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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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594 Ratings
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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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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sunrisesolara

Austria

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours amber with a soapy 2-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Sour dough, malt, earthy hops, caramel.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Sweet caramel malt, dry earthy hops, some bananas or fruit, spice. Crisp finish with a mildly astringent aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, but forgettable. Not a lot of depth here. Not a bad Czech beer, just not one of the greats.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 09:56:29 | More by sunrisesolara
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is slightly spiced euro malts with notes of faint ginger and very light hops.
Taste is lightly spiced malts with a touch of bitter hops. Some ginger and barley. Slightly malty and watery on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. A bit watery. Clean finish.
Drinkability is good. Nothing special, but easy to drink. Would be refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 01:27:51 | More by Parrotbeak
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socon67

New York

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Basically your typical Czech Lager.

A- Pours a bright golden color. Looks nice, no lacing.

S- At first I thought it smelled skunky, but it quickly disappated.

T- A nice hoppy taste. Decent for a beer of this type, though nothing special.

M- Only okay. I usually enjoy Czech lagers because they are smooth. This one... not so much.

D- I had no problem finishing it, and could have easily had another.

Not a bad beer for the type, but not one of the top lagers to come from this area. Much better varieties I'd look for first.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:11:43 | More by socon67
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Avagadro

New Jersey

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

A: Golden in color, making me think that they performed a decoction mash. Lacing is minimal, and the head quickly fades.

S: Malty sweetness is complemented by floral hops. Not spectacular, but above average.

T: Off-dry, with neither malt nor hop taking comtrol. Refreshing indeed, but I would like to see a more crisp product.

M: Thicker than many pilsners out there. It is obvious, with this body, that they are aiming for Pilsner Urquel.

D: A fairly decent pils, but nothing to write home about. I would probably go with the original over this one, but it is still worth trying just to see what's out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 14:50:34 | More by Avagadro
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udubdawg

Kansas

2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright gold, excellent clarity, sizeable white cap and better than decent retention.

Bare whiff of skunkiness. What I mostly get is DMS, very light pale malt, and a vague sweetness - do they use adjuncts? No hop aroma that I can be sure of, and definitely nothing I'd call Saaz-y.
As a Czech pils, this is a subpar aroma, but as a Euro Lager it is at least average if not higher...

Flavor is a step down. Again rather sweet, with almost no bitterness to balance. No diacetyl, pretty clean. Where's the richness of the malt flavor?

Medium body. Medium/low carbonation could be a bit higher to make up for the lack of malt richness and severe lack of hops for the style. Not particularly drinkable, though on a hot day (like today) I'd have no trouble finishing one.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 21:22:29 | More by udubdawg
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matty

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 04:59:07 | More by matty
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HitokiriNate85

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A darker gold than I expected. An aggressive pour gives a rocky cap that's fading. Very little visible carbonation.

S - Some graininess and grassy hops, but they're very mild. There's an odd note in the background. It gives the impression that it's going to be sweet.

T - Unfortunately, it follows the nose pretty well. The grainy notes are very light; it seems like they skipped out on the pilsner malt. It leans toward the sweet side instead, which doesn't fit really well. There are some light herbal hops and some bitterness, but it just seems lacking in comparison with fresh examples from the US(this bottle well within date).

MF - Leaning towards the lighter side, but there just isn't enough carbonation to give it any life or to really make it refreshing. It just feels old and uninspired.

D - In a style that excels here, this definitely disappoints. It doesn't have the body or flavor that makes pilsners so good.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:45:47 | More by HitokiriNate85
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear bronzy gold with two fingers of fluffy white head that displays great retention and slowly receeds from the middle outwards, eventually creating what looks like a crown of head, leaving sheets of puffy lace.

Grassy hops with a bit of a herbal character to them and a light cracker-like malt is what composes the nose.

Grassy hops combine themselves with a pleasant citrus character that makes a quick appearance in the middle and receeds to a more pronounced grassy/herbal hop finish. Biscuity and cracker-like malts are detectable but faint, and seem to be there more for making sure the hops don't get too pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat wet for the style. Easy to put down but not all that flavourful.

This seems like a decent Czech pilsner, but nothing out of the ordinary. Simple and refreshing with all of the usual going on. A decent intro into the style, but not a standout.

Serving type: can

03-21-2010 22:47:47 | More by ludachris
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 21:23:00 | More by TMoney2591
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crossovert

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Green 11.2 oz bottle. Best by 23.09.2010.

Pop it open, no skunk, it is a pretty fresh bottle and has been kept out of the sun.

It pours a vibrant crystal clear gold with tons of bubbles and a giant white head that recedes leaving some lacing.

No skunk in the smell, but a nice dose of herbal hops and subdued but slightly sweet smelling malts. It smells like a Czech pilsener should, it is a prime example.

The taste is malty but with a nibble of hops, not like a German pils where there is perfect balance but this is good for a Czech. It is sweet but the hops level it out with some herbal bitterness.

It is a shame it is an AB product, but it is one of my favorite Czech pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:58:50 | More by crossovert
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was stoked to find this on tap at an international-themed bar and grill in Lambeth, London.

A: great clear, deep-amber beer with nice foaming white bubbles at the top. And they keep coming up--is this evidence of a nitro-keg?

S: sweet, grainy, smooth

T: this is probably my favorite lager so far, and the reason I like Czech pilseners. Having said that, I fear it might have been slightly better from the bottle . . .

M: smooth and carbonation, very fizzy but nice

D: very drinkable beer. At 5% a pint was a bit much for lunch. Made me sleepy walking around the museum afterwards, hehe.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 22:42:14 | More by fullsweep
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a ordinary glass.

Another review in the train... :) Now, a classic Czech Pilsener. I'm a fan of Czech Pilseners: They are simple, "hoppy" and usually refreshing.

