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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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182 Reviews
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Reviews: 182
Hads: 486
Avg: 2.84
pDev: 34.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Costa Rica

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale, almost yellow, very clear with a very mild white foam head with almost no retention. Aroma is of grains, malt, corn and a little bit of fermented fruit, not very pleasant. Taste is mild and refreshing, you can drink a hole case of this in a summer day.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Better than an American macro, I'll say that. Clear golden yellow body with fizzy two finger head that gives off a grainy, dry aroma. Light bodied, crisp, bland but not gross and even has a touch of pils malt like sweetness; beer also avoids being too thin and watery.

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Photo of ordybill
3.4/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Kennesaw, GA. This is a straw colored beer with moderate carbonation. The flavor is standard AAL with no bad aftertaste. An ok session beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.11/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear medium golden body, surmounted by a large, somewhat coarse white head, with good retention. The carbonation is profuse, and fast-rising.

Aroma: The aroma is quite faint, rather like mineral water, with a little corn and grassy hops.

Taste: Opens with a good measure of cooked vegetables and corn. Soon after, grassy hops assert themselves, turning a bit metallic late in the taste. The corn malt contributes a slightly sweet undercurrent. Finishes with a lingering, slightly earthy bitterness.

Mouth fee: Thin, with fairly soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Drinkable enough, certainly not offensive, but there isn't a lot there. Its fine on a hot summer day. Occasionally, Imperial is offered in twelve=packs for $8.99. That's an appropriate price.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of drtth
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of 29 Oct., 2015.

The beer pours into a Duvel glass a clear light golden yellow with a 3/4" head that recedes fairly soon to a ring around the glass and an thin covering of foam. Sipping leaves a larger ring on one side of the glass with the other having lots of small speckles and legs of lacing some of which slide back to the liquid.

The aroma is light, faintly sweet and showing no hops (no surprise that in an adjunct lager :-).

The flavors are lightly sweet without a touch of bitterness showing (although occasionally I think I detect a touch of earthiness, but its hard to be sure).

The mouth feel is on the light side but slighly crisp with a light amount of carbonation. As expected from the style of beer the finish is medium length and just has the sweetness fade away but without any real dryness at the end, just no sweetness.

Overall this is a drinkable beer with no unpleasant feature, but nothing particularly notable either. For me, its not something I'll be seeking out in the future but I can understand how those who don't care for stronger flavors would enjoy this beer and want another.

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Photo of utahgiebs
1.72/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Its shit, really just awful by any standards but youre in a tropical paradise, shut up and drink up your awful swill, honestly, life is pretty grand with an imperial in hand.

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Photo of EMV
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had from bottle and can in Costa Rica

L: Pours a pale golden yellow. Fizzy white head that falls rapidly.

S: Macro grains and veggies. Faint hops... maybe... if you sniff hard.

T/F: Not much to the flavor... watery below average lager with some skunk and grains. Mild malts... not much in the way of hops. Fizzy and carbonated.

O: Below average macro lager. It's only redeeming feature is that it's not water and it's fairly refreshing while trekking around in hot/humid Costa Rica. There is zero reason to drink this if you're not in Central America.

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Photo of TheDogHouse
3.44/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank a million of these when I lived in Costa Rica. Still love it and miss it. Good rating comes from the atmosphere in which it was enjoyed. Favorite CR beer.

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Photo of jaybmore
2.3/5  rDev -19%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

When on vacation, it is customary to partake of the local flavor. In this instance, the flavor reminded me of watered down PBR. When it's 95 degrees with no clouds, a cold one of these tastes a bit better though

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.86/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow fizzy beer. Of course, if you're in Costa Rica and it's 90 degrees in the shade, ANYTHING below room temperature tastes pretty good.

