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Krušovice Cerne | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stoutman on 06-08-2003

BEER STATS
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199
Ratings:
350
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
19.77%
 
 
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Photo of Wegbier
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

should have originally reviewed this one when i was living in Germany, but here we are back in foco

a- deep dark amber, as nice as the color is i thought i wouldnt see through it, the two finger head only stuck around for so long before reducing to a very light head with some lacing.

s- mmm... bready and toasty bread

t- taste follows smell with some well toasted malt through and through a light creamyness to even out all the dark toast

somewhat biting and lightly carbonated. medium to thin body

d- drinkable all the way.

good, but not as exciting as i remember

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Photo of theopholis
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Fairly dark with a gorgeous ruby body when held up to the light. Not much head. What there is is a light brown, and absolutely no head retention. No lacing either.

Smell- Very faint. I get some malt, some sweetness coming though with hints of coffee.

Taste- Doesn't knock you over the head with strong flavors. They are muted, but nice. Some soft malts with a mild roastiness. Ints of bitter coffee taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A little under-carbonated IMO, altho BJCP lists this as a representative beer for the style.

Drinkability- This is not a style I normally drink, so I'll keep my mouth shut. It ain't bad, ain't great. Try it for yourself.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Milos- A deep cola pour with a thin beige ring. Nose is coffee and hops, musty tobacco, some pit fruits. Tastes very coffee like with no sweetness whatsoever. Dry and hoppy with dark chocolate too. Surprisingly light bodied and super easy drinking. Very good. Thanks Milos!

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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 birchstick
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep, dark brown, almost black. There is a beautiful head on it as well.

S - very sweet, caramely malt. There is also a touch of brown sugar.

T - taste follows the nose, but it is more roasty in taste than the nose makes you believe. There are some faint caramel and brown sugar flavors that are pushed aside by the toasted malt.

M - very full and smooth...great mouthfeel to it

D - This is a good beer - I really like this style, although I have had only one other Schwarzbier. This is a good alternative to a stout or porter - it will definitely be added to my winter line-up. Flavorful, but not something that is too bold in its flavor. Very easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of david18
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had no idea when I ordered this beer today that it was so low in alcohol. I knew that black lagers weren't necessarily stronger than lighter lagers, but 3.8%? I really enjoyed this and now that I know I can have this for Breakfest (lol) I'm hooked. Great black color, very good malty test, very, very drinkable. A very difficult beer to sip slowly. I never had a german Schwarz as good as this. HIghly recommend.

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Photo of Overlord
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a few winks of red. An inch or so of light tan foam.

Smells like roasted malt and a whiff of nuttiness. A bit of ... strange almost oxidized notes in the aroma.

Taste is roasted, nutty malt, but there's a strange metallic oxidized bite to it. It's weird. Kind of bracing, almost. Not a bad beer, but very straight-forward and simple.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A nice two fingered head forms quickly and had great retention. Large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a distinct Noble hop aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor starts of interesting with chocolate notes from the malt combining with the spicey and earthy hop flavors. Unfortunately the flavor is short lived and ends very watery. Bitterness is low to moderate. The body is a bit thin but does have a nice carbonation. An easy drinking beer with a very low ABV and gentle flavors. The flavor just falls away too quickly.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with "born on" date of 28.05.2008. tasted in early/mid may 2009.

dark brown, almost black. red hues under the light. no haze. large, light tan head fades to wisps and ring. decent lace, esp further down the glass.

aroma: faint cola and caramel malt, and a roast character with hint of coffee and whiff of euro hops. all a bit subdued however.

taste: slightly more character in the flavor, esp as things warm up. flavors are similar, with slightly livelier hop flavor and bitterness (still mild to moderate), matched by a faint roast. trace acidity near the finish. faint coffee and cola again in the aftertaste.

medium body, smooth with some light acidic and astringent notes before the finish. moderate to lively carbonation is crisp upfront, and helps with flavor lift.

not that bad, especially considering the low $3 price tag. i have a feeling it is even better when fresh.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of kevinglin
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a restaurant/bar in Prague in a large half-litre mug.

Poured a dark brown with a garnet hue when held to the light; thick off white head of tightly formed bubbles. Aroma was slightly roasty, but I got more malt sweetness and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste was also slightly roasty, but not overly so, low to no hop presence in the flavor, just enough bitterness to counter the sweet malt. Medium body leaning toward a dry finish, though not astringent.

