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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Reviews: 323
Hads: 782
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 128 | 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 thehyperduck
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

[Update Jan 23 2013]

500 mL can from TBS; best before Aug 19 2013. As far as pilseners go, I've never considered this an especially great example - but I've been revisiting a lot of my old reviews lately, and figured this one was worth another tipple.

Pours a deep golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head that slowly seeps away over a period of minutes. It leaves behind a doily-pattern of lacing on the sides, as well as a thin cap at the surface. The aroma is reasonably enticing and spot-on for the style; lots of grainy malts, biscuits, floral hops and dry grass. I've never been a big fan of this beer, but I must admit - it looks great, and smells pretty good too.

The taste, however, is where things go off the rails a bit. Don't get me wrong - it's not unpalatable, but by Czech pils standards it leaves much to be desired. The bulk of the flavour is comprised of grainy malts and dry crackers or biscuits, followed by some light grassiness, lemon zest, and some syrupy sweetness that gives off a serious adjunct vibe. The finish is fairly clean and a little dry, but doesn't linger. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation for the style that gives it a relatively smooth, crisp feel in the mouth. Very high drinkability; like most pale lagers, this stuff was made for sessioning.

Final Grade: 3.29, a C+. Staropramen Lager is a decent pilsener, but I certainly wouldn't consider it an especially memorable example of the style. I've had this many times before, and will probably return to it again at some point - but if push came to shove, there are several other Czech-style beers (Pilsner Urquell, Golden Pheasant, etc.) that I'd definitely pick first. If you're just a fan of Euro lagers and are looking for a cheap, passable pilsener to slug back, this stuff will get the job done, but serious lager fans will probably find Staropramen to be a fairly forgettable offering. A serviceable, boring lager that is worth at least one try, if only because of the price point.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malty, citrus, yeast and some herbal hops
Taste: Sweet malts, grain and a soft bitter saazhop.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Nice balanced pilsner

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

A nice thick head, banana in color. Thick full head.

A smooth tasting lager, slightly hoppy but not overpowering. Sharp start, smooth finish, average mouthfeel, good drinkability. Wouldn't be my first choice to have again.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Innis & Gunn flute. Golden straw colour with a finger-thick head. Decent amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Aromas of hops, some spicy roasted malts, and a bit of skunk.

Taste: Roasty malt is first and foremost. Following is some bitterness from the hosp with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Nice and light.

Overall: Not the most interesting beer. Light, refreshing, a little weak in taste and aroma, though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green bottle, straw faint yellow beer inside, soapy head, flimsy retention. Nice skunky aroma, me likee.

Taste, hopping good, light, maybe EKG hops, lots of carbonation, light lemon lime mouthfeel to it. Metallic at times, although somewhat complimentary, bitterness existent and satisfying for style. Derive nothing from pale/crystal malt here or the yeast.

Wish these were a little more available, they aren't bad in July/August, but they are a little pricey for what you get.

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Photo of djura
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Staropramen is also made in Apatinska brewery,i tried original Chech also,and the difference is huge. It is poured from the can.

A- Big foam,that lasts about 5 minutes. Sunset orange color with medium carbonation.

S-Very nice smell,high hops aroma with some citrus tastes.

T/M-As i said,typical Czech pilsner,high bitterness,refreshing pilsner taste,very high hops aroma. Carbonation is not that high.

O-Very good authentic Pilsner. It remind me on best Helles lagers i tried,or is it opposite.

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Photo of nozza
4.68/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brilliant Brilliant Beer! I had the pleasure of having this on tap in Prague and absolutely fell in love!

The beer pours a dark gold colour, with a nice white head, which disipates quite quickly to leave a ring.

Really fresh hops and malt aromas, fill the nose. It's quite sweet as well.

The taste doesn't disappoint. The malt and hops are really well balanced with a hint of sweetness and bitterness in perfect harmony.

It feels beautifully light and crisp in the mouth. Couldn't ask for a more refreshing pilsner.

Overall this is an unbelievable beer. Yes it is much better on tap but the 500ml bottle is also excellent. I reckon this is the best of the three main Czech pilsners.

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Photo of DaveHS
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours clear straw yellow with 1/4 inch of white head. Reduces almost instantly, leaving intricate lacing; more than I expected given the style.

S-Pale malt sweetness. Possibly some corn? Unappetizing.

T/M-Blah. Sweet, adjunct-y export lager macro swill. Unrefined, one dimensional pale malt sweetness. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Nothing special, and not a particularly good example of the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Volunteer pub in London, poured into a half-pint.

A: Clear straw body with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the pillowy white head. Great retention and lacing. Excellent looking Pils.

S: Very soft, lightly sweet, and only slightly lagery. Some faint grassy hops are there, but this is more about the delicately nutty pilsner malt. Ok.

T: Again, light and inoffensive. Sweeter than I'd like, but very clean. More hops would make this a great example of its style.

M: Light and highly carbonated. Full of soft, lively effervescence. Enjoyable.

O: For a light, crisp lager in a pub, this is a pretty darn good option. There are a ton of beers I'd rather be drinking, but for the style this one does a pretty good job.


