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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%


Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - bright gold with a thin head. Wicked lacing, low to medium carbonation.

Smell - soft, sweet aroma of biscuits and grain. Further nosing provides fresh dough, with light apple notes.

Taste - immediate hoppiness punches through, with mellow grainy sweetness following. The end features some spicy hops with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - an interesting effect on the tongue, very fizzy for the carbonation then smooth and then fizzy once again. Novelty.

Drinkability - not a bad brew, decent flavouring and character. Not my first choice of a Czech Pilsner, but nothing wrong with having a few of these.

Serving type: can

03-20-2009 01:55:41 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%
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!

Serving type: can

02-21-2009 00:24:33 | More by biegaman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While visiting Prague not too long after the Velvet Revolution, I was new to beer, and found that the lagers throughout this new country were the perfect antidote to the mid-summer Continental heat and humidity. Of all the beers I tried, I recall this being my favorite, but it has never been available where I live. A recent trip to Toronto allowed me to grab a tall can of this trip down memory lane...

Poured into my souvenir Staropramen 50cl mug, from a pub in the backstreets of Prague whose name I don't remember, this pilsener is a very nice light golden colour, with a copious amount of light, white head, which disappears quickly, leaving lace all over the place. The smell takes me back to those dark, cool pubs near the Strahov Stadium, taking refuge in wonderful 50 cent frosty beer, no-English environments. It's all bready, biscuity malt and grassy green hops on the nose, and crisp hops and white crackers in the taste, very easy to drink, moderately carbonated, with a clean finish. I'm not saying this can is as good as a pint in a Prague pub, but that was a long time ago, so this will have to do, and do nicely.

Serving type: can

10-18-2008 03:10:07 | More by biboergosum
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL can with best before date stamped on bottom. Pours a clear golden yellow. Large white head, dissipates in a short time, leaving gobs of lacing around the glass. Smells strongly of bread: grainy, yeast, sweet with faint floral hop notes. Smooth sweetness up front, light sourness like green apple, spicy and bitter hop finish with some light fruit notes. Carbonation is nicely crisp, light body, but never watery. Somewhat refreshing, but not quite so much as some other Czech Pilsners.

Serving type: can

05-31-2008 02:21:23 | More by nighthawk
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Czech Pilsener to review, best thus far is Kozel followed closely by Budweiser Budvar/Czechvar. Best before 11/12/2008. 5.00% abv, 500mL. Poured at fridge temp into a oversized wine glass.

Big bubbly white head over a rich amber body. Leaves some lace.

Aromas are stronger of caramel than I've seen in other Czech pilsener. Classic noble hop aromas, but can smell the bitterness.

Feel is on the watery side, but carbonation creams it nicely. Palate is super spicy, lots of bitterness, but some undesirable vegetably sweetness too. Finish is more spice and bitterness, which is better than sweetness, but it switches over to maltiness after a few seconds. Overall medium length.

I find these Czech pilseners to be more and more of the same...

Serving type: can

03-24-2008 21:13:07 | More by Antilochus
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up can at NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber colour with a big fluffy white head. Resides slowly to a lacey ring. Leaves gobs of lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Floral hops and a nice grainy aroma. Sweetish, bready.

Taste: Bready and grainy. Not a whole lot of flavour. Bitterness is medium. Finish is bready.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, very high drinkability.

Final Statement: Not a mindblowing beer, but very drinkable, nothing wrong with it at all. A decent czech pilsner.

Serving type: can

02-02-2008 02:03:17 | More by MMansfield
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MTNboy

Germany

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I believe I actually tried this in Czech a few years ago and I enjoyed it. Maybe this review does not do the beer justice but this is the impression I got when I recently tried in a can I got from the BeerStore in Kingston Ontario.

Appearance- This beer is almost an orange amber color. It has both a full head of foam that will form some nice foamy lace.

Smell- A very cheap and adjunct mass produced lager smell. A bit grassy

Taste- The first thing I tasted was metal then I tasted a bit of hops and even less but some malt. I would say the flavor was less than average.

Mouthfeel- It feels watery and there was not much for carbonation.

Drinkability- I thought it was very bland and cheaply made.

Serving type: can

01-05-2008 02:35:01 | More by MTNboy
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium-gold colour but see through. Light head, some lacing, but none of it lasted very long. Lightly carbonated. When first poured, there was an aroma of apple / spice, a hint of cinammon that made me think this could be interesting. Carbonated mouthfeel, dry with a bitter sharp taste, some hops, malt but not in great tandem. The finish drops off quickly and I found it a little harsh and rough on the palate. The ingredients listed on the side of the can include mollose syrup and hop extract, at least they're up front about that, it looked and smelled better than it was.

