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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | 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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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light amber gold with a 1 cm head that vanished without a trace.

Skunked. Another rotten vegetable smell is overwhelming everything under the skunk. Underneath that, a slight bread loaf appeared.

Mouthfeel was crisp and light.

Taste was a wave of bitter, medium at first, then it overpowers all. Warms over the tongue without any sweetness. I think this lacks definition, personally.

This is trying really hard to be average. As you drink it, it doesn't even try to flatter itself. Tastes too unbalanced for me. Don't think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 06:11:33 | More by JustinBathurst
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and golden hued with tiny bubbles and minimal head and lace. Aroma is mild malt, stomach acids and light citrus Saaz hop aroma. Flavors are pale malt, mild bitterings and a very light sweet nees to the aftertaste. Relatively complex lager and very classic to style in my opinion. (ed. note - I've had this beer in Prague on the square and it so much better its not even comparable to the stuff out of the bottle, every who likes beer should drink the Czech beers locally. They just do them justice by sticking them in green bottles and shipping them to the US.)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 19:12:20 | More by CRJMellor
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a hole in the wall in a fancy part of downtown Moscow. It was clearly fresher than the last time I tried it (previous review). Came out a deep solid gold under a substantial white head that showed some staying power and generated excellent lace. The nose was mild, with flowery hops. The mouth was prickly and light. The hops kick in from the start, not overwhelming, but ensuring a mildly bitter experience throughout. Malts are there to provide balance up front, but the overall experience is hoppiness, particularly as the malt fades in the finish leaving the aftertaste completely to the hoppy forces. Good stuff, the dry bitterness only makes you want more. And more. And more...!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2003 20:00:35 | More by Globetrotter
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Sigmund

Norway

4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had my first sample today - this is definitely going to be one of my favourite pilseners in the future (whenever I can afford it, or get it abroad). I guess the Czechs won't call it a pilsener as it's not being brewed in Plzen, but to me it's a pils good enough. Good lasting head, delicious Saaz aroma, pleasant flavour, very well balanced, better aftertaste than most pilseners.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 13:22:44 | More by Sigmund
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aracauna

Georgia

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit surprised by the nice light gold glow of this one, but maybe just because my last two lagers were Miller Lite and Coors Light. The head is nice and white and slightly soupy, but no bigger than middling. The aroma is mildly hoppy, maybe a little skunked. The flavor is more malt than hops. It has that bone-dry straw malt flavor that a pilsner is supposed to have, but there's something slightly unpleasant going on. Fairly drinkable but there's something I don't like about it. It does have that nice slightly creamy mouthfeel that Bitburger and a few other quality pils have.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 06:41:51 | More by aracauna
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 19:54:33 | More by TerryW
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ToneControl

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 23:03:46 | More by ToneControl
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.45/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 02:48:09 | More by SilentSabre
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beerguy101

California

2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:18:52 | More by beerguy101
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TheDM

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 17:32:01 | More by TheDM
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 18:11:16 | More by granger10
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 22:15:19 | More by canadianbarman
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 21:38:36 | More by clvand0
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 16:09:21 | More by Popsinc
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drewbage

California

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 01:27:27 | More by drewbage
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stoutman

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +33.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 17:35:15 | More by stoutman
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 20:32:32 | More by Shiloh
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 21:04:29 | More by SaunaKing
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Pegasus

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 20:23:44 | More by Pegasus
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 19:54:45 | More by garymuchow
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texascarl

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 16:51:12 | More by texascarl
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 09:37:39 | More by ElGuapo
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 06:02:09 | More by ADR
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marc77

California

1.95/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 18:32:16 | More by marc77
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like it, soft maltiness, with a icely bitter finish, very elegant, subtle and just plain good, very good for session drinking aswell.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2002 19:36:52 | More by rastaman
Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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