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Lech Premium | Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
Poland | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlackHaddock on 08-29-2006

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of benfons
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
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 ElCommodoro
1.98/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.71/5  rDev +24.9%
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 Graham5161986
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%

A – Light golden colour with lots of CO2 activity in the glass. Two finger head of light foam that dies quickly and leaves little lacing.

S – A lot of malt aroma with a slight vinegar chip smell.

T – A lot of heavy malt flavour with some bitter hop bite but generally this is pretty straight forward and not very interesting.

MF – Medium body with astringent and metallic elements and a cloying finish.

O – Drinkable but not very exciting

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's cut to the chase here...This is a Polish version of a "lawnmower" beer.

Clear pale gold with a nice frothy white hat..dropped quickly leaving a ring and splotchy lace..Fairly mild carbonation.

Smell is just a hint of mild grain.

Taste follows suit...mildly sweet with maybe a hint of corn. maybe a slight hint of hops in the middle and near the finish. A very clean drinking beer.

I had worries about a green bottled beer from a cooler case but this had no signs of skunk at all and, for what it is, was a totally enjoyable beer..very good for the hot weather now.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of MNJR
3.42/5  rDev +15.2%
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 drinkininthewood
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 500ml can

A- clear pale golden colour, nice head that disappears very quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles with a little lace around the glass.

S- somewhat earthy, a little sweet, similar to Labatt Blue possibly the saaz hops.

T- malty sweet, floral i guess, slightly metallic,a little acidic, not bad but not outstanding.

M- crisp,clean, light bodied, kindof similar to a light beer, a little over-carbonated i think.

D- Not bad i guess, you could probably pound back a few. I dont know why but i found this to be very similar to macro light beers. It would probably be great on a hot summer day.

Overall i found this to be a nice change. If offered, give it a try. I think i might pick this up again, maybe in the summertime.

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Photo of paxkey
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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..

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly, a .66 liter bottle. Poured into a pokal, initial head faded quickly. It settled into a deep amber with just a trace of carbonation. The aroma was very strong right after pouring, a slightly sweet and fresh scent. The mouthfeel was mundane and the taste middling. Drinkable, but nothing memorable. My Polish boss (from whom I received the beer) indicated that this is one of the most popular beers in her country. The lack of complication probably lends weight to it's popularity.

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Photo of thommo_nk
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
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 StevenBilodeau
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 rmcnealy
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lech Premium - Poland - 5.2%

Bottle had US print including "Lech Premium - Brewed With Natural Ingredients". 500ml bottle. Typical Euro lager. Bought at store with heavy Polish / Eastern European influence. Poured translucent light gold. Head dissapated immediately. No distict smell. Has taste of wheats and alcohol. Basically the same as Warka beer. Nothing exceptional. $1.29 to try something new.

Rob
Chicago

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From an imported can, quite a watery looking appearance, with a good head. Fresh hoppy smell from the can is nice, though underlying aroma of the beer is not the best.

This is a beer that I am happy to buy, as it is light and good value, and they sell it everywhere in London. It is crisp and refreshing, though taste is nothing special, however pleasant enough and one of the best easy to drink Polish beers, and without doubt the most common empty can that I see around the streets of London..! I prefer Zywiec though...

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Photo of hoser
2.24/5  rDev -24.6%
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 !

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Photo of redmagik99
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
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 RyanBelle
3.97/5  rDev +33.7%
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 Beer_Rabbit66
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
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

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Photo of Nightwing
2/5  rDev -32.7%

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.

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Photo of junkman203
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of kendi18
4.3/5  rDev +44.8%
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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Lech Premium from Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
71 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.