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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Cracknometal (1) - COSTA RICA - JUN 21, 2012 does not count
Great beer !!! Excellent body, nice taste, caramel colour, soft alcohol percentage and best NOT hangover result !!!

redzman000 (7) - - AUG 12, 2012 does not count
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.

pbenalca (1) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2016 does not count
Pleasantly surprised. A terrific beer, not too strong, not too light. One of my favorite Central American beers.

chrishjz (1) - USA - JUN 11, 2007 does not count
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
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
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.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, 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

SudsMcDuff (8465) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
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 (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 7, 2005
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".

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