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Lech Premium - Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.88%


Brewed by:
Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 08-29-2006)
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Beerosaurus-Rex

Manitoba (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +21.2%
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

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 19:49:26 | More by Beerosaurus-Rex
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-05-2013 23:55:35 | More by biboergosum
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2012 02:33:53 | More by canucklehead
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benfons

Belgium

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 21:02:12 | More by benfons
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 14:50:14 | More by Douberd
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 04:07:16 | More by leaddog
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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: 2.70, an unimpressive C-.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 19:23:25 | More by thehyperduck
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 16:22:57 | More by Graham5161986
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ElCommodoro

Texas

2/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 08:08:35 | More by ElCommodoro
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2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very bright and clear pale gold with a two finger white head that dimishes quickly but has decent retention. Lots of fine bubbles.

Smell - sweet grassy and corn aromas with a hint of spicy and floral European hops.

Mouthfeel - moderatley carbonated.

Taste - sweet hay, grassy, sweet pilsner malts, and a little bitterness. A bit of floral hops sweetness, but just a bit. Finishes corn-sweet and oddly reminiscent of club soda.

This isn't a bad beer, but its nothing special. It reminds me of a lot of the mass-produced Czech pilsners; easy to drink, refreshing, but not particularly memorable.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 18:55:36 | More by
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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..

Serving type: can

05-06-2011 00:54:11 | More by paxkey
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RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +31.8%
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!

Serving type: can

04-06-2011 06:45:22 | More by RyanBelle
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lech looks like it belongs around the neck of a gangsta rapper - this is some serious bling bling. Forget the Alizé.This bright yellow gold is nearly blinding and could easily pass as a status icon if it weren't so reasonably priced. Plus it's bubbly like Cristal.

There's another connection to gangsta rap: whatever integrity and authentic character this product once may have had, it's clearly been co-opted by a more commercially acceptable, prosaic and formulaic variation. And there was probably a marketing team behind it. And despite that - or precisely because of that - it's bound to be offensive to some.

The taste starts off crisp and malty enough with a thin but perceptible graininess... that ends up tasting something like bleached white flour bread. Undesirable though that is, the flavour of canned cream corn that follows it is even less desirable. Fortunately, however, it doesn't last long and is hardly remembered even seconds after the swallow.

A near freezing serving temperature helps but isn't a necessary precondition. The beer holds itself together rather decently as it loses its chill and, although they're almost surely in there, never let's slip an offensive amount of adjuncts. It is definitely light enough for casual drinkers, but might just also have enough character for some lager enthusiasts.

If pronounced properly, Lech is a sound that would normally only ever come out your mouth when vomiting. But I assure you, it shouldn't come to that. Although it may not live up to Poland's full potential, it's doubtful to exercise any gag reflexes and, more likely than not, should actually prove itself a middle-of-the-road, easily quaffed lager.

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 05:45:46 | More by biegaman
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-18-2010 01:30:16 | More by kwjd
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale straw yellow colour with a large soapy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - corn syrup, breads/grains, yeast, malts, light hops, and a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation on the tongue, the beer comes across as slightly watery. It has a fresh grassy/bready flavour mixed with an almond sweetness and light hops. It actually kind of reminds me of a rice beer such as Tsing Tao. It finishes with a slight bitterness and it is very crisp and refreshing.

Drink - A nice light lager, good for the summer months. An average beer that I might seek out again if the weather is right.

Serving type: can

10-07-2010 00:04:59 | More by spinrsx
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a can from my brother in law. Today was a nice day in Holland and the sun made me decide to taste this one. Poured in a dutch beerglass the beer looks OK. Very little carbonation and a nice white head.

Soft taste with some citrus and a bit of caramel.

It is a good lager beer if you are thirsty, no more and no less. Balanced mouthfeel and dito drinkability.

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 18:00:18 | More by Brabander
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Serving type: can

04-07-2010 07:20:09 | More by wordemupg
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-02-2010 08:06:46 | More by mothman
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 02:51:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2009 21:04:50 | More by woodychandler
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a friend for bringing this can back. Fresh, like this, it's a decent Euro lager. Clean and well-made, but nothing special in character. It's more simple proof the brewers are technically adept than anything else. It's slightly sweet and smooth, and completely unremarkable.

Serving type: can

07-11-2009 20:01:48 | More by tempest
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a beer stein.

Appearance - golden-straw yellow with a 1/2-inch head that reduced to moderate surface bubbles. Zero lacing. Quite carbonated.

Smell - smells of the can. Hoppiness is present along with thin corn aromas. Slight cooked vegetable scents below.

Taste - starts slowly despite the carbonation. What emerges is a corn-adjunct flavour with some inoffensive, but uninteresting bitters. Basically finishes dry without too much depth or aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - active but lacking in character. Has the feel of a fizzy drink with beer flavours included.

Drinkability - Totally middle of the road. I'm not spitting it out, I'll enjoy the rest of the pint. If offered another, I might accept. But I might also go for the many other better options for this style.

Serving type: can

03-29-2009 20:47:40 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2008 21:27:50 | More by Ralphus
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can, purchased from the local LCBO in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Snap crackle from the white head is a clear sign that the head retention struggles to even keep its lacing after a while. Clear golden straw color. Very light aroma of refined honey and dried hay from the malt. Clean palate from the most part other than a bit of corn-like DMS and grassy graininess. Mild hop bitterness rubs up against the grain but does not want to mesh flavors at all. Mildly astringent in the dry finish.

Typical blah Euro Lager ... no horrible but nothing I'd go back to again.

Serving type: can

05-21-2008 02:25:59 | More by Jason
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redmagik99

California

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-30-2007 20:34:47 | More by redmagik99
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Lech Premium from Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
71 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.