Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Krusovice's Imperial Pilsner

It's the first heat wave in New England and when you can't take anymore naps to avoid the heat and your body is thoroughly dehydrated, you look in the refrigerator for a tall, refreshing way to beat the heat. Then you grab your Krusovice Imperial Pilsner. I always liked pilsners because you get do drink them, toss the bottles and shout "Pillsneerrrrrrrrr!" much like lumberjacks yell "Timmbbeerrrrrr" when they chop down a tree; and who doesn't like lumberjacks, you square!

So in 1581, this brewery was allowed to give beer to the archduke of Austria, Rudy II, cousin of Johnny 5. This guy is actually a bit ridiculous. He received the title of Holy Roman Emperor from the pope, was the king of Hungary, Croatia, AND Bohemia, which isn't around anymore. This dude got around and was a huge advocate on the art, which you could tell from his frilly pantaloons and apparently did some serious shit to stir up the 30 year war. So he was like "Yeah, gimme booze and you can use the crown in the label". So they did.

This brewery got bought out by Heineken (surprise surprise) in 2007 and has like, 8 different types of booze. This being their pilsner. Like I said, it's pretty good. It's got a 5.0% ABV which puts in in the running on levels of PBR and Narragansett, but way better crisp refreshing tastes that you would expect from a pilsner. It's a pretty decent bargain; I got 500mL for $2.50. It goes down smooth and leaves a nice, lasting flavor of beer in the mouth, so you can appreciate the taste in between sips. Not the kinda beer you wanna drink while your driving though. It sorta looks fancy too; like a bottle of cheap champagne, which is still fancy. If you were caught drinking this down the street there's a good chance you'd get mistaken for Will Smith.

Drinkability: 6/10
Taste: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 6.75/10

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