Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 756
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 13
Gots: 106 | 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 DevAJ
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

After drinking this right after a Pilsner Urquell, I think I'm just not quite into the super bitter hops quite yet. This looks a lot better poured than the Pilsner Urquell as the head and lacing stick around quite a bit longer. It gets a little higher rating in taste because it is slightly less bitter than Pilsner (not that much though). (341 characters)

Photo of UKBluejay
1/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm backed up on entering my bottle caps into Beeradvocate so I do not remember the specifics on why I put Staropramen in my 1/10. I do recall generally disliking it and finding essentially no redeeming factors. (211 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good looking appearance nice head some lace. Smell had a light whiff of skunk that left quickly. Taste is malty with less sharpness from the herbal hops than many others of this style but well balanced. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a semi dry finish. Carbonation is just enough. Overall an easy drinking Lager that would be good with almost any type of meal. I enjoyed it very much. (388 characters)

Photo of kd45-music
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tend to enjoy Czech beers. Perhaps its the smell - fresh and outdoorsy. There's a little bitterness to it, which I like. This is beer as beer should be, not that watery American adjunct lagers that we all have to drink from time to time. Having said that, I would not drink this as my lawnmower beer. This would be for after dinner, sitting on the veranda listening to the crickets on a Spring evening, after the first mow of the lawn. (443 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%

A Czech Pilsner from the Czech Republic! Imagine that.

Serving style : 11.2 oz bottle poured into standard beer glass.

Appearance (3.5) : A 2 finger head with a marshmallowy appearance. Body is somewhere between a lager and a brown ale. It's got a honey golden brown hue to it but is still transparent like a lager should be. Head recedes to a finger and leaves almost no lacing.

Aroma (3.25) : Onion, sour malt, wet hay. Smells like a pilsner. A little hop aroma, too. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.25) : The hay aroma makes itself evident in the taste, but is astonishingly saved by a pleasant hop bitterness and malty backbone. The hop bitterness comes on like a pale ale but leaves in a split second, dissolving into malt flavour. There's a hint of diced onion and corn. There's also a semi-sweet milk chocolate flavor in there. Maybe it's in my head. It's flavorful but not excellent. It is refreshing.

Mouthfeel (3) : Light to medium bodied. Light zip, light creaminess. Not bad.

Overall (3.08) : Yeah, I wouldn't buy this again. But it was a nice chance to try an import lager. These are for sure different than your run of the mill American lagers. (1,170 characters)

Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Drank it from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.
Color: pale golden, poured into a lager glass, two fingers of head which keeps for a minute or two. Substantial lacing.
Aroma: straw, hay, light barley.
Taste: Refreshing lager taste. The hay aroma continues into the mouth. Beer does not have any complex flavors (lagers usually don't) -- very straight and narrow taste but an honest taste that harkens back to the original Czech lagers.
Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report. A very refreshing beer that goes down easy. (512 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

I was expecting more skunk flavor based on the smell, however it is actually not that high. A pretty balanced and very light flavor profile, which is typical for the style. I've got a great local option of Czech pilsner from raleigh brewing, and when I saw this one at the store I figured why not give it a try. Not bad, could be better, and I expect it would be if it were fresher (aka in Prague instead of being shipped here). I think I'll stick with my local option, but a good try. (489 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz (GREEN >_<) bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Its texture is surprisingly creamy, and even has some decent retention. A thick ring of lacing is left behind, due to how sticky the froth is.

S: Unfortunately, this about a 7.5/10 on the skunk scale. Sure, I also pick up some malt sweetness and touches of Saaz grassiness, but the skunk pretty much takes this over. What a shame - although, beers like this usually taste pretty good even when they're skunked (see: Urquell, Pilsner).

T: Fairly sweet for the style. There's a combination of malt sweetness and even some cereal grain, although diacetyl is somewhat low for the style (not a bad thing!) There even seem to be touches of white wine sweetness lingering throughout. It could also use a touch more hoppiness. While flavor-wise it's closer to PBR than Urquell, this could still get the job done if so inclined.

M: Not as bone-dry as I enjoy from a pilsner, but nonetheless, it does a good job of quenching one's thirst. There is a nice crispness to it, along with decent carbonation. Still, I can't help but wish it were even more effortless.

O: This tastes 'cheaper' than something like Urquell, but it isn't exactly bad, either. Still, considering I could easily get the former at the same price of this offering, it's hard for me to want to revisit this.

2.85/5: A poor man's Urquell (1,425 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light lager colour. White head with dainty lacing.

S: Soft lager smell. Nothing much.

