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


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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.02   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
thechandler (590) - 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 (2445) - 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 (1737) - 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 (3423) - 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?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
12oz bottle. Obvious Spanish type brew. Yet, a very solid one. Refreshing and very drinkable. I will buy more of these.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (6384) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 12 oz bottle. Body is light yellow. Aroma is ’sss’ - standard spanish skunk. The taste is rather smooth. Not a bad pale lager, Thanks Costa Rica ;) .

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
bottle. Clear straw colored. active carbonation. Aroma is lightly grainy, with some corn and cooked cabbage. Taste is watery and bland, with some adjunct and cooked corn (dms). Ugh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 19, 2007
It takes much like corona or other south of the border beers, very cheap and tastes pretty good. I highly recommened getting drunk in costa rica with this stuff, its only a buck a bottle.

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