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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171
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Ratings: 850 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy. Drinkable, which is above average for pils I've had. Beats Urquel. Clean, decent malts. Slight citrus in saaz hops. Good carbonation in finish. Balanced but on sweetish side.Another average LCBO lager import, but fresh. Thanks Paul.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 5/17/13.

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a sweetened corn flake aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild grassy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but not very exciting.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nothing special here, a slightly sweet malty aroma after a golden flat color with almost no head. flavor is straw, grassy hop and a wole bunch of czech malt flavors. mouthfeel is smooth and clean, not as crisp as some, and totally sucks when it warms. this beer doesnt do it for me, easy drinking, but enexciting. weak as the czechs go. i dont know, better than a heineken, but thats about all i can say here

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear yellow color with a foamy white head on top. There wasn't much lacing or retention on this one. The smell was earthy with some hints of cut grass on the nose. The taste of the beer had a decent malt base with a light bitter finish. The mouthfeel was light, nicely carbonated and crisp. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. I liked it more than some of the others in the style. Still not one I'd buy a case of or anything, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color with some hints of amber. It poured with a thin white head that left lacy patterns; a light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate amount of pilsner malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The initial taste is rather malty with some hints of sweetness while the finish has some bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer goes down very easy and is quite drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second sampling: Same as first with emphasis on the grainy-bie-ey-ness in the throat nearing the finish.

An average beer per style and region. Colors and textures appear as expected: Clear, straw, high co2, fizzy head, little lacing. The aromas could be better: Light barley, corn, cereal grains, and light struck against Saaz hops. Flavors fare better than aromas: Lightly malty. Has flavors and textures of light cereal grains. Hopped for balance only. Lightly grapefruity. Has a bitter bite in the back of the throat in the finish and aftertaste. Light body-no creaminess and a bit harsh. Crisp and moderately dry finish.

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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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with a bubbly extra white head with average retention. Aroma of fresh crisp hops with floral malt. Taste is quite refreshing with again the crisp hops and floral malt making a good impression. Carbonation is great for the style and no skunkyness is a bonus for those imported bottles.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle pours out a golden, yellow color with minimal head. No lacing. It smelled of grain and spice. Surprisingly there was no skunky smell. I could taste some hop flavor and a little spice. It was relatively crisp and smooth. I found it quite drinkable. It is a pretty descent European lager.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -33%

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 dcmchew
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.39 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 25.05.2010.

Appearance: Pours a coppery-toned body with a tall, airy, snow white head. Speckled lacing on the way down. If nothing else, it doesn't look solid.

Smell: Initially skunky, as one would expect from green bottles, but, thankfully, it's Laundry Day here, so that'll give it ample time to waft away. Nose of grainy baked bread lightly brushed with sweet cream butter and accented by notes of grassy, lemony hops.

Taste: Light pale malts which are both bready and grainy. Lightly sweet. Faint hint of butter. The hops present predominately grassy and lemony tastes, but there's a slight underlying earthiness in there as well. The bitterness, though pronounced when set against the light malts, is still fairly light overall. Finishes dry and reasonably crisp with one final hint of buttered breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether terrible for a mass-produced brew from the Czech Republic's second largest brewery. A little malty, a little bitter, a little skunky, and you're done!

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pristine dark amber with pale lemon trim. The pearl colored lid is probably the best part of the appearance. It's at least two fingers after the pour, has a tight-bubbled texture and is leaving scads of sticky lace. Most pilseners aren't this dark, but I'm not about to hold that against it.

Thanks to the green glass bottle, I caught a whiff of skunkiness when the cap was popped; most of which is now gone. What's left isn't great and certainly isn't hoppy enough for a pils. Staropramen smells like every other Euro pale lager on the face of the earth. Although it's still several months before the 'best by' date, it smells like it's long past.

I haven't had a good Czech pilsener in quite some time. For some reason, I actually thought this beer had a chance to remedy that. It doesn't. I will give it credit for being more hoppy and more bitter than most EPLs (which it resembles much more than it does a pilsener), but it's far from outstanding beer.

There's a decent amount of pale malt that provides an underlying sweetness and keeps the bitterness of the hops from getting out of control. The hops themselves are grassy and spicy, but taste dull and stale rather than bright and fresh. At least there are enough ingredients, which gives the beer a leg up on most Euro lagers. Warming brings about the expected (minor in this case) flavor deterioration

The mouthfeel struggles to be average... and doesn't quite make it. I found some enjoyment early in the bottle, but what bubbles were present have now exhausted themselves. Things feel borderline flat as a result. A decent amount of carbonation was only chance the mouthfeel had and it blew it.

Staropramen Lager is the only beer from this brewery that I've ever had. Looking at the number of reviews for the rest of their lineup, I might never run across another one. That's okay, there's nothing here to make me the least bit curious about what else these guys have up their sleeves. If you give this one a shot, don't expect rabbits. Skunks are a distinct possibility though.

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