Staropramen Lager | Pivovary Staropramen

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Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen
Czech Republic
pivovary-staropramen.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
850
Reviews:
345
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
Wants:
20
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172
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Ratings: 850 |  Reviews: 345
Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 28th, 2010. Pours a pleasant clear gould with a three finger, relatively thick head that retains well and has some cream. So far, so good.

Smell: A light aroma but a pleasant one. Barley, maybe some malt, a hint of roast, just a little hint of hops.

Taste: A mellow and balanced beer with notes of light cream, sweet barley, and honey. A subtle finish but a nice one. Well built for a pilsener, but the Czech breweries know how to do it like no one else does.

Mouthfeel: I'd like a little more cream on the open. It's a little too wet, but the finish dries up nicely, making me want another sip. The mouthfeel, despite its flaws, matches the taste, and for that I applaud the brewer. There's a nice bit of chewy goodness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'd certainly have it again. I've seen some pubs here in Galway (The Cellar) that have it on tap; I'm going to give it a try. I've always enjoyed pilseners, and this one is a treat especially at this price range.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bottle less than 5 weeks old from the back of the bottom shelf. It’s fresh and not skunky. L: Brilliant deep polished gold with a 1” pure white foam collar that slowly dissipates and leaves light lace. S: Clean, rich complex Pilsener malt aromas. No estery, apple or movie popcorn aromas T: Crisp and clean with complex malt flavors with a little tanginess. Soft, rounded bitterness that is assertive but is in balance with the malt. F: Light, above average carbonation. O: A good representative of the style.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Staropramen has a thick, off-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, with thin lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, biscuit and bready malt, with a touch of hop zing. Taste is of those elements, with a wonderful and dead-on hop bitterness rounding it out. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Staropramen finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and delicious. Really, this is about as perfect as a beer can get, and I score it world class. This might be the best lager I’ve ever tried. Just fabulous and a must for beer lovers!

RJT

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 johnaitchison
4.99/5  rDev +48.5%
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 Diaper-Daniels
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great pilsner. Malty and ripe.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deeper golden with a thinner then expected head even with a rough pour very clean no lacing at all,aroma was a little skunky (green bottle)with a hint of sweet grain.Noticed a little smokiness in flavor off the bat with a touch of toasted grain and iron not much hop presence though for a Czech lager/pilsner just light zip in the finish.Taste is on the drier side and goes down well in the summer here,I would drink this over any domestic or Canadian macro when I want a easy drinking lager but those green bottles scare me.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 500ml green bottle. A golden, carbonated pour with a fizzy white head. Looks like gingerale.

Smell: The nose is very subtle. Lightly hoppy. It seems very floral with vegetable hints.

Taste: Medium hoppiness. Corn and grain-like qualities. Somehwat chalky and dry. There was a little maltiness to back up the weak body. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and dry.

Drinkablility: I would only drink this beer again if there was nothing else available. Probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a tinge of orange and a smallish head.

Smell – Light citrusy hops with some sweetish malts that felt off-style.

Taste – The big citrus and sweet, orangish malt made this one off-style.

Mouthfeel – This was light-bodied, which is OK, but the nice, fluffy mouthfeel was absent.

Sinkability – This one didn’t cut the mustard.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of merlin48
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My green bottle looks slightly different than the one pictured. It pours a clear pale yellow with a two inch offwhite head. Head collapses quickly into patchy lacing. Aroma has some Euro skunked cardboard which masks some hints of lemon. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy with carbonation. Taste is mostly hop bitterness, just a hint of sweet malt. Very one dimensional with this lack of malt balance. Finishes bitter, and astringency detracts greatly from drinkability.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden colour, with about an inch and a half of thick, foamy head. Recedes quickly in little piles, almost like seafoam. Good lacing.

The smell is nothing too interesting. Hoppy, a bit of straw. Neither good nor bad.

Tastes like an above-average inexpensive pilsner, a little bit sweet, juicy hops, some bread. For a couple of bucks a can, it's pretty good, but not the best Czech pilsner I can get.

Unfortunately, this can languished for a bit longer in my fridge (I went on a couple of brewery tours since purchasing this and it got lost in the chaos). It's a bit flat, but I've had this one before and I know the carbonation is moderate. Not too thin for a mouthfeel.

All and all, this is a fairly good pilsner, and for the cost, it's not bad having one or two on hand (just make sure you get to them!). I prefer Urquell, but it's not bad to pick this one up. Not bad, but it won't blow you away.

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Photo of vinivini
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaysicles
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chossboss
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly pale but rich gold with thin white head and intermittent lacing.

Smell: Very grassy and spicy, with a light malt profile underneath. Smells pretty dry overall. Also, happy that it smells fairly fresh despite the green bottle.

Taste: Light malt profile with grass, hay and apple; only a slight sweetness. Turns slightly spicy and bitter at the end, but only slightly.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body (more medium for a Pils as expected for the Czech style), dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking lager that is better than most of the international lagers it competes against, but probably only average in terms of Czech Pilsners.

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Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of virinow
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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