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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

287 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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)
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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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a 2 inch foamy white head that fades to a think film on the top of the beer. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fresh grains, grass/hay notes, and some sweetness. Taste is of grains, grass, and some sweet honey-like flavors on the finish. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel on this one. Overall, this is a pretty good lager out of Poland. I need to seek out the Baltic porter from this brewery as well.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12.5%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Faint aromas of sweet and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste has a bit of sweetness and has hints of bready and grainy malts. No hops are perceptible, but they help to keep the sweetness in check.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a simple-flavored pale lager that is very easy to drink.

metter98, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden body with a nice foamy white head - plenty of lacing

Smell: Vegetal DMS odor that is rather unappetizing; some hops in the background

Taste: Slightly more flavorful than your typical lager, with a good sweet malt backbone and a slightly crisp hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability: OK for a Euro lager; note that the abv on my bottle was 5.6% so perhaps the abv has been reduced across the board for this brew

brentk56, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent bright gold with pastel yellow accents, capped by an impressive looking head of bright white foam that is full of character. It's firm and tacky at once, shows off a craggy mesa as it deflates and leaves fat, meandering strands of bubbly lace.

The nose is hoppier than most with a sweet, rounded, soft pungency that just has to be coming from Saaz. It's floral in the best sense of the word and is a pleasure to sniff.

O.K. is definitely one of the better versions of this oft-maligned style, but it still runs up against my glass ceiling of likeability. I'm only capable of getting so much enjoyment out of an EPL after all. Granted, this beer comes pretty close to making me reconsider that sentiment.

Although the flavor isn't quite as hoppy as the nose, hops are still clearly running the show. The bitterness has a sharper, more pointed character than I generally prefer, but it's nothing too severe. There's a fair amount of citrusiness (bitter lemon zest), although more would be welcome. The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a stealth slickness accompanied by an under the radar amount of carbonation.

In the end, O.K. Beer is okay beer. It's a big fish when judged against its peers, but not when forced to swim in the larger ocean of craft beer. I understand that the O.K. of its name is based on the name of the brewery, but it does convey a certain lack of self assurance and may be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Or I could be spouting a bunch of absolute nonsense (the most likely theory, I'm afraid). Better though to call your beer 'Abso-fu**in'-lutely Fantastic Beer' and take your chances, no?

BuckeyeNation, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample #2 4/24/06
Not as bad as the first try. My bottle may have been bad. The beer isn't as skunked as I first thought, although it's dangerously close. Remains grainy, but has a nice malty flavor and texture. It improved in my book.

Quite typical of a European Lager in that it looks medium straw in color and forms an dainty white head that laces decently. It smells terribly skunked at first but dispates quickly; unlike Heineken. After the aroma settles it becomes watery quicky but holds its malt / hop balance. Moderate vegetal and buttery tones. Holds fairly creamy mouthfeel, but slick. Aftertaste is crisp and lingers with mild hop bitterness.

BEERchitect, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gold with a white head. Light white head quickly fades. Not bad looking

Medium/thin mouthfeel with no real character or balance. Watery/thin.

Flavors of simple bitter yeast and a sort of green herb/celery flavor.

Simple yeast finish. Not a whole lot here. Not particularly pleasant.

GRG1313, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was looking intresting for a try, and my first beer from Poland! Poured a golden pale yellow, no head, no lace, but a nice visible stream of carbonation, classic euro lager look. Smell was very light, corn, grain, bread, sort of a musky smell, again pretty run of the mill for the style. The taste was crisp, and clean, classic lager, grainy malted taste, slight hint at the european hops. Very smooth and a classic session beer. Overall it was ok(lol). I could easily put down several of these on a hot day. Nothing terribly spectacular, but definatly not bad.

mikesgroove, Mar 22, 2007
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 JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Okay. This stuff pours a clear brass-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises old wheat and light dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of odd fruitiness and an aftertaste laden with the dust of many unkempt attic rooms. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty weak and odd-tasting beer, one I couldn't easily say "Okay" to any time soon.

