Beer Profile: Staropramen Lager

Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

pgaprofilePours gold with good clarity and some bubbles are seen rising to the top. A fat head of white foam that leaves a ring and some lacing.

Nose is not remarkable. It’s clean. Not even too much malty scent. Just a bit of malt scent and some mild hop grass.

No fruity esters at all. Faint bit of musky spice as it warms. The taste is smooth mild and very even. Hops balance this one unobtrusively for a bready but light taste. The mouthfeel is medium and has some good bite from carbonation. The spice is as much a part of the mouthfeel as are the bubbles and I like that. The malt is bready but not too sweet. Finishes clean and dry with no fruit flavors at all. There is a bit of sweet grass in the drink but it too is very mild. The hops become a bit floral and perfumey as it drinks and it tickles the back palate with that spice and dry bread.

I really like it.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.