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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

06-28-2013 13:16:56 | More by terence
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.48/5  rDev -55.7%

More euro trash beer. Staropramen is a light cold colour. Pours with a nice head, but the foam quickly recedes to film. Not much lace to speak of. Just a few whiffs sporatically placed around the glass. Makes the glass look broken, actually. Wet cardboard smell. Reminds me when I once helped a friend move in the rain. Bit skunky as well. Green bottle/lightstruck, or purpusely done? You decide. It's not an overwhelming skunk, so I'm leaning towards the latter. Starts out bland, like soggy cereal. Not much of anything expected in a beer, like hops, malt, or even adjuncts. Aftertaste is a bit skunky sour. I'm not sure what it is, but I hate the mouthfeel. It's dry, oily and leaves an unpleasant sensation on the side of the tongues. Not something I would drink again. I could state that if offered for free, I might take it. But that only means it wasn't truly horrible. I'd take Bud Light if offered for free, I might even take Colt 45 if offered for free. Don't get this beer.

07-17-2004 04:57:16 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of rm85

1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

10-21-2012 00:48:26 | More by rm85
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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

01-17-2013 13:21:17 | More by gnikola
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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

06-29-2014 18:42:20 | More by Luka
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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

09-01-2012 15:41:08 | More by kurgan3
Photo of pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

11-21-2013 12:28:29 | More by pipinmalikonj
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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

10-14-2012 23:04:51 | More by MonkeyStain
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1.95/5  rDev -41.6%

Crystal clear dark straw hue topped by a fluffy porcelin - white head. Skunky mercaptans, sulfur, and rough grain huskiness in aroma. The sharp, astringent graininess coupled w/ the rough bitterness make this quite rough for a pilsner. Sulfur persists in the flavor and is a bit offputting... All around this beer almost abrasive on the palette. The body is weak and watery, while the malt backbone is seriously lacking. Finishes w/ an unpleasant tannic astringent note. I most likely got a poorly handled bottle, but I just don't see myself ever having this again.

06-30-2002 18:32:16 | More by marc77
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New York

2/5  rDev -40.1%

03-26-2013 06:02:33 | More by Razr86
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New York

2/5  rDev -40.1%

03-21-2013 00:18:25 | More by BGsWo22
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Another euro lager in appearance. Crystal clear gold color, almost no head, just a few wisps of bubbles on the top of the beer. Smells of grassy malts, more skunky than most EL's, but other than that, mostly the same experience as any beer from that style, only worse. I will never buy this again, there are too many better beers out there.

12-26-2004 02:07:13 | More by TastyTaste
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

08-21-2012 04:03:51 | More by tmars13
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2.15/5  rDev -35.6%

Good Czech Pilsners are difficult to produce and even more difficult to come by. Staropramen isn't one of them.

A standard pour yields a standard Pilsner body: light amber body, slightly thin, gassy head. A few scattered bubbles slowly make their way to the top.

The nose is fine, though there is a tinniness in it that can't be ignored.

The tinniness ruins the beer's taste. There are some good things going on here: The malt aroma is nice, and the bittering hops would balance it well if the tinny taste, probably yeast-produced, weren't getting in the way. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the aftertaste, in which the subtle, crisp hoppy flavors come through. Darn.

Czech Pilsners are among my favorite styles of beer. I wish that more of ones that are available in my area did justice to the style.

10-04-2012 20:07:28 | More by GMB
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2.15/5  rDev -35.6%

Staropramen Lager pours a light orange with a fluffy white head from a green eleven point two ounce bottle. Aroma is on the skunky side, which I suspect is intentional rather than being light damage. Skunky hops and medicinal herb flavors predominate. Not my cup of tea, or beer as the case may be. Makes you wonder how it tastes fresh from the brewery (like I said though, I think the skunk may be an intentional part of the beer profile), but as sampled I cannot recommend trying this beer.

07-19-2006 00:36:48 | More by Drew966
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2.23/5  rDev -33.2%

Starapromen lager is a pale shade of yellow that is completely clear. The white head has good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma has some lemongrass, pale malt and butter.

I could certainly be wrong, but there are a lots of buttery flavors that make me think there is a dicetyl problem with this beer. Underneath the butter a light bitterness and lemongrass from the hops come through, as well as pale malts.

No complaints about the mouthfeel; smooth with fairly active carbonation.

I love a good Czech pils, and when I see them on-tap I almost always order them. This one, however, had something wrong with it.

01-23-2012 20:38:37 | More by Hojaminbag
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

05-24-2014 00:56:45 | More by prokopt2
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

07-01-2014 11:12:51 | More by timmy2b
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

03-15-2014 05:22:22 | More by ZEB89
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2.3/5  rDev -31.1%

Straw yellow with a 2" ultra-chunky head. Mounds of lacing frolic on the glass.

Light aroma with a touch of malt and hops, neither making a strong presence. Moderately yeasty and grassy.

Light, semi-bitter flavour. DMS/corn makes its presence known. Very macro-esque... bleh.

Ultra thin with moderate carbonation.

Moderately drinkable, but just flat out disappointing. Was hoping for more, being that I'm drinking this here in its home city.

05-28-2006 00:37:03 | More by nickss
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2.33/5  rDev -30.2%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a dark copper color with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with no lacing to speak of.

S: Little skunk here... very grassy with a little lemon zest mixed in.

T: Little flat on flavor.. There is skunk here... pretty grassy here with touches of graininess but not much else here.

M: Pretty crisp and well carbonated but pretty flat over all

O: Not very pilsner like to me... A little more Euro lager for my taste. Not bad if you a thirsty.

11-26-2012 02:16:22 | More by mralphabet
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2.38/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

01-12-2004 01:11:20 | More by RoyalT
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New York

2.38/5  rDev -28.7%

Staropramen Premium Lager is sparkling, clear and golden with a thin, creamy, blotchy white head that leaves outstanding lacing. It has a funky aroma, fruity and grassy. It's pretty light bodied and quite smooth with a little grit in the finish. There's not much flavor at all-- just a touch of funk and a lightly bitter finish. It has a lingering herbal bitterness. This doesn't taste that great, but it goes down smoothly. The lingering bitterness lets me know I'm drinking beer.

03-02-2011 15:52:31 | More by yesyouam
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Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -28.1%

Poured a light amber gold with a 1 cm head that vanished without a trace.

Skunked. Another rotten vegetable smell is overwhelming everything under the skunk. Underneath that, a slight bread loaf appeared.

Mouthfeel was crisp and light.

Taste was a wave of bitter, medium at first, then it overpowers all. Warms over the tongue without any sweetness. I think this lacks definition, personally.

This is trying really hard to be average. As you drink it, it doesn't even try to flatter itself. Tastes too unbalanced for me. Don't think I'll have another.

01-10-2004 06:11:33 | More by JustinBathurst
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2.4/5  rDev -28.1%

Pours bright gold, excellent clarity, sizeable white cap and better than decent retention.

Bare whiff of skunkiness. What I mostly get is DMS, very light pale malt, and a vague sweetness - do they use adjuncts? No hop aroma that I can be sure of, and definitely nothing I'd call Saaz-y.
As a Czech pils, this is a subpar aroma, but as a Euro Lager it is at least average if not higher...

Flavor is a step down. Again rather sweet, with almost no bitterness to balance. No diacetyl, pretty clean. Where's the richness of the malt flavor?

Medium body. Medium/low carbonation could be a bit higher to make up for the lack of malt richness and severe lack of hops for the style. Not particularly drinkable, though on a hot day (like today) I'd have no trouble finishing one.

06-04-2010 21:22:29 | More by udubdawg
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