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Krušovice Cerne | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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BEER INFO

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

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 orangemoustache
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark reddish amber with a tall three fingers of tan head that retains well while leaving behind small chunks of lacing.The nose is caramel malts and some faint burnt bitterness.This is delightfully nutty and subtly sweet with notes of brown sugars and a burntness that tastes surprisingly clean(no grittiness)or texture to speak of.Light bodied,with a lot less flavor on the tail than I expected,some nice flavor upfront but the end kind of falls off to a watery average finish.Not somthing to seek out,tho I could drink this again and enjoy.

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Photo of stumac
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Born On Date: June 14, 2006....aged two years before I drank it and wrote this review...

pours a negro color with a decent brown tinted head. decent lacing. nose is liquorice, coffee, dark and roasted malts. taste is same as nose but add a metallic bite (which is not too uncommon with schwarzbiers) and add a sweet something. guessing its the artificial sweetener they added. i love Sweet 'N' Low! medium bodied, medium carbo, dry finish. decent black lager

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in a 21 oz pilsner glass from a 1/2 liter brown bottle.

Pours with little body dark brown and crystal clear with a fluffy off-white head.

Aroma is very toasty and slightly sweet.

Tastes toasty, grainy, a bit malty. But no sweetness, with a funny flavor that I can't place, almost like a soft drink fruitiness.

Body is thin, mouthfeel is dominated by seltzer-like fizz.

Not a hint of roastiness or caramel. Definitely a dunkel and not a schwarzbier, as Czech dark beers usually are. Good lawnmower beer if you're looking for something fizzy but not yellow.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of elricorico
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cola coloured, nearly blocks all light, and a big tan head was generated. Some retention, the head doesn't dissappear in a hurry. Spotty lacing.

Darker malt aroma, though is still a bit grainy. Nothing too exciting to the nose.

Light body, with a cola like caramel flavour. Leans towards sweetness, with little to balance it in the back end. Flashes of citrus in the middle. Light to medium carbonation makes this a breeze to quaff. A little bit of lingering metallic flavour is the final impression.

A definite easy drinker. Won't stand out in a crowd though.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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 botham
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

half liter on tap poured into a mug at romer plaza in frankfurt am main, germany. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger of light brown head that remains for a few minutes.

aroma is of roasted malts, with notes of caramel and chocolate and a distant note of coffee as well.

taste is mild and roasted, with the same malt notes as the aroma and a bit more character and richness than the aroma would suggest.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a silky texture and a smooth finish of lingering roasted malts.

drinkability is great. a tight profile and solid complexity make this one an excellent schwarzbier. prost!

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted and chocolate malts, with a faint spiciness. The taste is like the aroma, and very flavorful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice schwarbier. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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 theformula
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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 jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -19.7%
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 +6.7%
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 -10.7%
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%
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 -15.7%
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 -13.2%
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%
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 -5.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +4.2%
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 -8.7%
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 +15.2%
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 -7.3%
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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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 359 ratings
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