1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

Not Rated.
Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

663 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 663
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 663 | Reviews: 306 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GhostPants
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

GhostPants, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of tmzl
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

tmzl, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Johnq1964
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Ingjald
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Ingjald, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Ljoreilly
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Ljoreilly, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of SoPeL
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of mjacquard
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mjacquard, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Melted butter with eggshell frothing at its top. Its complexion is magnificently clear and causes not even a slight blur to my finger on the other side. The surface is dotted with plenty of well profiled bubbles. It appears tenacious enough that the pasty rings which it's etched around the glass should last. As far as pilsners go I don't suppose I could ask for much more.

Asking a little more from the aroma, however, should be considered rather reasonable. I don't know how macro breweries ever think they can entice anyone to drink their products when they smell like this (granted, I suppose most of their consumers drink straight from the can or bottle). Still, I can't find any way of imagining that this smell of flavourless malt could possibly be considered enticing. Neutral - sure, maybe; enticing - definitely not.

One consistent, invariable trend I've noticed in regard to my tastes in beer is as follows: the beers that taste good, I like; those that do not, I tend not to. This doesn't really taste bad enough for me to dislike it but it doesn't have enough flavour for me to find anything appealing about it. Therefore, following my own logic, this is a beer I neither like nor dislike.

Which seems a fair way of summing it up. For you see, this doesn't have so much of the stale, cloying, off-putting chemical adjunct taste of most mass produced (especially exported) beers. That said, it has none of the lightly toasted breads, sweet malts, and zestfully spicy hops that a true Czech Pilsner should have. Normally I would punish the beer on account of the latter but I've had so many beers guilty of the former that I'll call it even.

From my very limited brewing experience I would say that two of the most difficult styles to reproduce effectively are British milds and German/Czech Pilsners. These are very delicate styles that require quality ingredients. They hide little room for error and really demand experience and craftsmanship to capture their subtlety and balance. It's no easy feet to brew (let alone export) a tasty, quenching, balanced pilsner - not by a long shot.

My experience having lagers in Poland, Weißbier in Germany, and fresh hop Harvest ales in California has also taught me that beers can be unfathomably better when served as fresh and as close to the source as possible. By my own admission, I've yet to have a *real* Czech Pilsner at its best. I'll have to stop wasting money on these crappy cans and start saving up!

biegaman, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of atomicbolt
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL can I grabbed. There are 9 different languages on the can, so you know it's a pretty international brand.

Pours a nice golden-straw with a thin white head that laces quite nicely. Pretty average smell - grainy, grassy, an edge of bitter hops, a bit of citrusy fruit - smells like a pilsener.

The taste's pretty mellow, with a fairly immediate hop punch, residing into a fairly neutral graininess with just a bit of fruity sweetness. Feels fairly aggressive on the tongue, then subsides into a mellow smoothness on swallow. Leaves behind a fairly neutral aftertaste, just a bit of hop bitterness. Really aggressive carbonation, maybe my can was a bit shaken up but it made me want to swallow as quickly as possible.

Overall I'd call it average. Not quite enough taste character, but not bad, either.

atomicbolt, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of dryndantheman
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

dryndantheman, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

rapayn01, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly spiced euro malts with notes of faint ginger and very light hops.
Taste is lightly spiced malts with a touch of bitter hops. Some ginger and barley. Slightly malty and watery on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. A bit watery. Clean finish.
Drinkability is good. Nothing special, but easy to drink. Would be refreshing on a hot day.

Parrotbeak, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of markgoodman10
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

markgoodman10, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a nice orange color with off-white foamy head.

S: Aroma is of malts and orange peels.

T: Taste is nice rich malts with some orange zest and floral touches in there.

M: Mouthfeel is of medium bodied dry and lightly carbed.

O: Overall a decent beer with a solid backbone. Well worth the money.

nukem5, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of cjac
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

cjac, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of elamb106
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

elamb106, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

HATS4BATS, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of CRObighit2
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CRObighit2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of elchingen
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

elchingen, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of killianf
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

killianf, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of PhantomX19
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

PhantomX19, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of drewbage
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Woodland Hills BJ's Beer Appreciation Night

Beer pours pale gold with a brilliant clarity. Just a slight haze from hops.

Aroma is sweet continentinal malt with a light spicy hop flower. Green bottle skunkiness slowly becomes evident as the CO2 evolves.

Flavor is largely honey and grain with a bit of skunk oil rolling on the tongue. The malt quickly drops to a dry crisp hoppy finish.

drewbage, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of DLS168
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

DLS168, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Joakim
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Joakim, Nov 07, 2013
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.