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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 BeerBob
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piwo Okocimskie Full Pale "Piwo Jasne Pelne” Pours a pale amber from 11.2 fl oz dark brown glass bottle. Head went to well over two fingers with beautiful lacing on the sides of my 22oz beer glass.

Nose is of barley grain and just a touch of husk, no hint of the 5.6% alcohol by volume... (from label) none at all.

Palate is of toasted malted barley with sweet barley sugars. Finish is a well bittered hop with the bight of well balanced carbonation.

O.K. Beer from Okocim Brewery is impressive, most impressive!

BeerBob, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of ahking
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful light honey color. Haven't seen a pale lager with such nice color. Smells a bit grassy with apple. Taste is delicate, fruity, and about the same as every other european lager (sad, but true). Can't knock it for this though, because there are some nice subtle flavors here. Very drinkable. My bottle says 5.6 % ABV. Worth a try.

ahking, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a vibrant golden straw. Muted aroma, a bit of grain. Flavor was bright, and surprisingly fresh, since I'm sure it took a while for this beer to make it to my local store. Hopping was reserved, but there were clear Czech/Bohemian influences. Some smooth grain and a touch of grassyness finished. Not bad at all.

Brent, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was ok. Actually, this was better than ok.
Poured a beautiful, pale but vibrant sunny gold. You can see the other side of the room through this bugger.
Smells like... beer. Nothing special going on but nothing offensive.. perhaps a bit of grassyness to the smell.
The taste is quite nutty with just a bit of a hops bite. The experience is between dry and juicy.
Smooth, easy drinking, and pretty inexpensive for a quality beer.

ommegangpbr, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, clear, golden- so clear. No floaties at all. Little head. Smells lemony, light, and citrus. Tangy- a milder Chimay tripel?

Tastes light and citrusy with a lot of lemon coming through, sweet, perhaps a nuttyness to it. A lot more "OK" than I thought it would be- especially for two dollars. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, a bit watery, nothing special. Quite drinkable, goes down easy, and inexpensive- a solid beer.

scooter231, Aug 20, 2005
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 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 neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very typical euro pale. Appearance is a light and clear coppery color with a thin white head that recedes to a film.

Smells caramelly and buttery. Tastes the same, but with a mild hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and buttery diacetyl. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is good, though I don't think I will buy try this again in the future. I'm looking forward to the Porter, though, if and when it comes to Iowa City. Thanks to axisjones for the bottle.

The name, ironically, says it all. This is an O.K. Beer, no more, no less.

neonbrown82, Jul 02, 2005
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 stoutman
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has that grassy, wheat corn aroma, prevalent in many European lagers, with a slight malt sweetness, and a grainey bitterness, slightly bolder than its American counterparts so its slightly better, and ranked as only average. Medium golden lager with an average white head and lively carbonation and a short, watery finish. Short be able to finish alot whilst working in the yard on a hot summer day.

stoutman, May 14, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich golden with a white head that drops in a light lace.
aroma is very malty with a slight hop floral.
the flavor is very smooth slightly sweet, good hop spiciness (guessing lublin), good malt background.
the mouthfeel is very smooth.
very drinkable, unlike with american pale lagers, were this clean, smooth and flavorful.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 07, 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 Dukeofearl
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle; 6.2% alcohol. "Full Pale", Brewed and bottled by Okocim Brewery Poland.

Pours a pale golden-yellow very clear, with a moderate, very typical lager-like white head, that starts moderate in size, and then drops to a nice cover. Looks ok for the style.

Aroma is fresh and clean, slight sweetness, with a hop note under.

Flavor is decent. Weak, but decent. Slight sweetness, not terribly hoppy, not much else going on.

Mouthfeel thin, but not bad. Generally refreshing, and it tastes pretty good right now. Overall, not a classic, but it is a decent session/lawnmower-type beer.

Dukeofearl, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.55/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this one in a long while. Perfect session brew. It is listed here as 6.2%, but my bottle says 5.6%. When 98% percent of humans think of a perfect beer, this is comes to mind. A .5L bottle pours into my pint glass with a frothy head bringing it exactly to the rim. It has a golden hue with a little bibt of orange. The flavor is malty with hints of citrus. They don't cocme more drinkable. A perfect beer to throw back while sitting on a bar stool. Cheers.

swamiswamu, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce [500ml] tall looking brown glass bottle. Labeled as ‘O.K. Beer Okocim’ with the words Full Pale above it. Looks exactly like the bottle in the BA Avatar. Listed as 6.2% by volume, but with no freshness date anywhere that I could see.

