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Krušovice Imperial | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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

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
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
352
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 352
Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
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 stevoj
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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 wl0307
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 04/05/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, coming with a lively carbonated body and a decent, thick white frothy head that settles slowly to a thin cap and leaves dirty lacing all over.
S: syrupy honey-ish and creamy malts abound, laced with random hints of sweet lemon, grassy hops, faint sweetness almost like melted caramel on sweet peanuts. Not demanding, good body, slightly too sweet for the balance but manageable on the nose.
T: quite light actually... the moderately-flavoured malty theme lands rather light from almost the rear of the palate to accompany a hollow middle sprinkled with boiled veggie and random hints of grassy taste of Saaz. Light and slightly sour/metallic/plastic in the aftertaste (due to pasteurisation I guess?), without enough bitterness that a really good pilsner tends to show in the most balanced manner. That said, in the long end a semi-aromatic chewy palate almost like semi-fermented tea (e.g. Taiwanese ooh-long) creeps up, adding belated yet always welcomed extra pleasure to the overall performance.
M&D: easy to drink as the fizziness comes quite ideal, neither artificially fizzy nor too harsh, but it is actually too light-bodied and lightly-flavoured for a 5%abv. Svetle Lezak. Very different from the draught version I tried in Southern Bohemia four years ago.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of beertunes
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow with a tall, fluffy white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was pleasant grain scent with none of the skunkiness that sometimes comes with this style. The taste was very similar. Balanced and neutral with a nice blend of grain and hop.

The body was typical for the style, clean, smooth and crisp. Drinkability was very good, you would want to, and could have several of these brews easily. Overall, a solid example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 dar482
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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 bark
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and firm. It leaves lots of lacing when slowly sinking down.

The smell is smooth and very balanced. Sweet notes of honey, butter and fresh flowers. Clean bitter notes in the background, as is some cardboard.

The taste is smooth and very balanced, too. It is quit light. Some buttery notes, some flowers and grass. Mild bitter clean flavours, some sweet cookie-notes. The aftertaste got a slowly growing bitter flavour, more butter and a slight dry note. The finish is mild and balanced.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the small bubbles fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well balanced brew, perhaps a bit too smooth.

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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 drpimento
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Poured with a medium sized white head that soon disappears and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a bright, very clear, yellow gold. Aromatics of hops, malt, a little spice and beer. Flavor's the same more bittersweet. Fully carbonated. Clean and refreshing. Ok body. Finish is good with a typical Czech pale lager. Definitely a session beer. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer upon the poor presents a clear gold with a modest creamy white head that fades quickly leaving a thin but complete sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, crisp and clean, front is somewhat sweet with a decent malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a pedestrian acidity, the hops adequately spicy, dry and sweet until the end, a drinkable beer, and better than many, I have sampled.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a pale gold with a large white head that is slow to recede and leaves nice lace.

Smell is grassy hops and a bit grainy, not to strong, and nice.

Taste is pretty classic Czech Pils, fairly restrained, balanced and smooth. Nice graininess and damp hops, a touch of butteriness keep it interesting but quaffable.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, leaving a watery impression that was the biggest defect in this beer. Not bad, but closer to macro light lager then real deal pils.

Drinkability is pretty good, I had a few of these tonight, they went well with Thai food, Red Curry Duck. Thanks to my Dad for splurging on the pricy case, and makes me proud of my Slovakian heritage.

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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 Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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 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 OWSLEY069
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean straw yellow color with a white head. Aromas os sweet malt and somewhat fruity, like green apples. In the taste, small fruitiness (green apples) that goes from sweet to dry. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry fruity aftertaste. Light on the palate and refreshing.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
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 morimech
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
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 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 KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear straw golden with light white foam. Transparent.

Very light citrus scent, but modest.

Clean crisp light balanced taste- not watery, but vey light. Small citrus hop notes - clean but flavorful. Well carbonated.

Very drinkable czech pils.

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Photo of jsh420
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours gold with a big 2+ finger head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells very metalic with sweet grains

taste is better then the aroma - sweet grains with a nice hop bitterness

mouthfeel/drinkability - light and crisp just what you want for this style

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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!

RJT

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Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow body topped with a thick, chunky, creamy white head. Lightly toasted malt grain and somewhat grassy smell. Grainy flavor with a smooth hop bitterness at the finish. Light and smooth body; crisp, clean, dry finish.

Krušovice doesn't break any new ground for the style yet is certainly quite drinkable and solid representation of the style.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking golden lager, white head that died quickly. Sweet aroma of the euro skunk, slides into the quaff along with the crisp lager malts. On the sweet side, but a decent brew, that finishes crisply - good hop balance. This would drink well in the summer heat, but the import price will probably keep it out of the DBF.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head and is a golden/straw yellow, with a shade of orange. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. I remember that the head of beer was part of the culture in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Some lacing has been left on the side of the glass from the head reducing to a thin layer.

Smell: It's weird, this beer smells like a blond ale or honey ale even though it a pilsner. Honey and bready notes come to mind first. Followed by sweet malts, grainy notes, and some nice spiciness.

Taste: Same as above, but pretty mild. Wish the flavor was toned up a bit more. Nothing exceptional, but still a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, easy to drink, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and easy on the palate.

Overall: This beer brings back memories of Prague/Praha and my time spent in Banska Bystrica. Now wish I could go back this winter for some snowboarding and apres board. There were was much better across the pond and the scenery and the culture made it exceptionally better. Wish I could find this beer more often.

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Krušovice Imperial from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
79 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.
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