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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 jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours blackish with a thin head that stays around.

The smell is of a charred, roasty dark maltiness with some floral notes in the background.

The taste is of dark maltiness and baker's chocolate. It has a mildly roasted character. An earthy, grassy bitterness balances out most of sweetness. Finishes a tad thin with a carbonated push.

It has a mediocre thinness about it. Not too thrilling, but enough to it to make it drinkable. It's like a schwartzbier meet a Euro Dark Lager.

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Photo of daledeee
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the local HyVee. We have a large European population thus a large selection of these beers: Czech, Polish, etc.

This beer pours nice dark yet clear looking. Nice head and lace. Slightly tan head. The nose is not much. Taste is like "stout lite" A tad sweet with roasted malt and a little bit sour finish. This beer is easy to drink but quite forgetable.

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Photo of AltBock
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz. bottle with a black and gold colored label that has the name of the beer in a red and gold rectangle. This rectangle has a gold crown on the top of it and it's surrounded by 4 gold coins. The whole front is written in Czech, so good luck with that. The back label is written in English and that contains the US Government warning, US importer, refund values, barcode, and a born on date of 8/15/2006. The back label also lists the ingredients. The ingredients are as follows: water, malt, hops, and artificial sweetner. Wait one moment! Did I just say that this beer contains artificial sweetner? I sure did! I can't think of one good reason on why this has artificial sweetner in it. What? Is real sweetner not good enough for the consumer? If that isn't enough, they label this as a "Flavoured Imported Dark Beer." Not only does this beer contain artificial sweetner, but this is an imported dark beer flavored beer.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, this flavored dark beer is a dark mahagony brown with a massive 4 inch creamy head of tan foam. It seemed like forever for the head of foam to recede to a point where I could drink the sweet liquid behind it. When it did recede, it left behind a tan colored film and tons of tan colored lace in its tracks.

Smell: The main aroma of this beer had to be the malted cereal. It smelled exactly like cold cheap cereal. The kind of cheap bagged cereal that you get on the bottom shelf of the cereal aisle. Once I got pass the cheap cereal aroma, I only got 2 more aromas after that, a hint a roasted coffee beans and a small trace of milk chocolate. Maybe I should have said 3 aromas because sometimes I got an aroma of burnt wood. Well, whatever it was, it was clearly a somekind of burnt aroma.

Taste: It had a light and somewhat watery taste of malted cereal, roasted mals, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, and a pinch of artificial sweetner. I knew the sweetner was coming into the play soon. Wow! Everything they listed under the ingredients was there, even the water and sweenter. It's a good thing they listed the ingredients because I would have wondered why I was tasting water and sweetner. Thanks Krušovice!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was light, watery, and thin. Not only was there that, but it also contained a short lived aftertaste of sweet malted grains and a dab of milk chocolate.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have thought that a beer made with artificial sweetner would taste that good and this beer proved me right. The only thing I can say about this beer is that it's different. Not a good different, but it still was different.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Czech this out... Okay, I'm serious now.

From a half liter bottle, this beer pours easy with a vigorous rush. The head is ample, and is a dark and milky tan. It sticks around for a good while too. The body is very dark and has a visible dark ruby tint to it.

This has a leathery chocolate kind of smell. There is a hint of a burnt aroma. I detect a copperish aroma as well.

The taste is almost malty at first, but balances well with the hops side. Mostly this is sweet and feels kind of wet.

Bottom line is that this is a decent brew. A little bit more complex than a pilsner.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark but clear ruby brown with a small tan head that falls quickly. Nose is not very strong, but carries malt scents and a slight robust quality to it. Flavor is interesting. Slightly smoked on the end. Things start off with a nice malty flavor and move on a bit of a tour to that slight smoky and roasted avenue. Feel is fairly bodied as far as the liquid feel goes. No real big attack of bubble on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. A pretty damn good beer actually. Worth trying, and could easily be a session brew considering the quality AND the price.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this hard to look up beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was almost black and had a nice tan head that went away pretty fast. I could not really smell this beer. It was kinda bland to me. Actually he taste was the same...kinda bland. It was not a bad beer but it was nothing that really jumped me either. It was kinda like a watered down porter best I can describ it. I think I will not buy again.

