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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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BA SCORE
65
poor

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of colandese
3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a light straw color, nothing extraordinary.

Smell is nothing to write home about, neither good nor bad.

Taste is light, and I consider it to be quite refreshing. I'd easily reach for this over some more readily available beers.

Very thin, watery mouthfeel. Just a slight bite of carbonation, which makes for a very drinkable beer. After a few heartier, tastier beers, this one is ace to help you keep going in a session.

colandese, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

tbryan5, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

BeerDreadz, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of dgfool
1/5  rDev -63.6%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Billolick
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. Pours the expected light, clear yellowy amber. Minimal near white head, zip retention and very minor bits of lace sliding down the sides of the glass. perhaps a hint of powdered sugar in the nose. Light fairly taste less beverage. A hint of dryness in the finish. Lawn mower beer. On a very hot day, at the beach, by the pool,this would be enjoyable with a burger. Otherwise pass it by

Billolick, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

God damn it, the last beer I reviewed was a heavenly German 'sner, and I've followed it up with this mesoamerican crap! Still, it's always fun to have a beer from a new country, and the label is undeniably cool (although if you didn't know better, you might think the black eagle and the red and yellow background might refer to Germany (or Belgium at a stretch).

As for the beer: Pours crap, head doesn't stay around, just another dark yellow macro. Smell, while unpleasant, is intriguing - I'm not sure if I'm smelling bubble gum or some other kind of chewy candy. Well, it's not beer in any case.

How does it taste: bordering on unforgivable. Tourists in Costa Rica probably love it because it reminds them they're on holiday; beer connoisseurs in Costa Rica are drinking it, pretending it's one of the microbrewed delights of Boston, Munich, Plzen or some abbey somewhere.

Why am I bothering to review this beer? It tastes like lollies, not like beer, even though it kinda looks like beer... Well, I'd drink it if it were free, and there were nothing else, but only then.

I'm a fan of the label only.

Weizenmensch, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this beer. This is the first Costa Rican beer I have tried.

The beer pours a clear, macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt and corn. The flavor is more of the same, adjunct tasting with a lot of sweetness and basically no hop bitterness. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev +9.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Cavanaghty, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

More substantial than most Mexican beers. I guess the Costa Ricans wanted more, but not much more. Clear yellow with a white head. Still corny and sugary, but actually has a grassy hop-like flavor. Crisper than most, but still can't chake the candy corn taste.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

Hairrrrrrrr, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of far333
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, very clear with steams of fine bubbles rising quickly to the top. A bright white head of tightly bubbled foam sizzles down to nothing. Aroma of honey malt, some floral notes, grainy.

Flavors of biscuity malt, some floral hops, mild bitterness, subtle corn and buttery notes. Very smooth and even flavors, well balanced. Doesn't have that acrid aftertaste that so many adjunct lagers seem to have. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but full enough. Overall not a bad beer, totally drinkable. One of the better adjunct lagers I've had.

far333, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of LvanB
1/5  rDev -63.6%

LvanB, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jminch
3/5  rDev +9.1%

jminch, May 02, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yellow macro lager, very thin white head, less than 1/4" I'd say, nothing to look at by any means. Aroma was cooked corny, a little bit of sweetness, not terrible by any means.

Taste, bland watery, lightly sweet, nothing in terms of hops, fizzy, highly carbonated. Total hot weather beer, nothing going for it otherwise really, had worse, had much much better.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of ADR
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The "standard" in Costa Rica...straw color, touch of a sweet smell (not corn -- to me). The head has that detergent adjunct look, lasts for seconds. Seems "spot-on" as an American-style Lager, initial sweetness followed by a predictable sweep of minute hop crispness. Doesn't have quite the unsettling aftertaste of a Miller High Life. Not much here to review, a summertime beer from an interesting place. Just not up to being called "good" by me. Thanks to my buddy Dave Szy. for bringin' back a can.

ADR, May 31, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label looks oustanding the cap looks like some sort of craft beer I would have never guessed this was a Costa Rican swill beer. Pale fizzy apple juice like appearance with a large high carbonated white head, dwindling slowly. Aroma is of "farts and burnt rubber", seriously it kind of stinks and it has a crazy unpleasant chemical smell about it. Hidden within the embalming fluid like smell are some cooked veggies and grain accented notes coming through. Flavor is actually quite pleasant especially for a mass produced Costa Rican adjunct lager, full bodied sweetness, corn, rice additions are ample. Nothing cloying finishes semi balanced with a generic chemical/hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with enough flavor and refreshing qualities to create an enjoyable experience. Overall other than the chemical band aid like smell this isn't horrible beer it has character and I could definitely drink it on the beach.

WVbeergeek, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Fresh, according to date on label.

A - clear and golden; lmedium/light carbonation; thin and short-lived white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Light aroma and flavor, but more like a standard macro-brewery lager than a light beer. Body closer to medium. Flavor of grains and light hops.

Should be a refreshing summer drink, but not a recommendable beer.

chinchill, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of JIMTRK16
1/5  rDev -63.6%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
Bottled 30Sept2012
A- This beer pours a bright yellow crystal clear body with a snow white egg cream top and swirls of microbubbles popping to the surface.

S- The clean green sulfur note is all that comes through with a slight sweetness.

T- The light sweetness has a corn flour taste with a green hop hint in the finish with a slight fruity taste as it opens. The green bitter hint lingers for a moment after each sip. There is a touch of carbonic acid that blends with a touch of sweetness at the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz finish an no alcohol heat.

O- The crisp clean lager has a nice touch of green hops that is supported by a hint of sweetness and the carbonation makes it very drinkable. I cut my teeth on beer in Costa Rica drinking this beer so it may be the memories but I haven’t tasted it in years and it still taste just as nice without the scenery.

rhoadsrage, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Auraan
1.25/5  rDev -54.5%

Auraan, May 29, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

LXIXME, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Brenden
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow with a fizzy white head that actually manages a finger and leaves spotting on the glass. I might have been expecting less; average overall.
It's grassy with some huskiness to it and very much flaunting its adjuncts, and the typical green apple skin, but there may also be a touch of citrus adding a little something to the character. As a bad beer, it could certainly be worse. The taste offers a little more than the smell, as the lightness combined with the sickly sweetness underneath is too much.
Obviously light in body, it stays more on the thin side which avoids the nasty slickness that's the other side of the spectrum with these. It's as crisp as it should be.

Brenden, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ltdantheman
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bighandsjohn
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

bighandsjohn, May 22, 2014
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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
65 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.