Pilsen
Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #511
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
69
Ranked #50,143
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 20.7%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
91
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Cerveceria Costa Rica
 
Costa Rica
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Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  20
SCORE
69
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Reviews by fizzy:
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fizzy from Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Went through a 15er from WalMart in Liberia for $17. Cheapest place I’ve found down here. It’s an okay beer that is much like any general US macro. A little on the sweet side but does not go overboard like some. Hey, I’m 71 YO and have put a lot of beer down my throat in the last 50years. To much analysis is what makes life miserable. Drink Imperial or Pilsen and don’t complain. If you don’t want to do that pick up a 12pk of the Beast. Miller sells a lot down here, as in Panama. Wowwww, the Beast, brings America to you!

Jan 21, 2018
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Keananmichael5 from California

3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 18, 2019
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jeschaefer from Texas

3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 09, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was another gift from a freind who spent a few months working in Costa Rica.
350 ml, heavy brown bottle with a white and red label.
Like the other beers from this brewery, Pilsen is highly carbonated. There's a thick, attractive, foamy-white head. Aroma is german hops and a fleeting corn-adjunct smell. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with a crisp, hoppy finish. Muted malt flavor in the foretaste. Although this is a much better beer than Imperial, another Cost Rican brew, there's nothing extrodinary here.

Oct 04, 2003
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just returned from my second extended visit to Costa Rica and had plenty of opportunities to sample this one.

The beer pours a standard macro yellow with a fair head and very active carbonation. No real lacing.

The beer smells very clean with a bit of grains and a whisper of hops.

The taste is crisp and slightly bitter. The beer has a bit of a grain taste and the hops add a bit of a bite, which is appreciated.

The mouth is solid and balanced. This one is an extremely easy drinker. Best out of the heavy returnable bottles, the cans seem to add a bit of metallic taste.

I like this much better than its more popular stable mate Imperial. I would guess that the IBUs are about 15 on the Pilsen vs. about 10 on the Imperial and that pushes up the taste.

Apr 06, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Again poured a clear bright yellow color lager with a medium bubbly white head with not much retention. Aroma of light corn note is attenuated by balanced sweetness. Rice provided a well balance taste with a hint of sweetness and a bland aftertaste. Body is OK for style. Not as bad as bland as it can be.

Dec 31, 2010
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hungryghost from District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the slightly stronger (ABV) cousin to Imperial.
It is crisp and clean. A fine, refreshing beverage after an afternoon hike in the Costa Rican rainforest. It is a little bit on the bubbly side.
Easy to drink, but do not expect much as far as flavor goes.

Mar 24, 2004
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsen is a shiny golden color with a moderate level of carbonation. The head is tall, thick, and ultrawhite. The aroma is of herbal hops and sweet grains. The smell is pleasent overall, but fairly generic. The flavor is maltier and much better than I expected. The taste consists of bready malts alongside tasty grain flavors. A mild sweetness is tasted throughout. A touch of herbal hop caps a sip off. Wow, this is a surprise, an excellent thirst-quincher brew, with plenty of flavor, from Latin America. The overall taste is very fresh and the "cereales" listed on the can didn't seem to come into play. If I could get this beer in Houston, it would be among my rotation of session beers.

Nov 26, 2005
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shertzogovina from New York

2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 350 ml. brown long neck bottle that I got from a friend who visited Costa-Rica. Label is slightly different than the one posted here.
Freshness date is on the crown - still have a few good months before expiring. ABV on label shows 5.1% - also different than what's listed above.
Pours a pale yellow with a half-inch white head that stays for about 2 minutes. Crystal clear with small bubbles. Looks like your average latin brew.
Smell of adjuncts (corn) with a little but of hops. Not very attractive.
Tastes exactly as it smells - cooked corn with a slight touch of hops in the finish. Light bodies and watery. Not a surprise.
Mouthfeel is not very pleasant. Bubbles bite in the front, hops hardly balancing the grain (and corn). Alcohol is there but sitting nicely.
I'm not enjoying this but can easily finish the bottle.
Beer is drinkable despite the low scoring.

Feb 08, 2005
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alysmith4 from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer in Costa RIca.. was a good alternative to Imperial, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. It was a lot lighter in taste and flavor, yet (slightly) higher in alcohol. A solid choice though none-the-less. Worth trying, especially if it means taking a trip to CR!

Jan 18, 2007
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blackie from Oregon

3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my pilsner glass creates a fluffy 1.3" white head that recedes oh so gradually back into the liquid. The beer is an ultra clear golden hay color.

smell: Light grain and (rice?). Light hoppiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, and the body light.

taste: Very light in flavor, kinda watery. Flavors of light grain are about all that is found. Very light hop flavor. Not sure if this is all malt or not, but I would guess not. That said, there is nothing offensive, just a lack of much character.

drinkability: Easy to drink, but boring

My mom brought back a bottle for me from her trip to Costa Rica.

Mar 30, 2006
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TheEremite from California

2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the smaller of the two major Costa Rican beers (Imperial being the larger). They're similar beers, but Pilsen tastes slightly sweeter and leaves an undesirable cloying maltiness, especially for the overly hot climate of the country. I was happy to have a few with dinner, but given a choice, I'd pick the Imperial 9 times out of 10.

May 31, 2008
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dirtylou from New York

2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ah yes pilsen, the alternative to Imperial in the lush costa rican rainforest

appearance: straw golden body, amber tints, minimal white froth

smell: grassy, doughy, meh

taste: i did not care for pilsen at all - foul malt sweetness, no real pilsner traits. Go with Imperial

mouthfeel: mid-range body for the style

drinkability: not great. i only had 2 on my trip

May 24, 2009
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jaluria from Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best beer I had in Costa Rica...decent representation of the style, but the most flavorful of the other beers available in can form.

