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:
21
Gots:
174
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Ratings: 850 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.77/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (5.0%) and there is a best by date (03/17/2017). Super transparent apple juice color. The beer has a small 1/4 finger of head that is gone instantly.

S: [3.75] Corn, cereal, mild grape skins, crackers and dry bread.

T: [4.00] There is a fruity note up front that is not in the nose, golden raisin is the closest I can approximate. I am also getting a lot of the character of the nose. Corn, cereal, and crackers. Maybe a hint of apple on the finish.

M: [3.75] Cool crisp and refreshing. Elevated carbonation, but well within style.

O: [3.75] This is a well made lager. Really crisp and refreshing. The taste has some variety that makes it stand out above other lagers.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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 Exeter
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of LifeByTheDrop
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of chebode2
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerm
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wiscosrw
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Botulizard
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pilsner pours a typical light yellow pilsner color with a medium white head. The smell is also typical of a pilsner, distinctly yeasty and slightly acrid. The taste is not typical of a pilsner, however, unless of course your typical pilsner is a Czech pilsner. The flavors are nothing ground breaking with yeast and pilsner malts dominating, but what is different is the incredible smoothness of this beer and the fact that it has none of acrid, slightly skunky flavor that I associate with the majority of pilsners. The body is light, but somehow still has a really nice malt character. When I went to Prague I didn’t believe the hype about their beer or I at least thought it wouldn’t apply to me (someone who finds pilsners to typically be a boring and in general underwhelming beer style). There really is something about the Czech pilsner that is different though, not to mention all the other great non-pilsner beers that are there. This is maybe not the best or most exciting Czech pilsner, but I think that it’s amazing that this is one of their mass produced variety and I find it better than 90 or 95% of pilsners that I have had. This is one of the few times that I will say that I think this pilsner is underrated. It must lose something on export to the US (maybe because of the green bottle) to be rated so low.

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Photo of stevoj
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tap at La Cave. Disappointing for a Czech pils, as only the cereal grains come through. Lager notes everywhere, no crispness, no bite. Tastes like adjunct grains to boot. I had higher hopes.

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Photo of raylpendleton
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puftdank
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of archyquaffer
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is slightly past the "best by" date of May 5, 2016 (reviewed in early June). I will therefore modify expectations somewhat. Poured from a green 11.2 ounce (one-third liter) bottle into my fancy Pilsener glass (decorated in gold leaf barley sprigs). A semi-aggressive pour produces a billowy 1.5 inch head of a milky white color which sticks pretty well to the glass. The beer is a ruddy golden color with carbonation verging on effervescent.

The aroma is heavily skunky accompanied by a minerally quality. The flavor is also skunky with some light malt sweetness shining through along with a little herbal bitterness. A lingering bit of tartness at the end with some lingering skunky bitterness. The skunk begins to wear out its welcome by the end of the bottle. I paid $1.59 for this beer, which is reasonable for something to try. Unfortunately, this beer is drinkable at first but soon fatigues the palate. Besides there is not much separating this from Heineken, Urquell, or any of a number of other mass-produced, Euro-green-skunk beers. I wonder about the possibility of light exposure of these green bottles…You can get quite a wide spectrum of light from the fluorescents used to light most grocery and liquor stores and especially display cases.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The also-ran of Czech pilsners, Staropramen isn't a *bad* beer by any stretch of the imagination, but lacks the punch and the character of a lot of siblings--it's closer to the "Euro lager" style than Pilsner Urquell and Budvar and others.

Nice biscuit and herbal hop aroma (nice bitter greens, slight pepper, but fairly one-dimensional), but the taste is a bit thick and just way too velvety smooth for my tastes--yeasty, doughy, but only slight bittering hop character. Low-ish carbonation, slightly heavy body.

A good brew, but not my personal favourite.

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Photo of uminocha
4.63/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

spicy aroma with a hint of biscuit. gold color. flavor of biscuit and light toast. malt well balanced with hops that linger slightly. white head dissapates quickly with good lacing

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Photo of heerboth
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of torwart94
2.47/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mihael199
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mississippi
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Staropramen Lager from Pivovary Staropramen
3.36 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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