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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 09-03-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

spycow, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 24, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.8%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear golden yellow with a thin white head, which dissipated rather quickly. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of malt and noble hops in the nose.
T: A light amount of bitterness from the floral hops is the main flavor, but is nicely balanced by the underlying malts, which taste biscuity.
M: It feels rather clean, crisp and light-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather refreshing and easy to drink. I'm not sure if I would call it sessionable, because the taste was a bit bland and could not keep my interest for more than one.

metter98, May 02, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably a less than average beer per style. Partly due to the dangerously-near skunk aroma that eminates from the bottle and into the glass. Even with a typical pale straw color and abundance of carbonation, the beer lacks promise early and often. Flavors turn out sweet but quickly follow up with a grainy bite, lemony astringency, and a watery body. Hop flavor does, however, subsite into a grassy, earthy character, but never improves the beer to good levels. Not necessarily a bad beer, but does not deliver for me.

BEERchitect, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold gold with a light smattering of fine particles and a modest number of slow, superfine bubbles. The parchment colored head indicates quality with its firm structure, mesa-like appearance and better than average amount of glass decoration.

The nose is nothing more and nothing less than a typical, middle-of-the-road Euro pale lager. The brewery assigns it that style (although not in so many words) by not using the word pilsener on the label or the website. When I think of the pilsener style, I think of a hoppier aroma than this. Imperial smells like sweetish grain layered with a thin olfactory sheen of musty noble hops.

The flavor is more hoppy and more refined than the nose, allowing me to think of the beer as a pils after all. It's a good thing there's a decent amount of malt because the sweetness that it provides is needed to balance the firmly bitter hops. The hoppiness is nicely upfront and is the driving force behind the flavor profile.

The hop flavor is classic Czech noble. In this case, grassy more than floral more than lemon citric more than peppery. I was going to say that it isn't really spicy-peppery at all, but it's becoming more so with each sip. I appreciate the depth and breadth of the hop flavor and wish I knew exactly what hops are used.

I love finding interesting translations on brewery websites. I found the following on the KPK site: "an excellent foam" and "a significant sharpness". Correct in both cases, I'd say. I found another interesting tidbit on the label, something called the 'born by' date. Would that be 'born on' or 'best by'?

The mouthfeel is firm enough to stand up to the hop load and to keep the flavor from being too 'sharp' or astringent. I consider it medium-full for the style. Lively carbonation keeps the beer from bogging down and adds to drinkability.

Krusovice Imperial, brewed by the very important sounding The Royal Brewery of Krusovice, is an okay Czech pils, all things considered. Even with a much needed nose job it wouldn't win any beauty contests. Besides, given all the bitterness, 'Miss Congeniality' is a long shot. It's still a worthwhile beer.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a pale golden straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Corn and skunk to start things off with a bit of sugar and candy. There's a light vegetal note as well as some garbage and sulfur. Somewhat grainy with a bit of grass and straw.

T: Quite sweet with some sulfur and corn. Grain husks and grass with a definite astringency. There's a light bitterness to it as well as some very mild hop notes. Only a mild skunkiness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Sweet and grainy. Not really my cup of tea.

womencantsail, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep golden body with a sizeable, foamy white head.

Smell: Grassy, lemony aroma that's flawed by a terribly strong soapy perfuminess.

Taste: Faintly sweet, bready malts with a showing of flowery hop bitterness. Quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery body with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Let's never, ever speak of this again.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

largadeer, Jan 22, 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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
Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in an Kusovice stein (part of my glassware photography project). Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it, forms a moderate white head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated, large bubbles, does not prop the head up though, head falls back to become really thin and diffuse.

Beer has a good crisp pilsner smell. There is some mild sweetness in there as well as some grain-like flavors. This smells like a good lager.

Beer is thin and at first seems flavorless. There isn't much body to it at all. Its like drinking water, drinkability high. Second taste, I'll savor it more this time. Nothing up front, no bitterness at all, there is a mild aftertaste, some cereal. I missed the flavor again. I'm going to keep at this one and if something develops I'll let you know.

Not really, putting this one to bed.

drabmuh, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -13.8%

beernads, May 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle

Pours slightly hazed golden with a decent head that all too soon becomes a patch. The lasting ring does leave trailing lace.

The smell is of some "Euro-skunk" that soon settles revealing some sweet graininess (though not the "grassiness" that I expected for style) and some traces of mettalic notes (overboiled hops?)

The taste is of sweet malt balanced by subtle, rather sharp - almost metallic - hops. If it were not for a remote grassy/subtle Saaz (or Saaz-like) hops, I would have this confused with a standard EPL. Euro-lager matliness rule over the hops. Not bad tasting - but, nothing special - and hardly anything about the flavor to stand out over a long line of boring Euro-lagers. There is a bit of fading dryness in the finish.

The feel is thin, though not a total wreck. Enough to be mediocre and give the impression of having a beer rather than water.

Well, it's refreshing so could fit with the "hot-day" category...but there are so many of those...This fits in with the boring, though not bad, Euro lager category.

jwc215, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear liquid. Gold color. Fluffy head which dies after 10 minutes. Leaves good lace continually.

Grainy and grassy smell. It reminds me of the smell from spent grains during a home brew session. Almost no hop.

The most malty of the readily available "light" (color not taste) beers in Prague. I taste a lot of caramel. Good hop finish. Relatively rich for a pilsener-style beer, good carbonation.

smcolw, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -13.8%

drewone, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, poured into a 'Veltins' branded stemmed 0.2 litre tulip shaped glass. My favourite lager/pilsner glass was filled three times by this beer and on each pour it looked and sounded lively.

Mid-range light golden pilsner colour, thin white which left a weak collar on each pour and very quickly too. The head let it down badly in my opinion.

Very little aroma to report on, hay, grass and not a lot of anything really, gets my regular 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tangy feel, but no body or flavours to rise it above plenty of other 'run of the mill' pilsners available anywhere and everywhere around the world.

Seemed better on tap in Prague. In my dining room it was just another beer for me to review and try as I did, no redeeming features came to its rescue, this is a bog standard pilsner!

BlackHaddock, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -13.8%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Trashcat, Sunday at 09:40 PM
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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.