Staropramen Granat Beer
Pivovary Staropramen

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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #77
Ranked #45,187
3.48 | pDev: 12.36%
Pivovary Staropramen
Czech Republic
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StJamesGate from New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with thin white head that doesn’t last; caramel, dough + maybe butterscotch on the nose, plus soap + flowers; faint toast + caramel, some graham cracker and spicy hops; clean, super dry finish.

3.75 3.75 3.5 4 3.75

Drinking this against BJCP Czech Amber guidelines. Head doesn’t hang around, nose skews sweet, and no real depth to the specialty malts. Where it is distinctive is the assertive, cutting hop end - very much a pils. It is not “ approaching an English bitter but significantly richer with more of a deep caramel character” but it is true to say “ large brewery versions are generally similar to Czech Premium Pale Lager with slightly darker malt flavors and less hop.” So, an on target but weak example of the style.

Not unpleasant.

Jan 13, 2020
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

1 litre plastic screw-top bottle purchased at a Fantastico supermarket in Sofia, Bulgaria.

A: Long lasting white cap over a vibrant gold body.

T: Grassy Saaz bitterness is a bit too pungent, upsetting the balance. Pilsner malts provide the malt backbone. Some spice.

Mf: Smooth, oddly dry, light-bodied, unrefreshing, crisp.

O: Maybe it's just the PET bottle serving type or improper storage, but this is far worse than I expected given Staropramen is behind it. I'll seek it out on-draught, but based on this bottle it's subpar fare.


Rating from a bottle enjoyed in Bratislava in Summer 2014:


May 22, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a .4l mug of this one in the brewery’s beautiful tasting room.

The beer is amber with a sticky beige head.

There is a bit of fresh grass and caramel on the nose.

The beer has a nice mix of caramel from the malts and some floral and spice notes from the hops. It is slightly grainy in a good way.

The mouth is smooth and bit silky.

I liked this one but maybe the setting helped push up the score a bit.

Jan 13, 2016
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Clear and amber, beautiful lacing

SMELL: Fresh, grass, cooked hops, caramel, faint cooked veggies, herbal, grainy

TASTE: Moderate body, smooth, slight creaminess, very bready, bit of caramel, hay, slightly bitter, herbal, relatively clean, vegtal, peppery, semi-dry finish

A very well put together lager, proof that imported green bottle can contain good beer. Perfect balance gives this beer such a high level of drinkability. A great beer to switch things up. A reminder that not all lagers are thin, yellow, fizzy empty shells.

STYLE: Czech Red Lager
ABV: 4.8%

Jun 26, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

400ml glass on-tap in Potrefená Husa, Prague (49Czk):
Reddish amber, a 2cm, creamy, white head that holds very well & leaves some nice lacing too.

Grassy hops & caramel notes come through at the start of this one, alongside some sweetness & a few earthy notes. Some toffee too and a light bitterness & toasted notes that linger.

Faint, almost spicy hops & caramel start things off here, sugars feature too & there is some further sweetness from some faint vanilla & some butter with sweet malts too.

Clean with a fairly crisp and light-medium body that is well-carbonated & sharp finish. Sweet one and struck a good balance whilst going down quite easily.

Like a pale lager initially but with more sweetness but from the middle on the beer improves on this with a lot of sweet malts & caramel. Not a classic but it is a nice one and certainly one worth trying, particularly if you can find it on-tap anywhere.

Apr 29, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this while in Prague, reviewing it in Israel, what fun.Most of the beers I had in Prague were great, but those were draft and I picked them specifically. Now it's time to see about the bottles.

An aggressive pour yields a smaller but decent fizzy fluffy almost 1 finger head tat fades at a med pace, some fluffy lacing, crystal clear tan almost auburn colored.

NOse isn't too bad, nice straw and toasty pilsner malts, little husky grain, but a little corn husk like aroma too, a little syrupy corn syrup like when I nose deep, and very faint skunked lager aroma, not much for lager though, but it does give me that sense of some of the Euro Dark Lagers that come to U.S. like too large production and not enough care spent in making it.

Taste sweet syrupy flavors right off, a bit of a molasses like, with more cola syrup and a little bit of that earthy root like taste. The candy syrup overpowers the very light toasty pilsner malts, but not the husky grainy flavor. It also somehow brings a little fusel alcohol flavor despite only being 4.8%. Some bitterness in there, bit of grassy hop but not a lot. FInish is more of that fermented cola syrup flavor, syrupy sticky, hint of skunked lager again, light husk, and bit more grassy bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, nice carb though.

Overall not nearly as good as most of the beers I had while in Prague. THis tasted more macro like, not a lot of care in the lagering, syrup adjuncts added which brought fake syrup tastes, fusel alcohol flavors despite the low abv, and the green bottle added a hint of skunk. I hope the other bottles aren't as poor as this or I'll be very disappointed.

