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


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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.04/5   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.

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WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2009
12oz bonus from Daknole, thanks Dak. I’m surprised I haven’t rated this since its available in SD oh well. That won’t last long. Pours clearish yellow with a bright white head. Nose is uriney. Taste is eh.

hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
Pours a very pale yellow with a one finger sized head that is bright white. Aroma has apple, lots of apple, grass, corn, and some barley. Tastes like gala apples and barley with hints of grass, corn and spice. Mouth feel is overly carbonated and cheap. Cheap beer and not that great.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Can courtesy of Reuben on his South America trip, thanks reub. Pours a pale transparent yellow body with a thin soda like white head. Skunky grainy, wet paper, and cardboard in the aroma. Flavor is surprisingly identical. Eh its trash but not quite a drain pour.

beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a sparkling crystal clear pale gold with a moderate white head that lasted through the first two sips and left no lace. There is virtually no aroma to speak of, except for a few barely noticeable whisps of corn syrup. The flavor is likewise very mild and consists of weak malt up front followed by some equally weak grassy hops. Very light bitterness at the finish. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Not an offensive beer by any means, and quite drinkable - just extremely bland.

jb (3270) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Rather bland, aroma is best part, somewhat grassy, floral and sweet. Palate is corn and honey, delicate. Finish is neutral, look is unimpressive. Okay.

Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Can courtesy of theisti. Pours a clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head that diminishes leaving behind wispy lace. The aroma is of sweet, dusty, grainy malt with just the lightest note of floral hops in the background; nothing offensive, but not particularly enticing either. Light-bodied and thin with a crisp, lightly bitter & slightly metallic finish. The flavor more-or-less follows the nose: a fairly generic, astringent pale lager with a crisp, drying finish. This is certainly not a beer to seek out, but if you find yourself craving a brew, on a beach in Costa Rica, you could probably do worse. Thanks for the can, Tim.

theisti (4138) - Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
350 ml can enjoyed at my hotel at Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. This was the beer that was the most available, and I had a bunch of it throughout my trip. Pour is clear very pale golden with a one inch off white head. A bunch of carbonation bubbles. Head falls fast. Aroma of faint malt, slightly dirty, very faint sweetness. Dull nose, but not unpleasant. Taste is ordinary Pale lager, some chemical sweet malt, maybe a hint of corn. This really did not warm up well. Palate is highly carbonated, thin with a cleaner finish than expected.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Thanks Dan! Yellow body, some head. Corny nose, taste and finish. Grainy, watery. Not great - but a new country nonetheless.

DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 12 oz., loose bottle rack at Binny’s. Dated 30-SET-09 Ho hum. So I check off another country with another Heineken wannabe. But at least this came in a brown bottle. Not that it helped. Heavy, corny DMS smell as soon as I cracked the cap. Looks like a beer anyway. Taste has more of that corn (is that one of the "grains" in the description?). After a while, the corn taste fades, leaving mostly a malta soda taste. But at least a bit dry, like an actual finished beer. A trace of bitterness not related to any hops. Taste gets a little better by the end. Another light lager that probably goes down well in tropical climes. And, after 5 years, my first Central American beer.

bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Had bottle and on tap while in Costa Rica. Typical light lager this one I would presume uses corn as the adjunct. Minimal hops, good maltiness. Not exciting but pairs well with spicy food.

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