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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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662 Ratings
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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | 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 ludachris
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.

ludachris, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
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...

TMoney2591, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of crossovert
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.

crossovert, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of fullsweep
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.

fullsweep, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
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.

eduardolinhalis, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
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.

BucBasil, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of rarbring
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.

rarbring, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of tconboy
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.

tconboy, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
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.

mooseisloose, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
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.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of lstokes
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.

lstokes, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of katan
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.

katan, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of rfabian
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.

rfabian, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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!

ChainGangGuy, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of bsp77
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.

bsp77, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
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.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
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.

soulgrowl, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light golden yellow that looks to be sharply carbonated. The head is white a retains well. The nose is hay and grains with a slight floral musk, smells like a classic euro pilsener.

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Floral hops and kind, light malt profile. It seems like they only used one kind of hop, as this beer lacks complexity. That being said, its really robust and the mouthfeel is just thin enough. Its traditional and also very drinkable. This is how I imagined beer as a kid, the look, the taste and the smell. Still, its very humble and traditional and also tasty.

Thur123, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Evil_Pidde, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle, with best-by date of 08.01.2010. taken directly from a new case so as to avoid light exposure and skunking. tasted in early/mid may 2009.

clear, deep honey straw color. moderate head is creamy, bubbly and foamy. recedes to thin wispy layer. decent lacing of splotchy rings.

aroma: gentle sulfur (but not skunk) upfront, gives way to sweet bready malts and notes of white grape, gently balanced by the light noble saaz hopping - grassy, floral and herbal, although slightly weaker than hoped.

taste: hops come forward more in the flavor, matching with the crisp carbonation. followed by bready malt, with toasted notes, and a trace acidity that seems to balance the moderate bitterness. noble hops are otherwise gentle, but with a very noticeable saaz character.

medium body, surprisingly more substance than expected. smooth, with touch of acidity and resins in the finish. crisp, moderate carbonation upfront, later evolving to smooth creaminess.

very drinkable. easy but flavorful quaffing.

tai4ji2x, Aug 09, 2009
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.

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz. green glass bottle. Best before 2/5/2010.

Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a deep golden yellow color with great clarity and short lasting white head.

Aroma is pleasantly spicy from the Czech hops and a mild sweetness in the background.

Flavor is much the same with spice notes from the hops in balance with sweet pale malts. It actually has a surprising amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and medium-plus carbonation level, neither of which suit me very well but it's appropriate for the style. Drinkability is limited only by the excess bubbles.

I'll be honest and admit that I only really bought this because it was from Prague and I once had a wonderful trip there many years ago. It turns out to be an enjoyable beer.

GilGarp, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.78/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't get why this is a B- beer, I'm drinking it in Ireland though, maybe it doesn't handle its journey to America well. Tastes very much like Budweiser Budvar, not as hoppy as Pilsner Urquell, but as clean. It's got a great golden, triple decocted taste like a real czech pilsner should have. It smells great, no skunk, and tastes very refreshing and clean. I'm really enjoying this after a 9 to 9 day. Well done. Now to find it in America.

MusicmanSD, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of nickynick
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staropramen poured a full gold, with a small white head, and good lacing. The smell was faint with hints of hops and malt. Taste had nice sweet malt up front, followed by some nice bitter hop notes. Mouthfeel was good for the style. Drinkability was good as well. Overall I found this to be a nice beer for the style. Crisp, dry and refreshing, very palate cleansing beer. Would purchase again.

nickynick, Jul 06, 2009
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.