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O.K. Beer - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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BA SCORE
79
okay

288 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-16-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle (no date) served in a .2L pokal glass.

Appearance: Clear and bright gold color, with a hint of peach tint to it. 1/4" white head upon pouring died back to a thick ring at the edge and some thick strands of lacing here and there. Nice looking lager.

Smell: Herbal, hint of skunk, grain, hay, tiny bit of a farmyard smell, but not in a bad way.

Taste: Smooth, crisp and dry, but a bit sweet. Finish is crisply bitter with a bit of very very tart apple.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spicy carbonation - not fizzy, but definitely scrubs the tongue. Under all that carbonation is a nice smooth thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting lager - earthy overall is a good way I would describe this beer, but definitely something that works in large servings. A 500mL bottle is a good serving size for this beer. Nothing so strong in flavor that you tire of it, but at a weakness in flavor that you need a whole bottle to really get to know it. Then again, I suspect a beer like this has been crafted solely to drink in large quantities with food. I did not have this with food, but I can see that it would go really well with a wide range of meat & potato dishes, probably some heartier vegetable dishes as well. So nicely drinkable, but overall nothing amazing. Nice looking color though. Strangely, like the bottle says, it's an OK beer.

damndirtyape, Dec 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5.6% alc by volume on label,poured into a 1.5 liter stein a clear light golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop.Light aromas somewhat sweet and grainy mainly malt driven a light toastiness comes thru as I drink more,lightly sweet flavors with that husky type flavor really showing thru into a spicey finish although not real sharp just a nice little bite.A better than average pale lager to be had maybe a newer recipe because its not as big as many past reviewers stated and the alc% is lower than posted,a pretty good offering.

oberon, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a tinge of orange and a beautiful frothing head that went down slowly and left some good lacing.

Smell – Somewhat musty with a nice, traditional Czech aroma. The light floral hops are big and unencumbered by malts.

Taste – A light, citrusy hop comes into play here and compliments the flavors that came over from the nose. There’s also a little sweetness here to help this one blend together.

Mouthfeel – The mild carbonation, the smoothness of the blend, and the refreshing nature of the hops makes this one feel terrific in the mouth. This is a light to medium-bodied lager that was a pleasure to hold in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This would make a terrific session ale at any time of the year. It’s great for before, during, or after meals. Basically, this is a utilitarian all-around EPL.

Update – It’s been over a year since I rated this beer so thought I would re-review with an ’05 sample.

It really is an unassuming lager. It doesn’t do anything spectacular but doesn’t screw anything up, either. I really think that this is the standard-bearer based on availability here in the US. Nicely done, Okocim!

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Beautiful crystal clear pale golden beer that pours a very thick & sticky white foam head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Soft grain, metallic and floral hop aromas.

Taste: Malty and a bit salty upfront, with a near full & even body and a tight sparkling mineral water-like carbonation. Malt sweetness is present but light and gets taken over by a creeping and overpowering bitterness with rind, salt and gentle spice hop characters. A soft fruitiness and floral quality pulls thru as the beer warms, along with grain and metallic flavours. Finishes with background hop spice and grain dryness.

Notes: A most interesting and strong lager. The unique hop profile might take certain drinkers some getting used to.

Todd, Sep 16, 2001
Photo of ValpoExpo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

ValpoExpo, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boston area I can get it for less than $2 a 500 ml bottle, a six pack of the stuff in NYC is about $12. Needless to say I like buying it in Beantown. Perky white lace and a good golden clarity, clean aroma with a whiff of hops and sweet malt. Superb crispness with a dry malt character that brings a bready flavour to the palate, clean in the mouth with a quick snappy bite of hops that linger into the after taste. One of my favourite Euro lagers.

Jason, May 25, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a perfectly clear, pale, yellow color, with a decent, white head that quickly fades into some nice, patchy lace.
Floral hops greet the nose, with a slight Euroskunk hop note, with a nice, mild, candy malt aroma in the background.
Mouthfeel has a slight, herbal hop bite, amid some active carbonation.
Taste features a solid, softly sweet malt backbone, with herbal and floral hops providing an ideal balance. Finish is clean and dry, with no offnotes or unwanted bitterness. The slight Euroskunk picked up by the nose doesn't seem evident in the taste.
I was impressed with this Polish lager, and would keep a few around if I didn't have to drive three hours to find it. This would be an excellent, session lager.

merlin48, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of djmitche
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a can a a friend's. I should start by saying that I do not usually like lagers - I find the "subtle" flavors virtually nonexistent in most cases.

But OK Beer lived up to it's name. Nice head that subsided quickly, with decent lacing. The beer is nice and clear in the glass, with a warm straw hue.

The aroma was restrained but suggested the flavor nicely. There's no biscuity nonsense going on here - a bit of bread balanced nicely by refreshing hops. There's flavor here, but not enough to make you interrupt your session to ponder the beer.

I would drunk this instead of water, and I can't say that of many lagers. It was OK.

djmitche, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of tyleeis
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

tyleeis, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just a shade on the amber side of gold. I didn't get much head retention. Intriguing, brassy aroma of light caramel maltiness and forceful medicinal hops. Flavor profile contains white bread, mint, and a subtle smokiness. Finish is very dry and crisp with a metallic twang that I would say is the only offputting feature. Unusual herbal, minty, medicinal hops give this beer a twist from the ordinary fizzy yellow lager. Some may think this is a poor purpose for a beer (and they would not be accurate), but this would make an excellent palate cleanser. Easy to drink and alcohol is nestled unobtrusively in the malt flavor.

