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Starobrno | Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.

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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:
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Added by xlperro on 09-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,887
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
97
pDev:
14.45%
Bros Score:
3.84
 
 
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9
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8
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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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4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the Wednesday Night Trivia crew was recently over in the Czech Republic for work and brought back some CANs for me. Once again, it pays to advertise and my thanks to Rod Shenk for the gift(s).

From the CAN: "Best beer in the whole of Moravia"; "Tenor is the secret of good souls"; "Crisp, mildly bitter taste".

The Crack revealed another brimful CAN and I went with an inverted Glug which netted a finger of fizzy bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and now Midas and Croesus were openly weeping in envy. Nose was redolent with snappy, grassy Saaz hops and I was in heaven. Nothing wrong with German Pils, per se, but give me a Czech Pils and I am sent. The intense carbonation rendered it very fizzy and cleansing on the tongue. I felt the old, tired taste buds being stripped away in its wake. The taste was quite clean, very grassy and refreshing. The finish was bone dry, just the way I prefer my Czech Pilsners. Man, this was probably going to be the winner of the lot! I could drink this pretty regularly.

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4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starobrno Premium, ABV: 5.0%.
330 ml bottle, 12.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The beer pours bright amber, with a white head that leaves a nice ring.

B: Malty aroma with hints of citrus, butterscotch and grassy hops.

T: Nice malty flavours with notes of bread, butter, citrus, hay and floral hops. Large bitterness. Simple, but delicious. Yum-yum-yum.

M: Medium body. Average carbonation. Huge drinkability.

O: Starobrno has become a standard beer for me - it's bitter and tasty enough, but still very easy to drink several servings of - and it's even better on tap. To me it's best served amongst friends or with European sausage- or pork-based dishes.

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3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden beer, with a thick, creamy, large, white head that stays for quite some time.

S: At first it's dry malt, and then you get a lot of floral hops. Nice and clean.

T: The first you sence is the nice blend of both bitter- and floralhops. Then there is a bit of maltiness to it. I also can sence green apples. A smooth, complex beer.

M: First there is a nice creamy tone as well as a tingeling sencation on the tounge. You can't overlook that this beer is a dry one.

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3.6/5  rDev +2%
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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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.

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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.39/5  rDev -4%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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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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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Starobrno from Pivovar Starbrno, A.S.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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