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Krušovice Imperial | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Krušovice ImperialKrušovice Imperial

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

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

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 358
Photo of vancurly
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive dark gold / pale amber. Nice inch thick head, which maintains a presence. Some bubbling.

Aromas of grain, nutty/biscuity malt. Some vanilla milk notes.

Flavours again of malt & grain. Not much hop up front, but comes back later with a grassy note. The aftertaste is of both malt & hop, nicely balanced. Medium bitterness.

Well balanced drop. I think my bottle is nearing its best-by; I would like to try it nearer the source.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard clear gold and a nice head. Smell is grassy-grain, metallic, with a vegetable-skunkiness to it. Taste is grainy, but fairly bland from what you would expect from the style. Below average in this crowded and poorly represented style. I think these beers need to be sampled fresh, closer to the brewery. Getting shipped across the Atlantic doesn't do much to improve this style, IMO.

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Photo of sauron681
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle, blank born by date on back.

Pours a deep, rich gold with decent head. Diminishes fairly fast, with minimal lacing. Low carbonation as well, bubbles were gone very quick.
Initial aroma of lemons, and sweetness. Followed by a sweet, tart taste, but after its down, leaves an earthy, biscuity, very dry hop taste. The overall taste was also somewhat on the flat side due to the low carbonation. Not a horrible czech beer, but I'm sure there are better

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, with a pillowy head. The foam falls slowly to a fizzy film, and streams of carbonation are visible throughout. Smells sweet and a little malty. Taste is of light pale malt upfront, barely sweet, which leads into a flash of mild Žatec hops that linger on the palate. Somewhat dry, but not as much as others in this style.

This is a utilitarian Czech Pils, solid and worth trying, however not much stands out overall.

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Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to the middle of Iowa, home the obscure Eastern European pilsener.

Dark, dark gold with a respectable white head that fades to a tiny cap.

Smells fresh. Deep pilsener grain, hay, wildflower hop, and honey. Nice.

Tastes superb! Big flowers hit you up front and give way to a dry, earthen grain, like wildflowers growing on the edge of a gravel parking lot. This falls into a sweet honey-ish flavor and ends with a noble, dry hop.

I like Czech pilseners more than most do, so I have no problem with rating such a beer so highly. For its style, this is world class.

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Photo of ernie
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale brother of noble Dark/Black is smartly packed (all this gold and medals on the label). Well, Royal Brewery, noblesse oblige, etc. The product itself is not a 'waanabee' by all existing standards - malty, with subtle yeasty-fruity aroma, a bit sweet for my liking but with well-expressed hops and even some tartness in the finish. Good Czech lager. Not the best, but by no means not the worst of them. Try it some day...

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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 mdagnew
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a medium gold / orange colour... White head disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Pretty non-existent. Can just about make out some hops and some saltiness. Also some metallic notes...

Taste – Some hop bitterness, some nuttiness, salty, very light malts...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very average beer... worth a try maybe once....

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold gold with a light smattering of fine particles and a modest number of slow, superfine bubbles. The parchment colored head indicates quality with its firm structure, mesa-like appearance and better than average amount of glass decoration.

The nose is nothing more and nothing less than a typical, middle-of-the-road Euro pale lager. The brewery assigns it that style (although not in so many words) by not using the word pilsener on the label or the website. When I think of the pilsener style, I think of a hoppier aroma than this. Imperial smells like sweetish grain layered with a thin olfactory sheen of musty noble hops.

The flavor is more hoppy and more refined than the nose, allowing me to think of the beer as a pils after all. It's a good thing there's a decent amount of malt because the sweetness that it provides is needed to balance the firmly bitter hops. The hoppiness is nicely upfront and is the driving force behind the flavor profile.

The hop flavor is classic Czech noble. In this case, grassy more than floral more than lemon citric more than peppery. I was going to say that it isn't really spicy-peppery at all, but it's becoming more so with each sip. I appreciate the depth and breadth of the hop flavor and wish I knew exactly what hops are used.

I love finding interesting translations on brewery websites. I found the following on the KPK site: "an excellent foam" and "a significant sharpness". Correct in both cases, I'd say. I found another interesting tidbit on the label, something called the 'born by' date. Would that be 'born on' or 'best by'?

The mouthfeel is firm enough to stand up to the hop load and to keep the flavor from being too 'sharp' or astringent. I consider it medium-full for the style. Lively carbonation keeps the beer from bogging down and adds to drinkability.

Krusovice Imperial, brewed by the very important sounding The Royal Brewery of Krusovice, is an okay Czech pils, all things considered. Even with a much needed nose job it wouldn't win any beauty contests. Besides, given all the bitterness, 'Miss Congeniality' is a long shot. It's still a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of stcules
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow. Few bubbles. Decent white foam.
Quite good smell, fresh, of hop. Malt present, though. Overall, a pleasant smell.
Pleasant and fresh in the taste, too, and here the hop prevails. Good bitterness. Malt still present. Quite balanced. But in a pils, I'd prefer more hop.
In the aftertaste, again, after a good grassy hop, there is a comebacking of some maltiness.

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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 Knuckles
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My friend Matt was on a journey 'round the world (England, Greece, Iceland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc.), and of all the beers he could bring me from those few great brewing countries, he brings me this sekačka pivo (which, according to my online translator, is Czech for "lawnmower beer"). That said, it was quite warm enough for me yesterday, and I had spent way too much time trying to tame my nephew's at the county fair. So it worked.

Appearance: Those crazy Czechs have got the pee-pee chic of American macro lagers nailed. Put that side by side with Bud, Coors, or the urine sample that someone had put in an apple juice bottle and stuck in the squadroom fridge on that episode of "Hill Street Blues", and you'd be hard pressed to say what was what.

Smell: It's there, but it's reluctant. That weird funky lager yeast smell that I find difficult to label in terms other than "gym sock", and a very faint grassiness from the hops.

Taste: Lager-y. Nothing to differentiate this from a Rainier (although, truth be known, I'd rather have the Rainier). Slight malt backbone that is overwritten by the gym sock yeast, and zero hop presence.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick, actually. Too thick for the style, and it didn't warm up well.

Drinkability: Drink it fast and furious on a summer day after an assload of yard work, and this would be perfect. That said, you can get a half-rack of Rainier for about $7, which is probably quite a bit cheaper than the plane ticket to Czechoslovakia. Although, if you're going to go there for this specific beer, then my admonitions about Rainier will fall on deaf ears.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can, bought in Prague. Golden colour, large & thick head. Hoppy and fruity aroma, some flowers there too. Flavour is pleasantly balanced between the malts and hops - both elements are present and plentiful to a much greater degree than many other so called "pilseners". Nice.

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Photo of joecast
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear gold color with a thin fine head.
aroma a mix of straw and some maltiness, but a bit light on the nose.
flavor starts off with an unfocussed hop bitterness, with a sweet maltiness that smooths things out to a lingering finish. this could be a bit better with some crispness. made me think maybe it was past date, but that wasnt it. mouthfeel is about right for the style.
drinkability isnt bad, but the flavor dulls a bit as it warms.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

In rather weak lighting the color seems to be an orangish light brown with a red hue. Head comes thick and full but rapidly disappates leaving a film on the surface of the beer. Extremely light film left on the glass as the beer receeds.

Flavor and Aroma are much weaker than one would expect from such an attractive beer. Both are sweet but not sugary and offer a nice mellow malt finish.

Drinkability is where this brew shines. Its perfect for a long session thanks largely to its numerous weaker flavor characterisitcs, no flavors are overtly dominant. Body is moderated, yet satisfying.

For 22 Krone a half liter it can not be beat while in Czech.

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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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