Pretty good. Assuming you can get it non-skunked. Combine green glass with
many stores just leaving the stuff out under the lights, and it's often off.
Get bottles from an unsealed case, or drink it draught.
As for how it tastes, it's a standard light Czech lager. Full malt, Saaz
hops, nicely balanced, very refreshing. It's not as bitter or hoppy as
Pilser Urquell, and it's not quite as malty as Czechvar (I'm assuming you're
posting from the States; use Budweiser/Budwar as the comparison if you're in
Europe). It's a sublter beer than those, but no less remarkable.
I finally found some Staropramen. It was a light colored beer
and Applejacks didn't have anything else. I would have
definitely preferred a darker beer. Don't know what the
beer was though. It was nice but a little bitter. But the flavor
got better, not worse like some bitter beers have done before.
(And my fav is any ESB beer), so I don't actually know the terms of
beer flavors. Anyhow, it was fresh and refreshing too. Heard it's
made the old fashioned way and I'd have to believe it.
I had a couple of my wife's famous hamburgers with
it during the Broncos game and it was great tasting. Would
recommend this beer. Different, but well worth it.
"highcastle" wrote in news:bmeh9p$lpatb$1@ID-
Well, you're not going to find many dark-colored pilsners. It's what you
described, though, slightly bitter and very refreshing. Nice little
fruity hints, too. Beautiful stuff, probably my favorite pilsner, drink
it like water during the summer.
Its a great beer and the best I will drive in 2 weeks to Prague. There you
can drink it a little bit far away from the tourist areas for 70 cent per
litre ("october fest keg" or Mass loke bavarian people say....).
When in the Czech Republic, I always rate Staropramen as my second
favorite of the widely available pilsners. Clearly behind Pilsner
Urquell, and for me, clearly ahead of Budvar.
Of course, all three are great, and among the standards of the style.
(In fact, I can't think of a fourth that I would rate among the
standards, though there are some outstanding examples in smaller town
breweries in the CzR that are pretty incredible, thanks in part of
small distirbution and attendant freshness at the tap room or nearby.)
But, as someone else said, I often find bottles here in the states to
be off. But then, I often find bottles of PU to be off, too.
Both are best enjoyed on tap if you can find them. Staropramen not
widely available that way here in So. Calif.
Oh, another one I like, but I'm not going to quite elevate it to
"standard" level: Starobrno.