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Staropramen Lager | Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager
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Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 335 | Ratings: 822
Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pilsner pours a typical light yellow pilsner color with a medium white head. The smell is also typical of a pilsner, distinctly yeasty and slightly acrid. The taste is not typical of a pilsner, however, unless of course your typical pilsner is a Czech pilsner. The flavors are nothing ground breaking with yeast and pilsner malts dominating, but what is different is the incredible smoothness of this beer and the fact that it has none of acrid, slightly skunky flavor that I associate with the majority of pilsners. The body is light, but somehow still has a really nice malt character. When I went to Prague I didn’t believe the hype about their beer or I at least thought it wouldn’t apply to me (someone who finds pilsners to typically be a boring and in general underwhelming beer style). There really is something about the Czech pilsner that is different though, not to mention all the other great non-pilsner beers that are there. This is maybe not the best or most exciting Czech pilsner, but I think that it’s amazing that this is one of their mass produced variety and I find it better than 90 or 95% of pilsners that I have had. This is one of the few times that I will say that I think this pilsner is underrated. It must lose something on export to the US (maybe because of the green bottle) to be rated so low.

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Photo of stevoj
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tap at La Cave. Disappointing for a Czech pils, as only the cereal grains come through. Lager notes everywhere, no crispness, no bite. Tastes like adjunct grains to boot. I had higher hopes.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is slightly past the "best by" date of May 5, 2016 (reviewed in early June). I will therefore modify expectations somewhat. Poured from a green 11.2 ounce (one-third liter) bottle into my fancy Pilsener glass (decorated in gold leaf barley sprigs). A semi-aggressive pour produces a billowy 1.5 inch head of a milky white color which sticks pretty well to the glass. The beer is a ruddy golden color with carbonation verging on effervescent.

The aroma is heavily skunky accompanied by a minerally quality. The flavor is also skunky with some light malt sweetness shining through along with a little herbal bitterness. A lingering bit of tartness at the end with some lingering skunky bitterness. The skunk begins to wear out its welcome by the end of the bottle. I paid $1.59 for this beer, which is reasonable for something to try. Unfortunately, this beer is drinkable at first but soon fatigues the palate. Besides there is not much separating this from Heineken, Urquell, or any of a number of other mass-produced, Euro-green-skunk beers. I wonder about the possibility of light exposure of these green bottles…You can get quite a wide spectrum of light from the fluorescents used to light most grocery and liquor stores and especially display cases.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The also-ran of Czech pilsners, Staropramen isn't a *bad* beer by any stretch of the imagination, but lacks the punch and the character of a lot of siblings--it's closer to the "Euro lager" style than Pilsner Urquell and Budvar and others.

Nice biscuit and herbal hop aroma (nice bitter greens, slight pepper, but fairly one-dimensional), but the taste is a bit thick and just way too velvety smooth for my tastes--yeasty, doughy, but only slight bittering hop character. Low-ish carbonation, slightly heavy body.

A good brew, but not my personal favourite.

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Photo of uminocha
4.63/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

spicy aroma with a hint of biscuit. gold color. flavor of biscuit and light toast. malt well balanced with hops that linger slightly. white head dissapates quickly with good lacing

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A decent beer for it's style but it hardly has any smell and not a whole lot of flavor either except the typical skunky taste, it got a bit metallic as it got warmer. It has a light feel thats easy to drink.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent at quenching thirst on a warm day.
Looks clear. Aroma clearly has more than barley, which is OK.
But as usual, the taste is less full, but smooth and balanced. The finish is pleasantly dry.
Overall, decent but unexciting.

Reviewed in MJ's 1999 edition, giving it 3 of 4 stars : notably soft and malty, with a full but delicate flavor."

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle marked best by 24 June 2016. Pours an amber color with two fingers of white head. Skunky aroma. Light mouthfeel, tastes of citrus and a little bit of hops. Fine for what it is, an easy to drink lager. Better than many others in the style because there's nothing weird about this one (sweetness, adjuncts, aftertaste, etc.). I'm not a huge fan of the style, so take my rating with a grain of salt.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

If you're expecting sweetness from its relatively-dark-for-a-pilsner color, you'd be mistaken. Tastes remarkably flat to me. Certainly catty and herbaceous but without that initial hit of sweetness from an Urquell. Body's a little sticky & heavy for me.

Certainly not my go-to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK, I get it, this looks weak, yellow and watery, sure, it kinda is. The skunky aroma hits what some look for in a Euro lager, so this is good.

Taste has some moderate noble hops, massive carbonation levels, metallic citrus notes of lemon.

Its a hot weather only beer for me, but does that pretty well when I want a no frills skunk lager.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with white head that quickly disappears. Nothing exceptional to smell, smooth drinking with a mild, kind of nice skunkiness. Its not an exciting beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the style either.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had drink out of the bottle, so not sure about appearance or sell. Seemed to have a good head & lacing. Tastes a little fruity with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Okay.

