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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 yemenmocha
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pale golden with generous white head. Very appetizing appearance and fits the norm for a good Czech Pils.

Nose is somewhat faint & clean, but still has plenty of metallic hop aromas to keep you interested.

On the palate this beer is quite clean, moderately malty, crisp with the hops, and has a trace of imported bottle skunk that is more common with green bottled German pilseners.

Very drinkable, and much better than imported Pilsener Urquell.

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Photo of CHickman
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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 mdagnew
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a medium gold / orange colour... White head disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Pretty non-existent. Can just about make out some hops and some saltiness. Also some metallic notes...

Taste – Some hop bitterness, some nuttiness, salty, very light malts...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very average beer... worth a try maybe once....

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

Pours out a clear light amber, tight creamy white head that fades away.

Aroma of biscuity crystal malt, some wafer and light wet grassy hops.

Flavour is also a consistent biscuity wafer malt, only faintly bookended by light grassy hops, the hops are there but seem to be phoning it in until the aftertaste, where they truly shine.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied while adding a bit of kick as well, a nice added boost.

Overall a slightly above-average pilsener, but it holds its own. Middle-of-the-road without being mediocre, definitely leaning more towards the malt side in the end.

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Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden beer with a thick offwhite foam that leaves quite some lacing.

The smell is rather pure hops and malt.

The taste is more complex, some sweetness from the malt, an acid citric taste and a good bitterness.

It has a good refreshing carbonation.

A drinkable rather well balanced pilsner.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber, foamy white head, some lacing and good clarity.

Sweet malt aroma & lager hops along with a bit of corn and grain. Other adjuncts also feature and there is a very slight skunky smell at the end.

Corn and grassy hops along with a semi-sweet taste and touches of citrus. It's not at all skunky tasting despite the aroma hinting at this and the finish is little bit bitter although very crisp.

Light medium bodied with a slightly rough feel to the drink and it had the normal lager bitterness with a slightly dry but crisp finish and medium carbonation.

This one was a average to slightly above average pilsener although miles ahead of most of the mass produced garbage you find in UK supermarkets these days.

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty, more darkly malty lager with character resembling a good English bitter as much as a pilsner.

Light amber, it has a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin top, leaving some lace.

The aroma is mostly toasty grain with bread, a hint of caramel, leaves, pine, citrus, and flowers. The citrus is mostly lemon with a little grapefruit.

The taste is surprisingly earthy, with toasty bread, caramel, leaves, a little pine, and a quite a bit of citrus, particularly lemon with a hint of grapefruit. After starting light, the bitterness soon increaseas to make a very nice balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard clear gold and a nice head. Smell is grassy-grain, metallic, with a vegetable-skunkiness to it. Taste is grainy, but fairly bland from what you would expect from the style. Below average in this crowded and poorly represented style. I think these beers need to be sampled fresh, closer to the brewery. Getting shipped across the Atlantic doesn't do much to improve this style, IMO.

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

From a 500 ml. bottle and poured into a pils glass. Shows a deep and clear straw with an inch of soapy white head. Retention and lacing are moderate to strong.

Clean and sweet lager nose with some light grainy malts and a bit of breadiness. Notable noble hop nose, clean and grassy. Fairly dry in flavor and with a light hop bitterness that balances well with a moderate malt backbone. Solid feel and drink, nice example of the style that doesn't overwhelm.

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

A: Clear.. nice pale straw color. Cery white head on top that dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet, slightly spiced, with a little hops..

T: Very light... Not a lot of malt of or hops profile. But not bad.. Absolutely no off flavors.. clean and crisp.

M: About right for the style.

D: Not my cup of tea, but not too bad for a pils. PS. thanks mom for this surprise grab bag beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, dark golden beer with a settling thin head. Typical for a pilsner.

Smell is strong malty with a little sulfur and some decoction Maillard products.

