Pilsen | Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica
florida.co.cr

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-04-2003

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80
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
21.19%
 
 
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of nmwhitehead
4.21/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of julianbn
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
3.94/5  rDev +30.5%
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...

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Photo of nekronos
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a crystal clear golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is big on grain and has very little hop to it. The taste is fairly weak with an AAL grain flavor. Bottom line, this is a good beer to drink when you want to drink a lot of beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of jmhart
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.44/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best beer I had in Central America.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.44/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Between the two of the biggest macros here in Costa Rica, this is my favorite. Decent amount of flavor, and perfect for those hot and humid days at the beach.

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeBloe
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of einman
3.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rallison
3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jaluria
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

this was hands down our favorite of the national lager brands, and anything these guys make or that you could find everywhere in costa rica. its a pretty solid lager, almost entirely devoid of the adjunct crap all the other ones have, especially when they warm up, and while its obviously short of the mark set by better international pils types, its a beacon of quality refreshment in their otherwise forgettable portfolio. its not as dry as the best, and certainly not as hoppy, but all the elements are there to be appreciated, its light and crisp without being watery or flavorless, and it just felt to us much higher quality than the others. there is a mild pils malt sweetness up front that is sort of its defining feature, and its snappy in the finish, super refreshing when its freezing, but it warms up not bad either, especially compared to its peers, and thats critical in costa rica where its so hot and humid that unless you are a three or four sip per beer kind of guy, your beer is definitely going to get at least a little warm on you. i probably had 30 of these over the past week, and enjoyed every one of them, morning, late night, hungover, dead sober, can, bottle, you name it. nice to have one to rely on, and of the macro stuff, this was my horse. brief cultural anecdote here, the locals warned me often that this was "strong beer", which i guess it is compared to many of the others, but come on! i thought that was a hoot!

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Photo of DV8HARD
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I live in Costa Rica right now and since there is only one Macro-brewery in the country (Cerveceria Cost Rica) this beer and Imperial are the two most common beers, Imperial being more popular but, I like Pilsen more. People here drink a lot, without exaggerating there is a bar on every corner.

This is the beer I drink. I have to say it an average beer. There isn't anything special about the head. The nose and taste is malty. It is probably carbonated more than most beers.

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Photo of blackie
3.19/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of illtexzona
3/5  rDev -0.7%

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Pilsen from Cerveceria Costa Rica
3.02 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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