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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 oberon
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.

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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 BeerManDan
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!

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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 Jason
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
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!

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Photo of sfprint
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden brown with a thick 1.5 inch head. A tad orangy.

S. Fresh malt smell, on the light side and slightly sweet.

T: Full bodied for a Pilsner, full flavored, slightly bitter after taste. Honey, malt, herbs. Maybe just slightly too bitter.

M: Smooth then sparkly.

D: Overall excellent, but perhaps not for massive drinking like most pilsners.

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Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good looking clear golden color.

Smell is grain and malts and a pleasant floral hop scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and a bit soapy from the hops used. No off tastes detected, hops give a floral and grass flavor and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice drinkable brew a good Pilsner.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very attractive honey golden color- darker than many pilsners I have seen. A large head of big bubbles- I don't find this as nice as the small, evenly sized bubbles. But overall nice appearance.

Aroma: Gentle, very nice aroma of flowers and bread with honey and butter. Not sweet, but it is just pleasant.

Flavor: the aroma follows through. Minimal hops bite- some, but not much. Found a little orange citrus as well. This is a nice edition.

Mouthfeel- nicely creamy. I like this brew!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright golden yellow color. Poured a thin fizzy white head, but had fair retention. Light, inconsistent lacing. decanted continuously.

S: Sweet malt, grains and cut grass. Lightly bitter.

T: Clear grain flavor. Fresh hop bitter character especially in the finish.

M: Medium body (especially for a pils). Ample carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean.

D: Definitely drinkable. Clean and refreshing. This was a good find - better than the average euro-lager/pils.

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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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Starobrno from Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
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