Not any worse - or better - than other tropical beers. Cool logo, though.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Review: Bottle of Imperial Pale Lager, 4.60%ABV An interesting lager from Costa Rica, Imperial, a very pleasant refreshing light lager. Appearance was a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, what a normal looking lager should look like. When pouring a small frothy white appeared that dissipated relatively fast with some lacing remaining. Sweet aroma of lightly toasted malt with corn. Smell was great, very enticing. Similar to the smell, there is a slightly bitter grassy flavour of a creamy aftertaste of dry corn sweetness, that leaves a dry feeling in the mouth Overall, Imperial Beer is a standard, good lager.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, little head/lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Sweet corn, little to no hop or yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly too much residual sugar.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Ehhh... Had this in Costa Rica, and I tend to factor sentimentality into my reviews. (For example, I love Gallo, but mostly because I had it in Guatemala.) But I can't even muster up any extra love for Imperial just cuz I had it in Jaco before the crowds got there.

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Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Pours a pale/golden yellow. Vigorous carbonation. Head vanishes almost instantly. Thin cap of white foam.

S: Metallic, grainy. Mild neutered hop aroma.

T: Metallica up front. Some grainy notes. Adjunct like without the flagrant corn flakes. Aftertaste just drops off. Very clean. Crisp. Dry. No lingering flavor except for a slight metallic hint.

M: Bright, carbonated, light.

O: Pretty much what you would expect. Goes down easily enough. Doesn't absolutely smack of corn, so it has that going for it. Still, subpar at best.

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Photo of bwood06
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%

Bottle into Pilsner glass

A -Pours a clear golden straw color that has a frothy head. Head is slightly creamier than most light lagers that I have seen. Head dissipates somewhat slowly at first but picks up the pace as time goes on. Seems to be somewhat lightly carbonated. 3.5/5

S - Mostly a base malt aroma with a hint of hops at the end. Corn. There is an undertone of rice. Very little hop aroma. There is something else to the aroma that I can't quite place… Possibly somewhat skunked… Hint of yeast. 2.5/5

T - Malt and grain centered, but very lightly flavored. Light bitterness from the hops on the back end. Hops are somewhat floral. Hint of corn. Maybe a bit of white bread. Not a whole lot going on here. 2.5/5

M - Very light and dry. Hard to tell that there was anything in my mouth once it's been swallowed. Some carbonation but not a lot. 3/5

O - Very light tasting, light feeling beer. Can't say that I will ever buy this again in the US considering all of the other, cheaper light beers available. Hard to pay $10 for 6 when it's comparable in enjoyment to Miller Lite, etc. Happy to have had the chance to try it though. 2.75/5

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best before date on neck: 30 Jan 2015.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow under a 1/4-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Corn, malt, yeast, some floral, faint citrus and grass/hay.

T: Crisp and clean, malty/grainy, yeasty. Simple and fairly bland.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Semi-dry, yeasty and malty finish.

O: Straight forward and singular. Pura Vida.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden filtered, moderate random rising carbonation, a finger of white head.

S: Malts like a Helles Lager, skunk, sweet corn.

T: Light and crisp, light malt, light canned corn, light offal.

M: Light body, foamy carbonation. Crisp dry finish.

O: A typical beer for this style, I’ve never had a beer from Costa Rica before, so when I found this at Whole Foods in Savannah, I was glad to have a chance to try it. Well done for the style, just nothing outstanding in a craft beer world. Drank at Cocoa Beach, FL, July 10th

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 30 Oct 2014 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of grain
Head average (3 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing good – complete rings of small bubbles
Body light golden, clear
Flavor of what? Not corn or rice? Some other Costa Rican grain or expander? Odd graininess atypical of AAL – not bad, just odd. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends with some sourness, just enough to be noticeable.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation.

Drinkable but not desirable.

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Photo of humuloner22
2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good go to on a warm summer day. Since Costa Rica and Greece were playing in the World Cup today I thought I would drink a few and give it a review. I have drank this beer numerous time over the years and most of the time it was in bottles. I think cans make it better as long as you keep them ice cold. That pretty much goes for any beer in this style.

