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Krušovice Cerne | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Brewed by:
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stoutman on 06-08-2003

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Photo of JEdmund
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark cola brown with a small head that has no lasting power nor leaves any lacing

Some chocolate, cookie malts, slight smokiness

Taste & Mouthfeel
Sweet and bacony, though overall a weak flavor; thin body with good carbonation; some artificial sweetness; no real aftertaste

I was pretty underwhelmed by this, although I recall enjoying the tap version much more.

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Photo of erikm25
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Never even heard of this beer until my wife brought it home.

Pilsner glass pour with a cola brown color and a small off-white head. Roasted malts, light pear and a slight coffee aroma. Dark malty taste with some campfire smoke in there as well and some light bitterness in the aftertaste. Watery, thin mouthfeel. Drinkability is somewhat higher though the taste, for me, would get tiresome quickly.

Overall it was nice to try this gold medal Prague beer though I am sure this brew is much better directly at the source.

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Photo of Mthom
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boy, is this one a disappointment. I'd had plenty of Schwarzbier when over in Berlin (Markischer Landman comes to mind) and I could have sworn they had more kick than this. This beer pours beautifully (nice head) and looks impressive (deep rich ruby), but bottom line... it's just plain watery. What little notes there are, are lost in the thinness. And 3.8% ABV just don't cut it. Isn't this what they call, in the States, "Sunday beer"? Not for me!

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Photo of nickss
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown, Coke looking brew with a good 2" rocky ran head.

Musty aroma filled with malt. Perhaps a touch of brown sugar, but pretty boring.

Almost a bock like flavour. Some brown sugar and malt.

Mouthfeel is excessively carbonated and a bit thin.

Just doesnt do it for me. Too much carbonation to make it an easy drinker. Not bad... just OK.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: roasted malt, coffee

A: black w/ tan head

T: light, nice roasted/coffee flavor, creamy mouthfeel, light body, metallic (copper) note on finish

O: great example of a black lager, nice malt flavor with a light body. very easy to drink, would be a good session bier even though its dark in color.

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Photo of budgood1
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a dark garnet colour, with a big frothy head which leaves plenty of lace. cocoa aroma with a bit of burnt sugar. bitter and charred malt flavours...a bit of smoke with a very lightly hopped finish. nice enough for a such a low ABV schwarzbier. light body and a somewhat strange mouthfeel...refreshing enough with a decent amount of character and flavour. sessionable to be sure...i wonder if it's marketed as a light beer in europe? drinkability is good if you like your schwarzbiers on the really light side.

on the disturbing side...the back label states the ingredients as water, malt, hops and ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER! and...."flavoured imported dark beer". this explains the low ABV and strange mouthfeel. i'm afraid this is the michelob ultra of the czech republic. but at least it has a lot of flavour....artificial or otherwise.

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Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Sainsbury's, at 1.29 quid, which, I suppose, might be twice as much as I'd pay in the Czech Republic. But given my nice experience drinking Krusovice's beers on draught in Prague, I was happy to buy it w/o a second thought. BB 25/11/2007, served chilled in a stright imperial pint glass.

A: a well-lasting, fluffy beige head sits on top of a lively-carbonated dark mehogany colour.
S: a sweet edge of caramelised brown sugar and caramel-coated roasted chestnuts dominates the nose, while a very light tinge of lager-sourness stays underneath. Overall the aroma is a bit too sweet and simplistic, but not un-nice.
T: slightly metallic upfront, followed by the sweet edge of lightly-roasted Munich malts, Chinese grass-jelly, caramel, and sour-sweet semi-roasty nuttiness, while the sour edge as of overripe plums is at presence but almost too muted to provide a balance. The finish is quite clean w/o much aftertaste, apart from a mildly sour-sweet maltiness, nuttiness, and kidney-bean-paste in the end.
M&D: the carbonation remains refreshing (slightly on the gassy side) and the body light (read "thin-ish"), but somehow the flavour is too timid to make a delicious pint and the bitterness almost absent to make it a more-ish drink. I'd love to see how the draught version goes, but this bottle simply is unconvincing.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is indeed a very light Schwarzbier.
Poured an almost black, dark coffee shade with an impressive tan head of small bubbles that seems to stay and stay, leaving lots of lacing as you tilt back the brew.

Aromas are very light and faint...almost non-existent. A little peat and dark roasted coffee with no sweetness to my nose at all.

Taste is also pretty light and one-dimensional. Dark, dry roasted, almost burnt coffee, again with no sweetness making the brew much drier than you would expect for an under 4% ABV. A little woodiness...or maybe 'branchiness' comes through as it warms along with a bit of grass.

Very light and refreshing but sort of the BMC of Schwarzbiers

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent hazelnut with red, orange and gold highlights. The good-sized head is an attractive shade of toasted beige and sets off the color of the beer quite nicely. Random splotches of lace stick to the upper portion of the glass. This is exactly what I expect a schwarzbier to look like.

