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


on tap

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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.02   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2788) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle from BevMo. Light golden in color upon pouring. Wispy white head. Sweet sugary grainy aroma, some sweet corn. Flavor is mostly grainy. A little bit of sweetness with a hint of malts.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Stuck in the Grand Cayman Airport and this is the beer of choice. Anywhere in the US and there should would be someting better. As far as flavor-challenged lagers go, this still isn’t the best.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours an ugly yellow. Looks like corn and smells like corn. Tastes like molten tortilla chips. I didn’t expect much from this one but it is downright awful. The only real positive is that I dig the phoenix on the label.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2008
Clear, pale yellow body with an average head. Some corn in the aroma, with not too much else, which carries through to the taste otherwise it is a little bland, as expected. Don’t expect too much from pale lagers so I wasn’t too disappointed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thechandler (586) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
From bottle. Aroma was slightly bitter. Taste was light in a watery way, not a refreshing way. Mostly water and yeast. No complexity at all. How Costa Ricans love this beer so much is beyond me.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
glennmastrange (2424) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Bottle. Aromas of grain and grass. Small fizzy white head with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear brassy yellow. Flavor is lightly acidic to start and is lightly bitter in the finish. Palate is light, watery and has a fizzy carbonation. Very faint aromas and flavors. Blecch

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 This isn’t bad, but it’s a pretty basic, typical bland lager. It is pale yellow with a decent white head. The aroma is a basic pale lager aroma but with notes of grain, yeast and perfume. The taste is on the bland side and the body a litle thin. There is little sweetness and slightly more bitterness with a grassy edge, and what grain and hop flavour it has are persistent and do not diminish while it has a dry finish. Overall, though, it lacks depth or flavour. It’s a bit below Pacifico for me, a tad less crisp and a tad more watery. However, it has better taste and body than Foster’s lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jason (1727) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle. Poured a pale yellow body with thin head. Aroma is crisp blend of malt and hops. Flavor is light and bitter, some off flavors of citrus with a sweet malt backbone. I noticed some vegatable flavors also.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle at some Mexican food place. Didn’t get a glass for it, so can’t attest to the color. Aroma was similar to the aroma which was heavy on the corn and grain, but not a lot of funk. For the style it was about average.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Don’t see much to like about this one. The appearance is the lightest and clearest of just about any beer i’ve had. It reminds me much of seltzer water with a bit of kolsch added. Not very sweet, not much flavor. There is some okay pepperiness to it though and nothing really offensive. Still why even bother?

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