Okocim (Zagloba) Premium Beer - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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Reviews by Todd:
4.95/5 rDev +43.5%
Presentation: 500ml brown bottle. No freshness date.
Appearance: Bright, clear golden-yellow in colour with a decent creamy white head that retains nicely and slightly sticks to the glass.
Smell: Soft, delicate aromas of herbal/minty and grain perfumes. Very aromatic.
Taste: A very smooth and creamy mouth-feel. Body is light, but even and with a juicy substance to it. A very unique hop character (Luplin, a Polish hop) makes itself known first. It's quite minty, spicy, herbal-like, flowery and a touch "earthy." A pleasing dextrin sweetness comes thru to round off the other flavours, and mixes with an ever so light fruit character and alcohol feel. Finish has some raw grain flavours on the palate, leans towards the dry side and contains residual hop flavours -- nice aftertaste.
Notes: In my opinion, one of the best beers to be had from Poland. A most unique, top-notch and intriguing pils. I highly recommend hop and/or Euro pils lovers to give this beer a try.
Sadly, I just got word from Okocim's PR Manager that stated "Just for your information Zagloba brand is not sold anymore. Now we have Okocim Premium beer brand." A follow-up email informed me that "Premium is similar to zagloba taste. Lots of consumers like it and mention it is very good quality."
11-05-2001 08:08:05 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
3.08/5 rDev -10.7%
Appearance This one is very light yellow in color with lots of carbonation and a nice, lasting white head.
Smell The hops are very light here and covered over by the orangey grain. The orange is very sweet like sucrose or some other man-made sugar.
Taste The lager flavors here are decent. The grain is a bit rough around the edges and the sweetness is a little much, but otherwise this is a solid flavor profile.
Mouthfeel This isnt light-bodied but its not medium, either. Theres some nice, tingly carbonation as well.
Drinkability Id have to say that this was a little sub-par and definitely inferior to its OK cousin.
12-23-2004 02:02:15 | More by RoyalT
3.65/5 rDev +5.8%
500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date, cool little goat holding onto a beer on the neck of the bottle. Perfect clarity off of a pale yellowish golden hue, decent lacing with some stickage.
Smells of hay, spicy hop and a light dextrin sweetness.
Smooth and surprisingly creamy with a moderate carbonation and body. A grassy graininess is folded neatly into the sweetness of the malt. Herbal and spicy hop bitterness and flavour is modest yet ample enough to balance. A full mouth of pale maltiness ensues as the palate slowly dries and gets ready for another sip.
Quite yummy, and the somewhat larger alcohol is deceiving. At a $1.50 a pop I’ll be going back to this one again.
08-04-2002 13:21:25 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +25.5%
The cleanest pilsner I have tasted. Also one of the freshest bottled imports that I have ever had (thanks to Terry Boyd at Mountview in Naugatuck CT). Pilsners don't travel especially well and it's a treat to have one as fresh as this. Pure gold with sudsy head and steady stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A previous review mentioned minty -- this is dead on for the prominent hop flavor. Malts are mild, but definitely there. Just the vaguest whiff of caramel. An exquisite European pils, and if you got it in as good shape as I did, one of the most pleasurable to make it across the pond.
07-03-2002 17:37:08 | More by Thrasher
United Kingdom (England)
3.1/5 rDev -10.1%
This wasn't half bad, decent sweetish soft malts, with a herbal hop finish (dry), solid, if a touch light, probably considered a mass market beer in Poland, but good mass market beer in my opinion. Pretty long finish for such a lightly textured beer
05-07-2003 06:43:41 | More by rastaman
3.33/5 rDev -3.5%
500 ml bottle
Not the label pictured.
Looks like Euro Pils ... creamy white head that drops quickly over a strong gold colored beer. Some fruitiness but that falls away quickly.
A pleasant brew but rather generic.
Stanley Stawski distributes it from the second largest Polish city in the world, Chicago.
11-22-2004 05:48:58 | More by brewQ
1.78/5 rDev -48.4%
500 ml bottle.
Appearance- yellowish/orange with a thick white head. head held up and laced the glass!
Smell- faint malt, and typical cheap corn macro lager aroma.
Taste- too watery. maybe a drop of malt. sweet. I might detect some cloves here?!
mouthfeel- watery with a yuk aftertaste.
Overall- yet another bad tasting Polish beer. Do not purchase this Keystone Light knockoff!
