Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Lech Premium - Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

Not Rated.
Lech PremiumLech Premium

Educational use only; do not reuse.

77 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 77
Hads: 181
Avg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 08-29-2006

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (4) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lech Premium Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 77 | Hads: 181
Photo of Duff27
1.96/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thin white head on a pale beer. Low head retention, some lacing.

Skunky bready aroma. (Green bottles??)

Flavor isn't that bad if you can get past the the skunk. Uggghh. Sweet bread perhaps. Uggghh.

Highly carbonated, medium thin mouthfeel.

Didn't like this one at all. Normally if a beer is subpar due to an issue like it being past its prime or infected then I won't review. The brewer chose green bottles and thus, its skunkyass flavor. Pass, unless you can't find another Poland tick elsewhere.

 501 characters

Photo of ElCommodoro
1.98/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It poured an odd yellow colour that I wasn't expecting and a very large pristine white head. It smelled like sour cheap grains, maybe a little more sour than the smell of most cheap beers.
The taste was of sour grain and cheap hops. It was not especially good. It was better than plenty of American macrobrews, but it was definitely not good. My favourite thing about this beer was the name. Lech. I felt like leching, so I had myself a Lech.

 442 characters

Photo of Nightwing
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Poured from can. Can’t really detect much of an aroma, maybe a bit floral. Pours clear and pale. The slightest hint of bitterness. Light and thin, with average carbonation. Overall, not that great, but still somewhat refreshing on a hot day.

 244 characters

Photo of seanyfo
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Dark golden body with rocky 2 finger head after aggressive pour. Disappates quickly, poor lacing but lively beading.

S- Very skunky hops, no real malt profile.

T- Watery, skunky bitter hops, slight maltiness in the beginning, but the hops quickly dominate.

M- Stale and thick yet watery! how can this be? Not crisp and clear, fresh as i want.

D- Poor taste, poor mouthfeel, i dont feel refreshed, just a stale residue left on the tongue. Give me a Rothaus Pils!

 516 characters

Photo of junkman203
2.06/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearence: Lech is yellow in color, with a strange head, looks like a ginger ale head but actually lasts some time. Leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Light smell, a little yeasty.

Taste: A little malty, but aftertaste is hoppy. Strangely.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: I guess it is O.K. if you like skunky euro-lagers.

Not one of my favorite beers. I bought it because I was told Polish delis in my area cannot keep it on the shelf. Tyskie is much better. Whoever is buying it up can have my share.

 512 characters

Photo of kwjd
2.09/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours as close you can get to clear, with a yellow'ish tinge. White head that dissipates with some lacing. Smells of cooked vegetables, with some very mild grassy aroma. Flavour is almost non-existent, but a some small off flavours in there. Not completely bad either, since the flavour is quite faint. Huge carbonation makes this a bit harder to drink. Would be ok on a really hot day, but not in the winter. Took a chance on buying this, not impressed.

 454 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I haven't had a beer from my ancestral homeland in a while, but this find on a local mix-a-six shelf lends me such an opportunity. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises musty wheat, light flowers, very light brown grass, and a faint hint of the beginning of skunking. I have no idea why, as the store in question isn't conducive to daylight entering the store to any appreciable degree, much less the beer section near the back wall, but at least the skunking seems to be at a decided minimum. The taste brings in more of the same, with the mustiness in full force, stronger than ever, providing evidence that the skunk-like smell wasn't actually evidence of skunking, but rather a crappy beer. Hell, the finish is awash in soil-encrusted tobacco. This is awful. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, what I thought was a case of light-taint turned out to just be a horrid beer. Well, at least I don't have to have a talk with the beer manager, and, better, I don't have to drink any more of this swill wannabe.

 1,155 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
2.18/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a crystal clear macro-gold with a thin sudsy off white head that quickly dissipated to a bare surface. Visible carbonation was extremely soft, almost non-detect.

S: some corn and fresh green vegetables.

T: starts out with some semi-sweet corn and buttery green vegetables which is followed by and balanced by a dry grassy hopping. There is some lemon peels towards the finish which is quick off the tongue. Overall not impressed with the flavor and one that comes off like stale, boring and bland.

M: light, watery with a sour hopping and some dry grassiness. Carbonation is flat.

D: Drinkability is not very, a typical euro-pale that underachieves and leaves much to be desired. Don't bother.

