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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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713 Ratings
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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of TastyTaste
1.98/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

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2.04/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of GMB
2.16/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Drew966
2.16/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of PVMT
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of prokopt2
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of timmy2b
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Saigon

I will not drink this beer unless there are no other choices.

Photo of ZEB89
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.26/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of nickss
2.34/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mralphabet
2.36/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
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 ckollias
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper ale with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Skunky funky aroma.

T: Skunky lager that is more tart and bitter than sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I should have stopped drinking this after a couple of sips – but I hoped it would get better – it didn’t.

Photo of yesyouam
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of batty
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 27 April 2008, Cataluña, Spain. best by date of 11 October 2008.

pours an orangey-apricot golden with little head. what head there is fades very fast and leaves little lacing in the middle, no stickage. looks very fizzy.

smell is mostly metallic, with some corn and malt notes.

taste also mostly metallic, though the malt shines through a bit more and helps it out a little. bitterness on the finish. just a bit on the crisp side on the crispness-smoothness ratio.

m/d is quite fizzy and light, one step above water. much less there than I would hope for. seems much more like a stereotypical cheap american macro lager than anything self-respecting pilsner should be. although it's light and crispy, leaves a bitter stickiness on the finish.

Photo of udubdawg
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of tconboy
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden lager with a bubbly head that dissipates immediately. Medium carbonation. Smells of hay and straw, your typical Euro pils/lager. Tastes a like a pils with a little zesty spring flavor. A little of that heinekin style skunk flavor. Heavier than average carbonation, light crisp mouthfeel. This is what I would consider a session beer. Worth a try? Well I'll try any beer... once in this case.

Photo of jsprain1
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Clear golden, head retention is kinda subpar. Little lacing.
S- The smell is of stale bread dough, a light papperyness, and a bit of noble hops.
T- It's got the right idea for a pilsner. It's sweet and lightly earthy. Slightly grassy. But there is just a lingering staleness that rings it down.
M- Medium-light body, too low on the carb.
O- This was underwhelming. I didn't particularly care for this beer. The staleness and low carbonation just don't do it for me.

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
76 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.