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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81
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
21.19%
 
 
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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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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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 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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Gobzilla
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Dactrius
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of dirtylou
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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

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Photo of bubseymour
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anteater
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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 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 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 DCLAguy11
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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 Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of herman77
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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 Biggiekrock627
2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mikeg67
2.2/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and pale malt. Body is light and crisp. Pale malt and grassy hops combine on the palate. Finish is short and dry. Good to try once.

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Photo of YalovaIA
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of JoelClark
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Pilsen from Cerveceria Costa Rica
3.02 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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