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


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RATINGS: 499   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4303) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Much better than expected. 12oz bottle, 4.6%ABV. Clear, deep, golden yellow; huge white fluffy head. Aroma of sweet malts and grains, with a hint of corn. Heavy lager flavor of malts balanced very well with a mild, grassy hop flavor. Light bodied, full flavored. A Pleasant Tropical Lager.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 20, 2007
Pours a light yellow liquid with little vast dissappering white head. Tasteless and odorless, although I little it of skunk. I think they are using more corn and rice than malt.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 As far as S.A. beers go, this is one of the better ones. Reminded me a lot of how Henry Weinhards used to taste (back when they were in Oregon.) Crisp pale yellow color, foamy head and very mildly sweet. Not much aroma tho - but Pale Lagers aren’t known for their aroma.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2007
Bottled: Poured a clear pale straw/gold, medium carbonation and a lingering head. Had so odd clear floating bits hanging around so I’m guessing that this bottle hasn’t been treated all that well. Corny nose with hints of hops. Thin adjuncty body with some grassy hop notes. A drinkable tropical lager with not much happening

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
More substantial than most Mexican beers. Clear yellow with a white head. Still corny and sugary, but actually has a grassy hop-like flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CIPS514 (77) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2007
I am Costa Rican and I know that they have better beers but this the working mans cerveza. It’s a very natural crisp clean taste imported from a beautiful country.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Recently, at a particularly poor beer tasting offered by a local store, I scanned their cooler for some awful beer that they had on hand, just to up the ante. This was another one of them. Pale yellow, almost colorless. The aroma was of stale water. Vile in the mouth. The flavor was almost completely absent, mercifully.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2007
This is known in the highly technical language of the true beer aficionado as a "centralized" beer, containing as it does BOTH malts AND grains, in addition to something called Hops. Now, hearing that, one might become concerned that this beer might have a pronounced overtone in it’s taste. I assure you, however, that nothing could be further from the truth. For these and many other reasons, this beer has become not only Florida’s most popular beer, but it’s most widely accepted beer as well, both nationally and internationally...which has resulted, in some strange way, in it’s becoming the favorite beer of Costa Rica. Thank you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clemente21 (4) - USA - AUG 5, 2007 does not count
Better than giiven credit for. Good beer for a hot day at the beach. Crisp. Found it at Colliers Cape May New Jersey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Very pale gold color. Light flavor. OK session beer. Bought a single from Duluth Package Store and won’t be getting another one. Comparable to Tona, Victoria, and Brahva.

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