Staropramen Lager (Leák) - Pivovary Staropramen
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4.9/5 rDev +38.8%
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!
06-28-2006 15:58:34 | More by Bierschenker
4.7/5 rDev +33.1%
This is a wonderful Czech lager with a stronger, more toasty malt-grain character than many. It's full-bodied with nicely rounded character and flavours, yet very drinkable.
It is dark gold, slightly coppery, with a smallish but permanent white head that leaves very little lace.
The aroma is toasty grain and bread with grass, herbs, hints of pine, earth, flowers, and sulphur.
In taste, it is notably malty, toasty grain with honery, herbs, grass, and pine. It has a tartly dry bitterness to complement the sweetness.
04-18-2008 16:34:19 | More by Offa
4.1/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
12-15-2007 22:47:13 | More by irish
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
Pick up this bottle in Utah. Poured into a pilsner glass at 41 degrees.
Appearance: A slight tarnish golden yellow color in the body of the beer. The head is white quarter inch ring and foamy. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is brilliant. There is some lacing clinging to the side of the glass.
Nose: A nice floral bouquet with a nice malt that backs it up. There is a hint of sweetness and some spiciness.
Taste: A nice floral bouquet with spiciness there is some malt that is accentuates the beer.
Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is a mild spicy floral. This beer is not a great pilsner, nonetheless this is a tasty kinda spicy medium body beer that is easy to drink.
03-18-2009 03:25:17 | More by colts9016
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
Quaffed a 0.5l glass (28KC, or about $1.50) at the Potrefena Husa pub in Plzen, on 30Sep07.
Presents itself in a clear, medium-golden hue. Steady carbo within contributes to a creamy, thick, white head, with great lacing. Nose is bready, floral as well grassy, though restrained. Fell is mostly smooth, though a smidge prickly. Body falls into the medium category here.
Tastes of a bit of bready malt, with grassy hops and a lot of hay character. Near the finish, the hops give a pleasing, spicy bite. And, this finish is bitterish and dry, though the flavor is decent, all in all. Good for 1 or 2 rounds, then time to move on.
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
10-07-2007 15:50:45 | More by Bierman9
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-22-2006 18:45:44 | More by Mebuzzard
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
10-02-2010 19:26:02 | More by Zimbo
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-19-2010 03:25:46 | More by OneDropSoup
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Enjoyed this a heck of a lot more when I had it in the Czech Republic. Don't know if it was a storage/transportation issue, or the effect of drinking it after hiking through Prague in the sun for six hours.
Pours a golden color, nice white head. Taste was somewhat thin and bland. Some malt, maybe a hint of hops....not much going on here. Very drinkable, though. Just not the strong flavor I had remembered.
10-21-2007 20:53:00 | More by Overlord
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
I've never met a Czech beer I didn't like. That said, this one falls behind its countrymen in a few regards.
It's golden, fluffy, and appetizing, par for the course. Nose is a bit underwhelming, lacking in the floral hops that usually make Czech beers stand out. Plenty of malt, though, almost corny like a Canadian beer. The taste follows this hint, pleasantly sweet, almost buttery, with a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. However, it's one of those beers that keeps getting better as you drink it. A great odd pick to have around for a game or something. Plenty good on its own merit, but it might fall short if you're used to drining Czechvar and Urquell.
10-22-2009 22:05:37 | More by IPhantom
3.6/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-04-2004 01:00:28 | More by stoutman
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours fizzy yellow gold with a thick white head and a lot of lacing - looks good for a lager.
smell is a bit of the typical skunk and a bit musty, also some sweet malts and a little yeast is smellable.
taste is nuts, bread, clean light malts and a cake like aftertaste...a little sweet - good actually.
i think this is a pretty solid czech pils - a good lager choice if i had to make one at the average british pub.
10-21-2009 21:08:38 | More by benclimbs
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-11-2009 18:24:46 | More by Strand
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Bottle purchased with rest of Stropramen line-up in Prague.
.5L Bottle served in Pilsner glass.
A- Clear, Deep Gold with one finger head; Medium retention and light lacing on the glass.
S- Toasted malts, Cereal grains and a touch of floral waifs.
T- Caramelized cereal malts. Much more pronounced flavor of grains. Slightly sweet, mellows to a balanced bitterness.
M- Medium bodied, mild carbonation, nearly crisp finish.
D- This is a pretty good beer. Stands out a little above the rest, and certainly worth a try.
10-10-2011 09:40:40 | More by skypup
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-08-2010 22:41:44 | More by Buebie
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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
12-16-2008 18:29:19 | More by magictrokini
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle at "Tyrolen" at the amusement park "Liseberg" in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Golden color, white head.
Malty and hoppy scent.
Medium bitterness, sweet and hoppy taste.
A cold bottle in Sweden just is not the same as a correct temperature Staropramen from the tap in Prague.
I'll go down again in 2 weeks, I'll drink plenty of Staropramen and I'll like it well better than this bottle I had...
05-05-2006 20:07:11 | More by gnoff
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
11-29-2008 20:15:15 | More by smcolw
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
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.
09-16-2010 19:11:42 | More by david18
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
02-24-2008 06:28:05 | More by gobias
3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
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, youd think CO¬2 was going out of style.
D For a Czech pilsner brewed in Prague, its about as average as possible. You can spend a night at 20 bars and only drink this beer at every one. nuff said.
11-12-2006 19:48:48 | More by jpagewatts
Staropramen Lager (Leák) from Pivovary Staropramen
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