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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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320 Reviews
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Reviews: 320
Hads: 766
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 113 | 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: 320 | Hads: 766
Photo of TerryW
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden colour, handsome to look at. If it gave up some head or lace it would do even better.

Aroma of hops and sour green apples. Slightly sweet up front with a nice, moderately bitter hop finish that is happy to linger a bit. No malts and a touch of sulphur roughen this up some. Watery mouthfeel.

Better than a plain Jane macro, but not real special. (363 characters)

Photo of ToneControl
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is Czech in nature - it has that slightly creamy feel to it, and just an edge of hops - but nothing dramatic. If it was ever produced as a high-quality beer, it isn't now. OK, it's a genuine Pilsner, and it's not made from rice, but the rest of the large box of it I bought last week is now taunting me from my garage - I' m afraid I'll have to use it up my less-choosy beer-drinking visitors. (403 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.44/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, golden/yellow colour like many, many other beers. Has a thin, snow white head that is rather quick to dissipate. The smell is actually, as strange as it may sound, quite close to fresh cut green apples. The taste, too, reminds me faintly of apples. Leaves a very light lacing on ones glass with each drink. The mouth feel is nice and light-weight with light to moderate carbonation....leaning more towards light. This is a surprisingly easy to drink beer. I will most certainly spend money on this Czech again. (525 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium gold color, small foamy head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Mild light bodied pilsner. A little malty, some flavor. Smooth taste, but a little artificial tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is neutral. Some green bottle skunkyness. Really why bother drinking this stuff. Average beer at best. (314 characters)

Photo of TheDM
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a medium head of small to large white bubbles that mostly diminished and left a fair lacing. The body was a transparent light golden color. It had a mild hop aroma. It was initially bitter with a mild hop flavor. The inital bite smoothened in in the finish and left a slightly tingly lingering mouthfeel. (321 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance of an average lager in color and head. Skunky aroma which I kind of like in my pilsners, I don't know why but I do. Taste did not have as much skunkiness but still had a little. Very light in body. Not much malt here, mostly hops. Slightly bitter, but no overpowering flavor. Finishes crisp and clean. Good for a cheap import. (337 characters)

Photo of canadianbarman
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

--Poured an average golden straw like in color. Slight head that cleared about half way through. Not much lacing.
--Initial smell that hits is that skunky european smell.
Although I did like this beer more than Pilsner Urquell, it is still not one of my favorites. It took a couple of sips to get over the skunky taste. Once I got used to it I enjoyed the bottom half. Overall this beer was one of the better Czech beers, I would like to try others.
Thx (456 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a normal yellow color with medium white head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and almost a little sour. The flavor is dry with very apparent hops and a lot of carbonation. Sourness is detectable in the sides of the mouth, but not too much. Very reminiscent of a better Heineken. The finish is moderately dry. I'd have this again probably since it is not very expensive, but it wasn't anything wonderful. (443 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 500ml green bottle. A golden, carbonated pour with a fizzy white head. Looks like gingerale.

Smell: The nose is very subtle. Lightly hoppy. It seems very floral with vegetable hints.

Taste: Medium hoppiness. Corn and grain-like qualities. Somehwat chalky and dry. There was a little maltiness to back up the weak body. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and dry.

Drinkablility: I would only drink this beer again if there was nothing else available. Probably wouldn't buy this one again. (510 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Woodland Hills BJ's Beer Appreciation Night

Beer pours pale gold with a brilliant clarity. Just a slight haze from hops.

Aroma is sweet continentinal malt with a light spicy hop flower. Green bottle skunkiness slowly becomes evident as the CO2 evolves.

Flavor is largely honey and grain with a bit of skunk oil rolling on the tongue. The malt quickly drops to a dry crisp hoppy finish. (411 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the Pilsner Urquell comparison with this one.. This one competes with the world class pils. Staropramen is a clear golden beer with a very small and fast disappearing head. The aroma is very inviting with sweet and hoppy tones. And the flavor is just like a czech pilsener should be very easily drinkable with a faint sweetness to start with but then dominated by the very nice hoppy bitterness. 5% ABV. (416 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here, but nice...first thing noticeable about this brew is the skunky aroma when first decapped. Once you get by that, the appearance is just ordinary in that it has the clear medium golden hue and minimum head. The body is medium/full.
The taste begins with a malty sweet assault and lingers. however it finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. (362 characters)

