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


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RATINGS: 474   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Typical pilsen, with a very weak aroma, taste and coloration. Nothing more to say...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottled. No skunky scent detected. Ever so bland with faint grassy and hoppy hints. Clean aftertaste. Then again, the best before date is on July 2007. A decent lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours a bright, pale golden, mostly dead under a small white head. Light balanced aroma between grainy pale malts and grassy hops. Balanced pilsenerish flavor leaning towards a hop bitterness. It is what it is... and if it’s a "Pilsener" it’s pretty good, if it’s a "Pale Lager" it’s pretty damn good.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2007
12oz Bottle: Very pale straw colored pour with a dissappearing loose white film. Sweet corn mash and apple juicey aroma. There’s a hint of cheap yeast somewhere in there. I could hardly taste it, even when it warmed to room temperature from cellar temp. Some peppery staleness, a hint of appleskin, and straw. Just another generic and forgettable Latin Pale Lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
12 oz at Casa Picante. Another Corona wannabe. At least the bottle doesn’t promote skunking and it can actually be had without a lime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin soft white head. The aroma was a little sweet with some corn and a faint brewer’s yeast smell. A slow steady stream of carbonation rises from the glass. The first sip was kinda tasty - slightly sweet with some corn. Subsequent sips were not as flavorful. Little body, little character.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Arayaga2 (1776) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Faint fusel alcohol aroma on a pale yellow beer. Tastes like south american water, with a bit of added sweetness.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle thanks to Jannik. Light yellow - white head. Straw, very light malty, eeg, watery - country rating !!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JamesCrosson (36) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2007
This beer won’t hurt. It isn’t bitter; small head, light color. . . You see, that’s pretty much the beer in a nutshell -- it isn’t much of anything! I drank this beer after drinking a darker beer, and could barely taste it. I revisit it again later for this review; and it’s an enjoyable glass but there isn’t one thing to distinguish it. Harmless and forgetful, this comes in right down the middle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Picked up this "Cerveza Imperial Beer" thinking I was maybe scoring a new country, but alas, Ole already scored me Costa Rica. In any event, this Costa Rican beauty (La Florida Bebidas) is a fairly typical pale lager in appearance (how do people drink this kind of stuff regularly?), aroma is normal corny, grainy, skunky. The flavor is corny, grain, skunky, metallic, and additionally apple cidery. The latter was the most distinguishing feature within the style, snore. Mouthfeel was typical.

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