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Lech Premium - Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 178
Avg: 2.98
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 08-29-2006

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Photo of kendi18
4.3/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I have to say that i will be a litte bias on this one. The fact is I'm Polish and practicaly grew up with this beer, and I say it's not that bad. I would rate it possible A or B+. It's just what polish beer it's all about.

A: golden with rich sparkling look

T: very strong at the beginning but also very pleasant

Overall: Recommend to anyone who looking for stronger fuller lager from eastern europe you'll like it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" white head above the clear light golden brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is Saaz hops with a light sweetness. Taste is pale sweet malts upfront, with crisp and lightly spicy hoppiness, with a clean close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, this one is a great representation of the style. Would gladly have this one up again.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.97/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good. Great balance of hops/malt and at 5.2 percent, it is more or less the perfect lager. Very impressed with this Eastern European Lager offering. Worth it for sure. I think that the only thing that could make this beer a tad better is if I could find it in a glass bottle, so as to not tamper with the natural flavor too much. Try this one!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.71/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased in a Pakistani owned supermarket in Telford, Shropshire, England.

So many Polish workers in the area, their beers are appearing all over, I shall have great fun finding and reviewing them!

Large green bottle (500ml) with oval green label, stating it is brewed with natural ingredients (in English). No mention the brewery is owned by a South African Global Brewer.

I tried it in a blind tasting with Glosch, Miller Genuine Draft and Warsteiner Premium Verum (Pilsner). It came second behind the Warsteiner.

Darkest of the four beers, it was deep blonde in colour with a good clear, clean head, which stayed for a long time, clinging on to the side of the pint sleeved glass until the end.

It smelt of lager/pilsner, so no great shakes there.

The taste however was fine, more body that your normal pilsner, with a hoppy, dry aftertaste which lingered awhile.

Overall a good feel about it, I am not a big Pilsner/lager drinker, but this did enough to please me and I will be drinking it again, not regular, but if it is hot, I am thirsty and it is cold in my fridge.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.71/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lech Premium is owned by giant SABMiller and like many beers of the region, features a ram on the label. What is it with eastern european's and rams? In a land without stags, bears and lions perhaps it is the sign of vitality. Anyhoo, my canned sample of Lech was purchased at the ubiquitous LCBO in Ontario Canada - the best before date a good 8 months away.

Lech pours with an attractive golden colour. The thick, heavily carbonated head dissipates quickly and leaves next to no lace however. Despite that I found myself admiring the beer while I drank.. its golden hues standing out against a dreary fall day.

Smell-wise it's decent.. some malt, flowers and grass. Nothing over powering but still complimentary. Unlike many of the other reviewers I enjoyed the taste and mouthfeel. It's somewhat sweet, but finishes very well with hops and overall I'd have to say it is a very refreshing beer. I'm disappointed I didn't pick up more of it!

If you see this one, give it a shot. It'll be in my basket the next time I'm out.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly larger bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with fast white foam that vanishes almost immediately.

Clean pils smell - hints of corn but never as offensive as an American bland pils. Little bit of sweetness in there.

Clean, light watery, taste with faint hops. Strangely flavorful and light. Goes down super smooth. Unremarkable, but tasty in an easy going kind of way.

Very good drinkability. I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of Beerosaurus-Rex
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a lot of vigor, oversize fluffy white head but a bit under carbonated as far as the liquid goes. Clear golden yellow color, no haze

Tastes clean but with personality. A lot of people say it is basic Euro-Lager but as someone who prefers that style, this is an outstanding beer for me.

There is a sweetness at first and a spicy bridge that leads to a somewhat lingering hop taste. While the hop lingers so does the sweetness which is a bit of a turn off for a session beer

I prefer a bit dryer beer but for anyone looking for a good crisp Euro lager that might turn their wife on to beer, this could be it

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Photo of UnionMade
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle lovingly brought back from Krosno, Poland by my Mom. Thanks Mom!
Crystal clear pale gold. A large bubble floats up now and then. Initially, the head was puffy and white, settling down into a thin collar after a couple sips. Soapy, saazy hop aroma. Some grassy notes, and crispy, crackly pils malt. The flavor is much like any continental lager, with perhaps a more pronounced floral fruitiness. A trace of apple and freshly mown grass, sitting atop crisply grainy pils malt. Lagery smooth, moving quickly into a moderately hopped, floral and soapy finish. Feels softer, less dry than your average euro lager, maybe more in the bohemian style. Still has that nice snap-off in the finish. An easy drinker after a long day.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend from Poland for this.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a large layer of fluffy white head.Decent retention. Leaves some nice lace which surprised me. Color is a clear golden yellow. Lots of active carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of rice, corn, and low level hops. Reminds me a lot of the typical macros in America. Nothing to special.