TMoney2591, May 04, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on tap at the new world of beers on Colorado boulevard. from Poland I reckon, this beer pours a really light pale straw color with a big and full white head with O.K. retention (pun intended). generic nose of spent crystal malt and everyday yeast. there is a light lemony flavor up front, but after that this is your classic eastern European wash, not poorly made, just terribly uninteresting. its plenty sessionable though, with a really light body and a relatively excited mouthfeel. a curious beer to import, since its like so many that are made here at home, but I guess variety is the spice of life, even if there isn't much spice happening in this brew. my Molson drinking old man would like it, but it didn't strike a chord with me, it was just O.K. (fine I will stop now).

StonedTrippin, Mar 19, 2013
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

nickfl, Aug 21, 2013
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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale malt scent that is a bit sweet. It also has a grainy feel with a slighty musty aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit dry and just a tad musty. Hops are present, but low in bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's smooth and highly quaffable.

WesWes, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -12.5%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle

Pours light golden yellow with a one finger head that dettles to a thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grain with a touch of spiciness.

The taste is of sweet, grainy malt. Cedary, oily hops and a peppery spiciness balance out the sweetness. The hops keep it from being as sweet and one-dimensional as the usual EPL. and give it an unusual, but nice, characteristic. Hoppy for the style. Finishes with a fair amount of hop dryness.

It's medium bodied. More of a body than is typical for the style, while remaining smooth and refreshing.

For the style, this one is pretty good. While the typical EPL sweetness is there, there is an above-average hoppiness and spiciness that makes this one stand out. OK Beer is more than OK.

jwc215, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This beer's label shows an ABV of 5.6%.

Decent initial white head with some staying power. It even leaves some ring lace after each sip. Light straw in color and crystal clear.

Light malt aroma, no discernible hop; no flaws, but nothing fascinating either.

This beer is far more interesting than American macros. I can detect actual hop and the mouthfeel is thicker than water. The flavor is largely the pale malt, but the finish is slightly sour but short lasting. Very high carbonation.

Perhaps this is the best of the lawn-mower beers.

smcolw, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my father's Polish friends from work brought home a 6'er of this. The European Saaz hops are clearly present and make this a nice drinkable, light beer. A pretty high ABV for the style but it's very smooth and undetectable. I haven't tried too many imports but this one makes me want to try a lot more.

oriolesfan4, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a pale, yellow, straw coloured, with a medium-sized white head, fairly good retention on that one, with little to no lacing.

S: Weak, some maltiness, smells kind of stale though, not off-putting.

T: Good, would identify this more in the Helles lager set, maltiness dominates, very light and simple, but effective.

M: Thin, refreshing though, your average Euro pale lager mouthfeel, high in carbonation, dry.

D: A good Euro pale lager, one of the best from Continental Europe that I have had, refreshing on a hot summer's day, especially after manual labour, the Porter is this brewery's masterpiece, but this lager ain't too shabby, as they say. If you're looking for a cheap, inexpensive beer with flavour, try this.

Halcyondays, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

O.K., The CANQuest (TM) is officially having some O.K. beer. Actually, it makes me tear up for my old drinking buddy, Stash, of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. During his lifetime and my extended tenure in Da 'Burgh, he and I plowed through a LOT of Polish, Baltic and eastern European beers. He was the owner and dedicated to such beers. He never had it in a CAN, however. He was all about bottles, but I am finding that to be wrong-headed. CAN you imagine "Woody's All-CAN Bar"? Ho!

From the CAN: "Full Pale Beer = Piwo Jasne Pelne". Yep.

I never appreciated the auditory aspect of The CANQuest (TM) as much as I do today, following a (mostly) ten-day hiatus. Crack and Glug, indeed! My two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head began falling almost immediately, but in exchange, it left some nice lacing. Color was a deep-golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. "Pale", my butt! Comparatively, historically, sure, but for the style - negits. Nose was pure, unadulterated lager. A slight, malt-driven sweetness led the way, but there were also Noble hops as the back-up. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and I got a slight metallic tang on the tongue along with the initial wash of malty sweetness. Oh well. Finish was more tangy with the hops accompanied by a metallic taste. I CAN live without that aspect of some lagers.

woodychandler, Aug 29, 2010
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O.K. Beer from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
78 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.