Staropramen Černý - Pivovary Staropramen

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71 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Rocko on 02-23-2003

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 32
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Dark ruby color, clear, ample head

SMELL: Thick caramel, hop spice, herbal, sweet, cooked parsnips, dark bread

TASTE: Creamy medium body, deep smoothness, heavy dark bread, faint caramel, steely, modest hopping, herbal, very malty, dried hay, chicory, semi-sweet finish

Quite the delicious treat we have here, this dark little number does our palates well. A good brief departure from over hopped or over hyped beer. A beer like this centers us, a pleasure to try this and we will certainly be revisiting it.

STYLE: Czech Dark Lager
ABV: 4.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Pokal glass. Dark brown color & brownish amber to the light. Yellowish froth, close & lasting crown, some rings are left. Noble hop aromas & slight chocolate hints on the back. Roasted & dried upfront. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Low floral bitterness in the middle lingers into a light spicy & bitter/sweet finish. Very easy drinkable beer.

Photo of Devanatha
1.64/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

0.33 l bottle bought at local crap supermarket. Never seen this in Norway before, but had it years ago in Prague, and in Berlin. Remember it as a typical, modern Dunkel, with good body, nice malt complexity and lightly, but elegantly hopped.

Poured into tall pilsener glass at 11 degrees. Transparent brown-red, very thin head disappearing in seconds, leaving little. Odd.

Smells very little, some metal, some soy sauce, tiniest hint of burnt caramel, perhaps. Not really appealing.

Is it supposed to taste anything? What the hell has happened to this beer? It reminds me of my first, naïve attempt at home brewing, using a Coopers "stout" kit. Except that had more of this foul, thin nothingness. Yuck!

Thin as water. Maybe thirst-quenching on a hot day, but there are pale lagers for that. Or real, untainted water.

Shame on the people behind this. And selling three decilitres of this swill for 31 kroner per bottle! That's €3.75, people. Or $5.17. Or 3.08 pounds sterling.

Photo of Bierman9
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a 0.5l glass of this at Potrefena Husa in Plzen on 04OCT13. Cost was 39CZK, about $2.20.

The tall, slender flute held a clear, deep mahogany bier. Head was healthy, foamy and frothy, tan in color and long-lasting. Good lace was also on the ticket. The nose gave off some caramel, but was exceedingly mild on the whole. Body was underwhelming, too, though it was smooth.

Tasted of mild, light caramel, with a hint of sweetness at the start. Also found a bit of roasty malt in there, and the finish displayed subtle hopping but a bit too much bitterness. Nothing to write home about, I'm afraid...

3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of drpimento
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer really reminds me of dark toffee candy. Loaded! Anyway, poured at a good temperature wiht nice, medium sized, light tan head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a clear, tho almost opaque, dark ruby red. Aroma is super mild, only suggestions of roast and toffee. Flavor’s like nose. carbonic tang is in front followed by some toffee sweet with a little regular malt, caramel, hint of roast; bit shallow. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor, good length, and good enough for a couple.

Photo of NilsFrisk
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is black with brown highlights, and with a tight white head. The smell of this beer is excelent, smells like coffe flavored chocolate and caramel, but the taste is quite dissapointing, the carbonation hides most of it, i only got a little bit of caramel there. The mouthfeel has that crispy and dry lager feeling, but yet it is creamy, and maybe a littlebit buttery from the fullness of the body. Even though I miss a littlebit more flavor, it's still a drinkable beer.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma
Caramel/toffee in nose, very nice roasted scent with a bit of butteriness

Mouthfeel
Lower carbonation and light amount of bitteriness on front and sides of mouth

Appearance
Mahoghany/reddish in 1/2 liter stein. Poured initially with 3/4" head which dissipated with much lacing

Taste
Caramel light with some roasted taste and a little residual bitterness

Drinkability
High, love to give this a go for an evening

Overall
Much better than anticipated from what I'd seen of prior reviews. One of my favorite beers I had in Prague.

Review from notes taken during tasting at Starapromen brewery restaurant in Prague

Photo of Fermented42
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to find this on the shelf but then Bratislava isn't that far away!

The Staropramen Private Brewery has rebranded their tasty beverages with a less-heady look. Still the good stuff in the new packaging though.

Dark tawny red color with an off-white to tan head and good retention. Good nose of dried prune & plum. Similar flavours throughout the palet with a mild chocolate note in the long finish. Not particularly creamy or heavy as is common with this style of Pilsner.

Good drinking , sessionable beer for the Porter crowd who don't want to over do it...4.4% alcohol with more than a "nut brown," less that, "chocolate," flavours/structure.

Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at White Trash Fast Food in Berlin

A: Very dark amber in color. Even head with excellent rentention.

S: Dark fruit, amber. Sweet but beautiful smell.

T: Flavor isnt as lcean and defined like the smell. Still amber yet the flavor is obscured by the astringentcy.

M: Low carbonation, astringent.

D: Fine. It's too bad it's more superficial characteristcs outshine the tasting experience.

Photo of boss302
2.07/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Staropramen prager bier (dark) draft. 

A Beautiful amber color, clear, nice head. 4.5 

S Similar to a dunkel, no hops. 2.5 

T Nasty and old tasting. Maybe cellaring issues? Flat taste, no character. Astringent, but not from hops. 1.5 

M Thin, but had good carbonation. 2 

D Not very good. 2 

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green long-necked 33 cl bottle. Beige label with a dark frame. A silhouette of a city skyline in the Middle ages.

A: Deep burgundy pour with a thick off-white creamy head that slowly dissipates into some nice lacings.

S: Dry roasted malt, dark dried fruits. Floral and bitter hops. Some red apples.

