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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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cambabeer, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

wethorseblanket, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev +9.1%

pep, Jul 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

Yeti1979, Jul 16, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

lakersfan16, Jul 13, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

Dr-J, Jul 12, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev +16%
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

patre_tim, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

hophugger, Jul 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bccocx, Jul 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev +9.1%

SVan007, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

TonyY, Jul 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

TX-Badger, Jul 02, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Ozzylizard, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
2.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

humuloner22, Jun 30, 2014
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1/5  rDev -63.6%

psyclone, Jun 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

bleedblue9150, Jun 30, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

buschbeer, Jun 28, 2014
Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
65 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.