Imperial | Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of fscottkey
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.00] The bottle lists the ABV (4.6%) and there is a date code (10/30/2016). The beer is pale and transparent yellow. It has very little head formation. The thin ring of foam is white.

S: [2.50] Pungent corn, like frosted flakes scent. Maybe a tad bit of skunk smell too.

T: [2.75] Very little flavor. Mild wet mushy corn. A little crackery taste from the malts.

M: [2.50] Fizzy and thin.

O: [2.75] I think I am drinking Costa Rican Budweiser. This would taste better if I was pulling a beer pong ball out of it. It has all of the hallmarks of a mass lager. Corn taste and smell. Thin and fizzy body. If you know what it is going in it has its place.

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Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white head that departed in about five minute. Some splotches of lace.
Smell is grainy malt.
Taste is mostly grains with a touch of herbal hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Finish is lightly dry.
Overall a typical adjunct lager but the adjuncts are well hidden.
I would have this again in a warm climate but would not seek it out. $1.79 for a single. Best by date of 30 Apr. 2017.

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Photo of OldSwampy
1.76/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

From a can with bottom date of 28FEB2017 (presumably a best-by date). Strong taste at first sip of corn and cooked veggies. Did not improve from there. A bit watery also. Pale yellow, white head, some lacing left on glass.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.04/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can pour, half a finger head. Basic AAL smell and flavor. Overall, I liked this beer. I could drink this all day long. Reminds me of Pabst a little bit.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.22/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: mild hop and thin for the most part, some sweet notes do come out. Not much nose. Gold, clear in apperance, with a foamy head. Lite body go better on a hot day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

White thin head on a weak ass straw yellow beer with tons of water/clarity. Aroma was more of the vegetal sweetened corn, I've come across a lot worse.

Taste was watery, mildly sweet, lacking all those beer ingredients. Highly carbonated, this is hydration stuff at best.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
1.68/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Found this in Costa Rica while on vacation. You're likely to see it available or see some of their advertising within 10 minutes of being here. Imperial dominates the market. Every bar I've been to serves it and half of the bar signs have the giant logo on them. It's the standard macro brew lager. Nothing suprising. If you've had one, you've had them all.

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Photo of BWED
1.73/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

350 ml can poured into tumbler

A- Light straw, probably the lightest you can get on SRM. Fizzy white head retains surprising okay, but with no lacing.

S- Straw, grain, hop is just faintly floral.

T- Slight straw, floral, and a little earthy.

M- Clean and wet. Easy drinker.

O- Sex in a canoe. As tasteless and least offending as a beer can get. But chugging this on a hot summer day in Costa Rica is a great decision.

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Photo of bzainthemd
1.72/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a can in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, this is about the only beer you can get there, unless you can find a specialty liquor store, which has about 3 "microbrews". The look is the best part... It looks pale yellow like every fizzy yellow American beer. The smell and taste are of dirty bath water. The feel almost makes you wonder why you are drinking this nectar from the sewer anyway. If I ever go back to Costa Rica, I will make sure I stay by a liquor store that has something else.

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Photo of Myotus
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured at 44°F from a 12oz bottle (best by 28Feb16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 04Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with 2 finger's worth of white foam that grows to 3 fingers after 1 minute. Straw yellow in color with a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both very thick and thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hand soap are backed by mild car exhaust, boiled cabbage, and white rice aromas along with subtle aromas of sweet bread and spicy hops.
TASTE: Strong sweet bread and mild white rice flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle spicy hop and boiled cabbage flavors. Hints of car exhaust spite my tongue as all previous flavors maintain, but spicy hops grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and overly carbonated. This burns my tongue. And it can't be the taste, because it's not too awful. Goes down very rough. Finishes extremely crisp.
NOTE: I would say this is tied with Dos Equis as far as taste. Pretty similar, too. So if you're ever in Costa Rica and can't find a Dos, pick up one of these.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.54/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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 some hops combine on the palate. Finish is short, barely noticeable. Standard macro crap.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale, almost yellow, very clear with a very mild white foam head with almost no retention. Aroma is of grains, malt, corn and a little bit of fermented fruit, not very pleasant. Taste is mild and refreshing, you can drink a hole case of this in a summer day.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
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 ordybill
3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Kennesaw, GA. This is a straw colored beer with moderate carbonation. The flavor is standard AAL with no bad aftertaste. An ok session beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.11/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear medium golden body, surmounted by a large, somewhat coarse white head, with good retention. The carbonation is profuse, and fast-rising.

Aroma: The aroma is quite faint, rather like mineral water, with a little corn and grassy hops.

Taste: Opens with a good measure of cooked vegetables and corn. Soon after, grassy hops assert themselves, turning a bit metallic late in the taste. The corn malt contributes a slightly sweet undercurrent. Finishes with a lingering, slightly earthy bitterness.

Mouth fee: Thin, with fairly soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Drinkable enough, certainly not offensive, but there isn't a lot there. Its fine on a hot summer day. Occasionally, Imperial is offered in twelve=packs for $8.99. That's an appropriate price.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of drtth
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 utahgiebs
1.72/5  rDev -39%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Its shit, really just awful by any standards but youre in a tropical paradise, shut up and drink up your awful swill, honestly, life is pretty grand with an imperial in hand.

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Photo of EMV
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had from bottle and can in Costa Rica

L: Pours a pale golden yellow. Fizzy white head that falls rapidly.

S: Macro grains and veggies. Faint hops... maybe... if you sniff hard.

T/F: Not much to the flavor... watery below average lager with some skunk and grains. Mild malts... not much in the way of hops. Fizzy and carbonated.

O: Below average macro lager. It's only redeeming feature is that it's not water and it's fairly refreshing while trekking around in hot/humid Costa Rica. There is zero reason to drink this if you're not in Central America.

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Photo of TheDogHouse
3.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank a million of these when I lived in Costa Rica. Still love it and miss it. Good rating comes from the atmosphere in which it was enjoyed. Favorite CR beer.

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Photo of jaybmore
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

When on vacation, it is customary to partake of the local flavor. In this instance, the flavor reminded me of watered down PBR. When it's 95 degrees with no clouds, a cold one of these tastes a bit better though

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Thisdrinkinglife
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

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 Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, little head/lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Sweet corn, little to no hop or yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly too much residual sugar.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Ehhh... Had this in Costa Rica, and I tend to factor sentimentality into my reviews. (For example, I love Gallo, but mostly because I had it in Guatemala.) But I can't even muster up any extra love for Imperial just cuz I had it in Jaco before the crowds got there.

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Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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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