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

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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
troyc (2870) - 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.

1.9
   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.

2.7
   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.

1.7
   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!

2.1
   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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
after4ever (7490) - 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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldMrCrow (2366) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2008
Can at after4ever’s tasting.

I love the commercial description: "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..."

In other words, it tastes like @!#$% water. Clear yellow with a quite small head, grain alcohol aroma, slightly fruity, grassy lager. Stunningly thin flavor - one has to fight to pick up anything at all. Mild vegetable, maybe a hint of malt.

I suppose in some remote areas this might be safer than water and otherwise indistinguishable, so I’ll throw it a few points for that.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma and flavor is light sweet malt. Light body. Not that bad for the style.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (12966) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle poured a clear pale yellow with a small lasting white head. Aromas of straw, bread dough and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, straw and light citrus with a crisp clean finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
As far as pale lagers go, this wasn’t entirely bad. I mean you can only do so much with a pale lager and thankfully this didn’t have any apparent issues that cause one to gag when drinking this kind of beer. Light grain notes dominate the nose and flavor. Really crisp beer with a clean finish. I can see quite a few of these going really nicely with some spicy food. Not bad actually.


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