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Pilsen - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 23.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Costa Rica

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-04-2003)
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Photo of bunbury


3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i've heard this the best beer in Costa Rica.. i believe they are right.
perfect Golden color with a strong bitter smell.
when pouring the head looks just about fine, but.. it dessapears in no time, really...
the taste is a bit dry, yo can feel the carbonation and the well cook seeds for the preparation of this beer, is indeed strong in abv%.
there's a negative side about this beer,. . .the first impression is good, as well as the first couple of sips. . after that the beer becomes average amercian macro lager... in a way you loose the perfect feeling, . . but even though, is the best option in the CR market.. . .Pura Vida Mae...

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 18:29:29 | More by bunbury
Photo of nekronos


3.78/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little insipit, this beer, everybody in Costa Rica drinks this one, but I guess is because of the heath, you can be refreshed with it. Is not bad, but the flavor is like hidden in the can, perhaps. You can find larger cans of this one. But I heard a lot of this beer even before I drank it. Nice, nice at all. Yes.

Serving type: can

10-13-2005 11:52:22 | More by nekronos
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.73/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsen is a shiny golden color with a moderate level of carbonation. The head is tall, thick, and ultrawhite. The aroma is of herbal hops and sweet grains. The smell is pleasent overall, but fairly generic. The flavor is maltier and much better than I expected. The taste consists of bready malts alongside tasty grain flavors. A mild sweetness is tasted throughout. A touch of herbal hop caps a sip off. Wow, this is a surprise, an excellent thirst-quincher brew, with plenty of flavor, from Latin America. The overall taste is very fresh and the "cereales" listed on the can didn't seem to come into play. If I could get this beer in Houston, it would be among my rotation of session beers.

Serving type: can

11-26-2005 17:21:14 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of flexabull


3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer in Costa Rica, it's my beer of choice when I'm down there.

Pours a bright and pale straw gold color. The head is nice, and retains well.

Aroma is quite faint, all I really notice is a hint of sweetness.

Flavors are creamy and crisp. There is some sweetness, and a nice dry slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is average, but more full bodied than what I expected.

This beer is made to be very drinkable. And it delivers, especially in the heat of Costa Rica. This is quite refreshing, and I certainly had my fair share on my most recent trip... Pura Vida!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 18:06:56 | More by flexabull
Photo of Redrover


3.53/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just returned from my second extended visit to Costa Rica and had plenty of opportunities to sample this one.

The beer pours a standard macro yellow with a fair head and very active carbonation. No real lacing.

The beer smells very clean with a bit of grains and a whisper of hops.

The taste is crisp and slightly bitter. The beer has a bit of a grain taste and the hops add a bit of a bite, which is appreciated.

The mouth is solid and balanced. This one is an extremely easy drinker. Best out of the heavy returnable bottles, the cans seem to add a bit of metallic taste.

I like this much better than its more popular stable mate Imperial. I would guess that the IBUs are about 15 on the Pilsen vs. about 10 on the Imperial and that pushes up the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 14:51:10 | More by Redrover
Photo of WoodBrew


3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

07-08-2013 01:55:57 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of jmhart


3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

01-04-2012 21:34:27 | More by jmhart
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the slightly stronger (ABV) cousin to Imperial.
It is crisp and clean. A fine, refreshing beverage after an afternoon hike in the Costa Rican rainforest. It is a little bit on the bubbly side.
Easy to drink, but do not expect much as far as flavor goes.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 02:26:06 | More by hungryghost
Photo of Suds


3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was another gift from a freind who spent a few months working in Costa Rica.
350 ml, heavy brown bottle with a white and red label.
Like the other beers from this brewery, Pilsen is highly carbonated. There's a thick, attractive, foamy-white head. Aroma is german hops and a fleeting corn-adjunct smell. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with a crisp, hoppy finish. Muted malt flavor in the foretaste. Although this is a much better beer than Imperial, another Cost Rican brew, there's nothing extrodinary here.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 20:41:09 | More by Suds
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new label design from what's pictured here, also reads 5.1% abv on label - i preferred this to imperial or bavaria gold - pretty much the same from can or bottle - good enough for a day's activity in the costa rican sunshine, but made me really appreciate the leffe and duvel bottles i found in a little st elena mercado for a late afternoon siesta on my cabana deck.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:48:24 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of rallison


3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought and tasted in Costa Rica - side to side with Imperial, Pilsen and Bavaria Gold.

A: All were fine for the style with good carbonation that produced a nice head. 4s all around.

S: Imperial had a strong cooked corn smell with other vegetal notes - 2.5. Pilsen had light vegetal notes but mostly a simple grainy aroma - 3.0. Bavaria had no discernable vegetal or off notes and had a simple grainy aroma.

