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Stawski Premium Lager - Stanley Stawski Distributing

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stanley Stawski Distributing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A golden-hued, well balanced, full flavored European lager, it exemplifies the “Polish Pils style” that has come to be appreciated by even the most discriminating palates. Crisp, clean and satisfying, Stawski Premium Lager is brewed with Lublin hops (a regional hybrid of Noble Saaz) and spring water originating in the Carpathian Mountains.

(Beer added by: crossovert on 11-10-2009)
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Reviews by rsdaugherty:
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger white head on top of a very carbonated golden straw colored brew, kept a thin layer on top but likely only because of the amount of carbonation, no lacing 3.5
S – Nothing more than a bit of grain and very slight florals 2
T – Pale malts and some quite apparent grassy hops and a bit of fruit fade to a sweet finish. Just better than average. 3.5
M – Light body with an interesting end, perhaps a bit over carbonated but it works 3
O – Drinkable but I would not but or seek this beer out again, notable if you have a free one offered to you but otherwise pass this up for a better brew 3

rsdaugherty, Jul 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -2.3%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have you ever bought a beer thinking it was something else? This was an "oops" beer but we'll see how it is.

Poured into a pint glass, it has a very pale, very clear appearance with thin white head that settles instantly.

Aroma is typical adjunct lager. Mostly sweet, corny, very mild saaz-style hops.

Flavor is more intense than expected with a good amount of hop bitterness. It's not something that I would call "good" but it's not a disappointment either

Mouthfeel is light-plus with good carbonation.

Overall nothing special but not a disaster either.

GilGarp, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -2.3%

BamfBacon, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just came into the beer store today so I said 'why not'?

Poured vigorously into a pokal style glass exhibiting a nice white rocky head that leaves a nice lace as it recedes. Nice light golden color once all settles. Lightly malty and grassy nose.

The taste is sweet malt, with very slight hop bitterness, fine and smooth mouthfeel. The finish is short-lived...all in all it's a nice lawn mower beer to cut thru the dust and heat of a hot Summer's day...that's a bout it though.

beerluvr, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev -2.3%

PaBeerLover, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. There appears to be some debris floating around in this one. Smell is very sweet, some malts. Taste is malty, sweet, very refreshing and disappearing fast. Feels light in the mouth and overall makes a good thirst quenching beer on a hot day.

tone77, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a tulip glass, this beer has a voluminous head of foam, rising above the rim in asymmetric peaks akin to Duvel. Pure saturated gold, very nice clarity. Some flecks of lacing inside the glass, it looks very nice for a lager.

Aroma is barely there, a wisp of pilsner malt, dry and crackery.

Flavor is similarly subdued and fairly clean. Somewhat metallic and papery though, not the best sign, may be starting to oxidize. Crackery malt flavor that dries out quickly with little bitterness, if at all. A Polish lager's calling card is that slight noble hop bitterness, and it's sadly absent in Stawski. The feel is good, medium bodied and not overly fizzy. Fresh is best, too bad this isn't dated. Not sure what to make of the name, from the back label it just sounds like a vanity project of the importer.

emerge077, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of matjack85
2.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was served this beer at a friend's house so I have no idea where he bought it or what it cost. No freshness date on the label. All I could find out about this beer is that it is brewed in Poland by VanPur, and distributed in the United States by Stanley Stawski Distributors in Chicago. The website says they use Lublin hops in brewing this, which is a Saaz hybrid, so it should give it noble hop character and taste like a pilsner.

The pour was fantastic - clear medium gold color with a big creamy, 3-finger, fluffy white head. Unfortunately it only lasted for about 45 seconds before dissipating entirely. It did leave a little lacing.

Mild smell of hay and some faint sweetness - not necessarily malt though.

This beer is on the sweet side, but more of a corn grain sweetness than from malt. There is a mild hop bitterness from a hop I am not familiar with (Lublin). Not a fan as it is too sweet and not enough of anything else.

Medium body with lower than expected carbonation.

This borders on sickening sweet and I wouldn't want to try it again.

matjack85, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of MaxOhle
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

MaxOhle, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow color with a slight haze and a nice 1 finger foamy white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, corn, grains, light floral hops, grass and a slight funk; pretty much smells like a macro Euro lager.

