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Staropramen Lager (Ležák) - Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen Lager (Ležák)Staropramen Lager (Ležák)

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 19.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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: stoutman on 03-04-2004)
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Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A random purchase, my expectations were not great. Green bottle. Was decent enough looking when it went in the glass, golden with an attractive rocky head. Slight hop smell and no skunking.Slightly malty in the mouth with some element of bitterness when you swallow.

After a moment or so the ending is surprisingly dry with just enough assertive lingering bitterness which builds after every sip.

A rather pleasant surprise. Requires a bit of effort but if you wait and have your wits about you it rewards with a rather delicious subtlety.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Grass, honey, and perfume in the aroma. Clean hop sweetness up front, but bleeds into corn, straw, and grain. Nice sweet saax interludes here and there. Malty biscuit finish. Not bad, but there are better Czech pils out there

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bierschenker
4.9/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I was pouring out the beer, I became surrounded by a large cloud of fresh hops. Great!
The beer gave a thin white head. The hop odour endures, super!
In my opinion the colour is nothing special. Always the some fresh golden colour. There’s some reasonable carbonation floating towards the top.
As I said, the scent is hop throughout.
Taste is dry, but fresh (and refreshing). Loads of hop and malt make this beer. This is so simple and honest. As the beer warms in the mouth, the hop lingers in the mouth empowered by malt and very slight yeast tones.

I could drink this beer forever! Nice!

Photo of gobias
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice, but not exceptionally wonderful, beer. It has a clean taste, with a nice golden color.
Not bad for a lager, but by no means as good as a Czech beer should be. I recommend it for a good night drinking, not beer tasting. This is coming from a real Czech pilsner fan.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Pilsner glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Golden straw color. White, close & creamy froth leaves nice lacing rings. Floral, mildy malty, slightly sulphury aromas.Gentle & clean bitterness. Light body, light carbonation. Smooth palate. Dry bitter finish. Very easy drinkability. A real Bohemian Pils!

Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark golden color with with a slightly below average sized, foamy white head. Decent retention but very little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Typical Czech pilsener type of smell with some pale malt and a faint whisper of bready aroma along with a strong grainy aspect. Also faint grassy and floral hops. It's a little too faint however.

T - Similar to the aroma, but a bit stronger. The grain (especially corn) comes out strong and is strong throughout the sip. Some bread and pale malt taste also comes out. The grassy hops come in and out every now and then, but they are a little too faint.

M - Light body with a bit above average carbonation. Crisp and bubbly, like many other beers of this and similar styles.

D - Again, like others within this style and similar styles, it is quite drinkable, especially on a warm sunny day.

Notes: Not a bad summer beer (or as others call them lawn mower beers). Was nice and refreshing after walking around Praha, and went well with the klobása (sausage) I had outside. It is what it is, a decent Czech Pilsener. I won't ever crave it, but if I'm in the Czech Republic and thirsty, I wouldn't turn this down, especially if it is warm out.

Photo of david18
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review when I had it on draft in Czech Republic:

Not as good as pilsner urquell but a good czech pilsner none the less. None of the czechs in my opinion are as good as the gremans but this is like most. Good carbonation, good flavor, good color and an afternoon refresher. Would recommend if you can find it.

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I had this again in London as it was served in a trade show booth in bottles. About the same as my review above. Certianly a nice break from the heavy malt of the English beers.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at House of 1000 Beers (formerly 6 & Save) in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip, a clear light gold with a few slow, big bubbles & a finger of creamy head. Plenty of gauze lacing. Bright orange highlights.

Smells of clean cereal malt, very mild biscuity sweetness, & very slight lemony crispness (presumably hop-borne). Some mustiness.

Taste of Shredded Wheat-like malt, just a touch of honey, then turns sharply dry & pleasantly bitter. Ends flinty but smooth, without the "snap" I'd expect.

Light-medium-bodied, fuller I'd expected, actually: starts watery & builds fast, active but not prickly.