 709 characters

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Look ; pours like a typical euro Pils /lager, golden and clear, light carbonation
Smell ; no distinct Smell, nothing bad nothing good.
Taste and feel ; watery, fresh crisp light easy to drink, chemically aftertaste, not the most plesent drink, reminds me of fosters or carlsberg cheap overproduced stuff

Overall easy simple to drink lager, not that nice though, not getting this one again. No flavour

 401 characters

Photo of hoser
2.24/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had big notes of fusel alcohol that one would expect to have in a malt liquor, big notes of corn on the palate and in the nose. One could do better by visiting or revisiting other Polish beers and I thought a better name for this beer would be Belch !

 251 characters

Photo of stcules
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow color, very clean, light carbonation. White and abundant foam, not bad.
Faint smell, light maltiness, not of great quality.
Quite scarce in the mouth, but not offensive, well. Some oxidation.
Not convincing.
Low profile beer, useless and avoidable.

 262 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle into a Porterhouse Palaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a five finger head that quickly goes down to two finger head in a minute and a half. A clear, bubbly yellow. Standard fare.

Smell: A pungent scent of barley and malt, maybe a hint of piney hops.

Taste: Fizzy open to a couple notes, one of malt, and one shaping hoppy note, but not quite pine as I thought earlier. Can't quite place it. Finish is wet and nasty.

MF: Watery, light, and smooth.

Dr: At this price range, I'd sooner have it over most of the discount brews in Ireland if it were on draught, but if I had me pick in the store I'd go with a discount Belgian macro.

The finish gets more crisp as you drink it.

 722 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
2.39/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ML bottle poured into a glass

Appearence: Light straw color. The head dissapated very quickly

Smell: Initial aroma was a bit skunky. Light aroma of hay (stale grain?) after I settled into it.

Taste: Slight maltiness that soon overtaken by hop bitterness. Medium carbonation. Not too impressive.

Mouthfeel: Tasted watery even though medium carbonation and the slight maltiness. I really thought it woiuld be one of those crisper, dryer beers - maybe the "Premium Beer" descriptor on the label should have been a warning.

Drinkability: In fairness, it was drinkable, just nothing special. Actually left me with a little stale aftertaste that could only be abated by another drink.

 686 characters

Photo of paxkey
2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

very pale yellow with giant white head. poured in a nonic.

sweet grassy hay. some sulphur. artificial sweet corn chalk malt.

very clean drinking. no taste when in the mouth. aftertaste is like aroma. corn sweet.

very very light carbonation. unusually light. drinks like sweet juice with a bit of a kick.

just dont like the corn taste and the shitty malts they use..

 369 characters

Photo of Dentist666
2.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

0.33l bottle. Poured into lager glass. 2-finger white head, some laces. Bland and meaningless macrocrap. Grainy smell, watery taste, sense of being deceived. Don't even try this godless nectar.

 193 characters

Photo of Beastdog75
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poland is a country that has some interesting beers, but Lech Premium is not one of them. This seems like a standard Euro lager with skunkiness and all and is probably intended as a standard macro brew in its country of origin.

Lech pours a light gold color, with about a finger of foam that thins out rather quickly. Some lacing is left in the wake of the foam. Seeing how that this was bottled in green glass, it should come as no surprise that there is a skunky aroma about this beer. Musty grains, wet paper smell, and grassiness can all be detected in the nose as well. The beer feels a bit thin on the tongue contains a moderate amount of carbonation. The first sip of the beer had some sweet grain flavors and even had a bit of a minty taste to it. The skunk made its presence known in the flavor as well, and notes of wet paper, husky grains, and some light DMS/green apple flavors were detected. There was some hop bitterness with grassy,herbal and medicinal flavors noticeable. The overall flavor wasn't too impressive because the brew seemed to be a little bit watery on top of everything else. A moderate dryness/bitterness is present in the finish, with husky grains, DMS, and grassy flavors lingering on. Lech finishes with no alcoholic warmth.

This wasn't exactly an interesting beer. Not entirely offensive, but there wasn't enough offered here that would make me reach for another one of these.

 1,413 characters

Photo of wordemupg
2.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into pint glass april 6 2010

A clear pale straw yellow with lot of bubbles floating up to a two finger head that has decent retention but leaves no lace

S very little going on some lemon and grassy hops

T pretty bland maybe a little bread to go along with the nose

M the bubbles I can see aren't there in the mouth and it's a little thin

D overall a pretty basic beer nothing worth bragging about

this beer looked good but not much else, nothing offensive just nothing worth mentioning

 508 characters

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pale golden colour, about a half inch head that dissolved entirely within about 40 seconds. No head or lacing whatsoever.

I could hardly detect a nose - light hops and malts, that's about it. Smells like a Euro lager.