Appeared a soft-golden color with a white head that leaves behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of hops, grass, and earth come out. The taste is as might be expected with a mild bitterness that has characteristics of earth and pine. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated to add texture, but it is still quite thin. Good drinkability with is neutral flavors and texture.

Mar 11, 2006
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nekronos from Mexico

3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little insipit, this beer, everybody in Costa Rica drinks this one, but I guess is because of the heath, you can be refreshed with it. Is not bad, but the flavor is like hidden in the can, perhaps. You can find larger cans of this one. But I heard a lot of this beer even before I drank it. Nice, nice at all. Yes.

Oct 13, 2005
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rallison from California

3.31/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought and tasted in Costa Rica - side to side with Imperial, Pilsen and Bavaria Gold.

A: All were fine for the style with good carbonation that produced a nice head. 4s all around.

S: Imperial had a strong cooked corn smell with other vegetal notes - 2.5. Pilsen had light vegetal notes but mostly a simple grainy aroma - 3.0. Bavaria had no discernable vegetal or off notes and had a simple grainy aroma.

T: Imperial was a touch harsh at the front with bitterness and hotness. Refreshing the rest of the way through. 2.5. Pilsen was simple throughout, but refreshing. Light bitterness. 3.0. Bavaria was the least bitter and had a touch more focus on bready malts (just barely). 3.5.

M: Imperial came on slightly strong but was otherwise fine. 3.0. Pilsen - 3.5. Bavaria - 3.5.

D: Given that these are meant for a hot Costa Rican day, they all drink well. I'll give a slight nod to Pilsen and Bavaria. Imperial - 3.5. Pilsen and Bavaria - 4.0.

Sep 10, 2009
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flexabull from California

3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer in Costa Rica, it's my beer of choice when I'm down there.

Pours a bright and pale straw gold color. The head is nice, and retains well.

Aroma is quite faint, all I really notice is a hint of sweetness.

Flavors are creamy and crisp. There is some sweetness, and a nice dry slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is average, but more full bodied than what I expected.

This beer is made to be very drinkable. And it delivers, especially in the heat of Costa Rica. This is quite refreshing, and I certainly had my fair share on my most recent trip... Pura Vida!

Jan 21, 2007
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Anderbrau_IPA from Panama

3.94/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i've heard this the best beer in Costa Rica.. i believe they are right.
perfect Golden color with a strong bitter smell.
when pouring the head looks just about fine, but.. it dessapears in no time, really...
the taste is a bit dry, yo can feel the carbonation and the well cook seeds for the preparation of this beer, is indeed strong in abv%.
there's a negative side about this beer,. . .the first impression is good, as well as the first couple of sips. . after that the beer becomes average amercian macro lager... in a way you loose the perfect feeling, . . but even though, is the best option in the CR market.. . .Pura Vida Mae...

Jun 21, 2006
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GooberMcNutly from Florida

2.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good if you want the standard tropical knockoff of a Bavarian Pilsen. Of course, Costa Rica was populated by a lot of German Immigrants, and it shows that they did what they could with the local ingredients and climate.

More flavor and alcohol than the Imperial, and a little more head and color as well, but the differences were minor. It’s a Bud/Miller thing between the two. Just order whatever the bar specializes in. You will find them mostly interchangeable.

Oct 03, 2006
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can brought back by a good friend from his trip to Costa Rica, Thanks for the opportunity Rob!
Pours a solid golden yellow with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet pilsner malt with hints of grain honey and enough hops to keep it from cloying. Sweet rich grainy malt with a slight floral hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slightly sweet mouthfeel. I liked this best of the three beers we sampled at our impromptu Central America lager fest. Decent beer for the style but could have really used some more hops.

Jul 23, 2012
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Brianmerrilyn from New York

2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the "other beer" available in rural NW Costa Rica outside of La Cruz. After 2 sixers of Imperial, I was ready to try just about anything and saw the locals pulling for this one instead, thereofore when in Rome....

A: Poured into a mini pint glass, almost the same goldenesque as Imperial, but with amber accents to some extent. Still has a quality head of 1.5 fingers and ring laces well.

S: From what I could tell, and I had plenty of time to attempt to glean something, the best I got was minor mini sweet malts, bits of dough.

T: Somewhat followed the nose, very mild hops and tangs of the malts. Average regular hops but muddled and not impressive.

M: Fairly crisp at first, but overall watery and dissapointing.

D: Better than Imperial, but not much even though it's Pilsener as compared to a macro lager. I agree that I preferred the Imperial over this one.

Jul 18, 2008
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birchstick from Colorado

3/5  rDev +5.3%

Jun 16, 2013
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AgingWarrior from Florida

2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A colleague gave me two cans of this brew. Poured a very light yellow color into my Terrapin pint glass. Lots of fizzy bubbles and about a finger of white head. The head disappeared very quickly as did the bubbles. The head did provide some thin lacing.

Smell's like grassy grains. Not a very strong scent, but rather bland and weak.

Taste is like the smell, grainy, rather bland and weak.

Mouth feel is light body and light carbonation. Just not a lot to feel here.

I suppose this has average drinkability, but I don't know why I'd want to drink it. It's just bland and somewhat devoid of any real taste.

May 19, 2010
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JoeBloe from New York

3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new label design from what's pictured here, also reads 5.1% abv on label - i preferred this to imperial or bavaria gold - pretty much the same from can or bottle - good enough for a day's activity in the costa rican sunshine, but made me really appreciate the leffe and duvel bottles i found in a little st elena mercado for a late afternoon siesta on my cabana deck.

Feb 23, 2009
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Mississippi from Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oct 19, 2018
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Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 91 ratings