Drinkability's not bad, but for a beer on the small side it makes enough of an impact on the palate. Nothing to write home about: standard Czech pils.

Photo of Strand
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Staropramen is a Czech pilsner. This is a pretty typical European pilsner. It's very similar to Pilsner Urquell (also a Czech pilsner). Other similar beers are Beck's, Spaten, Peroni, St. Pauli Girl (kind of), Heinenken (kind of). It has that typical bite that these beers have - dissimilar to American lagers.

Staropramen is quite good. It's not as mass marketed as Pilsner Urquell, but it's very similar. If you like any of the beers I've listed above, you'll like Staropramen.

Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A phenomenal looking beer with a hilltop head that plateaus over the glass. Long lasting and leaves ample amount of lace. Clear and golden. Served ice cold (colder than any other pilsner I've had in Prague).

The aroma grainy and antiseptic. Only a faded mild hop smell saves this one.

The graininess continues in the taste with a small amount of malt sweetness. Decent hop finish. Thin body and very high level of carbonation brings this closer to a soda like experience.

I might call this the best lawn mower beer I've ever had, which is like meeting the world's tallest midget.

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jpagewatts
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Poured with little head for a Czech pilsner in Prague, which died quickly. Hay colored with good clarity.

S – Sharp. Malt hits the nose first masking a good hop aroma.

T – The taste starts the same as the smell. A sharp taste hits the palate first, followed by a rounded maltiness. The hops come in at the end bring with them citrus accents and leaving a bitter aftertaste.

M – Man, you’d think CO¬2 was going out of style.

D – For a Czech pilsner brewed in Prague, it’s about as average as possible. You can spend a night at 20 bars and only drink this beer at every one. ‘nuff said.

Photo of Microbrewtaster
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Photo of irish
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a darker appearance than expected. This sort of sets you up to expect a hefty aroma of malt, and you are not disappointed. Before you even sip, you are reminded why Czech beers are so damn good.

The first sip reveals the heft and maltiness you'd expect, and the little man in your mind goes "ah, yes, this is what these Eastern European pilsners are all about." Finish is smooth (as is the mouth-feel), and it makes you ponder for a second, look at the glass, and think of your next sip.

After a couple of sips, you get some of the "longer" finish of the hops. This reinforces the urge for further sips, which you are glad to oblige. Next thing you know, the glass is empty and you would like to continue the tasting with another bottle. All in the interest of the quality of the review, of course.

A fine pilsner, one that you'd be glad to spend the evening with.

Photo of Robloc303
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Buebie
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 120z bottle. Presentation is nice. A 1'' sudzy white head forms ontop of a deep golden transparent brew. Color is a bit darker then anticipated, very nice. Head is slow to recede, leaving a pillow of fluffy head and very thick sticky lace all around.

Aroma of corn adjuncts, sweet grains and mild hay like hops.

Taste is light with not much from aroma transfering over. But bitterness is detected with grains and hops presenting a pleasant flavor. Its simple yes, but great on the eyes and super drinkable.

Mouthfeel is thin as air with a light crisp carbonation.

Good sessionable table beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a small cafe in Prague. Big head, as is the case with anything poured in prague. Medium amber color with yellow tints.
Citrus and malt are dominate in the nose. A sweet taste at first then mellows out to more of a orange/lemon flavor and finishes with bicuit, but not too much. A lighter beer with a thicker aftertaste. Not good for hot summer days, but may be nice in the fall.

Photo of stoutman
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 smoothed out in the finish and left a slightly tingly lingering mouthfeel.

Photo of phishbone23
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint.

Pours a medium straw with a rocky two finger head that recedes quickly, leaving ample lace.

This one smells like skunky hops and grain. Tastes is right on par, skunky hops, grain and a thin character.

These Czech beers are not impressing me at all. I would pass.

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Staropramen Lager (Ležák) from Pivovary Staropramen
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