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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
375
Reviews:
195
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
33
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0
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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, malty, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, grassy hops, some malts, a bit dry at the finish, not quite as flavorful as the smell would have indicated. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in an Kusovice stein (part of my glassware photography project). Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it, forms a moderate white head that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated, large bubbles, does not prop the head up though, head falls back to become really thin and diffuse.

Beer has a good crisp pilsner smell. There is some mild sweetness in there as well as some grain-like flavors. This smells like a good lager.

Beer is thin and at first seems flavorless. There isn't much body to it at all. Its like drinking water, drinkability high. Second taste, I'll savor it more this time. Nothing up front, no bitterness at all, there is a mild aftertaste, some cereal. I missed the flavor again. I'm going to keep at this one and if something develops I'll let you know.

Not really, putting this one to bed.

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Photo of Sweffin
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A highly underwhelming pils - not enjoyable for me

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Toom Getrankemarkt-Landstuhl. Nicely hopped pilsener, crisp and clear, with sharp finish. This is an easy drinker, smooth, and tasty. prime example of the Czech style

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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 DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

It's been seven long years since I last tried a beer from the Imperial Brewery. This time, I have decided to change color, going from the low alcohol dark beer to the mild alcohol pilsner. From a 500 ml foil-wrapped bottle, on to the beer:

This beer starts off with a great intro. A bright golden body, lifted with lively bubbles from bottom to top, and a thick creamy head which retains well. The aroma offers a slight note of diacetyl, and also offering notes of crisp grass and a kiss of honey.

Pilsner is pilsner, right. Not here, as this Czech Pilsner offers many little subtleties which give this beer a character above the pack. Little notes include grass, honeysuckle, the pleasant Saaz hop bitterness, and a note of diacetyl. The flavor overall is soft yet pleasing, and its softness continues into its mouthfeel, which is note only soft, but light. And a half-liter? That won't be enough, and I'm not dying of thirst here.

I certainly don't expect an imported lager to have the same freshness as it does in its home country. That said, I was very surprise with what I got out of Krušovice Imperial. I'll be returning to this Czech beer, but I guarantee that it will be within seven years.

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Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark amber color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has lager yeast, a spicy hop quality, a grainy quality.

The flavor is very spicy in the front of pepper and herbal qualities. Green grass throughout with drying qualities on the back. There’s a bit of sweetness in the middle along with a touch of a bready malt.

The back carries much drying and hints of herbal and grassy bitterness.

A decent representation of the style, but I imagine that this bottle being 6 months old has caused it to lose some of hop qualities.

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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 plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet cereal grain and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a solid grainy malt. Some floral hops as well.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a good and tasty pils. Good drinkability.

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

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Joe Squared the other afternoon.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey and pepper. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, with the beer having a light hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, but there was nothing watery about the beer. Drinkability was pretty good, and this low alcohol pilsner/lager was exactly what I was in the mood for on a warm, muggy day in Baltimore.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BlackHaddock
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 500ml bottle, poured into a 'Veltins' branded stemmed 0.2 litre tulip shaped glass. My favourite lager/pilsner glass was filled three times by this beer and on each pour it looked and sounded lively.

Mid-range light golden pilsner colour, thin white which left a weak collar on each pour and very quickly too. The head let it down badly in my opinion.

Very little aroma to report on, hay, grass and not a lot of anything really, gets my regular 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner.

Tangy feel, but no body or flavours to rise it above plenty of other 'run of the mill' pilsners available anywhere and everywhere around the world.

Seemed better on tap in Prague. In my dining room it was just another beer for me to review and try as I did, no redeeming features came to its rescue, this is a bog standard pilsner!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear golden with a large white fluffy head that dissipates after some time, leaving a little lace.

S: Bready malt, lots of citric notes - floral hops. Faint sweetness.

T: Bready malt, some faint citric notes. A bit to light in taste for my taste...

M: Body is medium and the carbonation is rich. Rather short-lived aftertaste - a bit sweet and bitter.

D: A descent Czech Pilsener, it goes down smoothly, but there are better ones out there.

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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 cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
3.47 out of 5 based on 375 ratings.
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