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Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews:
335
Ratings:
826
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
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Photo of mjurney
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep gold color, clear. Tons of fine bubbles rising up to the top. Frothy head, leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Sweet grass, pale malts, crisp.

Taste:
Malt forward. Bready, pale malts, grassy. Light-medium bitterness, mostly herbal, a little lemony. Finish off dry bitter. Body is light, creamy texture, a little dry aftertaste, soft carbonation.

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Photo of BobQ
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first enjoyed this beer in Prague in 1992. I purchase it only occasionally in bottles because it seems invariably skunky when not on tap. Therefore, obviously, this beer is best enjoyed on tap. That being said, I understand the disappointment voiced by other reviewers whose only unfortunate experience with this wonderful beer has been from the bottle.

This is a good, solid, easy drinking beer. The flavors of hops and malt are in good balance. A slightly darker golden color than one expects from a pils. Pours with a finger or two of head and leaves a farily delicate lace. The mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable. Staropramen is a great choice for beer that can be enjoyed by those who appreciate quality beer and those who are happy with whatever is cold.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a golden color, with substantial carbonation and nice little ring at the top. Not much else to speak of, except that it contains the appearance of a beer that is simple and clear, and hopefully, to the point.

The aroma is pretty grainy and slightly spiced overall, but there isn't much to write about as it is subtle throughout. However, from what I can gather, there's plenty of cereal grains, floral saaz hops, and a little bit of alcohol. Again, at this point I can hear the beer "begging me" to tasted, and cannot linger any longer in this section.

I take one sip and feel good. I take another sip and feel better. Upon the third sip, I feel addicted. This is great! With a thick body, juicy malts, and spice aided by the hops, this is ridiculously tasty for what it is. What I especially love is the sweetness within this beer - it's so crisp and delicious. Ever since trying this a week ago, I've found it to be very welcoming for it's clean, flavorful experience.

It's simple, sure, but it really is a beer that must be taken for what it is. There are more "complex" beers out there, but this is perfectly refreshing on its own or accompanied with any meal. A great beer, proving the saying that "less is more."

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Photo of snilsen13
4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - thin head but plenty of bubbles, very clear dark light amber (or dark gold)

S - honey and oats, very rich and seductive

T - the classic bitter of a good pils with a floral notes. Biscuit-like sweetness gives way to a dry, earthy aftertaste. Complex. Earthy flavors give way to a sustained sweetness with a classic pils bittering.

M - smooth and sticky

D - top notch, for anybody who loves a beer that reminds them of a good bread.

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Photo of NikasRudaitis
4.21/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful lager, having never tried it in the UK, it was the first on my list to try while in Prague, where it is brewed.

It is most certainly refreshing - with an incredibly fresh aroma of hops. A hint of citrus and a soft bitterness follow the initial taste, leaving the drinker with a memorable impression.

Definitely a great example of Czech brewmanship.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into SA patented Boston Lager glass...

A: pours a dark golden hue with great clarity and a large fluffy white head with good retention leaving some webbed lacing

S: has a bread dough-scented malt center, with a honey graham aroma and light noble hop aroma in the finish. very pleasant.

T: spicy earthy noble hops with a light lemon zest, and again the italian bread dough flavor. finishing off with bread crust and bitter hops.

M: a medium body with a low to medium carbonation and a slippery mouthfeel and a sticky off dry finish.

Overall, there isn't much to say about Staropramen other than "classic". I rank this up there with Pilsner Urquell and Golden Pheasant. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Medium gold color. Slightly creamy head. Adequate carbonation.
Aroma: Hoppy aroma jumps out of bottle, quickly diminishes some, but remains at a subdued level – a nice spiciness persists as long as the beer last in the glass.
Flavor: Hops dominate, mostly through bitterness, but bitterness remains balanced by malt throughout – from start to finish. Bitterness never really shouts out at any time.
Mouthfeel: Fine, not a spritzy as some pils type beers.
Overall: Very clean and quite even throughout the experience. A winner! Between this beer and Pilsner Urquell (the other Czech lager available at the local liquor store), it is pretty much sixes.

