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Lech Premium - Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 17.55%


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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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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MTNboy

Germany

3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a clean clear hay colored body average lace and head

Smell: It smells plain and full of grains.

Taste: Crisp, malt filled, adjunct grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: It is average on levels but it is also refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 04:12:54 | More by MTNboy
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Duff27

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:35:30 | More by Duff27
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Amalak

New York

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

I had a bottle. Light gold in color, slightly bubbly, thick head that dissipates quickly with no lace. Pilsner esque scent to it, but a little sour.

It's just a weak beer. It is too sour, kind of like a Pilsner gone kind of wrong. There isn't anything that stands out and it leaves a bad aftertaste. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 01:43:03 | More by Amalak
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, straw yellow colour with a white head that is the size of a thumb and foamy in texture before settling to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds then disappearing completely.

Mild on the nose with a hint of corn and some vegetable adjunct, there is also a slight bit of grain and some skunky aromas right at the end.

Lager hops to begin with and a little bit of sweetness that is coupled with some grain and a hint of skunk. I can also detect a hint of perfume which was a surprise to me, along with some floral notes.

Light but not watery on the palate and it brings a nice tang with it. It is a well carbonated beer without being too gassy.

An average pale lager that was drinkable but isn't one I'm likely to go back to any time soon, the taste was okay but had to many things going on and wasn't well enough balanced for my liking.

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Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:08:00 | More by flyingpig
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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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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

Nose
Cracker and Pilsner malt.

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

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, and clean.

Overall
A truly boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 15:08:00 | More by justintcoons
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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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ATPete

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle ?

A- Transparent yellow color, big, kind of sticky white head, lots of fast rising carbonation.

S- Corny and shallow, good old macro malty nose

T- Subtle malt character balanced by a weak hop flavor, bright with carbonation, subtle blasts of citrus fruits come through on the finish.

M- not much to this beer really, very light, boarder line refreshing. No off flavors which (IMO) is rare in an average euro-lager in a green bottle.

D- Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 16:03:15 | More by ATPete
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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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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was waiting for the can to have a picture of Walesa on it, but probably against union rules.

Looks decent, clear amber yellow, nice head with good retention and hints of lacing.

Musty hop and a slight metallic graininess. Not much else.

Just enough malt in there to keep it from being totally bland. Weird metallic taste ruined the middle. Wondering if this is old stock. ( Date on bottom reads 271006 ) Finish has that slightly dry, slightly spicy euro lager taste.

Feels was similar to others in this style. Also tends to flatten out like many in this style.

Better than say Slavutich, and better than I expected. Would like to try a fresher sample however.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:04:15 | More by Shadman
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2/5  rDev -33.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 23:24:14 | More by seanyfo
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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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rvdoorn

Netherlands

2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:14:01 | More by rvdoorn
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sfprint

Germany

2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 01:33:30 | More by sfprint
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 04:00:24 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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WJVII

Wisconsin

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

Purchased this at the Prestige Hotel in Poland on tap. (Had a really cool pint glass I brought home and was broke by baggage at the airline).

This had an almost clear golden color with about 2in white head. This had a very light aroma, almost musty. It had a smooth taste, was light in the mouth with medium carbonation. There was a slight hop after taste but very unimpressive. Not too much else to add. I was able to drink 4 or 5 pints before going to my room, so it was drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2007 00:27:58 | More by WJVII
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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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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:55:38 | More by Beastdog75
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours with a dense 3 inch head off a vigorous pour, recedes slowly and leaves a bit of patchy lacing. Medium-yellow, crystal clear brew pierced by just a few lazy bubbles. Aroma is low key with a bit of earthy mustiness, sweetgrass, and a hint of crackery malt.

Taste is fairly clean but a bit unexciting. Grassy hops, wet earth, crackery malty sweetness with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium dry mouthfeel, medium body, and well executed carbonation. This a decent, inoffensive Euro Lager, not too sweet or cheap tasting, a good thirst-quencher.

Serving type: can

09-17-2007 02:22:13 | More by trevorwideman
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 10:19:03 | More by jonb5
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cagocubs

Illinois

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

First had Lech Premium in Krakow Poland, I have had it a few times since than so I guess you can say it is a beer worth trying.

Pours a clear dark yellow not quite gold with a white head and active carbonation. The smell is hard to detect but a little earthy like grain. The taste is slightly bready with some grain hop. Some euro skunk. THe mouthfeel and drinkability are okay. It goes down fairly crisp and clean but I couldnt see myself drinking more than one every once in a long while.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 23:11:21 | More by cagocubs
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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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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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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
Lech Premium from Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
71 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.