04-12-2004 22:01:55 | More by NJpadreFan
3.83/5 rDev +11%
A slightly unique taste in the European tradition. The bottle states "Traditional Polish taste" and it is good. Higher than average maltiness and hops and carbinotation but in a very difrferent way than in North America. I could drink this all day.
12-21-2003 01:43:39 | More by Sammy
2/5 rDev -42%
Do they have hops in Poland? After drinking this beer I have my doubts. Full of malt to the point of overbearing. Tasted like a east european macro. Bland yellow color. Maybe my exspectations were too great, but this beer was just a complete letdown. It was painful to finish, almost a chore.
05-09-2003 06:36:18 | More by bewareOFpenguin
2.25/5 rDev -34.8%
Okocim Premium: Big half liter brown bottle. Tan, clear beer, with stunning carbonation. Big white head. Slightly skunky aroma. Taste wasn’t what I’d hoped at all. I like these Polish lagers, and the price was great ($1.29), but the taste was all off. Very soapy flavor, I mean real soap flavors, think Lemon Fresh Joy, think Palmolive (you get the picture). The taste was kind of dry in the finish. Bummer.
11-05-2002 20:32:09 | More by jackndan
3.75/5 rDev +8.7%
Brilliant, shimmering golden hue, translucent, small bubbly head, quick to dissipate, soapy retention, no lace of note. Rather clean, if not bland, nose some sweet malt meshes with creamy, hay-like hops, hint of herbs. Lovely spiciness initiates the palate, quickly followed by a burst of sweetness with a crisp and refreshing ending. Pretty much straightforward in taste, yet there is enough substance for an enjoyable quaff. This has a pleasant, healthy body for a Pils. This is a quality brew; try one.
Bonus: It is not very costly.
02-16-2003 11:35:20 | More by bditty187
3.7/5 rDev +7.2%
I poured a perfectly clear straw gold beer, with a dense creamy head that slowly shrunk down, leaving a whole lot of lace on the glass. Top marks for appearance.
Lots of bright hoppy notes in the aroma, herbal and grassy.
The flavour is interesting and unique. There is an herbal quality that I find very difficult to describe. I've seen "minty" in other reviews, but for me that's not -quite- it. The hops are understated but present, and the bitterness is adequate, though barely.
It's quite creamy and mouthcoating, in a good way. There is a slickness to it that I don't think I've ever seen in a lager like this. Wild.
07-29-2003 04:30:43 | More by Garin
3.1/5 rDev -10.1%
I tend to struggle with pilsners, as they are not my style of preference, and this one definitely gave me a lot to wrestle with.
It pours a brilliantly clear gold colour, very nice appearance, with a white frothy head a good 2 fingers high. About halfway down the glass the head begins to dissipate and leaves a pleasant lace. The nose has a bit of malt, lots of grass and spicy hops. Flavour for some reason is rather ephemeral, difficult to pick up on at first, a little watery, with a hoppy metallic finish, a bit dry. Big mouthfeel however, heavy and a bit thick at first which is surprising for such a light clear beer, but then watery going down. Not something I'd drink on a regular basis, but a fine offering for the style.
05-25-2003 12:49:00 | More by IronDjinn
3.33/5 rDev -3.5%
The beer on the pour a sparkling gold with a pleasing white head that is frothy in texture and as it evaporates, the lace forms a protective sheet upon the glass. Malt is the nose, and pleasant enough I suppose. Start is quite sweet, maybe to sweet for me with a fair to middling malt presence and the top spindly in feel. Finish has an acidic bite with the hops being present but a little less than I like. Aftertaste is dry and long lasting.
12-06-2002 08:44:33 | More by Gusler
3.28/5 rDev -4.9%
500 ml can for $1.49. This is Zagloba Premium Beer, canned by Staropolski Brewery. Possibly belongs under a new entry. Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, yeast.
Large creamy head on this one that receded moderately quick, but left some big, chunky lacing. Not fizzy. A goldenrod color, dark for a Euro lager. A few streams of bubbles rise up, but doesn't look especially carbonated. Even leaves a healthy sized ring by the last sip. Not bad at all.
Grain husk, a little malty sweetness. Extremely tame. Really hard to find any hops. Opens up near the end of the glass after some warming. The sweetness develops into a honey, apple character. Not grassy or hoppy still. Slightly flowery, but accompanied by a little alcohol.
