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Pilsen - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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68
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 23.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica visit their website
Costa Rica

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-04-2003)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Again poured a clear bright yellow color lager with a medium bubbly white head with not much retention. Aroma of light corn note is attenuated by balanced sweetness. Rice provided a well balance taste with a hint of sweetness and a bland aftertaste. Body is OK for style. Not as bad as bland as it can be.

Phyl21ca, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

WoodBrew, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ah yes pilsen, the alternative to Imperial in the lush costa rican rainforest

appearance: straw golden body, amber tints, minimal white froth

smell: grassy, doughy, meh

taste: i did not care for pilsen at all - foul malt sweetness, no real pilsner traits. Go with Imperial

mouthfeel: mid-range body for the style

drinkability: not great. i only had 2 on my trip

dirtylou, May 24, 2009
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.

blackie, Mar 30, 2006
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.

Gagnonsux, Nov 26, 2005
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.

Suds, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev +7.9%

birchstick, Jun 16, 2013
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!

flexabull, Jan 21, 2007
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.

Redrover, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of Dactrius
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Dactrius, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of herman77
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

herman77, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

DCLAguy11, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Tom-Peters
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Tom-Peters, May 13, 2014
Photo of Booner818
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of alysmith4
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!

alysmith4, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Oidmoe, Feb 21, 2014
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.

rallison, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of wdarcy77
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

wdarcy77, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of AnalogErik
2/5  rDev -28.1%

AnalogErik, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of jmich24
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

jmich24, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of beerme626
1/5  rDev -64%

beerme626, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of magnusdave
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

magnusdave, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of od_sf
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

od_sf, May 07, 2012
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Pilsen from Cerveceria Costa Rica
68 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.