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Krušovice Imperial | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
360
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
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5
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Photo of bark
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and firm. It leaves lots of lacing when slowly sinking down.

The smell is smooth and very balanced. Sweet notes of honey, butter and fresh flowers. Clean bitter notes in the background, as is some cardboard.

The taste is smooth and very balanced, too. It is quit light. Some buttery notes, some flowers and grass. Mild bitter clean flavours, some sweet cookie-notes. The aftertaste got a slowly growing bitter flavour, more butter and a slight dry note. The finish is mild and balanced.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the small bubbles fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well balanced brew, perhaps a bit too smooth.

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Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden beer with a thick offwhite foam that leaves quite some lacing.

The smell is rather pure hops and malt.

The taste is more complex, some sweetness from the malt, an acid citric taste and a good bitterness.

It has a good refreshing carbonation.

A drinkable rather well balanced pilsner.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown half liter bottle with a silver and red, pretty plain label and foil around the neck. Purity law applies here. Best before date is 12/19/03, I opened it on 9/3/03.

Pours a slightly reddish clear gold under a white head that maintains some body for a little while before dissipating into a thin film across the top. A couple of spots of lace cling to the side. The nose is weak - there's some malt there, but really not much/enough. The mouth is nicely carbonated and even. The initial taste is malt, but the hops are there from the start, giving a nice flowery bite in the finish. The amazing thing, though, is the aftertaste, which kicks in a full 30 seconds after the liquid goes down. Smooth bitterness overwhelms the mouth from the throat up and forward. Wow! I could drink a lot of these!

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Photo of hero27
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml gold foil-topped bottle.
Bottled on 12/12/06.

Clear gold color, pronounced head of white foam.
Soft, grainy malt flavor. Definitely some grassy hops in there as well..enough to give it a nice flavor without being over-the-top for a pils. Nice, crisp mouthfeel and very smooth going down make this a great thirstquencher.

I'm actually fairly impressed with this stuff. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale gold with a large white head that is slow to recede and leaves nice lace.

Smell is grassy hops and a bit grainy, not to strong, and nice.

Taste is pretty classic Czech Pils, fairly restrained, balanced and smooth. Nice graininess and damp hops, a touch of butteriness keep it interesting but quaffable.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, leaving a watery impression that was the biggest defect in this beer. Not bad, but closer to macro light lager then real deal pils.

Drinkability is pretty good, I had a few of these tonight, they went well with Thai food, Red Curry Duck. Thanks to my Dad for splurging on the pricy case, and makes me proud of my Slovakian heritage.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I drank beers from this brewery a lot when I was in Prague and I was amazed by how good they were and how amazingly low priced also. This “imperial” pilsener (the 5% is only a little bit above average) pours a copper color with a fairly thin white head that leaves a nice lacing, but quickly dissipates. The smell is very mild, but there is a slight malt and yeast presence and a little hint of alcohol also. The first thing that you realize about this beer upon drinking it is that it is surprisingly a solid medium bodied beer, which is unexpected given the lightness of the color. This higher body really plays to my tastes, but may not be well accepted by pilsener purists. There are some nice bready malt flavors, some yeast flavor, and a very mild fruitiness of apple followed by a hint of alcohol and a mild hop bitterness. This is a pretty unique and well balanced beer that reminds you of harvest time and goes great with the hearty Czech food. It’s definitely not as good out of the bottle as I remember it on tap, but it’s still pretty solid. It is fairly poorly rated on though, so I guess this is one case I don’t totally agree with. It may very well be that the flavor doesn’t hold up well when exported to the US.

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Photo of crossovert
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint .9 oz bottle with gold foil.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear gold with hints of amber and amazing active bubbles. Nice bright white 1 finger head. This is what a pilsener should look like, a beauty. This beer glistens.

Scent is standard pils, nice noble hops and a malt backbone. It has good harmony but could be better.

Taste is standard pils, very nice hops but not without the malt. Bread and spice.

Pilseners are simple but amazing beers, this one is average I think in this category.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Krusovice Imperial pours a deep golden body beneath a fairly long-lasting white head. It maintains a thin lid after dropping, mainly in part to its rising carbonation, and leaves short walls of spotty lace throughout the glass.