Thrasher, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of GOBLIN
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a weizen glass (my only clean .5 L glass at the moment), OK Beer!

Pours a little darker than the Piwo Jasne Pełne (Full pale beer) would have me believe, a nice, rich golden color; completely clear. Forms a two finger head from a normal pour and has nice carbonation, some lacing.

Smells nice and sweet, malts with a touch of ripe, red apples.

Taste is bready and sweet at first, then a touch of yeastiness kicks and and makes it a bit chalky with the hint of apple. Finishes with a very subtle hop note that is a bit tea like and has a spice that mingles with the carb.

Light and fairly neutral, very refreshing.

A mighty fine lager, props to my friends and possible ancestors in Poland for this one! This is definitely an "OK Beer", perfect for a hot summer and might even compete with my favorite lager - Weihenstephaner.

BranfordBound, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours like apple juice with carbonation with a bright white head forming and fleeting quickly. Aroma has cooked cereal grains flowing with a slight metallic character, and herbal hop aromatics. This is Euro pale lager, with a definite bite to it, a bit harsh. Flavor grows on you with a sweet husky grain character minimal hop flavor, a bit one dimensional in the Euro lager department. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying with some residual sugars, carbonation a bit rough uneven flowing beer across the palate. Drinkability isn't what I have in mind for a relaxing Friday night beer drinking experience.

WVbeergeek, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50 cl can served cold in a lager glass. Dae code(?) seems to indicate 2013.

The carbonation looks (high) higher than it feels (medium), with lots of rather coarse carbonation rising even quite a few minutes after the pour. No doubt this contributes to the very good retention of the head and very good lacing. Excellent clarity in this deep golden beer.

Probably is more flavorful than average for style, but clearly would benefit from a bit more hopping.

O: this was a very pleasant surprise, and very high on the drinkability dimension.

chinchill, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of tallfellapgh
4/5  rDev +16.6%

tallfellapgh, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a big bubble carbonation racing to the surface. The boiling white head is gone before the first sip.
S- The herbal sulfury aroma is pretty soft and clean with a soft grainy note in the finish. There is a light buttery note to the aroma as it warms a bit.
T- The clean sulfury sweetness is followed by a cooked corn taste and a faint green apple notes with a carbonic acid dry finish.
M- Medium-light mouthfeel has a full fizzy finish.
D- The only real flavor is the buttered corn qualities which are a bit to much but the slight sweetness adds some nice depth to the grain hints.

rhoadsrage, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

richkrull, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow lager color with tiny bubbles creating a quickly disappearing white head.

Aroma is macro lager type with sweet malts fighting an oncoming skunk and corn adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

Taste is non-impressive nor memorable American Macro Lager. Slightly cloying sweet that leaves a bit of an aftertaste....corn adjuncts noticable in the flavor...no hops to speak of.

Not too drinkable to my tastes due to an unpleasant aftertaste and too strong in ABV to be a summer cooler.

IntriqKen, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of soper2000
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up out of pure curiousity. No freshness or best before dating on the bottle, I'm curious to the age. Pours a nice golden yellow with a minimal head into my glass. Faint malty aromas invade the nose. First taste of this leaves me pleasantly surprised. There's a nice slightly sweet finish to this beer with no notes of alcohol. Miniscule notes of floral hops round out the palate. Mouthfeel is not watery thankfully. Drinkability is super high on this one. I had no clue of the 6.2 abv. This was a decent pickup. These kind of lagers will probably never be my favorite but I could easily convince some of my macro drinking friends to pick up a few 500 mls of these.

soper2000, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a "curiousity" brew, would a beer from Poland be any different than any of the other Euro style lagers on the market?? I had to try it. The answer, no, not really.

A classic look, thin golden body, plenty of fizz and a light foamy top, shades off after a short time.

The aroma is also exactly what one would expect from the style, yeast first with light malt , tangy, earthy and that's about it.

This one starts off, clean, crisp, light and refreshing, the feel and flavor is pretty much right on, the flavor is clean, no metallic or lazy malt here, like you can find with some of the cheaper euro style lager's. I always taste a corn like adjunct with herbal, tangy, earthy lager flavor's mild malt that does infact become a bit slick and cloying after a long session. Drink these cold and fast if you can handle, "throwing 'em down. I say go for it. Thet don't exactly "open up".

Not bad, not exactly good, pretty much standard for the style, which has it's place, but just not interesting enough to bother buying again.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of BrewMaven
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this after reading some of the many favorable reviews on BA. Poured a clear bright gold with a white foamy head, not much lacing at all. Slightly grainy nose similar to American lagers but more prominant and much less skunk like. Taste was pleasant, somewhat grainy again with a touch of lemon? A little bit of a hop kick in the finish. Overall, an easy drinking light bodied brew that is well suited to the weather I have now in N.Y.

BrewMaven, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -12.5%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of chuckpalka
3.5/5  rDev +2%

chuckpalka, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty delight, really not bad for this basic style. A bit of fast fading head on top of clear yellowish liquid, and some mix of malt in there, even a tad floral. Easy drinking. I would have again, decent brewery based on what I have had. Would drink again in a pinch.

Sammy, Jan 28, 2007
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O.K. Beer from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
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