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Staropramen LagerStaropramen Lager

Brewed by:
Pivovary Staropramen
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served warmer than optimal in a small pilsner glass from a green bottle at the Brickskeller.

Pours fizzy with modest head and no real lacing. Golden yellow.

Aroma is fruity, woody, floral.

Flavor is soft, slightly vegetal, woody.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and light bodied, insufficiently bitter.

Drinkability is poor. This is what I get for going for exotic European beers without investigating first. Maybe I was expecting a 150 year old recipe?

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

Very nice color-- much deeper gold than most pils. Totally clear with an okay head that dissipated pretty quickly. Slightly grassy aroma, some euro-hop-funk as well.

Taste is good, definitely fuller than the average pils, higher malt presence makes the mouthfeel desirable, but that there's slightly too many bubbles takes some points away for me. Some lingering bitterness and sweetness at the same time, kind of odd.

Overall not a bad choice, but probably better on-tap in Germany or better yet, the Czech Republic.To me, Pilsner Urquell is a better experience if we're talking bottles. Need to find out what it's like fresh from the barrel.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
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 beerthulhu
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear, medium orange with a ½ finger creamy, eggshell white colored head that settled to a thin, whispy, and sudsy covering leaving a visible rim lacing behind. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: faint, some fresh grains and oranges. You really have to dig deep here to detect anything.

T: musky oranges for flavor. there was some green plant stalk hints as well. The initial sip was a turn off but the flavor faired better after that. A touch of metallic nature was evident while the finish found some sharp, sour citric tones to it.

M: light, a little rough. Some sour oranges and a dry lacing on the tongue with a green plant stalk lingering taste.

D: Not impressed overall here, at times was a turnoff and at others though it had some good crispness to it but still I struggled to find a reason to finish this and have to give this a pass and don't bother.

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Photo of becktone
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 7-27-08

Eye: Transparent dark gold in appearance. Head formation, retention and lacing are all poor.

Nose: Malty body balanced and supported by spicy and floral hops. Pretty average in my opinion. Nothing special. More sweet malt aroma than I expected, in fact, the beer's aroma tends to lean towards the malt in my opinion.

Tongue: Nice smooth clean malty palate. Hops are spicy, grassy, and floral. Bitterness is a bit coarse in my opinion, it lingers on the back sides of the tongue and gives me the overall impression that this beer isn't well rounded. Its more like its boxy, square...with odd angles...coarse.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Nice and smooth on the palate, crisp, clean, and light as well. This is an easy drinking beer, very nice on a hot day, I can see it complimenting a wide variety of foods. This is one I'll probably not buy again any time soon...I know that there are much better out there. I am, however, glad to have tried this brew. Overall this is just run of the mill average.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, bright gold/amber; very clear and quite bubbly. Two-inch white head rears-up then dissipates quickly to skim that holds. Very little lacing.

S: Sweet rich malt and slight hop bitterness.

T: Bready sweet malt with classic hop bitterness of the style. Dry, earthy aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Smooth, coats the mouth.

D: Very easy to drink. A little fullness from carbonation, but good enough taste, I'd deal with it.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber body, with average head, which quickly dissipates but leaves solid lacing. Very strong, skunky aroma, with some graininess in the background. Taste switches those; more graininess, with a slightly skunky finish. Light mouthfeel, with relatively high carbonation. Drinkable, but I'm personally not a big fan of the skunkiness.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a brilliant, pale gold with a couple of fingers of fine white bubbled head. Noble hop aroma with a slight metallic hint. Light bodied, very easy drinking. Clean flavor, some malt there, but not as much as I remember from drinking it before. Decent hop bite. Solid pilsner, good summertime drinking.

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Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a darker gold color than your average pilsener with a short bubbly white head and thin sheets of lace. fresh malt and hop aromas. nice balance of malt and hops taste is slightly bitter and spiced. smooth on the palate and nicely carbonated. very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL can with best before date stamped on bottom. Pours a clear golden yellow. Large white head, dissipates in a short time, leaving gobs of lacing around the glass. Smells strongly of bread: grainy, yeast, sweet with faint floral hop notes. Smooth sweetness up front, light sourness like green apple, spicy and bitter hop finish with some light fruit notes. Carbonation is nicely crisp, light body, but never watery. Somewhat refreshing, but not quite so much as some other Czech Pilsners.

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Photo of batty
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

reviewed 27 April 2008, Cataluña, Spain. best by date of 11 October 2008.

pours an orangey-apricot golden with little head. what head there is fades very fast and leaves little lacing in the middle, no stickage. looks very fizzy.

smell is mostly metallic, with some corn and malt notes.

taste also mostly metallic, though the malt shines through a bit more and helps it out a little. bitterness on the finish. just a bit on the crisp side on the crispness-smoothness ratio.

m/d is quite fizzy and light, one step above water. much less there than I would hope for. seems much more like a stereotypical cheap american macro lager than anything self-respecting pilsner should be. although it's light and crispy, leaves a bitter stickiness on the finish.

