Beer: Staropramen Premium Beer
Brewery: Pivovar Staropramen
Style: Czech Pilsner
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Tumbler (faux pas, I know)
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear, light amber body with a two inch sticky white head.
Smell: Rich, sweet malt profile…it’s slightly metallic and quite doughy. There’s a faint waft of Saaz hops in the midst of the malt.
Flavor: Initial watery taste that transitions to a bready maltiness, then to a light hop bitterness, and ends with a grassy water flavor.
Feel: Thinnish body with average carbonation.
Concluding Remark: One of the most common beers in the Czech Republic, the Staropramen Pilsner is an authentic Czech Pilsner. However, authentic doesn’t always mean good. It’s heavy on the malt, with a weak hop profile and a cloying sweetness. But, head out to the Astoria Bohemian Beer Hall and give it a try for a little taste of Prague (although I swear it’s better there…) Or better yet, go find Czechvar (Budvar in Czech) instead. Clearly it’s not easy to find, as I have not stumbled upon it this month. But it’s worth keeping an eye out for it, as it’s the good version of Staropramen.