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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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183 Reviews
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Reviews: 183
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

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Reviews: 183 | Hads: 326
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (2,137 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow. Few bubbles. Decent white foam.
Quite good smell, fresh, of hop. Malt present, though. Overall, a pleasant smell.
Pleasant and fresh in the taste, too, and here the hop prevails. Good bitterness. Malt still present. Quite balanced. But in a pils, I'd prefer more hop.
In the aftertaste, again, after a good grassy hop, there is a comebacking of some maltiness. (375 characters)

Photo of BeerBeing
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass Euro-generic bottle, red on gold label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: golden color, large white head, good lacing

Smell: some malt, some hops

Taste: light body, crisp mouth feel, malt, hops, nicely mixed

Notes: This is not American Macro Lager, this is Czech Pilsener (314 characters)

Photo of Knuckles
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My friend Matt was on a journey 'round the world (England, Greece, Iceland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc.), and of all the beers he could bring me from those few great brewing countries, he brings me this sekačka pivo (which, according to my online translator, is Czech for "lawnmower beer"). That said, it was quite warm enough for me yesterday, and I had spent way too much time trying to tame my nephew's at the county fair. So it worked.

Appearance: Those crazy Czechs have got the pee-pee chic of American macro lagers nailed. Put that side by side with Bud, Coors, or the urine sample that someone had put in an apple juice bottle and stuck in the squadroom fridge on that episode of "Hill Street Blues", and you'd be hard pressed to say what was what.

Smell: It's there, but it's reluctant. That weird funky lager yeast smell that I find difficult to label in terms other than "gym sock", and a very faint grassiness from the hops.

Taste: Lager-y. Nothing to differentiate this from a Rainier (although, truth be known, I'd rather have the Rainier). Slight malt backbone that is overwritten by the gym sock yeast, and zero hop presence.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick, actually. Too thick for the style, and it didn't warm up well.

Drinkability: Drink it fast and furious on a summer day after an assload of yard work, and this would be perfect. That said, you can get a half-rack of Rainier for about $7, which is probably quite a bit cheaper than the plane ticket to Czechoslovakia. Although, if you're going to go there for this specific beer, then my admonitions about Rainier will fall on deaf ears. (1,623 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can, bought in Prague. Golden colour, large & thick head. Hoppy and fruity aroma, some flowers there too. Flavour is pleasantly balanced between the malts and hops - both elements are present and plentiful to a much greater degree than many other so called "pilseners". Nice. (282 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear gold color with a thin fine head.
aroma a mix of straw and some maltiness, but a bit light on the nose.
flavor starts off with an unfocussed hop bitterness, with a sweet maltiness that smooths things out to a lingering finish. this could be a bit better with some crispness. made me think maybe it was past date, but that wasnt it. mouthfeel is about right for the style.
drinkability isnt bad, but the flavor dulls a bit as it warms. (443 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

In rather weak lighting the color seems to be an orangish light brown with a red hue. Head comes thick and full but rapidly disappates leaving a film on the surface of the beer. Extremely light film left on the glass as the beer receeds.

Flavor and Aroma are much weaker than one would expect from such an attractive beer. Both are sweet but not sugary and offer a nice mellow malt finish.

Drinkability is where this brew shines. Its perfect for a long session thanks largely to its numerous weaker flavor characterisitcs, no flavors are overtly dominant. Body is moderated, yet satisfying.

For 22 Krone a half liter it can not be beat while in Czech. (660 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (811 characters)

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.