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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Drew966

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Krusovice Imperial pours a dark golden yellow with a white head that laces nicely from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is grassy. The flavor is grassy hops with a touch of hoppy spiciness in the forefront, a mild malt flavor toward the end provides a solid backbone. Not bad, I'm pleasantly surprised, I wasn't expecting much when I bought it, I thought it was going to be a Euro strong lager type of beer based on the imperial designation, but it's a decent Czech pils.

10-29-2007 23:59:59 | More by Drew966
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Clear golden brew with a sizeable white head, impressive amount of lacing. Meidum carbonation is present.

S - A sweet malt, faint hay and faint herbs.

T - A lightly sweet maltiness with some underlying pleasant hay hops and a touch of heather, several extremely faint nuances mesh to construct a very pleasant flavor. I think I can detect distinguish hints of clover, mint and anise from this bulk taste. These flavors are extremely faint, but make for a very complex pilsner.

M - Medium to thick body, fairly smooth, in spite of high carbonation. Leaves mouth feeling dry and ... clean?

D - I've partaken in this fantastic brew at a local Czech run bar and I still think it is worthwhile. I have had and will have again.

10-28-2007 07:34:20 | More by mrasskicktastic
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livingregret

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -2%

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange w/ no head but some visible carbonation. No lacing

Smell: Fresh grain and a touch of spice. Very subtle on the nose

Taste/mouthfeel: Starts w/ a big malty crisp flavour that gives way to a slight sweetness at the end of the beer. Malty bread and a touch of hops is what I get out of this beer...sometimes I get a slight smoke flavour. Rather interesting. Very clean tasting and cleanses the palate easily

Drinkability: Enjoyable enough Pilsner that I would have again

09-25-2007 02:44:38 | More by livingregret
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Mildly chill hazed golden beer with a tall white head. So gold in fact it is nearing amber.

Sweet featuring Pilsner malt and lots of toasted grain scent. Herbal hop aroma bordering on bitter smelling and medicinal. A little bit floral smelling but it isn't exactly spicy.

The taste begins malty and a little bitter. The bitterness builds as you drink this and the malt becomes a bit sweeter but nothing obliterates all the other flavors. Good malty bread flavor with Nobel hop jam about sums up the flavor.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty drinkable, I really like a stronger more bitter Pilsner but this will do.

$1.99 at the San Luis Obispo BevMo!

09-24-2007 00:19:54 | More by Zorro
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Amalak

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

App: Gold lager

Smell: I have had this beer numerous times, and like it much better off the tap. Smells like your typical Czech lager.

Taste: Good taste, but kind of soapy.

Mouthfeel: Nice, pleasant lagery kind of feel.

Drinkability: Tastes better after a few seconds even. Good, but not great.

Solid in a bottle, much better off the tap.

09-22-2007 21:52:32 | More by Amalak
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

Deep gold in colour with a finger of white head. Head falls to a thin cap, but leaves some lacing.

Fresh grain smell, quite light in the aroma department. A spiciness that I can't pin down is in there as well.

A little weak in the malt, kinda cracker like. Hops seem a bit soapy, and leave a strong shampoo like aftertaste. Not my thing. Gets better as it goes, taste evens out, malt starts to balance things.

Average pilsners mouthfeel. A little too sharp in carbonation, and the body is quite light. Not watery, but not satisfying.

Wouldn't buy it again, but wouldn't really avoid drinking it.

08-23-2007 00:55:31 | More by elricorico
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rugbyfan13

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner Glass.

Appearance - Nice little head that sat atop the beer, seemingly lighter than air. Head transformed into a thin cover after the first few sips. Nice, golden colour that seemed to complement the late-August mid-Afternoon sun here in wonderful Atlanta. Thin streaks of green perhaps, or do my eyes deceive me? No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Light, but not faint. Czech hops dominated the aroma with hints of honey. Quite nice really.

Taste: Light, but not faint (hey wait a second!). Czech hops dominated the taste with hints of honey (Wait just one bloody second!). Main difference between the smell and taste was that the honey was stronger and more apparent sooner than in the smell. After my Ommegangs, this was an amazing change of pace.

Mouthfeel: Light, but not faint (have you any other descriptions?). Certainly not watery, but it was not particularly strong--in a good way.

Drinkability: Due to the fact the beer was...light, but not faint...I could easily consume several of these. A good summer beer, or any season beer for that matter. There was heaps going on with this beer, but it didn't smack you upside your head. Instead, it invited you to find its characteristics. Wonderful.

