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Starobrno - Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.

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82
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THE BROS
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 90
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Starbrno, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-14-2002

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 90
Photo of stephendr
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle- color of pale golden , with a decent frothy head - nose of straw , hay , and cantaloupe – taste of yeasty , skunk , hay or dry straw and some mild hops - body light , medium carbonation , and acidic – aftertaste of straw , and mild hopps (254 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the shelf of Town and Country to the comfort of my home, on to the beer:

The color is clear gold with lots of carbonation action going on in the body, typical of beers this style. The smell is average, a bit grainy, some DMS notes, and traces of malt. I had some hopes for this one, but there's something in the flavor that didn't quite appeal to me. It was light in flavor for a pilsner, with some sour grains, some cereal notes, and hop flavor poking its way around. The flavor was chaotic for my liking, and probably won't have me revisiting this one again. (568 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (458 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours almost an amber, a shade or 2 darker than an average pils, fizzy head with fair retention, no lacing.

S: Has the unmistakable scent of Saaz hops on opening the bottle, even though it is lighter than I would like, malt is certainly more evident than in the style.

T: Malt is very bready and shows itself off almost like a Vienna lager, though the overall flavour has distinct notes of DMS. Saaz hop bitterness saves the beer somewhat since I like the flavour of that varietal so much. Muddy flavour, if one gets that, the malt and hops don't really complement each other, they're both off doing their separate things.

M: A little too much carbonation and too thin overall, lacks a real crispness.

D: A below average Czech lager. Has its problems, but in the end really didn't have a problem finishing it, glad I didn't buy a sixer, upside is that it's one of the least expensive imported beers around. (931 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

More filling than anything domestic, but inferiour to many of its Czech counterparts in many ways. Some staleness in the aroma, though hops are present in the distance. A fair size of malt in the body with good carbonation. Transparent golden in colour, very light in colour with little to no head. Lacking flavour but quite easy to drink. Easily appealing to a mass market, and pretty fair stuff. (397 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starbrno pours a golden color with a white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is mildly skunky hops. The flavor sarts with hops, once again mild and skunky, as typical of Euro lagers. Then a mild sweet malt lurks toward the back at the end. Typical Euro lager, drink it cold, there were some cardboard flavors as it warmed. (335 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (391 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Slightly orange straw color with a nice white head that's fluffier than most and doesn't fizzle out. Aroma is toasty and grainy, possible corn adjunct character? Flavor is very grainy up front and then washes into a grassy, slightly metallic hop bitterness. Some astringency. Thin and watery. The bitterness is pretty solid for a pilsener but that's the only interesting thing about this beer. (423 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 (484 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, light amber with an average thumb sized head that has good retention & lasts well.

Pretty standard for a pilsener/pale lager with a sweet malt smeel along with some grain and hops. Nothing out of the ordinary but nothing negative either.

Again pretty common taste with a slight corn, some grassy hops & some malts in there too. Finishes with a mild bitter aftertaste & goes down well.

Pretty smooth and easy to drink like most pale lagers. Nice, clean & crisp as well as being quite refreshing. Surprisingly I found this to be quite full bodied for a pilsener & it would be a decent session beer too.

Nice overall and very refreshing & drinkable although not the nicest in the world. Still a solid pilsener though that would work well as a session beer.

Sampled in Bratislava, Slovakia at KGB Pub:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com (847 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, slightly orange color with a bery small complete layer of head on top of the beer. Not much in the nose, except some tart grassy malts. Taste is full and grassy, with an ok hops finish. Tastes much like any other czech pilsner, riding out grassy malts for the bulk of the flavor. OK, but no better than most of the others. (333 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pollen-laden goldenrod with a single stream of carbonation leading to a manila colored cap. The foam is so dense that even with a furious rate of bubble poppage, it has lost very little height in the several minutes since the pour. The amount of lace looks to be more than a little and less than a lot. Not a bad look.

The nose is standard issue Euro pale lager. It isn't hoppy enough, in my book at least, to be taken seriously as a pilsener. There's a little musky fruitiness to go along with the noble hops. It's low on grassy aromas and even lower on floral ones.

On the palate we're talking run-of-the-mill EPL. There's an acceptable amount of malt, or at least it seems so given the relative lack of hops. The flavor profile does nothing to stand out from the crowds (make that hordes) of lagers that are pale and European. Whatever slight fruitiness I appreciated in the nose is nowhere to be found when the beer comes in contact with my taste buds.

