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Staropramen Lager | Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 810
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.26/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Drew966
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of horndecker
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of hungryghost
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ernie
4.62/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not easy to add something new to existing reviews. I love Staropramen Lezak - aromatic, earthy, tasty, smooth and drinkable. To those who were somehow disappointed by this Czech classic, here are some observations:
1. The best Staropramen is on-tap, properly kept & served.
2. 500 cl bottles contain very good beer, too.
3. Staropramen from 330 cl bottles should not be different from the above, but it is! More acidity, less complexity.
4. Beer from 500 cl alu cans is the worst. They say it's licensed-brewed in Slovakia. Haven't checked it yet, but even in this form Staropramen has a score above many European lagers.
Recommended!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color, almost bronze. One of the darker pilseners that I've tried. Looks heavily carbonated. Little bubbles cling to the side of the glass and shoot to the top like a glass of Vernors or something.

It has a nice hop aroma partially masked by a skunky smelling odor.

The taste is not badly skunked at all. Very smooth, unexpectedly almost creamy. The hops stick out in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not the tongue-searing extreme carbonation that the looks of it implied. Drinkability is fine as well. Really a solid import beer here, a lot better than other green bottle pilseners from overseas.

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Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old favorite. I've walked past the brewery on the other side of the river in Prague a bunch of times.

Pours a beautiful clean straw color. Head is frothy and full. Nose is malty and a little sweet.

Taste is clean and crisp with a balanced base with a hoppy, slightly metallic finish. Texture is dry and satisfying.

This is a classic Czech pilsner with a good taste and finish that doesn't leave your throat tasting like sawdust after multiple drafts, as you occassionally get with the style.

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Photo of beakerboy
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the May '06 selections from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew- Style Lagers

A: Pale gold with lacing on the glass as it was consumed. Very little head.

S:Citrusy smell, some hops.

T: Hop flavors with little else. Thin flavor.

M: Little to no mouthfeel. Kind of watery

D: Better than American lagers, but nt much more to say

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Photo of nickss
2.34/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow with a 2" ultra-chunky head. Mounds of lacing frolic on the glass.

Light aroma with a touch of malt and hops, neither making a strong presence. Moderately yeasty and grassy.

Light, semi-bitter flavour. DMS/corn makes its presence known. Very macro-esque... bleh.

Ultra thin with moderate carbonation.

Moderately drinkable, but just flat out disappointing. Was hoping for more, being that I'm drinking this here in its home city.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
4.16/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Medium gold color. Slightly creamy head. Adequate carbonation.
Aroma: Hoppy aroma jumps out of bottle, quickly diminishes some, but remains at a subdued level – a nice spiciness persists as long as the beer last in the glass.
Flavor: Hops dominate, mostly through bitterness, but bitterness remains balanced by malt throughout – from start to finish. Bitterness never really shouts out at any time.
Mouthfeel: Fine, not a spritzy as some pils type beers.
Overall: Very clean and quite even throughout the experience. A winner! Between this beer and Pilsner Urquell (the other Czech lager available at the local liquor store), it is pretty much sixes.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle pours out a golden, yellow color with minimal head. No lacing. It smelled of grain and spice. Surprisingly there was no skunky smell. I could taste some hop flavor and a little spice. It was relatively crisp and smooth. I found it quite drinkable. It is a pretty descent European lager.

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Photo of danielharper
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dark orangey color with a thick white head. Head dissipates to a thin film over the beer after a while. Nice presentation.

Aroma of some skunkiness, as expected for the style, with a bit of malty sweetness beneath. No hops present.

Flavor much the same, but with a dry malty aftertaste. Reasonably pleasant and refreshing.

Mouthfeel moderate, but good for a Czech Pilsener. Nice job.

Overall, I won't buy this again, but as a Czech Pilsener this is quite a good one. Fans of the style might like it.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark gold with a chunky, lacing foam.

S - Some euroskunk and grain. Grassy,

T - A touch of spiciness and butteryness, and a strong hop bitterness. A big of an astringent anise-like aftertaste.

M - Mild carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - Overall, quite good. Not my favorite style, but one of the better pilseners I've had.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

fantastic appearance, Champagne like carbonation supports a very sticky ivory white head, On the darker end of pilsners although still pale yellow.

Sweet sweet sweet....This has a nice body, mouthfeel, drinkability is solid. If it just picked up the hops a bit or toned down the sugary like sweetness it would be outstanding. Finishes pretty clean and crisp.

Picked this bitch up for $2.99 a sixer at bevmo on sale. Best before date is a couple months past due. I tend to not shy away from beers past their supposed prime and have had nothing but success to this point. I couldn't pass up the price and it turns out the beer was fine.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brillient translucent golden with a lacy white head.
the smell of saaz hops followed by malt and yeast.
the flavor is spicy,bitter, hopsack, malty, minerially, dropping off in to slight spicy hopsack.
the mouthfeel is full for a light beer.
very drinkable and kind of weather but hot days they would go down fast.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd have to say this is my favorite Czech beer so far.

The taste is very smooth and refreshing. A bit malty and sweet which gives it an exotic taste you won't find in most Lagers. The aroma is great, a bit spicy and pleasent. This goes down with no problem and could see myself drinking a few of these down on a hot day.

Yes, it tastes a bit light but I am not reviewing this expecting a strong beer. I would highly recommend this beer out of most East European Lagers.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was tasted from a bottle in a Pilsner Glass.

As the beer is poured from the bottle, a good golden color emerges. There is a sizeable frothy head that holds quite well. The beer smells of bitterness from hops and perhaps a slight skunk smell. This beer has a good level of hoppy bitterness but there are better pilsners out there. The beer has a strong body with good carbonation. This is quite drinkable but as said before if you want a pilsner, there are better pilsners out there.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Grassy hop aroma with a touch of grainy malt. Upon drinking, more honey flavored malt flavors with a decent enough contribution of herbal and grassy hop notes. Medium bitterness. A basic Czech pils, which is still a pretty drinkable thing in my book.

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Since my last pint of this beer on-tap I have been literally scared to ever buy it again. After checking the beer is genuinely made in Prague, I bought it again at the Tesco supermarket, expecting to resume my confidence in this supposedly nice Pilsner. BB date: 24/08/06

A: it pours a dark golden, nearly pale amber, hue, with a thick, paper-white foamy head which settles to a thin layer of foam to sustain throughout the drink; moderately-carbonated body.
S: slightly grassy, lemony, and faintly apple-peel-ish hops upfront, on a bed of mild grainy note and buttery+molasses aroma~~ overall softly aromatic and slightly spicy hoppy, typical Saaz aroma, albeit slightly restrained compared to many other Czech products.
T&M: very light-bodied and refreshing flow of lager malts (with restrained sweetness) hit the palate upfront; hop bitterness follows immediately, along with a melting, grainy bitter-sweetness left on the sides of the tongue. Not much else aftertaste though, while the advantage is leaving behind a clean finish and mouthfeel, making this beer a very light-weight and thirst-quenching beer.
D: much better than my last experience of this beer on tap in St. Albans, nr. London, where I encountered the worst Staropramen I'd ever experienced. (Perhaps because that one was brewed under license and this one authentic?) Yet for my taste this beer is not so pronounced as many Pils or Pilsners I tried on tap during my trip in the Czech Republic; it's rather like a more vaguely-defined/generic Euro Pale Lager, as the characters are not as focused as a Pils should be. Having said that, nothing's wrong with it being a easy-drinking lager.

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