Krušovice Imperial | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
375
Reviews:
195
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of 650bguy
4.8/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep golden yellow color. Not as big a head as some other reviewers noted but a nice head that lingered. Good carbonation, lots of big bubbles.

S: Excellent smell, very malty, fresh, maybe a little grassy...maybe not. It smells good.

T: Terrific example of a Czech lager. To date this is by far the closest to the beers I drank in the Czech Republic last summer that I have been able to find...much closer to the genuine article than more widely available Czech offerings like Czechvar and Urquell (which both taste much better over there than the stuff they send here). Very good satisfying flavor, malty, slightly bitter and not very hoppy. Like a real Czech beer.

M: Felt substantial in my mouth, good mouth feel, not very watery, as noted above well carbonated but it doesn't feel as bubbly as it looks.

D: Eminently drinkable. It might not be boutique enough for beer snobs but it tastes like a Czech beer should. Complex enough to drink with meat dishes yet light enough for just sitting around on the couch watching a ball game. Might be my new staple.

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Photo of Nixon
4.8/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought one of these out of curiosity yesterday and was very impressed. This is a 'top-of-the-heap' example of what a lager should taste like.

It is very clear, the color of gold, has a nice dense white head that lasts and just the right amount of gassiness/effervescence.

The taste is right on the money too. You get the proper amount of malty sweetness balanced by a noticeable hop flavor with a just-right level of bitterness.

The classic label design leads you to believe that they know what they're doing and the bottle has gold foil covering the neck, the 'kiss your pinched fingers' final touch that lets you know that these guys have a lot of pride in their product. The labels says this brewery has been at it since the 1500's so they've had plenty of time to tweak their recipe and get it just right. And I believe they've done just that.

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Photo of demuzik
4.66/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliant gold-copper in color, a tad darker than you may expect from a pils.
Smell is certainly saaz; noble and clean.
Taste is perfectly balanced, yet a touch of bitter over the top to let you know this is pilsner without question.
Mouthfeel is above average, and this is by far my favorite session Pils from Europe.
No bad aftertaste, this is one that continues to blow you away after the glass is half empty, on glass #2, or whatever the case may be.
It may have helped trying this one on tap in Germany, but the bottle serving version is not far behind, as I tried a case worth of that serving type also.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having their Cerne, I wasn't expecting much from their Pilsner especially since it got lower reviews, however with this one I am impressed.

Pours a medium golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing as the glass drains.

Aromas are pleasantly grainy with a bit of floral hops bringing up the rear.

Taste is also grainy like wheat and maybe a touch of rye making for a slightly spicy pilsner with a pleasant hop bite that keeps everything dry and your mouth feeling clean.

An exceedingly drinkable pilsner. I will revisit this one again sometime.

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Photo of Campodog
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, more darkly malty lager with character resembling a good English bitter as much as a pilsner.

Light amber, it has a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin top, leaving some lace.

The aroma is mostly toasty grain with bread, a hint of caramel, leaves, pine, citrus, and flowers. The citrus is mostly lemon with a little grapefruit.

The taste is surprisingly earthy, with toasty bread, caramel, leaves, a little pine, and a quite a bit of citrus, particularly lemon with a hint of grapefruit. After starting light, the bitterness soon increaseas to make a very nice balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of berserker256
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the ingredients label... Water, malt, hops. I bought the 1 Pint .9 ounce bottle for $2.49. It says Born by date (I think they mean born on date) was eight months ago. Nice clear golden straw yellow color with a massive head. As the head retreats it leaves its foam stuck to the side of the glass. Smells just as beer was intended to smell... Meaning, crisp sweet malty clean pure beer. Outstanding flavor. Sweet and malty at first followed by a mild aftertaste of bittering hops. The taste mimicks the aroma almost exactly. Slippery sweet film is left on the teeth. Slight creamy texture with the right carbonation. Very easy to drink. The Czechs do it right.

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Photo of Cbmcguire
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, clean, tasty.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Born by 8/26/08.

A: Straw color. Not much of a head, but it does leave some lacing.

S: Lemons and hops.

T: Crisp clean bitterness, lemony tartness, and just enough malty sweetness. Goes down like a dream.

M: A bit heavier than I expected, but the carbonation balances it out.

D: A very pleasant surprise. Easily the best Czech pilsner I've ever had. In fact, I'd put it in the same league as the better German lagers.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is so good. Nothing like the Konig i had earlier. I like the malty and spiciness with the touch of hops! Dry finish is refreshing.

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Photo of tux_alin
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Daredevil
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

color: golden, firm head

nose: dominance of yeast and hops

palate: rye bread, gouda cheese, ginger, some harmoniously integrated sour notes

conclusion: full bodied brew with a 'earthy-crunchy' taste - lacks a bit of fruity notes (for my own taste)

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Photo of moosiz
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. This brew is a golden/straw yellow with a slight tinge of orange. Nice moderate to high carbonation producing a 1" head with decent retention. Frothy lacing displaying a patch work slippery pattern.

Grassy yeast/malt with a sweet light caramel aroma. The grassy hop is right up front followed by faint sweetness with a touch of yeastiness.

Tastes just like it smells, nice mild hop quality. Soft caramel malts dancing in an open field.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style in my opinion. Not thin but robust for how light it is. Nice drying finish.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I run a bar and I brought this beer in before ever having it. This was defintily one of the best czech pils I have ever had. Very crisp and clean with nice carbonation. If you want to taste a great beer definitly pick this one up. Was able to buy this bottle individualy for $1.25 a bottle and its worth every penny and more.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malty, hints of vanilla, yeast and some light herbal hops
Taste: Sweet malts, clear grain and a soft bitter hop.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and a medium creamy body
Overall: Nice balanced pilsner, like the vanilla in the smell

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Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/15/2010. Pretty damn fresh for an European import. Pours a clear pale golden color with a solid one inch of dense head. The head has very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Pretty damn impressive looking for a pilsener. The aroma has more going for it than a Saaz hop smell. Definately pick up on a sweeter malt bill than others of the style. The hops also smell fresh rather than skunky. Definately benefits from being fresh. The flavor starts dry and bitter but finishes from a slightly sweet note. Plenty of hop flavor in this one. The Saaz are nicely featured. The body is light and crisp. Dry without some relief from a touch of sweet. I do not know what the other reviewers were drinking, but this is a fine example of a pils. Definatley will pick it up again.

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Photo of Petar88
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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