Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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 302BeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fuck this stupid rating system! This beer is EXCELLENT !!!

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

Photo of bwood06
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of colandese
3.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
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

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.79/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of far333
3.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.14/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Brenden
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.47/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of tdm168
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from the bottle. I had this with dinner at Tacos and Tequila in Raleigh.

The smell is grainy and faintly grassy. The flavor is light, grainy, and lightly grassy. The mouthfeel is light and crisp but smooth.

This is a light lager that's easy to drink, unoffensive, smooth, and refreshing, but unfortunately, forgettable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cerveza Imperial pours a crystal-clear straw gold body beneath a finger-sized head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is that of a clean lager beer with a touch of sulphur coming out over a mild maltiness that's laced with background hops.

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy and just lightly tingly with a fuller than expected medium body and somewhat restrained carbonation.

The flavor is more malty than might be expected as well, backed by a gently firm bitterness, and dried even a bit more by a snap of yeasty sulphur. A combination of hay-like malt and drying, herbal and somewhat spicy hops linger in the finish.

Overall, this is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, and in fact, it could stand side by side with many European lagers.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2/5  rDev -27.3%
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

Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer - bottles and cans abundant in costa rica

the can's look pretty awesome but the bottled version is FAR superior

appearance: pale golden body, fizzy white cap

smell: minimal aroma, macro malt, artificial sweetness

taste: it's a more interesting choice than many american macros and in costa rica its pretty much your only choice. sweet malts, corn, fading faint hop addition. its hot, imperial is cold, whatever

mouthfeel: a little thicker than the norm

drinkability: fine

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer for $7 from Publix in Miami and brought it down to South Beach. This was a great beach beer, sure it didn't taste like much, but it was refreshing and clean. Really, it's just a plain, light bready water taste with very light touch of hops in the aftertaste. Really, this beer is the ideal adjunct lager - no flavor flavor, with absolutely no off-flavors. I'd take this over Miller Lite or Budweiser any day.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.43/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of bottles at the local Bottle King for $4.99.

It is a very light beer. Typical fizzy yellow beer, very clear.

A slightly sweet, yeasty, malty smell.
The taste is mild. Some yeast comes through, but not a real flavorful beer.

Over all, this is a real easy drinker. Perfect hot weather beer when you want something not too heavy. It is a fun beer being from Costa Rica.

This is what to serve at a cook out or BBQ on a hot summer night.

Photo of bradford
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 6pack after a long work day. I wanted a solid beer that I could drink more than one of and not be shitfaced. $5.99 for six bottles
Appearance: Nothing to look at here
Smell: Again, nothing good
Taste: Whoa. This isn't bad. Light and crisp, with some sort of yeasty taste to it.
Mouthfeel: Way smoother than I anticipated. I expected Natty light in a yellow labeled bottle, but damn this is way better.
Drinkability: At 4.6%abv, this doesn't get to me like the DFH World Wide Stout I had earlier did. I have had a coouple now, and for a macro lager-type, this is pretty damn good. I had my standards pretty low for this one, but was pleasantly surprised. Not great, but it did hit the spot.

Photo of EHopkinsi
2.75/5  rDev 0%

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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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
65 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.