Staropramen Lager
Pivovary Staropramen

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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #414
ABV:
5%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,007
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 16.32%
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
882
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Photo of Duesseldog
4.52/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this subtle, classic Pilsner blows most of the trendy Belgians and other overpowering microbrews out of the water... but you really should let it sit for a while, as is the case with all good Pislners. The taste is pure grain -- you really get the barley and then a hint of malt, with just a kiss of hops at the end. Other reviewers have criticized it for not having the "punch" of other Pilsners, but for my money, it's the best of the big ones.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.34/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza de cuerpo ligero. En su aroma se puede percibir la malta, la levadura y un poco de cítrico. Al beberla se puede sentir el caramelo y nuevamente la sensación cítrica. Final dulce, seco con una pizca de amargor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at a pub in London
Decent foamy head, little lacking, clear apple cider color
Nose is very light, a touch of grassy herbal hop, Moore cereal grain malts, fruity lager
Taste toasted pilsner malt and cereal grains, little sweet malt, mild grassy hop very light bitterness, quite fruity lager notes, mild soft lager, dry quick clean finish long herbal hop bitterness

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb

Overall to light on everything for a real Czech pils

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Photo of johnhutchwales1
2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The version of this beer sold in Sainsbury in the UK bears little relation to any other Czech beer I have tasted, either in Prague or the UK. Thin, fizzy, metallic and lacking body. Own label Co-op Czech lager is VASTLY superior.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in 0.5 L Starompramen glass, alongside the Vltava river in Prague. Clear, pale gold with a lush, thick head of white foam and good lace. Pale malt grain and grassy hop aroma. Good malt base with slight grain sweetness, and bitter, grassy hop finish. Medium body with smooth, light to medium carbonation. A good, balanced Czech pilsener, slightly less bitter and crisp than Urquell and others.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can
Best before: Dec-20-2017


A:
Pours crystal clear, rich gold with a perfect puffy glop of white head that sticks like glue before eventually dissipating. Great retention; sheets of lace. (4.25)

S:
Balance between grains and light hop spice with some wet cereal sweetness. (3.25)

T:
Cereals, lightly grassy, Some peppery and herbal hop in the finish as it warms it gets pretty sweet for me. (3.5)

M:
Zesty yet creamy body with medium carbonation and a slight bite in finish. (3.75)

O:
Pretty good Czech pils.
There is just about enough of everything, it is fairly well-balanced and there is a nice carbonic/hop bite. My main gripe is that it was a little sticky towards the end and ventured into flavors that some pale lagers do but which I personally don't really love, but aside from that a tasty beer. Not too much of any one thing.
I would probably have it again, but I would have to say I prefer other pilsners.
(3.5)

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Was really impressed by Budwar which I had a few days ago...

Good appearance and head level for a lager

Strong hoppy aroma, very impressive, a bit flowery like Budwar though with a bit more of a fruity and citrus kick.

For a lager, flavour is pretty good, though not as good as Budwar I don't think. Refreshing and flowery hops with sweet malt. Needs a bit more strength and hops to be great, though would consider buying again.

Feel is a bit thin and watery, prefer a bit more body or creaminess

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Photo of johnaitchison
4.99/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a Bohemian Pilsner is supposed to taste like. It pours a light-medium gold with a mousy white head that clings. The aroma has the classic spicy Saaz hops and crackery malt one would expect. Malt dominates the flavor. It's amazing how complex pale Pilsner malt can be when mashed correctly. Melanoidins jump all over your tounge. And the hops do both give a bite and provide a spicy flavor. Medium bodied; the malt won't let it dry out too much. Yet no heat. Long, long malty finish. If you're a malt head and love Pilsner malt--Strapromen is for you.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

L- Pours a deep golden colour topped by a 1/2 finger white head. Poor retention. No lacing.

S- Mainly getting straw and the classic noble hop aroma. Classic Czech Pils. A little bit of sweet malt mixed in as well.

