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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 22.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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 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!

LiquidSanity, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jeff8086
3/5  rDev +9.1%

jeff8086, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of OldTime
2/5  rDev -27.3%

OldTime, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of kenito799
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into chilled glass

This brew is refershing and inoffensive...standard Latin American mass produced macrolager. The aroma is grassy, the malt is crisp with standard slightlager bitterness. Nice and refreshing in Costa Rica, better than Budweiser.

kenito799, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of javiernano
3/5  rDev +9.1%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of tdm168
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

tdm168, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

wdarcy77, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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 bpop23
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bpop23, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev +9.1%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of rJulianz
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

rJulianz, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jmich24
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

jmich24, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev +9.1%

TrojanWheels, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

Herky21, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jmhart
4.5/5  rDev +63.6%

jmhart, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mbmyers3
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

mbmyers3, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of diskoduk1
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

diskoduk1, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of rwrk42
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent head at first pour but settles very quickly.

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Not much taste or flavor. Typical lager like similar to a mexican beer like Sol or Corona
Good for days when you know you will drink more than you should and it is 100 degrees outside

rwrk42, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the thing about Imperial: it's Costa Rica's beer. There's not much beer choice in Costa Rica. If you have more money than a college student on study abroad, you could afford Heineken (if you really want it). If not, it's Pilsen (made by Imperial), Rock Ice, and Imperial.

Imperial is not a super beer. It tastes like adjunct lager. It's yellow, it smells like beer, it feels like beer, and it is beer.

However, compared to other Costa Rican beers like Pilsen and (God save us) Rock Ice, Imperial is very decent. Maybe I would not purchase it in the US except for nostalgia's sake, given that adjunct lager is not my first choice, but if I'm in Costa Rica, I'm going with Imperial every time.

beerme626, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left After a Party."

Pours a sickly pale yellow color. It's kind of the same color as the yellow on the beer's label, only desaturated a bit. I'm scoring it a 4.0 because I score to style, and this beer has some awesome head retention for the style. Most adjunct lagers have a nice bubbly head but it dissipates in a flash (see: High Life, Miller). Not Imperial. Large bubbles and lots of lacing.

I think I smell blood. It's smells like some old rusted coins. Steely hops meet some old musk grain aromas. Some light candy aromas too -- like apple-flavored cotton candy or something. It's more interesting than your standard adjunct lager, though it isn't anything that I really want to be smelling.

Imperial is one of the better adjunct lagers I've tasted in a long time. There's flavor here! Imagine that you cooked some rice and then you sauteed some yellow appleskins and then you garnished that dish with some powdered donuts. Voila! Imperial!

The mouthfeel is as thick and luxurious as tapwater.

Overall, this is kind of an alright beer. It's better than Budweiser. It's certainly better than the Corona/Sol/etc. school of Latin American lager.

Reaper16, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of chapcat
2/5  rDev -27.3%

chapcat, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Samp01
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle pours a pale yellow with a thin short lived white head. Aroma and Taste of grassy grain, some fruity notes. Palate is a light body with low carbonation. Finish is grassy, grainy with a somewhat funky aftertaste. Not much else. Overall aroma and taste quickcly fades and is quite bland, would not drink this again.

Samp01, Nov 19, 2011
Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
65 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.