Harnas - Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

58 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-24-2004

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by andjusticeforale:
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.63/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Duvel tulip for tasting. Nice brown amber color. Smell of crisp wheaty malts adn some hop flavouring.

The taste was not too bad at all, a clear hop flavour profile which served to flavor but not bitter the beer/ there was malty and bready depth with some minerals/ I have issue with the carbonation though. It had a head to start but quickly tasted flat. This seemed quite intenional. I don't like too much carbonation but this was not enough. It would have been a vastly better beer with just a touch more- and would have improved the finish and drinkability.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.83/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has no freshness date but it does list its abv at 5.5%.

Appearance: The body has very clarity and a light golden yellow color with some visible carbonation. The pour produced a two finger thick head which is tightly packed and creamy. It hangs on well and makes some slick lace.

Smell: In the nose I am picking up a firm bready sweet and pale grainy maltiness with grassy hops backing it up.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor matches the aroma with mildly sweet overall character backed up with light hop bitterness. The palate has a light medium feel with soft carbonation and a smooth creamy texture.

Notes: As Pale Euro Lagers go this one is not bad at all and has a very nice creamy foam head. It is simple, clean and easy to drink.

Photo of zjungleist
2.81/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark yellow color with a decent bright white head. The smell is slighly grassy, nothing major here. The taste is also grassy from both the hops and the grains, as well as the occasional aftertastes that nearly cider-like or even bile-like. The mouthfeel is average. There is just something about this beer that doesn't jive with me. It's reasonalbe, I'll drink it, but I won't buy it again.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The latest as I go through all the semi local bodegas and Polish deli's. Poured a darker shade of gold than the average American Macro. Not quite as dark or viscous as a Euro strong. BA calls this a Euro Pale, I call this one..Euro Medium!

White head that didn't stay long and minimal lacing along with run of the mill carbonation. Taste was grain and malt with some hops in the finish. Refreshing and enjoyable. Much more refined and consistant than it's American competition. Would make a good BBQ or backyard beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Harnas is a typical Euro-style lager (meaning not German or Czech) with a little bit of extra strength to it, and a little bit more color.

It displays a mainly clear, deep golden body beneath a short but creamy bright-white head that shows average retention and lacing, at best.

It's clean, and obviously fairly well-brewed, displaying a fairly common sweetish and grainy maltiness and a mild, lightly herbal and spicy hop character. Surprisingly, it has a bit of a toasty/slightly caramelish side to it. - ? At the same time, I'm wondering whether there's adjunct to it - ? It's firm bitterness balances it, keeping the sweetish maltiness in check, and it finishes with some residual malty sweetness and smears of herbal, leafy, and spicy hops. Served cold it's refreshing, but with a little warmth the sweetness starts to cut down on drinkability.

On the other hand, it's soft, with a moderate bitterness, and that makes it very accessible as there's not much that's objectionable about it. People who wouldn't normally drink a more bitter, solidly composed beer might go for this. Of course there's not that much to be excited about either, which would probably leave beer drinkers looking for something with a little more balance.

Photo of johnmb88
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at a gas station in Warsaw. Has a Native-American looking man on the bottle for some reason. Tastes lighter than Carlsberg's other Polish product, Okocim, but still 6% abv. Pours with almost no head. Light yellow color. Tastes malty with not much other flavor, nothing offensive. I am starting to believe that all of the large-scale Polish lagers are almost indistinguishable. A good beer to chase shots of Wyborowa.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light golden/orange color.

S: Faint aroma of oranges and citrus.

T: Very sweet malt palate. Velvet texture, sour orange peel flavor with just a touch of floral in the finish to balance the sweetness.

M: a touch light with some slickness and light carbonation

D: Overall much better then I expected from a Poland brewery.

Photo of Jredner
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle. Aroma is grains/grass, metal and rust. The body continues the rust theme and has a rusty river water appearance, but holds a commendable thumb thick white head that is fluffy and lasting. Fore is light and flavorless. Caramel malt flavors in the middle with a mild sweetness and very slightly hoppy finish. Better than many pale Euroe lagers I’ve had, but that isn’t saying very much.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.39/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm king of the mountain!

Not quite sane looking, but quite the intimidater. A shepherd looking fellow, wielding an axe & going around with a feather in his hat. Must mean things are looking up. :)

The color is a little more moody then the typical euro lagers I've sampled. Fresh beer, but a flat head & a boring Euro nose. More airy & less sweet then it's country brethren. At least there is some positive bite that fights off the invading sucrose army. Green on the finish. Smooth as always, easy, & great with pork.

