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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica visit their website
Costa Rica

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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Reviews by Misfit138:
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3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The largest beer is Costa Rica, I remember liking Pilsen better or the Bavarian Dark but I don't believe they are sold in the states.

A- Poured from long neck bottle into my Dos Perros pint glass, very fizzy yellow with very little head to speak of.

S- Mostly grains and malts not a real heavy scent by any means.

T- Much like most U.S lagers made by the larger companies. Pretty smooth, taste is much like the smell. It really has no bitterness to speak of.

M- Very light, moderately carbonated.

D- Drinkability is Ok, its a beer that doesn't bring much new to the table. It certainly isn't bad, its a good choice while in Costa Rica as its also the most common beer there.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 04:23:44 | More by Misfit138
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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.

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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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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
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