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:
849
Reviews:
345
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.37%
 
 
Wants:
20
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171
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Photo of AWRaven13
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
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 +21.1%
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 chinabeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
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 CyborgX_CZ
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of rfabian
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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 +19.9%
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 +19.9%
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 +19.6%
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 +19.3%
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 +19.3%
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 innominat
4/5  rDev +19%

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 rastaman
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like it, soft maltiness, with a icely bitter finish, very elegant, subtle and just plain good, very good for session drinking aswell.

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Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jALEson
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +19%
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 Lion088
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DoktorEd
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bouncepass
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of harty83
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of onestoploser
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ryanmcd
4/5  rDev +19%

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

Very clean and crisp, with moderate hops. Not bad from the bottle, but on tap is vastly superior. In the tap version, I sometimes get just the barest hint of spearmint in the finish. Of course, the pink elephants show up a little while after that.

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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
3.36 out of 5 based on 849 ratings.
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