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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of EasyReader
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

EasyReader, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.50 CDN.

Appearance - bright clean and clear golden color. Capped by about two fingers of fluffy white head with good retention. Tons of lively bubbles and a good amount of lacing left behind.

Smell - grassy with a few floral aspects. Less biscuity than many others in the style.

Taste - crisp and clean even a bit creamy. The grassy and floral notes carry over into the taste. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp, with above average carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Overall- a good if not great pilsner, certainly enjoyable, but nothing stands out to separate from others.

DenisKolkin, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Dithyramb
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Henry Street Ale House for $5.
Appearance – Light yellow in color with a short lived, fluffy white head.
Had light citrusy hops on the nose.
The light citrus hops came back in the flavor, but there was a smooth and creamy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Just the right amount of carbonation. This was light-bodied, with a creamy and fluffy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. After reading the other reviews, I'll keep away from the scary green bottle, though.

Dithyramb, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of dpgoblejr
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

dpgoblejr, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -10.4%

boszormeny, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of mralphabet
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a dark copper color with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with no lacing to speak of.

S: Little skunk here... very grassy with a little lemon zest mixed in.

T: Little flat on flavor.. There is skunk here... pretty grassy here with touches of graininess but not much else here.

M: Pretty crisp and well carbonated but pretty flat over all

O: Not very pilsner like to me... A little more Euro lager for my taste. Not bad if you a thirsty.

mralphabet, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of tripledbrew
3/5  rDev -10.4%

tripledbrew, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of TubaDan
3/5  rDev -10.4%

TubaDan, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

dcbeers, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev -10.4%

BJSmit, May 29, 2014
Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -40.3%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of matty
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is grainy with a hint of skunkiness.Taste is grainy and sweet with a tad of butter.Overall pretty bland and boring not horrible but not great either.I don't think you'll be missing much if you never try this.This is my last one for sure.

matty, May 16, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some Christmas presents to uncork, so let's give it a whirl. Upon popping the cap there is a distinctly European lager smell, extremely sweet and dry. Pours into a pint with a nice 1-1/2 finger macro-bubble head topping a very bubbly bright orangish yellow brew. Taste is most definitely characteristic of a European pilsener. Almost a straight barley and corn-like taste comes through the beer which a has good body and slight bitterness. Then all of a sudden the the whole taste disappears, leaving a dry and clean aftertaste. This is a great beer to sit in the warm SoFla winter sun and knock back. However since it's nightfall and a little chilly this beer is a little too light for the bonfire.

mooseisloose, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of stoutman
4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the Pilsner Urquell comparison with this one.. This one competes with the world class pils. Staropramen is a clear golden beer with a very small and fast disappearing head. The aroma is very inviting with sweet and hoppy tones. And the flavor is just like a czech pilsener should be very easily drinkable with a faint sweetness to start with but then dominated by the very nice hoppy bitterness. 5% ABV.

stoutman, May 28, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, tawny copper, bordering on a crystal clear golden hue. Thin, dusty white head that is quick to dissolve. Sweet grains, husky malts, a near-Euro skunking aroma that does not detract from the quality. Crisp grassy hops, medium carbonation. Not much going on here. Turns a bit dry; light bodied. Musk like malts and a lingering dry hops felt towards the end. Simple. Too simple.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a brilliant, pale gold with a couple of fingers of fine white bubbled head. Noble hop aroma with a slight metallic hint. Light bodied, very easy drinking. Clean flavor, some malt there, but not as much as I remember from drinking it before. Decent hop bite. Solid pilsner, good summertime drinking.

homebrewhawk, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(7/12/2009)Had to come back and re-rate this one. First time I had it, it must have been bad. Nice malty flavor with touch of hops. A bit of a yeasty taste. Nice clear golden color. Good mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high.

(8/7/2007)Wasnt too impressed with this one. Metallic taste, very pedestrian. No aroma to speak of,except maybe for a bit of skunk, mouthfeel was ok but nothing special, kind of watery. I would neither seek this out nor recommend. I cant believe this is rated as high as it is.

biggmike, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep gold color, clear. Tons of fine bubbles rising up to the top. Frothy head, leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet grass, pale malts, crisp.

Taste:
Malt forward. Bready, pale malts, grassy. Light-medium bitterness, mostly herbal, a little lemony. Finish off dry bitter. Body is light, creamy texture, a little dry aftertaste, soft carbonation.

mjurney, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

ShepardCommander, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of happygnome
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass and a faint cloud on top of the beer. There is a little carbonation continuing to rise to the top

s: sweet malt and grassy aroma, little hop bitterness

t: sweet malt flavor, little hop bitterness

m: light bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a decent beer but i will not be buying it again

happygnome, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of supercolter
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty decent Czech pilsner. Appearance and smell are pretty bland. That is to be expected given the style however. Clean yellow color, a bit fizzy but no real head or lacing. Smell is pretty weak, a bit of sour and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the smell, but more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is a bit light for my preferance. Drinkability is very easy to swallow.

supercolter, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of steveh
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man -- lots of different Staropramen labels to choose from.

Grabbed a sixer of this at a local grocer where it was on closeout. Best before August 25, 2012... but green bottles.

A -- Pours a clear, deep gold color with a dense, very sticky & long-lasting head that leaves great lacing.

S -- Skunky up front, but it dissipates with some time given. Typical Pils bready malt and Saaz hop nose.

T -- Has that grainy to bready malt character up front balanced out with spicy Saaz hops at the finish and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very reminiscent of Budvar. There's also a light, vague fruitiness in the aftertaste that reminds me of Urquell too.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp and has a light creaminess in-between. Body is light to light-medium.

O -- Everything you could want in a Czech Pils, aside from the green bottle curse.

steveh, Feb 06, 2012
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.