The nose is distinctly malty and hoppy with notes of grass and flowers.

In the mouth it's crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation; and lightly viscous with a dextrinous medium body.

The flavor is as the nose suggest, with a rich grainy malt that's straw-like and grassy with a touch of biscuity character, and infused with grassy and floral hops. It's gently sweet, but off-set by the hop flavors; and backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry with a thin, lingering yarn of malt, and a handful of mild, grassy, floral, and lightly spicy hops.

It's well-balanced, well-brewed, and loaded with enough character to keep you from getting bored. Worth trying!

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Photo of gfreed
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright amber in color with a bubbly head that audibly fizzes as it dissipates. A steady line of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass adds appeal, too. The aroma is a tad fruity but mostly grainy; some grass as well. Nice taste-- lemons, grass and somewhat malty with a decent dose of hops at the back, but not really very bitter at all. Mild carbonation and a low ABV make this easy to drink. So does the price: about $2 a bottle! Worth gathering a few for the fridge.

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Photo of BoucheGulp
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass: Rich golden color with a fairly dense, foamy white head. Mildly sweet malt aromas balanced by a mildly flowery hop presence. Clean, pale malt palette with bread flavors and a slightly grassy finish. Begins with a soft, hoppy aroma which returns and mellows at the finish. Pleasantly watery mouthfeel - fuller, like tap water, rather than overly crisp filtered water. Very drinkable, though I only have one. For an inexpensive imported pilsener, this one is richer in flavor and aroma than Urquell, well-balanced, but without the crispness and subtle hop bite.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely Golden straw color with a decent white head that has good retention. Lacing is somewhat poor, but the nice little bubbles trailing up my tall pilsener glass keep me entertained. It gives off the aroma of soft floral hops and bready malt. This is a very clean smelling brew. Taste is nicely balanced with soft herbal, sweetly grassy and flowery hop flavor mingling with white bread malt sweetness. Firm bitterness, but lacking some of the spice and zing of other Czech pils. The finish is dry and fairly clean with just enough sweetness. This is a light bodied and very quaffable beer. Not the best example of the style but quite tasty.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass. Born on date is 6/17/2009 so it might be a little past its prime but I'm betting it is OK.

Appearance: rich, deep golden hue with just the slightest whiff of haze. Head is three thick fingers of pillowy white foam which has good retention and leaves a nice chunky lace. Possibly the best-looking Pilsner I've ever encountered.

Smell: sweet malt, a hint of grain and basically no hop aroma. Its aroma doesn't live up to its stellar looks, but it's still not too bad. I would have preferred at least a little hops.

Taste: sweet malt with just a touch of balancing bitterness, which tends to build the more I drink. Still basically no hop character coming through, though; this beer is not bad, but it's not my favorite Pils.

Mouthfeel: medium body; a surprisingly dense feel for the style. Carbonation is pretty low, though, so while it is smooth going down there isn't much interesting going on vis-a-vis fizz or creaminess.

Drinkability: light and tasty, it is quite drinkable; as a Pilsner should be.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this shortly after sampling Golden Pheasant, but this is a notch hoppier. The herbal lemon is a stronger and and it also has a more pleasant balance of malt to hops. The barley bring a toasty caramel while there's a hint of herbal licorice. The hoppy finish has a lemon juice and pepper character that's dry but satisfying.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark golden beer with a settling thin head. Typical for a pilsner.

Smell is strong malty with a little sulfur and some decoction Maillard products.

Taste is strong malty which makes the beer quite big, but doesn't interfere with the drinkability. The malt is grainy, a bit caramellized and has a bready, crusty taste. A clean bitterness, which is just a little bit soapy.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't a fan of this brewery's schwarzbier, and from what I've heard, their light lager is not to be bothered with. Thier "Imperial" turns out to be quite decent. For starters, the bottle I got was not stale, which is a frequent problem with European imports. Secondly, I'm sure it helps that I've just arrived home from cycling back from work on a warm summer day. Anyway, after having caught my breath, I can smell the grainy aroma with some spicy-herbal-grassy hops and a hint of corniness. About how I'd expect a Czech Pils to smell. The flavor is clean and malty with a brisk hoppy bite in the finish and a mildly tart yogurt-like tangy aftertaste. All in all, I've had better Czech Pilseners, but this one is drinkable, especially if you've gotten yourself all hot and thirsty first.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a hefty cap of foam. The aroma is doughy malt with a touch of grassy hops. On the palate the flavor is sweet while still managing some husky grain. A little bitterness at the end. Smoother than some other beers that I have had from eastern Europe.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle.

