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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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723 Ratings
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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Ratings: 723 | Reviews: 316
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with plenty of fine CO2 and a fluffy white head and sticky lace. Decent head retention. Aroma is skunky and hoppy. Flavor is smooth and lightly sweet with a slightly biting finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a lingering hop finish.

A decent beer for this style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great pilsner. Malty and ripe.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeper golden with a thinner then expected head even with a rough pour very clean no lacing at all,aroma was a little skunky (green bottle)with a hint of sweet grain.Noticed a little smokiness in flavor off the bat with a touch of toasted grain and iron not much hop presence though for a Czech lager/pilsner just light zip in the finish.Taste is on the drier side and goes down well in the summer here,I would drink this over any domestic or Canadian macro when I want a easy drinking lager but those green bottles scare me.

Photo of Popsinc
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 500ml green bottle. A golden, carbonated pour with a fizzy white head. Looks like gingerale.

Smell: The nose is very subtle. Lightly hoppy. It seems very floral with vegetable hints.

Taste: Medium hoppiness. Corn and grain-like qualities. Somehwat chalky and dry. There was a little maltiness to back up the weak body. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and dry.

Drinkablility: I would only drink this beer again if there was nothing else available. Probably wouldn't buy this one again.

Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a tinge of orange and a smallish head.

Smell – Light citrusy hops with some sweetish malts that felt off-style.

Taste – The big citrus and sweet, orangish malt made this one off-style.

Mouthfeel – This was light-bodied, which is OK, but the nice, fluffy mouthfeel was absent.

Sinkability – This one didn’t cut the mustard.

Photo of merlin48
2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My green bottle looks slightly different than the one pictured. It pours a clear pale yellow with a two inch offwhite head. Head collapses quickly into patchy lacing. Aroma has some Euro skunked cardboard which masks some hints of lemon. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy with carbonation. Taste is mostly hop bitterness, just a hint of sweet malt. Very one dimensional with this lack of malt balance. Finishes bitter, and astringency detracts greatly from drinkability.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden colour, with about an inch and a half of thick, foamy head. Recedes quickly in little piles, almost like seafoam. Good lacing.

The smell is nothing too interesting. Hoppy, a bit of straw. Neither good nor bad.

Tastes like an above-average inexpensive pilsner, a little bit sweet, juicy hops, some bread. For a couple of bucks a can, it's pretty good, but not the best Czech pilsner I can get.

Unfortunately, this can languished for a bit longer in my fridge (I went on a couple of brewery tours since purchasing this and it got lost in the chaos). It's a bit flat, but I've had this one before and I know the carbonation is moderate. Not too thin for a mouthfeel.

All and all, this is a fairly good pilsner, and for the cost, it's not bad having one or two on hand (just make sure you get to them!). I prefer Urquell, but it's not bad to pick this one up. Not bad, but it won't blow you away.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly pale but rich gold with thin white head and intermittent lacing.

Smell: Very grassy and spicy, with a light malt profile underneath. Smells pretty dry overall. Also, happy that it smells fairly fresh despite the green bottle.

Taste: Light malt profile with grass, hay and apple; only a slight sweetness. Turns slightly spicy and bitter at the end, but only slightly.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body (more medium for a Pils as expected for the Czech style), dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking lager that is better than most of the international lagers it competes against, but probably only average in terms of Czech Pilsners.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-yellow colour with light carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for quite a while before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with hints of cardboard/wet grain, stewed malt and a faint metallic note.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops and mild noble hop aroma. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing, with a hint of solvent. Mouthfeel is light, tingly and dry. Reasonable body for the style, with mild astringency. Aftertaste of stewed hops.

A pretty standard lager - taste and aroma are OK but don't stand out from the crowd. The dryness is quite pleasing. Not the greatest Czech pilsner, but drinkable enough - grab some for a warm day.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green bottle, straw faint yellow beer inside, soapy head, flimsy retention. Nice skunky aroma, me likee.

Taste, hopping good, light, maybe EKG hops, lots of carbonation, light lemon lime mouthfeel to it. Metallic at times, although somewhat complimentary, bitterness existent and satisfying for style. Derive nothing from pale/crystal malt here or the yeast.

Wish these were a little more available, they aren't bad in July/August, but they are a little pricey for what you get.

