Starobrno | Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 09-14-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
95
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
Wants:
10
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6
For Trade:
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Tim2000
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle, 5 months until best before date.

Pours a dark straw colour with a creamy white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Aroma is malty with spicy and floral hops.

Big biscuity malt flavour dominates, barely letting the hops through near the end. Hops are spicy and leave a pleasant lingering bitterness. Much sweetness throughout. Carbonation is high, and the mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky.

Enjoyable, but a bit unbalanced, lacking the hops necessary to cut the sugary flavour.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pollen-laden goldenrod with a single stream of carbonation leading to a manila colored cap. The foam is so dense that even with a furious rate of bubble poppage, it has lost very little height in the several minutes since the pour. The amount of lace looks to be more than a little and less than a lot. Not a bad look.

The nose is standard issue Euro pale lager. It isn't hoppy enough, in my book at least, to be taken seriously as a pilsener. There's a little musky fruitiness to go along with the noble hops. It's low on grassy aromas and even lower on floral ones.

On the palate we're talking run-of-the-mill EPL. There's an acceptable amount of malt, or at least it seems so given the relative lack of hops. The flavor profile does nothing to stand out from the crowds (make that hordes) of lagers that are pale and European. Whatever slight fruitiness I appreciated in the nose is nowhere to be found when the beer comes in contact with my taste buds.

The end is as pedestrian as the beginning and the middle and is (thankfully) brief. This isn't bad beer necessarily, it's just supremely uninteresting beer. The mouthfeel is medium in heft and might feel a half notch lighter if the carbonation was more lively. I'm all for subdued levels of C02 (in most styles), but this one needs a few more bubbles to add some perkiness.

I didn't expect much from Starobrno and that's exactly what I got. One never knows when one of these unheralded Czech lager/pils will exceed all expectations and will actually be good. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those times. Pass.

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Photo of TastyTaste
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, light amber with an average thumb sized head that has good retention & lasts well.

Pretty standard for a pilsener/pale lager with a sweet malt smeel along with some grain and hops. Nothing out of the ordinary but nothing negative either.

Again pretty common taste with a slight corn, some grassy hops & some malts in there too. Finishes with a mild bitter aftertaste & goes down well.

Pretty smooth and easy to drink like most pale lagers. Nice, clean & crisp as well as being quite refreshing. Surprisingly I found this to be quite full bodied for a pilsener & it would be a decent session beer too.

Nice overall and very refreshing & drinkable although not the nicest in the world. Still a solid pilsener though that would work well as a session beer.

Sampled in Bratislava, Slovakia at KGB Pub:
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Photo of surfmeister
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden yellow, sturdy two finger head that lingered well
Smell: nice blast of sweet malt that had me anticipating...
Taste: what happened? where did it go? The smell was followed by a very bland malt taste, bitterness came racing through at the finish and lingered, uninvited, dissappointing
Mouthfeel: OK, a bit astringent
Drinkability: Could drink many on a hot day, but that's not saying much
Comment: tasted blind, head to head with Urquell which kicked it's butt

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Photo of illidurit
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Slightly orange straw color with a nice white head that's fluffier than most and doesn't fizzle out. Aroma is toasty and grainy, possible corn adjunct character? Flavor is very grainy up front and then washes into a grassy, slightly metallic hop bitterness. Some astringency. Thin and watery. The bitterness is pretty solid for a pilsener but that's the only interesting thing about this beer.

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Photo of Gusler
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.

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Photo of Drew966
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starbrno pours a golden color with a white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is mildly skunky hops. The flavor sarts with hops, once again mild and skunky, as typical of Euro lagers. Then a mild sweet malt lurks toward the back at the end. Typical Euro lager, drink it cold, there were some cardboard flavors as it warmed.

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Photo of biegaman
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

More filling than anything domestic, but inferiour to many of its Czech counterparts in many ways. Some staleness in the aroma, though hops are present in the distance. A fair size of malt in the body with good carbonation. Transparent golden in colour, very light in colour with little to no head. Lacking flavour but quite easy to drink. Easily appealing to a mass market, and pretty fair stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours almost an amber, a shade or 2 darker than an average pils, fizzy head with fair retention, no lacing.

S: Has the unmistakable scent of Saaz hops on opening the bottle, even though it is lighter than I would like, malt is certainly more evident than in the style.

T: Malt is very bready and shows itself off almost like a Vienna lager, though the overall flavour has distinct notes of DMS. Saaz hop bitterness saves the beer somewhat since I like the flavour of that varietal so much. Muddy flavour, if one gets that, the malt and hops don't really complement each other, they're both off doing their separate things.

M: A little too much carbonation and too thin overall, lacks a real crispness.

D: A below average Czech lager. Has its problems, but in the end really didn't have a problem finishing it, glad I didn't buy a sixer, upside is that it's one of the least expensive imported beers around.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the shelf of Town and Country to the comfort of my home, on to the beer:

The color is clear gold with lots of carbonation action going on in the body, typical of beers this style. The smell is average, a bit grainy, some DMS notes, and traces of malt. I had some hopes for this one, but there's something in the flavor that didn't quite appeal to me. It was light in flavor for a pilsner, with some sour grains, some cereal notes, and hop flavor poking its way around. The flavor was chaotic for my liking, and probably won't have me revisiting this one again.

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Photo of stephendr
2.43/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle- color of pale golden , with a decent frothy head - nose of straw , hay , and cantaloupe – taste of yeasty , skunk , hay or dry straw and some mild hops - body light , medium carbonation , and acidic – aftertaste of straw , and mild hopps

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