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Photo of jonb5
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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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 spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, hops, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. The beer has more of a malty profile than I'm used to encountering in these euro-beers. It finishes with a bready/malty aftertaste with some light hop bitterness.

Overall – One of the better euro-beers available in my area. It's very drinkable and has a nice malty and mildly hoppy taste. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Fermented42
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At first glance the Mrs wasn't too keen on trying this one. I assured her it wasn't a financial hardship to try, "just another Lager." It wasn't a disappointment..we we're just under...can't think of the right word.

Smooth, malted and easy to drink. Head retention could have been more but the due date was nearing. Not much on the hop frontier if you're looking for those loving tones. A bit on the soapy side in the mid-palet but wait! There at the finish is that hop bitterness holding it's own as a clear structure/Reinheitsgebot only additive.

Between the malty sweetness that becomes apparent into the the second half of the bottle and the really bitter finish it was alright. Alright. No more or less.

An OK runner up if you need a Bitburger and their isn't a German Pils in sight.

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Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle, pours a deep clean golden colour. Head dooeosn't hlod too long, though there's always a ring arouond. Smell of herbs, flowers, but nothing really special. Malty flavour, medium body, and tastes of malts, although there's dome hops bitterness, flowery, and a hint of honey. It's not bad, but it's not much interesting either, and of course, not the best of the Czech beers.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle. Freshness date on back label.
Pils serving glass.
Pale golden in color with a foamy white on top and loads of sticky and trailing lacing. A clean fresh-mowed lawn smell mingles with dried spicy Saaz hops. A mild malt aroma is in the background throughout. A very lightly roasted slightly sweet maltiness gives way to sharp, edgy metallic and resinous hop bitterness. Very drinkable brew!

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Photo of yesyouam
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Staropramen Premium Lager is sparkling, clear and golden with a thin, creamy, blotchy white head that leaves outstanding lacing. It has a funky aroma, fruity and grassy. It's pretty light bodied and quite smooth with a little grit in the finish. There's not much flavor at all-- just a touch of funk and a lightly bitter finish. It has a lingering herbal bitterness. This doesn't taste that great, but it goes down smoothly. The lingering bitterness lets me know I'm drinking beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a solid 1 finger white head lingering lacing on glass

S- is bready malts wet grass ,floral citrus hops

T- follows the nose its grainy and malty with a floral noble hop tatse that is followed by wet grass and lemon

M- is crisp well carbonated with a tart pleasant taste

D- this is very easy to drink and a pure crisp czech pils..not bad

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Photo of tbeckett
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium golden colour with an insane amount of carbonation and a fluffy white head that's sticking around nicely and leaving quality lacing. Looks like a fluffy pillow in the sky. Bright. I wanna judge this harder but this is a great looking lager.

S - Lot's of noble hop, corn, honey, grassiness, really grainy like the beer I used to beg my Dad to let me try when I was 13. Mostly grainy and skunky noble hop.

T - Way more noble hop here. Honey is alot more upfront in the taste too to compliment that graininess. Decent stuff.

M - Lot's of active carbonation, light bodied. Coats the tongue nicely, no complaints.

D - Quite high but after one or two I'd probably lose interest and move on to something more exciting. That said, a very drinkable, refreshing, little pilz.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Lowenbrau pint glass from a 500 ml can. Gives a small white foamy head with some mild lacing. It is a medium golden color. Smells slightly sweet, a little metallic and malty. Taste is somewhat bitter and malty. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and carbonated. Drinkability is fine, probably even better ice cold on the beach but I'll have to wait a few more months for that.

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Photo of happygnome
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of thecarster1
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pils, two finger fades gradually to a half finger, active bubbling, golden straw, bubbles on the bottom.

s- skunky, noble, grass, lot of hay here with that touch of pils sweetness.

t- echos nose pretty much, the skunk is less apparent, a touch bitter here, but this is pretty much an average pils.

m- light, not thin though.

d- okay drinkability here, although this is a one and done beer, glad to have tried it, but won't be trying it again.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good two finger head of moderate size bubbles, lace like snowflakes and clings. Color is a 7 on the SRM beer color chart, and just a bit cloudy. Smells of mild wet wheat, and malt. I detect flavors of wheat, hops, malt. Nothing special here, but not a real bad taste. Has some body as it flows over my tongue. I don't think I will have another one of these, but it was worth the experience of tasting it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a few bubbles that settle down. It forms a bubbly, white head that stays well.

The beer gives of a strong malts smell with some grain & wheat.

Sweet to begin with followed by a nice, bitter aftertaste.

Good carbonation & very crisp in the finish. A refreshing mouth-feel with slight fizz.

A solid pilsener overall which was well balanced & quite refreshing.

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Photo of NODAK
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a little skunky...some sweet grassiness and Noble hops.

Body of the beer has an obvious sweet, cereal grain maltiness to it....not cheaply done with adjunct tastes; very pleasant. Finishes with a good crisp bitterness from the Noble hops which wraps up the beer pretty cleanly. It's pretty simple like many pilseners are, but well done.

A very drinkable, simple beer here. Hops are well done in this pils. Pretty cheap for an imported, quality brew as well.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.