The nose is mild and smells of dark malt and metal. It's too mild for me to be more specific than that, even after biding my time until the foam is no longer getting in the way of the aroma assessment. A definite letdown after the appearance.

Cerne is a decent enough example of the style that probably has more roasted maltiness than most (on second thought, no, it doesn't). Lightly charred coffee grounds and bitter cocoa powder make up the flavor profile. It tastes a little better than that description would suggest, however. There isn't quite enough malt onboard and the beer favors neither sweet nor bitter. In fact, it lacks a flavor hook of any kind.

I don't know if I've ever seen such a low-ABV schwarzbier before. It certainly tastes and feels like a light beer to me and I don't care for it as much as I do others of the style for that very reason. I know that schwarzs have light mouthfeels, but this one takes things a little too far in that direction. Calling it watery would not be overstating the case.

I thought Krusovice Imperial, a Czech pilsener, was an average to slightly better than average beer. I'm not surprised in the least that Cerne earns that same general assessment. I tend not to be impressed by schwarzbiers unless they do something to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, this one doesn't.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the Wednesday Night Trivia crew was recently over in the Czech Republic for work and brought back some CANs for me. Once again, it pays to advertise and my thanks to Rod Shenk for the gift(s).

From the CAN: This is very loose translation due to the wording on the CAN being muddy at best - "Krušovice jsoudiky polozeidealni his address for quality beer. Best of Saaz hops pramentou Křivoklátsko vodumaji namely in the vicinity. ie beer at home here already since 1581." If I get hold of a bottle, I have a feeling the label may be easier to read.

The Crack revealed a CAN filled to the brim with beer and the Glug produced some VERY fast-dissipating deep-tan head that ended up as mere wisps. Color was a deep, dark cola-brown that allowed ZERO light penetration. Even the white bits was black! Nose smelled of coffee, tar, dark chocolate and even a slight metallic tang. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a molasses-like sharpness on the tongue that may have accounted for the metallic smell. It actually tasted much better than it smelled, with a licorice/anise flavor coupled with molasses in the mouth. I liked that it was not sweet at all and coupled with its low ABV, this could be a good session beer. I may not personally want more than a couple/few, but it does remain a CANdidate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is mainly of dark roasted malt. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly one dimensional in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of sweethome
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, a ruby hue as light comes through. As I looked at it, I was sure it was cola. Same tan head as Coke.

Very nice nose, tradition of german schwarzbier. Fruity hops, sweet complex malts.

First taste is rather dry malts, then sweetness just rolls. A bit of an odd transition. Full sweetness, just a hint of hops late...wow, where did that hops from the nose go. A bit too sweet for this style. Very clunky beer. Too sweet.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. The “BORN ON DATE” is “23.03.2012.”

Appearance: Poured into a flute. The color is medium brown with dark ruby tones. Two fingers of light tan head dissipated quickly to leave a layer of buttery lacing.

Smell: Dark and toasted malts, caramel, molasses, grassy hops (it has that fresh cut hay smell), apple, plum, fig, and prune. Very crisp and nutty. It is also on the sweet side.

Taste: It is almost reminiscent of canned nitro stout. It mostly mirrors the aroma but the smells are much more pronounced. Dark and toasted malts, grassy hops, nutmeg, cocoa, caramel, and dark fruit. Leaves a nice bitterness lingering in the mouth for a second or two after each sip.

Drinkability: It is a million times better on tap (surprise, surprise). Out of the bottle, though, it is what I would expect from a Czech schwarzbier.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1-pint .9 oz. bottle into nonic pint glass. Born date of 4-5-06 on bottle label.

Appearance: dark brown "cola" like look with red hues along outer edges. Lots of visible carbonation builds volumous head which quickly recedes to almost none, just like a cola. Sticky lacing clings to sides of glass.

Smell: sweet aroma of dark chocolate, burnt toffee, malts and coffee.

Taste: bittersweet chocolate with dry aftertaste. Slightly bready.

Mouthfeel: needs more depth, bit watery and thin. Overcarbonated for my satisfaction.

Drinkability: fairly easy to drink beer. Nothing complex about this seemingly simple beer.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing I noticed was that there was no smoke when I popped the cap off. It poured a dark amber/brown with a one finger head which left shortly but a ring stayed around. There was a dark fruit malty aroma which emitted from the brew. The taste was a mix of malts, hops with a slight bitter finish. Thought the mouthfeel was a bit watery but seemed to get better as I sipped it. Would drink this again. Not one that I would choose first but because of it's very low 3.8 ABV, this could easily be a session beer from time to time.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Milky smell arises as soon as I popped the cap. Along with a roasted malt type charred smell. Dark brown body with a tan two tone head.