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Photo of mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Large white head, somewhat creamy and with good retention.

Some noble hop aroma, otherwise quite clean.

Nice maltiness up front, melding nicely to Saaz-like hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes bitter, but pleasantly so. Nicely largered - very clean flavor profile.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming.

A nice hoppy lager, clean and flavorful.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd have to say this is my favorite Czech beer so far.

The taste is very smooth and refreshing. A bit malty and sweet which gives it an exotic taste you won't find in most Lagers. The aroma is great, a bit spicy and pleasent. This goes down with no problem and could see myself drinking a few of these down on a hot day.

Yes, it tastes a bit light but I am not reviewing this expecting a strong beer. I would highly recommend this beer out of most East European Lagers.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at brew club's lager tasting

A - Golden in color, no head, light carbonation.

S - Malty, minerally, and slight honey.

T - Malty, bready, slightly sour, but pretty interesting.

M - Sour, bready, but well balanced though.

D - This beer definitely grows on you, Definitely good for a pilsener.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had my first sample today - this is definitely going to be one of my favourite pilseners in the future (whenever I can afford it, or get it abroad). I guess the Czechs won't call it a pilsener as it's not being brewed in Plzen, but to me it's a pils good enough. Good lasting head, delicious Saaz aroma, pleasant flavour, very well balanced, better aftertaste than most pilseners.

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Photo of madvoice
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden colour with a small head that disappeared almost instantaneously. It smelled very hoppy, sweet and fruity. Has a sweet citrussy flavour with a bit of bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Very drinkable especially on a hot summer day. I should have bought more!

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Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a clean and clear golden color. Very pils. Lots of carbonation with significant bubbling. head formation is strong, then laces down to a film. Light white in color.

S - Pilsner malts - very strong malty notes with the spicy funk of the pils. No hopping. A pils is distinct, and i would say this beer fits.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, which immediately brings in the heavy bready notes of the pils malts. Mid-stream gets bitter, light floral hops. Finishes with a renewed pils malt zing and some yeast spice.

M - Good beer body - bolstered by good carbonation bite. Leaves behind a light sugar coating. Overall the carbonation is very potent, stinging.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is on target with easy sessioning. Flavors are well integrated. "Less Filling". Good overall.

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Photo of AWRaven13
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A friend originally from Prague introduced me to this brew several years ago.

At first pour into my favorite pub glass, it had a nice 2" head. Tiny bubbles atop a rich looking yellow sea.

After a third of the glass was gone, there was a kind of lace design on the sides of my glass in place of the head now replaced with a 1/8" head and a sort of halo.

It has a wheaty sort of peanut smell to me and tastes a little nutty too. I like the hop flavor, but I'm not quite sure how to describe it other than saying that it's not bitter and leaves a slick feeling on my teeth. Has a slight saltiness. The only fruit type flavor I taste is something like apples or applesauce.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvet like, and I would say carbonation is just right. Crisp and refreshing, I'm about to pour my third one and I'm still looking forward to it.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden color with imprerssive white puffy head. Virtually no lacing. Smell is sweet and citrus-like with some strong lemon notes Taste is extremely crisp and almost austerely dry, yet very thirst-quenching. Finishes with a strong dryness that beckons for another taste. Very drinkable. Nice example of the style.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle, with best-by date of 08.01.2010. taken directly from a new case so as to avoid light exposure and skunking. tasted in early/mid may 2009.

clear, deep honey straw color. moderate head is creamy, bubbly and foamy. recedes to thin wispy layer. decent lacing of splotchy rings.

aroma: gentle sulfur (but not skunk) upfront, gives way to sweet bready malts and notes of white grape, gently balanced by the light noble saaz hopping - grassy, floral and herbal, although slightly weaker than hoped.

taste: hops come forward more in the flavor, matching with the crisp carbonation. followed by bready malt, with toasted notes, and a trace acidity that seems to balance the moderate bitterness. noble hops are otherwise gentle, but with a very noticeable saaz character.

medium body, surprisingly more substance than expected. smooth, with touch of acidity and resins in the finish. crisp, moderate carbonation upfront, later evolving to smooth creaminess.

very drinkable. easy but flavorful quaffing.

