Starobrno
Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #328
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,632
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 14.37%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
102
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Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  11
SCORE
81
Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$3.99 for a 6-Pack of 12 fl.z. in Culver City, CA. BARGAIN !!!!But don't let the low price fool you - this is a very high quality Pilsner-type Lager all the way from Brno, Czech Republic. The perfect archetypal Gold Pilsner pours well with good carbonation and a huge 3" head. Lovely hoppy nose that just invites to down this beer on hot days. Bitterness is average, you can taste the Saaz hops, but they are perfectly balanced well with soft malt tastes. Well Rounded and Extremely Quaffable. In 1991, I back-packed aorund Europe on a "shoestring" Budget with a friend of mine after we finished we our respective Degrees. We stayed in Brno (it was cheap) and drank this in obscenely huge quantities in the Town, as well as at the Brewery, for 10 cents a half litre or something ridiculously stupid like that. In what was Czechoslovakia then - it was called StaroBrno 12 (they use the Degrees Plato). This lager takes me right back there. Bloody Good, and I am going back to Trader Joes tomorrow with my friends Pick-Up !!!!!!!

Oct 05, 2002
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sd123 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 20, 2019
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Stampy from New York

2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Sep 24, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: The amber tinged golden colour holds a decent clarity and a ring of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and fresh grassy grain aroma, clean spicy herbal hop smell as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A little coarse around the hop bitterness, the hop character tastes somewhat fresh. The graininess gets thick middle to end. Ghost like beef broth and a tad salty on the tongue. Quite solid on the malt side and not to light and crisp, more of a fuller bodied Czech Pils.

Notes: An above par Czech lager, certainly a notch above the ordinary boring Euro-Lager. I paired this one with some Kielbasa over beer braised cabbage.

Aug 17, 2003
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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottles...nice to see! A hard pour produces a beautiful just slightly off-white head that settles over deep golden clear liquid. Nose is typically lagerish, sweet wisps of malt and a grassy hop aroma greet the sniffer. The taste is where the charm lies with this one: smooth mouthfeel with a nice soft maltiness, delicate and subtle hop floweriness wash over the palate, finishing up clean, fresh and begging another sip. This was better than I was expecting, a nice and easy drinkinf Lager with a bit more taste than the others in its catagory. A great session beer, recommended!

Mar 23, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium yellow color, small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, grainy na dsweet. A nice pilsner style lager. Crisp slightly bitter lager. Some hoppyness. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy slightly bitter. This is a real nice $4 a 6 pack beer.

Sep 25, 2003
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oberon from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice find here,I havent found to much luck getting good Czech beer.Pours a nice deeper golden color with a light wispy head,aroma was a little skunked so Iam not gonna give it a real low score it was in the cooler for awhile I imagine.The taste came thru pretty well though,a nice sweeter edge to it a light bready malty tinge to it with the hops coming thru nicely to give it a pretty good bitter finish there is also light mineral-like quality to it.Hey a nice find would love to try fresh.

Nov 22, 2003
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rastaman from England

3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice head (foamy and sticks all the way to the bottom), clear golden colour, nice smelling (hoppy and floral), good bitterness on the palate, but it was a bit edgy in taste at times, but i still liked it. Not the best Czeck pils, but a pretty solid one anyway, not bad.

Mar 29, 2003
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Sigmund from Norway

4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml brown bottle). Typical pilsener golden colour, large frothy head. Lovely Saaz aroma, the flavour has sufficient malts to balance the irresistibly crisp hoppy bitterness. This is another evidence that pilseners / lagers from big breweries do NOT have to taste like ...nothing. A great refreshment beer from our friends in Brno!

Nov 17, 2003
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, slightly orange color with a bery small complete layer of head on top of the beer. Not much in the nose, except some tart grassy malts. Taste is full and grassy, with an ok hops finish. Tastes much like any other czech pilsner, riding out grassy malts for the bulk of the flavor. OK, but no better than most of the others.

May 13, 2005
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BeerManDan from California

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starobrno poured a nice light golden color with a nice medium tight white foam. The smell was pleasant for a lager and the taste was also pleasant, except for the bitter/sour taste. The sour part of this brew is why I marked it low. It did have nice lace on the glass, but, I wish that sour taste in the mouth wasn't there!

Dec 22, 2002
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BeerBob from Nebraska

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starobrno Czech Premium Lager pours a golden copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head went to over two fingers, then turns rocky on the way down to a firm cap of foam and lots of lace down the sides of my 22oz beer glass.

Nose is a toasted malt with just a bit of hay and cut grass.

Palate is a wonderful toasted and hops bittered barley malt with the bight of carbonation.

Crisp and clean in the palate and pipes, Starobrno Czech Premium Lager will find it’s way back into my beer glass soon, real soon.

Sep 18, 2005
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putnam from Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice solid pearl-white head with ample fluff.
It smells like lemon bread. There is a slight strawberry note buried within as well. On the palate it is crisp with sweet, ripe grain flavors that morph into nuts and the classic toated bread flavor of Bohemia. Clean, good quality water flavor in the finish. Slightly dilute.

