Staropramen Lager - Pivovary Staropramen

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Reviews: 315
Hads: 752
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 106 | 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: 752
Photo of darkmartin
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden brown with a short-lived, fluffy white head. Very minimal lacing.
Smell: Smells like a typical czech pilsner, bready with malts and subtle hops.
Taste: Fairly malty up front, with a toasted grain finish. Very good.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat carbonated.
Drinkability: These go down way too easy. The smooth, toasted grain finish makes it hard to set this down. (400 characters)

Photo of madvoice
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden colour with a small head that disappeared almost instantaneously. It smelled very hoppy, sweet and fruity. Has a sweet citrussy flavour with a bit of bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Very drinkable especially on a hot summer day. I should have bought more! (286 characters)

Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A darker gold than I expected. An aggressive pour gives a rocky cap that's fading. Very little visible carbonation.

S - Some graininess and grassy hops, but they're very mild. There's an odd note in the background. It gives the impression that it's going to be sweet.

T - Unfortunately, it follows the nose pretty well. The grainy notes are very light; it seems like they skipped out on the pilsner malt. It leans toward the sweet side instead, which doesn't fit really well. There are some light herbal hops and some bitterness, but it just seems lacking in comparison with fresh examples from the US(this bottle well within date).

MF - Leaning towards the lighter side, but there just isn't enough carbonation to give it any life or to really make it refreshing. It just feels old and uninspired.

D - In a style that excels here, this definitely disappoints. It doesn't have the body or flavor that makes pilsners so good. (932 characters)

Photo of eriktoyra
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden liquid with lots of carbonation bubbles into the glass. A two finger high head forms at first and then dissolves leaving nice lacings on the glass.

S: Smells like any other Pilsener. A bit of hay, some very faint hop tones. Baking soda. In general there is not much smell at all.

T: Tastes white bread, almost no hop flavours at all. Some very low bitterness at the end.

M: Surprisinlgy it feels oily and watery at the same time. Low to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Nothing special. An ordinary beer for ordinary people. (559 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

After drinking this right after a Pilsner Urquell, I think I'm just not quite into the super bitter hops quite yet. This looks a lot better poured than the Pilsner Urquell as the head and lacing stick around quite a bit longer. It gets a little higher rating in taste because it is slightly less bitter than Pilsner (not that much though). (341 characters)

Photo of MusicmanSD
4.73/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't get why this is a B- beer, I'm drinking it in Ireland though, maybe it doesn't handle its journey to America well. Tastes very much like Budweiser Budvar, not as hoppy as Pilsner Urquell, but as clean. It's got a great golden, triple decocted taste like a real czech pilsner should have. It smells great, no skunk, and tastes very refreshing and clean. I'm really enjoying this after a 9 to 9 day. Well done. Now to find it in America. (441 characters)

Photo of Hammarby
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the International Great Beer Expo, Rock Hill, NY.

A nice thick head, banana in color. Thick full head.

A smooth tasting lager, slightly hoppy but not overpowering. Sharp start, smooth finish, average mouthfeel, good drinkability. Wouldn't be my first choice to have again. (285 characters)

Photo of NV9
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice deep golden colour with a finger head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell is grainy with maybe a bit of floral smell, not overly strong.

Bitter finish, malty, clean on teh mouth with a fair bit of carbonation.

Great on a warm summer day, not too different from many other pilseners, doesn't really stand out from the NA's. (339 characters)

Photo of texascarl
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of thechaacster
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear gold, so clear that you could watch TV (or whatever) through your glass of beer. Basically exactly how you expect a pils to look. Grainy, grassy aroma. Full and clean malt/grain flavor... I hate to say it, but the grainy character is somewhat similar to PBR. Not that this is cheap or cruddy at all, because it's actually a tasty and extremely drinkable pilsner. Pretty good beer. (402 characters)

Photo of tconboy
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden lager with a bubbly head that dissipates immediately. Medium carbonation. Smells of hay and straw, your typical Euro pils/lager. Tastes a like a pils with a little zesty spring flavor. A little of that heinekin style skunk flavor. Heavier than average carbonation, light crisp mouthfeel. This is what I would consider a session beer. Worth a try? Well I'll try any beer... once in this case. (411 characters)

Photo of beakerboy
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the May '06 selections from Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew- Style Lagers

A: Pale gold with lacing on the glass as it was consumed. Very little head.

S:Citrusy smell, some hops.

T: Hop flavors with little else. Thin flavor.

