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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
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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Photo of mmmbeer
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big half-liter bottle, "born-by" 17.12.2007, whatever the hell that means. Brewed with Czech malts, Žatec (Saaz) hops and spring water. It pours the standard, crystal-clear, bright gold pilsner color, with medium carbonation and three fingers of head that reduces to a thin cap, and leaves patches of lacing on the glass. Notes of skunky and spicy hops in the nose - nice, but not very pronounced. Spicy and herbal hops impart a sturdy bitterness, backed by a gentle grassy malt flavor that imparts a light sweetness. Just a touch of ethanol detectable. Light, dry body, with a nice, well-rounded finish. A delicious Czech pils (I almost did 4.5 for taste) that is very easy to drink. If you're into pilsners, this one is a must-try.

mmmbeer, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pilsner pours with massive amounts of carbonation, which in turn produces a massive amount of head build up, and sticks around quite a while. The body of this brew is more copper than the golden color of the German Pilsners I'm more used to. Of course the clarity of this brew is pure, as a Pilsner should be.

The aroma is actually quite full. There are both lemony and metallic hops present, and in good concentration.

The taste is pretty husky and herbal. In the middle there is a lemony presence, but all together it is pretty herbal.

This has a palate wetting quality and goes down smoothly. It's on par for the style, but I like my German Pils a bit better.

TheSarge, May 20, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive Pilsener, moderately dark golden color with a modest head. The taste exudes hops with a decent bitter taste and the mouthfeel has good carbonation. Overall, the beer is smooth and hoppy, strong and bold in taste with a good finish. Worth grabbing a second, yet also works well in dialogue with a good smooth porter or stout. One I'd recommend without reservation.

Gehrig, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Michaelcbyrnes, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ernie
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale brother of noble Dark/Black is smartly packed (all this gold and medals on the label). Well, Royal Brewery, noblesse oblige, etc. The product itself is not a 'waanabee' by all existing standards - malty, with subtle yeasty-fruity aroma, a bit sweet for my liking but with well-expressed hops and even some tartness in the finish. Good Czech lager. Not the best, but by no means not the worst of them. Try it some day...

ernie, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear pale amber with a nice head
S - sweet malts, grains , spices, and a dash of hops
T - some malts and a faint kick of bitterness at the end.
MF - a bit thin, but very smooth
D - I enjoyed this. Very light and easy to drink. Nothing too big or overpowering.

birchstick, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. brown bottle that I purchased at Heinen's in Greater Cleveland for something like $1.49. Poured into my Rare Vos gold rimmed V shaped glass.

A Nice look really for the style. Nice 3 to 4 inch head did not stay around like that for long, dissipating to a one cm head after about 60 seconds. 3.5

S A nice barley based lager with a smell of some strength and interest. Certainly the smell does not suggest that it is going to be a basic Czech lager but possibly could have some depth, interest, complexity. 4.0

T Like liquid barley, this beer is very much like the taste of chewing on roasted barley, as I have done on a number of brewery tours, most recently De Halve Mann in Brugge, Belgium. The ingredients listed on the label are: Water, Barley and Hops. The hops are minimal, in the background.

M Moderate at least with the big barley taste.

D Pretty good. I only bought the one bottle but I could see drinking a few of these.

Notes: Pleasant surprise, glad that I took the relative chance and had this one.

adamette, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear straw golden with light white foam. Transparent.

Very light citrus scent, but modest.

Clean crisp light balanced taste- not watery, but vey light. Small citrus hop notes - clean but flavorful. Well carbonated.

Very drinkable czech pils.

KTCamm, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear.. nice pale straw color. Cery white head on top that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet, slightly spiced, with a little hops..

T: Very light... Not a lot of malt of or hops profile. But not bad.. Absolutely no off flavors.. clean and crisp.

M: About right for the style.

D: Not my cup of tea, but not too bad for a pils. PS. thanks mom for this surprise grab bag beer.

Beejay, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of bark
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and firm. It leaves lots of lacing when slowly sinking down.

The smell is smooth and very balanced. Sweet notes of honey, butter and fresh flowers. Clean bitter notes in the background, as is some cardboard.

The taste is smooth and very balanced, too. It is quit light. Some buttery notes, some flowers and grass. Mild bitter clean flavours, some sweet cookie-notes. The aftertaste got a slowly growing bitter flavour, more butter and a slight dry note. The finish is mild and balanced.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the small bubbles fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well balanced brew, perhaps a bit too smooth.

bark, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pale golden with generous white head. Very appetizing appearance and fits the norm for a good Czech Pils.

Nose is somewhat faint & clean, but still has plenty of metallic hop aromas to keep you interested.

On the palate this beer is quite clean, moderately malty, crisp with the hops, and has a trace of imported bottle skunk that is more common with green bottled German pilseners.

Very drinkable, and much better than imported Pilsener Urquell.

yemenmocha, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of GregaR
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

GregaR, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a pillowy head. The foam falls slowly to a fizzy film, and streams of carbonation are visible throughout. Smells sweet and a little malty. Taste is of light pale malt upfront, barely sweet, which leads into a flash of mild Žatec hops that linger on the palate. Somewhat dry, but not as much as others in this style.

This is a utilitarian Czech Pils, solid and worth trying, however not much stands out overall.

emerge077, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

LJWalker, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

largadeer, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Globetrotter
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown half liter bottle with a silver and red, pretty plain label and foil around the neck. Purity law applies here. Best before date is 12/19/03, I opened it on 9/3/03.

Pours a slightly reddish clear gold under a white head that maintains some body for a little while before dissipating into a thin film across the top. A couple of spots of lace cling to the side. The nose is weak - there's some malt there, but really not much/enough. The mouth is nicely carbonated and even. The initial taste is malt, but the hops are there from the start, giving a nice flowery bite in the finish. The amazing thing, though, is the aftertaste, which kicks in a full 30 seconds after the liquid goes down. Smooth bitterness overwhelms the mouth from the throat up and forward. Wow! I could drink a lot of these!

Globetrotter, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden beer with a thick offwhite foam that leaves quite some lacing.

The smell is rather pure hops and malt.

The taste is more complex, some sweetness from the malt, an acid citric taste and a good bitterness.

It has a good refreshing carbonation.

A drinkable rather well balanced pilsner.

rarbring, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

PaulietheBrit, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of brongladest
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

brongladest, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of ronin926
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ronin926, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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

keithmurray, May 25, 2014
Photo of sephyrott
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

sephyrott, Yesterday at 08:00 PM
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of sennin
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

sennin, Jul 14, 2014
Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.