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:
340
Ratings:
842
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
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169
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Photo of woosterbill
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Volunteer pub in London, poured into a half-pint.

A: Clear straw body with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the pillowy white head. Great retention and lacing. Excellent looking Pils.

S: Very soft, lightly sweet, and only slightly lagery. Some faint grassy hops are there, but this is more about the delicately nutty pilsner malt. Ok.

T: Again, light and inoffensive. Sweeter than I'd like, but very clean. More hops would make this a great example of its style.

M: Light and highly carbonated. Full of soft, lively effervescence. Enjoyable.

O: For a light, crisp lager in a pub, this is a pretty darn good option. There are a ton of beers I'd rather be drinking, but for the style this one does a pretty good job.

Cheers!

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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 ktrillionaire
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Staropramen pours a totally clear straw-gold hue and is topped with a small but sudsy cap of froth. The nose is lightly spicy and somehow suggests an intangible mealy essence. The flavor is quite nice, offering very crisp and clean mineral notes, husky grain, a light floral nuance and a herbal-earthy bitterness upon the finish. The feel is quite nice as well; very refreshing. Overall, this is a damn solid Pils.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold to amber, clear and bubbly with a nice head that dissipated quickly but left a bit of foam lace on the glass. A subtle hint of hops (skunk too, but only fleeting). Taste is malty sweet, a bit grassy with a nice fruity hops flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. A decent balance and not bad for the style.

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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 bylerteck
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium golden colour with an insane amount of carbonation and a fluffy white head that's sticking around nicely and leaving quality lacing. Looks like a fluffy pillow in the sky. Bright. I wanna judge this harder but this is a great looking lager.

S - Lot's of noble hop, corn, honey, grassiness, really grainy like the beer I used to beg my Dad to let me try when I was 13. Mostly grainy and skunky noble hop.

T - Way more noble hop here. Honey is alot more upfront in the taste too to compliment that graininess. Decent stuff.

M - Lot's of active carbonation, light bodied. Coats the tongue nicely, no complaints.

D - Quite high but after one or two I'd probably lose interest and move on to something more exciting. That said, a very drinkable, refreshing, little pilz.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden body with a dense white apex. Aromas of grain, fruity lager yeast. Subtle aroma overall. Easy drinking, light sweetness, grainy finish, subtle earthy quality. Bready, yeasty, simple, tasty. A nice pils.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 660ml green bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

L) Very attractive deep amber colour, clear, fluffy slight off-white head, lots of big bubbles rising.

S) Green bottle. Skunk is there for a minute. Also the grassy pilsner hops we know and love.

T) Slightly bitter hops, with a nicely warm edge, refreshing light pilsner malt. A good Czech pilsner taste. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

F) Typical Czech pilsner, refreshing as beer as you can find when cold. Slightly bitter aftertaste takes the score down slightly.

O) I've had a lot of bottled Czech pilsners, and this can hold its head up high amongst them. Bonus point for 660ml bottle, when Budvar and Urquell come in 500ml. Bonus point subtracted for the green bottle. Follow Urquell's lead and go for brown bottles, guys.

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Photo of Thur123
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light golden yellow that looks to be sharply carbonated. The head is white a retains well. The nose is hay and grains with a slight floral musk, smells like a classic euro pilsener.

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Floral hops and kind, light malt profile. It seems like they only used one kind of hop, as this beer lacks complexity. That being said, its really robust and the mouthfeel is just thin enough. Its traditional and also very drinkable. This is how I imagined beer as a kid, the look, the taste and the smell. Still, its very humble and traditional and also tasty.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at the State Liquor store in Vernal, UT. About $1.00.

A: Clear pale gold color with about a 1/4" or stark white head, immediately reduced to nothing. No lacing.

S: Skunky hops and a faint hint of grain, light pale malt flavor, but definitely more towards the hop spectrum.

T: Light pilsener malt character with a pretty strong hop bite at the end. A little light struck though. Slightly skunky. I would like to try this from a can/on tap.

M: Crisp and clean throughout, begs for another drink.

D: This one goes down easy enough. A great summer day beer. Not a bad pilsener. I'd rather have it in a brown bottle though to see what a non-light struck beer would be like.

