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


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RATINGS: 537   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 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 (7411) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldMrCrow (2339) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (7898) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (12822) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2008
When you walk into a liquor(or any store) in Costa Rica you will find an entire cooler filled with this beer and next to it there will be one filled with Pilsen. And aside from Rock Ice limon you will rarely find anything else, Which is how I found myself drinking so much of this swill. It is nice and light colored with lots of carbonation and low alcohol. Sounds great for hot weather right? Wrong, it is sweet and tastes of corn. It is so bad that I was happy when I found some corona to drink.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2008
THOUGHTS: Almost forgot to input this one. Had it back on New Year’s Eve. Just another standard lousy pale lager, This one ,though, is very one-sided. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light yellow with an average, sudsy, white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was light malt and corn. Then initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter and a little sour with a short duration. There was lightly sweet malt then a slightly lemony bitterness and sourness. The light body was watery but also a little dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TBone (15708) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2008
Can (BB 07/2008)
Golden color, small white head. Sweet malty (apple peals) and grainy aroma. Sweet malty flavor and more apple peels. Short oily finish. More or less another crap tropical lager, although not the worst and most drinkable (ice gold) of Costa Rican main brands.

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