Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Reviews: 315
Hads: 751
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 103 | 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: 315 | Hads: 751
Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a relatively dark completely translucent golden color with a minimal white head. A few bubbles of carbonation flowing up toward the top of the glass.

S: Overall, not a very strong smell. Malty notes up front with some faint floral hops in the background.

T: In line with the smell. Malty flavors take center stage, with less prominent floral hops in the background. As a result, the level of bitterness is a little bit lower than I'd like.

M: Light-bodied with a wet mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation to tickle the tongue. Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer.

D: Reasonably priced for an imported beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to buy. (729 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Gold, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - The usual Saaz hop smeel, but quite weak.

Taste - Excellent balance of hops and grains, but a little too weak.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture and carbonation

Drinkability - Hard to beat. Perfect bitterness level for sessioning.

Overall - An excellent introduction to the world of Czech pilseners, which might encourage drinkers to try Pilsner Urquell and other strong pilseners. I find it hard to imagine how anyone could not like this beer. (504 characters)

Photo of WHROO
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pilsner Glass...apple juice golden, with soft head, low carbonation...although held good lacing, & had laced rings to show each mouthful.
Floral grassy hops in the aroma, as it warmed definate honey caramel malty notes. I found this to mainly have the typical lighter lager aroma.
Felt just like a Pilsner - some malts up front, then rounded out with hop bitterness to finish...definately not too complex though.
Mouthfeel felt a little deadpan,could have done with more carbonation given the style. However in saying that I found the drinkability to be easy...like your run of the mill mainstream import, safe enough to want more...& that lingering bitterness was inviting! (686 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel glass

Appearance: Piss yellow, typical lager color, 1 finger off white head

Smell: bready notes, slight roasted malt, nothim much else.. very subtle earthy hops

Taste: very bready, almost rye taste, for the style there is plenty of flavor for sure.

mouthfeel: great carbonation and relatively full bodied feel for a lighter beer

overall: Probably my favorite lager, with Summerfest close behind. Basically, it's a Macro made the way it should be, with some actual flavor characteristics. Very smooth and refreshing, also if you are ever in Prague, visit the brewery and try this on draft, it's amazing. (626 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Innis & Gunn flute. Golden straw colour with a finger-thick head. Decent amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Aromas of hops, some spicy roasted malts, and a bit of skunk.

Taste: Roasty malt is first and foremost. Following is some bitterness from the hosp with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Nice and light.

Overall: Not the most interesting beer. Light, refreshing, a little weak in taste and aroma, though. (497 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

I was expecting more skunk flavor based on the smell, however it is actually not that high. A pretty balanced and very light flavor profile, which is typical for the style. I've got a great local option of Czech pilsner from raleigh brewing, and when I saw this one at the store I figured why not give it a try. Not bad, could be better, and I expect it would be if it were fresher (aka in Prague instead of being shipped here). I think I'll stick with my local option, but a good try. (489 characters)

Photo of nickynick
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staropramen poured a full gold, with a small white head, and good lacing. The smell was faint with hints of hops and malt. Taste had nice sweet malt up front, followed by some nice bitter hop notes. Mouthfeel was good for the style. Drinkability was good as well. Overall I found this to be a nice beer for the style. Crisp, dry and refreshing, very palate cleansing beer. Would purchase again. (394 characters)

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours amber with a soapy 2-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Sour dough, malt, earthy hops, caramel.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Sweet caramel malt, dry earthy hops, some bananas or fruit, spice. Crisp finish with a mildly astringent aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, but forgettable. Not a lot of depth here. Not a bad Czech beer, just not one of the greats. (434 characters)

Photo of hungryghost
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: translucent apple juice color, more toward straw in the light; full eggshell head, quickly recedes to surface film
S: malt, paper, corn
T: per the nose, malt, paper, corn, maybe rice, lightly sweet;
M: light-medium-bodied, carbonated, slightly oily; dryish aftertaste
O: The carbonation makes it feel fresher than some of its peers, but it it's still just "not bad."

