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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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 wendymerissa


5/5  rDev +81.8%

03-18-2013 04:36:17 | More by wendymerissa
Photo of jmhart


4.5/5  rDev +63.6%

01-04-2012 21:34:45 | More by jmhart
Photo of elginirishpunk


4.45/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in Costa Rica only a day out of the brewery. Amazing while sitting on a beach.
Suttle smoothness more then other pilsners. Is has not sense of bitterness and is quite refreshing as a pislner. It is the major beer in the country, ect Bud in the US> It is everywhere and 90% in bottle/can. Only found on tap in Resorts.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 05:41:10 | More by elginirishpunk
Photo of blackie


4.1/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour produces a massive head, almost overfilling my pilsner glass, until I back off. The frothy head is slow to recede...and never really does. The beer is an ultra clear golden color. Some sparse, random floaters move about the glass.

smell: Typical light malt and adjunct aromas, lightly sweet, with a light, nondescript hop aroma. Well balanced.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body light.

taste: Clean, grainy malt and adjunct tastes. The light sweetness is balanced by a low hop flavor and light bitterness in the finish. Inoffensive at the least.

drinkability: Very drinkable...crisp, fresh, clean, and refreshing. One of the better, and more drinkable, macro lagers I've had. It is what it is, and should be treated as such.

This bottle courtesy of my mom, who brought it back from her trip to Costa Rica. A best by date of May 31, 2006 is printed on the neck of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 21:17:08 | More by blackie
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 20:56:26 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Mikel772


4/5  rDev +45.5%

07-19-2012 02:25:24 | More by Mikel772
Photo of NickyG213


4/5  rDev +45.5%

08-31-2012 22:26:12 | More by NickyG213
Photo of ZackaryAUDEN


4/5  rDev +45.5%

02-15-2014 20:31:48 | More by ZackaryAUDEN
Photo of nekronos


4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps, this can be a little confusing, but it was a good beer, although it can be a little tiring even before you finish it. And the smell that is left in your empty can is a little strong. If oyu want to collect them like me. The corn flavors are almost not in there, but it still have a sour little back flavor in it.

Serving type: can

10-13-2005 11:55:07 | More by nekronos
Photo of TankyTommy


4/5  rDev +45.5%

01-25-2014 09:12:47 | More by TankyTommy
Photo of LiquidSanity


3.83/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Hazy, golden yellow color with apparent carbonation throughout. 1 inch head that quickly fades away. A tiny bit of lacing is present. Looks like cider.

Ar: Skunky corn adjunct odor. Meh. Worst part of the beer. But it is misleading.

Ta: Wait is this cider? This sure tastes like it. This has a very pleasant sweet flavor. Apple flavors are present but the skunk and metallic aftertaste is not. Very impressive for an adjunct. It is very tasty.

Mf: mild carbonation. Semi-watery texture. Still very refreshing however.

Ov: This may just become my go-to adjunct cheap fix. It has a much better flavor than Bud, smoother texture than Busch and PBR while still refreshing like a Miller High Life without the heavy carbonation. This beer is a winner. And it's cheap. I still have 5 more to go. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:26:25 | More by LiquidSanity
Photo of jsisko01


3.8/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Has some nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Sweet, skunky, and slightly corny.

Taste - Pale malts, very corny and bready, with a little skunk. It has a nice bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation. The carbonation gives it somewhat of a creamy texture.

Overall - I like this beer a lot. It's very crisp. Perfect for a barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:25:27 | More by jsisko01
Photo of jopezu


3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

06-04-2013 15:18:09 | More by jopezu
Photo of emergency_beef


3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

04-13-2014 06:09:49 | More by emergency_beef
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3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

03-19-2013 08:36:20 | More by drunkciclista
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.63/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I felt like a light brew before going out. Purchased at the Bodega on Manhattan Ave and Freeman St.

