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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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)
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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.25/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%

markgoodman10, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of nukem5
3.25/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%

cjac, Feb 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

elamb106, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of HATS4BATS
3.25/5  rDev -3%

HATS4BATS, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

CRObighit2, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of elchingen
3.25/5  rDev -3%

elchingen, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of killianf
3.25/5  rDev -3%

killianf, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of PhantomX19
3.25/5  rDev -3%

PhantomX19, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of drewbage
3.25/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%

DLS168, Jun 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Joakim, Nov 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

2GOOFY, Jun 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

muskiesman, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

RES, May 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Chucker17, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

brauseboof, Nov 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

rulisekmartin, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

[Update Jan 23 2013]

500 mL can from TBS; best before Aug 19 2013. As far as pilseners go, I've never considered this an especially great example - but I've been revisiting a lot of my old reviews lately, and figured this one was worth another tipple.

Pours a deep golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head that slowly seeps away over a period of minutes. It leaves behind a doily-pattern of lacing on the sides, as well as a thin cap at the surface. The aroma is reasonably enticing and spot-on for the style; lots of grainy malts, biscuits, floral hops and dry grass. I've never been a big fan of this beer, but I must admit - it looks great, and smells pretty good too.

The taste, however, is where things go off the rails a bit. Don't get me wrong - it's not unpalatable, but by Czech pils standards it leaves much to be desired. The bulk of the flavour is comprised of grainy malts and dry crackers or biscuits, followed by some light grassiness, lemon zest, and some syrupy sweetness that gives off a serious adjunct vibe. The finish is fairly clean and a little dry, but doesn't linger. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation for the style that gives it a relatively smooth, crisp feel in the mouth. Very high drinkability; like most pale lagers, this stuff was made for sessioning.

Final Grade: 3.26, a C+. Staropramen Lager is a decent pilsener, but I certainly wouldn't consider it an especially memorable example of the style. I've had this many times before, and will probably return to it again at some point - but if push came to shove, there are several other Czech-style beers (Pilsner Urquell, Golden Pheasant, etc.) that I'd definitely pick first. If you're just a fan of Euro lagers and are looking for a cheap, passable pilsener to slug back, this stuff will get the job done, but serious lager fans will probably find Staropramen to be a fairly forgettable offering. A serviceable, boring lager that is worth at least one try, if only because of the price point.

thehyperduck, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden lager colour with a white head that cleared off very swiftly.

Slight hops and fruit aroma, but nothing to great.

Sharp and freash taste, a typical Czech lager.

No heavy mouthfeel, just a soft lager aftertaste which soon goes away.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but it is a long way from being interesting lager in my opinion.

BlackHaddock, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here, but nice...first thing noticeable about this brew is the skunky aroma when first decapped. Once you get by that, the appearance is just ordinary in that it has the clear medium golden hue and minimum head. The body is medium/full.
The taste begins with a malty sweet assault and lingers. however it finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.

Shiloh, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance of an average lager in color and head. Skunky aroma which I kind of like in my pilsners, I don't know why but I do. Taste did not have as much skunkiness but still had a little. Very light in body. Not much malt here, mostly hops. Slightly bitter, but no overpowering flavor. Finishes crisp and clean. Good for a cheap import.

granger10, Jul 24, 2003
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.