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Staropramen Lager (Ležák) - Pivovary Staropramen

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Staropramen Lager (Ležák)Staropramen Lager (Ležák)

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 40
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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: stoutman on 03-04-2004

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 40
Photo of Bierschenker
4.89/5  rDev +36.6%
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! (609 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (523 characters)

Photo of irish
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (763 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zum Wohl!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (409 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of IPhantom
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (675 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (421 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Strand
3.51/5  rDev -2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of skypup
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (521 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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 (268 characters)

Photo of gnoff
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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... (402 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of gobias
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of jpagewatts
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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! (306 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
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. (299 characters)

Staropramen Lager (Ležák) from Pivovary Staropramen
82 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.