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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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694 Ratings
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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 BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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...

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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".

Photo of Slatetank
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mdfb79
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 28th, 2010. Pours a pleasant clear gould with a three finger, relatively thick head that retains well and has some cream. So far, so good.

Smell: A light aroma but a pleasant one. Barley, maybe some malt, a hint of roast, just a little hint of hops.

Taste: A mellow and balanced beer with notes of light cream, sweet barley, and honey. A subtle finish but a nice one. Well built for a pilsener, but the Czech breweries know how to do it like no one else does.

Mouthfeel: I'd like a little more cream on the open. It's a little too wet, but the finish dries up nicely, making me want another sip. The mouthfeel, despite its flaws, matches the taste, and for that I applaud the brewer. There's a nice bit of chewy goodness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'd certainly have it again. I've seen some pubs here in Galway (The Cellar) that have it on tap; I'm going to give it a try. I've always enjoyed pilseners, and this one is a treat especially at this price range.

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a dark gold with a small white head. Solid retention, fairly good lace.

S: Pils malt and Saaz hops, a classic smell, but not vibrant.

T: Bready malt next to sulfur mine. Okay its not that bad, but the sulfur is clearly noticable, but it's fun here as it can be in pilsners. Dry floral hops, biting on the finish.

M: Crisp, smooth, light-bodied. Biting carbonation.

O: A pretty good Czech pilsner and I'm sure it's better in Prague. Stop with the green bottles please, it stopped me from buying this for years until I finally found a single.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a crystal clear gold color with a nice one inch head. Light lacing developed through the drink. The aroma is average, as some malt and hops are detectable. The flavor was typical Czech Pilsner, malt with a biting bitterness and a hint of lemon. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, and the bitterness lasted on the tongue for a minute after swallowing. Nice carbonation levels. A refreshing beer.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.