Vratislav Premium / Supermarket Czech Lager

Formerly brewed at Staropramen Breweries (MolsonCoors)
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Prague, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Supermarket Own Label beer that used to be brewed by Pivovary Vratislavice until they merged with Prague Breweries. The beer is now made at the Staropramen Brewery. Outlets involved in selling this beer under their own label include: Waitrose, Tesco, Somerfield, Gateway, Thresher, Co-op and United North West.
Since Vratislavice merged with Staropramen the supermaket "Czech Lager" own label brands, if showing 5% abv, may well be the regular Staropramen (which on RateBeer is termed "Staropramen Ležák (Premium Lager) 12")

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AshtonMcCobb (6953) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
50cl bottle of Coop Czech lager. Pours golden with steady bubbles and a decent head. The nose has lemon and pale malt. The taste has lemon, then maybe something herbacious followed by more pale malt. The palte is medium bodied ,with a good texture and a clean finish. Overall, this is a very nicely balanced pilsener.

flying_pig (1666) - SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2011
Hoppy, lots of adjuncts like corn and grain with some bread. Very skunky

Golden amber with white, bubbly head & good rention.

Bread & corn, slightly sweet but contains too much grain. There is a mild bitter finish but like the smell it is a skunky one.

Smooth with good drinkability. It is light bodied and a crisp, dry finish.

Slightly below average pale lager with not much going for it other than the price.

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swooper (1254) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2010
fake Vratislav from Staropramen brewery, not from Liberec, pale to golden colour, stable white head, neutrally aroma, light sweetness, lightly bitter, poor taste, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, really bad beer

RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2010
Bottled. Everything you’d expect from a Czech pils. Sweet aromatic malt and floral hoppiness, with some candy flavour aswell. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste and a good tang to finish.

fonefan (51635) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle 500ml. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear medium golden yellow orange color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, cabbage water, sweet malt. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is light medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

ogivlado (8167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottled 500ml. -Courtesy of and shared with Doggythedog (thanks!)

Clear golden coloured, small white head, grainy n/a like nose. Sweet malty, herbal hoppy some vegetables and that’s it. Short bitterish finish. Had many better Czech beers.

Marko (6183) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle purchased at some potraviny in Telč, shared with ogivlado. Might be 4.0%. Poured a full golden body with a medium sized thick white head. Dry grainy nose, a bit salty. The same thing in the taste, only with a touch of herbal hopiness. Far from interesting or good.

harrisoni (19423) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 At Chriso’s pre GBBF tasting 09. Yes, my palate was tired, yes it was late, but this was still not a very good lager. 1.5/5 Re-rate as Co op Czech Lager. I like it. Decent pils, not wonderful but does me on the train ride home from Folkestone to Ashford. Refreshing and has sufficient bite on the finish. Fine

Christian (13884) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2009
Golden with a lasting hite head. Aroma of malt, with cardboard. Sweet cardboard flavour ith a grassy touch

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Dark gold with a thin white head. Spice, cardboard, corn, bland. Done.

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