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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Krušovice ImperialKrušovice Imperial

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of BostonHops
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
bottled date: 04-15-10.

pours a clear, pale golden-yellow with a big (almost 3 fingers), puffy white head that demonstrates modest retention and lacing.

nose is mild, mostly consisting of a grainy/malty aroma with some faint hoppy notes loitering in the background. more of the same transitions to the flavor, with a decided but not overwhelming bitterness to it. crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel. could easily do a few of these. overall, nothing to go wild for, but a nice, unobtrusive pilsner - admittedly not one of my favorite styles. you could do worse.

original review on: 08-26-2010

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3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed several times since 2005. Deep golden color. White, small size bubbled froth. Close & lasting crown. Lacing rings on sides. Sweet mildy malt aroma, sulphur hints. Gentle bitter upfront. Malty palate. Slightly peppery in the middle, subtle astringency. Dry hoppy finish.Light body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber, foamy white head, some lacing and good clarity.

Sweet malt aroma & lager hops along with a bit of corn and grain. Other adjuncts also feature and there is a very slight skunky smell at the end.

Corn and grassy hops along with a semi-sweet taste and touches of citrus. It's not at all skunky tasting despite the aroma hinting at this and the finish is little bit bitter although very crisp.

Light medium bodied with a slightly rough feel to the drink and it had the normal lager bitterness with a slightly dry but crisp finish and medium carbonation.

This one was a average to slightly above average pilsener although miles ahead of most of the mass produced garbage you find in UK supermarkets these days.

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Photo of mooseo
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint.

A - Clear straw yellow with a frothy white head. Not much retention.

S - Pale malt sweetness, grainy and grassy hops.

T - Light grassy hops mixed with a subtle malt sweetness. Good balance with a slightly bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Smooth and crisp, light body, average carbonation.

O - Decent pilsner at a great price. Highly drinkable.

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

A: Clear yellow gold with 2 fingers of foamy, bubbly head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Fruit, grass, spices

T: Light malty flavor. Clean and refreshing. Real smooth pils.

M: A good amount of nice carbonation. Great tingle.

O: Another refreshing pilsner. Better than some I've had (recently).

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Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head and is a golden/straw yellow, with a shade of orange. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. I remember that the head of beer was part of the culture in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Some lacing has been left on the side of the glass from the head reducing to a thin layer.

Smell: It's weird, this beer smells like a blond ale or honey ale even though it a pilsner. Honey and bready notes come to mind first. Followed by sweet malts, grainy notes, and some nice spiciness.

Taste: Same as above, but pretty mild. Wish the flavor was toned up a bit more. Nothing exceptional, but still a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, easy to drink, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy on the palate.

Overall: This beer brings back memories of Prague/Praha and my time spent in Banska Bystrica. Now wish I could go back this winter for some snowboarding and apres board. There were was much better across the pond and the scenery and the culture made it exceptionally better. Wish I could find this beer more often.

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Photo of bark
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and firm. It leaves lots of lacing when slowly sinking down.

The smell is smooth and very balanced. Sweet notes of honey, butter and fresh flowers. Clean bitter notes in the background, as is some cardboard.

The taste is smooth and very balanced, too. It is quit light. Some buttery notes, some flowers and grass. Mild bitter clean flavours, some sweet cookie-notes. The aftertaste got a slowly growing bitter flavour, more butter and a slight dry note. The finish is mild and balanced.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the small bubbles fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well balanced brew, perhaps a bit too smooth.

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Photo of Nixon
4.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought one of these out of curiosity yesterday and was very impressed. This is a 'top-of-the-heap' example of what a lager should taste like.

It is very clear, the color of gold, has a nice dense white head that lasts and just the right amount of gassiness/effervescence.

The taste is right on the money too. You get the proper amount of malty sweetness balanced by a noticeable hop flavor with a just-right level of bitterness.