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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 jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beige, three-finger head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Deep mahogany color. Nose is roasted chocolate/coffee. Flavor is roasted coffee, clean finish, good session beer. $2.70 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this today during my most recent beer run. Most of the writing on the bottle label is in German. Ingredients: water, malt, hops, artificial sweetener?!? This is a clear violation of the Purity Law of 1516, but fortunately for Kralovsky Pivovar, it's produced in the Czech Republic. On to the beer:

This black colored beer is topped by a thin white head in my Kronenbourg glass when the pouring ritual is complete. It has subdued roasted barley in the smell and hints of coffee. As weak as the aroma was, the taste is fortunately much stronger. Good thickish mouthfeel brings a brush of smoky flavor. Light sweetness in the body balances out the moderate roasted bitterness. Kind of tastes like a wooden popsicle in the aftertaste, though it's not as bad as it may sound.

This is a rock-solid schwarzbier. It's low ABV and lighter tasting characteristics makes this a fine choice to wash down a piece of German chocolate cake.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Krusovice Cerne pours appropriately enough an opaque black with an off white head from a brown half liter bottle. There is a nice mildly roasty aroma, but the problem is it's too mild. There is a nice little roasty flavor and lots of caramel malt. Not bad, I found it enjoyable, worth a try.

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Photo of chilidog
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off....Nice bottle. Perfect foil wrap top with good detail on the label.
It poured a nice dark ruby. Good carbonation with-in, no fizz but a well formed, soft tan head that maintained to lace good.

The aroma was roasted malts, dark bread.

The taste was full of flavor. Dark roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee bean and expresso with a hint of smoke. The hops play a mild roll but are noted as a balancer.

The mouthfeel was the on the watery side though the mouth was left with an expresso-like aftertaste.

Drinkability is there, good flavor without an overpowering taste brake. Overall a well done, world class Schsarzbier. Hard to believe, only 3.8%abv.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable shwartzbier, about middling mouthfeel, with coconut shreds and licorice taste. Even with the small alcohol, its a soda pop, but it worked on this hot fall day. I don't think I could have it everyday. Black colour and some licorice and molasses on the nose. Fizzy carbonation. Little weak for a Czech beer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tall frothy light brown colored head that held strong. Deep black colored beer with a faint mahogany glow around the bottom edge. Mildly sweet aroma is a mix of caramel, roasted malt, and molasses. Flavors is composed of bits of cola, dark malts, and a mix of cherries and tobacco on the bottom. Light clean mouthfeel with a decent bit of smooth carbonation. Low abv and clean. This would be great for an afternoon of drinking.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Born on 11.04.2007 (April 11, that is), this was a surprising find at the local ShopRite next door to my work. A schwarzbier with an extremely low ABV and an easy price tag of $1.99. This is a 16.9 oz. bottle served at fridge temperature in a tasting tulip.

Appearance- On a traditional pour, this beer is deep chestnut with ruby hues, supporting a creamy ivory head. Excellent retention, leaving behind strips and small patches of lacing.

Smell- Aromas of roasted coffebeans intermingle with milk chocolate, subtly presented with notes of European hops that come off very clean and zippy.

Taste- The beginning is nondescript, almost like drinking straight seltzer water... the aforementioned coffee and chocolate malt flavors happen literally *after* swallowing, when the nose has been able to register what the tongue has processed. Unimaginally boring in the taste department.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly and active in a good way, creating a sea of foamy carbonation in the mouth that would do wonders with an appropriate food pairing... I'm thinking bratwurst or mushroom asiago chicken sausage. Drinkability here is amazing; it's a great inexpensive all-day quaffer as an alternative to this Fall's seasonals, which offer more caramel malt or perhaps pumpkin and spice notes. Where this beer lacks seriously in taste, it slam dunks sessionability.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep brown colored beer with a good light brown to beige colored head.

The scent is mostly chocolate and fresh baked bread. A little sweet with a mostly chocolate aroma with some traces of smoke. Most definitely a chocolate scented beer.

The taste starts out sweet smoked chocolate with a bread aftertaste. No real hop flavor here and no real bitterness a malty Schwarzbier.

The mouthfeel is light.

