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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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gmfessen

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a perfectly clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white soapy head. Looks just like a Pils should. The smell is a mix of gentle Saaz and slightly sweet, grainy malt. The flavor is similar with the sweet, grainy malt flavor coming to the forefront with a slightly bitter Saaz backbone. The mouthfeel is light in body with adequate yet not agressive carbonation. The finish is smooth but very slightly bitter. Overall a drinkable beer, better than your average BMC but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:25:11 | More by gmfessen
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 04/05/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, coming with a lively carbonated body and a decent, thick white frothy head that settles slowly to a thin cap and leaves dirty lacing all over.
S: syrupy honey-ish and creamy malts abound, laced with random hints of sweet lemon, grassy hops, faint sweetness almost like melted caramel on sweet peanuts. Not demanding, good body, slightly too sweet for the balance but manageable on the nose.
T: quite light actually... the moderately-flavoured malty theme lands rather light from almost the rear of the palate to accompany a hollow middle sprinkled with boiled veggie and random hints of grassy taste of Saaz. Light and slightly sour/metallic/plastic in the aftertaste (due to pasteurisation I guess?), without enough bitterness that a really good pilsner tends to show in the most balanced manner. That said, in the long end a semi-aromatic chewy palate almost like semi-fermented tea (e.g. Taiwanese ooh-long) creeps up, adding belated yet always welcomed extra pleasure to the overall performance.
M&D: easy to drink as the fizziness comes quite ideal, neither artificially fizzy nor too harsh, but it is actually too light-bodied and lightly-flavoured for a 5%abv. Svetle Lezak. Very different from the draught version I tried in Southern Bohemia four years ago.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 19:59:09 | More by wl0307
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 21:58:10 | More by mmmbeer
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Klimat in NYC.

Pours a lightly hazed golden. Topped by a fluffy, one-inch, white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is fairly mild: grassy and citric notes.

Lightly sweet malts upfront, predominantly bready with some grainy hints. The finish is lightly grassy with a mild bitterness. Light-bodied, crisp and moderately carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 20:36:09 | More by EPICAC
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bowersdm

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12 oz portion of a 16.9 oz bottle poured into a czech pilsner.

A - piss like BMC lager color, no head to speak of save for a thin off-white halo on the meniscus of the beer.

S - grass, corn, other grains, and a slight, (slight!) fruitiness (at least I think so)

T - corn, straw, grass, metal. It seems like a less shitty BMC taste. Not great, but very drinkable.

M - awful

D - if I wanted to get drunk, this would be something to drink. it goes down easy, it's not filling, and it doesn't taste awful like other macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:14:02 | More by bowersdm
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz bottle into an SA Lager glass.

Pours an unattractive dirty brass, with a nice white finger head. Head hangs around for a while before remaining as a nice floating film. Nose is grainy - pretty faint.

Taste is a bit metallic, but a nice lager flavor lies underneath. Fairly biting carbonation, with some stickiness afterwards.

This is a nice session beer - but other than that it doesn't really offer anything. It's actually quite filling.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:25:57 | More by bigkahunas4
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magictrokini

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:19:37 | More by magictrokini
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:26:22 | More by yemenmocha
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 22:00:39 | More by smcolw
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 21:44:07 | More by SetarconeX
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A - Pours a deep golden yellow with a two finger head that turns to a lumpy coat. Mild lacing.
S - Grain, malt, hops
T - Some malt sweetness up front followed by a touch of bitterness. Sharp and crisp.
M/F - Light in body. Lightly carbonated and smooth.
D - This is a nice easy to drink pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:08:04 | More by ThirstyBird
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cjgator3

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with an off-white head. A little darker in color than most Czech Pilsners that I have treid.

S- The aroma is grainy malt with some spicy grassy hops. Pretty standard for a Czech Pilsner, but that definitely is not a bad thing.

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt with a quick crisp spicy hop finish. Not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I am a big fan of good Czech Pilsner beers. This one is very drinkable and one that I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:55:16 | More by cjgator3
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Puttenham

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a four pack at Old Colony Liquors in Quincy, Mass. on Oct. 4, 2008. It's a rare treat to sample a Czech pilsner other than Pilsner Urquell I thought. This beer proudly states that it is brewed from the "Brewery of Kaiser Rudolf II, since 1581." Oh? I thought the Czechs hated the German Habsburgs. Hmmm...

When I bought Krusovice I figured I was buying a typical pilsner but that is not the case. This beer is more of a straightforward lager with an amber color that pours with a small head. The aroma and initial taste are of an average but decent lager. The aftertaste however has a pleasant hoppy bite that adds some nice flavor. This beer goes down easily.

