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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
335
Ratings:
826
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
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Photo of soulgrowl
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally picturesque, brilliant, frosty pale pilsner gold with a surge bubbles coalescing into a perfect, puffy, ivory-white head. Mild aroma of sweet bread and aromatic, strikingly basil-like herbal hops with a touch of pine. Crisp, citric hops clench the dry, balanced flavor, full of honey, lemon, and wet grains. Carbonation is spritzy and light, appropriately fizzy but not rough. Very refreshing and robust - I like this one.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fields of golden barley gold. No head. My fault. Aroma of wide open fields of wheat and barley as experienced on many a rural European beer hike. Tastes like good clean pilsner malt - soft, fresh bread, slightly toasty. There is a little hop bite on the finish, which by the way tastes like more of those damp, grainy fields of beer-soaked country hikes in obscure locales. If I had weened myself on Imperial Stouts, Barleywines, and Double IPA's, then I suppose I too would find regular workhorse lagers to be bland and boring. But I would also be a lot younger, less experienced, and well...narrow minded. Fellows, when you go from Bud light to Olympia to German Pils, and then Czech pils, you just don't forget it. You can take all the next ten years to get into Belgian Tripels, Quadrupels, Lambics and West Coast IPA's, but you will never forget that first girl you fell in love with.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Beer_Rabbit66
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely pilsner style lager, with a 'thicker' smoother taste and feel than Pilsner Urquell for example.
Great malty smell to it and colour is typical pilsner / lager gold. Pours well and a nice head it left which stays around for no more than a average time.
Overall a great lager / pils to enjoy with anything I would say. nothing too special but one of my favourites.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel glass

Appearance: Piss yellow, typical lager color, 1 finger off white head

Smell: bready notes, slight roasted malt, nothim much else.. very subtle earthy hops

Taste: very bready, almost rye taste, for the style there is plenty of flavor for sure.

mouthfeel: great carbonation and relatively full bodied feel for a lighter beer

overall: Probably my favorite lager, with Summerfest close behind. Basically, it's a Macro made the way it should be, with some actual flavor characteristics. Very smooth and refreshing, also if you are ever in Prague, visit the brewery and try this on draft, it's amazing.

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Photo of drpimento
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is (or was) one of my fav Czech, nay, ALL pilseners. But I'm having a little difficulty in pinning down exactly which one it is due to varying label styles and info. A certain other beer review site has what I think I have as a different beer. eh. Usually I drink it, when they have it, at Bodega Brew Pub in
La Crosse, Wis. USA. This .5 l can I got here at the nearby Supermercado Carrefour in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. Poured with a nice head and some lace. Clear gold color. Beery, malty, slightly sweet yet a bit hoppy nose. Flavor is very similar to aroma but with the good texture. Just right carbonation. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Quaffable. Decent finish. Session beer. I likes it!

uh, PS.- The label is much cooler than the one shown here!

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Photo of seanyfo
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in staropramen pint glass, bought in local italian.

A - Golden pilsner body with a solid creamy 3 finger head that is retained throughout the pint. A classic appearance really, not much else to say

S- A little grainy with some malt sweetness, but a nice dry fresh hoppy aroma is apparent unlike a lot of other mass produced crap.

T- Lots of hop up front and this flavour lingers on. This is balanced well with the subtle malt sweetness, and it does finish well - not overly dry, but doesnt leave your mouth syrupy or sticky like many macro lagers.

M - lively carbonation as expected, not thin on the ground, firm.

D- Not a true genuine classic pilsner to me, but a fantastic alternative to British lagers which many of leave you feeling rather sick, bloated, and give horrible syrupy sweet aftertastes. A nice beer.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites.I worked in a bar and we served it. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer. It's my favorite of all the czech pilsners.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color, almost bronze. One of the darker pilseners that I've tried. Looks heavily carbonated. Little bubbles cling to the side of the glass and shoot to the top like a glass of Vernors or something.

It has a nice hop aroma partially masked by a skunky smelling odor.

The taste is not badly skunked at all. Very smooth, unexpectedly almost creamy. The hops stick out in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not the tongue-searing extreme carbonation that the looks of it implied. Drinkability is fine as well. Really a solid import beer here, a lot better than other green bottle pilseners from overseas.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz. green glass bottle. Best before 2/5/2010.

Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a deep golden yellow color with great clarity and short lasting white head.

Aroma is pleasantly spicy from the Czech hops and a mild sweetness in the background.

Flavor is much the same with spice notes from the hops in balance with sweet pale malts. It actually has a surprising amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and medium-plus carbonation level, neither of which suit me very well but it's appropriate for the style. Drinkability is limited only by the excess bubbles.

I'll be honest and admit that I only really bought this because it was from Prague and I once had a wonderful trip there many years ago. It turns out to be an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of grdahl
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The largest brewer in The Czech Republic..why can't A-B or Miller make beer this good...Only average for Czech Rep. but much better than the swill we're used to here...I'm not sure where exactly the old spring that gives the beer its name is.

