Krušovice Imperial - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of hero27
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (397 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (834 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (366 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of stephendr
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 (272 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (334 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (434 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (437 characters)

Photo of JohnW
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (967 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (448 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (362 characters)

Photo of AndoBrew
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

*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?? (547 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (421 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (520 characters)

Photo of VelvetMonkey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured plenty cold from a pint bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A--Really nice. Clear and perfectly golden. Abundant head that's the color and consistency of beaten egg whites. Head sticks around a nice long time and leaves, in addition to lots of lacing up the glass, a creamy beer moustache.

S--Admittedly, I'm in love with the clean lightly hoppy smell of this pilsner though I'm naturally drawn to the more complicated smelling stuff.

T--Intitially clear and cold leaving a slight hoppy bitterness upon the swallow.

M--Very good and crisp despite not being as carbonated as an American version.

D--Very good. I drank this after mowing my yard in the Florida heat and I'm very much craving one or two more. It's the perfect thing to quench your thirst on a hot day. (781 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Krusovice Imperial pours a deep golden body beneath a fairly long-lasting white head. It maintains a thin lid after dropping, mainly in part to its rising carbonation, and leaves short walls of spotty lace throughout the glass.

The nose is distinctly malty and hoppy with notes of grass and flowers.

In the mouth it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation; and lightly viscous with a dextrinous medium body.

The flavor is as the nose suggest, with a rich grainy malt that's straw-like and grassy with a touch of biscuity character, and infused with grassy and floral hops. It's gently sweet, but off-set by the hop flavors; and backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry with a thin, lingering yarn of malt, and a handful of mild, grassy, floral, and lightly spicy hops.

It's well-balanced, well-brewed, and loaded with enough character to keep you from getting bored. Worth trying! (909 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive dark gold / pale amber. Nice inch thick head, which maintains a presence. Some bubbling.

Aromas of grain, nutty/biscuity malt. Some vanilla milk notes.

Flavours again of malt & grain. Not much hop up front, but comes back later with a grassy note. The aftertaste is of both malt & hop, nicely balanced. Medium bitterness.

Well balanced drop. I think my bottle is nearing its best-by; I would like to try it nearer the source. (446 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard clear gold and a nice head. Smell is grassy-grain, metallic, with a vegetable-skunkiness to it. Taste is grainy, but fairly bland from what you would expect from the style. Below average in this crowded and poorly represented style. I think these beers need to be sampled fresh, closer to the brewery. Getting shipped across the Atlantic doesn't do much to improve this style, IMO. (390 characters)

Photo of sauron681
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, blank born by date on back.

Pours a deep, rich gold with decent head. Diminishes fairly fast, with minimal lacing. Low carbonation as well, bubbles were gone very quick.
Initial aroma of lemons, and sweetness. Followed by a sweet, tart taste, but after its down, leaves an earthy, biscuity, very dry hop taste. The overall taste was also somewhat on the flat side due to the low carbonation. Not a horrible czech beer, but I'm sure there are better (470 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a pillowy head. The foam falls slowly to a fizzy film, and streams of carbonation are visible throughout. Smells sweet and a little malty. Taste is of light pale malt upfront, barely sweet, which leads into a flash of mild Žatec hops that linger on the palate. Somewhat dry, but not as much as others in this style.

This is a utilitarian Czech Pils, solid and worth trying, however not much stands out overall. (454 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to the middle of Iowa, home the obscure Eastern European pilsener.

Dark, dark gold with a respectable white head that fades to a tiny cap.

Smells fresh. Deep pilsener grain, hay, wildflower hop, and honey. Nice.

Tastes superb! Big flowers hit you up front and give way to a dry, earthen grain, like wildflowers growing on the edge of a gravel parking lot. This falls into a sweet honey-ish flavor and ends with a noble, dry hop.

I like Czech pilseners more than most do, so I have no problem with rating such a beer so highly. For its style, this is world class. (584 characters)

Photo of ernie
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale brother of noble Dark/Black is smartly packed (all this gold and medals on the label). Well, Royal Brewery, noblesse oblige, etc. The product itself is not a 'waanabee' by all existing standards - malty, with subtle yeasty-fruity aroma, a bit sweet for my liking but with well-expressed hops and even some tartness in the finish. Good Czech lager. Not the best, but by no means not the worst of them. Try it some day... (426 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid to light gold and slightly cloudy it has the smell and taste typical of European Lagers 9 which my bottle claimed to be).
However this does stand apart a little as it is rather clerevly balanced .The iitial maltiness blends to a clean and sharpish finishthat has a slight tartness to it.
The aftertaste leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue , which makes this an enjoyable Summer thirst quencher (405 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a medium gold / orange colour... White head disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Pretty non-existent. Can just about make out some hops and some saltiness. Also some metallic notes...

Taste – Some hop bitterness, some nuttiness, salty, very light malts...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very average beer... worth a try maybe once.... (446 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold gold with a light smattering of fine particles and a modest number of slow, superfine bubbles. The parchment colored head indicates quality with its firm structure, mesa-like appearance and better than average amount of glass decoration.

The nose is nothing more and nothing less than a typical, middle-of-the-road Euro pale lager. The brewery assigns it that style (although not in so many words) by not using the word pilsener on the label or the website. When I think of the pilsener style, I think of a hoppier aroma than this. Imperial smells like sweetish grain layered with a thin olfactory sheen of musty noble hops.

The flavor is more hoppy and more refined than the nose, allowing me to think of the beer as a pils after all. It's a good thing there's a decent amount of malt because the sweetness that it provides is needed to balance the firmly bitter hops. The hoppiness is nicely upfront and is the driving force behind the flavor profile.

The hop flavor is classic Czech noble. In this case, grassy more than floral more than lemon citric more than peppery. I was going to say that it isn't really spicy-peppery at all, but it's becoming more so with each sip. I appreciate the depth and breadth of the hop flavor and wish I knew exactly what hops are used.

I love finding interesting translations on brewery websites. I found the following on the KPK site: "an excellent foam" and "a significant sharpness". Correct in both cases, I'd say. I found another interesting tidbit on the label, something called the 'born by' date. Would that be 'born on' or 'best by'?

The mouthfeel is firm enough to stand up to the hop load and to keep the flavor from being too 'sharp' or astringent. I consider it medium-full for the style. Lively carbonation keeps the beer from bogging down and adds to drinkability.

Krusovice Imperial, brewed by the very important sounding The Royal Brewery of Krusovice, is an okay Czech pils, all things considered. Even with a much needed nose job it wouldn't win any beauty contests. Besides, given all the bitterness, 'Miss Congeniality' is a long shot. It's still a worthwhile beer. (2,137 characters)

Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.