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Photo of rfabian
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 1 inch head that leaves fair lacing. The appearance is crystal clear and light amber. The aroma is of light malts and hops. The taste is moderately malty with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of a yeasty finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to others I must have not bought a old or skunked bottle. Mine was actually quite fresh tasting. Wonderful fresh and clear Saaz-type hop aroma that faded some with time. Bright, clear and dark gold with full head, good retention and nice lacing. Nicely balanced beer with a little less bitterness that other Czech beers of similar ilk, but enough to make presence known. Hop bite lasts throughout with medium long finish. Good malt backing, providing nice body and some richness. Light to medium body, flatter feel, but adequate carbonation. Good all around and balanced beer.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malty, citrus, yeast and some herbal hops
Taste: Sweet malts, grain and a soft bitter saazhop.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Nice balanced pilsner

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Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz green bottle, best by date of Nov 08 on the back. Label has a skyline of Prague in the background.

Appearance: Pours with a bit more color than I expected, towards gold rather than just yellow. Thin head and bubbly.

Smell: Clean malt, floral hops, just a hint of sulphur .. exactly what I would expect from a Czech Pilsner.

Taste: Nice combination of malt flavors and the mineral taste common in beers from the region. Good amount of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Drinkable and interesting, a nice example of an often overlooked style.

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Photo of BBP
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice dark golden colour with little head. Looks quite good.

S- Typical Czech pilsner aroma with a bit heavier grain/wheat smell.

T- Grain and wheat tastes in the front leading to a great bitter and sweet aftertaste, almost like honey. I found that I enjoyed every sip more than the last. Really started to enjoy it when I knew which flavours to look for.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Very crisp.

D- Quite good. All around good beer. I expect to purchase it again.

Reminds me of Pilsner Urquell, but seemed a little less smooth to me, although it had more interesting flavors. Left me with an exceptional aftertaste which made me want another sip after I finished my last.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle. Freshness date on back label.
Pils serving glass.
Pale golden in color with a foamy white on top and loads of sticky and trailing lacing. A clean fresh-mowed lawn smell mingles with dried spicy Saaz hops. A mild malt aroma is in the background throughout. A very lightly roasted slightly sweet maltiness gives way to sharp, edgy metallic and resinous hop bitterness. Very drinkable brew!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can. While visiting Prague not too long after the Velvet Revolution, I was new to beer, and found that the lagers throughout this new country were the perfect antidote to the crazy mid-summer Continental heat and humidity. Of all the beers I tried, I recall this being my favorite, but it has never been available where I live. However, a recent business jaunt to Toronto allowed me to grab a tall-boy can of this trip down memory lane.

Dumped into my souvenir Staropramen 50cl mug (procured from a pub in the backstreets of Prague whose name I can't seem to recall), this beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with two skinny and chic fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and kind of chunky dirty white head, which disappears sort of quickly, leaving some specked lace around the perimeter of the glass.

It smells like a journey back to those dark, cool pubs near the Strahov Stadium, taking refuge in the wonderful 50 cent frosty beer, no-English environments - i.e. bready, biscuity pale malt, a touch of Euro petrol fumes, faint sour lemon notes, and prominent green grassy and estery leafy hops. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, wet saltine crackers, a touch of earthy yeast, fading gasohol astringencies, and more peppy leafy, weedy, and grassy Saaz hoppiness.

As now duly remembered, this is a very easy to drink, moderately sassy, and genial version of the style (not exactly the 'Urquel', yeah, but, y'know). I'm not saying that this can is as good as a pint in a true Prague pub, but that was a long time ago, so this will just have to do, and do nicely.

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Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a decent amount of white creamy head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells floral and a little citrusy, not bad. Tastes a little light struck (damn you, green bottles!) and sweet with a lot of hop bitterness that I can't place, possibly saaz. It's a bit grassy and a bit citrusy. It's really tasty. Finishes a little sour. Mouthfeel is heavy with some tingling from the carbonation, but not much. Not really creamy, just heavy. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, I just wish it was cheaper or didn't come in green bottles, as I can't afford a case of the stuff.

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