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


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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4917) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2008
12 oz. Clear pale gold with a small lasting spit of a head. Aroma is honey and spicy grain. Flavor is a nice balance: honey and grain with a crisp peppery-cardboard and grass finish. Light body is watery and finishes dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
scottw86 (1167) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Poured a clear yellow. Aromas of rice and some hops. Taste was mostly of rice, with some nice lager flavors. It was pretty smooth overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
popephred (266) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Initial pour produced instant disappointment with a clear yellow body, with large bubbles of carbonation (like a soda), topped by a non-existent head. Not much nose, some hops, though not much else (my wife likened it to a Miller product.) Flavor falls a little flat, though not too bad: mild bitterness, with minimal mouthfeel. Other than a fair balance between the hops and malt (balanced too well in my opinion, taking away from it’s character) there is nothing striking about this beer. Overall, for what it is, it’s not bad: Drinkable, well-balanced, minimal aftertaste. Certainly not a beer built to impress, but to be consumed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale gold color. Small, bubbly white head. Aroma of white rice. No hop bitterness, all bready malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
(Bottle) A friend brought be a bottle of this from a Costa Rican vacation. Pours a yellow color with a fizzy head. Aroma and taste of citrus and cardboard, with light malts in the mix as well. Not a fan of this, but I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
pumpkinheart (63) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle into English pint glass. Pours a rather anemic colored yellow with a weightless white head. The best thing this beer does is lace somewhat nicely. Cold comfort, indeed. Aroma is very floral hops, maybe a little citrusy, too. Flavor is an absolute mess: some unappealing grassiness, crushing bitterness that doesn’t add any useful or pleasant flavor. The palate is left abused with a growing sourness over time. A real problem beer. If you’re going to drink it, I’d recommend getting it as cold as possible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Another exotic location pale lager except this one can be found right here in the US. Pours yellow and fizzy with a white head. Smells of straw, hints of hops, pepper. Tastes of corn, some mild citrus, pepper, spice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 I was forced to drink this. But it does give me a Costa Rican rating. Plus, Zane drank the heck out of this on 3Sheets in CR! Pours pale yellow with a full white head. Funky, citrus nose that is nothing like the flavor, which is slightly fruity, but overall not a good beer at all. Damn you, Lamprey!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
Can. Thanks, after4ever! Pours pale yellow with a thin white head that quickly descends to a ring of foam. Light aroma, vaguely like a watered-down saison. Light body, watery texture, medium carbonation. Tastes is thin, but in the pale lager ballpark. Bonus points for a little bit of honey in the taste, penalty points for slight hints of vegetable and metal on the exit. This was the best pale lager of the night, so not a good outing for the style. But given a really hot day, a cold can of this beer would be pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
12-oz can. Thanks, Maria! Crystal clear brilliant medium gold. Raggedy white lace, very little of it. Stale cardboard and funky wet paper nose. Light, watery, fizzy body. Lots of artichokes. This beer is pretty broken.

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