A: Moderately malt with delicate, floral and slightly spicy Saaz hops.

A: Golden color, totally clear with a moderate white even head that has adequate retention with some light lacing in the glass.

T: Moderate maltiness with spicy and moderately bitter hops that are prominent, but not overwhelming which linger through the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft mouthfeel from the water used.

O: Solid; I prefer the dark lager over their classic pilsner. While tasty this beer is super delicate and does not always make it to California intact.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lemon gold, with a with a medium bubbled bodied frame. Head is nothing crazy maybe 1/4", white.

Smell: Hoppy and creamy, with light scents that fair well with the nostrils.

Taste: A real smooth beer that tasting it you realize what smooth is. Creamy like most marzens but it obviously it falls into it's own category. Light bitterness which has almost a milk feel to it.

Mouth: Medium feels a bit light at times but just enough to satisfy the pallets.

Overall: Honestly I am impressed, poruing it into my glass i was just thinking ehh "this is going to be okay" and to my surprise "YUM!". For around two bucks a bottle at your local beer spot, you got yourself a winner. Salud!

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet cereal grain and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a solid grainy malt. Some floral hops as well.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a good and tasty pils. Good drinkability.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass jan6 2010

A clear golden liquid with some tiny particles and just a few slowly raising bubbles with a bigger head then one would expect from the amount of visible carbonation, foam retains well and leaves some unorganized lace

S grainy lemon with some noble hops

T not far from the smell, about what I expect from a Czech pil

M crisp fairly clean and more bubbles in the mouth then what I see in the glass

D pretty easy to drink, would be much better under a hot sun but my bottle was gone pretty quick

not bad for the price only 3$ here in Alberta worth a try for sure a decent representation of the style

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid to light gold and slightly cloudy it has the smell and taste typical of European Lagers 9 which my bottle claimed to be).
However this does stand apart a little as it is rather clerevly balanced .The iitial maltiness blends to a clean and sharpish finishthat has a slight tartness to it.
The aftertaste leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue , which makes this an enjoyable Summer thirst quencher

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden brew with a sizeable white head, impressive amount of lacing. Meidum carbonation is present.

S - A sweet malt, faint hay and faint herbs.

T - A lightly sweet maltiness with some underlying pleasant hay hops and a touch of heather, several extremely faint nuances mesh to construct a very pleasant flavor. I think I can detect distinguish hints of clover, mint and anise from this bulk taste. These flavors are extremely faint, but make for a very complex pilsner.

M - Medium to thick body, fairly smooth, in spite of high carbonation. Leaves mouth feeling dry and ... clean?

D - I've partaken in this fantastic brew at a local Czech run bar and I still think it is worthwhile. I have had and will have again.

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

On tap at Joe Squared the other afternoon.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey and pepper. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with the beer having a light hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, but there was nothing watery about the beer. Drinkability was pretty good, and this low alcohol pilsner/lager was exactly what I was in the mood for on a warm, muggy day in Baltimore.

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

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass Euro-generic bottle, red on gold label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: golden color, large white head, good lacing

Smell: some malt, some hops

Taste: light body, crisp mouth feel, malt, hops, nicely mixed

Notes: This is not American Macro Lager, this is Czech Pilsener

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in an Kusovice stein (part of my glassware photography project). Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it, forms a moderate white head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated, large bubbles, does not prop the head up though, head falls back to become really thin and diffuse.

Beer has a good crisp pilsner smell. There is some mild sweetness in there as well as some grain-like flavors. This smells like a good lager.

Beer is thin and at first seems flavorless. There isn't much body to it at all. Its like drinking water, drinkability high. Second taste, I'll savor it more this time. Nothing up front, no bitterness at all, there is a mild aftertaste, some cereal. I missed the flavor again. I'm going to keep at this one and if something develops I'll let you know.

Not really, putting this one to bed.

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
3.46 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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