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
Reviews:
345
Ratings:
848
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
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Photo of Viaduck
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had drink out of the bottle, so not sure about appearance or sell. Seemed to have a good head & lacing. Tastes a little fruity with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Okay.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - bright gold with a thin head. Wicked lacing, low to medium carbonation.

Smell - soft, sweet aroma of biscuits and grain. Further nosing provides fresh dough, with light apple notes.

Taste - immediate hoppiness punches through, with mellow grainy sweetness following. The end features some spicy hops with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - an interesting effect on the tongue, very fizzy for the carbonation then smooth and then fizzy once again. Novelty.

Drinkability - not a bad brew, decent flavouring and character. Not my first choice of a Czech Pilsner, but nothing wrong with having a few of these.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 500ml tall can BB 27.03.08.

A- straw yellow in color. decent head settles down to a layer of foam, lace.

S- hops, a little malt sweetness, mint, also a little grainy.

T- skunky, malt sweetness, bitter hops, bread/bran muffins, traces of caramel.

M- nice body and moderate carbonation.

D- fairly good drinkability.

Overall not my favorite example of the style(way too skunky), but compliments grilled chicken with vegetable dishes quite nicely.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Lowenbrau pint glass from a 500 ml can. Gives a small white foamy head with some mild lacing. It is a medium golden color. Smells slightly sweet, a little metallic and malty. Taste is somewhat bitter and malty. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and carbonated. Drinkability is fine, probably even better ice cold on the beach but I'll have to wait a few more months for that.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a relatively dark completely translucent golden color with a minimal white head. A few bubbles of carbonation flowing up toward the top of the glass.

S: Overall, not a very strong smell. Malty notes up front with some faint floral hops in the background.

T: In line with the smell. Malty flavors take center stage, with less prominent floral hops in the background. As a result, the level of bitterness is a little bit lower than I'd like.

M: Light-bodied with a wet mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation to tickle the tongue. Mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer.

D: Reasonably priced for an imported beer, but not one I'd go out of my way to buy.

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

Poured clear deep gold with a fine white head that stuck around for the whole draught. Aroma is understated; mostly malt with some sazz in the background. Taste is solid, a lot bigger than the aroma would suggest; well-rounded, toasty malt with just the right amount of hops complimenting it.

I love old-school Pilseners, and I don't care who knows it. This is a fine example of the breed. Clear, clean, crisp, light and drinkable, but bearing no resemblance whatsoever either to American Macro "Pilsener" -- that watery bastardized abomination -- or to American Micro "Pilsener" -- that cloudy, grossly-over-hopped and basically trying-too-hard pretension that obstinately misses the point of what a Pilsener is all about.

This is a fine Pilsener, from the very Land that gave us this golden joy.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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 WHROO
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pilsner Glass...apple juice golden, with soft head, low carbonation...although held good lacing, & had laced rings to show each mouthful.
Floral grassy hops in the aroma, as it warmed definate honey caramel malty notes. I found this to mainly have the typical lighter lager aroma.
Felt just like a Pilsner - some malts up front, then rounded out with hop bitterness to finish...definately not too complex though.
Mouthfeel felt a little deadpan,could have done with more carbonation given the style. However in saying that I found the drinkability to be easy...like your run of the mill mainstream import, safe enough to want more...& that lingering bitterness was inviting!

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Photo of Roman5150
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
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 EkimGram
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Innis & Gunn flute. Golden straw colour with a finger-thick head. Decent amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Aromas of hops, some spicy roasted malts, and a bit of skunk.

Taste: Roasty malt is first and foremost. Following is some bitterness from the hosp with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Nice and light.

Overall: Not the most interesting beer. Light, refreshing, a little weak in taste and aroma, though.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Was really impressed by Budwar which I had a few days ago...

Good appearance and head level for a lager

Strong hoppy aroma, very impressive, a bit flowery like Budwar though with a bit more of a fruity and citrus kick.

For a lager, flavour is pretty good, though not as good as Budwar I don't think. Refreshing and flowery hops with sweet malt. Needs a bit more strength and hops to be great, though would consider buying again.

Feel is a bit thin and watery, prefer a bit more body or creaminess

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Photo of thommo_nk
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was expecting more from this iconic Prague beer, however its still tasty enough. Pours a lovely golden colour with a 1cm white head that lasts for the duration. Medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light amber gold with a 1 cm head that vanished without a trace.

