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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
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
360
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
14.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 360
Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
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 drpimento
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Poured with a medium sized white head that soon disappears and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a bright, very clear, yellow gold. Aromatics of hops, malt, a little spice and beer. Flavor's the same more bittersweet. Fully carbonated. Clean and refreshing. Ok body. Finish is good with a typical Czech pale lager. Definitely a session beer. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pilsner pours with massive amounts of carbonation, which in turn produces a massive amount of head build up, and sticks around quite a while. The body of this brew is more copper than the golden color of the German Pilsners I'm more used to. Of course the clarity of this brew is pure, as a Pilsner should be.

The aroma is actually quite full. There are both lemony and metallic hops present, and in good concentration.

The taste is pretty husky and herbal. In the middle there is a lemony presence, but all together it is pretty herbal.

This has a palate wetting quality and goes down smoothly. It's on par for the style, but I like my German Pils a bit better.

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Photo of atis
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours gold with large and foamy head, dense patchy lacing, strings of small carbonation bubbles rising, looks perfect. Aroma is straw, light sweet grainy malt and a bit of hops.

Taste is medium malty, some veggies, hints of Saaz hops that become more pronounced at the medium dry finish, weak citrus malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall, a good and very refreshing Czech Pilsener. I enjoyed this beer a lot and certainly will drink more of it.

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Photo of jsh420
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours gold with a big 2+ finger head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells very metalic with sweet grains

taste is better then the aroma - sweet grains with a nice hop bitterness

mouthfeel/drinkability - light and crisp just what you want for this style

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Photo of linnet
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour, medium white head, some lacing, pretty average. Aroma is malty with some hops in the nose, grass, straw. Flavour is malty, but more hoppy than the aroma indicated, grass and straw and also some funky metallic notes that spoils it a bit. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles and the liquid isn't particularly sticky. All in all a decent pils that for its price is good value for money.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a perfectly clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white soapy head. Looks just like a Pils should. The smell is a mix of gentle Saaz and slightly sweet, grainy malt. The flavor is similar with the sweet, grainy malt flavor coming to the forefront with a slightly bitter Saaz backbone. The mouthfeel is light in body with adequate yet not agressive carbonation. The finish is smooth but very slightly bitter. Overall a drinkable beer, better than your average BMC but nothing special.

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Photo of wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 04/05/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, coming with a lively carbonated body and a decent, thick white frothy head that settles slowly to a thin cap and leaves dirty lacing all over.
S: syrupy honey-ish and creamy malts abound, laced with random hints of sweet lemon, grassy hops, faint sweetness almost like melted caramel on sweet peanuts. Not demanding, good body, slightly too sweet for the balance but manageable on the nose.
T: quite light actually... the moderately-flavoured malty theme lands rather light from almost the rear of the palate to accompany a hollow middle sprinkled with boiled veggie and random hints of grassy taste of Saaz. Light and slightly sour/metallic/plastic in the aftertaste (due to pasteurisation I guess?), without enough bitterness that a really good pilsner tends to show in the most balanced manner. That said, in the long end a semi-aromatic chewy palate almost like semi-fermented tea (e.g. Taiwanese ooh-long) creeps up, adding belated yet always welcomed extra pleasure to the overall performance.
M&D: easy to drink as the fizziness comes quite ideal, neither artificially fizzy nor too harsh, but it is actually too light-bodied and lightly-flavoured for a 5%abv. Svetle Lezak. Very different from the draught version I tried in Southern Bohemia four years ago.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big half-liter bottle, "born-by" 17.12.2007, whatever the hell that means. Brewed with Czech malts, Žatec (Saaz) hops and spring water. It pours the standard, crystal-clear, bright gold pilsner color, with medium carbonation and three fingers of head that reduces to a thin cap, and leaves patches of lacing on the glass. Notes of skunky and spicy hops in the nose - nice, but not very pronounced. Spicy and herbal hops impart a sturdy bitterness, backed by a gentle grassy malt flavor that imparts a light sweetness. Just a touch of ethanol detectable. Light, dry body, with a nice, well-rounded finish. A delicious Czech pils (I almost did 4.5 for taste) that is very easy to drink. If you're into pilsners, this one is a must-try.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Klimat in NYC.

Pours a lightly hazed golden. Topped by a fluffy, one-inch, white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is fairly mild: grassy and citric notes.

Lightly sweet malts upfront, predominantly bready with some grainy hints. The finish is lightly grassy with a mild bitterness. Light-bodied, crisp and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of bowersdm
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

12 oz portion of a 16.9 oz bottle poured into a czech pilsner.

A - piss like BMC lager color, no head to speak of save for a thin off-white halo on the meniscus of the beer.

S - grass, corn, other grains, and a slight, (slight!) fruitiness (at least I think so)

T - corn, straw, grass, metal. It seems like a less shitty BMC taste. Not great, but very drinkable.

M - awful

D - if I wanted to get drunk, this would be something to drink. it goes down easy, it's not filling, and it doesn't taste awful like other macro lagers.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz bottle into an SA Lager glass.

