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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 777
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 122 | 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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Reviews: 322 | Hads: 777
Photo of ckollias
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper ale with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Skunky funky aroma.

T: Skunky lager that is more tart and bitter than sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I should have stopped drinking this after a couple of sips – but I hoped it would get better – it didn’t.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This came in a classy and sophisticated green bottle.
The beer itself looks really nice too. It is a deep golden color with a creamy white head.
It is almost the same color as apple juice.

As far as the smell goes, Floral hops and grains come through. There is a slight skunk smell that cannot be ignored.

Sweet, malty back bone with a mild hop bitterness. However, there is a slight skunkyness in the taste that is off putting.

For a lager, this beer is full bodied. Thick, creamy and lightly carbonated. There is also an oily slickness to the mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer would be outstanding if it were not for the skunkyness.
The skunkyness was very slight, but it takes away from the enjoyment of the beer.

I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass may - 11- 2013 is stamped on it

Appearance - poured a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of foam. bubbles came up through solution while drinking. good lacing

Aroma- apple pear slight skunkyness ( sulfur) Grassy

taste- crisp sting of carbonation gives way to a grainy corny flavor. then a slight herbal and piney hops at the end. Hoppier than american light lagers. easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation dry and champange-y

Overall- I'm a little out of my element, I would imagine this is a descent pilsner. I would enjoy it as such. My BMC frame of reference would tell me that it is better than all of those. Its like a light lager with a better hop character and a better mouthfeel. it is definitely less filling than a lot of things i have been drinking lately. I would in fact have another. i would drink it as a lawnmower beer or i could se myself ordering it in an airport leaving Prague.

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Photo of stephens101
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale orange with some light red at the light. One finger of off-white head lingers for a few seconds and clears off, leaving a thin line of lace around the circumference of the glass. Aroma consists of caramel, lemon, orange and a hint of dry grass, and is quite robust for a lager. There's no skunk-funk to speak of. Very dry and crisp with a splash of lemon on top of some grain. Some orange peel is also noticed. Add to all that a little sweet mixed with a little bitter and easy as Sunday morning all the way to the finish.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Sweet grass, pale malts, crisp.

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 5/17/13.

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a sweetened corn flake aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild grassy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not very exciting.

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Photo of GMB
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Good Czech Pilsners are difficult to produce and even more difficult to come by. Staropramen isn't one of them.

A standard pour yields a standard Pilsner body: light amber body, slightly thin, gassy head. A few scattered bubbles slowly make their way to the top.

The nose is fine, though there is a tinniness in it that can't be ignored.

The tinniness ruins the beer's taste. There are some good things going on here: The malt aroma is nice, and the bittering hops would balance it well if the tinny taste, probably yeast-produced, weren't getting in the way. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the aftertaste, in which the subtle, crisp hoppy flavors come through. Darn.

Czech Pilsners are among my favorite styles of beer. I wish that more of ones that are available in my area did justice to the style.

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

As Pilsner Urquell is one of my favorites; I thought I would give this Czech beer a try. It has a brassy body, lots of carbonation and a big pure white head. The aroma and flavor is in line with a Bud or PBR, but a bit more upscale. The malts have more interesting layering and likewise the hop finish is more complex. If you are in the mood for something along the lines of a PBR, but with some more sophistication, this is a good option.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 08/30/12 notes. Had this on tap at Amity Hall in my quest to try 101 different beers there. #6/101, knew nothing about it other than it was a pilsner going into it. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells corn, floral hops, sweet grains, bread. Not bad, and the floral notes help, but a bit average.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, vegetables, sweet grains, bready malts. Taste is a little sweeter than the nose and a step down for me.

m - Light, watery body and moderate carbonation. Body is a bit too thin.

o - Overall a below average pilsner. Not a lot going on here and has some of that sweet corn and vegetable notes that reminds me of an adjunct lager. Body is thin; you could have a few of them but I wouldn't want to. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of mnrider
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Green Bottle. Freshness date printed on label

A: Golden yellow with nice carbonation. The white head
forms fast and leaves behind a nice sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts and faint dry hops. Nice.

T/M: Similar to the smell the taste is sweet and malty
leading to a hop bitterness that finishes somewhat dry
and bitter. Crisp going down with good carbonation.

O: A very good and drinkable Czech Pilsener. Easy to
drink and an overall good experience. Taste is a little
limited compared to other newer Pilseners, especially,
ones from America.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass Best before 3/26/13.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of chunky ivory foam which leaves a nice lace. Good for the style.

Smell: sweet, grainy malt aroma with a hint of noble hops. Not too bad.

Taste: very much like the aroma. Sweetness is the first thing that hits me, followed by the grainy character and finally a pretty clean bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a light, airy mouthfeel. Refreshing.

Overall: a decent if unremarkable Pilsner. I bet this would taste great on vacation in Prague.

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

Poured from tap into Staropramen pilsner glass at a chinese restaurant in Stockholm...yes, a whole bunch of culture clashing going on here...
Pours avery run of th emill golden pilsner color, with nice head, and typical pilsner aromas...nothing special here. Taste is very nice, crisp, maybe even slight sweetness going on here. But its a czech pils...a good one, but still lack luster in personality. Nice brew with some noodles, and worth the $5 relatively "low" cost for a Stockholm restaurant.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-yellow colour with light carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for quite a while before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of light malt with hints of cardboard/wet grain, stewed malt and a faint metallic note.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of stewed hops and mild noble hop aroma. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing, with a hint of solvent. Mouthfeel is light, tingly and dry. Reasonable body for the style, with mild astringency. Aftertaste of stewed hops.

