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


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RATINGS: 534   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.

Nordcore's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nordcore (1243) - Lyngen alps, - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle 33cl. Clear golden with a shortlived white head. Malt and bread aroma. light bitter taste with a malty end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sinfull (1313) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pale , yellow color. Thin , weak head . Aroma of malt , hay and wet cardboard . Sweet, malty taste with empty finish. Poor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mzaar (2557) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2016
Flaska. Klar guldfärgad med ett vitt skum som snart sjunker undan. Säd, vitpeppar och kartong i näsan. Smakinslag av säd, mineraler och majs. Lätt beska, tunn kropp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eructoblaster (3605) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2016
Can - 350ml. Pale blond body with heavy carbonation and a thin, fading, white foamy head. Fresh, light malty/hoppy aroma with grassy and corny hints. Its thin malty/hoppy taste carries herbal, flowery, and metallic notes. Ends with a short herbal finish. Classic Latin American thirst quencher.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackBeerPG (199) - Darien, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2016
Taste: mild hop and thin for the most part, some sweet notes do come out. Not much nose. Gold, clear in appearance, with a foamy head. Lite body go better on a hot day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Docavey (41) - Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Had this from the bottle. A popular choice in Latin America. Clear golden color. Good bubbles. Light but some well balanced malt and hops with a good finish. F Avey---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DandyWolfFloyd (983) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Aroma - grassy hops dominate. Appearance - body is a pale yellow, with good nucleation. The head is about 1 1/4". Some lacing. Taste - grassy hops and hay-like malt. Palate - light body, somewhat lean texture, carbonation is lively, finish has a little grassy bitters.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike5326 (1498) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Clear carbonated light yellow color, small short lived white head. Sweet grain aroma. Medium body with a slight tang and grain flavor with a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike67 (1039) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2015
12 oz. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and pale malt. Body is light and crisp. Pale malt and some hops combine on the palate. Finish is short, barely noticeable. Standard macro crap.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Clear yellow color with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. Nose of corn and tin can, even though it came out of a bottle. Relatively clean and crisp international lager. Some white sugar sweetness, light toast, a bit of corn, and a bit of grass in the finish. Water is a big part of the flavor. Interchangeable macro lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2015
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.

RATING: 7/10

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