Jul 27, 2013
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skypup from Germany

4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One bottle purchased in Prague.

.5L bottle served in Pilsner glass.

A- Clear, Deep amber with a one finger head; Little retention and virtually no lacing.

S- Hints of sweet malts, dried fruits. Touch of hops.

T- Toated/Caramelized malts, Subtle apple, fig and plum. Mild but short bitter aftertaste.

M- light bodied with mild carbonation. Crisp finish.

D- This is a pretty good beer, and my favorite to date of the Staropramen lineup.

Oct 15, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in special Staropramen Granát glass (resembles pilsner glass) at brewery in Prague.

A - 4.5. A lovely, clear reddish-amber with golden highlights topped by a fluffy off-white head. Head has good duration and leaves lots of coating on the glass.

Aroma: medium and light malts with some (Zatek?) hops.

T - a rich version of a standard czech lageer, with traces of the dark malt flavor of Czech tmavy (dunkel). A particularly nice finish featuring both toasted malt and hops

M - medium body; good medium carbonation; slight dryness in finish.

O - a fine medium—dark lager worth seeking out

Jul 20, 2011
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atis from Finland

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle in Prague

Pours dark amber, aroma is light caramel malt, a bit sourish.

Taste is malty with tangy bitterness and hints of dried fruit, it seems slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable and pleasant poltmavy beer (as an European I am slightly irritated that there is very detailed classification of American beers on, but clearly distinct Czech brews are simply assigned very broad "European" styles). As much as I have some reservations against Staropramen brewery, I can not deny it is a well made beer.

Jun 11, 2011
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TheDeuce from New York

3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Staropramen...on tap at Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria, NY

Appearance-dark gold amber color, large white head in the pint glass, stays around

Smell-grain and spice, some honey and fruit as well, aromatic

Taste/Mouthfeel-again an interesting mix of grain and fruit, spice mixed too, the flavors are all interesting I'm just not sure they work entirely, still a lot is going on. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability-certainly interesting

Overall-a unique beer, but it doesn't entirely come together for me, worth a try though.

Aug 25, 2010
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rarbring from Sweden

3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep amber beer, an off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell i mostly from the malt, sweet and fruity, prunes and oranges.

The taste is also sweetish, dried dates, plums and apricots. Some bitter orange, and more bitter notes like apricot seeds.

Rather low carbonation, soft and smooth, but with a long dry feeling.

A rather good dark lager, interesting fruit associations.

Jul 05, 2010
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The green 33 cl bottle is longnecked. The beige label got writing in green and red with a picture in the background of an old European town.

A: Reddish light brown color with a creamy lovely white head that slowly dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Light roasted caramellmalt with together with nice floral and bitter hops. Some citric notes.

T: A little more roast compared to the smell but besides that - the smell gave away the taste.

M: Medium body with smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is long and dry/bitter.

D: This is a very nice beer. I'll buy it again.

Feb 26, 2010
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allboutbierge from Austria

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very smooth and easy drinking beer that somehow doesn't get boring...could be because its a bit out of the ordinary in Czech Rep.

Appearance is deep brown red with orangish hues. Head doesn't stick around too long and fills the nose with bready malts that are sweet, but not in the molasses way. Almost some citric oj notes come through. Flavor is much the same. Easy to throw back on an empty stomach and entertaining enough to repeat again and again.

Jul 29, 2009
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Richardberg from New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: on tap at the Zeppelin in jersey city. Nice orangey tinted pour, not super heady, but obvious lager carbonation.

S: caramel malts, floral aromas, some sweetness/fruit

T: pretty much like it smells

M: bubbly without losing smoothness

D: This is my kind of lager. I'm a stout guy but I'd much order this again rather than try to pair my bratwurst with Guinness.

Jul 26, 2009
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wahhmaster from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown, almost reddish in color. Thin head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Definite smell of roasted malts. Kind of a caramel smell to it as well.

Taste: Tastes pretty much like it smells. Roasted malts with a sweet, somewhat bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall a good beer. Not my favorite dark lager, but a good choice nonetheless.

Mar 24, 2009
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CampusCrew from Florida

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a red than a dark lager

appearance: deep dark red

smell: pleasant, low hoppness

taste: smooth rich, not thick, like a red lager

mouthfeel: tons of flavor

drinkability: staropramen has something interesting beers. notning compares to this. I liked though.

Oct 21, 2008
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ernie from Russian Federation

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real read beer. In Czech Republic it belongs to 'half-dark' type, embracing very different brews.

This is broadly a Vienna Lager - red, with modest head and medium level of carbonation.