A pretty standard lager - taste and aroma are OK but don't stand out from the crowd. The dryness is quite pleasing. Not the greatest Czech pilsner, but drinkable enough - grab some for a warm day.

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Photo of eriktoyra
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden liquid with lots of carbonation bubbles into the glass. A two finger high head forms at first and then dissolves leaving nice lacings on the glass.

S: Smells like any other Pilsener. A bit of hay, some very faint hop tones. Baking soda. In general there is not much smell at all.

T: Tastes white bread, almost no hop flavours at all. Some very low bitterness at the end.

M: Surprisinlgy it feels oily and watery at the same time. Low to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Nothing special. An ordinary beer for ordinary people.

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Photo of Samljer
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a can, poured down the side into a lager glass,
I Like it, better then a lot of other beers available comerically.
The foam head pretty much sat there till consumed.
then left thick lacing all over the glass, and as it was consumed
the lacing went farther and farther down the glass, till it was
finished, lacing to the bottom.
The color is a perfect gold, with medium average carbonation.
The smell is like wet grain which some like, some dont.
The taste is good, cant detect adjuncts but there is a hint of "metal". could be b'cuz my serving is from a 500ml can.

I would buy again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass. The beer is a pure deep golden color. A fizzy white head sits on top, and hardly dissipates at all. Nice thick foamy lacing on the glass. The smell is dank, skunky, and like damp malt. The beer tastes better than the smell, thankfully. Malt grains, adjuncts, and a sightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I expected more, but this is your typically skunky green-bottled pilsner (i.e. Pilsner Urquell).

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Photo of NV9
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a finger head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell is grainy with maybe a bit of floral smell, not overly strong.

Bitter finish, malty, clean on teh mouth with a fair bit of carbonation.

Great on a warm summer day, not too different from many other pilseners, doesn't really stand out from the NA's.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a golden color, with substantial carbonation and nice little ring at the top. Not much else to speak of, except that it contains the appearance of a beer that is simple and clear, and hopefully, to the point.

The aroma is pretty grainy and slightly spiced overall, but there isn't much to write about as it is subtle throughout. However, from what I can gather, there's plenty of cereal grains, floral saaz hops, and a little bit of alcohol. Again, at this point I can hear the beer "begging me" to tasted, and cannot linger any longer in this section.

I take one sip and feel good. I take another sip and feel better. Upon the third sip, I feel addicted. This is great! With a thick body, juicy malts, and spice aided by the hops, this is ridiculously tasty for what it is. What I especially love is the sweetness within this beer - it's so crisp and delicious. Ever since trying this a week ago, I've found it to be very welcoming for it's clean, flavorful experience.

It's simple, sure, but it really is a beer that must be taken for what it is. There are more "complex" beers out there, but this is perfectly refreshing on its own or accompanied with any meal. A great beer, proving the saying that "less is more."

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

This poured a crystal golden color. Light aroma, some grassy hops. Has a clear, crisp flavor. The Czech saaz hops are bright and noticible, and it finishes clean and crisp. This is not a bad pils in the least—more like, ok. In the time it took from writing this review to posting it I forgot all about it, if that’s any indication of its staying power.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear yellow color with a foamy white head on top. There wasn't much lacing or retention on this one. The smell was earthy with some hints of cut grass on the nose. The taste of the beer had a decent malt base with a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel was light, nicely carbonated and crisp. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. I liked it more than some of the others in the style. Still not one I'd buy a case of or anything, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a clear medium gold color. The head is off-white with decent retention and density. See a bit of lacing to boot.

S - Skunk is noticeable as well as light floral hops and bread.

T - Bready, a bit metallic, some lemon, bitter hops, and a little buttery. Slightly above average.

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Feels clean. Carbonation is done right.

O - Actually enjoyable. The skunk aspect really isn't all too bad. There was enough going on in the beer to keep me interested and my mind off the skunk. One of the better usual suspects.

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

Pours into the pint glass a clear golden straw color with a solid white one finger head that lingers. The dense head is creamy foam.

Subtle floral hop and cracker-like malt lead the aroma. There's a bit of grainy sweetness present.

Flavor is pilsner malt heavy, bready in the aftertaste. There's a hint of lemon and a slightly peppery, bitter finish batting cleanup. There is a bit of a metallic flavor as it warms.

Body is light to moderate, with moderate carbonation providing a refreshing mouthfeel.

A fairly non-descript brew, but easily drinkable and sessionable. Would be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint grain
Taste-Pilsner malt, muted hop note more evident in the finish. A bit of a letdown for a Czech pilsener, seems more in the American pilsner type. If Saaz hops are in use here they don't make their presence known. Overall, quaffable on a hot day, but average at best.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, best by 12/12, poured into a pint glass.

a: pours a deep golden color, almost reddish, with a fat two-finger white head that stays around for a long time. excellent lacing.

s: malty and grassy, a nice floral lightness to it from the hops.

t: a nice smooth maltiness, clean and grainy, with the hops and carbonation giving it a nice crispness.

o: enjoyable, a solid pilsener, pretty simple which sometimes is exactly what you want.

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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.