Starobrno - Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.
Appearance: The amber tinged golden colour holds a decent clarity and a ring of lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt and fresh grassy grain aroma, clean spicy herbal hop smell as well.
Taste & Mouthfeel: A little coarse around the hop bitterness, the hop character tastes somewhat fresh. The graininess gets thick middle to end. Ghost like beef broth and a tad salty on the tongue. Quite solid on the malt side and not to light and crisp, more of a fuller bodied Czech Pils.
Notes: An above par Czech lager, certainly a notch above the ordinary boring Euro-Lager. I paired this one with some Kielbasa over beer braised cabbage.
08-17-2003 22:23:55 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
A pretty nice find here,I havent found to much luck getting good Czech beer.Pours a nice deeper golden color with a light wispy head,aroma was a little skunked so Iam not gonna give it a real low score it was in the cooler for awhile I imagine.The taste came thru pretty well though,a nice sweeter edge to it a light bready malty tinge to it with the hops coming thru nicely to give it a pretty good bitter finish there is also light mineral-like quality to it.Hey a nice find would love to try fresh.
11-22-2003 02:06:51 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
I am not usually a fan of pilsners but this is a pretty good one for sure. Poured a little darker than your average pils with a small white head that faded quickly. The smell was of sweet malts and grain. The taste was good and reminded me of a amber ale and a pils mixed together. It had a little fuller body with some good malty sweetness to it like an amber but still had a light hop bite and some grainyness to it. All in all a good pils for certian occations.
01-07-2005 11:15:12 | More by Dmann
3.54/5 rDev -0.6%
A yellow color beer of the darker variety. The head is virgin white, a nice touch. Its about 1" deep. Good retention, average lacing. Mild skunkiness in the aroma, zesty hop presence, this is what I'm looking for in a czech pilsner, skunkiness is not always a flaw, and I think it works well here.
Taste has a light body with ample bitterness. Carbonation is high, as should be for style. Plenty grassy in the taste and mouthfeel throughout the entire drinking experience. This used to be a lesser version of Pilsner Urquell for me, but it seems in recent history, they have pulled about even. Used to see this at Trader Joe's, it seems to have gotten more difficult to locate in the states in recent years. Finishes a little dry, metallic bittery, floral.
The mustiness within the beer is kind of cool.
Light but flavorful be thy name. Isn't going to change the way you think about pilsners, but it is a good experience in the warmer months.
03-14-2013 15:33:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
Nice head (foamy and sticks all the way to the bottom), clear golden colour, nice smelling (hoppy and floral), good bitterness on the palate, but it was a bit edgy in taste at times, but i still liked it. Not the best Czeck pils, but a pretty solid one anyway, not bad.
03-29-2003 02:32:52 | More by rastaman
3.95/5 rDev +11%
A: Dark golden brown with a thick 1.5 inch head. A tad orangy.
S. Fresh malt smell, on the light side and slightly sweet.
T: Full bodied for a Pilsner, full flavored, slightly bitter after taste. Honey, malt, herbs. Maybe just slightly too bitter.
M: Smooth then sparkly.
D: Overall excellent, but perhaps not for massive drinking like most pilsners.
04-30-2010 12:25:43 | More by sfprint
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
12 ounce brown bottles...nice to see! A hard pour produces a beautiful just slightly off-white head that settles over deep golden clear liquid. Nose is typically lagerish, sweet wisps of malt and a grassy hop aroma greet the sniffer. The taste is where the charm lies with this one: smooth mouthfeel with a nice soft maltiness, delicate and subtle hop floweriness wash over the palate, finishing up clean, fresh and begging another sip. This was better than I was expecting, a nice and easy drinkinf Lager with a bit more taste than the others in its catagory. A great session beer, recommended!
03-23-2003 13:24:32 | More by beerluvr
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a clear goldens straw color with a nice soapy pure white head. Perhaps a shade darker than most Pils. The aroma is of cracker like malt, pepper, spicey Saaz hops; right on for the style. The taste is more of a doughy malt, which kind of neutralizes the spicy hop to a small extent. However the grassy, spicey hops are still there along with a light grainy/cooked veggie taste. The feel is light but not watery, soft to active carbonation; finishes a tad dry. A decent Pils that does the job if looking for a Pils. Not the best but fairly solid.
06-22-2008 02:38:24 | More by Gmann
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with decent head.
S: Somewhat unappealing with a musky corn aroma. Perhaps if there were a bit more hops it would liven the aroma up a bit.