T- Same as the aroma. Not complicated, just good.

F- As to be expected from a classically brewed Czech Pils, the body is on the lighter side of medium with low-moderate carbonation. I think the beer definitely could have benefited from a little more carbonation but it's fine the way it is.

O- Not the best Czech Pilsener I've had, but Staropramen is a good one. Solid flavour, well balanced, and easy drinking.

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Photo of aleigator
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yields a bright, golden color with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smells of a pleasantly funky, noble hoppiness, together with a good amount of straw and toffee malts. Has an unexpected orange-lime peak, which puts the focus even more on the hops.

Drinks fairly easy with a higher, soft carbonation and a nice, dry bite.

Tastes of straw, sweet and crisp with lots of cakey malts and a herbal note. The herbal hops develop a taste defining dryness onwards from the mid palate, which goes hand in hand with the malts, showcasing a great balance.

Light and refreshing with enough going on to entertain the palate.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 12/16/16:

Happened to find a glass for this. Fairly dark and dull for a pilsner, a light amber, a red gold, but exquisite clarity. Fine, delicate but dense, off-white head of lower retention, though filmy. Very honey-like aroma, little else. At the very least, I know it will be refreshing. Not skunky at all, in spite of green bottle. Honey still strong to taste, but balanced well with other grain qualities as well as floral hops in the background. Crisp finish. Medium-light body, with a powerful spritziness that soon develops into prickly cream and helps to cut any harsh or sweet graininess and just kicks the refreshment factor up a few notches. Far from my favorite style, but a decent example of it, especially the mouthfeel. If I was in the mood for something that wouldn’t wreck my palate, something just to drink to cool off, this would be acceptable.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright dark straw color with dense pearly activity. Slightly frothy and foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with goods amount of lacing. Light buttery smell. Flavors of sweet grains, honey, caramel, lemon, slight metal, flowers and herbal spices. A little sugary, with a sharp lemony feel. Slick full body with smooth crispy carbonation. Light finish of lingering soft leafy noble spices, pleasant grass, and faint skunk. Good freshness. Very easy and accessible, but no adjunct feel and well developed. The soft syrup feel is very nice as is the flowery feel. This is a very good quality pilsener, superbly well balanced, almost feels like a pale ale.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (5.0%) and there is a best by date (03/17/2017). Super transparent apple juice color. The beer has a small 1/4 finger of head that is gone instantly.

S: [3.75] Corn, cereal, mild grape skins, crackers and dry bread.

T: [4.00] There is a fruity note up front that is not in the nose, golden raisin is the closest I can approximate. I am also getting a lot of the character of the nose. Corn, cereal, and crackers. Maybe a hint of apple on the finish.

M: [3.75] Cool crisp and refreshing. Elevated carbonation, but well within style.

O: [3.75] This is a well made lager. Really crisp and refreshing. The taste has some variety that makes it stand out above other lagers.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pilsner pours a typical light yellow pilsner color with a medium white head. The smell is also typical of a pilsner, distinctly yeasty and slightly acrid. The taste is not typical of a pilsner, however, unless of course your typical pilsner is a Czech pilsner. The flavors are nothing ground breaking with yeast and pilsner malts dominating, but what is different is the incredible smoothness of this beer and the fact that it has none of acrid, slightly skunky flavor that I associate with the majority of pilsners. The body is light, but somehow still has a really nice malt character. When I went to Prague I didn’t believe the hype about their beer or I at least thought it wouldn’t apply to me (someone who finds pilsners to typically be a boring and in general underwhelming beer style). There really is something about the Czech pilsner that is different though, not to mention all the other great non-pilsner beers that are there. This is maybe not the best or most exciting Czech pilsner, but I think that it’s amazing that this is one of their mass produced variety and I find it better than 90 or 95% of pilsners that I have had. This is one of the few times that I will say that I think this pilsner is underrated. It must lose something on export to the US (maybe because of the green bottle) to be rated so low.