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Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the 7th tasting in the 10 LCBO lackluster Slavic lagers. This one is the best of the lot... fairly well charactered as a medium bodied bohemian lager in the pilsner style. Poured a pleasant rich gold, nice fluffy white cap that maintains, good lace, medium carbonation. Nice sweet biscuit malt and floral saaz hop notes in the Aroma. Medium bodied...slick mouthfeel, good malt delivery in balance with herbal hops...finish is clean with tart drying from more hop pronouncement. A nice Bohemian lager.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden body with a thick, sticky, white head; nice rings and globs of foam remain on the glass after every drink. Warm, grainy aroma; old hay and straw. Flavor exudes a light, cereal-like character; toasty with biscuit tones; mild hop bitterness at the finish. Light, crisp, clean and dry finish.

A very good, malt-forward pilsner. Easy to drink with good balance and decent complexity. There is a brightness and crispness to the beer, overall, along with a gentle warmth yet still remains light and refreshing.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber and strong hay colored brew. Great column of bubling. Just lacking in th head and foam department. Crisp grass and pilsner malt aroma. Super crisp hops and super dry pilsner malts make this Czech beers. Crisp and somewhat bitter palate, make this one sessionable beer.

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

A - Clear dark gold with a chunky, lacing foam.

S - Some euroskunk and grain. Grassy,

T - A touch of spiciness and butteryness, and a strong hop bitterness. A big of an astringent anise-like aftertaste.

M - Mild carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - Overall, quite good. Not my favorite style, but one of the better pilseners I've had.

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

Pours a crystal clear gold, so clear that you could watch TV (or whatever) through your glass of beer. Basically exactly how you expect a pils to look. Grainy, grassy aroma. Full and clean malt/grain flavor... I hate to say it, but the grainy character is somewhat similar to PBR. Not that this is cheap or cruddy at all, because it's actually a tasty and extremely drinkable pilsner. Pretty good beer.

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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 EatsTacos
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright straw yellow with a thin, bubbly head. Laces the glass pretty well.

Aroma: Grassy and lightly hoppy. Floral Saaz hops, but nothing overwhelming.

Taste: I would've hoped for and expected more of a spicey Saaz hop flavour, but this is pretty bland really. I appreciate that its pretty dry, and the finish is quenching and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and carbonation is medium and sharp.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden , big foamy head , creamy lace which exhibits good retention.
Initially, there is some grassiness in the nose , followed by overall, a sweet malt aroma.
Taste wise this is a mostly sweet beer, the toasted malts predominating along with some light fruitiness. There are mild hops which add some bitterness and are felt in the finish.
The feel is its best attribute; light, smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, but it doesn't bother me. Very drinkable and easy to put away quickly.
A pleasant and solid session pilsner.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a stange. The color is gold or bronze. Four fingers of fluffy, white head dissipated quickly to leave trails of foam on the glass, a billowy cap, and, eventually, a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: It has that enticing Czech skunkiness right out of the bottle. The aroma is clean and crisp with tons of barnyard hay and grassy Saaz hops. There is also lemon zest, apple tartness, and spice.

Taste: Delicious and refreshing. Lots of light malts, Saaziness (grass and bitterness), lemon zest, green apple tartness, and a little metallic bitterness.

Drinkability: It is not going to blow one away with its complexity, but it is a very tasty pilsner that, as far as my experience goes, exemplifies the style.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my second visit to this beer, one of the better choices you can find here in Bulgaria on a consistent basis... This time in can form...

Appearance: Pure gold color with a good amount of pure white head that sticks all over the glass after going down.

Smell: Somewhat bready with a hint of citrusyness to it. Smells very fresh and refreshing. Hint of metallic twang from the can I'm guessing.

Taste: Bready up front and smooth all the way through with a light sweetness. Finishes with a bit of bitterness that is cleansing rather than displeasing.

This is a solid choice almost every time. Well balanced and extremely drinkable. A good session, especially here in BG.

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Photo of jonb5
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle, not too much of a head. Very nice colour, looks almost like a belgian pale ale. Smells of saaz, also got hints of red cabbage. Sweeter than other czech beers, probably because of the syrup. Hints of flowers, not much bitterness. Nice mouthfull for a lager. This was my go-to before I really got into exploring different beers and I still drink it on occasions.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze with loose white froth that fades to patchy film that rims and rings. Nose is big skunk (both hops and just plan skunk, I suspect) and beeswax honey.
Sourdough loaf with Seville orange marmalade with mild hay hops plus hints of lemon zest and caraway. Honey graham finish and lingering bitter tang.
Light, crisp, round, very clean.

Malt over hops (until it loses quite a lot of chill) which is not to style for Czech pils. I wonder if that has to do with the maltose syrup I see in the ingredient list. But the body is right there and it's not unpleasant. Quality lager, at least.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slightly yeasty, with some spicyness. The taste is malty, sweet, hoppy, yeasty, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad pilsener, tasty.

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