Staropramen Lager | Pivovary Staropramen

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 337 | Ratings: 839
Photo of cypressbob
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a medium yellow body, head forms and soon disappates, little retention

Smell, hop bitterness, barley, and a flowery pilsner hop scent

Taste, dry and hoppy, that verging on skunked taste but still, remains fine, good drinkability

Not a bad pilsner

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with plenty of fine CO2 and a fluffy white head and sticky lace. Decent head retention. Aroma is skunky and hoppy. Flavor is smooth and lightly sweet with a slightly biting finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a lingering hop finish.

A decent beer for this style.

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

Appearance is a clear golden with a large white foamy head. Aroma is the tell tale signature of Czech Pilsner, the saaz is very apparent and inviting. Taste is crisp and refreshing, the hops deliver a flowery aftertaste. Clean, light body and easy drinkability. A good summer beer. Not the best of the style but a solidly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of merlin48
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My green bottle looks slightly different than the one pictured. It pours a clear pale yellow with a two inch offwhite head. Head collapses quickly into patchy lacing. Aroma has some Euro skunked cardboard which masks some hints of lemon. Mouthfeel is light bodied and fizzy with carbonation. Taste is mostly hop bitterness, just a hint of sweet malt. Very one dimensional with this lack of malt balance. Finishes bitter, and astringency detracts greatly from drinkability.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a crystal clear gold color with a nice one inch head. Light lacing developed through the drink. The aroma is average, as some malt and hops are detectable. The flavor was typical Czech Pilsner, malt with a biting bitterness and a hint of lemon. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, and the bitterness lasted on the tongue for a minute after swallowing. Nice carbonation levels. A refreshing beer.

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Photo of bmacaskill
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'll echo the comment that it's a little off-style. I expected more from this beer than I was given.

I was a little thin on the palate, and a little too astringent for my taste.

Nevertheless, it was a perfectly acceptable lager, and had the virtue of being very crisp, and a little lemony, which in this case was a good thing.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a tinge of orange and a smallish head.

Smell – Light citrusy hops with some sweetish malts that felt off-style.

Taste – The big citrus and sweet, orangish malt made this one off-style.

Mouthfeel – This was light-bodied, which is OK, but the nice, fluffy mouthfeel was absent.

Sinkability – This one didn’t cut the mustard.

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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 CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and golden hued with tiny bubbles and minimal head and lace. Aroma is mild malt, stomach acids and light citrus Saaz hop aroma. Flavors are pale malt, mild bitterings and a very light sweet nees to the aftertaste. Relatively complex lager and very classic to style in my opinion. (ed. note - I've had this beer in Prague on the square and it so much better its not even comparable to the stuff out of the bottle, every who likes beer should drink the Czech beers locally. They just do them justice by sticking them in green bottles and shipping them to the US.)

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a hole in the wall in a fancy part of downtown Moscow. It was clearly fresher than the last time I tried it (previous review). Came out a deep solid gold under a substantial white head that showed some staying power and generated excellent lace. The nose was mild, with flowery hops. The mouth was prickly and light. The hops kick in from the start, not overwhelming, but ensuring a mildly bitter experience throughout. Malts are there to provide balance up front, but the overall experience is hoppiness, particularly as the malt fades in the finish leaving the aftertaste completely to the hoppy forces. Good stuff, the dry bitterness only makes you want more. And more. And more...!

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Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had my first sample today - this is definitely going to be one of my favourite pilseners in the future (whenever I can afford it, or get it abroad). I guess the Czechs won't call it a pilsener as it's not being brewed in Plzen, but to me it's a pils good enough. Good lasting head, delicious Saaz aroma, pleasant flavour, very well balanced, better aftertaste than most pilseners.

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Photo of aracauna
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit surprised by the nice light gold glow of this one, but maybe just because my last two lagers were Miller Lite and Coors Light. The head is nice and white and slightly soupy, but no bigger than middling. The aroma is mildly hoppy, maybe a little skunked. The flavor is more malt than hops. It has that bone-dry straw malt flavor that a pilsner is supposed to have, but there's something slightly unpleasant going on. Fairly drinkable but there's something I don't like about it. It does have that nice slightly creamy mouthfeel that Bitburger and a few other quality pils have.