Photo of ADR
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold color, big-bubbled white head of 1/2 an inch. Slightly skunked aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a decided wet canvas impression that's re-inforced by the aroma. Slight watery sense before a mild hoppy finish mid-mouth. Carbonation is medium, perhaps this beer's best quality. OK in drinkability but nothing special is going on in this brew, some similarities to Heineken et al....

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says best before end of Nov 9 2012, wow that's a shelf life for a green bottled Euro pils I don't wanna drink this same bottle next fall. Bright golden crystal clear color with an eggshell white head forming thick and billowing above the sides of my glass, visually very appealling so far. Aroma has some sweet bready grains with herbal slightly skunked hops, pleasant lime/grassy notes from the noble Saaz. Flavor has a muted malt sweetness with a tart/bitter zing from the hops almost with a lime zest note to it. Mouthfeel is crsip finishes nice and dry with residual bready malts left on the palate not a bad beer whatsoever. Not the best pils I have ever had but up there with some of the imported versions very drinkable the 16.9 ounce bottles don't last very long the type of beer that I'm sure appeals to the masses in Praha. Staropramen, I'm guessing "star of Prague".

Photo of Thracian_Hops
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a 330ml glass at a restaurant (obviously, had to pour it twice).
Light golden amber appearance with two and a half (of my thin) finger(s) head, with an aroma that initially yields many citrus notes that give way to a more "crackery" scent as the head disappears.
Taste is faintly herbal with an even fainter citrus but somehow doesn't break through that "faint" level of flavour, until when swallowed it does, for but a millisecond, give a hint of that hops taste, before giving way to a generic carbonation aftertaste. Interestingly, I did notice a boozy hint of vanilla that I expect in liquor, but this only happened on a couple sips somewhere in the middle of the whole experience; it's kind of odd that it never really replicated itself. Mouthfeel is okay, without much to notice; it's very difficult to say there is much smoothness or roughness going on with the carbonation, either way. This in a way serves to pinpoint the problem with this beer.
I think the elements of this beverage which make it a beer are fighting to the death with carbonated water for dominance over the flavour instead of working together; right now the water has the upper hand. It's not bad, but strikes me as nothing more than the export-quality macro brew one would expect to find among the foreign beers in Bulgaria these days. I really would have liked it more if there were more hops; for me, it would have gone from "okay" to "nice."

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like it, soft maltiness, with a icely bitter finish, very elegant, subtle and just plain good, very good for session drinking aswell.

Photo of Hammarby
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden with amber tendencies. White foamy head with some lacing, that dissapeares after a short while.
S; Hops.
T: Honey, fresh bread. Almost no bitterness.
M: A little bit fuller body than the ordinary lager. Good carboaration, maybe a bit too carborated for my personal taste.
D: Good drinkability. Still not my favorite beer style.

If you could get a sample when looking up beer in a dictionary, this is probably how it would taste.

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold as expected, clear and bright, this beer meets expectations from the get-go. Also expected is a fluffy, though somewhat sparse, purely white head that shows moderation in both retention and lacing.
There's a bit of husk and corn, some sweetness coming off a sort of dustiness with a little spicy grassiness. It's lightly malty with some citrus notes to it, possibly part of the very light hops bill. It's a little grainy but fits the style and does barely exceed the average in its overall character.
There's actually a little harshness I wasn't expecting that kind of builds up at the back of the throat. It's not astringent, exactly, it just bites a little. Surprisingly, though, it doesn't detract too much from the mouthfeel of an otherwise nice, crisp, light-bodied brew.

Photo of brewQ
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan 2006 Imported by Becks N. America

A bright gold color with a wispy white head.
With a green bottle. I feared skunk on opening but it disappeared.

The taste was grainy with some malty sweetness.
Not bad really, I'd prefer it to domestic macrobeers.

The finish was very clean.

These guys should retranslate the back label.
(Bottle is upgraded from the picture shown).

They refer to "RedempTAtion value.
(Unless that indicates a cross between redemption and temptation?)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While visiting Prague not too long after the Velvet Revolution, I was new to beer, and found that the lagers throughout this new country were the perfect antidote to the mid-summer Continental heat and humidity. Of all the beers I tried, I recall this being my favorite, but it has never been available where I live. A recent trip to Toronto allowed me to grab a tall can of this trip down memory lane...