T: Imperial was a touch harsh at the front with bitterness and hotness. Refreshing the rest of the way through. 2.5. Pilsen was simple throughout, but refreshing. Light bitterness. 3.0. Bavaria was the least bitter and had a touch more focus on bready malts (just barely). 3.5.

M: Imperial came on slightly strong but was otherwise fine. 3.0. Pilsen - 3.5. Bavaria - 3.5.

D: Given that these are meant for a hot Costa Rican day, they all drink well. I'll give a slight nod to Pilsen and Bavaria. Imperial - 3.5. Pilsen and Bavaria - 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 03:37:17 | More by rallison
Photo of jaluria


3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best beer I had in Costa Rica...decent representation of the style, but the most flavorful of the other beers available in can form.

Appeared a soft-golden color with a white head that leaves behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of hops, grass, and earth come out. The taste is as might be expected with a mild bitterness that has characteristics of earth and pine. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated to add texture, but it is still quite thin. Good drinkability with is neutral flavors and texture.

Serving type: can

03-11-2006 17:07:55 | More by jaluria
Photo of DV8HARD


3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I live in Costa Rica right now and since there is only one Macro-brewery in the country (Cerveceria Cost Rica) this beer and Imperial are the two most common beers, Imperial being more popular but, I like Pilsen more. People here drink a lot, without exaggerating there is a bar on every corner.

This is the beer I drink. I have to say it an average beer. There isn't anything special about the head. The nose and taste is malty. It is probably carbonated more than most beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 05:07:11 | More by DV8HARD
Photo of blackie


3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my pilsner glass creates a fluffy 1.3" white head that recedes oh so gradually back into the liquid. The beer is an ultra clear golden hay color.

smell: Light grain and (rice?). Light hoppiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, and the body light.

taste: Very light in flavor, kinda watery. Flavors of light grain are about all that is found. Very light hop flavor. Not sure if this is all malt or not, but I would guess not. That said, there is nothing offensive, just a lack of much character.

drinkability: Easy to drink, but boring

My mom brought back a bottle for me from her trip to Costa Rica.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:58:56 | More by blackie
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can brought back by a good friend from his trip to Costa Rica, Thanks for the opportunity Rob!
Pours a solid golden yellow with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet pilsner malt with hints of grain honey and enough hops to keep it from cloying. Sweet rich grainy malt with a slight floral hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slightly sweet mouthfeel. I liked this best of the three beers we sampled at our impromptu Central America lager fest. Decent beer for the style but could have really used some more hops.

Serving type: can

07-23-2012 21:08:15 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of udouche


3/5  rDev +7.9%

12-14-2012 21:31:19 | More by udouche
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

03-16-2014 11:13:31 | More by milkbone_underwear
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

06-16-2013 17:01:15 | More by birchstick
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-13-2014 18:55:54 | More by Tom-Peters
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

04-13-2014 06:11:35 | More by emergency_beef
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in Costa RIca.. was a good alternative to Imperial, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. It was a lot lighter in taste and flavor, yet (slightly) higher in alcohol. A solid choice though none-the-less. Worth trying, especially if it means taking a trip to CR!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 22:38:17 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Oidmoe


3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-21-2014 00:19:06 | More by Oidmoe
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.9%

09-20-2013 16:43:48 | More by dalehihn
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the "other beer" available in rural NW Costa Rica outside of La Cruz. After 2 sixers of Imperial, I was ready to try just about anything and saw the locals pulling for this one instead, thereofore when in Rome....

A: Poured into a mini pint glass, almost the same goldenesque as Imperial, but with amber accents to some extent. Still has a quality head of 1.5 fingers and ring laces well.

S: From what I could tell, and I had plenty of time to attempt to glean something, the best I got was minor mini sweet malts, bits of dough.

T: Somewhat followed the nose, very mild hops and tangs of the malts. Average regular hops but muddled and not impressive.

M: Fairly crisp at first, but overall watery and dissapointing.

D: Better than Imperial, but not much even though it's Pilsener as compared to a macro lager. I agree that I preferred the Imperial over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 13:40:52 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of TheEremite


2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the smaller of the two major Costa Rican beers (Imperial being the larger). They're similar beers, but Pilsen tastes slightly sweeter and leaves an undesirable cloying maltiness, especially for the overly hot climate of the country. I was happy to have a few with dinner, but given a choice, I'd pick the Imperial 9 times out of 10.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 22:42:39 | More by TheEremite
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Pilsen from Cerveceria Costa Rica
68 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.