Very drinkable and sessionable from the alcohol content. On the light side for a beer of this type but still good. Still think I would pick the Erdinger version though. A new beer from the San Luis Obispo BevMo.

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Photo of Amalak
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Beautiful looking beer with a thick, bubbly head and an essentially black, opaque, color.

Smell: There is something there, but nothing that really jumps out that I can really say it does anything.

Taste: Very burnt, caramel taste. Very crisp and flavorful but stay away if you don't care for a burnt tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Strong on the palate. Have to be in the mood for it.

Drinkability: Very flavorful and cuts down the throat. I like it.

Very good burnt-style beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, malty, and mouth-watering. It pours a dark reddish-brown, almost the color of cola, with a thick, tan head that does not stay for long. Flavor is malty with a hint of burnt coffee and a little hop bitterness. This beer is velvety smooth and pleasant to drink, best by itself.

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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 CharlieMopps
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black hue with deep mahogany highlights, topped by a thick and voluminous head.

S: Interesting array of a heavier malt notes but with a starkly clean profile, all very subtle.

T: Up front there is a formidable malt presence, notes of roasted malt and chocolate, espresso. Still, the flavor is quite subdued, and fades into a light finish with a faint malty aftertaste that lingers. Barely noticeable hop bitterness, very much a lager in character.

M: The level of carbonation feels appropriate, giving the beer a bit more body than your average lager, but doesn't overdo it, which is nice.

D: Overall, a quite drinkable offering that can satisfy a malt craving but keep things on the lighter side of a lager. Definitely worth a try, as it tastes better than other black lagers, but may not be something that will blow you away.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 1 pint 0.9fl oz bottle. Born by date 29.11.2006. Includes an artifical sweetener as an ingredient. Pours to a brilliantly clear dark mahogany, forming a voluminous creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is crisp and clean with mild raisins, tobacco, light chocolate, and when swirled...coffee. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean as well with a refreshing medium-light body. Very crisp finish. The taste is noted by layers of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, weak burnt sugar, caramel, mild herbal and floral hops. The bitterness is mild, and there is a faint smokiness in the aftertaste. No appreciable off-flavors.

A very easy to drink Shwarzbier. This is light enough in body to appeal to pilsner drinkers who want a little more flavor. I would say this is pretty true to the style, and quite enjoyable. Reccomended.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich brown color with amber highlights, topped by a sizable off-white head that is rather short-lived. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, along with a bit of roastiness, light fruit, and caramel. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with a good bit of light and caramel malts. Finish is a tad roasty and quite smooth.
Body is a touch creamy and velvety smooth. With such a low ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. I haven't had too many examples of the schwazrbier style, but I've liked most of them. This is no exception.

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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 amesirish
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st beer review! Gotta start somewhere so here it goes...

Krusovice Cerne 0.5 liter bottle served in a 0.5 liter mug.

Appears dark with some deep red/brown coloring, about half an inch of tan head leaving minimal lacing as I drink. Hints of carmel in the taste, light and smooth with mild carbonation. Not as complex/full as say Kostritzer, but a good beer none the less. Krusovice Cerne is easy to drink and would make a good starter beer in the schwarzbier style.

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Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my go to beer when I was living in Prague to beat the bordom of Pilseners. i also routinely drink this at the Bohemian Beer Garden on Tap. This bottle was purchased at Bierkraft. born on date 5/11/7 so I got a new one.

A-Dark, almost black but is dark brown when held to the light. A nice 1.5 finger coffee coloured head drapes the beer leaving a wonderful slick.

S-Roasted malts dominate, an almost burnt smell. Some coffee and some grassy, herby hops.

T- Roasted malt, coffee again with a twinge of sweetness and a lovely bitterness throughout the sip. hops are not as present as in the smell. Aftertaste reminds me of Manhattan Espresso Soda. On the sweeter side overall but there is enough bitterness from the roasted malt and the hops to balance it.

M-Very light lager light body which you would not know from the colour but spot on to style. High carbonation pushes those flavours around the mouth nicely.

D-This is better on tap or in it's native land but it is one of my top all time dark lagers. A refreshing beer in the summer time when you don't want something light or to warm you up in the winter. This is a beer for all seasons.

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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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