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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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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
3.85/5  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.

Photo of Voonder
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.

Photo of albern
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.

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
2.85/5  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.

Photo of micahgoldfus
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.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
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
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
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
2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
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
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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

A-very nice looking bottle,pours gold(average pilsner look)a good fingers worth of soft fluffy white head with a little bit of lacing

S-grains,light malt aromas,and some earthy tones

T-salty bread,buttery buiscuits,with good malts up front and subtle hops on the finish

M-pretty average,not a lot of carbonation,very clean and smooth

D-great drinkability,this would go well with a meal(steak,pizza,ect.)simple brew with a lot of character

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a solid gold with ok carbonation. The Head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok, light malt and mild hops.

The taste is good nice bready malt, taste notes of biscuits and grain, some grass and straw. All slightly sweet but nice balance with the hoppy earthy finish.

The mouthfeel is very good, great body and good crbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a beer I would seek out but still quite enjoyable.

Prosit, MK

Photo of choyhosoi
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glassware-Pilsner glass
Appearance-Poured into the glass and got a golden colored beer that had a nice white frothy head that said "drink me up".
Smell-The smell had an inviting flavor of hops and a sweeter scent that lingered.
Taste-The taste of this beer wasn't what I was expecting consideing the appearance. it was average at best nothing to memorable here.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer is easy to drink no surprises here. If I am ever in that area of the world I don't know if I would try this particular beer but never say never.

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale gold with a large white head that is slow to recede and leaves nice lace.

Smell is grassy hops and a bit grainy, not to strong, and nice.

Taste is pretty classic Czech Pils, fairly restrained, balanced and smooth. Nice graininess and damp hops, a touch of butteriness keep it interesting but quaffable.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, leaving a watery impression that was the biggest defect in this beer. Not bad, but closer to macro light lager then real deal pils.

Drinkability is pretty good, I had a few of these tonight, they went well with Thai food, Red Curry Duck. Thanks to my Dad for splurging on the pricy case, and makes me proud of my Slovakian heritage.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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

On tap at Radegast Bierhall. I blindly ordered a Krusovice, expecting the Cerny as that is what is usually available but got this instead.

A-A big frothy head sits a top a dark golden brew. Nice looking beer.

S-Straw and grassy hops

T-On the maltier side for a Czech pilsener but it does have a pleasing hop bite which cuts through it. Sulphur ntones are evident as well.

M-Typical light bodied European lager.

D-Not outstanding but serviceable. I prefer the Cerny to this but it is a refreshing Pils.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having their Cerne, I wasn't expecting much from their Pilsner especially since it got lower reviews, however with this one I am impressed.

Pours a medium golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing as the glass drains.

Aromas are pleasantly grainy with a bit of floral hops bringing up the rear.

Taste is also grainy like wheat and maybe a touch of rye making for a slightly spicy pilsner with a pleasant hop bite that keeps everything dry and your mouth feeling clean.

An exceedingly drinkable pilsner. I will revisit this one again sometime.

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

The beer upon the poor presents a clear gold with a modest creamy white head that fades quickly leaving a thin but complete sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, crisp and clean, front is somewhat sweet with a decent malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops adequately spicy, dry and sweet until the end, a drinkable beer, and better than many, I have sampled.

Photo of SMark
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured from a 500ml bottle at 40º with a born on date on the back label. It produced a slight, white, foamy head which left a little lacing while disappearing. A few small bubbles were still evident after 5 minutes. There was a slight gold coloring with tinges of orange.

Malt and noble hops are detectable at the very first encounter. This is a good example of an attractable pilsner bouquet.

The taste was clean with some sharpness. A slight bitterness could be attributable to the amount of hops.

The taste of malt lingered in the mouth and seemed to marry quite well with the hops. Although this was slightly sharp and bitter there was nothing off in the way it bounced around before being swallowed.

This beer was over a year old according to the born on date but still had a lot left. Lacing continued to impress and the total package was very well put together.

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

Impressive Pilsener, moderately dark golden color with a modest head. The taste exudes hops with a decent bitter taste and the mouthfeel has good carbonation. Overall, the beer is smooth and hoppy, strong and bold in taste with a good finish. Worth grabbing a second, yet also works well in dialogue with a good smooth porter or stout. One I'd recommend without reservation.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean straw yellow color with a white head. Aromas os sweet malt and somewhat fruity, like green apples. In the taste, small fruitiness (green apples) that goes from sweet to dry. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry fruity aftertaste. Light on the palate and refreshing.

Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.