Poured into my souvenir Staropramen 50cl mug, from a pub in the backstreets of Prague whose name I don't remember, this pilsener is a very nice light golden colour, with a copious amount of light, white head, which disappears quickly, leaving lace all over the place. The smell takes me back to those dark, cool pubs near the Strahov Stadium, taking refuge in wonderful 50 cent frosty beer, no-English environments. It's all bready, biscuity malt and grassy green hops on the nose, and crisp hops and white crackers in the taste, very easy to drink, moderately carbonated, with a clean finish. I'm not saying this can is as good as a pint in a Prague pub, but that was a long time ago, so this will have to do, and do nicely.

Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz. green glass bottle. Best before 2/5/2010.

Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a deep golden yellow color with great clarity and short lasting white head.

Aroma is pleasantly spicy from the Czech hops and a mild sweetness in the background.

Flavor is much the same with spice notes from the hops in balance with sweet pale malts. It actually has a surprising amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and medium-plus carbonation level, neither of which suit me very well but it's appropriate for the style. Drinkability is limited only by the excess bubbles.

I'll be honest and admit that I only really bought this because it was from Prague and I once had a wonderful trip there many years ago. It turns out to be an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Magpie14
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: rich gold color with massive rocky head, lush and foamy. Big chunky, sticky lacing. The walls of my glass were left with a spider web of lacing.

Smell: smell of grains and a traditional pilsner "skunk" nose. Touch of sweet caramel and honey.

Taste: smooth taste with slight sweetness. Predominantly grains and corn and a sutle amount of hops, sort of floral taste. Very crisp finish and a great smooth body. Aftertaste holds a bit watery as it goes down.

I must say that I enjoyed this beer. A great traditional "middle of the road" Czech pilsner.

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy. Drinkable, which is above average for pils I've had. Beats Urquel. Clean, decent malts. Slight citrus in saaz hops. Good carbonation in finish. Balanced but on sweetish side.Another average LCBO lager import, but fresh. Thanks Paul.

Photo of socon67
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Basically your typical Czech Lager.

A- Pours a bright golden color. Looks nice, no lacing.

S- At first I thought it smelled skunky, but it quickly disappated.

T- A nice hoppy taste. Decent for a beer of this type, though nothing special.

M- Only okay. I usually enjoy Czech lagers because they are smooth. This one... not so much.

D- I had no problem finishing it, and could have easily had another.

Not a bad beer for the type, but not one of the top lagers to come from this area. Much better varieties I'd look for first.

Photo of RickS95
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw golden color with some darker orange hues that help it not look like piss. Very clear, think American macro only slightly darker. The head is the only reason it scored as well as it did because it's a brilliant with, a couple fingers thick with a lot of different sized bubbles. Really nice retention, with a medium sticky lace when all is said and done.

I'm not a fan of the look, the smell or the style. It's classic American macro with an earthy, dirty Czech hop scent. Again, not a fan of this at all. However, if you really let your nose dig deep, there is a lingering citric note hiding in the depths that makes this tolerable.

Not sure how Czech beer ever became popular, but this matches the style. It's not something I care for, but it is what it is. Being an old school lager, it's almost devoid of taste. If anything, there's a crackery taste.

It's dry and has an earthy, flowery bitterness to it. Complete lack of sweetness, though as it warms it tries. Somewhat smooth.

It's not the worst thing I've ever had, but it's certainly nowhere near the best, even for a Czech beer. Fairly easy to drink if you can get past the smell and lack of flavor.

Photo of tempest
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at EuroMarket. The beer is immediately hoppy, but true to style, it's a soft bite with herbal lemon hops. There's an unfortunate cheap lager note, maybe fusels, mixed without an otherwise pleasant floral note. The aroma is disappointingly bland, but the flavor has that classic mellow bread and earthy hops. Not a bad hot-weather beer.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This came in a classy and sophisticated green bottle.
The beer itself looks really nice too. It is a deep golden color with a creamy white head.
It is almost the same color as apple juice.

As far as the smell goes, Floral hops and grains come through. There is a slight skunk smell that cannot be ignored.

Sweet, malty back bone with a mild hop bitterness. However, there is a slight skunkyness in the taste that is off putting.

For a lager, this beer is full bodied. Thick, creamy and lightly carbonated. There is also an oily slickness to the mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer would be outstanding if it were not for the skunkyness.
The skunkyness was very slight, but it takes away from the enjoyment of the beer.

I would love to try this on tap.

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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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