Photo of SaunaKing
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was slightly skunky when opened, but mysteriously kind of pleasant. Typical pale golden color. Not a bad taste, slightly stale but for some reason I am kind of liking this. Maybe because I haven't had a beer in 6 days??
Nice hop finish, I have a feeling a fresh one of these on tap would kick ass. (308 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-golden color, quite clear with lots of fine bubbles and a small off-white head. Rich aroma of sweet and bready malts with noble hops and - miraculously - no skunk aroma. Taste begins with rather sweet malts and slight carbonation, midway through the taste; spicy hops ride atop the malts. By the end of the taste, the hops leave a harsh and metallic bitterness at the back of the mouth. The mouth feel is smooth and pleasant. Overall, a good lager that might benefit from some tweaking of its hop profile, the aftertaste is excessively bitter. (556 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to others I must have not bought a old or skunked bottle. Mine was actually quite fresh tasting. Wonderful fresh and clear Saaz-type hop aroma that faded some with time. Bright, clear and dark gold with full head, good retention and nice lacing. Nicely balanced beer with a little less bitterness that other Czech beers of similar ilk, but enough to make presence known. Hop bite lasts throughout with medium long finish. Good malt backing, providing nice body and some richness. Light to medium body, flatter feel, but adequate carbonation. Good all around and balanced beer. (585 characters)

Photo of texascarl
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = light gold, small head, no lacing, light carbonation

Nose = hoppy plus a little hint of skunk (curse all green bottles)

Taste = light, crisp mouthfeel. Bitter as sin from plenty of hops that hang right in there on the long aftertaste. Quaffable. I'll admit that I'd buy Pilsner Urquell and Czechvar first, but this is pretty good beer and running third place to those two is nothin to be ashamed of. (418 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden yellow with a white head that dies down to a stickly lace pretty quickly. the aroma is all of sweet malts with a bitter note to it.

the beer is extremely smooth with an almost unnoticeable carbonation. the malts dominate the flavor with a little bit of hops in the finish. it has a medium-light body and it is very easy to drink. i would not say it is a remarkable beer, but it is certainly better than average. (428 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold color, big-bubbled white head of 1/2 an inch. Slightly skunked aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a decided wet canvas impression that's re-inforced by the aroma. Slight watery sense before a mild hoppy finish mid-mouth. Carbonation is medium, perhaps this beer's best quality. OK in drinkability but nothing special is going on in this brew, some similarities to Heineken et al.... (399 characters)

Photo of marc77
1.94/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear dark straw hue topped by a fluffy porcelin - white head. Skunky mercaptans, sulfur, and rough grain huskiness in aroma. The sharp, astringent graininess coupled w/ the rough bitterness make this quite rough for a pilsner. Sulfur persists in the flavor and is a bit offputting... All around this beer almost abrasive on the palette. The body is weak and watery, while the malt backbone is seriously lacking. Finishes w/ an unpleasant tannic astringent note. I most likely got a poorly handled bottle, but I just don't see myself ever having this again. (569 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy golden color with a thin head that dies quickly. saaz hop aroma quickly asserts itself but doesn't overwhelm. sort of a cross between heineken and pilsener urquell. nothing really great, a little thin in the mouth and little carbonation...seems "dead". maybe i got an old bottle. (287 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deepstraw gold with a slight clinging lace. Mildly malty grainy, low-key hop aroma. Starts thin to bitter, ending lingering oily hop. Meager malt profile causing balance to tip too far to the hop end. It's drinkable but not worth a search. (239 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems to be similar to a Pilsner Urquell, also in a green bottle. This is from a large brewer and is better than the majors over here, the ABV is 5.2%. (152 characters)

Photo of John
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The initial aroma from the 12 oz. bottle was extremely skunky. After pouring, the skunk dissipated a bit. I could then detect some of the beer's true characteristics. Perfect light, effervescent mouthfeel. Nice semi-sweet malt and herbly, spiced hop finish. Unfortunately, some skunk essence still remained. I'll have to seek this one out on tap. (346 characters)

Photo of grdahl
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The largest brewer in The Czech Republic..why can't A-B or Miller make beer this good...Only average for Czech Rep. but much better than the swill we're used to here...I'm not sure where exactly the old spring that gives the beer its name is. (242 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean and crisp, with moderate hops. Not bad from the bottle, but on tap is vastly superior. In the tap version, I sometimes get just the barest hint of spearmint in the finish. Of course, the pink elephants show up a little while after that. (250 characters)

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.