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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 67 | 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 Kyle987
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber body, with average head, which quickly dissipates but leaves solid lacing. Very strong, skunky aroma, with some graininess in the background. Taste switches those; more graininess, with a slightly skunky finish. Light mouthfeel, with relatively high carbonation. Drinkable, but I'm personally not a big fan of the skunkiness.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a brilliant, pale gold with a couple of fingers of fine white bubbled head. Noble hop aroma with a slight metallic hint. Light bodied, very easy drinking. Clean flavor, some malt there, but not as much as I remember from drinking it before. Decent hop bite. Solid pilsner, good summertime drinking.

Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a darker gold color than your average pilsener with a short bubbly white head and thin sheets of lace. fresh malt and hop aromas. nice balance of malt and hops taste is slightly bitter and spiced. smooth on the palate and nicely carbonated. very easy drinking beer.

Photo of nighthawk
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL can with best before date stamped on bottom. Pours a clear golden yellow. Large white head, dissipates in a short time, leaving gobs of lacing around the glass. Smells strongly of bread: grainy, yeast, sweet with faint floral hop notes. Smooth sweetness up front, light sourness like green apple, spicy and bitter hop finish with some light fruit notes. Carbonation is nicely crisp, light body, but never watery. Somewhat refreshing, but not quite so much as some other Czech Pilsners.

Photo of batty
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 27 April 2008, Cataluña, Spain. best by date of 11 October 2008.

pours an orangey-apricot golden with little head. what head there is fades very fast and leaves little lacing in the middle, no stickage. looks very fizzy.

smell is mostly metallic, with some corn and malt notes.

taste also mostly metallic, though the malt shines through a bit more and helps it out a little. bitterness on the finish. just a bit on the crisp side on the crispness-smoothness ratio.

m/d is quite fizzy and light, one step above water. much less there than I would hope for. seems much more like a stereotypical cheap american macro lager than anything self-respecting pilsner should be. although it's light and crispy, leaves a bitter stickiness on the finish.

Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle, best by date of Nov 08 on the back. Label has a skyline of Prague in the background.

Appearance: Pours with a bit more color than I expected, towards gold rather than just yellow. Thin head and bubbly.

Smell: Clean malt, floral hops, just a hint of sulphur .. exactly what I would expect from a Czech Pilsner.

Taste: Nice combination of malt flavors and the mineral taste common in beers from the region. Good amount of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Drinkable and interesting, a nice example of an often overlooked style.

Photo of Antilochus
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Czech Pilsener to review, best thus far is Kozel followed closely by Budweiser Budvar/Czechvar. Best before 11/12/2008. 5.00% abv, 500mL. Poured at fridge temp into a oversized wine glass.

Big bubbly white head over a rich amber body. Leaves some lace.

Aromas are stronger of caramel than I've seen in other Czech pilsener. Classic noble hop aromas, but can smell the bitterness.

Feel is on the watery side, but carbonation creams it nicely. Palate is super spicy, lots of bitterness, but some undesirable vegetably sweetness too. Finish is more spice and bitterness, which is better than sweetness, but it switches over to maltiness after a few seconds. Overall medium length.

I find these Czech pilseners to be more and more of the same...

Photo of supercolter
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty decent Czech pilsner. Appearance and smell are pretty bland. That is to be expected given the style however. Clean yellow color, a bit fizzy but no real head or lacing. Smell is pretty weak, a bit of sour and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the smell, but more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is a bit light for my preferance. Drinkability is very easy to swallow.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pilsner malt scent along with a slight breadlike aroma. It appears to be all malt and has a light Czech hop presence. The taste is decent. It has a very plain/bland pilsner malt flavor. The hops are there, but don't stand out; only in the finish. It's clean with a bit of malty sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a breadlike character and some mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker, although I find it a bit heavy for a Czech pils. It should be lighter with a more pronounced hop character. All in all, not bad.

Photo of Strix
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden with a thick lasting head.

Smell...have I ever enjoyed the smell from a beer out of a green bottle? Ugh. Plain with a whiff of skunk.

Taste is hard to place. I'm not really a pilsener fan I guess. Pretty plain, a bit of bland hops. Turns a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is all right I guess.

