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Krušovice Imperial | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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Krušovice ImperialKrušovice Imperial

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Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 09-03-2003

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

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz. brown bottle that I purchased at Heinen's in Greater Cleveland for something like $1.49. Poured into my Rare Vos gold rimmed V shaped glass.

A Nice look really for the style. Nice 3 to 4 inch head did not stay around like that for long, dissipating to a one cm head after about 60 seconds. 3.5

S A nice barley based lager with a smell of some strength and interest. Certainly the smell does not suggest that it is going to be a basic Czech lager but possibly could have some depth, interest, complexity. 4.0

T Like liquid barley, this beer is very much like the taste of chewing on roasted barley, as I have done on a number of brewery tours, most recently De Halve Mann in Brugge, Belgium. The ingredients listed on the label are: Water, Barley and Hops. The hops are minimal, in the background.

M Moderate at least with the big barley taste.

D Pretty good. I only bought the one bottle but I could see drinking a few of these.

Notes: Pleasant surprise, glad that I took the relative chance and had this one.

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Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear pale amber with a nice head
S - sweet malts, grains , spices, and a dash of hops
T - some malts and a faint kick of bitterness at the end.
MF - a bit thin, but very smooth
D - I enjoyed this. Very light and easy to drink. Nothing too big or overpowering.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive Pilsener, moderately dark golden color with a modest head. The taste exudes hops with a decent bitter taste and the mouthfeel has good carbonation. Overall, the beer is smooth and hoppy, strong and bold in taste with a good finish. Worth grabbing a second, yet also works well in dialogue with a good smooth porter or stout. One I'd recommend without reservation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spent the better part of a summer many years ago visiting Prague, and immediately seized on the wonderful (and at the time, still inexpensive) beer there. Ever since, I have noticed every Czech beer that is imported here, as there haven't been many. My favorites, Staropramen, Gambrinus, Platan, etc. have yet to make it to my home turf, so I approach each new 'Cesky pivo' made available here with nostalgic hope. Krušovice is indeed a new one for me - the bottle is adorned with a fair dose of royal imagery - a lot of Czech beers seem to have this affectation.

This 500ml bottle pours a nice, bright medium golden amber hue, with two hefty fingers of fluffy whipped-topping off-white head, which leaves some adequately complex snow rime splatter lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away. A pretty fine-looking beer, I'd say.

It smells of, well, nostalgia - all I could think was 'yup, smells like a Czech pilsener', which means grainy, saltine cracker-like pale malt, a touch of middling lemon, and earthy, leafy, somewhat spicy hops. The taste is more crisp, grainy, crackery malt, a retreating citrus essence, and somewhat subdued leafy, zingy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frothy at first, but settles down apace, the body a decent medium-light weight, and bracingly smooth, as those hops don't normally come without a price. It finishes clean, crisp, and still deftly balanced between the aforementioned yin and yang goodness.

A pretty easy drinker, this is, one I could see enjoying a full pint of on a patio on a hot summer day, in Vaclavske Namesti (wishful thinking), or elsewhere (probably even more so). A decent, if a tad reserved version of the best Pilseners out there - even though it's got the look down pat.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw 16.9 oz. bottles of this at a local beverage store for $1.99, so I decided to give this a shot. Poured into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a fluffy looking, white head that's initially an inch or so thick when first poured. Settles pretty quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with decent lacing. Aromas of crisp malts and some earthy, floral, grassy hops. Has a nice, mildly sweet malt presence along with a hint of honey that gives way to a bit of a grassy flavor that is rounded out with a somewhat earthy and floral hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors here. Has a crisp, yet smooth, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a slightly dry and lingering bitterness. A solid beer here all around.


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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 Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear honey yellow with one skinny finger of off-white head that leaves a thick spider's web of lace as it recedes.

Smells of grainy pale malt, lemon zest, cut grass and leafy Saaz hops.

Tastes of unsalted cracker pale malt, dinner bun, faint sharp citrus and more grassy green nobel hops.

Feels light and creamy. Light bodied with finely frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Light and refreshing.

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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 Graham5161986
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a crystal clear, dark gold colour with a 2 finger white head that has decent retention and leaves some very nice lacing on my glass.

