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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 steveh


3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:01:33 | More by steveh
Photo of bschinelli


3/5  rDev -10.2%

12-08-2013 21:18:52 | More by bschinelli
Photo of Magpie14


3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: rich gold color with massive rocky head, lush and foamy. Big chunky, sticky lacing. The walls of my glass were left with a spider web of lacing.

Smell: smell of grains and a traditional pilsner "skunk" nose. Touch of sweet caramel and honey.

Taste: smooth taste with slight sweetness. Predominantly grains and corn and a sutle amount of hops, sort of floral taste. Very crisp finish and a great smooth body. Aftertaste holds a bit watery as it goes down.

I must say that I enjoyed this beer. A great traditional "middle of the road" Czech pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 19:32:26 | More by Magpie14
Photo of cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-29-2013 03:15:50 | More by cam477
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-27-2013 14:33:21 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of jarmby1711


3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came recommended by the Purvis Wine Cellars , usually an excellent source for beers.Perhaps my expectations were a little too high based on this recommendation.
However it is an enjoyable beer that is inoffensive not at all distinctive but does have some endearing qualities.
The clear lager is mid gold with and orange hue and has a white frothy head that sits atop a very fine and persistant bead.
The smell is all European malty lager and so really smells like hundreds of other beers.
The taste is initially as expected from the smell , sweetish biscuity sort ofd thing but it very smoothly moves into the dry sharp finish which makes this beer just that little more enjoyable.
It has sharpness in the mouth which would make it a reasonable session beer.
Just a ppleasant but un exciting Lager

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 22:24:43 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of tbeer40

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

01-12-2012 23:47:47 | More by tbeer40
Photo of clarknova


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

05-29-2013 14:45:27 | More by clarknova
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is gold or bronze. Four fingers of fluffy, white head dissipated quickly to leave trails of foam on the glass, a billowy cap, and, eventually, a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It has that enticing Czech skunkiness right out of the bottle. The aroma is clean and crisp with tons of barnyard hay and grassy Saaz hops. There is also lemon zest, apple tartness, and spice.

Taste: Delicious and refreshing. Lots of light malts, Saaziness (grass and bitterness), lemon zest, green apple tartness, and a little metallic bitterness.

Drinkability: It is not going to blow one away with its complexity, but it is a very tasty pilsner that, as far as my experience goes, exemplifies the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:05:38 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of warpedrevolution


2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

08-15-2012 21:28:45 | More by warpedrevolution
Photo of danielharper


3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dark orangey color with a thick white head. Head dissipates to a thin film over the beer after a while. Nice presentation.

Aroma of some skunkiness, as expected for the style, with a bit of malty sweetness beneath. No hops present.

Flavor much the same, but with a dry malty aftertaste. Reasonably pleasant and refreshing.

Mouthfeel moderate, but good for a Czech Pilsener. Nice job.

Overall, I won't buy this again, but as a Czech Pilsener this is quite a good one. Fans of the style might like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 22:53:02 | More by danielharper
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice, foamy head on top of a watery-clear, dark golden body. Decent retention and lacing.

S- Slightly skunked and harshly grained with wet, husky aroma. Some butter and a nice hop twang.

T- Not quite a Pilsener in my book, but definitely more hoppy than most Euro Pale Lagers. Light, floral, and spicy hops along with a white bread backbone.

M- Bubbles are gentle and the body is a bit heavy.

D- Drinks quite well with clean, pretty characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:12:07 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of malcontent


3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold/straw color with only a little head that quickly dissipates into spotty lacing.

The nose is grainy cereal with a faint hop scent. There's also a slight corn smell, alarming only because I'm fairly certain that particular grain doesn't make its way into European beers.

Pretty good hop/malt interplay with the Saaz bitterness that is starting to grow on me. Fairly nice dry finish. An uneventful but well-executed beer.

Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation makes for a great party beer if you are having more closed-minded guests over.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 06:03:00 | More by malcontent
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
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
Photo of boszormeny

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-11-2014 22:05:55 | More by boszormeny
Photo of Pens1967


3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-26-2013 03:58:35 | More by Pens1967
Photo of magpieken


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

04-11-2013 18:19:07 | More by magpieken
Photo of PhageLab


3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Sparkling golden hue populated with rising suds. Two tip head which sat around a good while. Spotted lacing.

S - Hop tinge and some herbal grain notes. Not potent, but certainly not bad.

T - Champagne like initially, then a citrus like zest kicks in before you actually reach the malt body. Has a nice earth tone to it's aftertaste. Much better than I was expecting.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, light body, sharp feel on the palate. No residues left over, as it finishes quite dry.

D - Pretty good, actually. I was impressed with this one, and it certainly has some refining characteristics to it. Although the abv is low, I can't see making this a bbq beer or anything, but one or two with dinner would probably work very well. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 23:21:25 | More by PhageLab
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle, not too much of a head. Very nice colour, looks almost like a belgian pale ale. Smells of saaz, also got hints of red cabbage. Sweeter than other czech beers, probably because of the syrup. Hints of flowers, not much bitterness. Nice mouthfull for a lager. This was my go-to before I really got into exploring different beers and I still drink it on occasions.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 13:52:40 | More by jonb5
Photo of n00blar


3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-23-2014 02:10:55 | More by n00blar
Photo of mrcraft


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-22-2014 03:22:47 | More by mrcraft
Photo of TubaDan


3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-17-2014 04:49:50 | More by TubaDan
Photo of DbbC


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-12-2014 00:43:51 | More by DbbC
Photo of nukem5


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Photo of GOBLIN


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-09-2014 01:33:36 | More by GOBLIN
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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