A-Slightly darker than light yellow with a nice 2 finger very fluffy head that actually has good retention. A non stop stream of bubbles replenishes the head. The lace coats the side of the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S-Smells very much of uncooked dough with a decent floral/spicy hop zing.

T-Tastes more like baked bread than the smell with a light hop finish. It is light tasting a slightly bitter with no sweetness. Nice for a hot day.

M-Slightly cream with a tongue tingling carbonation.

D-There really are no off flavours here, and while the style may not be my top choice this is excellent for the style. I am slightly shocked at the quality of this beer. Most foreign macro lagers are pretty shitty, this one is alright. If I am in the need for a lighter style, this one beats the Polish/American ones available in my neighbourhood.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 19:50:20 | More by sleazo
Photo of Beerbluesbiology


3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a typical macro brew head and gold body color. Really quite a light beer, but when you are in Costa Rica, nothing tastes better. No, it is not a world class beer but it has good flavor, albeit little, and great refreshment value. Overall a fun and tasty beer but only to be consumed cold and during a warmer time of year.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 22:47:05 | More by Beerbluesbiology
Photo of skeetermoses


3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall this was my first costa rican beer, it seemed to remind me of a decent beer called Tona, but that one was from costa rica as well....no wait that one was from mexi....no it was from equidor....nah maybe it was from venezua...wait it was from Nicaragua. Dear god I should have said, South Amer...no maybe I meant New Zeala...no perhaps, not quite North America or South but somewhere in between. It was a good beer. one I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 04:19:28 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was legendary, growing up in a surf-crazed area of Florida; I was a skateboarder, so I never traveled to Costa Rica, and therefore never got to drink Imperial, though I did have plenty of Guaro/Cacique liquor that my teenaged friends smuggled home. Decades later, I am having my first Imperial. It looks pretty good for the style, as it has a persistent head, some lace(!), and all the hallmarks of a golden fizzy lager. The nose is mildly sweet, and offers pale grain, corn, and mineral notes. The flavor is about the same, elementally, but it is more impressive than the nose for some intangible reason. I take that back; as the brew airs out, the nose is also taking on some additional positive traits: there seems to be some legit fruitiness, albeit very mild, from either the yeast or hops, I cannot say. The feel is light and refreshing. I ilke it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 15:39:49 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Spineypanda


3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a straw color and clarity is very nice. The head is slightly there but lasts.
Smells a bit like a German lager, with the European hops smell and the yeastiness.
Has almost no flavor when cold, but when it warms up just a little has a really nice floral note to it, a bit hard to notice but it exists.
The drinkability of this beer is very high, easy to drink, not too filling... Very refreshing. Although not as flavorful as most craft beers, this beer is perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:00:32 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer on a recent trip to Costa Rica.. I thought it was pretty darn good, considering CR is a major exporter of coffee, not beer. Very refreshing and light with nice clean flavors.. like an upscale Budwiser perhaps. I'm sure the tropical weather enhanced it's taste as well!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 22:35:00 | More by alysmith4
Photo of bradford


3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 03:49:43 | More by bradford
Photo of Kulrak


3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a lot of white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. There's a lot of bubbles coming out of this thing. Smells faintly of yeast and a tiny bit floral. The taste is fairly sweet with a little hoppy flavor but not a lot of bitterness. It balances out pretty well. The mouthfeel is creamier than I thought it would be, very nice. Overall, it's very drinkable, very nice for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 02:43:27 | More by Kulrak
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Imperial is Costa Ricas 'national beer'.
It looks and pours like most American lagers (clear, yellow and bubbly) but is better by far. It sports a slight taste and is endlessly refreshing. great with local food, especially on the Carribean side of the country where things can get a bit spicy.
I found this much more enjoyable than a Corona. One is hard pressed to find many amber or dark beers around, but with the warm temps I always enjoyed an Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 02:33:15 | More by hungryghost
Photo of bighandsjohn


3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

05-22-2014 21:37:10 | More by bighandsjohn
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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
65 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.