from a Czech pilsner. There is a little sulphur aroma from the yeast, which may be technically acceptable, but I would still prefer the beer without it. I'm sure that this beer has lost a little of its character during its long trip from central Europe to the shelves of my local beer store, but it is still in pretty good shape and I can't find too much to complain about here. This is a nice change of pace from the intense stouts and IPAs that I, like most BAs, often focus on.

nickfl, Feb 11, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to the middle of Iowa, home the obscure Eastern European pilsener.

Dark, dark gold with a respectable white head that fades to a tiny cap.

Smells fresh. Deep pilsener grain, hay, wildflower hop, and honey. Nice.

Tastes superb! Big flowers hit you up front and give way to a dry, earthen grain, like wildflowers growing on the edge of a gravel parking lot. This falls into a sweet honey-ish flavor and ends with a noble, dry hop.

I like Czech pilseners more than most do, so I have no problem with rating such a beer so highly. For its style, this is world class.

mynie, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Gold foam wrap over the cap. The label is what I would think of as traditional Czech, with a mix of roman and Cyrillic writing on a gold and red background. Born by date on the back says 11.09.2009. That phrase really doesn't make sense to me.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly pure white head. this settles slowly to a thin yet complete cap of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a bright, medium yellow and perfectly clear. Shows a fair amount of activity.

Smell: Slightly spicy hops upfront with hints of pineapple followed by a sweet yet light, caramel malt. Mild herbaceous bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Mildly sweet biscuity malt with hints of orange and pineapple. Extremely mild hop bitterness in the finish with a lingering, buttery sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: I went into this with fairly low expectations and found myself pleasantly surprised. Flavorful and well balanced, while not my favorite style, this a solid beer.

beveritt, Dec 12, 2010
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

RonaldTheriot, Feb 19, 2014
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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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