T: Very mild compared to other Czech lagers. Very little dankness. Very soft lemonade in the finish. Slightly chlorinated and plasticy. Light mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

O: Not up there with the big boys. (301 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 7/14/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled glass "CHEERS-BOSTON" stein mug.

Pours a golden-yellow in color with about a 1/2 finger of a white head that settles to a thin layer on top and sides. LOTS of lacing is seen with each sip, close to rings actually. Very surprised! The aroma is mostly of malts with a hint of floral. Not 'skunky' really as most of the brews that come in a green bottle for some reason. Perfect carbonation. More going on with the taste with the malts, grains, breaddy yeast with a sweet crisp dry finish. More drinking of the brew brings out a light floral taste mixed in there as well. Overall, a decent brew. (742 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with an amber hue. Poured with a short fizzy foam that quickly dissipated. Bready and caramel malt aromas are dominant with faint herbal hop and buttery notes. Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel up front followed by a light tangy feel through the middle. Burnt caramel and bready malt flavors up front followed by light herbal hop flavors that try very hard to produce a crisp snap that this style is known for, but it falls a bit short. Finishes with bready, caramel malt aftertaste. (512 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with good clarity and some bubbles are seen rising to the top. A fat head of white foam that leaves a ring and some lacing. Nose is not remarkable. It's clean. Not even too much malty scent. Just a bit of malt scent and somemild hop grass. No fruity esters at all. Faint bit of musky spice as it warms. The taste is smooth mild and very even. Hops balnce this one unobtrusively for a breaddy but light taste. The mouthfeel is medium and has some good bite from carbonation. The spice is as much a part of the mouthfeel as are the bubbles and I like that. The malt is breaddy but not too sweet. Finishes clean and dry with no fruit flavors at all. There is a bit of sweet grass in the drink but it too is very mild. The hops become a bit floral and perfumey as it drinks and it tickles the back palate with that spice and dry bread.

I really like it. (862 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale gold as expected, clear and bright, this beer meets expectations from the get-go. Also expected is a fluffy, though somewhat sparse, purely white head that shows moderation in both retention and lacing.
There's a bit of husk and corn, some sweetness coming off a sort of dustiness with a little spicy grassiness. It's lightly malty with some citrus notes to it, possibly part of the very light hops bill. It's a little grainy but fits the style and does barely exceed the average in its overall character.
There's actually a little harshness I wasn't expecting that kind of builds up at the back of the throat. It's not astringent, exactly, it just bites a little. Surprisingly, though, it doesn't detract too much from the mouthfeel of an otherwise nice, crisp, light-bodied brew. (787 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.46/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a frothy eggshell head which recedes slowly with significant lacing. Color is a clear deep gold with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: pleasant aroma of floral hops, yeasty bread, and some lightly roasted malt sweetness Mouthfeel: fairly light and crisp with a pleasingly dry finish.
Flavor: near perfect combination of bready malt, some nice sweetness to balance the floral and bittering hops.
Overall: an absolutely delicious beer. Smells and taste great. A pleasure to drink. Will definitely be trying this one again. (546 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: translucent apple juice color, more toward straw in the light; full eggshell head, quickly recedes to surface film
S: malt, paper, corn
T: per the nose, malt, paper, corn, maybe rice, lightly sweet;
M: light-medium-bodied, carbonated, slightly oily; dryish aftertaste
O: The carbonation makes it feel fresher than some of its peers, but it it's still just "not bad."

12oz / Pint Glass (390 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 02-22-2014
Freshness: Best by 09-20-2014
Packaging: 330ml green bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from World Market

Pours clear, with a golden color and a good head of white foam. Shows good lacing and head retention. The aromas feature hay and grassy hop notes, plus some lemon and a light breadiness.

The taste has a low bitterness and also a slight sweetness to balance. Hop flavors are spicy and seem to match the typical Noble/Pilsner hop flavors. Light bodied, the beer is moderately carbonated and was refreshing with a finish of spicy hops.

Nothing spectacular here but a good, solid old world pilsner. (649 characters)

Photo of ilovewaffles
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour from a bottle. Slightly darker-than-straw yellow color. About a finger of head, fairly long lasting. Lacing noted down the glass.

Smell is pleasant. Hoppy and sweet. Very nice.

Initial taste is slightly astringency. Subsequent sips become more pleasant. Fairly balanced hop and malt characteristics. Neutral mouthfeel, goes well with style.

Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special either. (408 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Staropramen Lager

Look 8/10
Smell 14/20
Taste 31/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 79/100

Rather straight forward and simple. Won't Stand out. Also was rather surprising how easy to drink and enjoy it was. While I may never seek it out again for me. May make a great 'gateway' beer for an adjunct drinker. I have I thing great to say about it and nothing bad~ (370 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden body with a thick, sticky, white head; nice rings and globs of foam remain on the glass after every drink. Warm, grainy aroma; old hay and straw. Flavor exudes a light, cereal-like character; toasty with biscuit tones; mild hop bitterness at the finish. Light, crisp, clean and dry finish.

A very good, malt-forward pilsner. Easy to drink with good balance and decent complexity. There is a brightness and crispness to the beer, overall, along with a gentle warmth yet still remains light and refreshing. (517 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Typically clear lager with thin head and strong bubbles. A little darker than other pilsners, but not so much as a pale ale.
Smell: Grainy and sweet, with a slight skunkiness that is common in many import lagers. Slight bready like yeast presence. Mild aroma of freshly cut grass. Nothing super exciting.
Taste: Well balanced flavors of both malt and hops with neither being overbearing or unpleasant. Normal, everyday pils that neither excites nor disappoints. Slight bitter skunky taste on the sides and back of tongue. Lingering bitterness. Very easy to drink.
Mouth: Heavily carbonated as most pilsners. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Lighter in terms of body. (679 characters)

Photo of Thracian_Hops
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle into a 330ml glass at a restaurant (obviously, had to pour it twice).
Light golden amber appearance with two and a half (of my thin) finger(s) head, with an aroma that initially yields many citrus notes that give way to a more "crackery" scent as the head disappears.
Taste is faintly herbal with an even fainter citrus but somehow doesn't break through that "faint" level of flavour, until when swallowed it does, for but a millisecond, give a hint of that hops taste, before giving way to a generic carbonation aftertaste. Interestingly, I did notice a boozy hint of vanilla that I expect in liquor, but this only happened on a couple sips somewhere in the middle of the whole experience; it's kind of odd that it never really replicated itself. Mouthfeel is okay, without much to notice; it's very difficult to say there is much smoothness or roughness going on with the carbonation, either way. This in a way serves to pinpoint the problem with this beer.
I think the elements of this beverage which make it a beer are fighting to the death with carbonated water for dominance over the flavour instead of working together; right now the water has the upper hand. It's not bad, but strikes me as nothing more than the export-quality macro brew one would expect to find among the foreign beers in Bulgaria these days. I really would have liked it more if there were more hops; for me, it would have gone from "okay" to "nice." (1,463 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Completely clear and with a golden hue, this import beer offers a nose that is grassy, a little skunked, a little grainy, and a little bit caramel like. The foam on this beer looks nice at first and seems rather lumpy following a good pour, but it does settle itself down in due time, still leaving a good deal of lace as you consume.

Tasting this beer reveals a flavor that is a little better than its nose indicates. The flavors of sweet, caramel- like malts are present, along with the flavors of herbs and lightly spiced hops. There is a certain vegetable- like component to the taste as well with some fruit and a somewhat metallic finish.

The Czech Republic is world- renown for creating some classis beers. This particular beer doesn’t rank among those classics for several important reasons. I like the lacing and the easy- going nature of the taste, but some of the flavors are a tad off base. It would taste better if the skunkiness could be purged from the flavor but that will only happen when the brewer stops packaging it in green bottles.

Overall, this isn’t a bad beer. But there are others that are certainly better representatives of the Czech Republic and its important heritage. For these reasons, I cannot rate this one much better than average overall. (1,282 characters)

Photo of Aewachiw
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This crisp, refreshing Czech lager reminds me of the time we spent in Prague.

I learned what true pilsners are, and how they can make a hot summer day more enjoyable.

On tap here in BRU in Phily, enjoyable, and reminiscent of a fabulous trip through Central Europe. (269 characters)

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a frothy head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some citrus, herbal, bit of sweet malt and grain.

T: Taste is similar with some citrus, malt sweetness and grain. tart bitterness and a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp with a bit of a grainy feel.

O: Decent beer, reminds me more of a Euro Lager with a bit of character. (376 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.50 CDN.

Appearance - bright clean and clear golden color. Capped by about two fingers of fluffy white head with good retention. Tons of lively bubbles and a good amount of lacing left behind.

Smell - grassy with a few floral aspects. Less biscuity than many others in the style.

Taste - crisp and clean even a bit creamy. The grassy and floral notes carry over into the taste. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp, with above average carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Overall- a good if not great pilsner, certainly enjoyable, but nothing stands out to separate from others. (661 characters)

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77 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.