Overall recommend. Not like some harsher German schwarzbiers that I've had - this one seemed more like a 'dark pils' to me - smooth, clean dark lager. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of atis
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cola colored - medium brown and translucent, with light tan head. Nose is roasty but rather tame, even with a good solid pour and large head. Light coffee taste, very drinkable, and a rather inoffensive beer. Could be a nice gateway beer for people apprehensive about dark beers.

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Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a finger of light tan, creamy looking head. Deep, dark brown that verges on black in color. Hints of shimmering ruby around the edges. Just OK head retention.

S - Slightly sweet maltiness up front; touch of dark fruits; pretty muted overall

T - Mirrors the aroma with the hint of sweetness, but the dark fruit is actually closer to raisiny/pruney. Solid enough, but not that complex.

M - Thinner MF, a little sticky, pretty tame carbonation.

D - Pretty solid drinkability given the way below average abv. Fine session beer with just enough taste and flavor to keep things moderately interesting.

Just an OK take on the style, and there are way more complex out there. Check it out, but only if readily available.

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Photo of whitehouse50
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Tommy C. Pours a very dark almost black color with an egg shell white head.

Aromas, i'm not there were any. I could barely make out any sweet smells or hoppyness. Not much going on here.

Taste was similar as well. Reminded me of seltzer water. Very tingly on the tongue and I could not taste much at all.

M & D while the mouthfeel was not good, medium to lite body, I could probably drink this all day, maybe in the summer. But give me a weiss any day of the week.

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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 simonjohansson
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: burnt notes, some coffee, dark bread, butter, some spicy notes.

Taste: dark bread, butter, some notes of coffee; body is ok but could be better, a bit watery; hops in the background.

Overall: cheap and enjoyable beer. It has quite a lot of flavors, but they are in the background and not that easy to identify. This beer is well worth a try.

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

A - A dark brown with some dark red highlights.
S - Incredibly sweet smelling, hints of anice, black current, cherries, cranberry, coffee and chocolate.
T - Rather bland in comparison with the smell. Lingers a burning taste of coffee in the aftertaste. Notes of fruit and coffee are present but subtle.
M - A bit watery, and quite light. Perhaps even undercarbonated.
D - Not so bad, the mouthfeel makes it much more drinkable.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber brown with garnet highlights and a rough khaki head. Sticky as it dissipates down the glass.

Smell is all about some sweet malts. It kind of smells like a sugared up breakfast cereal. Lightly toasted malt nose mixed with some caramel.

Taste is sweetened as well. The malted grain flavors are definitely dominate with subtle caramel undertones. The finish has a metallic coppery taste that is not one of my favorite things.

Decent mild carbonation that let's you taste the beer. The mouthfeel is just short of being buttery smooth. It's almost like sipping on a good 2% thinned out milk in the way that it coats your mouth. Combine that with a mediocre 3.8% ABV and this one is easy to slug down.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Czech Schwarzbier pours a dark brown with the garnet and ruby highlights characteristic of the style. The tan head is a bit smaller than I would have expected. Nose is moderately malty, slightly sweet, slightly roasty and hop aromas are more or less absent. Flavor follows nose with the slightly roasted malts leading the way, followed by some sweet notes, a mildly apparent hopness, no esters or diacetyl detected. Finishes clean with a slightly bitter and quite pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, medium to light with a light carbonation. Overall this is a fine black beer from my Czech brethren that I will be having again. It would be a good first Schwarzbier to serve up to one of your cronies.

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Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good. Standard dark beer, rather clear, lace that sticks around for a while. Smells good. Heavy on the malt, more than a little chocolate on the aroma. Little of the toasted scent you'd usually find on a dark beer like this.

Tastes...dissapointingly light. I'd expect something that looks and smells like this to have a bit of heft to it. A much more watery beer than I really wanted here.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown color and clear. Impressive tan head with slow recession. Leaves spotty lace.

Deep roasted coffee with a touch of cream .

Espresso flavor--very much like a thin bodied stout. Very dry. Lots of biscuit flavor. The liquid is watery, which doesn't match the robust flavor profile.

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Photo of droomyster
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this not long ago at a Czech restaurant in Concord, CA. Came in a big bottle with its own its own unique Krusovice goblet, which added its appeal. I was disappointed in this beer on several levels: its blackness wasn't that black, its body was water thin, and its aroma and taste were less burned than my overcooked schnitzel! I hate to pan this beer but it couldn't stand up to my food and didn't taste good on its own and fell short of my expectations from drinking Köstritzer, Samuel Adam's Black and (especially)Death and Taxes.

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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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