Tastes of sweet malt, biscuit, caramel, grains, floral hops, light grapefruit, yeast and wet bread or cardboard; pretty basic flavor that's generally sweet.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and dry, with a medium body, average carbonation and a finish that's a combo of grains and sweet malt.

Highly drinkable if you're looking for a basic tasting lager, and on par for the style. Overall it's good I guess if you like malt heavy beers, but just not the most flavorful beer that's not well balanced.

CHickman, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Daktah
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Daktah, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of PokerGod
2.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Straw color, transparent, little bit of head that started to dissipate right away but never really left. not much lacing.

Smell- smells appetizing, sweet, bready, malty.

Taste- not bad, but certainly not great. Tastes a bit flat. Never really has any bite to it other than a bit of carbonation, some maltiness there, but nothing distinct about it.

Overall- Not a great beer. If I were thirsty on a hot day, I could drink a few, but I'd probably prefer an AAL, which isnt saying much.

PokerGod, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big white head tops a pale light golden and crystal clear brew. The importer calls this a "Polish Pils" but it seems a lot like your typical pale lager to me.

Polish lagers are among the top of the Euro pale lagers. This one is no exception in the smell department. Strong floral noble hops meld with light malt to provide nice balance. There is a bit of sweetness in there as well.

The flavor is mild, with the hops and malt in balance, with some typical Polish sweetness.

THe mouthfeel is kind of week but it works with the flavors. This is a good summer session beer and not bad at 12.00$ for a 12 pack.

I'm not sure who brews this but it is Stawski beer, yet it is imported by Stawski imports, which appears to be an American company as the owner is Stanley Stawski. It is a mysterious brew but if you see it it's not bad for the price. My best bet would be Zywiec for the brewer of this one.

crossovert, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

krome, May 29, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Random pickup from the local Binny's for the sake of it. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light minerals, light corn, and the lightest possible touch of flowery grass. The taste does not deviate from this plan very much, though the grass is a bit stronger now. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, the epitome of an average little beer. It was nothing tasty, but it was nothing offensive. It was just kinda there.

TMoney2591, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light golden color with a good head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of grain, fruit sweetness and hint of citrus.

T: Similar to the aroma. Flavor of grain and a mild fruit sweetness and bit of citrus. Has an easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth and somewhat refreshing.

O: Decent Euro Lager. Good for a few.

soju6, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of prisoner1572
2/5  rDev -34.9%

prisoner1572, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Nice yellow color with 1 to 2 fingers of white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Sweet corn scents but there is a slight earthy bitterness present to make it not too sweet smelling.

Taste: It has a slight sweetness at first that changes quickly in to a very slight bitter taste that leaves a little bit of a dry aftertaste.

ruckus232, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML dark brown bottle. Poured into a standard pint, the beer is gold with a very slight chill haze. It has a fluffy white head.

The aroma is of grains and bit of tropical fruit (or is it Wrigley gum?).

There is also a bit of tropical fruit in the taste. It complements the grains and slight spice in the finish. No off, odd or old tastes which is always good to see in an import.
The mouth is solid for the style. I think this one would be easy to pair with food.
All-in-all an enjoyable find at a decent ($1.19) price.

Redrover, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

jgunther71, May 29, 2014
Photo of bristol2120
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. pours a medium deep golden, with a moderate head that quickly subsides, leaving a thin layer of foam, but also with considerable lacing. Aroma is considerably less assertive than hoped for with only the faintest of hops and malt detectable. Taste features some decent maltiness, but seems haeveir because it lacks a hoppy counterpoint. Mouthfeel is decent with a pleasant roundness, and an acceptable level of carbonation. Overall, decent for a euro-lager, but could use a bit more hops to offset malty sweetness.

bristol2120, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a pint glass

A:Huge, dense bready head that holds 1/2 way down the glass. Really nice lacing. Beautiful deep golden color throughout. Only minor evidence of carbonation bubbles.

S: Grainy and malty. Light sweetness like fruit blossoms (apple, pear)

T: Clean flavors. Crisp and tasty. Malt and light cereal grains. Slight sweetness. Aftertaste consists only of very minor playful hop bite.

M: Crisp but viscous. Nice. Carbonation offers only a little overall.

D: Excellent. I usually don't go for light lagers in any form but this is a great beer.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jan 05, 2011
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Stawski Premium Lager from Stanley Stawski Distributing
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