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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

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

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191
Ratings:
358
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 358
Photo of livingregret
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 1pt .9fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange w/ no head but some visible carbonation. No lacing

Smell: Fresh grain and a touch of spice. Very subtle on the nose

Taste/mouthfeel: Starts w/ a big malty crisp flavour that gives way to a slight sweetness at the end of the beer. Malty bread and a touch of hops is what I get out of this beer...sometimes I get a slight smoke flavour. Rather interesting. Very clean tasting and cleanses the palate easily

Drinkability: Enjoyable enough Pilsner that I would have again

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mildly chill hazed golden beer with a tall white head. So gold in fact it is nearing amber.

Sweet featuring Pilsner malt and lots of toasted grain scent. Herbal hop aroma bordering on bitter smelling and medicinal. A little bit floral smelling but it isn't exactly spicy.

The taste begins malty and a little bitter. The bitterness builds as you drink this and the malt becomes a bit sweeter but nothing obliterates all the other flavors. Good malty bread flavor with Nobel hop jam about sums up the flavor.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Pretty drinkable, I really like a stronger more bitter Pilsner but this will do.

$1.99 at the San Luis Obispo BevMo!

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

App: Gold lager

Smell: I have had this beer numerous times, and like it much better off the tap. Smells like your typical Czech lager.

Taste: Good taste, but kind of soapy.

Mouthfeel: Nice, pleasant lagery kind of feel.

Drinkability: Tastes better after a few seconds even. Good, but not great.

Solid in a bottle, much better off the tap.

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Photo of elricorico
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep gold in colour with a finger of white head. Head falls to a thin cap, but leaves some lacing.

Fresh grain smell, quite light in the aroma department. A spiciness that I can't pin down is in there as well.

A little weak in the malt, kinda cracker like. Hops seem a bit soapy, and leave a strong shampoo like aftertaste. Not my thing. Gets better as it goes, taste evens out, malt starts to balance things.

Average pilsners mouthfeel. A little too sharp in carbonation, and the body is quite light. Not watery, but not satisfying.

Wouldn't buy it again, but wouldn't really avoid drinking it.

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Photo of rugbyfan13
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner Glass.

Appearance - Nice little head that sat atop the beer, seemingly lighter than air. Head transformed into a thin cover after the first few sips. Nice, golden colour that seemed to complement the late-August mid-Afternoon sun here in wonderful Atlanta. Thin streaks of green perhaps, or do my eyes deceive me? No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Light, but not faint. Czech hops dominated the aroma with hints of honey. Quite nice really.

Taste: Light, but not faint (hey wait a second!). Czech hops dominated the taste with hints of honey (Wait just one bloody second!). Main difference between the smell and taste was that the honey was stronger and more apparent sooner than in the smell. After my Ommegangs, this was an amazing change of pace.

Mouthfeel: Light, but not faint (have you any other descriptions?). Certainly not watery, but it was not particularly strong--in a good way.

Drinkability: Due to the fact the beer was...light, but not faint...I could easily consume several of these. A good summer beer, or any season beer for that matter. There was heaps going on with this beer, but it didn't smack you upside your head. Instead, it invited you to find its characteristics. Wonderful.

The beer is quite nice. The best way to describe it is...wonderfully subdued. If your looking for a Pliny or Storm King, look elsewhere. If you just want a quality beer you can enjoy and like drinking, this is it.

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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 Keitherduder
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As i'm still drinking my first Krusovice I'm thuroughly enjoying it. Poured into a tall glass it developed a beautiful sparkling goldness with that ever so desired creamy white head. The smell is nice but could have been more prevelant. The first sip sent me into a heavenly pilsner land on this warm humid ohio afternoon. And as i'm still sipping on it while it slowly warms up in the glass it's taking me deeper down into the streets of gold! haha, that's kind of weird... but... basicly what i mean is that the taste is very crisp and clean and perfect for a hot summer day. It lingers nicely as well.

I'll be having another soon i'm sure!

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Photo of xav33
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Krušovice Imperial
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a weizen glass.
Born on 12/06, absorbed 06/07.

Poured a clear gold with an average mostly diminishing white fizzy head.

Smelt of moderate light grain, cooked corn and light grassy hops.

Flavor was upfront moderate bitter grassy hops and sweet light bread followed by a strong bitter sharp grassy hops and sweet cooked corn and bread on a moderate finish.

Palate was light bodied, slightly oily, lightly astringent and lively carbonated.

Overall, it's a classic bohemian pilsner. A little bit sharper than the average. Definitely a good example of a czech pilsner.

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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 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 pmcadamis
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Big bottle with gold foil around the bottle cap....always a classy touch. Pours a crystal clear gold with a huge fluffy white ice-cream head. Lots of honeycomb lace is left on the side of the glass.

S - Soft saltine cracker and salt aroma. Hard crusty baguettes and pizza dough.

T - Again, mild but crisp salty cracker and crust flavors. Saltier than most German pilseners that I've tried, and slightly less twangy too. Good firm cracker-like malts with crisp hops to balance it out. Very slightly metallic. Nicely done.