T: Pretty standard Euro lager flavor with a cooked corn flavor along with some grassy hints with a dryish finish.
D: Doesn't really stand out from the crowd but it is very drinkable. Decent no-brainer lager.
04-12-2009 21:02:32 | More by rebel1771
2.7/5 rDev -24.2%
Bottle: Poured a crisp yellow color beer with a nice bubbly white head with limited retention. Aroma of floral malt and bohemian hops is subtler then I would have wish. Taste is slightly skunky which is to be expected of green bottle making a 3000 miles trek to the store with some light floral malt and some light hops. I have to admit that this is a bit deceiving and I was expecting more hops and bigger malt or something closer to Pilsner Urquell anyway.
01-16-2007 18:27:09 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
Pours a very attractive honey golden color- darker than many pilsners I have seen. A large head of big bubbles- I don't find this as nice as the small, evenly sized bubbles. But overall nice appearance.
Aroma: Gentle, very nice aroma of flowers and bread with honey and butter. Not sweet, but it is just pleasant.
Flavor: the aroma follows through. Minimal hops bite- some, but not much. Found a little orange citrus as well. This is a nice edition.
Mouthfeel- nicely creamy. I like this brew!
04-03-2004 03:48:17 | More by Dukeofearl
3/5 rDev -15.7%
The color as it sets in the glass a deep translucent gold with a modest, frothy and bright white head, lace is a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean, start is also quite sweet and fair malt presence, top is quite thin. Finish is sternly acidic, hops present and pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and once again a decent palate cleaner.
01-27-2004 00:15:39 | More by Gusler
3.08/5 rDev -13.5%
Appearance: golden yellow, sturdy two finger head that lingered well
Smell: nice blast of sweet malt that had me anticipating...
Taste: what happened? where did it go? The smell was followed by a very bland malt taste, bitterness came racing through at the finish and lingered, uninvited, dissappointing
Mouthfeel: OK, a bit astringent
Drinkability: Could drink many on a hot day, but that's not saying much
Comment: tasted blind, head to head with Urquell which kicked it's butt
01-07-2004 17:47:16 | More by surfmeister
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Aroma - Very sweet. This is not you usual corn adjunct lager.
Appearance - Slight reddish with a white head and a decent amount of carbonation.
Taste - Grainy sweet malts give way to a well balanced hoppy lager.
Mouthfeel - Thin with a nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.
05-18-2009 00:02:14 | More by jwhawkins81
4.43/5 rDev +24.4%
Comes in a tall brown half liter bottle with a classy but unimaginative label featuring nothing but lettering. All in English, by the way, although I bought my bottle in a Moscow grocery store. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 11/27/03, I opened it on 10/15/03.
Pours a clear reddish gold under a small, thin white head that settled quickly at about half a (small) finger, but then lingered quite nicely, leaving a bit of lace. The nose is marvellous - flower hops and a touch of honey. The mouth is prickly and medium-bodied, with a definite hoppy sensation to it. There's a touch of malt to the taste, but the hops are everywhere, flowery, sweet and bitter all at once. The finish features a good crisp bitterness that lingers into the delicious aftertaste. What a great beer!
10-15-2003 18:15:02 | More by Globetrotter
3.95/5 rDev +11%
Pours a good looking clear golden color.
Smell is grain and malts and a pleasant floral hop scent.
Taste is mildly sweet and a bit soapy from the hops used. No off tastes detected, hops give a floral and grass flavor and a decent bitterness.
Mouthfeel is good.
A nice drinkable brew a good Pilsner.
07-31-2004 05:17:37 | More by Zorro
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
11.2 oz bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
This is a Czech Pilsener in the true sense of the word...
Appearance: Light-golden hue, massive head, tremendous amount of lacing...
Smell: Strong, assertive, musty aroma with hints of slight hops, and vanilla...
Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing... Light on flavor, but an enjoyable, easily drinkable nonetheless...
10-15-2008 21:42:27 | More by dsa7783
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
(500 ml brown bottle). Typical pilsener golden colour, large frothy head. Lovely Saaz aroma, the flavour has sufficient malts to balance the irresistibly crisp hoppy bitterness. This is another evidence that pilseners / lagers from big breweries do NOT have to taste like ...nothing. A great refreshment beer from our friends in Brno!
11-17-2003 13:31:52 | More by Sigmund
Starobrno from Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
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