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Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Green 11.2 oz bottle. Best by 23.09.2010.

Pop it open, no skunk, it is a pretty fresh bottle and has been kept out of the sun.

It pours a vibrant crystal clear gold with tons of bubbles and a giant white head that recedes leaving some lacing.

No skunk in the smell, but a nice dose of herbal hops and subdued but slightly sweet smelling malts. It smells like a Czech pilsener should, it is a prime example.

The taste is malty but with a nibble of hops, not like a German pils where there is perfect balance but this is good for a Czech. It is sweet but the hops level it out with some herbal bitterness.

It is a shame it is an AB product, but it is one of my favorite Czech pilseners.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bumping up my score based on the draft I had today 1-17-2012 at a German Joint down in Tulsa. This had a much better nose, loads of soapy & floral hops. Nice crackery & bready notes as well.

Review based on notes

Pours golden/pear with 1 finger of eggshell white head. Average lacing & below average head retention

S: Grassy, lemony & perfumy hops, no malt to balance this out...

T: Breadyness, grassy & lemony hops, plus honey malt up front. Metallic hops & grainyness dominate this as this warms. Finishes with a mix of lemony hops & grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with too much carbonation, okay balance

Drank alright, would only try again if I knew it was FRESH, I had my doubts about this one

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Photo of steveh
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man -- lots of different Staropramen labels to choose from.

Grabbed a sixer of this at a local grocer where it was on closeout. Best before August 25, 2012... but green bottles.

A -- Pours a clear, deep gold color with a dense, very sticky & long-lasting head that leaves great lacing.

S -- Skunky up front, but it dissipates with some time given. Typical Pils bready malt and Saaz hop nose.

T -- Has that grainy to bready malt character up front balanced out with spicy Saaz hops at the finish and hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very reminiscent of Budvar. There's also a light, vague fruitiness in the aftertaste that reminds me of Urquell too.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp and has a light creaminess in-between. Body is light to light-medium.

O -- Everything you could want in a Czech Pils, aside from the green bottle curse.

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Photo of kd45-music
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tend to enjoy Czech beers. Perhaps its the smell - fresh and outdoorsy. There's a little bitterness to it, which I like. This is beer as beer should be, not that watery American adjunct lagers that we all have to drink from time to time. Having said that, I would not drink this as my lawnmower beer. This would be for after dinner, sitting on the veranda listening to the crickets on a Spring evening, after the first mow of the lawn.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brillient translucent golden with a lacy white head.
the smell of saaz hops followed by malt and yeast.
the flavor is spicy,bitter, hopsack, malty, minerially, dropping off in to slight spicy hopsack.
the mouthfeel is full for a light beer.
very drinkable and kind of weather but hot days they would go down fast.

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Photo of NODAK
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma here is a little skunky...some sweet grassiness and Noble hops.

Body of the beer has an obvious sweet, cereal grain maltiness to it....not cheaply done with adjunct tastes; very pleasant. Finishes with a good crisp bitterness from the Noble hops which wraps up the beer pretty cleanly. It's pretty simple like many pilseners are, but well done.

A very drinkable, simple beer here. Hops are well done in this pils. Pretty cheap for an imported, quality brew as well.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours golden, with a large off-white, creamy head that leaves some nice lacings.

S: A typical Czech Pilsener - lots of malt, floral hops and citric notes.

T: A great mix of both bitter and floral hops, there is also nice malt and some citric notes.

M: Somewhat sweetness from the malt, but in the aftertaste the bitterness dominates. It's creamy, fullbodied and powerfull.

D: A very nice Czech Pilsener - this is a must!

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Photo of Samljer
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a can, poured down the side into a lager glass,
I Like it, better then a lot of other beers available comerically.
The foam head pretty much sat there till consumed.
then left thick lacing all over the glass, and as it was consumed
the lacing went farther and farther down the glass, till it was
finished, lacing to the bottom.
The color is a perfect gold, with medium average carbonation.
The smell is like wet grain which some like, some dont.
The taste is good, cant detect adjuncts but there is a hint of "metal". could be b'cuz my serving is from a 500ml can.

I would buy again.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Gold, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - The usual Saaz hop smeel, but quite weak.

Taste - Excellent balance of hops and grains, but a little too weak.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture and carbonation

Drinkability - Hard to beat. Perfect bitterness level for sessioning.

Overall - An excellent introduction to the world of Czech pilseners, which might encourage drinkers to try Pilsner Urquell and other strong pilseners. I find it hard to imagine how anyone could not like this beer.

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

A - A nice golden brown colour with a small head, minimal lacing.

S - Hoppy and yeasty, very pleasant.

T - Slightly metallic, hoppy, yeasty aftertaste. Minimal alcohol taste.

M and D - Slight carbonation, which I like. Too much carbonation spoils the experience for me. Not too much of an alcohol taste, a nice smooth lager. Very drinkable, especially at backyard BBQ's.

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