M - Medium bodied and slightly acidic. The low level of carbonation coupled with the salty but smooth flavor makes this "supple" to steal a word from the oenophiles.

D - Excellent, if a bit boring. I could drink a few more of these this spring. I'm not the biggest pils fan, but this is excellent.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden yellow with a decent white head and slight lacing.

Smell is sweet and grainy with very slight hops.

Taste is mild bready malt with a crisp, grassy dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light but acceptable.

Drinkable, but not outstanding. Finish has more bitterness than the nose lead me to believe and really helps the flavor profile. Worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle

Pours slightly hazed golden with a decent head that all too soon becomes a patch. The lasting ring does leave trailing lace.

The smell is of some "Euro-skunk" that soon settles revealing some sweet graininess (though not the "grassiness" that I expected for style) and some traces of mettalic notes (overboiled hops?)

The taste is of sweet malt balanced by subtle, rather sharp - almost metallic - hops. If it were not for a remote grassy/subtle Saaz (or Saaz-like) hops, I would have this confused with a standard EPL. Euro-lager matliness rule over the hops. Not bad tasting - but, nothing special - and hardly anything about the flavor to stand out over a long line of boring Euro-lagers. There is a bit of fading dryness in the finish.

The feel is thin, though not a total wreck. Enough to be mediocre and give the impression of having a beer rather than water.

Well, it's refreshing so could fit with the "hot-day" category...but there are so many of those...This fits in with the boring, though not bad, Euro lager category.

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Photo of stephendr
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle- color of clear pale golde, with a light head – nose of straw , hay , and sweet – taste of yeasty , skunk , hay or dry straw and some mild hops - body medium , medium carbonation , and slighty acidic – aftertaste of straw , and mild hopps a generic beer

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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 HappyHourHero
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a big, foamy, off-white head leaves a few thick strands of lace. Transparent golden colored beer holds a few streams of briskly rising bubbles. Pungent herbal and floral hops in the aroma with a touch of pale malt. Light pale malt based flavor with an overriding hop tea flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is light, and finishes almost airy. A decent Pils. One sip it's tastes ok and the next it's pretty good. I would say go for it.

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

1pt. 9oz. poured into a pilsner glass.


A-Golden color body with a Thick white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass.Bubbles coming up from the bottem.

S-Smells like corn just like any other pilsner.

T-Taste like any other pilsner and some malts.

M-It taste kind of thin but its refreshing and enjoyable.

D-I liked it but I wouldnt go out and buy it again.It taste just like any other pilsner but it refreshes.I reccomend.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep golden body with a sizeable, foamy white head.

Smell: Grassy, lemony aroma that's flawed by a terribly strong soapy perfuminess.

Taste: Faintly sweet, bready malts with a showing of flowery hop bitterness. Quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery body with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Let's never, ever speak of this again.

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

*did not mind would not buy*

app: looks like a hazy baseball game beer.. chill haze?? not sure, it did come out of a beer cooler.. white big sturdy STRONG looking head

smell: pepper, butter yeast floral perfume hops..

taste: refreshing.. bland.. very weak flavors. I really dont have much to say. flowery after taste, light very unoffensive beer.

mf: refreshing

drinkable? HA HA OH BOY YEAH!!! ITS REFRESHING!

OA: nothing intresting at all.. if you want a very unoffensive watery beer, go for this one.... did I say refreshing??

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Photo of Cresant
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle, "Born By Date" May 4, 2006, into s pilsner glass. Rich golden clear body with one finger of white head. Foam quickly faded to a film.

Smell was floral hops. Earthy, slightly ashy.

Taste was lemony tart. Grainy. Malty sweetness yet typical pilsner crispness. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel was impressively raspy in texture. Medium carbonation present. Medium body. Pleasant all around.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably a less than average beer per style. Partly due to the dangerously-near skunk aroma that eminates from the bottle and into the glass. Even with a typical pale straw color and abundance of carbonation, the beer lacks promise early and often. Flavors turn out sweet but quickly follow up with a grainy bite, lemony astringency, and a watery body. Hop flavor does, however, subsite into a grassy, earthy character, but never improves the beer to good levels. Not necessarily a bad beer, but does not deliver for me.

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

Poured plenty cold from a pint bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A--Really nice. Clear and perfectly golden. Abundant head that's the color and consistency of beaten egg whites. Head sticks around a nice long time and leaves, in addition to lots of lacing up the glass, a creamy beer moustache.

S--Admittedly, I'm in love with the clean lightly hoppy smell of this pilsner though I'm naturally drawn to the more complicated smelling stuff.

T--Intitially clear and cold leaving a slight hoppy bitterness upon the swallow.

M--Very good and crisp despite not being as carbonated as an American version.

D--Very good. I drank this after mowing my yard in the Florida heat and I'm very much craving one or two more. It's the perfect thing to quench your thirst on a hot day.

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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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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
3.46 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
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