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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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BA SCORE
77
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651 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy. Drinkable, which is above average for pils I've had. Beats Urquel. Clean, decent malts. Slight citrus in saaz hops. Good carbonation in finish. Balanced but on sweetish side.Another average LCBO lager import, but fresh. Thanks Paul.

Sammy, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 5/17/13.

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a sweetened corn flake aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild grassy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not very exciting.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.4%

djrn2, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

acurtis, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color with some hints of amber. It poured with a thin white head that left lacy patterns; a light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate amount of pilsner malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The initial taste is rather malty with some hints of sweetness while the finish has some bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer goes down very easy and is quite drinkable.

metter98, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pristine dark amber with pale lemon trim. The pearl colored lid is probably the best part of the appearance. It's at least two fingers after the pour, has a tight-bubbled texture and is leaving scads of sticky lace. Most pilseners aren't this dark, but I'm not about to hold that against it.

Thanks to the green glass bottle, I caught a whiff of skunkiness when the cap was popped; most of which is now gone. What's left isn't great and certainly isn't hoppy enough for a pils. Staropramen smells like every other Euro pale lager on the face of the earth. Although it's still several months before the 'best by' date, it smells like it's long past.

I haven't had a good Czech pilsener in quite some time. For some reason, I actually thought this beer had a chance to remedy that. It doesn't. I will give it credit for being more hoppy and more bitter than most EPLs (which it resembles much more than it does a pilsener), but it's far from outstanding beer.

There's a decent amount of pale malt that provides an underlying sweetness and keeps the bitterness of the hops from getting out of control. The hops themselves are grassy and spicy, but taste dull and stale rather than bright and fresh. At least there are enough ingredients, which gives the beer a leg up on most Euro lagers. Warming brings about the expected (minor in this case) flavor deterioration

The mouthfeel struggles to be average... and doesn't quite make it. I found some enjoyment early in the bottle, but what bubbles were present have now exhausted themselves. Things feel borderline flat as a result. A decent amount of carbonation was only chance the mouthfeel had and it blew it.

Staropramen Lager is the only beer from this brewery that I've ever had. Looking at the number of reviews for the rest of their lineup, I might never run across another one. That's okay, there's nothing here to make me the least bit curious about what else these guys have up their sleeves. If you give this one a shot, don't expect rabbits. Skunks are a distinct possibility though.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a bubbly extra white head with average retention. Aroma of fresh crisp hops with floral malt. Taste is quite refreshing with again the crisp hops and floral malt making a good impression. Carbonation is great for the style and no skunkyness is a bonus for those imported bottles.

Phyl21ca, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second sampling: Same as first with emphasis on the grainy-bie-ey-ness in the throat nearing the finish.

An average beer per style and region. Colors and textures appear as expected: Clear, straw, high co2, fizzy head, little lacing. The aromas could be better: Light barley, corn, cereal grains, and light struck against Saaz hops. Flavors fare better than aromas: Lightly malty. Has flavors and textures of light cereal grains. Hopped for balance only. Lightly grapefruity. Has a bitter bite in the back of the throat in the finish and aftertaste. Light body-no creaminess and a bit harsh. Crisp and moderately dry finish.

BEERchitect, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.39 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 25.05.2010.

Appearance: Pours a coppery-toned body with a tall, airy, snow white head. Speckled lacing on the way down. If nothing else, it doesn't look solid.

Smell: Initially skunky, as one would expect from green bottles, but, thankfully, it's Laundry Day here, so that'll give it ample time to waft away. Nose of grainy baked bread lightly brushed with sweet cream butter and accented by notes of grassy, lemony hops.

Taste: Light pale malts which are both bready and grainy. Lightly sweet. Faint hint of butter. The hops present predominately grassy and lemony tastes, but there's a slight underlying earthiness in there as well. The bitterness, though pronounced when set against the light malts, is still fairly light overall. Finishes dry and reasonably crisp with one final hint of buttered breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether terrible for a mass-produced brew from the Czech Republic's second largest brewery. A little malty, a little bitter, a little skunky, and you're done!

