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 bluejacket74
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, date of 30 Dec 2012 printed on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly sweet and grainy malt, along with a bit of skunk. Unfortunately it's a little worse tasting than it smells. It tastes mostly like skunky, grainy malt. I've tasted worse, but I can't say this is exactly appealing, and it gets worse the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. It's worth trying just for the tick, but I wouldn't buy a sixer of this. Just stick with one bottle like I did. $1.59 a single.

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Photo of armock
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of grainy malt corny

T - Is more of the same grainy malt not that good

M - This is a fairly light bodied beer

D - Overall theres nothing special about this beer Costa Rica can keep it its not really much better than a BMC beer very disappointing

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Photo of YalovaIA
2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found everywhere and can be had in roadside joints for as little as C300, or about $0.60 cold in the bottle.

Pours clean and crystal clear. Costa Rican water is really some of the best and it shows in the simple taste and beautiful head.

To be drunk cold and quick, as someone else said. But, after a long day in the sun and surf, I needed nothing more than a clean light beer and plenty of them! At -1 degree C, they hit the spot.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.42/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imperial Cerveza pours to a light straw color and it does manage to produce a small head of foam that eventually subsides, but does maintain a thin coating of bubbles. The aroma of this beer is sweet, with cereal grains, corn, a dash of pepper/spice, and a little bit of sulphur coming through each time you inhale.

Moving to the taste, it is much like the aroma would lead you to believe. It offers flavors of cereal grains, light pale malt, corn syrup, a touch of biscuits, and some mild spice. The body of this beer is light, completely clear, and lacks much sophistication, just like the taste.

Imperial Cerveza is a simple, basic beer and it isn’t likely to win many supporters among those in the craft beer crowd. I include myself among the products non- fans, but I will admit that this beer isn’t as bad as many of the cheaply made adjunct lagers in the United States. For one, the nose isn’t too bad. It’s not anything terribly interesting, but if I had to compare it to a typical American macrobrew, it would rate a notch better. It also manages to maintain a thin coating of bubbles and it even leaves some lace on the sides of the glass. Again, this is nothing amazing, but it is an improvement compared to many of the beer’s mass- produced American counterparts.

Would I purchase Imperial Cervesa again? I doubt it, as I cannot get past the adjunct character and the flavor of corn syrup. The taste is too bland to recommend, but its generally non- offensive nature makes it a possible choice for Miller/Coors/Bud fans who want something light and crisp but would like an occasional change of pace.

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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 ADR
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The "standard" in Costa Rica...straw color, touch of a sweet smell (not corn -- to me). The head has that detergent adjunct look, lasts for seconds. Seems "spot-on" as an American-style Lager, initial sweetness followed by a predictable sweep of minute hop crispness. Doesn't have quite the unsettling aftertaste of a Miller High Life. Not much here to review, a summertime beer from an interesting place. Just not up to being called "good" by me. Thanks to my buddy Dave Szy. for bringin' back a can.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, freshness date of Feb 28, 2010.
Pale golden with a fleeting white head, no lace left behind. Lively carbonation.
Aroma is mildly grainy, but not much else. Possibly a sign of things to come.
Flavor is as expected, grainy malt, lightly sweet. finish is short. average

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Photo of TheRamie
2.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
2.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the local supermarket in Glendale, Colorado. Cool evil-looking avian label imagery.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparsely strewn specks of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly drops away.

It smells of semi-sweet corn mash and grainy pale malt, a bit of cooked veggies, mild acetone notes, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty pale malt and corn husk graininess, a subtle acrid, strung out orchard fruitiness, nail polish remover, and lightly skunked weedy, musty hops.

The bubbles are fairly effervescent and mildly fizzy, the body medium-light in weight, thin, and watery in its generic smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the lingering corn and grain malt maintaining just enough gas to continue fencing with the fading skunky and phenolic essences.

More standard mass-produced swill, probably tastes 'better' colder and under a hot sub-tropical sun, yadda, yadda, yadda. Nothing worthy drinking, unless you have no other options, or you have Costa Rica on the mind.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Happyhour's brother Will for bringing us back some local beer on his trip to Costa Rica.
Unusual sized can, 473 mL rather than the standard 500 mL. The reasoning behind that size, I don't know. The beer pours forth a bright, attractive enough golden yellow, topped with a handsome cap of white foam. The head settles into a fine mist rather quickly. A couple sparse streaks of lace.
The aroma is pretty standard pils/lager fare. Extra crisp pils malt balanced fairly evenly with a boldy peppery, soapy Saaz hop bite. Very similar to unscented bar soap, I can't recall having smelled hops so intensely soapy. A bit of a grassy feel, but relatively clean, considering.
Taking a sip, the flavor is surprisingly malty and sweet. Based on the smell, I was expecting a fairly intense hop finish, but it's very faint. A sweetened, cooked corn flavor right up front, some baked apple and grassy esters showing through. A bit of lemon into the finish, meeting a surprisingly timid hop spiciness. Some metallic notes in the aftertaste, finishing off pretty dry and crisp. Weakishly light bodied, with a strong carbonation that feels natural enough.
Pretty much your standard macro lager. If I didn't know better, and just had a glass of beer set before me, I would assume this was Corona, Sol, or something like that. It's refreshing enough, but I don't see much difference between this and the masses of other beers virtually identical to it. It goes fairly well with this slow cooked, spicy curried pork I'm eating. Mmmm.

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Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
2.82 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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