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Photo of stevoj
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tap at La Cave. Disappointing for a Czech pils, as only the cereal grains come through. Lager notes everywhere, no crispness, no bite. Tastes like adjunct grains to boot. I had higher hopes.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is slightly past the "best by" date of May 5, 2016 (reviewed in early June). I will therefore modify expectations somewhat. Poured from a green 11.2 ounce (one-third liter) bottle into my fancy Pilsener glass (decorated in gold leaf barley sprigs). A semi-aggressive pour produces a billowy 1.5 inch head of a milky white color which sticks pretty well to the glass. The beer is a ruddy golden color with carbonation verging on effervescent.

The aroma is heavily skunky accompanied by a minerally quality. The flavor is also skunky with some light malt sweetness shining through along with a little herbal bitterness. A lingering bit of tartness at the end with some lingering skunky bitterness. The skunk begins to wear out its welcome by the end of the bottle. I paid $1.59 for this beer, which is reasonable for something to try. Unfortunately, this beer is drinkable at first but soon fatigues the palate. Besides there is not much separating this from Heineken, Urquell, or any of a number of other mass-produced, Euro-green-skunk beers. I wonder about the possibility of light exposure of these green bottles…You can get quite a wide spectrum of light from the fluorescents used to light most grocery and liquor stores and especially display cases.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The also-ran of Czech pilsners, Staropramen isn't a *bad* beer by any stretch of the imagination, but lacks the punch and the character of a lot of siblings--it's closer to the "Euro lager" style than Pilsner Urquell and Budvar and others.

Nice biscuit and herbal hop aroma (nice bitter greens, slight pepper, but fairly one-dimensional), but the taste is a bit thick and just way too velvety smooth for my tastes--yeasty, doughy, but only slight bittering hop character. Low-ish carbonation, slightly heavy body.

A good brew, but not my personal favourite.

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Photo of uminocha
4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

spicy aroma with a hint of biscuit. gold color. flavor of biscuit and light toast. malt well balanced with hops that linger slightly. white head dissapates quickly with good lacing

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A decent beer for it's style but it hardly has any smell and not a whole lot of flavor either except the typical skunky taste, it got a bit metallic as it got warmer. It has a light feel thats easy to drink.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent at quenching thirst on a warm day.
Looks clear. Aroma clearly has more than barley, which is OK.
But as usual, the taste is less full, but smooth and balanced. The finish is pleasantly dry.
Overall, decent but unexciting.

Reviewed in MJ's 1999 edition, giving it 3 of 4 stars : notably soft and malty, with a full but delicate flavor."

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle marked best by 24 June 2016. Pours an amber color with two fingers of white head. Skunky aroma. Light mouthfeel, tastes of citrus and a little bit of hops. Fine for what it is, an easy to drink lager. Better than many others in the style because there's nothing weird about this one (sweetness, adjuncts, aftertaste, etc.). I'm not a huge fan of the style, so take my rating with a grain of salt.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

If you're expecting sweetness from its relatively-dark-for-a-pilsner color, you'd be mistaken. Tastes remarkably flat to me. Certainly catty and herbaceous but without that initial hit of sweetness from an Urquell. Body's a little sticky & heavy for me.

Certainly not my go-to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK, I get it, this looks weak, yellow and watery, sure, it kinda is. The skunky aroma hits what some look for in a Euro lager, so this is good.

Taste has some moderate noble hops, massive carbonation levels, metallic citrus notes of lemon.

Its a hot weather only beer for me, but does that pretty well when I want a no frills skunk lager.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with white head that quickly disappears. Nothing exceptional to smell, smooth drinking with a mild, kind of nice skunkiness. Its not an exciting beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the style either.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had drink out of the bottle, so not sure about appearance or sell. Seemed to have a good head & lacing. Tastes a little fruity with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Okay.

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