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


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RATINGS: 562   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.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a very clear yellow with visible carbonation and a thin, white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing. No aroma at all. Light, thin mouthfeel. Watery taste with sour finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5

Piepenhenrich (1195) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

Panzerfaust (865) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - SEP 30, 2017
Courtesy of Sebastian Yancovic Pakarati, back from Costa Rica. Clear yellow, big head fast-diminishing. Little aroma of all sorts of cereals, no hops whatsoever. Taste is quite watered down and simple. Bits of bready malts and a tad of corn syrup. High carbonation, light body. It's fairly refreshing. I guess it's appropriate for Costa Rica's summer. But nothing I would like to try again.

kwik-lime (2021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Draft at Criollo in Flagstaff, with a lime stuck in it. Really pretty bland, little character at all other than a light corniness and a very watery palate. A country tick, but not a good beer.

jake65 (3983) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Can. Light golden color with a thin head. Light earthy musty skunk lager smell... tastes ok though. Sweet and malty. A little grass.

BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2017
16oz can pours out a pale straw topped with a white head. Nose is sweet corn and some grass. Taste is more of the sweet corn notes and a light spice.

MrBunn (2844) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Can poured into pint glass. Clear light gold body with a thin fizzy white head. Aromas were enticing for a split a second while I thought this had a little nuance but I guess that all those complex lager aromas disippated very quickly, leaving behind a metallic corn beer nose. Flavor is beach lager at its core. Nearly flavorless apart from a little malt sweetness and a hint of hops. That said, I woke to black-mandibles toucans in the tree outside our lodging and saw sloths in the rainforest today, so this beer also tastes like sweet victory.

kraddel (8739) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2017
At libf 2017. Thnx to Tinus for sharing ! Pours clear, wattery blonde. No real head. Smell is sweaty, full-on chemical maltyness. Taste is sharp, chemical malts. Bit dry, pointing probably at the used sugars ?

hawthorne00 (4069) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2017
Bottle, bb end 9/17. Pale orange with a collapsing white head. Aroma of grain, corn, cardboard, some grass. Watery, carbonation is lowish. Very low on flavour - a little vaguely grainy sweetness, some cardboard, grass. Bitterness is low but actually stands out enough given the almost blank background. Poor mainly by omission.

Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Can. Smells like corn and cheap grains. Taste is cheap grain and aluminum. It’s Costa Rica miller lite.

Alengrin (5634) - BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2017
The national standard lager from Costa Rica, from a can shared by the Belgian Ratebeer crew in Leuven, cheers guys. Snow white, loose and bubbly head, clear pale straw blonde colour. Aroma of damp cloth, popcorn, melting plastic, overcooked rice, touch of withering grass. Neutral, sweet grainy onset, popcorn-ish, thin with medium carbo, bit metallic, thin sweet-grainy, corn-like ending with a plastic hint but no hop bitterness worth noting - if any at all. Bland and boring as any industrial pale lager, even below average for this most industrialized of all beer styles, like many other Latin American ones. Nice for a country tick though...

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