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%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Dmann
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.

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Photo of WesWes
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.

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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 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 jwhawkins81
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Very sweet. This is not you usual corn adjunct lager.

Appearance - Slight reddish with a white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

Taste - Grainy sweet malts give way to a well balanced hoppy lager.

Mouthfeel - Thin with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

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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 Clubchat
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Trois-Rivières SAQ

A: Pours into a clear light amber color, nice carbonation, fair head

S: Very nice noble Czech Saaz aroma on the opening, also little but good base pale malt odor on background

T: Grassy, floral, malty and good hoppy taste, little sweet on final, very thirsty, the taste of alcohol is nearly absent

M: Very thin, lacks in beer body

D: Good Czech lager, summer-time beer, not perfect but very drinkable

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A yellow color beer of the darker variety. The head is virgin white, a nice touch. Its about 1" deep. Good retention, average lacing. Mild skunkiness in the aroma, zesty hop presence, this is what I'm looking for in a czech pilsner, skunkiness is not always a flaw, and I think it works well here.

Taste has a light body with ample bitterness. Carbonation is high, as should be for style. Plenty grassy in the taste and mouthfeel throughout the entire drinking experience. This used to be a lesser version of Pilsner Urquell for me, but it seems in recent history, they have pulled about even. Used to see this at Trader Joe's, it seems to have gotten more difficult to locate in the states in recent years. Finishes a little dry, metallic bittery, floral.
The mustiness within the beer is kind of cool.

Light but flavorful be thy name. Isn't going to change the way you think about pilsners, but it is a good experience in the warmer months.

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Photo of atis
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with soft white head that slowly fades to dense layer at the top of the glass, quite dense a bit downsliding patchy lacing. Aroma is very pleasant and soft sweetish malt with mild floral hops, hints of pine, slight citrus, it is a wonderful combination, I spent some time just enjoying the aroma.

Taste is a bit harsh grassy and sligthly lemony hops; unfortunately the taste is soon gone and just pleasant and rather long lasting bittery aftertaste remains. Mouthfeel is about medium, average carbonation and very slight and smoothl almost unnoticeable alcohol warming.

Overall, nice and quite drinkable beer.

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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 safaricook
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the tap with fine white foam and a amber colored body. Much darker than most Lager. This shows also on a more expressed malt character. Ever so slightly Diacetyl for a fuller mouthfeel. Smooth drinkable but also a bit unexpressef on the hops

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold with a nice foamy wite head and some decent lacing.

Grassy light malt with a light scent of green-leaf bitterness.

This one has some sweet light malt with a strong grassy edge, both sweet and sour, with a light smooth bitter hop bite near the end. Some husk-like bitterness as well, but it is fairly well hidden. Decent beer.

Lighter bodied with some fair carbonation. A very very easy drinker. Thought this one had just what was needed for the style, and was missing those off-elements that can turn a beer from being ok to a disappointment. Fairly clean and refreshing. Worth a try.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a relatively hoppy lager, this one held a full inch of head like a champ. Had plenty of skunkiness, but not necessarily a negative, you know what you're getting into when you have a Eurolager.

Lots of bitterness and carbonation, stays light. Dry, at times bitter. I dig it as a hot weather beer. A worthy beer that has a place in hot weather.

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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 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 elmocoso
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Staropramen mug.

Appearance: Clear, translucent, and golden. Fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: Hoppy overall. Pretty standard for a Czech pilsner.

Taste: Hoppy with kind of a sweet aftertaste. Nothing special, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good but nothing special. I would only get it again if there was no other choice.

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Photo of rebel1771
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.

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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 rastaman
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of beerguy101
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.

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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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