Overall this is a decent lager from the Czech Republic. Not bad at all but nothing special either. A decent novelty beer (The Czech Republic? Like, where's that???) to enjoy at cookouts perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:56:10 | More by Puttenham
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MisterClean

California

2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz from total wine I think.

A - Pours light amber in color with no head.

S - Honey, buttery, with malts.

T - Honey and bittering hops.

M - Too much bite from the saaz hops. A little too astringent for my palate.

D - Might want to rethink the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 17:56:25 | More by MisterClean
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deg

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a golden color with a white head. The head faded pretty quickly for me. I could smell a light grassy/hoppy aroma. I couldn't pick up much of a malt flavor when I tasted it. The hops came out in the aftertaste, with a strong (but good) hoppy, grassy flavor. I felt like there was a bit of a creamy texture to the beer, which I didn't expect but found pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 21:20:50 | More by deg
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stumac

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 21:43:14 | More by stumac
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear light amber, tight creamy white head that fades away.

Aroma of biscuity crystal malt, some wafer and light wet grassy hops.

Flavour is also a consistent biscuity wafer malt, only faintly bookended by light grassy hops, the hops are there but seem to be phoning it in until the aftertaste, where they truly shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied while adding a bit of kick as well, a nice added boost.

Overall a slightly above-average pilsener, but it holds its own. Middle-of-the-road without being mediocre, definitely leaning more towards the malt side in the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 06:28:40 | More by IronDjinn
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml.bottle,golden yellow with foamy white head that turns to a decent collar and mild sticky lacing.Very fresh aroma with hops and grass coming through,a little peppery in there too.Taste is refreshing and clean with fresh grains and grass coming at you and a peppery bite to it and solid bitterness finishing it off,dry aftertaste at the very end and the pepper there too once again.Medium to full body with good amount of carbs in there,those bubbles seem endless,well worth a try,good brew,quite enjoyable to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:19:25 | More by GrimmReaper
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark golden beer with a settling thin head. Typical for a pilsner.

Smell is strong malty with a little sulfur and some decoction Maillard products.

Taste is strong malty which makes the beer quite big, but doesn't interfere with the drinkability. The malt is grainy, a bit caramellized and has a bready, crusty taste. A clean bitterness, which is just a little bit soapy.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 17:35:38 | More by Absumaster
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birchstick

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 00:06:39 | More by birchstick
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice amber colour with no/little head.
Not very strong smell, mostly grassy and hoppy.
Taste pretty much same as nose, grassy with a little bitterness. I didn't really like the finish though, it's like almoust too bitter.
Kinda drinkable beer with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's not bad, i would have it again on ocasion, but I'm a bit dissapointed with it, because this brewery has much better choices.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 00:09:23 | More by Voonder
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albern

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer I reviewed had a production date about a year old so this is far from a fresh batch by which to compare. Had I seen the date, I would have skipped over it, but alas no. The beer pours a very nice white, frothy head for a pilsner, with plenty of retention and soap like bubbles. The beer is plenty carbonated.

The aroma is very typical of the Czech pilsners, in that you have a very grainy, extra hop sharpness, almost grassy aroma. I would imagine that a fresher batch would have had more estery hop aromas and more bready malts. I can only imagine.

The taste is the typical Czech sharp hop from the Saaz variety, fairly dry malty graininess, with some bittering dry herbal tastes in the finish. There is a slight metallic and mustiness to the beer, especially on the back end; my guess is that the former is characteristic, the latter is due to the lack of freshness. Overall, I will try this beer again, albeit with a fresher label date, and see if my conclusions are borne out.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 00:14:33 | More by albern
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New beer club @ trackside liquor store, this is one of july's offerings.

Nice, rich golden amber, perfectly clear with a rich, foamy head.

Slightly spicy, floral hoppiness with a prominent grainy maltiness.

Sharp hop bite with aforememtioned grainy malt. Not quite in balance, but decent for a Czech Pil.

Medium bodied and quite smooth after the initial hop bite.

Decent pilners, will probably quaff a few of these while in stock this July.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 00:28:39 | More by Shadman
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 22:18:07 | More by Sammy
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micahgoldfus

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looked fantastic after the pour: a golden yellow-orange color with a big, white, fluffy head that bubbled down very slowly to a lace across the whole top of the beer. The smell was decent, a bit of grassy hops and a lot of bready malts. I was not much of a fan of the taste: up front is was the bready malts again, plus some other grainy tastes, which to me was kind of bland. There was some hoppiness at the end, but it was more of a small fizzle of taste rather than a compliment. It was somewhat sweet, but in a way that left the beer feeling a little too heavy and syrupy for me, despite the thin and well carbonated mouthfeel. All in all, I think there are a lot better Czech pilseners out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 17:38:37 | More by micahgoldfus
Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.