Serving type: can

10-05-2007 03:51:37 | More by ThatWineGuy
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml tall can BB 27.03.08.

A- straw yellow in color. decent head settles down to a layer of foam, lace.

S- hops, a little malt sweetness, mint, also a little grainy.

T- skunky, malt sweetness, bitter hops, bread/bran muffins, traces of caramel.

M- nice body and moderate carbonation.

D- fairly good drinkability.

Overall not my favorite example of the style(way too skunky), but compliments grilled chicken with vegetable dishes quite nicely.

Serving type: can

05-08-2007 22:08:43 | More by drinkininthewood
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: translucent apple juice color, more toward straw in the light; full eggshell head, quickly recedes to surface film
S: malt, paper, corn
T: per the nose, malt, paper, corn, maybe rice, lightly sweet;
M: light-medium-bodied, carbonated, slightly oily; dryish aftertaste
O: The carbonation makes it feel fresher than some of its peers, but it it's still just "not bad."

12oz / Pint Glass

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:02:09 | More by RandomExile
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 02-22-2014
Freshness: Best by 09-20-2014
Packaging: 330ml green bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from World Market

Pours clear, with a golden color and a good head of white foam. Shows good lacing and head retention. The aromas feature hay and grassy hop notes, plus some lemon and a light breadiness.

The taste has a low bitterness and also a slight sweetness to balance. Hop flavors are spicy and seem to match the typical Noble/Pilsner hop flavors. Light bodied, the beer is moderately carbonated and was refreshing with a finish of spicy hops.

Nothing spectacular here but a good, solid old world pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:58:24 | More by sommersb
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ilovewaffles

Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour from a bottle. Slightly darker-than-straw yellow color. About a finger of head, fairly long lasting. Lacing noted down the glass.

Smell is pleasant. Hoppy and sweet. Very nice.

Initial taste is slightly astringency. Subsequent sips become more pleasant. Fairly balanced hop and malt characteristics. Neutral mouthfeel, goes well with style.

Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:06:19 | More by ilovewaffles
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Staropramen Lager

Look 8/10
Smell 14/20
Taste 31/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 79/100

Rather straight forward and simple. Won't Stand out. Also was rather surprising how easy to drink and enjoy it was. While I may never seek it out again for me. May make a great 'gateway' beer for an adjunct drinker. I have I thing great to say about it and nothing bad~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:06:14 | More by BrewUSA
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beergoot

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden body with a thick, sticky, white head; nice rings and globs of foam remain on the glass after every drink. Warm, grainy aroma; old hay and straw. Flavor exudes a light, cereal-like character; toasty with biscuit tones; mild hop bitterness at the finish. Light, crisp, clean and dry finish.

A very good, malt-forward pilsner. Easy to drink with good balance and decent complexity. There is a brightness and crispness to the beer, overall, along with a gentle warmth yet still remains light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:24:42 | More by beergoot
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Typically clear lager with thin head and strong bubbles. A little darker than other pilsners, but not so much as a pale ale.
Smell: Grainy and sweet, with a slight skunkiness that is common in many import lagers. Slight bready like yeast presence. Mild aroma of freshly cut grass. Nothing super exciting.
Taste: Well balanced flavors of both malt and hops with neither being overbearing or unpleasant. Normal, everyday pils that neither excites nor disappoints. Slight bitter skunky taste on the sides and back of tongue. Lingering bitterness. Very easy to drink.
Mouth: Heavily carbonated as most pilsners. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Lighter in terms of body.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 23:58:28 | More by ZoomanCru
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Thracian_Hops

Bulgaria

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a 330ml glass at a restaurant (obviously, had to pour it twice).
Light golden amber appearance with two and a half (of my thin) finger(s) head, with an aroma that initially yields many citrus notes that give way to a more "crackery" scent as the head disappears.
Taste is faintly herbal with an even fainter citrus but somehow doesn't break through that "faint" level of flavour, until when swallowed it does, for but a millisecond, give a hint of that hops taste, before giving way to a generic carbonation aftertaste. Interestingly, I did notice a boozy hint of vanilla that I expect in liquor, but this only happened on a couple sips somewhere in the middle of the whole experience; it's kind of odd that it never really replicated itself. Mouthfeel is okay, without much to notice; it's very difficult to say there is much smoothness or roughness going on with the carbonation, either way. This in a way serves to pinpoint the problem with this beer.
I think the elements of this beverage which make it a beer are fighting to the death with carbonated water for dominance over the flavour instead of working together; right now the water has the upper hand. It's not bad, but strikes me as nothing more than the export-quality macro brew one would expect to find among the foreign beers in Bulgaria these days. I really would have liked it more if there were more hops; for me, it would have gone from "okay" to "nice."

