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

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Added by Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
370
Reviews:
194
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 194
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 CrazyMike
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber apperance with foamy white head that slowly disappears. Smell is sweet, with a hint of grain, decent hops and vanilla.

Taste is a good blend of malt, grain and bread. Picked up a hint of citrus and vanilla as well. Cream, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering bitter and malty aftertaste.

Overall, this is a refreshing and inoffensive beer. Nothing that stands out, but that's what makes it drinkable.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange honey color with a foaming discontinuous 1/4 inch head. The head forms a ring of lacing around the sides of the glass. This beer is lightly carbonated. In terms of sheer pleasure to look at I am very pleased with this beer. It is way more substantial looking in terms of body than many of the European beers I am used to.

Smell: From the first sniff I get a more full hop aroma than I am used to from European beers. I just spent the last week trying an assortment of Pilsners and lagers from the continent and nothing I have had compares to Krusovice in terms of sheer aromatic hops. I get scents of dried apricot and honey. The other portion of hops is earthy, herbal, floral, and spicy. This is very complex. The malts are mainly grain with hints of caramel as the beer warms.

Taste: This beer has somewhat of a dry taste but it finishes sweet. The first sip is of a grainy malt that gives way to both a sweet and spicy hop profile. There is a taste of fruit and herbal tea (think chamomile). This is a semi bitter beer. And, I mean it. I am very impressed with the bittering hops used in this beer. The balance is solid.

Mouthfeel: A light, carbonated infusion of strong hop and malt flavors from the continent.

Overall: If Imperial ever meant something it was this light alcoholic beer that contains a ton of character and flavor. I would feel fine enjoying this beer with a nice heavy dinner in which I needed a full flavored beer to wash down my meal.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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 kjc51478
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, almost copper, with large, thick head. Aroma is pretty weak but mostly sweet malts with a little hay and grassy hoppiness evident. Taste is sweet up front, almost candy-like, followed up by a strong grassy hop flavor with a light but pleasant bitter finish. The palate is a strong point of this beer - light to medium bodied with a slighty oily texture, there is also a fine carbonation giving it a soft mouthfeel. A very good representative of the style.

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Photo of kflorence
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, amber in color with a good amount of foamy head that dissipates to a thin layer of cream. Lacing is left around the glass as you drink. Very low carbonation.

S: Smells of sweet malts and grains, vanilla and some astringency.

T: Taste is similar to the smell. This is a very simple beer with a good sweet malt backbone and some dry hop crispness on the end.

M: Light in body with low carbonation. Creamy on the tongue.

D: This is a very drinkable, light and refreshing pilsener, but it really offers nothing spectacular and comes off a bit dull.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to beveritt for yet another brew. 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Light copper / golden and clear. Pours with ~2 fingers of white head, which fades slowly to a nice cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Extremely subdued grainy notes. Very light malt sweetness.

T- Mild buttery, malty sweetness. Very light hop bittering.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp and light.

D- Good. Not extraordinarily flavorful or complex, but pleasant tasting and extremely easy drinking.

Future outlook: Don't know where this brew came from....nothing spectacular, but a pleasant, simple, easy drinking brew that would do well on a sweltering day. No matter, glad to have tried, but not compelling enough for seeking out.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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 beveritt
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Gold foam wrap over the cap. The label is what I would think of as traditional Czech, with a mix of roman and Cyrillic writing on a gold and red background. Born by date on the back says 11.09.2009. That phrase really doesn't make sense to me.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly pure white head. this settles slowly to a thin yet complete cap of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a bright, medium yellow and perfectly clear. Shows a fair amount of activity.

Smell: Slightly spicy hops upfront with hints of pineapple followed by a sweet yet light, caramel malt. Mild herbaceous bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Mildly sweet biscuity malt with hints of orange and pineapple. Extremely mild hop bitterness in the finish with a lingering, buttery sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: I went into this with fairly low expectations and found myself pleasantly surprised. Flavorful and well balanced, while not my favorite style, this a solid beer.

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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 MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold with a 2" head which settled down to usta trace. The taste was comparable to American Pilsner's but with just a little bit more of everything. There's a tiny bit of hops, some sweet malt, and the grains come across more like a rye with an aftertaste. Better than the masses, but just barely.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
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 madjr80
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and subtle Czech lager.

Appearance- golden yellow with little bubbles. Not too heady.

Smell- very mild hop character. Sweet grain

Taste- very easy going down with a little hop flavor aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- easy on the palate and even easier going down

Drinkability- could drink quite a few of these in a sitting. Great in a bottle, but better on draft. I have only seen it on draft in the Czech Republic, but maybe some pub carries it here in the states.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a standard pint glass. bottled date 04-15-10.

pours a clear, pale golden-yellow with a big (almost 3 fingers) puffy white head with moderate retention and decent lacing. nose is mild, mostly consisting of a grainy/malty aroma with some hops swirling about as well. more of the same in its flavor, with a decided but not overwhelming bitterness to it. crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel. could easily do a few of these. overall, nothing to go wild for, but a nice, unobtrusive pilsner... reviewing with style in mind.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Krusovice Imperial....on tap at Karczma in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Appearance-pale gold with a large white head, served in a large European style mug, striking gold with a mixture of darker colors.