Chocolate pudding comes to mind initially. That didn't last long though as a charred slightly smoked dominance takes over. Personally I wouldn't session this but the low abv makes it reasonable and its interesting enough.

Notes: A light bodied dark brew. Undetectable hops but enough bitterness from the char to keep it somewhat in check. Not one I'll seek out.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark opaque brown color with light head.

Smell: Aroma is weak but of cereals and grassy hops.

Flavor: Taste is roasted malts, grains, nuts, and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Palate is light-bodied, light carbonation, moderate sweet aftertaste. This is a decent beer.

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Photo of JohnW
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this before reading the reviews here, as I like their Imperial Pilsner, which I think it a great Czech Pils. Then reading the reviews wondered if it was a mistake buying it! It poured appealingly dark into tall glass, with a good dense off white head which looked great. Aroma was very thin, more sweet malts and hint of roasted grains and licorice. Taste was initially fairly good, sweetish, more of malts and hint of roasted grains, but then as it went down it left nothing in the mouth, no aftertaste at all. The texture is smooth, but taste very thin and disappointing. The head lasted well down the glass, but the more one tasted, the sweeter it seemed to be, and then left a slightly artificial aftertaste in the mouth.

I would not say I disliked this, more that it was disappointing after their excellent Imperial Pils, and it does not have much character as some of the good Black Pilsners, and although would have one if offered, doubt I would buy it again.

The label on the rear made (bought in UK) made no mention of containing artificial sweeteners as others have mentioned in review here.

I would rate it easy to drink, as low alcohol content and not demanding in anyway, only the thin sweetness may be the downside.

B'ham UK

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Photo of calise1122
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No music, just have the Bruins game going in the background. Been meaning to grab this for years now - and just never have. $1.99 for a 25 oz of beer?, sign me up.

As you would expect with a Schwarzbier, its dark but not thick on the pour. A nice brown head settles down quickly leaving some tan bubbles floating around the top. It's actually more cola reddish brown than black, but has a nice inviting color.

I smell coffee and black licorice flavored malts with a very faint and muted smoky hint to it. It could use more malt though - it comes up a bit short

The malt smells more prominent than they taste, and when upon my first sip - albeit to cold - the flavors are a bit muted. I get a bit of a bitter chocolate/coffee taste around the edges. I don't know why, but this reminds me of a walnut in many ways. At first I was going to say it tasted like a walnut shell - but as it warms up it actually reminds me of the nut itself. Maybe a little cocoa and caramel - but more than anything else it is very very light. Somewhere in there you get the very subtle floral hops character - but in a beer that doesn't have much character to start... it is not easy for my palate to place

It is certainly drinkable - but I would like to have a bit more character. It could use some more body, a richer malty flavor, and just better execution. I thought it would improve as it warmed, but it didn't.

Overall - a nice larger, especially for the value... but not something I will be coming back to often.

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Photo of xav33
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Krusovice Cerne
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a weizen glass.
Brewed 11/06, absorbed 06/07

Poured a clear ruddy brown with a large frothy mostly lasting beige head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate toasted light bread and caramel, with a light metallic/mineral smell.

Flavor was upfront light moderately bitter and toasted rye bread followed by a moderate bittersweet caramel and sugary green hops on a moderate finish.

Palate was upfront light bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and lightly astringent and metallic.

Overall, this is somewhat disappointing for a Schwarzbier, but enjoyable nonetheless. I really was expecting a little bit more though. Tastes like metal too.

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Photo of theformula
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer #43 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/12. Found this at Chips Wine & Beer in Richmond, VA.

A: Pours a dark garnet body into a tulip glass. A khaki head of 2" forms, retention is decent. Not much lacing.

S: Nothing extraordinary, but the aroma is nice & appetizing. Dark crystal malts give off notes of brown sugar, raisin, cereal grains & a definite tart black cherry character.

M: Light, firm body, med. carbonation. Very light but smooth.

T: This is okay, just decent for a dunkel. I was expecting much more malt depth & more roast-focused flavor. Bready, fruity malts are somewhat tasty but too thin, seems diluted a bit. Brown sugar, raisin & plum notes are there but muted. Very soft chocolate notes. Hops are nearly non-existent as expected, w/ just a whiff of leafy bitterness.

D: Just a decent dunkel lager. While very easy to session, it's thin w/ not a lot going for it. Nice w/ some smoky sausage but this is one I won't come back to. Nice fruit malt flavors have potential, but aren't realized.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 22/1/12

A clear reddish cola with a two finger light brown head that quickly falls too a thick film leaving no lace

S mild chocolate, prune, cold coffee and molasses pretty faint all-around

T as it smells but the flavors are a little stronger then the nose

M thin and a little flat without much aftertaste

O not offensive and not impressive, I could take it or leave it and I wouldn't look for it

I suppose for a light beer it has some flavor but not much going on here at the end of the day

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
3.54 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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