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:55:33 | More by Thracian_Hops
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Completely clear and with a golden hue, this import beer offers a nose that is grassy, a little skunked, a little grainy, and a little bit caramel like. The foam on this beer looks nice at first and seems rather lumpy following a good pour, but it does settle itself down in due time, still leaving a good deal of lace as you consume.

Tasting this beer reveals a flavor that is a little better than its nose indicates. The flavors of sweet, caramel- like malts are present, along with the flavors of herbs and lightly spiced hops. There is a certain vegetable- like component to the taste as well with some fruit and a somewhat metallic finish.

The Czech Republic is world- renown for creating some classis beers. This particular beer doesn’t rank among those classics for several important reasons. I like the lacing and the easy- going nature of the taste, but some of the flavors are a tad off base. It would taste better if the skunkiness could be purged from the flavor but that will only happen when the brewer stops packaging it in green bottles.

Overall, this isn’t a bad beer. But there are others that are certainly better representatives of the Czech Republic and its important heritage. For these reasons, I cannot rate this one much better than average overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 04:00:25 | More by BryanCarey
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Aewachiw

Maryland

3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This crisp, refreshing Czech lager reminds me of the time we spent in Prague.

I learned what true pilsners are, and how they can make a hot summer day more enjoyable.

On tap here in BRU in Phily, enjoyable, and reminiscent of a fabulous trip through Central Europe.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 21:42:54 | More by Aewachiw
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soju6

Missouri

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a frothy head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some citrus, herbal, bit of sweet malt and grain.

T: Taste is similar with some citrus, malt sweetness and grain. tart bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp with a bit of a grainy feel.

O: Decent beer, reminds me more of a Euro Lager with a bit of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 20:42:10 | More by soju6
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ToriBug13

California

2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Staropramen Prague Lager

A- Pretty, clear, and surprisingly nice head. Thick lacing. Wheat in color, great carbonation bubbles.

S- A little sweet on the nose. Has that smell boring lagers have- like an old sponge. That sounds more negative than it should, particularly for this beer. It’s just an average “beer” smell.

T- Wheaty, light hops. Clean and soapy. Good carbonation, turned out to be a decent lager. Doesn’t blow me away, but it would be fine as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 15:22:11 | More by ToriBug13
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this over a friends house the other night.
Pale golden straw color with a thin white head. It lacked carbonation and looked pretty boring just sitting there.
The aroma has a pale malt, grassy smell with barly any hop presence.
The taste is plain and boring but is drinkable. There is a slight hop taste, I'm guessing saaz.
A bit more malty with pale malts and pilsner malts only with a breadiness at finish.
Drinks dry and slightly bitter on the palate.
This was an okay beer but I think the hop profile could more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 10:35:36 | More by micromaniac129
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Roman5150

Spain

3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel glass

Appearance: Piss yellow, typical lager color, 1 finger off white head

Smell: bready notes, slight roasted malt, nothim much else.. very subtle earthy hops

Taste: very bready, almost rye taste, for the style there is plenty of flavor for sure.

mouthfeel: great carbonation and relatively full bodied feel for a lighter beer

overall: Probably my favorite lager, with Summerfest close behind. Basically, it's a Macro made the way it should be, with some actual flavor characteristics. Very smooth and refreshing, also if you are ever in Prague, visit the brewery and try this on draft, it's amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:11:15 | More by Roman5150
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.96/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Staropramen has a thick, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, with thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, biscuit and bready malt, with a touch of hop zing. Taste is of those elements, with a wonderful and dead-on hop bitterness rounding it out. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Staropramen finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and delicious. Really, this is about as perfect as a beer can get, and I score it world class. This might be the best lager I’ve ever tried. Just fabulous and a must for beer lovers!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 13:58:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:19:25 | More by nukem5
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked this up as a part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown PA, poured chilled into a mug.

The color is deep amber with tranparent clarity and off white cream with tight bead and no lace. The smell is not very impressive, it has a slight skunky hop nose probably from the green glass bottle and it overpowers the mildly bready undertones. The feel is malty with highly carbonated and semi-slick diacetyl texture with dry finish and semi spicy feel.

The Pils has a taste that is mineral and toasted with slight creamy element from yeast and possibly carbonation with subtle yeast dryness after the swallow with some spiciness from the hops in the finish. Overall I was bit underwhelmed as the beer was overwhelmed by the skunkiness it suffers a lot as a result of this and is marginally drinkable as a result. I would pass unless I saw it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 14:02:41 | More by Slatetank
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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