ChainGangGuy, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear yellow color with a foamy white head on top. There wasn't much lacing or retention on this one. The smell was earthy with some hints of cut grass on the nose. The taste of the beer had a decent malt base with a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel was light, nicely carbonated and crisp. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. I liked it more than some of the others in the style. Still not one I'd buy a case of or anything, but glad I tried it.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeper golden with a thinner then expected head even with a rough pour very clean no lacing at all,aroma was a little skunky (green bottle)with a hint of sweet grain.Noticed a little smokiness in flavor off the bat with a touch of toasted grain and iron not much hop presence though for a Czech lager/pilsner just light zip in the finish.Taste is on the drier side and goes down well in the summer here,I would drink this over any domestic or Canadian macro when I want a easy drinking lager but those green bottles scare me.

oberon, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear bright pale straw with a solid two fingers of white frothy head that leaves some good lacing behind. The nose is singed rice and wheat, with a dark bit of funk, very much like the colorsake (...sure, it's a word...trust me...) feed doused with water and left to malinger in the sun. The taste follows, but with an added dose of negativity, as though this brew were fighting your tongue for no apparent reason, and not showering for a week beforehand. Yes, that kind of salty musk is involved here. The body, to its credit, is nicely light with moderate carbonation and a watery texture, helping to salvage the drinkability from the absolute abyss. Ed Harris came down just in time, but...

TMoney2591, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle pours out a golden, yellow color with minimal head. No lacing. It smelled of grain and spice. Surprisingly there was no skunky smell. I could taste some hop flavor and a little spice. It was relatively crisp and smooth. I found it quite drinkable. It is a pretty descent European lager.

zeff80, May 03, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +19.4%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says best before end of Nov 9 2012, wow that's a shelf life for a green bottled Euro pils I don't wanna drink this same bottle next fall. Bright golden crystal clear color with an eggshell white head forming thick and billowing above the sides of my glass, visually very appealling so far. Aroma has some sweet bready grains with herbal slightly skunked hops, pleasant lime/grassy notes from the noble Saaz. Flavor has a muted malt sweetness with a tart/bitter zing from the hops almost with a lime zest note to it. Mouthfeel is crsip finishes nice and dry with residual bready malts left on the palate not a bad beer whatsoever. Not the best pils I have ever had but up there with some of the imported versions very drinkable the 16.9 ounce bottles don't last very long the type of beer that I'm sure appeals to the masses in Praha. Staropramen, I'm guessing "star of Prague".

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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

russpowell, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nothing special here, a slightly sweet malty aroma after a golden flat color with almost no head. flavor is straw, grassy hop and a wole bunch of czech malt flavors. mouthfeel is smooth and clean, not as crisp as some, and totally sucks when it warms. this beer doesnt do it for me, easy drinking, but enexciting. weak as the czechs go. i dont know, better than a heineken, but thats about all i can say here

StonedTrippin, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pilsner malt scent along with a slight breadlike aroma. It appears to be all malt and has a light Czech hop presence. The taste is decent. It has a very plain/bland pilsner malt flavor. The hops are there, but don't stand out; only in the finish. It's clean with a bit of malty sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a breadlike character and some mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker, although I find it a bit heavy for a Czech pils. It should be lighter with a more pronounced hop character. All in all, not bad.

WesWes, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Amity Hall in my quest to try 101 different beers there. #6/101, knew nothing about it other than it was a pilsner going into it. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells corn, floral hops, sweet grains, bread. Not bad, and the floral notes help, but a bit average.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, vegetables, sweet grains, bready malts. Taste is a little sweeter than the nose and a step down for me.

m - Light, watery body and moderate carbonation. Body is a bit too thin.

o - Overall a below average pilsner. Not a lot going on here and has some of that sweet corn and vegetable notes that reminds me of an adjunct lager. Body is thin; you could have a few of them but I wouldn't want to. Wouldn't seek it out again.

mdfb79, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin head that gradually descends to a thin patch.

The smell is sweet with a touch of husk. Slight fruitiness. Mild, but inoffensive.

The taste is of sweet graininess/huskiness. A touch floral and fruity. A balancing hop dryness. in the finish.

The body is light, approaching medium. A bit slick. Pretty smooth.

It's a refreshing enough, easy "sessionable". Fits much better in the category of EPL rather than Czech Pilsener. Not a bad choice at all for a "no-brainer" session lager, with enough dryness grab another.

jwc215, Mar 01, 2007
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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.