Cracknometal (1) - COSTA RICA - JUN 21, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer !!! Excellent body, nice taste, caramel colour, soft alcohol percentage and best NOT hangover result !!!
redzman000 (7) - - AUG 12, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is my first day on this website, and though I do not review anything online, especially beers, I am being to see a bias towards ales. These guys with 500+ reviews only like one type of beer and dismiss anything else. Well, that’s misleading to fans of lagers. This is an excellent lager with a great crisp finish. NO LIME.
chrishjz (1) - USA - JUN 11, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 hey...if this beer is enjoyed by 75% of the TICOS, i think its worth trying it. Specially during the summer month with some BOQUITAS (snacks).
AserHapi (2) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favourite beer in the country. A strong reminder of similar North American beers but in a good beer. Much better than anything else in the Costa Rican market.
TravelByBob (15) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this beer during my recent adventure through Costa Rica. The beer pours nice and has a nice smooth taste. Maintains a little bit of head. Very refreshing beer on a hot, high humidity day.
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve drank so many generic pale lagers from all over the world, I never really expect them to be more than tolerable. But in the case of Cerveza Imperial, a pale lager for a Costa Rican brewery, it’s actually pretty decent. It’s sweeter, cleaner-tasting and easier to drink than the average adjunct lager from the average country. Not that it’s world class, though; it’s just better than most of its class, otherwise it’s an average pale lager.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It had an expiration date of 4/30/16 and cost $1.79 ($0.15 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark golden hue with a crystal clarity and carbonation always visible. Pours to a thumb-width, white, foamy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: A slight skunky scent; otherwise mildly sweet light grain aroma. No hops. No apparent adjuncts or flaws.
Taste: I went into this beer expecting the worse, but was pleasantly surprised to find it not only drinkable – but actually flavorful. The first thing I noticed was how sweet the palette is. There’s probably sugar added to the brew to create for this affect, or possibly some kind of natural flavor additive. It’s not quite as distinctive and chewy as that of a true pilsner, but it’s so much cleaner than a generic adjunct lager. There doesn’t appear to be corn in the brew, though rice might be used (which would explain the sweetness). I detect a sweet honey flavor on the backend and just a faint bite of floral/spicy hops. I wish more macro lagers tasted this good.
Drinkability: The mouthfeel is a little thicker and softer than I expected. While plenty carbonated, it is not spastically so. Light crispness throughout with a clean aftertaste. Somewhat refreshing while in the mouth. At only 4.6% ABV, Cerveza Imperial is arguably sessionable - considering the country of origin and their target demographic – it’s probably meant to be.
SudsMcDuff (7509) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks Mark D ...This was bought back from Costa just 4 me, yes, i finally got it!!! Pours a medium yellow, with a decent head, nice lacing too! OK sweet flavour, nothing special but amazily smooth and crisp..has a good bitterness level to it, balanced! Not a crap pale lager from the americas, this is a solid brew that will bring added enjoyment on .... 1.a beach 2.a jungle 3.during a soccer game ........take 1 guess where i enjoyed mine?
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Good beer, although it is a little corny. I like some lager beers in Central Americ,a but they are a little "heavy".
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A descent cervez from the islands. Nothing special, but it was kinda refreshing cause it was hot outside when i enjoyed it. Whats the deal with the brown bottle though, i mean every other cerveza goes with the classic clear bottle to add that extra flavor of ass. This brew is trying to cheat or something, but i am not having it. I accounted for the expected ass flavor that it would have if it were in the correct bottle.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.