The taste was very bland, with a touch of hops near the finish, but otherwords very ordinary pale lager flavor. Inoffensive, but incredibly boring. Tough to finish knowing I had other stuff in the fridge.

Mouthfeel is thin, spritzy carbonation.

Won't get this one again. There are much better beers of the style for that price.

 579 characters

Photo of Graham5161986
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours your typical light blonde with a good amount of soapy white head that dissipates and doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Smell is of simple grassy grains and not a whole lot else.

Taste is typical euro pale lager - grassy, light bitterness with a slight hint of sweetness. However, the whole flavour profile is a bit ordinary and subdued and the aftertaste is somewhat soapy and not too pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and not overly crisp, at least not as crisp as I would have wanted.

Overall, definitely not one of my fave's. I wouldn't turn it down but I don't see myself buying it again in the future.

 619 characters

Photo of rvdoorn
2.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: clear yellow-golden color with whit head
Smell: corn, malts, grass and vegetables.
Taste: maybe it is me, but this beer has no taste at all. Only some hints of malt and sweet corn. No bitterness at all
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied
Overall: ehhh, no taste?

 277 characters

Photo of BretBeermann
2.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had this beer from the can, bottle and the tap. Normally served in a typical Polish 0.5L glass, this beer looks typical of a green-bottle beer. Light color, ample carbonation.

Drinks similar to many other European Pales, such as Grolsch or Peroni. When you can find it on tap, not a terrible buy at a substantial discount over these more readily available brands. Still, nothing spectacular to add to the world of beer. Usually there are better alternatives to be had for the same price at most establishments, even in Poland.

 533 characters

Photo of sfprint
2.7/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: on the light brown side of gold.

S: Weak smell of malt.

T: Ok when cold, but as it gets slightly warmer, it becomes hoppier and more sour/bitter.

M: Watery

D. Light enough to drink several but only when kept very chilled. Taste drastically changes for the worse as it starts to warm. Drink fast!

 303 characters

Photo of thehyperduck
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before March 2012.

Pours a clear, pale golden straw colour. A generous three-finger puffy white head erupts at first, but it dissolves so quickly that by two minutes into the session there is only a soapy cap remaining on the surface. Modest lacing left on the sides of the glass. Pretty generic aroma, lots of grass, maybe a bit floral with some vaguely sweetish malts.

Very little flavour, good or bad. Diluted grainy malts, with equally diluted sweet adjunct notes. No real hop presence, maybe a bit of hay toward the finish. Clean tasting, but hopelessly bland even for the style. Thin-bodied and super watery. High carbonation at least gives it a good bite.

I can drink this fine, but I can't see myself doing it again in the future unless it was being offered. Easily the weakest and wateriest pale Polish lager I've yet tried. Granted, that is a list of only 4 or 5 beers, but I'd still take a Zubr or even a Tyskie over this if given the choice.

[Updated Dec. 13 2013]

I picked up another can of this (for the first time since my initial review) and compared it with a few other well-known Polish lagers - Zywiec, Lezajsk and Zubr. This is one of the weaker brews in that quartet, reminding me very strongly of a domestic macro... bland and sweet, with almost no hop presence to temper the sweetness. Not only that, but it's a very corny, dextrose-like sweetness that I find increasingly off-putting as I make my way through the glass. This one has no real strong points, and a whole lot of weak ones - I could drink another can, but have no plans to do so voluntarily.

Final Grade: 2.73, an unimpressive C-.

 1,654 characters

Photo of justintcoons
2.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz green screw-top bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Cracker and Pilsner malt.

Cracker, corny adjuncts, and hints of Pilsner malt. Perhaps a touch of butter.

Light bodied, crisp, and clean.

A truly boring beer.

 365 characters

Photo of BranfordBound
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this one out of a green .3L bottle into a glass while I was in Poland. It is pronounced more like "leck" but with a guttural ending like the ending in loch (loch ness monster), don't pronounce it "letch". I was told this is one of the more popular lagers here although Tyskie, Zywiec, and Okocim seem to have more of the market share. Pours a bright yellow color, clear as glass. Bubbly head forms and fades in a few seconds. Smells of some sweet grain and water. Taste is pretty clean, a little on the sweet side. Nothing really to write home about. When warm it has an odd aftertaste that isn't as pleasant, a bit of skunk from the green bottle. Tastes a bit like old Heinekin. Overall a mediocre beer, I would definitely take Zywiec over this one, although that is like saying you'd drink a Budweiser over Bud Light.

 823 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Lech Premium from Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
71 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.