12oz / Pint Glass (390 characters)

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

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 1 inch head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is crystal clear and light amber. The aroma is of light malts and hops. The taste is moderately malty with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a yeasty finish. This is a very drinkable beer. (330 characters)

Photo of velkyal
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the major lager producers in the Czech Republic, I think Staropramen is the only one to have benefitted from being bought out by outsiders - in this case InBev.

A properly poured Staropramen is a thing of beauty, golden in colour and with a volumous head - best enjoyed as a "tuplak" or 1 litre serving.

With a nice clean flavour which is not overly malty, and a good level of bitterness, Staropramen is as good a standard lager as it is possible to get from the mass-producing brewers.

While it is not a beer to hunt down feavourishly in expectation of lager revelation, it is a decent pint with the lads on a Friday afternoon. (634 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 snilsen13
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a really pleasant taste, but the bitterness really ruined it for me.
The appearance was clear and golden. It was nice and saturated.
I wouldn't buy a six pack.
Not skunky at all like some of the Czech var
I don't even see the word lager on this beer. (264 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 Tang07
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a glass quite nicely; fine golden color, nice head.

The head doen't hang around very long but it does not instantly disappear either.

Has a malty smell with a faint hint of skunk.

The taste is nice. Malt followed by hop.
The beer is well carbonated and enhances the bite of the hop.

It laces the top of the glass but not all the way down. This may be because I'm in a humid location and the lace is washed down by condensation. (I guess I should drink faster)

It is a nice beer to drink. I've had this beer prior to right now as I review and I recall it being better when I wasn't disecting it. I also drank it in Prague where it was "the other beer". I've had this beer here in the US and it is very nice. I'm on my third sixer in the last three months, and I think that I'm enjoying this one the least. Perhaps there is some variability or it got warm in transit (I live in hot-as-balls Florida).

I'd rate this beer better but I'm trying to rate the beer in my hand and not the beers I've had in the past.

Overall a nice beer and a good representitive of its class. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass may - 11- 2013 is stamped on it

Appearance - poured a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of foam. bubbles came up through solution while drinking. good lacing

Aroma- apple pear slight skunkyness ( sulfur) Grassy

taste- crisp sting of carbonation gives way to a grainy corny flavor. then a slight herbal and piney hops at the end. Hoppier than american light lagers. easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation dry and champange-y

Overall- I'm a little out of my element, I would imagine this is a descent pilsner. I would enjoy it as such. My BMC frame of reference would tell me that it is better than all of those. Its like a light lager with a better hop character and a better mouthfeel. it is definitely less filling than a lot of things i have been drinking lately. I would in fact have another. i would drink it as a lawnmower beer or i could se myself ordering it in an airport leaving Prague. (934 characters)

Photo of batty
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, best by 12/12, poured into a pint glass.

a: pours a deep golden color, almost reddish, with a fat two-finger white head that stays around for a long time. excellent lacing.

s: malty and grassy, a nice floral lightness to it from the hops.

t: a nice smooth maltiness, clean and grainy, with the hops and carbonation giving it a nice crispness.

o: enjoyable, a solid pilsener, pretty simple which sometimes is exactly what you want. (445 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Typically clear lager with thin head and strong bubbles. A little darker than other pilsners, but not so much as a pale ale.
Smell: Grainy and sweet, with a slight skunkiness that is common in many import lagers. Slight bready like yeast presence. Mild aroma of freshly cut grass. Nothing super exciting.
Taste: Well balanced flavors of both malt and hops with neither being overbearing or unpleasant. Normal, everyday pils that neither excites nor disappoints. Slight bitter skunky taste on the sides and back of tongue. Lingering bitterness. Very easy to drink.
Mouth: Heavily carbonated as most pilsners. Light and effervescent on the tongue. Lighter in terms of body. (679 characters)

Photo of smcreator
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (527 characters)

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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