Starobrno | Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.

BA SCORE
82
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96 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
Czech Republic
starobrno.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 09-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
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9
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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 Rayek
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold color with good clarity and mild carbonation. White head starts out firm, but quickly disappears.

S: Smells of raw malts and some straw. A hint of lemon is in the background.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that is only slightly sweet. Bitterness is well balanced and has a strong pepper flavor. Finishes fairly clean, with some lingering lemon bitterness.

M: Medium light body is a little slick. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: I didn't find anything all that special about this. Still, it's fairly well done and a fine session brew.

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Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a good Czech pilsner, tasty, very clean, crisp, nicely balanced and refreshing, yet not as full-bodied or strongly flavoured as some.

It's slightly pale amber with a large, faintly off-white head that dissipates slowly to a thin top with a hint of lace.

The aroma is a nice pilsner smell - toasty grain, bread, hay, honey, hints of pine and herbs.

The taste is mostly herbal with honey, grain, hay, and a hint of fresh apple. It has great balance and starts with a smooth, silky honey sweetness with a little toasty bread, smoothly morhping into a tingly herbal, lightly bitter, finish that rides hints of hay, grass, and grain. It's very clean, yet flavourful and has nice sublte complexity, yet the flavours can easily be lost if it's tood cold or if one has, say, a cold.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
This is a Czech Pilsener in the true sense of the word...
Appearance: Light-golden hue, massive head, tremendous amount of lacing...
Smell: Strong, assertive, musty aroma with hints of slight hops, and vanilla...
Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing... Light on flavor, but an enjoyable, easily drinkable nonetheless...
Not bad...

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Most of Americans didn't like it as much and opted for the less pungent Gambrinus. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer.

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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 Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear goldens straw color with a nice soapy pure white head. Perhaps a shade darker than most Pils. The aroma is of cracker like malt, pepper, spicey Saaz hops; right on for the style. The taste is more of a doughy malt, which kind of neutralizes the spicy hop to a small extent. However the grassy, spicey hops are still there along with a light grainy/cooked veggie taste. The feel is light but not watery, soft to active carbonation; finishes a tad dry. A decent Pils that does the job if looking for a Pils. Not the best but fairly solid.

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

Pretty basic Czech Pils. Nothing too fancy, yet nothing to snub either. Deceptively effortless in the cleanliness and crispness of this brew. The beer comes off with a moderate malty sweetness with lighter hints of grain flavors and astringency, light vegitable notes that are quickly dominated by spicy, earthy hops (Saaz?). Efforvescent and playful carbonation aids in the cleanliness and drinkablility. Tough to make this beer this clean. Absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, other than being lackluster.

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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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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 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 ernie
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine Czech lager. Its quality has not diminished in last 5-6 yrs and today I perefer it to Staropramen, Budweiswe/Czechvar and a couple of other classic beers. Nice color, rich malty taste, picturesque crown - everything you can expect from a premium golden lager from Moravia. Recommended!

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Photo of gnoff
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Rockbaren in Gothenburg.

Golden color with a white head.
Malty scent and taste, but there are hops in there as well.
Not much bitterness.

It's a bit tame, too much malt compared to hops.
More hops for the people!

An average Czech pils, but better than many lagers.

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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 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 trevorwideman
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've really been in a Pilsner mood lately, so I'm out trying as many as I can get my hands on. 500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass...

Pours with a huge head, colour is a bit darker than a lot of the Euros I've been drinking lately, looks like it has a bit of body. Nose is a bit unexpected, more hoppy and less malty, has a nice earthy balance. First taste is very good, a pleasant blend of Grassy hops, earthy/nutty malt flavours and a bit more bitterness than I expected, which is quite welcome. Sticks in the mouth and the throat, lots of nice bite on the tongue. I think this an above-average pilsner, quite drinkable, and better than most that I've been tasting lately.

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Photo of BeerBob
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.

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

Perhaps the most reliable Czech lager available in Sweden today. If you can't find what you're looking for in Systembolaget's shelves it is always there to save the day. I have tried it on tap as well. Nice amber color. Malty and bitter taste, with a streak of hops too. A definate bread taste and smell. It's a good beer but not good enough to swing over 4.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in colour with a good amount of carbonation. Strong saaz aromas with a little bit of malt in the background. It’s got a nice sharp bitterness, but the flavors are dominated by some very plain malt notes. Similar to Pilsner Urquell, but not quite as good. Overall, it's fairly solid and quite drinkable, but nothing great.

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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 Sixpoint
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at the Bohemian Beer Hall in Queens.

My 1/2 liter sample poured with a white head and a decent amount of lacing as it went down the glass.

The aroma was only faintly hoppy, with notes of carapils malt and a bit of corn.

The taste had a decent balance, but shifted to a sharp bitterness of unsubstantiated hops in the finish.

The beer was light to medium bodied.

It would be a drinkable brew, except for the shift in the balance...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear full gold color and is topped by a frothy off white head that is held up by a persistent carbonation. The aroma has notes of sweet grain, fresh cut grass, a lightly spicy herbal note and some toasted bread notes. This beer is nice and crisp with a dry finish that has a nicely balanced bitterness to it. This beer is a nice refreshing beer that is a good quaff for a hot afternoon. As this beer warms up a bit a sweet light maltiness comes to the fore. Overall this is a nice simplistic, crisp, clean beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This suprisingly hoppy Czech pilsner pours out a deep amber color with a small head. The smell is all malt, lots of fruit including tomatoes and dates and some biscuit and grain.

Tastes of fruit in the very front followed soon afterward by grainy malt and nice hop bitterness that ends with more dry hops. Not very complex, but nice.

This here a simple beer that goes down smooth. Would be a great session ale were it not for the high price tag.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

02/23/05- Purchased at Trader Joes in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my 16oz glass mug.

Appearance- Light yellow, almost orange colored pour. Pours with a pretty big white foamy large bubbled head. Next to no lacing.

Smell- Moderate malt and a decent amount of grain to go with it.

Taste- Kind of similar to the last beer I just had (Topvar), but not as sweet in the malt area. A bit salty.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to lower carbonation.

Drinkability- Again, not a bad lager. Would choose several over this one, but if given a choice between this or a macro I would take this one any day of the week.

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Starobrno from Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
3.55 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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