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Photo of FLima
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden amber color with a thick off-white head with decent retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of grassy and floral hop and malt sweetness. No skunk, despite of the green bottle.
Flavor with notes of grassy and spicy hops, a bit of biscuit, mineral to metallic, bread and butter, and a bit of lime. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent Bohemian Pilsner, balanced to the milder side, but not tasteless. Easier to drink.

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Photo of jesseejames
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was out of a bottle at a friends house in Kiel
Pours a nice two finger white creamy head that lingered and left a nice lacing in the glass
It has a nice amber golden color
its aroma is very pleasant with a nice grain malt overtone with notes of fruits a bit hoppy but not overbearing
Has a nice lager taste and a pleasant mouth
Surprisingly good for a beer type I normally do not prefer

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a creamy white head and moderate lace. Color is light golden. Aroma is a bit skunky at first but resolves to the right decocted grain character and spicy Czech hops. Flavor is just OK. Mouthfeel is nice. Solid citizen.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.72/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From Carrefour. In Ikea's pilsner glass. After dinner.Nothing special here. A bit better than average pilsner. Low on foam and carbonation but a bit better than usual aroma.

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Photo of ordybill
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. This beer has a slight hint of the evil green bottle skunk monster, not terrible but noticeable. The color is a bright amber with a mediun sized white head. You can taste the hops and some of the malt but a wee-bit of the skunkiness. Overall, a good Czech Pilsener.

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Photo of JordanSchuetz
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is decent pilsner but I can't justify buying it again for how much I paid for it at BevMo. It reminds me a ton of a German Lager, except this has a much more hoppy taste to it. It has less of a skunk smell to the beer compared to a lager, but it's just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a slender lager glass.

A: Brassy-colored and brilliantly clear. Rocky white head does not budge. Thick and clumpy lacing. It looks great in the glass.

S: Pungent herbal and grassy hops. Skunky. Toasty grain and some bready malt sweetness.

T: Sharp, herbal hop bitterness. Grassy and earthy. Steely. Skunked.Toasty grain rides up to balance. Bready malt sweetness. The lightstruck skunky quality is quite pervasive and hard to ignore, overtaking the herbal hops on the finish too.

M: Light bodied. Firm and round malt character and spritzy carbonation.

O: This could be a halfway decent beer, but I'll never know since it's lightstruck as hell.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden , big foamy head , creamy lace which exhibits good retention.
Initially, there is some grassiness in the nose , followed by overall, a sweet malt aroma.
Taste wise this is a mostly sweet beer, the toasted malts predominating along with some light fruitiness. There are mild hops which add some bitterness and are felt in the finish.
The feel is its best attribute; light, smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, but it doesn't bother me. Very drinkable and easy to put away quickly.
A pleasant and solid session pilsner.

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Photo of Hydrophobic
4.42/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a pint from draft at Mark's on the Channel.

Appearance is crystal clear golden sunshine with cloudy white head and amazing tight intense fast-swirling carbonation from a good draft pour. Lacing is excellent, thick foam clings to the glass all the way to the bottom.

On the nose is a field of fresh jasmine and an abundant amount of grass. Also a hint of Belgian ester. Best smelling beer ever.

Taste was as expected: floral hops, grainy goodness and a hint of yeast.

In the mouth the beverage is luscious and well carbonated, bright and sunny. Goes down easy without a hint of hard skunkiness.

Overall, it appears as if I may have hit the jackpot with a relatively fresh batch, also on draft. I feel that this is a world class pils of a quality that would be hard to match

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 660ml green bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

L) Very attractive deep amber colour, clear, fluffy slight off-white head, lots of big bubbles rising.

S) Green bottle. Skunk is there for a minute. Also the grassy pilsner hops we know and love.

T) Slightly bitter hops, with a nicely warm edge, refreshing light pilsner malt. A good Czech pilsner taste. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

F) Typical Czech pilsner, refreshing as beer as you can find when cold. Slightly bitter aftertaste takes the score down slightly.

O) I've had a lot of bottled Czech pilsners, and this can hold its head up high amongst them. Bonus point for 660ml bottle, when Budvar and Urquell come in 500ml. Bonus point subtracted for the green bottle. Follow Urquell's lead and go for brown bottles, guys.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draft, in a half-liter mug. bright yellow in color, foamy head. very mild malt flavor, but pleasant. Average pale lager - it hits the style as intended

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Photo of MarkStewart
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It is an ok pilsner, not as good as pilsner urquell but not bad. Smooth and easily drinkable, a good session beer but I think I will stick with my local lager when I want this style of beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden body with a dense white apex. Aromas of grain, fruity lager yeast. Subtle aroma overall. Easy drinking, light sweetness, grainy finish, subtle earthy quality. Bready, yeasty, simple, tasty. A nice pils.

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