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Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
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

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(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 09-03-2003)
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BierFan

Michigan

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

Poured from a half liter bottle into a pint glass. Born on date of June 17th, 2009.

Appearance: Sizable off-white head. Clear yellow body. Real good head retention, spots of lacing.

Smell: Little malt sweetness, light grassy hops.

Taste: Biscuit. Lemony and grassy hops leave you with an appropriate level of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:00:44 | More by BierFan
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sample thanks to Milos- A medium deep and clear gold with a fizzy bleached white cap. Nose of grassy hops, saaz, lemon, fruity pale malts. Tastes quite hoppy and grassy, a bit floral, lemon and biscuit follow. Very clean tasting with a pleasant bitterness that lingers. A good session beer. Thanks Milos!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 16:05:35 | More by mrmanning
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, poured into a 'Veltins' branded stemmed 0.2 litre tulip shaped glass. My favourite lager/pilsner glass was filled three times by this beer and on each pour it looked and sounded lively.

Mid-range light golden pilsner colour, thin white which left a weak collar on each pour and very quickly too. The head let it down badly in my opinion.

Very little aroma to report on, hay, grass and not a lot of anything really, gets my regular 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tangy feel, but no body or flavours to rise it above plenty of other 'run of the mill' pilsners available anywhere and everywhere around the world.

Seemed better on tap in Prague. In my dining room it was just another beer for me to review and try as I did, no redeeming features came to its rescue, this is a bog standard pilsner!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 19:34:52 | More by BlackHaddock
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HalfFull

California

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle and poured into a pils glass. Shows a deep and clear straw with an inch of soapy white head. Retention and lacing are moderate to strong.

Clean and sweet lager nose with some light grainy malts and a bit of breadiness. Notable noble hop nose, clean and grassy. Fairly dry in flavor and with a light hop bitterness that balances well with a moderate malt backbone. Solid feel and drink, nice example of the style that doesn't overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 05:50:11 | More by HalfFull
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crossovert

Illinois

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

Pint .9 oz bottle with gold foil.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear gold with hints of amber and amazing active bubbles. Nice bright white 1 finger head. This is what a pilsener should look like, a beauty. This beer glistens.

Scent is standard pils, nice noble hops and a malt backbone. It has good harmony but could be better.

Taste is standard pils, very nice hops but not without the malt. Bread and spice.

Pilseners are simple but amazing beers, this one is average I think in this category.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:02:33 | More by crossovert
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sammytag

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - nice gold colour with a thich white head after the pour, leaving little gobs of lace down my wine glass.

s - nice. light, bready malts with a whisper of sweetness. doesn't blow me away, but it's above average for the style. very very subtle floral hop on the nose.

t - light malts balanced by dry hoppy bitterness which lingers long into the aftertaste. As I get further into the bottle, the bitter hops start to get on my nerves. The hops throw it off balance. That having been said, if you're having this with a meal, it'll probably be alright.

m - crisp taste, yet somewhere between the low-mid ranges of medium body. impressive body for a czech lager, yet, it's not heavy. As the beer warms, it gains a bit of alcoholic heat, which is bizarre, but not entirely unwelcome.

d - the first few sips of this baby were truly impressive, but it mediocre'd out by the end. Nice but not challenging. No obvious flaws but not inspiring either.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 21:27:47 | More by sammytag
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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

Bright amber in color with a bubbly head that audibly fizzes as it dissipates. A steady line of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass adds appeal, too. The aroma is a tad fruity but mostly grainy; some grass as well. Nice taste-- lemons, grass and somewhat malty with a decent dose of hops at the back, but not really very bitter at all. Mild carbonation and a low ABV make this easy to drink. So does the price: about $2 a bottle! Worth gathering a few for the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 12:29:16 | More by gfreed
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John_M

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Joe Squared the other afternoon.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey and pepper. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with the beer having a light hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, but there was nothing watery about the beer. Drinkability was pretty good, and this low alcohol pilsner/lager was exactly what I was in the mood for on a warm, muggy day in Baltimore.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 13:25:52 | More by John_M
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adamette

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. brown bottle that I purchased at Heinen's in Greater Cleveland for something like $1.49. Poured into my Rare Vos gold rimmed V shaped glass.

A Nice look really for the style. Nice 3 to 4 inch head did not stay around like that for long, dissipating to a one cm head after about 60 seconds. 3.5

S A nice barley based lager with a smell of some strength and interest. Certainly the smell does not suggest that it is going to be a basic Czech lager but possibly could have some depth, interest, complexity. 4.0

T Like liquid barley, this beer is very much like the taste of chewing on roasted barley, as I have done on a number of brewery tours, most recently De Halve Mann in Brugge, Belgium. The ingredients listed on the label are: Water, Barley and Hops. The hops are minimal, in the background.

M Moderate at least with the big barley taste.

D Pretty good. I only bought the one bottle but I could see drinking a few of these.

Notes: Pleasant surprise, glad that I took the relative chance and had this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:56:28 | More by adamette
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Situation: Add-in on a Shop-Rite Liquors trip--tough to pass up stand-alones that are under two bucks!
Glassware: 23 oz. pilsener...
Appearance: thin golden body, light effervescence, with a thin iced tea head that shifts in unison with its body--odd...
Aroma: subdued, light ping of Saaz; not as pungent as Czech or Polish varieties often are...some fruity notes too...
Palate: thin, watery body that projects a bit gassy, but overall quite a basic, predictable mouthfeel...
Taste: plain, pleasant compliment to food--like these nachos--but rather nondescript...not corny, but lacking the malts necessary to bring a fuller profile...
Overall: finishes as it starts, rather predicatbly but not awfully, while avoiding the butt some pilsners in green bottles will peddle...