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Photo of TerryW
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden colour, handsome to look at. If it gave up some head or lace it would do even better.

Aroma of hops and sour green apples. Slightly sweet up front with a nice, moderately bitter hop finish that is happy to linger a bit. No malts and a touch of sulphur roughen this up some. Watery mouthfeel.

Better than a plain Jane macro, but not real special.

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Photo of ToneControl
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is Czech in nature - it has that slightly creamy feel to it, and just an edge of hops - but nothing dramatic. If it was ever produced as a high-quality beer, it isn't now. OK, it's a genuine Pilsner, and it's not made from rice, but the rest of the large box of it I bought last week is now taunting me from my garage - I' m afraid I'll have to use it up my less-choosy beer-drinking visitors.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.44/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, golden/yellow colour like many, many other beers. Has a thin, snow white head that is rather quick to dissipate. The smell is actually, as strange as it may sound, quite close to fresh cut green apples. The taste, too, reminds me faintly of apples. Leaves a very light lacing on ones glass with each drink. The mouth feel is nice and light-weight with light to moderate carbonation....leaning more towards light. This is a surprisingly easy to drink beer. I will most certainly spend money on this Czech again.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium gold color, small foamy head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Mild light bodied pilsner. A little malty, some flavor. Smooth taste, but a little artificial tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is neutral. Some green bottle skunkyness. Really why bother drinking this stuff. Average beer at best.

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

This brew poured a medium head of small to large white bubbles that mostly diminished and left a fair lacing. The body was a transparent light golden color. It had a mild hop aroma. It was initially bitter with a mild hop flavor. The inital bite smoothened in in the finish and left a slightly tingly lingering mouthfeel.

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Photo of granger10
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance of an average lager in color and head. Skunky aroma which I kind of like in my pilsners, I don't know why but I do. Taste did not have as much skunkiness but still had a little. Very light in body. Not much malt here, mostly hops. Slightly bitter, but no overpowering flavor. Finishes crisp and clean. Good for a cheap import.

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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.

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Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a normal yellow color with medium white head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and almost a little sour. The flavor is dry with very apparent hops and a lot of carbonation. Sourness is detectable in the sides of the mouth, but not too much. Very reminiscent of a better Heineken. The finish is moderately dry. I'd have this again probably since it is not very expensive, but it wasn't anything wonderful.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 500ml green bottle. A golden, carbonated pour with a fizzy white head. Looks like gingerale.

Smell: The nose is very subtle. Lightly hoppy. It seems very floral with vegetable hints.

Taste: Medium hoppiness. Corn and grain-like qualities. Somehwat chalky and dry. There was a little maltiness to back up the weak body. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and dry.

Drinkablility: I would only drink this beer again if there was nothing else available. Probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of drewbage
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Woodland Hills BJ's Beer Appreciation Night

Beer pours pale gold with a brilliant clarity. Just a slight haze from hops.

Aroma is sweet continentinal malt with a light spicy hop flower. Green bottle skunkiness slowly becomes evident as the CO2 evolves.

Flavor is largely honey and grain with a bit of skunk oil rolling on the tongue. The malt quickly drops to a dry crisp hoppy finish.

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Photo of stoutman
4.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the Pilsner Urquell comparison with this one.. This one competes with the world class pils. Staropramen is a clear golden beer with a very small and fast disappearing head. The aroma is very inviting with sweet and hoppy tones. And the flavor is just like a czech pilsener should be very easily drinkable with a faint sweetness to start with but then dominated by the very nice hoppy bitterness. 5% ABV.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here, but nice...first thing noticeable about this brew is the skunky aroma when first decapped. Once you get by that, the appearance is just ordinary in that it has the clear medium golden hue and minimum head. The body is medium/full.
The taste begins with a malty sweet assault and lingers. however it finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.

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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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Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
3.36 out of 5 based on 839 ratings.
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