M: Little to no mouthfeel. Kind of watery

D: Better than American lagers, but nt much more to say (344 characters)

Photo of ppvora
3/5  rDev -11%

Drank it from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.
Color: pale golden, poured into a lager glass, two fingers of head which keeps for a minute or two. Substantial lacing.
Aroma: straw, hay, light barley.
Taste: Refreshing lager taste. The hay aroma continues into the mouth. Beer does not have any complex flavors (lagers usually don't) -- very straight and narrow taste but an honest taste that harkens back to the original Czech lagers.
Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report. A very refreshing beer that goes down easy. (512 characters)

Photo of ToriBug13
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Staropramen Prague Lager

A- Pretty, clear, and surprisingly nice head. Thick lacing. Wheat in color, great carbonation bubbles.

S- A little sweet on the nose. Has that smell boring lagers have- like an old sponge. That sounds more negative than it should, particularly for this beer. It’s just an average “beer” smell.

T- Wheaty, light hops. Clean and soapy. Good carbonation, turned out to be a decent lager. Doesn’t blow me away, but it would be fine as a session beer. (482 characters)

Photo of atomicbolt
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL can I grabbed. There are 9 different languages on the can, so you know it's a pretty international brand.

Pours a nice golden-straw with a thin white head that laces quite nicely. Pretty average smell - grainy, grassy, an edge of bitter hops, a bit of citrusy fruit - smells like a pilsener.

The taste's pretty mellow, with a fairly immediate hop punch, residing into a fairly neutral graininess with just a bit of fruity sweetness. Feels fairly aggressive on the tongue, then subsides into a mellow smoothness on swallow. Leaves behind a fairly neutral aftertaste, just a bit of hop bitterness. Really aggressive carbonation, maybe my can was a bit shaken up but it made me want to swallow as quickly as possible.

Overall I'd call it average. Not quite enough taste character, but not bad, either. (808 characters)

Photo of Kyle987
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of bmacaskill
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll echo the comment that it's a little off-style. I expected more from this beer than I was given.

I was a little thin on the palate, and a little too astringent for my taste.

Nevertheless, it was a perfectly acceptable lager, and had the virtue of being very crisp, and a little lemony, which in this case was a good thing. (332 characters)

Photo of dolzan
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It's a typical lager, probably better than most of the international lagers it competes against, but only average in terms of Czech Pilsners. Decent for a beer of this type, though nothing special.

It's quite drinkable, without having any rich, complex flavours to speak about. Good, but only if your primary objective is to urgently quench your thirst. (354 characters)

Photo of utahbeerdude
4.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Medium gold color. Slightly creamy head. Adequate carbonation.
Aroma: Hoppy aroma jumps out of bottle, quickly diminishes some, but remains at a subdued level – a nice spiciness persists as long as the beer last in the glass.
Flavor: Hops dominate, mostly through bitterness, but bitterness remains balanced by malt throughout – from start to finish. Bitterness never really shouts out at any time.
Mouthfeel: Fine, not a spritzy as some pils type beers.
Overall: Very clean and quite even throughout the experience. A winner! Between this beer and Pilsner Urquell (the other Czech lager available at the local liquor store), it is pretty much sixes. (665 characters)

Photo of ToneControl
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of grdahl
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The largest brewer in The Czech Republic..why can't A-B or Miller make beer this good...Only average for Czech Rep. but much better than the swill we're used to here...I'm not sure where exactly the old spring that gives the beer its name is. (242 characters)

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely pilsner style lager, with a 'thicker' smoother taste and feel than Pilsner Urquell for example.
Great malty smell to it and colour is typical pilsner / lager gold. Pours well and a nice head it left which stays around for no more than a average time.
Overall a great lager / pils to enjoy with anything I would say. nothing too special but one of my favourites. (369 characters)

Photo of JeffreyG
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear golden with a large white foamy head. Aroma is the tell tale signature of Czech Pilsner, the saaz is very apparent and inviting. Taste is crisp and refreshing, the hops deliver a flowery aftertaste. Clean, light body and easy drinkability. A good summer beer. Not the best of the style but a solidly enjoyable brew. (337 characters)

Photo of etherashe
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was thrown off a bit, since the label in Germany is different from the Czech version. But I'm pretty sure now this is the same beer.

Frighteningly clear-yellow color. Modest white head with heavy carbonation. The smell is a hoppy-sweet balance.

There is a heavy hop taste to this - nearly to the IPA range, but not quite. It's bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Sweetness is also mixed in, weaving in and out of the hoppy dominance, until it all falls away.

The mouthfeel is sharp and tart, and the drinkability is good, though I am not a huge fan of this flavor structure. There is nothing wrong with the recipe or execution, it's just not one of my favorite combinations. (678 characters)

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