Great label, decent beer. :)

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with an about perfect head, pretty much what a lager is supposed to look like.

Aromatic strong brewers yeast with some grass and grain aromas. Spicy and soapy Nobel hop aromas. Slight fruity aroma but I can't identify the fruit something like peach.

Starts out malty and quite full of yeast flavor and a vague fruity flavor. Grassy and dry the flavor doesn't quite deliver what the smell promises you. OK lager, but not a great one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but also sort of forgettable. Probably would pick this over Heineken but if a German Lager was on the menu I would get that instead.

Photo of Douberd
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can, bought at a polish shop in Arnhem. Poured into a Guiness glass. ABV 6%

Nice appearance, with golden yellow colour and a big, soapy, snow white head, with very good retention. Some traces of lacing left behind. Activity in the glass is minimal.
A typical lager malty aroma, with maybe some apple notes on the background.
Not a bad taste, but nothing to be excited either. Sweet with a very slighty bitter aftertaste.
Thin to medium body, average carbonation. Just a little bit dry on the palate.
An overall average lager, very pleasantly drinkable though and the alcohol is not traceable at all.

Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting label from the good folks in Polska. At 6.2% I'm almost surprised that this isn't labeled "Mocne" (strong) but then I remember that this is Poland and these people drink vodka like gatorade.
A nice dark golden color with a reddish hint and decent foamy head that fades slowly. The smell is slightly spicy and fruity with touches of metal and yeast.
The taste is fruity initially followed by a metallic note and hops and then a dry, crisp finish. Pretty balanced for a pale Euro lager and more complex in taste and body than most Polish beers I've tried. The mouthfeel has a little too much carbonation but again, not bad for the style and origin.
This is a good beer to drink when hanging out in Zakopane in one of those hiking lodges, good, solid, basic, Polish brew.

Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single 500 ml bottle purchased from Super Saver Liquors in Somerville...
Appearance: Clear, see-through, light-golden hue with a decent-sized foamy head that deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Euro lager aroma with hints of light lemons, slight vanilla, and citrus...
Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing... Nice 6.2% ABV to match... Not bad for a typically mediocore style...
Decent mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow with a thin foamy head that thins and stays around.

The smell is of...sweet grain - Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain and a vague husk - something almost cooked veggie-like. Faint hint of balancing bitterness in finish (?) I suppose. Alcohol well-hidden.

Fizzy and thin, this one is boring, boring.

Photo of TheDeuce
1.55/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1


The worst of the run of Polish beers I tried. Dark golden color, pale smell of some malt, grains, and alcohol. Taste is an extremely unpleasant sweet maltiness, the flavor overwhelms the palate and ruins the experience. I tried to taste other things and could only detect alcohol otherwise.

Mouthfeel and drinkability suffer greatly as a result. I actually thought I had a bad beer and ordered another from a different spot but I got the same experience. Overall, simply not a good tasting beer, not recommended.

Photo of johanvond
1.34/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Worst beer i've ever tried to review. So where do I start. Oxidised, overly sweet, and it has the flavor of wet cardboard with sugar on top. I couldn't finnish it. I'm sorry I don't mind The OK Okcim and the porter is one of the best but I have to say that this is crap, an utter dissipointment. sorry but it is that bad, worse that special export light. Yes its that bad.

Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the Wednesday Night Trivia crew was recently over in the Czech Republic for work and brought back some CANs for me. Once again, it pays to advertise and my thanks to Rod Shenk for the gift(s).

From the CAN: "Beer of Polish Highlanders". Thanks for sharing, fellas!

The CANQuest (TM) finds it amusing that the bulk of the reviews up to this point have been for bottles and yet the picture depicts a CAN! In its current iteration, the highlander takes up most of the space, battleaxe raised in his right hand with the mountains looming in the background.

The Crack & Glug was magnificent, resulting in a finger of dense bone-white head with good retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity that would cause Croesus and Midas to salivate. Nose had an interesting fruitiness to it that I do not usually associate with the style. It reminded me of CANtaloupe or another sweet-smelling melon. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a black pepper spiciness accompanying the melon-like sweetness. Now, this I CAN totally get behind! Beer pairings are CANstantly themed around the CANtrast between sweet and spicy and here it is in the beer itself. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing on a hot summer's day. Now, if only I had an extra to take to AC on Thursday ...

Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SLightly darker gold color, flat looking body, with minimal head, just a little creamy white foam. Smell is adjunct, grass, and rubbing alcohol. Taste is pretty indescript, although not offensive, just very average for the style, like the difference between budweiser and MGD. Other than that, I don't mind this, nor do i recommend it.

Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a rich, deep gold, darker than the standard euro pale lagers. It has a right white head that dissipates rather quickly.

The smell is very malty with hints of honey, there is an overlying off scent that is a bit metallic. Theres no sign of hops.

The mouthfeel is thicker than most Euro Pale lagers, the flavor is rich and malty with not much hp bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick but with a high carbonation level, not bad.

It packs more of a punch than most at 6.2 and it bridges the gap between Euro pale lager and Euro strong lager. It is pretty drinkable though.

At .99 a pop this stuff is well worth it, it is a slightly stronger than average lager with a rich malty flavor.

Photo of Gavage
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/4" head that disappears immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: malts and grains are soft and barely detectable by the nose.

Taste: grainy malt, corn, grass, green grapes, and a hint of bitterness make up an off balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: smoth and lightly dry throughout. Medium bodied. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a poor polish beer here. I had a tough time finishing the glass. Avoid this one.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with an off white head that leaves some sticky lacing.
Smell is faint of corn husk and perhaps very faint notes of hops.
Taste starts out smooth and there isn't a nasty bite from the carbonation that then changes to a sweeter note with some hints of hops. No metallic bite here.
The finish is smooth with a clean syrupy taste lingering on your tongue.

Overall a decent beer, it's still a euro pale lager and it cheap so you can't expect a complex beer. It is however a smooth easy drinker that doesn't have any off notes. Worth a try.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium golden color with a touch of bronze. Totally clear presentation. Smaller head of white foam. Traces of lacing in the glass, and a medium to medium low level of carbonation.

S: Grassy. Some minor notes of nuts and malt. A slightly sweet, sappy, syrupy note. Fair.

T: Middle of the road pale lager. Mild maltiness and touches of dry hops. A mild nut flavor basks in an otherwise bland macro lager flavor. Yawn.

M: Light, somewhat dull. Not much crispness or body. Fair.

D: One and done. It's not bad, but totally lackluster.

Photo of Redrover
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ML brown bottle. No freshness dating, but the label informs me that it is the beer of Polish Highlanders.

The bear pours a slightly dark golden with a quickly collapsing white head. No lacing at all.

The aroma is of grains, floral notes and a bit of pepper.

More bitter than I expected. The malts add a nice grainy almost wheat cracker type taste. The hops chime in with some spice (pepper for sure) and the beer has some grassy notes. Some alcohol taste emerges mid-glass and continues to grow as you drink more.

The mouth is crisp. The drinkability is average, it could easily move-up if they could tone down the alcohol a bit. If I ever find myself in the Polish Highlands, I will have another.

Photo of kojevergas
1.88/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

500ml brown glass bottle acquired at a 24h alkohole shop in Krakow and served into a beer can glass in me friend's gaff there. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given Carlsberg's ownership. Best before: 03/03/15.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White in colour. Pathetically thin. Lacks any creaminess and frothiness whatsoever. Recedes fully within 1 minute, leaving no lacing.

BODY Dull yellow-copper. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. It's a pretty generic looking beer.

AROMA: Malt extract/syrup, syrupy sweetness, and adjunct. Generic barley.

An unpleasant aroma of average strength. I'm not looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. Lacks a noticeable hop profile.

TASTE: Malt extract (helles malts), some syrupy sweetness, generic barley, and a hint of adjunct - maybe corn?

Unbalanced, boring, and off-putting. I don't like it at all. Too sweet. Graininess would be preferable. It's shallow and doesn't have a fresh or appealing taste.

TEXTURE: Syrupy, thick, and generally wrong for the style. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet.

Poorly executed, with a poor overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: A difficult brew to down given its low quality. Not one I'd buy again. Steer clear of this one. It's so generic there's little to say about it. Completely unremarkable in every way.


Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a deep, somewhat dark, golden color. The soft white head is slight and wispy. The aroma is pretty uninspiring…a soft graininess and a nice amount of malt, backed by some serious DMS and euro hops. It’s a typical European Lager smell: middle of the road. The taste is fairly sweet, as expected from a Polish brew. