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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager

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BA SCORE
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651 Ratings
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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen visit their website
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 Suds
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this one on tap, during a recent trip to Italy. It was served during a a nice dinner. I was a little dissapointed. The brew is unremarkably ordinary. It's a light yellow color with a slight white head. Nice and soapy lace, but not much else. The aroma is faint, with a hint of grain and a touch of malt. It's a very fleeting and light smell. It's not a good characteristic to have to search for an aroma. The taste is a little sweeter than an American lager, but it's very subdued. The beer is light, lightly carbonated, and simple. The finish is a little watery. It's an everyday drinking beer...a worthy lawnmower beer, but nothing more.

Suds, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of jar2574
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says best before January 2008, so we're safe there. Poured into a pint glass. Apple juice color, basically the same look as American macro brews.

Smells of hops and there's also a faint smell of earthiness and some spices. A touch of skunkiness. As far as taste goes, this beer would be easy to drink, but it's a bit too skunky. Lots of pilsners have a little skunkiness to them, but this one has a bit too much. The hops outweigh the malts, but it's probably smooth enough to satisfy most palates. Overall, a slightly below average Czech pilsner.

It goes down well with meat and potatoes. Can be filling over long sessions, but it's a decent session beer. It's better than American macro brews, but there are better pilsners out there.

jar2574, May 29, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml tall can BB 27.03.08.

A- straw yellow in color. decent head settles down to a layer of foam, lace.

S- hops, a little malt sweetness, mint, also a little grainy.

T- skunky, malt sweetness, bitter hops, bread/bran muffins, traces of caramel.

M- nice body and moderate carbonation.

D- fairly good drinkability.

Overall not my favorite example of the style(way too skunky), but compliments grilled chicken with vegetable dishes quite nicely.

drinkininthewood, May 08, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in staropramen pint glass, bought in local italian.

A - Golden pilsner body with a solid creamy 3 finger head that is retained throughout the pint. A classic appearance really, not much else to say

S- A little grainy with some malt sweetness, but a nice dry fresh hoppy aroma is apparent unlike a lot of other mass produced crap.

T- Lots of hop up front and this flavour lingers on. This is balanced well with the subtle malt sweetness, and it does finish well - not overly dry, but doesnt leave your mouth syrupy or sticky like many macro lagers.

M - lively carbonation as expected, not thin on the ground, firm.

D- Not a true genuine classic pilsner to me, but a fantastic alternative to British lagers which many of leave you feeling rather sick, bloated, and give horrible syrupy sweet aftertastes. A nice beer.

seanyfo, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Magpie14, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden with amber tendencies. White foamy head with some lacing, that dissapeares after a short while.
S; Hops.
T: Honey, fresh bread. Almost no bitterness.
M: A little bit fuller body than the ordinary lager. Good carboaration, maybe a bit too carborated for my personal taste.
D: Good drinkability. Still not my favorite beer style.

If you could get a sample when looking up beer in a dictionary, this is probably how it would taste.

Hammarby, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear deep gold with a fine white head that stuck around for the whole draught. Aroma is understated; mostly malt with some sazz in the background. Taste is solid, a lot bigger than the aroma would suggest; well-rounded, toasty malt with just the right amount of hops complimenting it.

I love old-school Pilseners, and I don't care who knows it. This is a fine example of the breed. Clear, clean, crisp, light and drinkable, but bearing no resemblance whatsoever either to American Macro "Pilsener" -- that watery bastardized abomination -- or to American Micro "Pilsener" -- that cloudy, grossly-over-hopped and basically trying-too-hard pretension that obstinately misses the point of what a Pilsener is all about.

This is a fine Pilsener, from the very Land that gave us this golden joy.

alexskovan, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin head that gradually descends to a thin patch.

The smell is sweet with a touch of husk. Slight fruitiness. Mild, but inoffensive.

The taste is of sweet graininess/huskiness. A touch floral and fruity. A balancing hop dryness. in the finish.

The body is light, approaching medium. A bit slick. Pretty smooth.

It's a refreshing enough, easy "sessionable". Fits much better in the category of EPL rather than Czech Pilsener. Not a bad choice at all for a "no-brainer" session lager, with enough dryness grab another.

jwc215, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pristine dark amber with pale lemon trim. The pearl colored lid is probably the best part of the appearance. It's at least two fingers after the pour, has a tight-bubbled texture and is leaving scads of sticky lace. Most pilseners aren't this dark, but I'm not about to hold that against it.

Thanks to the green glass bottle, I caught a whiff of skunkiness when the cap was popped; most of which is now gone. What's left isn't great and certainly isn't hoppy enough for a pils. Staropramen smells like every other Euro pale lager on the face of the earth. Although it's still several months before the 'best by' date, it smells like it's long past.

I haven't had a good Czech pilsener in quite some time. For some reason, I actually thought this beer had a chance to remedy that. It doesn't. I will give it credit for being more hoppy and more bitter than most EPLs (which it resembles much more than it does a pilsener), but it's far from outstanding beer.

There's a decent amount of pale malt that provides an underlying sweetness and keeps the bitterness of the hops from getting out of control. The hops themselves are grassy and spicy, but taste dull and stale rather than bright and fresh. At least there are enough ingredients, which gives the beer a leg up on most Euro lagers. Warming brings about the expected (minor in this case) flavor deterioration

The mouthfeel struggles to be average... and doesn't quite make it. I found some enjoyment early in the bottle, but what bubbles were present have now exhausted themselves. Things feel borderline flat as a result. A decent amount of carbonation was only chance the mouthfeel had and it blew it.

Staropramen Lager is the only beer from this brewery that I've ever had. Looking at the number of reviews for the rest of their lineup, I might never run across another one. That's okay, there's nothing here to make me the least bit curious about what else these guys have up their sleeves. If you give this one a shot, don't expect rabbits. Skunks are a distinct possibility though.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and light gold (two shades away from yellow), with a pretty short head for the style. Aromas of sea-fresh saaz hops and lightly breaded malts, but it's a quick and shallow nose, albeit with some pleasing sharpness. On the palate, medium bodied with concentrated, fizzy carbonation. Hop bitterness is right out front, and is just about the only flavor going on (the malts have zero presence here). Like the nose, it's truncated, with simple flavors and no depth. Overall, this is a simple beer, certainly very drinkable, with little special character to recommend it. Still, I do imagine it would be a good substitute for Coors Light on a hot summer day. And I mean that in a positive way.

geexploitation, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, tawny copper, bordering on a crystal clear golden hue. Thin, dusty white head that is quick to dissolve. Sweet grains, husky malts, a near-Euro skunking aroma that does not detract from the quality. Crisp grassy hops, medium carbonation. Not much going on here. Turns a bit dry; light bodied. Musk like malts and a lingering dry hops felt towards the end. Simple. Too simple.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Faint aroma is mostly sweet pale malt with fistful of spring flowers. Tall, light, bright white head held for a while leaving some random patches of lace. Transparent, pale golden beer holds a few streams of tiny bubbles. Tastes like sweet dandelions. Instead of a hop bite in the finish there is a faint twang. Just a strange pils. It's good for another 7 months so that shouldn't be a problem. I'd like some more grassy/spicy hops, a bit of bite in the finish, and a crisp drinking beer.

HappyHourHero, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

malcontent, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold amber body, with a minimal fimly head. No head retention or lacing. Quite a thin body to it. Good amount of carbonation.

Some Saaz on the nose, but not as piquantly hoppy as I'd expect from a good Czech pilsener. A fair amount of honey-like sweetness dulls the fragrance of the hops. It's not a bad smelling beer, but a little tame for a true pils.

The balance on the palate is as I would expect from the nose. There's a strong honey-like malt sweetness which permeates throughout, and only a hint of the zingy, zesty hops. Bitterness is lower than expected. Mouthfeel is crispt but a little flat.

However, this one drinks pretty smoothly, and there's few actual flaws in the flavour. It does end up tasting rather dull though...

lacqueredmouse, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden color with imprerssive white puffy head. Virtually no lacing. Smell is sweet and citrus-like with some strong lemon notes Taste is extremely crisp and almost austerely dry, yet very thirst-quenching. Finishes with a strong dryness that beckons for another taste. Very drinkable. Nice example of the style.

tgbljb, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden lager colour with a white head that cleared off very swiftly.

Slight hops and fruit aroma, but nothing to great.

Sharp and freash taste, a typical Czech lager.

No heavy mouthfeel, just a soft lager aftertaste which soon goes away.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but it is a long way from being interesting lager in my opinion.

BlackHaddock, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice pale golden colour, white fluffy head that hangs around and leaves a delicate lace.

Aromas of weedy vegetation. Some barnyard / manure funkiness & sulfur. Some grain & malt also. Not that attractive. But.... there has been a recent forum discussion about aerating beer. After a good 5 minutes with some swirling, the noxiousness seems to fade...the malt & grain take over.

Flavours are more promising. Nice cereal-like grain & malt. Touch of sweetness, then some hop floral notes.

Finishes crisply, with good aftertastes. Still a hint of wild vegetation in there... may appeal to some.

vancurly, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden beer with a very fine head, which sticks to the glass.

Smell is not really there, a faint maltiness and a slight bitter, but that's it.'

Taste was a little more malty, a slight bitter and a pretty full body, I think I taste some vanilla. Overall lack of smell and taste, I am not too pleased with this beer.

Absumaster, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a frothy 1/2 inch head. Lots of fine lacing. Smells grassy, hint of skunk, nice level of hops.

Taste is grassy, nice noble hops in the finish. Not very complicated. Just the tiniest hint of skunk. Pretty tasty, just a bit watery. Could be a bit more crisp but overall a decent pilsener. Good fo the Atlanta summer.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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

jarmby1711, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Staropramen Lager pours a light orange with a fluffy white head from a green eleven point two ounce bottle. Aroma is on the skunky side, which I suspect is intentional rather than being light damage. Skunky hops and medicinal herb flavors predominate. Not my cup of tea, or beer as the case may be. Makes you wonder how it tastes fresh from the brewery (like I said though, I think the skunk may be an intentional part of the beer profile), but as sampled I cannot recommend trying this beer.

Drew966, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Dated best by: 12/8/06. Label does not match the picture above.

Body was darker than most pilsners, a tan/golden clear body. Three fingers of head formed.

Smelled clean, grassy, mildly earthy. Pleasant.

Tasted nice with a zesty, mildly bitter hop zing. Refreshing.

Raspy, mouth-filling texture. Good representation.

Cresant, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of horndecker
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice label, script logo, unlike the photo here. 11.2 oz bottle.

It's clear and clean and brassy, with a bright white head, massively carbonated at first. A big bloom of a fluffy head turns coarse and disappears. It smells of sulfur, grassy hops, a little malt, lemon and a hint of butter. The taste starts with a mild and smooth bitterness, then there's unremarkable malt and an herbal hop finish, medicinal and a little unpleasant, but not harsh. Light bodied, crisp, but the initial flash of carbonation fades, leaving a slick, quiet brew.

The best thing about this beer was the color and that first impression. But the aroma and flavor was much different than my memory of the first times I had it on tap in Prague. Perhaps it doesn't travel well, or they've tailored it to a different market? Or perhaps it was the fact that we could buy a round for the whole table for about a buck. Whatever the reason, this was a disappointment.

horndecker, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 12 oz. bottle at a Greek restaurant. Actually went pretty well with the olive and spice-based appetizers. Of course, the food probably hid some of the aroma and taste of the beer, but all and all, not a bad Pilsner. Will have to try again sometime when other factors aren’t present

kimcgolf, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of hungryghost
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden color, not quite amber. No head to speak of but some lacing if that seems possible.
Smells faintly of wet grain.
Taste is more powerful than smell, while still remaining slight. I got some malt, some grains, sliver of sweetness but not enough to tell if it is from the malt.
Typical thinish mouthfeel, but clean, crisp and quite refreshing.
Not a problem ordering another one of these.

hungryghost, Jun 28, 2006
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.