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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 Antilochus
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Czech Pilsener to review, best thus far is Kozel followed closely by Budweiser Budvar/Czechvar. Best before 11/12/2008. 5.00% abv, 500mL. Poured at fridge temp into a oversized wine glass.

Big bubbly white head over a rich amber body. Leaves some lace.

Aromas are stronger of caramel than I've seen in other Czech pilsener. Classic noble hop aromas, but can smell the bitterness.

Feel is on the watery side, but carbonation creams it nicely. Palate is super spicy, lots of bitterness, but some undesirable vegetably sweetness too. Finish is more spice and bitterness, which is better than sweetness, but it switches over to maltiness after a few seconds. Overall medium length.

I find these Czech pilseners to be more and more of the same...

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Photo of supercolter
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pretty decent Czech pilsner. Appearance and smell are pretty bland. That is to be expected given the style however. Clean yellow color, a bit fizzy but no real head or lacing. Smell is pretty weak, a bit of sour and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the smell, but more pronounced.
Mouthfeel is a bit light for my preferance. Drinkability is very easy to swallow.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pilsner malt scent along with a slight breadlike aroma. It appears to be all malt and has a light Czech hop presence. The taste is decent. It has a very plain/bland pilsner malt flavor. The hops are there, but don't stand out; only in the finish. It's clean with a bit of malty sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a breadlike character and some mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker, although I find it a bit heavy for a Czech pils. It should be lighter with a more pronounced hop character. All in all, not bad.

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Photo of Strix
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden with a thick lasting head.

Smell...have I ever enjoyed the smell from a beer out of a green bottle? Ugh. Plain with a whiff of skunk.

Taste is hard to place. I'm not really a pilsener fan I guess. Pretty plain, a bit of bland hops. Turns a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is all right I guess.

Drinkable. Probably better with food than to sit down and sip it. Nothing too special here though.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just came back from Heroe's after I had one of these on-tap there. On to the beer:

Simple, clean, and refreshing. No skunk to worry about here knowing it's from a keg. Sweeter than I was expecting. Much of the taste was like bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) honey and a light dose of hops. On-tap, it makes a grrr-eeeat session beer at a restaurant while chatting with friends.

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

A: Clear golden with a thick white head which lasts before leaving some traces behind

S: Floral hops and some grassy grains... soft and subtle but varied

T: Continental floral hops kick you in to start and citrus quickly follows before giving way to a standard malt base

M: Light body with a big carbonation profile this is refreshing and perhaps better on a warmer day

D: Not bad at all... but the carbonation kind of gets in the way of prolonged consumption

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Photo of PhageLab
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Sparkling golden hue populated with rising suds. Two tip head which sat around a good while. Spotted lacing.

S - Hop tinge and some herbal grain notes. Not potent, but certainly not bad.

T - Champagne like initially, then a citrus like zest kicks in before you actually reach the malt body. Has a nice earth tone to it's aftertaste. Much better than I was expecting.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, light body, sharp feel on the palate. No residues left over, as it finishes quite dry.

D - Pretty good, actually. I was impressed with this one, and it certainly has some refining characteristics to it. Although the abv is low, I can't see making this a bbq beer or anything, but one or two with dinner would probably work very well. Worth a try.

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Photo of mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
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 MMansfield
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up can at NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber colour with a big fluffy white head. Resides slowly to a lacey ring. Leaves gobs of lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Floral hops and a nice grainy aroma. Sweetish, bready.

Taste: Bready and grainy. Not a whole lot of flavour. Bitterness is medium. Finish is bready.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, very high drinkability.

Final Statement: Not a mindblowing beer, but very drinkable, nothing wrong with it at all. A decent czech pilsner.

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Photo of KI9A
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, golden, nice. Typical head, some lace.

Aroma: Big time "euro-skunk", not real appealing.

Taste: Not much skunk, surprising. Taste of corn, grass, and a bit of malt. Finishes a bit sour, but, fairly clean.

Not a bad lager, but, not near the best.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a pretty gold color with an average head, has a decent amount of carbonation as well. has a strong skunk smell to it, with corn in the aromas as well. no hop or malt smell that really stands out. taste is average, another boring lager really, little body to it or unique taste. seems hard to make a lager stand out. mouthfeel is watery, its an average beer i suppose

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Photo of MTNboy
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I believe I actually tried this in Czech a few years ago and I enjoyed it. Maybe this review does not do the beer justice but this is the impression I got when I recently tried in a can I got from the BeerStore in Kingston Ontario.

Appearance- This beer is almost an orange amber color. It has both a full head of foam that will form some nice foamy lace.

Smell- A very cheap and adjunct mass produced lager smell. A bit grassy

Taste- The first thing I tasted was metal then I tasted a bit of hops and even less but some malt. I would say the flavor was less than average.

Mouthfeel- It feels watery and there was not much for carbonation.

Drinkability- I thought it was very bland and cheaply made.

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