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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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 Vancer
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Classic golden straw yellow pour, pretty damn fine white head and sheets of island lace in the ol’ Bitburger pilsner glass.

Tons of the ol’ euro skunk when I popped the top and poured this bad boy. Somewhat of a mellow veggie quaff, of course influenced by the euro yeast.

Decent lager, nuttin outstanding, but still quite quaffable, except the import costs puts this out of the “everyday” drinking beer.

Vancer, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear golden-straw color. The head is one inch in height and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of biscuits with a touch of spicy hops, but it is quite faint. The taste is even more faint than the aroma, with only a slight hint of bready malt. The mouthfeel is light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is nothing really bad about this beer, but there is nothing good about it either. I cannot see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium-gold colour but see through. Light head, some lacing, but none of it lasted very long. Lightly carbonated. When first poured, there was an aroma of apple / spice, a hint of cinammon that made me think this could be interesting. Carbonated mouthfeel, dry with a bitter sharp taste, some hops, malt but not in great tandem. The finish drops off quickly and I found it a little harsh and rough on the palate. The ingredients listed on the side of the can include mollose syrup and hop extract, at least they're up front about that, it looked and smelled better than it was.

ThatWineGuy, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color, about 2 shades darker than a macro. The head was average and not much lacing was detected. The smell is faint, some bready malt was picked up. The taste is of biscuit like malt with some honey flavor. Servicable grassy peppery hops to round out the flavor. The feel is light with some tight carbonation, finishes a bit peppery on the palate. My first impression of this beer was that it wasn't a Czech Pils. It is a bit more malty and not as dry as the others. Definitely worth a try, just not what I expected.

Gmann, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a decent amount of white creamy head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells floral and a little citrusy, not bad. Tastes a little light struck (damn you, green bottles!) and sweet with a lot of hop bitterness that I can't place, possibly saaz. It's a bit grassy and a bit citrusy. It's really tasty. Finishes a little sour. Mouthfeel is heavy with some tingling from the carbonation, but not much. Not really creamy, just heavy. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, I just wish it was cheaper or didn't come in green bottles, as I can't afford a case of the stuff.

Kulrak, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium to dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured an upfront spicy saaz hop with a light husky grain.

The taste consisted of a sharp biting hop spice and a grainy malt. There was an uncomfortable chemical element toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a bit of harshness and astringency.

Overall not a top tier Czech Pils. A servicable beer for sure, but there are much better out there.

plaid75, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on August 10, 2007 at the Esplanade Biermarket in Toronto. The beer was a deep translucent gold in colour with a very white small head that lasted mere seconds. The aroma on the other was quite foul with some soapy hints. The mouthfeel was thin-bodied and very crisp with a high level of carbonation. The taste was slightly malty with a strong presence of wheat.

cyrenaica, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(7/12/2009)Had to come back and re-rate this one. First time I had it, it must have been bad. Nice malty flavor with touch of hops. A bit of a yeasty taste. Nice clear golden color. Good mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high.

(8/7/2007)Wasnt too impressed with this one. Metallic taste, very pedestrian. No aroma to speak of,except maybe for a bit of skunk, mouthfeel was ok but nothing special, kind of watery. I would neither seek this out nor recommend. I cant believe this is rated as high as it is.

biggmike, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of snilsen13
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - thin head but plenty of bubbles, very clear dark light amber (or dark gold)

S - honey and oats, very rich and seductive

T - the classic bitter of a good pils with a floral notes. Biscuit-like sweetness gives way to a dry, earthy aftertaste. Complex. Earthy flavors give way to a sustained sweetness with a classic pils bittering.

M - smooth and sticky

D - top notch, for anybody who loves a beer that reminds them of a good bread.

snilsen13, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle dated “best by 4 Jan 2008,” consumed on 7/21/07. Into my crystal mug. Golden clear without any bubbles—or very few. One finger off-white head quickly fades to a scattered cap and lacing. Nose of slight skunk and malt. Tastes of pale malts and mild hops, with a bit of citrus. Clean and crisp but nothing to write home about. Middle carbonation and moderate body, smooth and good feel overall. Drinkability is OK; it’s tasty and enjoyable though not groundbreaking.

Overall: A competent Czech pilsner, but nothing remarkable.

jettjon, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of smcreator
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am assuming that the picture shown is outdated due to a label change. My 500 mL green bottle had a yellowish label with golden trim (not silver). However, "1869 Staropramen Premium Beer Prague" appears on the front label which seems to be the same beer as the one pictured.

A: Very thin head and golden yellow in appearance.
S: Smells like most pilsener beers with plenty of hops.
T: Very light with a medium hop taste.
M: Thin bodied with light to medium carbonation.
D: Nothing special. It is not a very refreshing.

smcreator, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Suds
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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 -16.8%
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 -19.8%
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 +16.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -5.7%
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 +19.8%
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 +7.8%
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 -13.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -19.2%
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 -16.8%
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 +7.2%
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 -15.3%
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
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
77 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.