Krušovice Cerne
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #168
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #45,473
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 14.48%
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
371
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Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
 
Czech Republic
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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Reviews by thekevlarkid:
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown which revels some garnet red hues when held up to the light. Decent head, decent retention. Nose is of generic fruits (sweet malts) with a certain musky quality. A curios set of flavors hits my tongue when I drink it, the malty sweetness is not as forward as I expected it to be, more like dried fruit. As it warms the flavor of caramel is revealed. Low carbonation and a light body (esp. for a beer this dark) help to give this brew a silky mouthfeel and makes it quite quaffable. Nothing exciting but still a good offering from the rarely heard from Czech Republic.

Aug 20, 2008
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enelson from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2015
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meatmallet from Tennessee

3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a good head that didnt stay around long vert little lacing. Smell is not very powerful but pleasant. Has a carmel and coffee aroma. Taste was very mild and had a watered down feel with light carbonation. Roasted coffee and malt flavors were good, I just wish a bit stronger. I think this is a good beer but it is one you need to be in the mood for.

Apr 19, 2008
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KooVee from Finland

2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

500ml bottle, bb in 9m, decently fresh.

Clear ruby-tinted mahogany, quickly fading head.

Roasted caramel on the nose, no hop aroma.

Taste on the other hand is missing any bitter chocolate/coffee aromas, which of course is a disappointment. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, with a timid aftertaste of slight graininess. The carbonation does not counterbalance anything, rather it serves to highlight the emptiness.

I think the 'schwarzbier' actually defines this better than what it is supposed to be (tmavy). Not very good in any category.

Jan 19, 2020
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BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has dark brown color with a creamy cap of foam which left significant lacing. The nose showcased chocolate and biscuit malt and a dash of earthy hops. Light and fluid on the palate. The dark malt reveals some chocolate as it dances toward bitterness in the finish. It leaves the palate a little dry.

This beer isn't bursting with flavor but it has nice balance and is drinkable.

Jul 29, 2010
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erikm25 from Texas

3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with marble and amber ruby tint. Not much of a head on this one but it was a creamy caramel color with only slight lacing.

S: There was not any huge amount of aroma that stuck out and grabbed me by the nose hairs. Very subtle roasted chocolate or light cocoa powder seemed to be the most prevalent smell. Very small amount of pepper and dark malt was thrown in but overall very mild.

T: Light and subtle chocolate taste with little to no bitterness. Despite the sweet toasted malt that hits the tongue very quickly it is a overall a crisp and clean tasting beer with hints of caramel. All in all, the taste seemed to thin though.

M: Light-medium body and the same goes for the carbonation. Overall while balanced, just too light.

D: Very easy to drink but nothing that makes your head turn. It is simple and it was on sale about a block away so overall it was a good deal.

Sep 07, 2008
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abedenbaugh from South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A:Dark brown (almost black) color. There is an average sized off-white head on top.
S:The smell is very nice. There is some burnt caramel smell to it along with a malty aroma. Also there is a little bit of tartness and raisin in the smell, too.
T:The taste is a little watered down tasting. There is some roasted malts in the middle of the palete but without any of the harshness. A little bit of caramel flavor is in it. Also there is a flavor that I think might be the artifical sweetner, but it does taste a little odd.
MF:The beer is very light on the palate but the low amount of carbonation gives it somewhat of a smooth feeling.
D:Did find it weird that one the back of the bottle it says there is artificial sweetner. I've heard of people talk about using it before but never tried any beers with it in it. Overall it's an okay beer, but the flavor isn't great so I wouldn't drink to many of these.

Mar 12, 2008
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jsh420 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottled 2/28/09

pours a deep dark brown with little head and no lacing

smells sweet and smokey

taste is kinda fruity for a lager and somehow i pickup smoked meat??? must be the malts but its different which sets it apart

mouthfeel/drinkability is so so - light to medium body with not enough carbonation for my liking

overall i prefer this brewers czech pils but this is a cheap schwarzbier if you are in the mood

May 17, 2009
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gonzo46and2 from Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cola-like dark with tan bubbly head that sticks to the glass with little gobs of lace.

Smells of musk and hops. Not as malty as I'd expect. Hops up front with a bit of brown sugar.

Taste is mild and nice. Bits of caramel and hops.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a bit bitter.

Drinkability is fine but I wouldn't go searching for this one unless you hadn't tried many schwarzbiers.

Jul 31, 2008
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin creamy tan head.

S: Fruity aroma bursting with fresh cherries, and plums.

T: Flavor is dried fruit, cherries, raisins and plums with some good bread notes. Beer ends with a good nutty chocoalate finish with just a slight smoky touch. Easy to drink with low carbonation, a smooth palate that flows from starts to finish.

M: Low carbonation and silky mouthful.

D: A decent example from the chech. Republic.

Jul 16, 2008
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dasenebler from Maine

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

.5L, best before 11/12/11.

Pours a clear, reddish brown hue. Small, compact head, average retention and very little lacing.

The aroma has some nice coffee notes to it, along with general maltiness.

The flavor is a bit boring, with just a touch of near-roasted malt, coupled with some crusty bread. Thin overall. The mouthfeel seems watered down, the carbonation fizzy rather than creamy.

Mediocre for a Schwarzbier, but drinkable.

Jun 10, 2011
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DrinkingDrake from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some brown when held up to the light. Small amount of off-white head that just leaves a ring around the glass. Full tangy malt nose with some baker's chocolate. Light creamy body rich on toasted malts. Unsweetened chocolate just like the nose. A good amount of carbonation tingles all the way to the finish. Easy drinking full malty flavor.

Jul 24, 2011
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Offa from California

4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have revisited this and found it to be a very good, light but subtly complex and characterful beer, a great session beer at 4.4% abv but with good character.

