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Imperial | Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 573 |  Reviews: 203
Reviews by Garrett092112:
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2/5  rDev -27.5%

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Review: Bottle of Imperial Pale Lager, 4.60%ABV An interesting lager from Costa Rica, Imperial, a very pleasant refreshing light lager. Appearance was a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, what a normal looking lager should look like. When pouring a small frothy white appeared that dissipated relatively fast with some lacing remaining. Sweet aroma of lightly toasted malt with corn. Smell was great, very enticing. Similar to the smell, there is a slightly bitter grassy flavour of a creamy aftertaste of dry corn sweetness, that leaves a dry feeling in the mouth Overall, Imperial Beer is a standard, good lager.

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Photo of bwood06
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle into Pilsner glass

A -Pours a clear golden straw color that has a frothy head. Head is slightly creamier than most light lagers that I have seen. Head dissipates somewhat slowly at first but picks up the pace as time goes on. Seems to be somewhat lightly carbonated. 3.5/5

S - Mostly a base malt aroma with a hint of hops at the end. Corn. There is an undertone of rice. Very little hop aroma. There is something else to the aroma that I can't quite place… Possibly somewhat skunked… Hint of yeast. 2.5/5

T - Malt and grain centered, but very lightly flavored. Light bitterness from the hops on the back end. Hops are somewhat floral. Hint of corn. Maybe a bit of white bread. Not a whole lot going on here. 2.5/5

M - Very light and dry. Hard to tell that there was anything in my mouth once it's been swallowed. Some carbonation but not a lot. 3/5

O - Very light tasting, light feeling beer. Can't say that I will ever buy this again in the US considering all of the other, cheaper light beers available. Hard to pay $10 for 6 when it's comparable in enjoyment to Miller Lite, etc. Happy to have had the chance to try it though. 2.75/5

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Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

A: Pours a pale/golden yellow. Vigorous carbonation. Head vanishes almost instantly. Thin cap of white foam.

S: Metallic, grainy. Mild neutered hop aroma.

T: Metallica up front. Some grainy notes. Adjunct like without the flagrant corn flakes. Aftertaste just drops off. Very clean. Crisp. Dry. No lingering flavor except for a slight metallic hint.

M: Bright, carbonated, light.

O: Pretty much what you would expect. Goes down easily enough. Doesn't absolutely smack of corn, so it has that going for it. Still, subpar at best.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow fizzy beer. Of course, if you're in Costa Rica and it's 90 degrees in the shade, ANYTHING below room temperature tastes pretty good.

Not any worse - or better - than other tropical beers. Cool logo, though.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a clear, clean, lucid, bright, golden-colored hue with a minimal head that left very minor lacing...
Corny, grainy, non-descript, faint aroma...
Taste was surprisingly good for a light lager... flavorful, crisp, and refreshing with slight yeast and corn essences, lemons, and lime in the mix...
Decent mouthfeel for the style along with a very good level of drinkability considering the modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Not bad...

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Photo of maksimnetrebchuk
2/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Better than an American macro, I'll say that. Clear golden yellow body with fizzy two finger head that gives off a grainy, dry aroma. Light bodied, crisp, bland but not gross and even has a touch of pils malt like sweetness; beer also avoids being too thin and watery.

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Photo of chewy6935
1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of JoeBloe
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i knocked a few of these back as soon as i arrived in costa rica
last week - imperial is to cr what budweiser is to the usa - you see locals and tourists alike sitting around with quart bottles in certain locales - ok to quench a thirst after a long drive, hike or flight - served it's purpose at the time, but i preferred the other popular cr option, pilsen, and then bavaria dark to this most popular national brand. - btw, the canned version tasted very metallic when compared to the bottle

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Photo of sloelco
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a yellow golden color with a nice carbonation and a fluffy white head. Nose is grainy, lightly hopped and some malts. Taste is sweet, malty, light hops and grain. Pretty fizzy beer and has some good mouthfeel for the style. Not my favorite style, won't drink again but not half bad.

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Photo of Nizzle913
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of drtth
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of 29 Oct., 2015.

The beer pours into a Duvel glass a clear light golden yellow with a 3/4" head that recedes fairly soon to a ring around the glass and an thin covering of foam. Sipping leaves a larger ring on one side of the glass with the other having lots of small speckles and legs of lacing some of which slide back to the liquid.

The aroma is light, faintly sweet and showing no hops (no surprise that in an adjunct lager :-).

The flavors are lightly sweet without a touch of bitterness showing (although occasionally I think I detect a touch of earthiness, but its hard to be sure).

The mouth feel is on the light side but slighly crisp with a light amount of carbonation. As expected from the style of beer the finish is medium length and just has the sweetness fade away but without any real dryness at the end, just no sweetness.

Overall this is a drinkable beer with no unpleasant feature, but nothing particularly notable either. For me, its not something I'll be seeking out in the future but I can understand how those who don't care for stronger flavors would enjoy this beer and want another.

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Photo of Beerman1977
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a 3/4 finger white foamy head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of grainy malts with very little sweetness and a hint of apple as the beer warms up.

T: This beer has some more hops than I was expecting and not as sweet as many others in the style. There is a good amount of grainy malts but not a ton of sweetness from them. The hops balances out the flavor.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Probably one of the beers I was surprised by the balance of flavor since that is not common in the style. Definitely easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From what I remember this was suprisingly a decent beer out of the bottle.

Deep yellow colour with lots of bubbles and nice head that dissipates quickly.

Nice grassy smell, floral hops, citrusy. Taste was around the same, bland aftertaste, not much to it. Very drinkable and would try this again if I were ever in Costa Rica.

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Photo of Nunya
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of LiquidSanity
3.73/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap: Hazy, golden yellow color with apparent carbonation throughout. 1 inch head that quickly fades away. A tiny bit of lacing is present. Looks like cider.

Ar: Skunky corn adjunct odor. Meh. Worst part of the beer. But it is misleading.

Ta: Wait is this cider? This sure tastes like it. This has a very pleasant sweet flavor. Apple flavors are present but the skunk and metallic aftertaste is not. Very impressive for an adjunct. It is very tasty.

Mf: mild carbonation. Semi-watery texture. Still very refreshing however.

Ov: This may just become my go-to adjunct cheap fix. It has a much better flavor than Bud, smoother texture than Busch and PBR while still refreshing like a Miller High Life without the heavy carbonation. This beer is a winner. And it's cheap. I still have 5 more to go. Cheers!

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2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of nwhittin
2.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rcatalano
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of CoolEthan
2/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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