The beer is quite nice. The best way to describe it is...wonderfully subdued. If your looking for a Pliny or Storm King, look elsewhere. If you just want a quality beer you can enjoy and like drinking, this is it.

08-15-2007 20:29:55 | More by rugbyfan13
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ctdfalconer

California

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

I wasn't a fan of this brewery's schwarzbier, and from what I've heard, their light lager is not to be bothered with. Thier "Imperial" turns out to be quite decent. For starters, the bottle I got was not stale, which is a frequent problem with European imports. Secondly, I'm sure it helps that I've just arrived home from cycling back from work on a warm summer day. Anyway, after having caught my breath, I can smell the grainy aroma with some spicy-herbal-grassy hops and a hint of corniness. About how I'd expect a Czech Pils to smell. The flavor is clean and malty with a brisk hoppy bite in the finish and a mildly tart yogurt-like tangy aftertaste. All in all, I've had better Czech Pilseners, but this one is drinkable, especially if you've gotten yourself all hot and thirsty first.

07-10-2007 01:04:08 | More by ctdfalconer
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Keitherduder

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

As i'm still drinking my first Krusovice I'm thuroughly enjoying it. Poured into a tall glass it developed a beautiful sparkling goldness with that ever so desired creamy white head. The smell is nice but could have been more prevelant. The first sip sent me into a heavenly pilsner land on this warm humid ohio afternoon. And as i'm still sipping on it while it slowly warms up in the glass it's taking me deeper down into the streets of gold! haha, that's kind of weird... but... basicly what i mean is that the taste is very crisp and clean and perfect for a hot summer day. It lingers nicely as well.

I'll be having another soon i'm sure!

06-30-2007 01:16:09 | More by Keitherduder
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xav33

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Krušovice Imperial
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a weizen glass.
Born on 12/06, absorbed 06/07.

Poured a clear gold with an average mostly diminishing white fizzy head.

Smelt of moderate light grain, cooked corn and light grassy hops.

Flavor was upfront moderate bitter grassy hops and sweet light bread followed by a strong bitter sharp grassy hops and sweet cooked corn and bread on a moderate finish.

Palate was light bodied, slightly oily, lightly astringent and lively carbonated.

Overall, it's a classic bohemian pilsner. A little bit sharper than the average. Definitely a good example of a czech pilsner.

06-21-2007 05:57:54 | More by xav33
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BoucheGulp

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle poured into pint glass: Rich golden color with a fairly dense, foamy white head. Mildly sweet malt aromas balanced by a mildly flowery hop presence. Clean, pale malt palette with bread flavors and a slightly grassy finish. Begins with a soft, hoppy aroma which returns and mellows at the finish. Pleasantly watery mouthfeel - fuller, like tap water, rather than overly crisp filtered water. Very drinkable, though I only have one. For an inexpensive imported pilsener, this one is richer in flavor and aroma than Urquell, well-balanced, but without the crispness and subtle hop bite.

06-01-2007 23:56:02 | More by BoucheGulp
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hero27

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

500ml gold foil-topped bottle.
Bottled on 12/12/06.

Clear gold color, pronounced head of white foam.
Soft, grainy malt flavor. Definitely some grassy hops in there as well..enough to give it a nice flavor without being over-the-top for a pils. Nice, crisp mouthfeel and very smooth going down make this a great thirstquencher.

I'm actually fairly impressed with this stuff. Not bad at all.

05-31-2007 02:38:57 | More by hero27
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

A - Big bottle with gold foil around the bottle cap....always a classy touch. Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge fluffy white ice-cream head. Lots of honeycomb lace is left on the side of the glass.

S - Soft saltine cracker and salt aroma. Hard crusty baguettes and pizza dough.

T - Again, mild but crisp salty cracker and crust flavors. Saltier than most German pilseners that I've tried, and slightly less twangy too. Good firm cracker-like malts with crisp hops to balance it out. Very slightly metallic. Nicely done.

M - Medium bodied and slightly acidic. The low level of carbonation coupled with the salty but smooth flavor makes this "supple" to steal a word from the oenophiles.

D - Excellent, if a bit boring. I could drink a few more of these this spring. I'm not the biggest pils fan, but this is excellent.

04-12-2007 20:03:07 | More by pmcadamis
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours pale golden yellow with a decent white head and slight lacing.

Smell is sweet and grainy with very slight hops.