The classic label design leads you to believe that they know what they're doing and the bottle has gold foil covering the neck, the 'kiss your pinched fingers' final touch that lets you know that these guys have a lot of pride in their product. The labels says this brewery has been at it since the 1500's so they've had plenty of time to tweak their recipe and get it just right. And I believe they've done just that.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought a can of Krusovice Imperial home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer was golden cleal with foamy white head to start, which then faded. There was some initial lacing but eventually that ceased as well. The smell was malt and maybe a hint of some czech hops. The taste begins with a smooth malt taste that just stays throughout the whole taste. Mouthfeel was good had nice carbonation and was medium bodied....smooth. Overall was a good beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of Long813
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank in Prague

A: Pours a light golden-amber body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is good, as is lacing.

S: Light notes of hops, sweet fruit, some earthiness and spice.

T: Following the aroma, the flavour was full of nice hops and malts. Some fruit and spice followed behind, but it was very light. It still retained that clean pilsener taste.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The texture was froathy, with a nice dry hop finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and probably had about 24 of these during my trip. Definitely a worth beer to try out.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.41/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a pale golden straw color with a short lived white head.

S: Corn and skunk to start things off with a bit of sugar and candy. There's a light vegetal note as well as some garbage and sulfur. Somewhat grainy with a bit of grass and straw.

T: Quite sweet with some sulfur and corn. Grain husks and grass with a definite astringency. There's a light bitterness to it as well as some very mild hop notes. Only a mild skunkiness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Sweet and grainy. Not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of horshack7
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of 1 pint .9 ounce bottle pours a golden pilsner with about two fingers worth of head on top.

Aroma: Nice floral hops towards the front with a bit of dryness in the nose. Grainy malts in the middle along with a little bit butteryness. At the back is a little bit of citrus.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel with a buttery texture. Floral hops all around this beer. Hints of grain top it off rather well. In the end is a good but sublte dry finish.

Notes: This one is very good and well rounded a good one to pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malty, hints of vanilla, yeast and some light herbal hops
Taste: Sweet malts, clear grain and a soft bitter hop.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and a medium creamy body
Overall: Nice balanced pilsner, like the vanilla in the smell

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a hefty cap of foam. The aroma is doughy malt with a touch of grassy hops. On the palate the flavor is sweet while still managing some husky grain. A little bitterness at the end. Smoother than some other beers that I have had from eastern Europe.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I run a bar and I brought this beer in before ever having it. This was defintily one of the best czech pils I have ever had. Very crisp and clean with nice carbonation. If you want to taste a great beer definitly pick this one up. Was able to buy this bottle individualy for $1.25 a bottle and its worth every penny and more.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber apperance with foamy white head that slowly disappears. Smell is sweet, with a hint of grain, decent hops and vanilla.

Taste is a good blend of malt, grain and bread. Picked up a hint of citrus and vanilla as well. Cream, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering bitter and malty aftertaste.

Overall, this is a refreshing and inoffensive beer. Nothing that stands out, but that's what makes it drinkable.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange honey color with a foaming discontinuous 1/4 inch head. The head forms a ring of lacing around the sides of the glass. This beer is lightly carbonated. In terms of sheer pleasure to look at I am very pleased with this beer. It is way more substantial looking in terms of body than many of the European beers I am used to.

Smell: From the first sniff I get a more full hop aroma than I am used to from European beers. I just spent the last week trying an assortment of Pilsners and lagers from the continent and nothing I have had compares to Krusovice in terms of sheer aromatic hops. I get scents of dried apricot and honey. The other portion of hops is earthy, herbal, floral, and spicy. This is very complex. The malts are mainly grain with hints of caramel as the beer warms.

Taste: This beer has somewhat of a dry taste but it finishes sweet. The first sip is of a grainy malt that gives way to both a sweet and spicy hop profile. There is a taste of fruit and herbal tea (think chamomile). This is a semi bitter beer. And, I mean it. I am very impressed with the bittering hops used in this beer. The balance is solid.

Mouthfeel: A light, carbonated infusion of strong hop and malt flavors from the continent.