Skunked. Another rotten vegetable smell is overwhelming everything under the skunk. Underneath that, a slight bread loaf appeared.

Mouthfeel was crisp and light.

Taste was a wave of bitter, medium at first, then it overpowers all. Warms over the tongue without any sweetness. I think this lacks definition, personally.

This is trying really hard to be average. As you drink it, it doesn't even try to flatter itself. Tastes too unbalanced for me. Don't think I'll have another.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I was expecting more skunk flavor based on the smell, however it is actually not that high. A pretty balanced and very light flavor profile, which is typical for the style. I've got a great local option of Czech pilsner from raleigh brewing, and when I saw this one at the store I figured why not give it a try. Not bad, could be better, and I expect it would be if it were fresher (aka in Prague instead of being shipped here). I think I'll stick with my local option, but a good try.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
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 nickynick
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staropramen poured a full gold, with a small white head, and good lacing. The smell was faint with hints of hops and malt. Taste had nice sweet malt up front, followed by some nice bitter hop notes. Mouthfeel was good for the style. Drinkability was good as well. Overall I found this to be a nice beer for the style. Crisp, dry and refreshing, very palate cleansing beer. Would purchase again.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours amber with a soapy 2-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Sour dough, malt, earthy hops, caramel.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Sweet caramel malt, dry earthy hops, some bananas or fruit, spice. Crisp finish with a mildly astringent aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, but forgettable. Not a lot of depth here. Not a bad Czech beer, just not one of the greats.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden color, not quite amber. No head to speak of but some lacing if that seems possible.
Smells faintly of wet grain.
Taste is more powerful than smell, while still remaining slight. I got some malt, some grains, sliver of sweetness but not enough to tell if it is from the malt.
Typical thinish mouthfeel, but clean, crisp and quite refreshing.
Not a problem ordering another one of these.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: translucent apple juice color, more toward straw in the light; full eggshell head, quickly recedes to surface film
S: malt, paper, corn
T: per the nose, malt, paper, corn, maybe rice, lightly sweet;
M: light-medium-bodied, carbonated, slightly oily; dryish aftertaste
O: The carbonation makes it feel fresher than some of its peers, but it it's still just "not bad."

12oz / Pint Glass

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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 velkyal
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the major lager producers in the Czech Republic, I think Staropramen is the only one to have benefitted from being bought out by outsiders - in this case InBev.

A properly poured Staropramen is a thing of beauty, golden in colour and with a volumous head - best enjoyed as a "tuplak" or 1 litre serving.

With a nice clean flavour which is not overly malty, and a good level of bitterness, Staropramen is as good a standard lager as it is possible to get from the mass-producing brewers.

While it is not a beer to hunt down feavourishly in expectation of lager revelation, it is a decent pint with the lads on a Friday afternoon.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

--Poured an average golden straw like in color. Slight head that cleared about half way through. Not much lacing.
--Initial smell that hits is that skunky european smell.
Although I did like this beer more than Pilsner Urquell, it is still not one of my favorites. It took a couple of sips to get over the skunky taste. Once I got used to it I enjoyed the bottom half. Overall this beer was one of the better Czech beers, I would like to try others.
Thx

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Photo of Vashtar
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a really pleasant taste, but the bitterness really ruined it for me.
The appearance was clear and golden. It was nice and saturated.
I wouldn't buy a six pack.
Not skunky at all like some of the Czech var
I don't even see the word lager on this beer.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass may - 11- 2013 is stamped on it

Appearance - poured a clear golden yellow with 2 fingers of foam. bubbles came up through solution while drinking. good lacing

Aroma- apple pear slight skunkyness ( sulfur) Grassy

taste- crisp sting of carbonation gives way to a grainy corny flavor. then a slight herbal and piney hops at the end. Hoppier than american light lagers. easy drinking.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation dry and champange-y

Overall- I'm a little out of my element, I would imagine this is a descent pilsner. I would enjoy it as such. My BMC frame of reference would tell me that it is better than all of those. Its like a light lager with a better hop character and a better mouthfeel. it is definitely less filling than a lot of things i have been drinking lately. I would in fact have another. i would drink it as a lawnmower beer or i could se myself ordering it in an airport leaving Prague.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was slightly skunky when opened, but mysteriously kind of pleasant. Typical pale golden color. Not a bad taste, slightly stale but for some reason I am kind of liking this. Maybe because I haven't had a beer in 6 days??
Nice hop finish, I have a feeling a fresh one of these on tap would kick ass.

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