Appearance: I poured it in a glass pale yellow nothing special from that standpoint.

Smell: grainy adjunct smells. Smells like your dads beer.

Taste: Crisp lager, as long as its cold, once it warms the flavors get a little nasty. As someone who drinks a lot of IPA's this is a weak beer. But for what it is it isn't bad and like I said I have drank it a lot over the years. I caught this one sale in cans so I figured what the hell, especially since little Costa Rica is rocking it in the World Cup.

Overall: If you like lagers and you want something that is reasonable in price and different because its not what you normally drink try it. It isn't going to blow you away but its not bad for what it is.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is straw colored and topped with three inches of white head that disappeared quickly with no lacing.

S - It has a sweet smell along with ground grain, specifically corn and wheat.

T - The taste starts out sweet. Then comes the grain flavors.

M - Thin

O - For a Latin American lager it ain't bad. I would chose this over a lot of Mexican lagers. Then again I hope I rarely have that choice.

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Photo of Foyle
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into schooner glass.

Appearance: pours a sudsy white head which rapidly recedes with some lacing remaining. Color is a pale straw with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: mild aroma of lightly toasted malt and a bit of lemon.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, slightly papery, with a pleasant finish.

Flavor: corn sweetness, white bread, with a mild hop bit in the finish.

Overall: a very pleasant light lager.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Extremely light yellow, very very watery-looking. Fizzy white head fades and leaves no lacing. A few lazy loose bubbles rise.

S: I could smell the skunk the moment I opened the bottle. Corn and malt. This truly is not appetizing.

T: A slight step up from the nose: watery filler malts (corn, rice), it still has a classic sessionable light beer flavor. As uninspired as the flavor are, the drinkability is through the roof- I almost accidentally drained this thing in one gulp.

M: Light bodied in the extreme, the rather high carbonation is all that lets me know this isn't water or malt-tea.

O: Like corn? Like water? Drink up.
(Really not a BAD beer, but don't expect any innovation. This is a drinkable, unoffensively flavored, mindless gulping beer.)

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cerveza Imperial was my beer of choice while visiting Costa Rica, it was quite refreshing and hit the spot when exploring the various areas of the countryside and myriad of beaches. Pours watery, with a light yellow sparkling appearance, and usually had a small frothy head that dissipated relatively fast. It was easy to drink, had hints of grains, cereals, and grasses, and it did have a mild aftertaste. Light filling, easy to palate, average alc. content.

The most available Central American produced beer in the United States. I have procured it in Chicago (IL), Berwyn (IL), Oak Park (IL), Champaign (IL), Edinburg (TX), and McAllen (TX). I also consumed it all over Costa Rica....

Costa Rica August 2010

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Photo of FLima
2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bright light golden color with a two finger relatively thick head with medium retention.
Light aroma of floral hops and bready malt. A hint of adjunct when it warms up.
Refreshing flavor of floral hops balanced with a perfect level of malt sweetness. Hints of non-malted cereals and minerals, not that intense. Finishes smooth with a mildly dry aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation with a mild spicy feeling.
A crisp and refreshing Adjunct Lager, above average with less intense off-flavors, especially when drank cold. But far from great.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the local supermarket in Glendale, Colorado. Cool evil-looking avian label imagery.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparsely strewn specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of semi-sweet corn mash and grainy pale malt, a bit of cooked veggies, mild acetone notes, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty pale malt and corn husk graininess, a subtle acrid, strung out orchard fruitiness, nail polish remover, and lightly skunked weedy, musty hops.

The bubbles are fairly effervescent and mildly fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, thin, and watery in its generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the lingering corn and grain malt maintaining just enough gas to continue fencing with the fading skunky and phenolic essences.

More standard mass-produced swill, probably tastes 'better' colder and under a hot sub-tropical sun, yadda, yadda, yadda. Nothing worthy drinking, unless you have no other options, or you have Costa Rica on the mind.

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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
67 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.