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 03:20:52 | More by dacrza1
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moosiz

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. This brew is a golden/straw yellow with a slight tinge of orange. Nice moderate to high carbonation producing a 1" head with decent retention. Frothy lacing displaying a patch work slippery pattern.

Grassy yeast/malt with a sweet light caramel aroma. The grassy hop is right up front followed by faint sweetness with a touch of yeastiness.

Tastes just like it smells, nice mild hop quality. Soft caramel malts dancing in an open field.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style in my opinion. Not thin but robust for how light it is. Nice drying finish.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 23:23:19 | More by moosiz
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with "born by" date of 26.08.2008

tasted in early may 2009

golden straw w honey amber tones. almost clear but for some possible chill haze. 1-finger head, bumpy and bubbly, fades to wispy layer and ring. splotchy lace here and there.

aroma: bready malts and gentle yet fragrant noble hops. hint of herbs and almost even citrusy. clean but for a hint of fusel or phenol in back, though never distracting.

taste: saaz is the centerpiece, with with controlled, crisp bitterness, countered by nice toasted breadiness. hint of pear or white grape. hops maintain crispness, with herbal/grassy note.

light to medium body, smooth overall w faint resins in finish. crisp, not too fizzy carbonation, giving further body.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 11:16:39 | More by tai4ji2x
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap on a hot day at a local Restaurant in Salem MA. At best I can say it was pretty average. It certainly wasn't the worst beer in the world I've ever had, but it wasn't that good either. It was a lot more Pale than I expected especially to use the term Imperial. It did not have a strong aroma, you could smell some hop notes to it. I was very disappointed with the overall flavor, again because they use the term Imperial. I found it very bland. Like I said it was a hot day and it was a cold beer so it was was refreshing enough for me to consider the mouth feel and drinkablility to be average.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 00:47:23 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

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

A: Crystal clear pale straw in color. Nice fluffy head.

S: Smells of straw and corn with a little hop aroma as well. Has sort of a sweet smell as well.

T: Kinda thin to me. I was hoping for a little more. Taste is mostly malt and a little earthy graniness. A slight bitterness. The finish is quite dry and balanced. I would have liked a little more bitterness.

Not a bad tasting pilsener... it just wasn't very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:10:40 | More by Buggies
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Beejay

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear.. nice pale straw color. Cery white head on top that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet, slightly spiced, with a little hops..

T: Very light... Not a lot of malt of or hops profile. But not bad.. Absolutely no off flavors.. clean and crisp.

M: About right for the style.

D: Not my cup of tea, but not too bad for a pils. PS. thanks mom for this surprise grab bag beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 01:27:03 | More by Beejay
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into glass. The beer is amber in color and the head dissipates very quickly.

S - very metallic with light citrus notes

T - first sip is nice, tastes grainy, however becomes increasingly metallic thereafter

M - nice carbonation, smooth

D - okay

It's a decent beer. Has strong metallic element similar to what I remember a Heineken tasting like, but much better. Would recommend trying out.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 23:11:48 | More by Grunewald
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Born by 8/26/08.

A: Straw color. Not much of a head, but it does leave some lacing.

S: Lemons and hops.

T: Crisp clean bitterness, lemony tartness, and just enough malty sweetness. Goes down like a dream.

M: A bit heavier than I expected, but the carbonation balances it out.

D: A very pleasant surprise. Easily the best Czech pilsner I've ever had. In fact, I'd put it in the same league as the better German lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:27:11 | More by BarrelO
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Poured with a medium sized white head that soon disappears and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a bright, very clear, yellow gold. Aromatics of hops, malt, a little spice and beer. Flavor's the same more bittersweet. Fully carbonated. Clean and refreshing. Ok body. Finish is good with a typical Czech pale lager. Definitely a session beer. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 20:58:06 | More by drpimento
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pilsner pours with massive amounts of carbonation, which in turn produces a massive amount of head build up, and sticks around quite a while. The body of this brew is more copper than the golden color of the German Pilsners I'm more used to. Of course the clarity of this brew is pure, as a Pilsner should be.

The aroma is actually quite full. There are both lemony and metallic hops present, and in good concentration.

The taste is pretty husky and herbal. In the middle there is a lemony presence, but all together it is pretty herbal.

This has a palate wetting quality and goes down smoothly. It's on par for the style, but I like my German Pils a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 16:58:26 | More by TheSarge
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atis

Finland

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours gold with large and foamy head, dense patchy lacing, strings of small carbonation bubbles rising, looks perfect. Aroma is straw, light sweet grainy malt and a bit of hops.

Taste is medium malty, some veggies, hints of Saaz hops that become more pronounced at the medium dry finish, weak citrus malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall, a good and very refreshing Czech Pilsener. I enjoyed this beer a lot and certainly will drink more of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 16:05:17 | More by atis
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jsh420

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours gold with a big 2+ finger head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells very metalic with sweet grains

taste is better then the aroma - sweet grains with a nice hop bitterness

mouthfeel/drinkability - light and crisp just what you want for this style

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:00:12 | More by jsh420
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linnet

Sweden

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

Clear golden colour, medium white head, some lacing, pretty average. Aroma is malty with some hops in the nose, grass, straw. Flavour is malty, but more hoppy than the aroma indicated, grass and straw and also some funky metallic notes that spoils it a bit. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles and the liquid isn't particularly sticky. All in all a decent pils that for its price is good value for money.

Serving type: can

05-01-2009 13:40:23 | More by linnet
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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
Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.