Appearance: Lovely strong yellow golden body that pours with an excellent sticky head, large and expansive it is frothy and creamy with a half-life similar to that of Uranium-235, looks excellent in the Mug! Superb conditioning.

Nose: Much better than I expected from a strong Polish Lager. Aromatic Pilsner malts mixed with delicate floral hops. Light grain mustiness in the back end.

Taste: Malty start that a light sweetness and an immediate thirst quenching dimension. Fresh hop profile takes the reigns in the middle and finishes with a nice bitterness that has a light salty feel. Finishes as it starts, crisp and clean, and tasty, a tasty Pils.

Mouthfeel: Feels great in the mouth, lovely soft carbonation and fantastic Pilsner malts right through to the Fresh Hop transition sits well inside a healthy body.

Drinkability: Solid drinking brew from Poland that has a great thirst quenching talent. Only the light metallic flavor in the finish becomes a distraction but even that becomes easy to forgive as this soon becomes an easy going Session Lager.

Overall: Tasty stuff, much better than I expected, and remembered.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich gold color. Decent head. Completely unexceptional.

Very strong grain odor. Sweet like sunshine, malt and weeds. A walk in a cornfield, almost. A hint of skunk, actually pretty nice. This is what Poland smells like, I assume.

Grain taste. Bitter malt upfront, sweet malt in the back along with grain, almost a hint of citrus. Bitter alcohol aftertaste that makes my mouth water. Unique.

This should be a simple beer. It looks and smells like a simple beer. There's just something about it makes it flirt with greatness. It's got quite a kick to it, too.

Not worth what I paid, but certainly not bad.

mynie, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Into a pint glass, this beer pours a very pale golden color. When held to light, only the faintest hue of yellow can be observed. An active head of white rises to ¾” and soon settles to a thin lacing on the surface. Carbonation is moderate to high, and remains active throughout. Who knows if Poland is being funny when they print O.K. Beer on the cap. I found it humorous.

Smell: Sweet grassy scent, a muffled bite of phenolic spice.

Taste: Incredibly smooth, and surprisingly mute in its flavor. The malts are very clean imparting only the faintest of biscuit flavors in the finish. The hops are soft and delicate and taste of clover, wild grasses, and honey. The spicy phenols try to pull through, but fall short giving only the faintest taste of pepper and clove. This is a very clean beer, and has a nice sweetness in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly light and thin. The moderately high carbonation gives this an airy sensation, much like an American macro lager, only with more refinement and less force. What others might term thin, I think suits this beer’s easygoing flavor to a tee.

Drinkability: I can’t see how anyone could call this something other than perfect. Realize; this is not the most flavorful, complex or even tasty beer around, but it has an awesome ability to be consumed and appreciated for what it is: A European export lager. I can only imagine how easy this is to drink when fresh on tap. SUPER easy to drink. Amazing fact about this beer: It’s 6.2% ABV. It tastes mid 4’s. Drink with caution.

99bottles, Oct 09, 2004
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 DESTRO
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a good lager. pale and clear like most, its cleanwith a big malty profile, a modest dose of hops and the slightest alcohol whiff. clean and smooth throughout. its simple and does nothing amazing but everything good. a more than easy to drink crisp beer ill have any day of the week. good stuff.

DESTRO, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well being Polish myself, I could get quite a bit of Polish brews. So slowly I'll try to review as much as possible. However, I've never had the O.K. beer and I quite like it. Pours out a pale yellow with a decent enough head on it. Smell consisted of malts and grains. Some hops at a distant though. Taste was nice. Malts upfront with some grain and some spicy hops towards the end. It's nicely done. For a 6.2% beer, the mouthfeel was a little too thin though. But other than that it was a good brew. Gotta like the crest with the goat trying to pick up and drink the beer.

necoadam, Apr 01, 2004
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 TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, with a head that leaves a layer on top after it fades from a moderate white head on the pour. Not a very strong scent. A light euro lager scent. Taste is big and malty, with the alcohol melding nicely with the flavor. One of my favorite Euro Lagers so far. I would get this again, very solid.

TastyTaste, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden brew.

Smell is perfume and malt and grain.

Taste is perfume and sweet. Mostly grain and malt flavor, tasty. I know that sounds simplified, but lagers can only be complex to a point.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable. Didn't know that Poland made good beer. I will buy this again.

Zorro, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of JamesBerry
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with nice frothy white head. Nice, consistent lacing along the glass, and a balanced aroma of hops and malt. Significantly hoppier taste, slightly salty. Brisk and refreshing mouthfeel, though a bit smoother than its American brothers. Brings to mind fond memories of brick oven pizza.

JamesBerry, Jan 31, 2004
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
O.K. Beer from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
78 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.