Fairly typical, but not bad. Moderate sweetness from the grain. Very light hoppy quality, but leaves a crisp bitterness on the finish. Has the apple flavors that I've found in a couple other Polish lagers. Metallic and skunky notes are a downside, but not unexpected, and minimally intrusive. Best to not spend too much time exploring this one before swallowing. The flavors that reveal themselves over time are not especially good, but the initial hit is ok.
I like how creamy this is. Pretty full bodied. Carbonation seems alright. Alcohol is very minimal on the tongue, which is good, because it can sneak into a beer like this at 6%. However, it grabs your attention upon hitting the stomach.
Seems like this is made for Polish heavyweights, which I am not. 6% is rather formidable for a lager. The heavy body would help pace drinking on this one. Two cans would be satisfying for an evening, and not hard to do. Better than other Polish lager offerings, such as Zywiec, Tyskie, or O.K. Beer, but seemingly harder to find. This is not really a sessioner. The Polish like them boozy. I have a much easier time spending a night with German or other continental lagers.
03-26-2008 05:27:05 | More by ommegoose
3.83/5 rDev +11%
A very nice session brew, but with a little bit of a kick. It pours a light gold with a thin, but dense and foamy white head. The aroma is all spicy and herbal hops...smells very much like Saaz but I hear that the Poles use their own similar variety called Lublin. The taste is also slightly dominated by herbal, spicy hops but there's some grain and simple-sugar-sweet malt providing balance but never overwhelming the hops. The taste would make me label this brew a mild pilsner. Very crisp, clean, refreshing finish...highly drinkable.
03-05-2004 05:46:07 | More by johnrobe
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
Brilliant, effervescent, golden in hue and crystal clear. THe sticky, perfecty white head leaves lace down the glass. Sweet, pleasantly grainy in aroma, w/ a mildly herbal Hellertauer hop nose. Hop bitterness is soft for style & gives way to a mellow malt sweetness. An understated herbal hop flavor lends it way right in the middle. Full in body for a pilsner, w/ a mooth & pleasant mouthfeel that belies the highly carbonated appearance. The finish is soft, clean, w/ lightr bready notes & an enjoyable, almost honey - like lingering sweetness. This is all around very pleasant and drinkable brew. My only qualm is the relatively low hop bitterness left this brew a touch too sweet for a pilsner.
06-16-2002 19:11:06 | More by marc77
3.18/5 rDev -7.8%
Good old Okocim, one of Poland's more drinkable brews, even if its now massufactured by Danish giants Carlsberg.
We start off with a straw color and a bit of carbonation bubbles. The head sticks around for a few minutes before giving up the ghost. The nose is nothing special, grainy and sour hops coming to mind. It smells like adjuncts honestly, not good at all.
The taste stands up a bit better, helped by a surprisingly pleasing texture. Not enough hop bite but the finish is still very satisfying. The malt is okay thanks to lack of sugars but not of flavor. Carbonation is obvious but not unpeasantly so, here its actually an advantage.
This one takes me back to smoky, loud, exteremely fun winter nights in the bar under the castle in Bielsko-Biala, where my girlfriend and I spent a memorable year back in ought three. That smell is for suckers though.
12-09-2005 02:40:09 | More by daliandragon
3.9/5 rDev +13%
Now this is a very good brew...honey gold in colour, nice head that disapates to a complete island lace with some glass cling...very slight odour of the yeast. The body is medium and very clear, the taste is very well balanced leaning ever so slightly to the malt..
Must add a few of these to my beer cellar..
01-29-2003 19:06:13 | More by Shiloh
3.55/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear, light to medium golden color. The white, fluffy head is a good inch thick when poured and has very nice lacing. Head settles to a good 1/4 inch and then doesn't go away. Good retention! Has a grassy, grainy malt aroma, but can't smell any hops. Nice, moderately sweet malt flavor along with a slight grain and corn flavor. Rounded out with a bit of hops. Not too shabby, but not great either. has a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a good beer should be. Worth a try.
01-17-2009 04:40:01 | More by neenerzig
3.9/5 rDev +13%
Clear golden color with a frothy white head. Lacing is sparse. Aroma is weaker but grainy and a bit grassy. Taste has a honey sweetness to it upfront built on a spent grain foundation. Hops are light but let themselves be known. More floral than grassy in taste. There is a bit of an alcohol flavor here but its smooth. The beer itself is smooth and somewhat light but the flavors work quite well. Finish lingers just a bit with the honey coating the mouth. Quite a smooth and enjoyable offering.
03-18-2006 17:44:23 | More by granger10
Okocim (Zagloba) Premium Beer from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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