Drinkable. Probably better with food than to sit down and sip it. Nothing too special here though.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from Heroe's after I had one of these on-tap there. On to the beer:

Simple, clean, and refreshing. No skunk to worry about here knowing it's from a keg. Sweeter than I was expecting. Much of the taste was like bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) honey and a light dose of hops. On-tap, it makes a grrr-eeeat session beer at a restaurant while chatting with friends.

Photo of callmemickey
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden with a thick white head which lasts before leaving some traces behind

S: Floral hops and some grassy grains... soft and subtle but varied

T: Continental floral hops kick you in to start and citrus quickly follows before giving way to a standard malt base

M: Light body with a big carbonation profile this is refreshing and perhaps better on a warmer day

D: Not bad at all... but the carbonation kind of gets in the way of prolonged consumption

Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Sparkling golden hue populated with rising suds. Two tip head which sat around a good while. Spotted lacing.

S - Hop tinge and some herbal grain notes. Not potent, but certainly not bad.

T - Champagne like initially, then a citrus like zest kicks in before you actually reach the malt body. Has a nice earth tone to it's aftertaste. Much better than I was expecting.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, light body, sharp feel on the palate. No residues left over, as it finishes quite dry.

D - Pretty good, actually. I was impressed with this one, and it certainly has some refining characteristics to it. Although the abv is low, I can't see making this a bbq beer or anything, but one or two with dinner would probably work very well. Worth a try.

Photo of mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Large white head, somewhat creamy and with good retention.

Some noble hop aroma, otherwise quite clean.

Nice maltiness up front, melding nicely to Saaz-like hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes bitter, but pleasantly so. Nicely largered - very clean flavor profile.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

A nice hoppy lager, clean and flavorful.

Photo of MMansfield
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up can at NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber colour with a big fluffy white head. Resides slowly to a lacey ring. Leaves gobs of lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Floral hops and a nice grainy aroma. Sweetish, bready.

Taste: Bready and grainy. Not a whole lot of flavour. Bitterness is medium. Finish is bready.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, very high drinkability.

Final Statement: Not a mindblowing beer, but very drinkable, nothing wrong with it at all. A decent czech pilsner.

Photo of KI9A
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, golden, nice. Typical head, some lace.

Aroma: Big time "euro-skunk", not real appealing.

Taste: Not much skunk, surprising. Taste of corn, grass, and a bit of malt. Finishes a bit sour, but, fairly clean.

Not a bad lager, but, not near the best.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pretty gold color with an average head, has a decent amount of carbonation as well. has a strong skunk smell to it, with corn in the aromas as well. no hop or malt smell that really stands out. taste is average, another boring lager really, little body to it or unique taste. seems hard to make a lager stand out. mouthfeel is watery, its an average beer i suppose

Photo of MTNboy
2.64/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I believe I actually tried this in Czech a few years ago and I enjoyed it. Maybe this review does not do the beer justice but this is the impression I got when I recently tried in a can I got from the BeerStore in Kingston Ontario.

Appearance- This beer is almost an orange amber color. It has both a full head of foam that will form some nice foamy lace.

Smell- A very cheap and adjunct mass produced lager smell. A bit grassy

Taste- The first thing I tasted was metal then I tasted a bit of hops and even less but some malt. I would say the flavor was less than average.

Mouthfeel- It feels watery and there was not much for carbonation.

Drinkability- I thought it was very bland and cheaply made.

Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fields of golden barley gold. No head. My fault. Aroma of wide open fields of wheat and barley as experienced on many a rural European beer hike. Tastes like good clean pilsner malt - soft, fresh bread, slightly toasty. There is a little hop bite on the finish, which by the way tastes like more of those damp, grainy fields of beer-soaked country hikes in obscure locales. If I had weened myself on Imperial Stouts, Barleywines, and Double IPA's, then I suppose I too would find regular workhorse lagers to be bland and boring. But I would also be a lot younger, less experienced, and well...narrow minded. Fellows, when you go from Bud light to Olympia to German Pils, and then Czech pils, you just don't forget it. You can take all the next ten years to get into Belgian Tripels, Quadrupels, Lambics and West Coast IPA's, but you will never forget that first girl you fell in love with.

Photo of Vancer
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
76 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.