Imperial | Cerveceria Costa Rica

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Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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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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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of thewhitecosbykid
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: 1.5 finger head that dissipated completely in less than one minute. Steady carbonation. Very pale yellow color with almost no trailing on the glass.

Smell: Light ephemeral aroma. Strong malt smell, lending a sweet quality yet absolutely lacking a hop presence.

Taste: No real bitterness and the sweet smell is faintly sour to taste. Pretty weak flavor overall, bit of an initial bite but quick fade to stale aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Super watery with weak carbonation. Felt very very light.

Drinkability: No bueno. A cheap beer for the masses. I'd drink one for free (& did) but would always buy something else.

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Photo of Winston3737
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

It simply does not taste good.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale with a small almost non existent head. Smells of tons of corn and not much malt. First sip is corn and more corn with a not much hop presence. Very light bodied and typical of beers from Latin America. Pretty bad stuff...hardly worth boiling hot dogs in.

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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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1.79/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

God damn it, the last beer I reviewed was a heavenly German 'sner, and I've followed it up with this mesoamerican crap! Still, it's always fun to have a beer from a new country, and the label is undeniably cool (although if you didn't know better, you might think the black eagle and the red and yellow background might refer to Germany (or Belgium at a stretch).

As for the beer: Pours crap, head doesn't stay around, just another dark yellow macro. Smell, while unpleasant, is intriguing - I'm not sure if I'm smelling bubble gum or some other kind of chewy candy. Well, it's not beer in any case.

How does it taste: bordering on unforgivable. Tourists in Costa Rica probably love it because it reminds them they're on holiday; beer connoisseurs in Costa Rica are drinking it, pretending it's one of the microbrewed delights of Boston, Munich, Plzen or some abbey somewhere.

Why am I bothering to review this beer? It tastes like lollies, not like beer, even though it kinda looks like beer... Well, I'd drink it if it were free, and there were nothing else, but only then.

I'm a fan of the label only.

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Photo of kots84
1.79/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Appearance - Pile gold yellow color with a white head.

Smell - Malt present with sweet corn.

Taste - Still getting the malt. A little of the corn with some hop. The taste is very weak.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is good. A little thin.

Overall - Was not impress with this beer at all. The weakest lager I have had outside a light beer.

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1.92/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of shirfan
1.95/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

99 cent bin single.

Straw gold with no head whatsoever.

DMS and cooked corn on the nose.

Taste is dry, husky DMS with mostly maize and a little malt. A finish that is somehow both metallic and chalky.

There might be some rough bittering hops in the finish, but this brew is too ghastly for it to matter. High carbonation as well.

There are some tropical lagers that have their place, slightly better than american swill on a hot, humid day. This is not one of those beers.

An absolute failure on all counts.

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1.99/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Golden Transparent body, turbo-charged carbonation, thin white head.

S - Citrus and yeast.

T - Bread (yeasty), water and slight citrus. Very generic beer flavor.

M - doughy and acidic.

D - The only thing this beer proved is that there exists a beer to create an average with all the fantastic beers out there.

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2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light yellow almost clear with a thin white head.

Smell: Light grains and grassy notes, almost no smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of corn, wheat, and very light hops.

Overall: Not very good, will not bother with this one again.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cerveza Imperial was my beer of choice while visiting Costa Rica, it was quite refreshing and hit the spot when exploring the various areas of the countryside and myriad of beaches. Pours watery, with a light yellow sparkling appearance, and usually had a small frothy head that dissipated relatively fast. It was easy to drink, had hints of grains, cereals, and grasses, and it did have a mild aftertaste. Light filling, easy to palate, average alc. content.

The most available Central American produced beer in the United States. I have procured it in Chicago (IL), Berwyn (IL), Oak Park (IL), Champaign (IL), Edinburg (TX), and McAllen (TX). I also consumed it all over Costa Rica....

Costa Rica August 2010

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
2.82 out of 5 based on 540 ratings.
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