A: Nice transparent gold to orange color with a nice and white 2-3 fingers head. Nice retention.
S: Malt and fresh-floral hops. Bready.
T: Fresh hops, malt and yeasts. Nice bitterness (of course, little bit more bitter than the German version). Refreshing as expected.
M: Nice bitter end (I like it) and good carbonation. Yeasts can also be felt in the end.
D: Good drinkability. Classic Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 18:42:24 | More by eduardolinhalis
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my second visit to this beer, one of the better choices you can find here in Bulgaria on a consistent basis... This time in can form...

Appearance: Pure gold color with a good amount of pure white head that sticks all over the glass after going down.

Smell: Somewhat bready with a hint of citrusyness to it. Smells very fresh and refreshing. Hint of metallic twang from the can I'm guessing.

Taste: Bready up front and smooth all the way through with a light sweetness. Finishes with a bit of bitterness that is cleansing rather than displeasing.

This is a solid choice almost every time. Well balanced and extremely drinkable. A good session, especially here in BG.

Serving type: can

02-03-2010 14:43:28 | More by BucBasil
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rarbring

Sweden

3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden beer with a white head leaving lacing on the glass.

The smell is rather clean, some grassy hop tones with a sweet malty component.

Taste of sweetness from dried apricots, somewhat alcoholic with a good complement of bitter hops.

Rather mild carbonation makes it creamy and pleasant to drink.

In all a very decent Czech lager.

Serving type: can

01-24-2010 14:16:07 | More by rarbring
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, some sweetness, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 18:10:35 | More by tone77
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tconboy

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden lager with a bubbly head that dissipates immediately. Medium carbonation. Smells of hay and straw, your typical Euro pils/lager. Tastes a like a pils with a little zesty spring flavor. A little of that heinekin style skunk flavor. Heavier than average carbonation, light crisp mouthfeel. This is what I would consider a session beer. Worth a try? Well I'll try any beer... once in this case.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:12:30 | More by tconboy
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 00:48:35 | More by mooseisloose
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden colour, with about an inch and a half of thick, foamy head. Recedes quickly in little piles, almost like seafoam. Good lacing.

The smell is nothing too interesting. Hoppy, a bit of straw. Neither good nor bad.

Tastes like an above-average inexpensive pilsner, a little bit sweet, juicy hops, some bread. For a couple of bucks a can, it's pretty good, but not the best Czech pilsner I can get.

Unfortunately, this can languished for a bit longer in my fridge (I went on a couple of brewery tours since purchasing this and it got lost in the chaos). It's a bit flat, but I've had this one before and I know the carbonation is moderate. Not too thin for a mouthfeel.

All and all, this is a fairly good pilsner, and for the cost, it's not bad having one or two on hand (just make sure you get to them!). I prefer Urquell, but it's not bad to pick this one up. Not bad, but it won't blow you away.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 04:36:13 | More by JohnnyBarman
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lstokes

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle at my local grocery store in Germany. Clear gold color with a great looking head, really a good look for a pilsner.

The smell is a bit like old hay and honey, with no hops to speak of, but the taste is hoppier and also very sweet, with some orange/lemon flavor and a tart and spicy end.

The mouthfeel is thin but very, very well carbonated, and although there's nothing all that special about it, it's definitely a very smooth and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 10:08:40 | More by lstokes
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katan

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clean and clear golden color. Very pils. Lots of carbonation with significant bubbling. head formation is strong, then laces down to a film. Light white in color.

S - Pilsner malts - very strong malty notes with the spicy funk of the pils. No hopping. A pils is distinct, and i would say this beer fits.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, which immediately brings in the heavy bready notes of the pils malts. Mid-stream gets bitter, light floral hops. Finishes with a renewed pils malt zing and some yeast spice.

M - Good beer body - bolstered by good carbonation bite. Leaves behind a light sugar coating. Overall the carbonation is very potent, stinging.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is on target with easy sessioning. Flavors are well integrated. "Less Filling". Good overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 19:13:28 | More by katan
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rfabian

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 1 inch head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is crystal clear and light amber. The aroma is of light malts and hops. The taste is moderately malty with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a yeasty finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:42:50 | More by rfabian
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:42:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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bsp77

Minnesota

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

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly pale but rich gold with thin white head and intermittent lacing.

Smell: Very grassy and spicy, with a light malt profile underneath. Smells pretty dry overall. Also, happy that it smells fairly fresh despite the green bottle.

Taste: Light malt profile with grass, hay and apple; only a slight sweetness. Turns slightly spicy and bitter at the end, but only slightly.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body (more medium for a Pils as expected for the Czech style), dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking lager that is better than most of the international lagers it competes against, but probably only average in terms of Czech Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 18:35:03 | More by bsp77
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with a nice head that disappears and never returns. No bubbles to speak of, either. Kind of scary, but average.

Smells like a Czech pilsner. Nothing really stands out.

Ok, the taste is a little different than most Czech pilsners I've tried. It has a sweeter flavor than most, but still has that crisp pilsner finish. Not bad.

The bubbles that apparently don't exist somehow find their way into your mouth. Nice little surprise that fits with the flavors quite well.

This is very drinkable, actually. I'm surprised. Quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 04:10:44 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally picturesque, brilliant, frosty pale pilsner gold with a surge bubbles coalescing into a perfect, puffy, ivory-white head. Mild aroma of sweet bread and aromatic, strikingly basil-like herbal hops with a touch of pine. Crisp, citric hops clench the dry, balanced flavor, full of honey, lemon, and wet grains. Carbonation is spritzy and light, appropriately fizzy but not rough. Very refreshing and robust - I like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2009 21:53:13 | More by soulgrowl
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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