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Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of John
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.44/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

Photo of bschinelli
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of geexploitation
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at brew club's lager tasting

A - Golden in color, no head, light carbonation.

S - Malty, minerally, and slight honey.

T - Malty, bready, slightly sour, but pretty interesting.

M - Sour, bready, but well balanced though.

D - This beer definitely grows on you, Definitely good for a pilsener.

Photo of udubdawg
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright gold, excellent clarity, sizeable white cap and better than decent retention.

Bare whiff of skunkiness. What I mostly get is DMS, very light pale malt, and a vague sweetness - do they use adjuncts? No hop aroma that I can be sure of, and definitely nothing I'd call Saaz-y.
As a Czech pils, this is a subpar aroma, but as a Euro Lager it is at least average if not higher...

Flavor is a step down. Again rather sweet, with almost no bitterness to balance. No diacetyl, pretty clean. Where's the richness of the malt flavor?

Medium body. Medium/low carbonation could be a bit higher to make up for the lack of malt richness and severe lack of hops for the style. Not particularly drinkable, though on a hot day (like today) I'd have no trouble finishing one.

Photo of benloho
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.50 CDN.

Appearance - bright clean and clear golden color. Capped by about two fingers of fluffy white head with good retention. Tons of lively bubbles and a good amount of lacing left behind.

Smell - grassy with a few floral aspects. Less biscuity than many others in the style.

Taste - crisp and clean even a bit creamy. The grassy and floral notes carry over into the taste. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - crisp, with above average carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Overall- a good if not great pilsner, certainly enjoyable, but nothing stands out to separate from others.

Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of timmy2b
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of gpawned
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BKBassist
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NODAK
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a little skunky...some sweet grassiness and Noble hops.

Body of the beer has an obvious sweet, cereal grain maltiness to it....not cheaply done with adjunct tastes; very pleasant. Finishes with a good crisp bitterness from the Noble hops which wraps up the beer pretty cleanly. It's pretty simple like many pilseners are, but well done.

A very drinkable, simple beer here. Hops are well done in this pils. Pretty cheap for an imported, quality brew as well.

Photo of PGVG
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 7-27-08

Eye: Transparent dark gold in appearance. Head formation, retention and lacing are all poor.

Nose: Malty body balanced and supported by spicy and floral hops. Pretty average in my opinion. Nothing special. More sweet malt aroma than I expected, in fact, the beer's aroma tends to lean towards the malt in my opinion.

Tongue: Nice smooth clean malty palate. Hops are spicy, grassy, and floral. Bitterness is a bit coarse in my opinion, it lingers on the back sides of the tongue and gives me the overall impression that this beer isn't well rounded. Its more like its boxy, square...with odd angles...coarse.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Nice and smooth on the palate, crisp, clean, and light as well. This is an easy drinking beer, very nice on a hot day, I can see it complimenting a wide variety of foods. This is one I'll probably not buy again any time soon...I know that there are much better out there. I am, however, glad to have tried this brew. Overall this is just run of the mill average.

Photo of Strix
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Arithmeticus
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had 500 ml bottle in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, poured in room temp 300 ml ale glass

A: beautiful head; clear golden yellow; lacing rather nice
S: stale, lagery odor
T: very mild, rather sweet beer; flavor nondescript lager; perfect on a hot day, but not if you want to taste your beer
M: decent but watery

A solid, nonjudgmental beer

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of IronLover
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in color with an amber hue. Poured with a short fizzy foam that quickly dissipated. Bready and caramel malt aromas are dominant with faint herbal hop and buttery notes. Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel up front followed by a light tangy feel through the middle. Burnt caramel and bready malt flavors up front followed by light herbal hop flavors that try very hard to produce a crisp snap that this style is known for, but it falls a bit short. Finishes with bready, caramel malt aftertaste.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
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