Aroma is malty. Start malty too, with strong candy notes but not sweet in any way. Body firm, on the drier side. Finish hoppy, acidic and a bit tart. Aftertaste bitter with a strong malty note.

Interesting beer, not only worth a try but sincerely recommended.

Jun 17, 2006
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Sammy from Canada

3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A red beer, with lace. Bit of malt and cheese in aroma. Decent Vienna. Appropriate carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Slight bitterness and mdoerate sweetness.In the sip there is a touch of fruit, barley,toast,hop. All around balanced. I can drink one, though only the one.

Jun 13, 2006
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Bierschenker from Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale amber colour with a lot of small bubbles running trough. The head is creamy and snow white and doesn’t disappear.
The odour is quite strong: lot of hops and malt/grains.
Taste is very refreshing. Lower alcohol, but very rich and creamy taste. Soft hop bitterness with malty dry ending.
Aftertaste is still dry with on top hops. Feels like nuts.

I believe this is a good beer. Not complex, but honestly refreshing and simple.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Jun 09, 2006
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stcules from Italy

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber reddish ruby color.
Beige foam, quite scarce, and not compact.
At the smell a decent malt, with caramel, but not boring. Quite fresh, with some hop. Vanilla notes, and maybe strawberry?
In the mouth it is a little too carbonated. Some more hop, but overall, not really convincing.
More peculiar aftertaste, with bitter note tending to liquorice and bitter roots.
Medium-light body.

Feb 26, 2006
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wl0307 from England

3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this beer at a stylish Cubism-themed cafe in central Prague, whose service was appalling... As to the beer, to be exact, it is Polotmave, thus not simply "Euro Dark Lager", I reckon. And not all Polotmave beers in the Czech Republic are identical with Vienna lager, or amber Marzen, or amber Bock. Like this one, I suspect it's the style of Rizek, or mix of pale and dark. Maybe the BA editors might find it feasible to set up a new category for polotmave beer-style as there're quite a few brilliant examples around which are distinctively Czech.

A: looking very decent and nice--light amber hue, with a tight, foamy white beer head with extremely good retention and looking very fizzy...
S: light floral hop aroma arrives upfront, plus a flow of semi-sweet grainy flavour at the back--the aroma reminds me of some Belgian amber ale?!
T&M: lightly-roasted, semi-sweet malts combine with mild but inviting bitter flavour, leaving a clean, even crisp, mouthfeel in the finish.
D: overall it's an interesting beer with a nice presentation. O.K. polotmave beer it is.

Aug 08, 2005
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bark from Sweden

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale amber; the off-white head is finger thick.

The smell is somewhat sourish and a bit burned with notes of dark rye bread, coffee with cream, and some fruity hops.

The carbonation is the usual for a dark lager.

A fruity malty note dominates the taste. Then, a growing bitterness emerges with notes of watermelon and some roasted notes. The aftertaste got metallic bitter notes and some boiled vegetables.

Overall, a Czech pils with some roasted notes. Not very exciting.

Apr 15, 2005
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Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent gold color. There is a very light smell which is similar to regular StaroPramen, like the classic lager. The taste however is much more complex that most lagers. It is mildly malty and light on the hops. The thing that surprised me is the layers which the taste hits you, very unexpected from a Staropramen brand. Great overall for heavy drinkers of light sippers.

Apr 09, 2005
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Sigmund from Norway

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewery beer hall. Served too cold, in the appropriate stylish glass. The beer has a beautiful amber colour, served with a moderate head. Fruity aroma with hints of caramel. Some caramel in the flavour too, but not really sweet. Nutty. Tolerably well hopped.

Mar 30, 2005
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought from the Czech republic as a present from Jeni. Many thanks!

Comes in a 330ml brown tallneck with a silver-foil neck and a very pretty reflective ruby sticker. Everything is written in Czech so I can't understand any of it...

Pours out to a VERY brilliantly clear caramel, forming a small off-white head with OK retention (leaves a thin layer of bubbles), and average lacing. Aroma is predominately malty but in an odd caramel dark fruits, however, there is an odd hoppiness, like hop extract. Vanilla and hints of rum and butterscotch round it out. Mouthfeel is average and medium bodied. Taste is also quite odd...semi-malty with caramel throughout and a tart indistinct hop-extract bitterness of medium intensity. The finish is semi-dry with a particular wet-autumn woodiness and clean aftertaste of hop-extract bitterness with a touch of acidity. I'm finding this one hard to describe.

This is an interested brew...reminds me of some of the other brews I had in Europe made with hop-extract (Ceres), though somewhat better. A decent beer...better than but compares to something like Heinekin, Amstel, or St.Pauli "Dark".

Aug 24, 2004
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