AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2015
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.