Pours an unattractive dirty brass, with a nice white finger head. Head hangs around for a while before remaining as a nice floating film. Nose is grainy - pretty faint.

Taste is a bit metallic, but a nice lager flavor lies underneath. Fairly biting carbonation, with some stickiness afterwards.

This is a nice session beer - but other than that it doesn't really offer anything. It's actually quite filling.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Stale aroma of straw, grass, and hops. Bready, sweet taste with some hops and metal. Grassy finish. Decent, but nothing special. It came as mo surprise when I found this was owned by Heineken. Somewhat reminiscent of their hop profile.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pale golden with generous white head. Very appetizing appearance and fits the norm for a good Czech Pils.

Nose is somewhat faint & clean, but still has plenty of metallic hop aromas to keep you interested.

On the palate this beer is quite clean, moderately malty, crisp with the hops, and has a trace of imported bottle skunk that is more common with green bottled German pilseners.

Very drinkable, and much better than imported Pilsener Urquell.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear liquid. Gold color. Fluffy head which dies after 10 minutes. Leaves good lace continually.

Grainy and grassy smell. It reminds me of the smell from spent grains during a home brew session. Almost no hop.

The most malty of the readily available "light" (color not taste) beers in Prague. I taste a lot of caramel. Good hop finish. Relatively rich for a pilsener-style beer, good carbonation.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty standard Czech golden, with a nice foam on top. Smells slightly malty and slightly sweet, again with nothing really unusual.

Taste is actually something of a surprise. I expected something more, I guess, but this felt almost watered down. When something claims to be 'imperial' I just expect a bit of oomph.

Not a bad beer, just somewhat boring.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A - Pours a deep golden yellow with a two finger head that turns to a lumpy coat. Mild lacing.
S - Grain, malt, hops
T - Some malt sweetness up front followed by a touch of bitterness. Sharp and crisp.
M/F - Light in body. Lightly carbonated and smooth.
D - This is a nice easy to drink pilsener.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with an off-white head. A little darker in color than most Czech Pilsners that I have treid.

S- The aroma is grainy malt with some spicy grassy hops. Pretty standard for a Czech Pilsner, but that definitely is not a bad thing.

T- The taste like the aroma features some malt with a quick crisp spicy hop finish. Not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I am a big fan of good Czech Pilsner beers. This one is very drinkable and one that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Puttenham
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a four pack at Old Colony Liquors in Quincy, Mass. on Oct. 4, 2008. It's a rare treat to sample a Czech pilsner other than Pilsner Urquell I thought. This beer proudly states that it is brewed from the "Brewery of Kaiser Rudolf II, since 1581." Oh? I thought the Czechs hated the German Habsburgs. Hmmm...

When I bought Krusovice I figured I was buying a typical pilsner but that is not the case. This beer is more of a straightforward lager with an amber color that pours with a small head. The aroma and initial taste are of an average but decent lager. The aftertaste however has a pleasant hoppy bite that adds some nice flavor. This beer goes down easily.

Overall this is a decent lager from the Czech Republic. Not bad at all but nothing special either. A decent novelty beer (The Czech Republic? Like, where's that???) to enjoy at cookouts perhaps.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz from total wine I think.

A - Pours light amber in color with no head.

S - Honey, buttery, with malts.

T - Honey and bittering hops.

M - Too much bite from the saaz hops. A little too astringent for my palate.

D - Might want to rethink the recipe.

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Photo of deg
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a golden color with a white head. The head faded pretty quickly for me. I could smell a light grassy/hoppy aroma. I couldn't pick up much of a malt flavor when I tasted it. The hops came out in the aftertaste, with a strong (but good) hoppy, grassy flavor. I felt like there was a bit of a creamy texture to the beer, which I didn't expect but found pleasing.

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Photo of stumac
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours up a slightly murky goldonian hue with a very mellovescent shine when held up to the Sun. also has a little yet long lasting white head. The nose consists of chobile, grains, some lighter fruits like peaches, and very similar of a smell to the African baobab fruit. Taste is of grains, slight floral hops, very remeniscant of my grandmama. the body was medium like that of an Egyptian belly dancer, low carbo, sweet finish, a very virtuous beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear light amber, tight creamy white head that fades away.

Aroma of biscuity crystal malt, some wafer and light wet grassy hops.

Flavour is also a consistent biscuity wafer malt, only faintly bookended by light grassy hops, the hops are there but seem to be phoning it in until the aftertaste, where they truly shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied while adding a bit of kick as well, a nice added boost.

Overall a slightly above-average pilsener, but it holds its own. Middle-of-the-road without being mediocre, definitely leaning more towards the malt side in the end.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml.bottle,golden yellow with foamy white head that turns to a decent collar and mild sticky lacing.Very fresh aroma with hops and grass coming through,a little peppery in there too.Taste is refreshing and clean with fresh grains and grass coming at you and a peppery bite to it and solid bitterness finishing it off,dry aftertaste at the very end and the pepper there too once again.Medium to full body with good amount of carbs in there,those bubbles seem endless,well worth a try,good brew,quite enjoyable to me.

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