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Cerveza Imperial (Costa Rica)

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Brewed by Florida Bebidas
Style: Pale Lager
La Ribera de Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica

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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Costa Ricans have been enjoying this beer since 1924. Imperial is created from a balanced formula combining malts, grains and hops, without a pronounced overtone in its taste. It is what is known as a “centralized” beer. Adapted to a warm and spring-like climate, Imperial is Florida’s most popular and widely accepted beer, both nationally and internationally, and has thus become the favorite beer of Costa Rica.


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike5326 (1399) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Clear carbonated light yellow color, small short lived white head. Sweet grain aroma. Medium body with a slight tang and grain flavor with a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike67 (1008) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (3981) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Clear yellow color with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. Nose of corn and tin can, even though it came out of a bottle. Relatively clean and crisp international lager. Some white sugar sweetness, light toast, a bit of corn, and a bit of grass in the finish. Water is a big part of the flavor. Interchangeable macro lager.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1541) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2015
I’ve drank so many generic pale lagers from all over the world, I never really expect them to be more than tolerable. But in the case of Cerveza Imperial, a pale lager for a Costa Rican brewery, it’s actually pretty decent. It’s sweeter, cleaner-tasting and easier to drink than the average adjunct lager from the average country. Not that it’s world class, though; it’s just better than most of its class, otherwise it’s an average pale lager.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It had an expiration date of 4/30/16 and cost $1.79 ($0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark golden hue with a crystal clarity and carbonation always visible. Pours to a thumb-width, white, foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.

Smell: A slight skunky scent; otherwise mildly sweet light grain aroma. No hops. No apparent adjuncts or flaws.

Taste: I went into this beer expecting the worse, but was pleasantly surprised to find it not only drinkable – but actually flavorful. The first thing I noticed was how sweet the palette is. There’s probably sugar added to the brew to create for this affect, or possibly some kind of natural flavor additive. It’s not quite as distinctive and chewy as that of a true pilsner, but it’s so much cleaner than a generic adjunct lager. There doesn’t appear to be corn in the brew, though rice might be used (which would explain the sweetness). I detect a sweet honey flavor on the backend and just a faint bite of floral/spicy hops. I wish more macro lagers tasted this good.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is a little thicker and softer than I expected. While plenty carbonated, it is not spastically so. Light crispness throughout with a clean aftertaste. Somewhat refreshing while in the mouth. At only 4.6% ABV, Cerveza Imperial is arguably sessionable - considering the country of origin and their target demographic – it’s probably meant to be.

RATING: 7/10

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ogivlado (6815) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottled 355ml. -Trade with CH-303 (thanks Asbjorn!). Yellow/golden coloured, small white head, weak green apple in the nose. Watery, notes of cereals and corn with again green apple touch in the finish. As usual.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TedE (726) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2015
12 fl oz bottle into tulip. Very sweet malt/bread nose, a little pepper. Clear pale amber beer with fluffy white head. Very little carbonation. Slight zing on the tongue, a bit of body. Finish is bitter, sour, vegetal. Not the best, not the worst.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HampshirePhil (237) - Portsmouth/London, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
330 ml bottle - pale golden yellow with a white frothy head. Sweet carbonated taste. Nothing to dislike but nothing to enjoy either.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (936) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2015
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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
swillguzzler99 (174) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pale straw and carbonation similar to American macro. Light malt nose. Very mild grain taste with almost no flavor. Clean finish. A beer you drink for the effects en masse rather than the flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammer (1101) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Golden pour right from the can. Taste is a mild blend of hops, mat, grain and barley. Overall better than I expected.


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