Imperial | Cerveceria Costa Rica

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cerveceria Costa Rica
Costa Rica
florida.co.cr

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
537
Reviews:
194
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
20.92%
 
 
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8
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80
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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%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.01/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden colour with a bit of head at first, disappears abruptly leaving a ring (at best) of white foam. The ring produces and leaves some excellent thick, sticky lacing, and there is a minimal bead up the glass. Thank god for this lacing, it's otherwise shite.

Nose is fairly standard lagery, with malt being dominant. Quite biscuity with a slight hint of a raspberry tartness, and maybe a very, very faint aroma of some piney hop. Very little on that nose though, very weak and simple.

Taste is again fairly standard and in fact, amazingly simple. Slight hint of grain on the front palate, middle has practically nothing, then there is a cereal sweetness on the back combined with a very slight citrusy character. Maybe a slight carbolic character as well, gosh I don't really know what to say. I don't recall drinking a beer that is so thoroughly characterless. There is no detail to the flavour, it's a whisper on the front and a slight bitter tickle at the back, with a remarkably full body for how thin the flavour is, but yeah.

It's not out and out offensive like other beers can be, but what an incredibly pissweak effort. If this weren't from Costa Rica it would not be worth it, even for a try. Costa Ricans should just stick to.... what is it Costa Ricans do?

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Photo of JMBSH
2.02/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Samp01
2.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle pours a pale yellow with a thin short lived white head. Aroma and Taste of grassy grain, some fruity notes. Palate is a light body with low carbonation. Finish is grassy, grainy with a somewhat funky aftertaste. Not much else. Overall aroma and taste quickcly fades and is quite bland, would not drink this again.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out clear but the head vanishes quickly, smells bland. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of teamizm
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's your typical Latin American beer - light, watery, lacks flavor. Although, I have to admit, after trekking through the forests of Manual Antonio for 5 hours, the Imperial was quite refreshing (much more so, then say, an Abyss). I do like it better than Corona though, so I give it that.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (this is going to be the first of a long list of rating for some pale lager form Costa Rica). Poured a bright golden color lager with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of of lightly sweet adjunct and not much else is bland. Taste is also quite bland with balanced sweetness originating form adjunct. Body is medium for style with OK carbonation. Not gross in any way and I guess it is just what it intended to be.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's a warm night, which makes it an ideal time to drink a lager born in the tropics. On to the beer:

Pale straw yellow in appearance with a clean body and display of bubbles. The head forms high, and very bubbly, which then drops to a thin lace. The aroma seems a bit processed. Processed hop aroma with sweet cereal grains. Tastewise, it is...meh. It's unbalanced. Soaked cheap grain sweetness is the dominant flavor in this beer. I can feel the alcohol in this one, which hints gum with most of the flavor sucked out of it. Faded cereals linger into the aftertaste with its sweetness.

On a warm night like tonight, this isn't going to cut it. But in Costa Rica, that's every night. There must be better national brands from there to enjoy, right?

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: A rather eye catching yellow, black and red label attracts me to a very standard looking 12 ounce brown glass bottle. Sealed with a yellow crown cap which simply has the word ‘Imperial” below a black silhouette of a spread eagle. The neck label sports a similar presence. The main label enlarges all the designs previously described, and adds some red to the black & yellow colors….Hmmm….in fact I have to say that my initial thoughts were that this was German. But it’s Costa Rican!? OK. Even so, the main label has incredibly strong Teutonic parallels, sort of a mix between the German Eagle Cross WWI Black & White Flag Banner of the Kaiser Army & Navy and also that of the current German Military. It’s an eerie looking Eagle I have to say, are there many ex-Nazis in Costa Rica I wonder!??! Listed at 4.6% Alc./Vol., the neck has an inkjet printed date of ‘30JUN06-09 FRDM 14F’….guess its fresh then!!? LOL. Imported by the Fourth Reich.

Appearance: Hmmmm……..which of the generic descriptions should I use for this Review….pale yellow, sun faded straw, diluted gold…..pale stale piss……yeah I’ll go with the latter. Nice bleached white head rises from the body on the pour. Fizzle stick head, springs big, but pops small, and sinks faster than a Californian Surfer with both his legs munched off by a Great White….come on I’m trying to describe things in a new light, its hard after a 1000 or so reviews.

Nose: Nothing to smell here, move along….or you’ll be shot.

Taste: I think if I dig a tunnel North I could escape the sour faded hops, the feint sweet malts and lingering sweet corn. Stinky lingering sweaty Fish n’ Chips done Greek style in clean vegetable oil, Bloody Hell….the fucking worst way, do ‘em in Lard or fuck off home Zorba….geez this one is not good…..

Mouthfeel: Fizzy UK brewed pseudo-lager…..Carling Black Label, Fosters, XXXX, dare I go on….Holsten…..follow the bear…..not.

Drinkability: Crisp, clean, unfettered and a quarter-decent enough offering but ultimately watery-yawny-borey. If I ever go to visit Costa Rica, surely by accident, but hey just in case I do, then I guess I will enjoy a few of these, most probably because I have no other choice.

Overall: Imperial!!?! Black, Yellow and Red colored label. A Spread Eagle main design that would do the Kaiser proud. I’m trying not to think of World domination here, really I am….but I keep looking at the bottle….I cannot help but think that is a rather nasty-Nazi Costa-Rican Bud, oh I’m sorry I mean it’s rather generic and mass processed….for Costa Rica that is…..hey, Anheuser Busch….well the name does have a Germanic ring to it though…..the red, yellow & black label….the Teutonic Eagle……it’s all too much……it must be the rerun of the Odessa File Movie this afternoon; Nicht Gut…oh I mean, erm not bad….but not good either…did all the Germans go to Milwaukee I wonder!??! Scary….

Probably OK for those Ex-SS members avoiding Simon Wiesenthal but not recommended for the rest of us. Says “La Cerveza Pura Vida” on the neck label…..oh yeah; Vhell veee haz Vayyz uv mayhking u dtrinken……but not this crap I hope……

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains adjuncts, light malts and a even less hops than most beers in the style.

T: The taste starts out with mildly bready flavors of grain and adjuncts. Then some sweetness comes in from a light malt character. The hops presence is weak even for the style and as a result there isn't much balance. The after-taste slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, even considering the style it's a bit subpar, I've certainly had much worse but this still isn't a beer I would choose unless my choices were severely limited.

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Photo of pimko
2.14/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Imperial from Cerveceria Costa Rica
2.82 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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