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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager

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323 Reviews
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Reviews: 323
Hads: 782
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 128 | 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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Reviews: 323 | Hads: 782
Photo of seanyfo
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in staropramen pint glass, bought in local italian.

A - Golden pilsner body with a solid creamy 3 finger head that is retained throughout the pint. A classic appearance really, not much else to say

S- A little grainy with some malt sweetness, but a nice dry fresh hoppy aroma is apparent unlike a lot of other mass produced crap.

T- Lots of hop up front and this flavour lingers on. This is balanced well with the subtle malt sweetness, and it does finish well - not overly dry, but doesnt leave your mouth syrupy or sticky like many macro lagers.

M - lively carbonation as expected, not thin on the ground, firm.

D- Not a true genuine classic pilsner to me, but a fantastic alternative to British lagers which many of leave you feeling rather sick, bloated, and give horrible syrupy sweet aftertastes. A nice beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites.I worked in a bar and we served it. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer. It's my favorite of all the czech pilsners.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color, almost bronze. One of the darker pilseners that I've tried. Looks heavily carbonated. Little bubbles cling to the side of the glass and shoot to the top like a glass of Vernors or something.

It has a nice hop aroma partially masked by a skunky smelling odor.

The taste is not badly skunked at all. Very smooth, unexpectedly almost creamy. The hops stick out in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not the tongue-searing extreme carbonation that the looks of it implied. Drinkability is fine as well. Really a solid import beer here, a lot better than other green bottle pilseners from overseas.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of grdahl
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The largest brewer in The Czech Republic..why can't A-B or Miller make beer this good...Only average for Czech Rep. but much better than the swill we're used to here...I'm not sure where exactly the old spring that gives the beer its name is.

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Green 11.2 oz bottle. Best by 23.09.2010.

Pop it open, no skunk, it is a pretty fresh bottle and has been kept out of the sun.

It pours a vibrant crystal clear gold with tons of bubbles and a giant white head that recedes leaving some lacing.

No skunk in the smell, but a nice dose of herbal hops and subdued but slightly sweet smelling malts. It smells like a Czech pilsener should, it is a prime example.

The taste is malty but with a nibble of hops, not like a German pils where there is perfect balance but this is good for a Czech. It is sweet but the hops level it out with some herbal bitterness.

It is a shame it is an AB product, but it is one of my favorite Czech pilseners.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bumping up my score based on the draft I had today 1-17-2012 at a German Joint down in Tulsa. This had a much better nose, loads of soapy & floral hops. Nice crackery & bready notes as well.

Review based on notes

Pours golden/pear with 1 finger of eggshell white head. Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Grassy, lemony & perfumy hops, no malt to balance this out...

T: Breadyness, grassy & lemony hops, plus honey malt up front. Metallic hops & grainyness dominate this as this warms. Finishes with a mix of lemony hops & grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with too much carbonation, okay balance

Drank alright, would only try again if I knew it was FRESH, I had my doubts about this one

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Photo of steveh
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man -- lots of different Staropramen labels to choose from.

Grabbed a sixer of this at a local grocer where it was on closeout. Best before August 25, 2012... but green bottles.

A -- Pours a clear, deep gold color with a dense, very sticky & long-lasting head that leaves great lacing.

S -- Skunky up front, but it dissipates with some time given. Typical Pils bready malt and Saaz hop nose.

T -- Has that grainy to bready malt character up front balanced out with spicy Saaz hops at the finish and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very reminiscent of Budvar. There's also a light, vague fruitiness in the aftertaste that reminds me of Urquell too.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp and has a light creaminess in-between. Body is light to light-medium.

O -- Everything you could want in a Czech Pils, aside from the green bottle curse.

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Photo of kd45-music
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tend to enjoy Czech beers. Perhaps its the smell - fresh and outdoorsy. There's a little bitterness to it, which I like. This is beer as beer should be, not that watery American adjunct lagers that we all have to drink from time to time. Having said that, I would not drink this as my lawnmower beer. This would be for after dinner, sitting on the veranda listening to the crickets on a Spring evening, after the first mow of the lawn.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brillient translucent golden with a lacy white head.
the smell of saaz hops followed by malt and yeast.
the flavor is spicy,bitter, hopsack, malty, minerially, dropping off in to slight spicy hopsack.
the mouthfeel is full for a light beer.
very drinkable and kind of weather but hot days they would go down fast.

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Photo of NODAK
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a little skunky...some sweet grassiness and Noble hops.

Body of the beer has an obvious sweet, cereal grain maltiness to it....not cheaply done with adjunct tastes; very pleasant. Finishes with a good crisp bitterness from the Noble hops which wraps up the beer pretty cleanly. It's pretty simple like many pilseners are, but well done.

A very drinkable, simple beer here. Hops are well done in this pils. Pretty cheap for an imported, quality brew as well.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours golden, with a large off-white, creamy head that leaves some nice lacings.

S: A typical Czech Pilsener - lots of malt, floral hops and citric notes.

T: A great mix of both bitter and floral hops, there is also nice malt and some citric notes.

M: Somewhat sweetness from the malt, but in the aftertaste the bitterness dominates. It's creamy, fullbodied and powerfull.

D: A very nice Czech Pilsener - this is a must!

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Photo of Samljer
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a can, poured down the side into a lager glass,
I Like it, better then a lot of other beers available comerically.
The foam head pretty much sat there till consumed.
then left thick lacing all over the glass, and as it was consumed
the lacing went farther and farther down the glass, till it was
finished, lacing to the bottom.
The color is a perfect gold, with medium average carbonation.
The smell is like wet grain which some like, some dont.
The taste is good, cant detect adjuncts but there is a hint of "metal". could be b'cuz my serving is from a 500ml can.