Taste is mild bready malt with a crisp, grassy dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light but acceptable.

Drinkable, but not outstanding. Finish has more bitterness than the nose lead me to believe and really helps the flavor profile. Worth a try.

04-08-2007 19:41:21 | More by Blakaeris
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

03-08-2007 01:21:54 | More by jwc215
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stephendr

California

2.63/5  rDev -24.2%

16.9 oz. bottle- color of clear pale golde, with a light head – nose of straw , hay , and sweet – taste of yeasty , skunk , hay or dry straw and some mild hops - body medium , medium carbonation , and slighty acidic – aftertaste of straw , and mild hopps a generic beer

02-01-2007 06:24:27 | More by stephendr
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +15.3%

Effervescent and golden, a shade darker than most czech pilsners. The smell is typically czech in profile- crisp, with floral hops and subdued malt. The taste is crisp and rounded and very balanced. Soft rounded malt in the background. The mouthfeel is very soft, but with a nice level of carbonation. Very nice, if not world shaking.

12-28-2006 04:40:57 | More by Georgiabeer
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a big, foamy, off-white head leaves a few thick strands of lace. Transparent golden colored beer holds a few streams of briskly rising bubbles. Pungent herbal and floral hops in the aroma with a touch of pale malt. Light pale malt based flavor with an overriding hop tea flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is light, and finishes almost airy. A decent Pils. One sip it's tastes ok and the next it's pretty good. I would say go for it.

12-24-2006 19:18:12 | More by HappyHourHero
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%

Solid Czech pilsener, although not "imperial" in the American sense of the word.

Orangey-gold colour with a thick, pure white head. Pale malts with a strong Saaz hop smell. Good mix of malt and Saaz hops. Leans more on the hop side, but certainly not overpowering. Slight bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel, very good carbonation. Refreshing when served cold. Worth repeating, much better than some of the other pilseners from the regions.

11-17-2006 04:37:11 | More by BDTyre
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

Had on tap in Tanks Tap Room Tampa Florida, one of his regular imports. Served in chunky dedicated Krusovice Glass tankard, is medium dark, maybe a little darker than the usual Pilsner, though had little head. Aroma is what would be expected of a typical pilsner, clean, maybe a little more malty than some, some floral and yeasty hints. Taste is good, fair body, and good texture for this style of beer, smooth and malty to start, but good balance of bitterness and hops in the finish, very tasty and refreshing. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, with plenty of character, more so than some other more popular pilsners. Strangely, I have never seen this beer in any form in England, yet we get Staropranen, Czech Bud, and most of the other well known Czech Pilsners, which is a great shame, as I would be more than happy to buy it, if it tastes the same from bottle as it does on tap from the samples I have had.

JohnW written while in Tampa FL Nov 2006
B"ham UK

11-02-2006 17:11:25 | More by JohnW
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

1pt. 9oz. poured into a pilsner glass.


A-Golden color body with a Thick white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.Bubbles coming up from the bottem.

S-Smells like corn just like any other pilsner.

T-Taste like any other pilsner and some malts.

M-It taste kind of thin but its refreshing and enjoyable.

D-I liked it but I wouldnt go out and buy it again.It taste just like any other pilsner but it refreshes.I reccomend.

10-30-2006 00:46:00 | More by MmmIPA
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

10-28-2006 18:02:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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AndoBrew

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

*did not mind would not buy*

app: looks like a hazy baseball game beer.. chill haze?? not sure, it did come out of a beer cooler.. white big sturdy STRONG looking head

smell: pepper, butter yeast floral perfume hops..

taste: refreshing.. bland.. very weak flavors. I really dont have much to say. flowery after taste, light very unoffensive beer.

mf: refreshing

drinkable? HA HA OH BOY YEAH!!! ITS REFRESHING!

OA: nothing intresting at all.. if you want a very unoffensive watery beer, go for this one.... did I say refreshing??

10-27-2006 23:48:54 | More by AndoBrew
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle, "Born By Date" May 4, 2006, into s pilsner glass. Rich golden clear body with one finger of white head. Foam quickly faded to a film.

Smell was floral hops. Earthy, slightly ashy.

Taste was lemony tart. Grainy. Malty sweetness yet typical pilsner crispness. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel was impressively raspy in texture. Medium carbonation present. Medium body. Pleasant all around.

10-27-2006 02:32:55 | More by Cresant
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

10-08-2006 04:23:43 | More by BEERchitect
Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.