Smell-light aroma, hints of grain, mild hop, alcohol fumes, adjuncts.

Taste/Mouthfeel-grainy taste, heightened alcohol fumes, somewhat muddled, slightly heavier flavor than most of this style.

Drinkability-no major issues but not great. Somewhat muddled.

Overall-not a great beer, inoffensive at best. Once the novelty wears off there isn't much left.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, deep golden color with just the slightest lean toward amber. A soft, foamy white head fades fairly quickly while maintaining a foam and leaves some lacing here and there.
A crisp, dry hops aroma balances on the nose with a sweet malt with some grains. Nothing off-putting here, though it's extremely light.
The taste follows suit. This isn't a big beer, and I'd certainly refer to it as a pilsener rather than an imperial pilsener, but it's what I expect. While it doesn't stand out and it isn't going with the "palate destroyer" trend, this seems to be par for the course, so to speak.
The body is light without being watery, and this beer has a crisp, clean feel and a dry, herbal finish. It's definitely as refreshing as one expects from a pils.
If this was what the typical BMC was, we'd be better off for it.

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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 sweemzander
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint. Bottled on 2-25-10.

(A)- Pours a clear yet pale orange/yellow color that produced a good pure white head with good retention behind it. Left clumps of web-like lacing all around the glass as it dissipated.

(S)- A dry pale-like straw and hay profile with bits of grass-like bitterness. Some corn husk in the background.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell dictated. A pale-like straw and hay with bits of a grass-like corn husk bitterness. Almost has a banana-like creaminess at the end which I enjoyed.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Lightly bitter and grassy, but a clean finish. Crisp and thirst quenching.

(D)- A good pilsener for the style. Normally, I do not reach for anything in this style, but this one is pretty good when considering the style it is. Crisp and refreshing. I could drink a few of these no problem.

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Photo of ErikB71
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer got so many average to below average ratings on here, that just doesnt do justice to it. To be honest I tried it a few years back and wasnt too pleased with it at that time but I gave it another shot last week and was very impressed with how flavourful it was. Maybe they improved it lately or maybe I just had a fresh bottle? Anyways this time around this stuff was damn good. Plenty of hop flavour of the saaz variety I think and accompanied by a decent malty character as well. I dont remember it being this hoppy before. The level of bitterness is just right though- strong but not too overpowering. Full flavoured but drinkable. It produced a substantial head too that lingered til the last drop and had a full aroma of hops. Those Czechs know what they're doing when it comes to beer making I'll tell ya. Right up there with the Germans. I'll defintely be partaking in some more of this in the near future hehe. One of the best Euro lagers I've had in a while.

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Photo of CHickman
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold yellow with a 1 finger foamy white head; lacing was pretty lame.

Smells of grains, malt, grass and a bit metallic; very weak nose overall.

Tastes of malt, grains, faint hops, grass, yeast/bread, lemon and a metallic finish, which is very bitter. Very average taste, which I hate to label this way, but it seems to be lumped in with all the other basic Euro-macro lagers.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with high carbonation and a light watery feel to it.

High drinkability which flows down easy, but the flavor's so basic that it's almost too boring to drink all night. Not good, not bad, just a decent basic beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This came out a muddled yellow in color and not very attractive but did sport a nice, white head.

Smell - The rough grain is the only thing I can find in this nose.

Taste - The grain was just as bad at the taste. It was putrid and left a lingering, almost rotten kind of aftertaste. I found some light sugar in there towards the end but it wasn't very inviting.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with little carbonation.

Sinkability - This was a notch below blah.

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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 metter98
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear golden yellow with a thin white head, which dissipated rather quickly. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of malt and noble hops in the nose.
T: A light amount of bitterness from the floral hops is the main flavor, but is nicely balanced by the underlying malts, which taste biscuity.
M: It feels rather clean, crisp and light-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather refreshing and easy to drink. I'm not sure if I would call it sessionable, because the taste was a bit bland and could not keep my interest for more than one.

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Photo of dstc
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a huge off white, very frothy head. Head falls slow. Nice sticky lace.

Aroma is clean, mild malt and a bit tinny Pleasant taste. Somewhat fuller than I would have guessed.

Bit of yeasty bread flavor and a mild hop finish.

Light to medium bodied in the mouth with rather low carbonation feel.

Refreshing enough but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance pours a nice golden amber with a thick lasting head leaving a fair lace. Smell and taste of earthy grains, light honey and saaz hops. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. I've had better pilseners, but its not bad, just a little tinny for me.

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
3.47 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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