I would buy again.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Gold, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - The usual Saaz hop smeel, but quite weak.

Taste - Excellent balance of hops and grains, but a little too weak.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture and carbonation

Drinkability - Hard to beat. Perfect bitterness level for sessioning.

Overall - An excellent introduction to the world of Czech pilseners, which might encourage drinkers to try Pilsner Urquell and other strong pilseners. I find it hard to imagine how anyone could not like this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bottle less than 5 weeks old from the back of the bottom shelf. It’s fresh and not skunky. L: Brilliant deep polished gold with a 1” pure white foam collar that slowly dissipates and leaves light lace. S: Clean, rich complex Pilsener malt aromas. No estery, apple or movie popcorn aromas T: Crisp and clean with complex malt flavors with a little tanginess. Soft, rounded bitterness that is assertive but is in balance with the malt. F: Light, above average carbonation. O: A good representative of the style.

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Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a decent amount of white creamy head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells floral and a little citrusy, not bad. Tastes a little light struck (damn you, green bottles!) and sweet with a lot of hop bitterness that I can't place, possibly saaz. It's a bit grassy and a bit citrusy. It's really tasty. Finishes a little sour. Mouthfeel is heavy with some tingling from the carbonation, but not much. Not really creamy, just heavy. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, I just wish it was cheaper or didn't come in green bottles, as I can't afford a case of the stuff.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean and crisp, with moderate hops. Not bad from the bottle, but on tap is vastly superior. In the tap version, I sometimes get just the barest hint of spearmint in the finish. Of course, the pink elephants show up a little while after that.

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Photo of StoutandBitter
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden brown colour with a small head, minimal lacing.

S - Hoppy and yeasty, very pleasant.

T - Slightly metallic, hoppy, yeasty aftertaste. Minimal alcohol taste.

M and D - Slight carbonation, which I like. Too much carbonation spoils the experience for me. Not too much of an alcohol taste, a nice smooth lager. Very drinkable, especially at backyard BBQ's.

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Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old favorite. I've walked past the brewery on the other side of the river in Prague a bunch of times.

Pours a beautiful clean straw color. Head is frothy and full. Nose is malty and a little sweet.

Taste is clean and crisp with a balanced base with a hoppy, slightly metallic finish. Texture is dry and satisfying.

This is a classic Czech pilsner with a good taste and finish that doesn't leave your throat tasting like sawdust after multiple drafts, as you occassionally get with the style.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep straw color with the characteristic white, bubbly head that seems prevalent with the style. A nice lace is left behind as the head slowly dissipates.

Smell: Grainy, sweet malt with floral hops.

Taste: Starts off with a fruity, apple like sweetness and finishes with a nutty, somewhat toasty hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin bodied, crisp, and refreshing. A nice, balanced, carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A good, highly drinkable and sessionable beer. Being in central Europe right now, I'm a little worn out on this style, but this is still a beer I would go for if it wasn't the only style readily available as things are going right now in Slovakia.

Fours across the board, overall good.

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Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear deep gold with a fine white head that stuck around for the whole draught. Aroma is understated; mostly malt with some sazz in the background. Taste is solid, a lot bigger than the aroma would suggest; well-rounded, toasty malt with just the right amount of hops complimenting it.

I love old-school Pilseners, and I don't care who knows it. This is a fine example of the breed. Clear, clean, crisp, light and drinkable, but bearing no resemblance whatsoever either to American Macro "Pilsener" -- that watery bastardized abomination -- or to American Micro "Pilsener" -- that cloudy, grossly-over-hopped and basically trying-too-hard pretension that obstinately misses the point of what a Pilsener is all about.

This is a fine Pilsener, from the very Land that gave us this golden joy.

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Photo of BBP
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice dark golden colour with little head. Looks quite good.

S- Typical Czech pilsner aroma with a bit heavier grain/wheat smell.

T- Grain and wheat tastes in the front leading to a great bitter and sweet aftertaste, almost like honey. I found that I enjoyed every sip more than the last. Really started to enjoy it when I knew which flavours to look for.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Very crisp.

D- Quite good. All around good beer. I expect to purchase it again.

Reminds me of Pilsner Urquell, but seemed a little less smooth to me, although it had more interesting flavors. Left me with an exceptional aftertaste which made me want another sip after I finished my last.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle. Freshness date on back label.
Pils serving glass.
Pale golden in color with a foamy white on top and loads of sticky and trailing lacing. A clean fresh-mowed lawn smell mingles with dried spicy Saaz hops. A mild malt aroma is in the background throughout. A very lightly roasted slightly sweet maltiness gives way to sharp, edgy metallic and resinous hop bitterness. Very drinkable brew!

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Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle, best by date of Nov 08 on the back. Label has a skyline of Prague in the background.

Appearance: Pours with a bit more color than I expected, towards gold rather than just yellow. Thin head and bubbly.

Smell: Clean malt, floral hops, just a hint of sulphur .. exactly what I would expect from a Czech Pilsner.

Taste: Nice combination of malt flavors and the mineral taste common in beers from the region. Good amount of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Drinkable and interesting, a nice example of an often overlooked style.

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Photo of rfabian
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 1 inch head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is crystal clear and light amber. The aroma is of light malts and hops. The taste is moderately malty with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a yeasty finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.