Very dark brown, essentially black but not quite, it has a medium-large tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy ring and leaving only weak hints of lace.

The aroma is roasty with hints of licorice, molasses cake, caramelised bread, chocolate, and prune. Its not strong but it's still full and very nice.

The taste is similar, dryish toasty overall with an engaging zesty-tingly licorice, mild very dark gingerbread, hints of prune, fermented fruit, chocolate. It has a finish of licorice, molasses gingerbread and hints of singed dry leaves and coffee bean. The molassesy gingerbread dominates the aftertaste and lingers. It has light bitterness in the finish. It's tasty and easily drinkable, clean and solid, light but characterful and engaging. The feel is lively.

Dec 17, 2008
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HalfFull from California

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights and offers a full inch of tan head. Quite clear and reddish in the light, not as dark as many of the style. In exchange you get better retention and some scattered lacing.

Mostly roasted carob/dark chocolate on the nose and without the typical lager notes I've seen in the style. As the carbonation diminishes, some lager notes blend in yet remain slight and allow for some earthy hops to show themselves as well.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat light in body and variety. The feel offers more body than expected however, all the way through to the finish where a touch of chocolate returns. Not as crisp as is typical, limiting drinkability somewhat.

Interestingly, this beers ingredients include; water, malt, hops, and artificial sweetener. Didn't pick up any off flavors or unexpected sweetness in the brew.

Aug 08, 2009
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cryptichead from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 29, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Prague. Served in tall Krusovice glass.

A - very dark mahogany rather than black (cerny); clear with a tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: rich and malty: superb.

T - slightly sweet with a fine very dark malt flavor that has no burnt notes.

M - medium-light body, medium carbonation and a slighty dry finish.

O - very drinkable beer with excellent flavor.

(lightly modified with bottle consumed in August 2014)

Jul 07, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Oct 07, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass mug from an attractive large (17oz) import bottle. A dark blackish brown in color with a khaki colored head. Bready and roasted malt aroma. Flavor has the black malt up front, giving way to bitterness. Coffee and roasted flavors are there but very tame. Slight metallic twinge. Medium bodied lager. Drinks easy but there are better tasting examples to be found. At the price point its at, Krusovice is a decent low end schwarzbier option.

Sep 25, 2010
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QuentinCompson from California

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pt. 9oz bottle into Pilaarbijter pilsner glass

A - Settled into a two-finger, maltish-looking head which dissipated within minutes leaving just a film; dark cherry looking brew, when held up to light, otherwise opaque

S - Seemed to be a heavy hop smell when first poured, but then nothing... The smell somewhat disappeared, a bit of caramel once it warmed a bit

T-M - Thin, malty nose, watery, hops, a touch of wood in the finish.

D - Decent brew, though a bit watered down for my taste

May 01, 2008
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superdedooperboy from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. "Born By Date" of 25.04.2007 is clearly printed on the label, putting this one at over a year-and-a-half in age. Ingredients listed on the label are water, malt, hops, and, rather strangely, artificial sweetener. That last one has me wondering...

Pours a very dark brown with a nice, thick cappuccino-colored head of creamy foam that rests down to a cap with good retention and nice lacing on the glass.

Mild toasted malt aromas appear in the nose. Aside from a faint sweetness, not much else going on there.

Body and mouthfeel are rather light. Flavors are mild, consisting mostly of light roasted malts and a hint of bitter chocolate, with a slight bitter hoppiness in the middle and a finish that is dry, playing host to a mildly astringent sweet flavor, perhaps from the "artificial sweetener"?

Easy-drinking and low in alcohol, and overall a decent tasting beer, this would make a good quaffer. Not the best example of a Schwarzbier, but then it is an "Original Bömisches Schwarzbier," and not a true deutsches Schwarzbier, and therein lies the answer.

Nov 06, 2008
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rwrk42 from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A very dark brown with minimal lacing or head
Smell: Roasted malt with a bit of sweet, faint caramel
Taste: Very smooth with predominant roasted malt like flavor. Little if any hops. Faint sweet caramel and coffee finish
If you like a beer dominant in malt flavor with coffee notes, this one is for you. I would recommend

Dec 22, 2011
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jwinship83 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can brought back from prague by my parents. no english anywhere on this one.

A- the beer pours from the can a black colored body. ruby highlights can be seen around the edges when held up to the light. a beige colored head forms on top and lasts a long time, leaving behind solid rings of lacing.

S- dark roasted and bread-like malts. a faint hint of coffee.

T- dark roasted malts. somewhat sweet as well. a bitter coffee finish.

M- medium to full bodied with a low level of carbonation. very smooth.

D- easy to finish. very sessionable and 3.8% ABV with a better than expected amount of flavor. check this one out if youre a fan of the style.

Dec 14, 2009
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brokensail from California

3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger of tan head.

S: There's a definite vegetal note with some corn and sulfur. A mild roast that does let you know it's a schwarzbier. Lightly acidic with some hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Roast and coffee are the first things I pick up on the palate. A definite acidity to it as well as a mild sweetness. Some light cocoa notes. No real off-flavors, but not really any standout, good ones, either.

M: Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Better than the Imperial, but not a great schwarzbier either.

Aug 29, 2011
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atis from Finland

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours dark amber/quite similar to cola colour with large tan and considerably fizzy head that soon fades to foamy 1/2 finger layer, downsliding lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, bits of mild roasted.

Taste is similar and mild, but more roasted, medium dry finish and low bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with less than average carbonation and weak and smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, I liked the beer. Although it is rather mild, its taste has nice roasty character and it is very refreshing.

May 19, 2009
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davidwhatshisnam from New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

May 10, 2014
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 371 ratings