T: Rich sweetness from the roasted malt. Both floral and bitter hops. Chocolate and faint vanilla. Some dark dried fruits.

M: Body is medium as well as the carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and dry and stays for some time.

A nice dark lager that has a little of lot of things.

Photo of BucBasil
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the tap into a tall mug. Reddish brown, flat cola appearance with a tan frothy head with OK retention.

S: Little smell coming from this one. A faint sweetness with a touch of spice. Some sort of creamy malt coming in as the beer warms.

TL Brown sugar, a bit of spice, some apple. Nice toasty malt, finishing smooth with a touch of fruit... reminded me a bit of a Newcastle. Very little bitterness evident - a touch at the end.

Overall: a very reasonable, sessionable beer with a nice taste and huge drinkability.

Photo of PapaEugene
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rvdoorn contributed this beer to our second beertasting evening. Holiday buy.

A: A beautiful dark brown/ruby color with a cream colored head that goes into some wild bubbly lacing.

S: Hops, roasted malts, liquorice, woody and a something metallic in the background.

T: Dissapointing after the rich smell.Slight hops, roasted malts and faint liquorice.

M: Medium carbonation, very light body.

D: Will not drink this again, unless rvdoorn imports another bottle.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After a mistake of ordering a pilsner-type beer, I continued my beer-tasting crusade in Slovakia with my fifth Euro Dark Lager beer this holiday. The beer pours a very dark-brown color, with a long lasting beige head.

Smell: Surprisingly strong for such a low alcohol beer. Sweet caramel, butter, maple- syrup and some malts.

Taste: even more surprising than the smell; and this for a 4.4% beer. Sweet strong coffee, toffee, hints of chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste is mainly sweet, but also a bit acidic with some hints of bitterness. Cool

Mouthfeel: Nothing special. A bit watery, medium-high carbonation and easy to drink.

Overall: My favorite Euro Dark Lager until now. Amazing how complex and full of taste such a 4.4% beer can be. Very easy to drink and highly recommendable for the style!

Photo of atis
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours dark amber brown with yellowish head that dissipates to thin, but dense layer and produces patchy lacing. Quite rich aroma - light roasted malty, some caramel, raisins, apricots. Taste is similar - light roasted coffee, quite malty with slight fruity hops, nuts and roasted bittery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rather light with less than medium carbonation.

Overall, good dark beer, as it could be expected from Staropramen.

Photo of simonjohansson
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: sweet, slightly burnt malt, dark bread, some raisins, butter, some hops.

Taste: smooth, sweet and light taste of dark bread, raisins, some notes of coffee and chocolate, butter, syrup; some bitterness and flowery hops. Easy to drink, quite refreshing.

Im not a big fan of czech lager beers, but they know how to make dark lagers. This one is good stuff. Not exceptional in any way, but solid.

Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Clear deep mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee bean nose. Flavor is roasted coffee some sweetness. 330ml bottle €5.80 Schönes Fräulein Restaurant Helsinki, Finland. From my notes - 7/8/2008.

Photo of jspruit
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this 0.5L bottle in Prague while visiting and drank it back at home in Ireland. Pours a rich dark amber with a 1.5 finger head that had a bit of yellowish to it but was basically white and it disappeared slowly into a decent lace that stuck around throughout the drink. The smell was great malty hints and some light floral & fruity hints. The taste is exactly what you would expect from the smell and was very smooth going down with more and more light fruity sugary notes coming through as it warmed up. Not a strong or harsh beer that went down great and something I could drink all day long-wish it was more available.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good medium dark body (like a lighter Guinness) with an off-white, two-finger head.
Some citrus and biscuit in the nose, but mostly malt and some roast.
Taste was more of sweet malt, some coffee and hints of chocolate. A good change of pace from all the light pilsners in Prague.
This one was served cold, but others were cellar temp and a bit better in the flavor.

Photo of ernie
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown liquid with occasional red spark, elegant cappuccino head, low carbonation.

Smell complex, mixture of roasted malt, dry fruit, nuts and a hint of herbs.

Start malty, with a note of bitter chocolate, body firm and dry, taste perfectly balanced, finish bisquity-hoppy, pleasant bitter aftertaste.

One of the best Darks from the Czech Republic. Recommended!

Photo of bark
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark wine-red with a tint of brown. The finger thick head is beige. Some lacing.

The smell is roasted with malt and nuts with some sweetness and bitter notes.

The taste is lightly roasted with notes of nuts, dried apricots. The aftertaste is dry and creamy with some dried fruits.

The carbonation is quite low with medium sized bubbles. It is creamy.

A quite nice dark lager.

Photo of Daredevil
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an extremely dry version of a dark beer ... sort of like a very light version of guiness ...
this is hardly going to be a contender for the 'greatest dark beer award', however the brew has it's merrits and although the first feel was a bit odd, I actually began to enjoy it more sip by sip

Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purdy; porter-looking. big head that leaves lacing and sports the wee white circles on top. nose of dark munich malts with some toffee/caramel. not much hop presence, lager smooth with little lingering flavor (though some hop/grain bitterness does stick around)

Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark body, some hint of brown coming through. Fluffy tan head, fairly good retention

Smell, chalky, some dark malt coming through

Taste, bready and full of roasted malty flavour, quite full bodied for a dark lager

A great example of the style, does exactly what its supposed to

Photo of ark57
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black with ruby/garnett throughout. The light tan head is okay, but the beer is clear and has a beautiful color. The aroma has some coffee, caramel, cherry, and some malt. The taste is somewhat sweet with some roasty character, toffee, and anise spice. A clean finish for this good beer.

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