Mar 10, 2003
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marcel from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"This beer in the style of the Brno tradition has been the symbol of Moravia brewing art for centuries now. It has a light amber colour, a full flavour, and a drinkable lightness with a distinctive taste of hops."

The Co. makes at least 12 different brews, including:
Lager, Medium, Traditional, Dark Black and Tan Osma Fríí

Red Dragon Black Dragon Baron Trenck Schlossgold Zipfer

From Czechoslovakia where we got the word Pilsener !

Sep 15, 2002
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Gusler from Arizona

3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color as it sets in the glass a deep translucent gold with a modest, frothy and bright white head, lace is a thin sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean, start is also quite sweet and fair malt presence, top is quite thin. Finish is sternly acidic, hops present and pleasing to the palate, very dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and once again a decent palate cleaner.

Jan 27, 2004
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light bright gold with a constant white head and good carbonation. A spicy, earthy Saaz aroma characteristic of the style. Good balance with a great Saaz-y taste. Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

A great Czech Pils available at Trader Joe's for a great price! In my opinion, right up there with the best of the them including Urquell !

Oct 29, 2002
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elmocoso from Nebraska

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feer i have stumbled on a skunked beer. I will procede with the review but keep in mind my judgement may be tainted. I will re-review when able.

This looks like a great lagar. Nice true golden color with active carbonation. There was not a great head on the bottle i poured.

As for the smell, all i can say is it is skunked.

If i plug my nose, i can still detect a decent tasting beverage. I would like to try a fresh bottle.

I will try again later.

Mar 19, 2003
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Dmann from California

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not usually a fan of pilsners but this is a pretty good one for sure. Poured a little darker than your average pils with a small white head that faded quickly. The smell was of sweet malts and grain. The taste was good and reminded me of a amber ale and a pils mixed together. It had a little fuller body with some good malty sweetness to it like an amber but still had a light hop bite and some grainyness to it. All in all a good pils for certian occations.

Jan 07, 2005
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok i bought a sixer of this at Trader Joes for only $4.49..was not expecting much.
Comes ina 12 oz euro style brown( thank goodness) bottle.
Pours a nice semi-dark golden colour with a monstrous frothy white head that threatens to overwhelm my glass..but quickly subsides..leaves a descent lacing.
Smell is of spicy hops as I would expect froma Czech lager..very fresh.
MM a simply lovelly taste, creamy in front then the zingy hops take over..nice very, "thick"..I like a lager thats not too thin and this is good.
Great on the palate thick and creamy yet exhilarating hops..great stuff.
Very drinkable indeed this hot June night!.
I recommend this lager highly ..if you in Trader Joes grab a six pack or two its a great deal.

Jun 17, 2003
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rebel1771 from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with decent head.

S: Somewhat unappealing with a musky corn aroma. Perhaps if there were a bit more hops it would liven the aroma up a bit.

T: Pretty standard Euro lager flavor with a cooked corn flavor along with some grassy hints with a dryish finish.

D: Doesn't really stand out from the crowd but it is very drinkable. Decent no-brainer lager.

Apr 12, 2009
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clean tasting beer that goes down very nicely. A good looking beer with a light golden hue and nice white head that laces rather thinnly, but remains consistent. There is a good delicate balance of the grain and hops combination. It does not overpower in any single department. Clean and crisp sense with a pleasant aroma. Nicely bottled and labeled. Try this, you may like it also.

Mar 15, 2003
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Oct 21, 2013
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Globetrotter from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a tall brown half liter bottle with a classy but unimaginative label featuring nothing but lettering. All in English, by the way, although I bought my bottle in a Moscow grocery store. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 11/27/03, I opened it on 10/15/03.

Pours a clear reddish gold under a small, thin white head that settled quickly at about half a (small) finger, but then lingered quite nicely, leaving a bit of lace. The nose is marvellous - flower hops and a touch of honey. The mouth is prickly and medium-bodied, with a definite hoppy sensation to it. There's a touch of malt to the taste, but the hops are everywhere, flowery, sweet and bitter all at once. The finish features a good crisp bitterness that lingers into the delicious aftertaste. What a great beer!

Oct 15, 2003
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WesWes from New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wondefully crisp and clean pilsner malt and Czech hop aroma. It's dry with a light bitterness. The taste is decent. It has a quaffably crisp and refreshing taste that's so simplistic, yet quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a smooth drinking lager. It's got an authentic character to it; very nice.

May 02, 2009
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a crisp yellow color beer with a nice bubbly white head with limited retention. Aroma of floral malt and bohemian hops is subtler then I would have wish. Taste is slightly skunky which is to be expected of green bottle making a 3000 miles trek to the store with some light floral malt and some light hops. I have to admit that this is a bit deceiving and I was expecting more hops and bigger malt or something closer to Pilsner Urquell anyway.

Jan 16, 2007
Starobrno from Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 102 ratings