S: lots of grassy hops, a touch of sweet bready malts and just a bit of spice as well.

T: the crispness of the hops comes out up front followed by a bready, nutty finish that is spicy, dry and far from sweet. Very refreshing.

M:light and crisp, excellent carbonation and a very smooth, very dry finish that tingles the palate.

D: this is a pretty darn good little czech pils. I'm loving the dryness of this one. It's very easy to drink and is highly refreshing. I can see myself having a lot of this beer this summer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Michaelcbyrnes
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a very fresh beer, it had been bottled less than a month ago.
Nice choppy head which diminished slowly and left nice lacing. It was a deep golden brass color.
It smelled sweet and malty with a slight grassy hoppy under tone
Taste went from a sharp clean hop bitterness to a full malty round mouth feel, but then finished dry and a little harsh.
This is a nice beer in its look and aroma. It is unfortunate that although it started well it finished rather harshly which really unbalanced the beer and sullied what was a very promising Czech Pilsner.

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

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a solid gold with ok carbonation. The Head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok, light malt and mild hops.

The taste is good nice bready malt, taste notes of biscuits and grain, some grass and straw. All slightly sweet but nice balance with the hoppy earthy finish.

The mouthfeel is very good, great body and good crbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a beer I would seek out but still quite enjoyable.

Prosit, MK

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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 madjr80
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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 JohnW
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Tanks Tap Room Tampa Florida, one of his regular imports. Served in chunky dedicated Krusovice Glass tankard, is medium dark, maybe a little darker than the usual Pilsner, though had little head. Aroma is what would be expected of a typical pilsner, clean, maybe a little more malty than some, some floral and yeasty hints. Taste is good, fair body, and good texture for this style of beer, smooth and malty to start, but good balance of bitterness and hops in the finish, very tasty and refreshing. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, with plenty of character, more so than some other more popular pilsners. Strangely, I have never seen this beer in any form in England, yet we get Staropranen, Czech Bud, and most of the other well known Czech Pilsners, which is a great shame, as I would be more than happy to buy it, if it tastes the same from bottle as it does on tap from the samples I have had.

JohnW written while in Tampa FL Nov 2006
B"ham UK

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Photo of Long813
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank in Prague

A: Pours a light golden-amber body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is good, as is lacing.

S: Light notes of hops, sweet fruit, some earthiness and spice.

T: Following the aroma, the flavour was full of nice hops and malts. Some fruit and spice followed behind, but it was very light. It still retained that clean pilsener taste.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The texture was froathy, with a nice dry hop finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and probably had about 24 of these during my trip. Definitely a worth beer to try out.

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Photo of JCBears
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: dusky amber gold with a pleasant head

smell: rich almost woody nuts, slightly citrus around the edges

taste: Nice sweet and with just enough back bone to be hearty, not bad at all

mouthfeel: although a bit watery in the end I like it a lot. Not something I can honestly describe accurately its new and good. You really should try

overall: I like it and its honestly something you have to try, it was a surprise, all I can say its pils with a surprisee

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

Krušovice Imperial 12° has a medium, soapy, slightly off-white head, a mostly clear, amber appearance, bubble streams, and some splotchy lacing left on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of dank, somewhat turned, pungent barley malt, and hop oil. Taste is of sweet, bready malt, grassy hops, and a touch of hop extract, I think. Mouthfeel is medium and oily, and Krušovice Imperial 12° finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, a bit filling, and terrifically good. Overall, I love it!


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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 BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 ErikB71
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Effervescent and golden, a shade darker than most czech pilsners. The smell is typically czech in profile- crisp, with floral hops and subdued malt. The taste is crisp and rounded and very balanced. Soft rounded malt in the background. The mouthfeel is very soft, but with a nice level of carbonation. Very nice, if not world shaking.

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

Solid Czech pilsener, although not "imperial" in the American sense of the word.

Orangey-gold colour with a thick, pure white head. Pale malts with a strong Saaz hop smell. Good mix of malt and Saaz hops. Leans more on the hop side, but certainly not overpowering. Slight bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel, very good carbonation. Refreshing when served cold. Worth repeating, much better than some of the other pilseners from the regions.

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Photo of beveritt
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
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 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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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
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