Taste: It is defintely different from the American macros. It has the pale malt present but also has a European flavor to it. Corn and rice flavors with some malt. Very basic but a little different from the American macro lager. Very dry with grassy hops... reminds me a little of a pils.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, relatively easy drinking. A little dry. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and grassy.

Overall, it was fun drinking this beer. I knew it would taste like an American macro, but Europe/Poland has different malts and hops than us so it was fun to try something new. It was a fun experience. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a small portion (~100ml) poured into a glass from a 500ml bottle

A- Crystal clear golden yellow with quite a few bubble streams carrying medium-large bubbles to a small ring of lace at the top.

S- Smells slightly skunked and somewhat bland

T- Tastes like white wheat bread and a bit skunky

F- Feels light-bodied with decent carbonation for a quick ride over the tongue

D- Drinks quick and painlessly like a cheap Euro Pale Lager should

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer got my attention at my work, Wines Unlimited of Stratford, CT. We have a pretty good beer selection, especially of Eastern European Beers. This one, Lech seemed curious to me, being a Polish beer, it aroused my curiosity, because I have had some decent Polish beers the last few weeks. This beer is amazingly drinkable, but lacks a nice head, and lacing. The head is a egg foam like appearance which is nothing to scream about. The beer is colored with a pale golden hue with transparent waterline edges. Also, while it maybe very versatile, it tastes of a watered down lager, similar to a crappy Pilsner, (not that I hate Pilsners of course) but a little better. However, it still sells very well in our store, for probably two reasons, one being that it is a Polish Beer, and that our Polish clientele will naturally go for it, and two being that most Americans prefer light lagers, or Pilsners anyway, so when they experiment on a unknown beer they obviously get something they think they would like. Overall, this beer was ok, not great, very drinkable, and makes a good addition to any beer selection.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, best by 10.22.08:

Pours straw golden with a white head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grain, lime, pretty clean (though there is a hint of "Euro-skunk".

The taste is grainy, limey, some bitterish balance. A touch of "Euro-skunk". Crisp finish.

It has the expected light-body, though not overly watery or fizzy.

Nothing particularly special, but better than the average EPL, in my opinion. At only a buck and small change for the 500 ml bottle, it's not a bad "lawn-mower" beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Today is T, 27 May 2014 and I just hauled a 500-ml bottle out of my refrigerator as I am watching baseball and hockey on TV.

From the bottle: "Refreshing taste Crisp beer".

My initial aggo pour yielded a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head that departed like an unstisfied customer. Color was a light lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of faint Noble hops, kind of grassy, slightly skunky, but not off-putting. outhfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was clearly lager, adjunct-free, but not terribly exciting, either. The grassiness of the hops was prevalent, but muted. The finish was semi-dry, tasty, but not really fulfilling. It was a good beer to watch sports with as an accompaniment, but not much beyond that. I would not mind revisiting this in a CAN.

My original, CAN review dtd 24 Dec 2009 follows:

I CAN thank my lucky stars for good notes on this one.

A great pour into a tall flute got me two fingers' worth of bone-white head with solid retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite lager-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was definitely lager like.

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Photo of thommo_nk
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good session lager, had this on draft in Poland, and glad it is available in the UK now. One of the better mass produced lagers that is widely available.

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Photo of benfons
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale golden colour, loads of carbonation, big but unstable head

S: hops, grain, hints of citrus

T: grains, hint of hops at the end, clean

M: crisp, rather thin but not to thin, rather dry, a lot of carbonation, but a bit thin.

O: good decent lager, nothing bad to say about it

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Photo of leaddog
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden straw yellow with about a finger width of white bubbly head. Bubbles are very present and there is excellent clarity.

Smell - Mellow apples, golden raisins, sweet malts.

Taste - Hint of the apples comes through in the taste. No real hoppiness or bitterness. Slightly bready flavours. Not overly sweet as the smell would suggest.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall - An easy drinking lager from Lech. Nothing super spectacular with the flavours going on, but a very refreshing brew for a hot day. I always like to come back to my roots with Polish beers and this is one of the ones I return to.

