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Imperial - Cerveceria Costa Rica

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 166
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 kots84

South Carolina

1.76/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Appearance - Pile gold yellow color with a white head.

Smell - Malt present with sweet corn.

Taste - Still getting the malt. A little of the corn with some hop. The taste is very weak.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is good. A little thin.

Overall - Was not impress with this beer at all. The weakest lager I have had outside a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 05:10:30 | More by kots84
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 13:39:26 | More by Weizenmensch
Photo of shirfan

New York

1.93/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

99 cent bin single.

Straw gold with no head whatsoever.

DMS and cooked corn on the nose.

Taste is dry, husky DMS with mostly maize and a little malt. A finish that is somehow both metallic and chalky.

There might be some rough bittering hops in the finish, but this brew is too ghastly for it to matter. High carbonation as well.

There are some tropical lagers that have their place, slightly better than american swill on a hot, humid day. This is not one of those beers.

An absolute failure on all counts.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 23:48:10 | More by shirfan
Photo of n00tz


1.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Golden Transparent body, turbo-charged carbonation, thin white head.

S - Citrus and yeast.

T - Bread (yeasty), water and slight citrus. Very generic beer flavor.

M - doughy and acidic.

D - The only thing this beer proved is that there exists a beer to create an average with all the fantastic beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 05:03:45 | More by n00tz
Photo of laituegonflable


1.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden colour with a bit of head at first, disappears abruptly leaving a ring (at best) of white foam. The ring produces and leaves some excellent thick, sticky lacing, and there is a minimal bead up the glass. Thank god for this lacing, it's otherwise shite.

Nose is fairly standard lagery, with malt being dominant. Quite biscuity with a slight hint of a raspberry tartness, and maybe a very, very faint aroma of some piney hop. Very little on that nose though, very weak and simple.

Taste is again fairly standard and in fact, amazingly simple. Slight hint of grain on the front palate, middle has practically nothing, then there is a cereal sweetness on the back combined with a very slight citrusy character. Maybe a slight carbolic character as well, gosh I don't really know what to say. I don't recall drinking a beer that is so thoroughly characterless. There is no detail to the flavour, it's a whisper on the front and a slight bitter tickle at the back, with a remarkably full body for how thin the flavour is, but yeah.

It's not out and out offensive like other beers can be, but what an incredibly pissweak effort. If this weren't from Costa Rica it would not be worth it, even for a try. Costa Ricans should just stick to.... what is it Costa Ricans do?

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:14:05 | More by laituegonflable
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:36:26 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of MAUEX_MFA


2/5  rDev -27.3%

06-15-2012 00:12:39 | More by MAUEX_MFA
Photo of maksimnetrebchuk

New York

2/5  rDev -27.3%

01-09-2013 23:04:50 | More by maksimnetrebchuk
Photo of blastoderm55


2/5  rDev -27.3%

09-20-2013 00:55:52 | More by blastoderm55
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

02-27-2014 02:01:41 | More by silverking
Photo of Smurf2055


2/5  rDev -27.3%

08-03-2013 05:46:13 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of Luiz0930


2/5  rDev -27.3%

05-31-2013 09:37:31 | More by Luiz0930
Photo of OldTime


2/5  rDev -27.3%

03-10-2012 07:14:52 | More by OldTime
Photo of chapcat


2/5  rDev -27.3%

11-25-2011 03:27:11 | More by chapcat
Photo of allenc85


2/5  rDev -27.3%

05-26-2012 02:45:52 | More by allenc85
Photo of Souleman


2/5  rDev -27.3%

03-28-2012 14:14:43 | More by Souleman
Photo of Garrett092112


2/5  rDev -27.3%

12-03-2012 06:02:31 | More by Garrett092112
Photo of PositivePest

New York

2/5  rDev -27.3%

05-21-2012 12:35:51 | More by PositivePest
Photo of AnalogErik


2/5  rDev -27.3%

03-30-2014 16:35:47 | More by AnalogErik
Photo of CoryR


2/5  rDev -27.3%

06-09-2012 21:10:51 | More by CoryR
Photo of TX-Badger


2/5  rDev -27.3%

07-02-2014 00:42:20 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of Budinetz


2/5  rDev -27.3%

02-19-2014 22:54:23 | More by Budinetz
Photo of CoolEthan


2/5  rDev -27.3%

11-03-2013 05:39:18 | More by CoolEthan
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:55:36 | More by Samp01
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (this is going to be the first of a long list of rating for some pale lager form Costa Rica). Poured a bright golden color lager with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of of lightly sweet adjunct and not much else is bland. Taste is also quite bland with balanced sweetness originating form adjunct. Body is medium for style with OK carbonation. Not gross in any way and I guess it is just what it intended to be.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:27:43 | More by Phyl21ca
Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
65 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.