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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 776
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 121 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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".

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Photo of mdfb79
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden body with a dense white apex. Aromas of grain, fruity lager yeast. Subtle aroma overall. Easy drinking, light sweetness, grainy finish, subtle earthy quality. Bready, yeasty, simple, tasty. A nice pils.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from Heroe's after I had one of these on-tap there. On to the beer:

Simple, clean, and refreshing. No skunk to worry about here knowing it's from a keg. Sweeter than I was expecting. Much of the taste was like bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) honey and a light dose of hops. On-tap, it makes a grrr-eeeat session beer at a restaurant while chatting with friends.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at EuroMarket. The beer is immediately hoppy, but true to style, it's a soft bite with herbal lemon hops. There's an unfortunate cheap lager note, maybe fusels, mixed without an otherwise pleasant floral note. The aroma is disappointingly bland, but the flavor has that classic mellow bread and earthy hops. Not a bad hot-weather beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold amber body, with a minimal fimly head. No head retention or lacing. Quite a thin body to it. Good amount of carbonation.

Some Saaz on the nose, but not as piquantly hoppy as I'd expect from a good Czech pilsener. A fair amount of honey-like sweetness dulls the fragrance of the hops. It's not a bad smelling beer, but a little tame for a true pils.

The balance on the palate is as I would expect from the nose. There's a strong honey-like malt sweetness which permeates throughout, and only a hint of the zingy, zesty hops. Bitterness is lower than expected. Mouthfeel is crispt but a little flat.

However, this one drinks pretty smoothly, and there's few actual flaws in the flavour. It does end up tasting rather dull though...

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Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Since my last pint of this beer on-tap I have been literally scared to ever buy it again. After checking the beer is genuinely made in Prague, I bought it again at the Tesco supermarket, expecting to resume my confidence in this supposedly nice Pilsner. BB date: 24/08/06

A: it pours a dark golden, nearly pale amber, hue, with a thick, paper-white foamy head which settles to a thin layer of foam to sustain throughout the drink; moderately-carbonated body.
S: slightly grassy, lemony, and faintly apple-peel-ish hops upfront, on a bed of mild grainy note and buttery+molasses aroma~~ overall softly aromatic and slightly spicy hoppy, typical Saaz aroma, albeit slightly restrained compared to many other Czech products.
T&M: very light-bodied and refreshing flow of lager malts (with restrained sweetness) hit the palate upfront; hop bitterness follows immediately, along with a melting, grainy bitter-sweetness left on the sides of the tongue. Not much else aftertaste though, while the advantage is leaving behind a clean finish and mouthfeel, making this beer a very light-weight and thirst-quenching beer.
D: much better than my last experience of this beer on tap in St. Albans, nr. London, where I encountered the worst Staropramen I'd ever experienced. (Perhaps because that one was brewed under license and this one authentic?) Yet for my taste this beer is not so pronounced as many Pils or Pilsners I tried on tap during my trip in the Czech Republic; it's rather like a more vaguely-defined/generic Euro Pale Lager, as the characters are not as focused as a Pils should be. Having said that, nothing's wrong with it being a easy-drinking lager.

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Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium to dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront spicy saaz hop with a light husky grain.

The taste consisted of a sharp biting hop spice and a grainy malt. There was an uncomfortable chemical element toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a bit of harshness and astringency.

Overall not a top tier Czech Pils. A servicable beer for sure, but there are much better out there.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slightly yeasty, with some spicyness. The taste is malty, sweet, hoppy, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad pilsener, tasty.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems to be similar to a Pilsner Urquell, also in a green bottle. This is from a large brewer and is better than the majors over here, the ABV is 5.2%.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear, medium orange with a ½ finger creamy, eggshell white colored head that settled to a thin, whispy, and sudsy covering leaving a visible rim lacing behind. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: faint, some fresh grains and oranges. You really have to dig deep here to detect anything.

T: musky oranges for flavor. there was some green plant stalk hints as well. The initial sip was a turn off but the flavor faired better after that. A touch of metallic nature was evident while the finish found some sharp, sour citric tones to it.

M: light, a little rough. Some sour oranges and a dry lacing on the tongue with a green plant stalk lingering taste.

D: Not impressed overall here, at times was a turnoff and at others though it had some good crispness to it but still I struggled to find a reason to finish this and have to give this a pass and don't bother.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass Best before 3/26/13.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of chunky ivory foam which leaves a nice lace. Good for the style.

Smell: sweet, grainy malt aroma with a hint of noble hops. Not too bad.

Taste: very much like the aroma. Sweetness is the first thing that hits me, followed by the grainy character and finally a pretty clean bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a light, airy mouthfeel. Refreshing.

Overall: a decent if unremarkable Pilsner. I bet this would taste great on vacation in Prague.

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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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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.