The end is as pedestrian as the beginning and the middle and is (thankfully) brief. This isn't bad beer necessarily, it's just supremely uninteresting beer. The mouthfeel is medium in heft and might feel a half notch lighter if the carbonation was more lively. I'm all for subdued levels of C02 (in most styles), but this one needs a few more bubbles to add some perkiness.

I didn't expect much from Starobrno and that's exactly what I got. One never knows when one of these unheralded Czech lager/pils will exceed all expectations and will actually be good. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those times. Pass. (1,580 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle, 5 months until best before date.

Pours a dark straw colour with a creamy white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Aroma is malty with spicy and floral hops.

Big biscuity malt flavour dominates, barely letting the hops through near the end. Hops are spicy and leave a pleasant lingering bitterness. Much sweetness throughout. Carbonation is high, and the mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky.

Enjoyable, but a bit unbalanced, lacking the hops necessary to cut the sugary flavour. (512 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Most of Americans didn't like it as much and opted for the less pungent Gambrinus. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer. (290 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium yellow color, small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grainy na dsweet. A nice pilsner style lager. Crisp slightly bitter lager. Some hoppyness. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy slightly bitter. This is a real nice $4 a 6 pack beer. (254 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/23/05- Purchased at Trader Joes in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my 16oz glass mug.

Appearance- Light yellow, almost orange colored pour. Pours with a pretty big white foamy large bubbled head. Next to no lacing.

Smell- Moderate malt and a decent amount of grain to go with it.

Taste- Kind of similar to the last beer I just had (Topvar), but not as sweet in the malt area. A bit salty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to lower carbonation.

Drinkability- Again, not a bad lager. Would choose several over this one, but if given a choice between this or a macro I would take this one any day of the week. (653 characters)

Photo of gnoff
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Rockbaren in Gothenburg.

Golden color with a white head.
Malty scent and taste, but there are hops in there as well.
Not much bitterness.

It's a bit tame, too much malt compared to hops.
More hops for the people!

An average Czech pils, but better than many lagers. (289 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at the Bohemian Beer Hall in Queens.

My 1/2 liter sample poured with a white head and a decent amount of lacing as it went down the glass.

The aroma was only faintly hoppy, with notes of carapils malt and a bit of corn.

The taste had a decent balance, but shifted to a sharp bitterness of unsubstantiated hops in the finish.

The beer was light to medium bodied.

It would be a drinkable brew, except for the shift in the balance... (466 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (269 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (387 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in colour with a good amount of carbonation. Strong saaz aromas with a little bit of malt in the background. It’s got a nice sharp bitterness, but the flavors are dominated by some very plain malt notes. Similar to Pilsner Urquell, but not quite as good. Overall, it's fairly solid and quite drinkable, but nothing great. (335 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Staropramen mug.

Appearance: Clear, translucent, and golden. Fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: Hoppy overall. Pretty standard for a Czech pilsner.

Taste: Hoppy with kind of a sweet aftertaste. Nothing special, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good but nothing special. I would only get it again if there was no other choice. (458 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feer i have stumbled on a skunked beer. I will procede with the review but keep in mind my judgement may be tainted. I will re-review when able.

This looks like a great lagar. Nice true golden color with active carbonation. There was not a great head on the bottle i poured.

As for the smell, all i can say is it is skunked.

If i plug my nose, i can still detect a decent tasting beverage. I would like to try a fresh bottle.

I will try again later. (464 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starobrno Czech Premium Lager pours a golden copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers, then turns rocky on the way down to a firm cap of foam and lots of lace down the sides of my 22oz beer glass.

Nose is a toasted malt with just a bit of hay and cut grass.

Palate is a wonderful toasted and hops bittered barley malt with the bight of carbonation.

Crisp and clean in the palate and pipes, Starobrno Czech Premium Lager will find it’s way back into my beer glass soon, real soon. (522 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold color with good clarity and mild carbonation. White head starts out firm, but quickly disappears.

S: Smells of raw malts and some straw. A hint of lemon is in the background.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that is only slightly sweet. Bitterness is well balanced and has a strong pepper flavor. Finishes fairly clean, with some lingering lemon bitterness.

M: Medium light body is a little slick. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: I didn't find anything all that special about this. Still, it's fairly well done and a fine session brew. (574 characters)

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Starobrno from Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
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