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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

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Ratings: 304 | Reviews: 184
Photo of magictrokini
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Puttenham
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.

Photo of MisterClean
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of deg
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.

Photo of stumac
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
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.

Photo of Absumaster
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Voonder
2.81/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Shadman
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of micahgoldfus
2.39/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a crystal clear, dark gold colour with a 2 finger white head that has decent retention and leaves some very nice lacing on my glass.

S: lots of grassy hops, a touch of sweet bready malts and just a bit of spice as well.

T: the crispness of the hops comes out up front followed by a bready, nutty finish that is spicy, dry and far from sweet. Very refreshing.

M:light and crisp, excellent carbonation and a very smooth, very dry finish that tingles the palate.

D: this is a pretty darn good little czech pils. I'm loving the dryness of this one. It's very easy to drink and is highly refreshing. I can see myself having a lot of this beer this summer.

Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, more darkly malty lager with character resembling a good English bitter as much as a pilsner.

Light amber, it has a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin top, leaving some lace.

The aroma is mostly toasty grain with bread, a hint of caramel, leaves, pine, citrus, and flowers. The citrus is mostly lemon with a little grapefruit.

The taste is surprisingly earthy, with toasty bread, caramel, leaves, a little pine, and a quite a bit of citrus, particularly lemon with a hint of grapefruit. After starting light, the bitterness soon increaseas to make a very nice balance of hops and malt.

Photo of meatmallet
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden color with a head that didnt last long and left no lacing. Smells of grain and bread with a very faint carmel smell. Taste starts smooth and has a very bitter and heavily carbonated end with some pine and citrus flavors. Over all it has a sour taste that I didnt enjoy.

Photo of youradhere
2.16/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this while on tour in Atlanta, bought on base in a 20(?) ounce bottle. Poured it assuming I'd experience an imperial flavor, but was met with nothing more than ale style flavor and mouthfeel. A let down, and couldn't even finish the bottle it tasted so bad; switched to Stella after 1/4 of the bottle, and dumped it down the drain. Will never buy this again, but then again maybe some more refined palates find something redeemable in this swill.

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet cereal grain and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a solid grainy malt. Some floral hops as well.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a good and tasty pils. Good drinkability.

Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking golden lager, white head that died quickly. Sweet aroma of the euro skunk, slides into the quaff along with the crisp lager malts. On the sweet side, but a decent brew, that finishes crisply - good hop balance. This would drink well in the summer heat, but the import price will probably keep it out of the DBF.

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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