Taste is strong malty which makes the beer quite big, but doesn't interfere with the drinkability. The malt is grainy, a bit caramellized and has a bready, crusty taste. A clean bitterness, which is just a little bit soapy.

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Photo of crossovert
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint .9 oz bottle with gold foil.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear gold with hints of amber and amazing active bubbles. Nice bright white 1 finger head. This is what a pilsener should look like, a beauty. This beer glistens.

Scent is standard pils, nice noble hops and a malt backbone. It has good harmony but could be better.

Taste is standard pils, very nice hops but not without the malt. Bread and spice.

Pilseners are simple but amazing beers, this one is average I think in this category.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown half liter bottle with a silver and red, pretty plain label and foil around the neck. Purity law applies here. Best before date is 12/19/03, I opened it on 9/3/03.

Pours a slightly reddish clear gold under a white head that maintains some body for a little while before dissipating into a thin film across the top. A couple of spots of lace cling to the side. The nose is weak - there's some malt there, but really not much/enough. The mouth is nicely carbonated and even. The initial taste is malt, but the hops are there from the start, giving a nice flowery bite in the finish. The amazing thing, though, is the aftertaste, which kicks in a full 30 seconds after the liquid goes down. Smooth bitterness overwhelms the mouth from the throat up and forward. Wow! I could drink a lot of these!

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Photo of Dentist666
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear deep golden with excellent white head, nice retention. Aroma of grains and dough, simple, but fresh. Taste is bland and malty with some definite bitter finish, Heineken killed Krusovice, GTFO. Neither character, no individuality.

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Photo of Drew966
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Krusovice Imperial pours a dark golden yellow with a white head that laces nicely from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is grassy. The flavor is grassy hops with a touch of hoppy spiciness in the forefront, a mild malt flavor toward the end provides a solid backbone. Not bad, I'm pleasantly surprised, I wasn't expecting much when I bought it, I thought it was going to be a Euro strong lager type of beer based on the imperial designation, but it's a decent Czech pils.

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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 magictrokini
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Stale aroma of straw, grass, and hops. Bready, sweet taste with some hops and metal. Grassy finish. Decent, but nothing special. It came as mo surprise when I found this was owned by Heineken. Somewhat reminiscent of their hop profile.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.57/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having their Cerne, I wasn't expecting much from their Pilsner especially since it got lower reviews, however with this one I am impressed.

Pours a medium golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing as the glass drains.

Aromas are pleasantly grainy with a bit of floral hops bringing up the rear.

Taste is also grainy like wheat and maybe a touch of rye making for a slightly spicy pilsner with a pleasant hop bite that keeps everything dry and your mouth feeling clean.

An exceedingly drinkable pilsner. I will revisit this one again sometime.

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

The beer I reviewed had a production date about a year old so this is far from a fresh batch by which to compare. Had I seen the date, I would have skipped over it, but alas no. The beer pours a very nice white, frothy head for a pilsner, with plenty of retention and soap like bubbles. The beer is plenty carbonated.

The aroma is very typical of the Czech pilsners, in that you have a very grainy, extra hop sharpness, almost grassy aroma. I would imagine that a fresher batch would have had more estery hop aromas and more bready malts. I can only imagine.

The taste is the typical Czech sharp hop from the Saaz variety, fairly dry malty graininess, with some bittering dry herbal tastes in the finish. There is a slight metallic and mustiness to the beer, especially on the back end; my guess is that the former is characteristic, the latter is due to the lack of freshness. Overall, I will try this beer again, albeit with a fresher label date, and see if my conclusions are borne out.

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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 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 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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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 GONZALOYANNA
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed several times since 2005. Deep golden color. White, small size bubbled froth. Close & lasting crown. Lacing rings on sides. Sweet mildy malt aroma, sulphur hints. Gentle bitter upfront. Malty palate. Slightly peppery in the middle, subtle astringency. Dry hoppy finish.Light body, soft carbonation.

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