Overall: If Imperial ever meant something it was this light alcoholic beer that contains a ton of character and flavor. I would feel fine enjoying this beer with a nice heavy dinner in which I needed a full flavored beer to wash down my meal.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this shortly after sampling Golden Pheasant, but this is a notch hoppier. The herbal lemon is a stronger and and it also has a more pleasant balance of malt to hops. The barley bring a toasty caramel while there's a hint of herbal licorice. The hoppy finish has a lemon juice and pepper character that's dry but satisfying.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, almost copper, with large, thick head. Aroma is pretty weak but mostly sweet malts with a little hay and grassy hoppiness evident. Taste is sweet up front, almost candy-like, followed up by a strong grassy hop flavor with a light but pleasant bitter finish. The palate is a strong point of this beer - light to medium bodied with a slighty oily texture, there is also a fine carbonation giving it a soft mouthfeel. A very good representative of the style.

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Photo of kflorence
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, amber in color with a good amount of foamy head that dissipates to a thin layer of cream. Lacing is left around the glass as you drink. Very low carbonation.

S: Smells of sweet malts and grains, vanilla and some astringency.

T: Taste is similar to the smell. This is a very simple beer with a good sweet malt backbone and some dry hop crispness on the end.

M: Light in body with low carbonation. Creamy on the tongue.

D: This is a very drinkable, light and refreshing pilsener, but it really offers nothing spectacular and comes off a bit dull.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to beveritt for yet another brew. 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Light copper / golden and clear. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a nice cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Extremely subdued grainy notes. Very light malt sweetness.

T- Mild buttery, malty sweetness. Very light hop bittering.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp and light.

D- Good. Not extraordinarily flavorful or complex, but pleasant tasting and extremely easy drinking.

Future outlook: Don't know where this brew came from....nothing spectacular, but a pleasant, simple, easy drinking brew that would do well on a sweltering day. No matter, glad to have tried, but not compelling enough for seeking out.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass jan6 2010

A clear golden liquid with some tiny particles and just a few slowly raising bubbles with a bigger head then one would expect from the amount of visible carbonation, foam retains well and leaves some unorganized lace

S grainy lemon with some noble hops

T not far from the smell, about what I expect from a Czech pil

M crisp fairly clean and more bubbles in the mouth then what I see in the glass

D pretty easy to drink, would be much better under a hot sun but my bottle was gone pretty quick

not bad for the price only 3$ here in Alberta worth a try for sure a decent representation of the style

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Photo of beveritt
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Gold foam wrap over the cap. The label is what I would think of as traditional Czech, with a mix of roman and Cyrillic writing on a gold and red background. Born by date on the back says 11.09.2009. That phrase really doesn't make sense to me.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly pure white head. this settles slowly to a thin yet complete cap of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a bright, medium yellow and perfectly clear. Shows a fair amount of activity.

Smell: Slightly spicy hops upfront with hints of pineapple followed by a sweet yet light, caramel malt. Mild herbaceous bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Mildly sweet biscuity malt with hints of orange and pineapple. Extremely mild hop bitterness in the finish with a lingering, buttery sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: I went into this with fairly low expectations and found myself pleasantly surprised. Flavorful and well balanced, while not my favorite style, this a solid beer.

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Photo of demuzik
4.66/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliant gold-copper in color, a tad darker than you may expect from a pils.
Smell is certainly saaz; noble and clean.
Taste is perfectly balanced, yet a touch of bitter over the top to let you know this is pilsner without question.
Mouthfeel is above average, and this is by far my favorite session Pils from Europe.
No bad aftertaste, this is one that continues to blow you away after the glass is half empty, on glass #2, or whatever the case may be.
It may have helped trying this one on tap in Germany, but the bottle serving version is not far behind, as I tried a case worth of that serving type also.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold with a 2" head which settled down to usta trace. The taste was comparable to American Pilsner's but with just a little bit more of everything. There's a tiny bit of hops, some sweet malt, and the grains come across more like a rye with an aftertaste. Better than the masses, but just barely.

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.