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Photo of jonb5
3.44/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden clear, small head, kept some lacing.

S: Some vanilia, grain.

T: On the sweet side, hint of corn at the finish. Not as skunky as Heineken.

M: Medium body. moderate carbonation, goes down easily.

O Slightly too sweet but pretty good for a Euro lager, not offensive or dominated by ajuncts.

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Photo of MNJR
3.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Normal looking pale lager, head fizzes away quickly, but I got a decent amount of thin lacing. Smells grainy, slightly lemony, weakly of hops and some honey. Tastes not bad, pretty good in fact, but nothing special. There is nothing off about this beer, but it is a bit thin in the flavor dept. A bit more of everything that's in here would make this a damn good beer. The way it is, this could be a go-to summertime quencher if it were cheaper.

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Photo of Douberd
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can of 500 ml.
Colour is golden yellow, with a two finger head, good retention and average amount of bubbles.
Aroma of malts and grass.
Taste is bitter with a very slight corn flavour, other than that great.
Medium thickness on the body, a bit dry, medium carbonation.
Overall an above the average pils, very pleasant and with high drinkability.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my favorite beers when I lived in Poland, usually in a can or a bottle, but occasionally on tap. I think this beer is named after a national folk hero or something but I might be misremembering it.

Pours a basic pale, almost ginger ale color with a foamy white head and carbonation to spare. The nose is grainy but without much character or complexity. The taste is crisp and reasonably clean and refreshing but again, not terribly dense or inquisitive.

This this is basic Polish lager, which is what everyone drinks when they're not drinking vodka.

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Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed this beer over a year ago woner why the posting did not take??

1/2 liter can.

Pour puts a golden bright lager in the flute...decent 2 finger white frothy cap, fair retention, good lacing. Well carbonated. Aroma of herbal-citrus bouquet under bready malts ( very decent aroma). Medium bodied, soft mineral mouth feel...meaty pale malt backbone.

Starts a tad sharp from the carbonation ( too sparkling/spritzy) but once past that you can chew into the bready Moravian malts...then the balance from both saaz and Lublin hopping comes in and you get a nice bread and lemon decernment under a more creamy mouth feel. Finishes crisp and clean with the bittering dropping right off to leave a light bready-biscuity taste and virtually no sweetness. The 5.2 ABV makes this a very drinkable and satisfying beer.

This is an above average Polish lager and I am surprised I like it as well, if not more so, than Okocim Zagloba.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml can. Seems like there's two different Lech breweries. Ah well.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of bubbly, very loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy distant landform lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of mildly grainy pale malt, watery aged lemon, and musky, somewhat dead grassy hops - typically inoffensive Euro-lager, especially one protected by the can. The taste is more of the same, though the lightly skunky hops seem more front and center (Saaz' retarded cousin?), and the malt getting a sort of stale sweet white breadiness thing going on. Ever so soft alcohol warming.

The carbonation is sprightly, with a fine-honed edge, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, the lingering hops not pungent enough to cause any real damage. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the pale malt contending easily enough with those upstart bland hop notes.

Another 'Premium' beer, that offers nothing of the sort. At least this one is actually OK, I could see downing multiple cans of it, were I in the company of Polish friends at a summer 'cue. Otherwise, just an average Euro-lager, and all that implies, trope-wise, vis-a-vis their Yankee counterparts.

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Photo of redmagik99
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow, pretty transparent, but with a decent head that disappeared soon after. Smelled like an indescript lager but with added stale sweetness. Sweetness becomes much more apparent in the taste, overcoming any corny adjuncts or sharp edges. Slight hop bitterness - not much to speak of. moderate carbonation. fairly watery, making for weaker characteristics but higher drinkability. Almost like a light bock, if I may be so bold. The only english words on the can are "premium" and "party," so I didn't really know what to expect. However, this beer significantly surpasses the standard american shitty macro lager in taste and drinkability. So drink on, lager loving party people.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lech Premium has a thick, white, spongy head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance. Lacing is heavy. The aroma is of light grains and a touch of grass. Taste is of mild, sweet grains and grassy, low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lech Premium finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of canucklehead
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like most Polish lagers this is a clean and well finished beer but with mot much in the way of complexity. Since it is in a can there is no skunk so the lightness of the beer tastes fresh. Nothing really wrong with this beer but no memorable at all so I probably will go with a Grolsch or a Wernesgruner next time.

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Lech Premium from Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
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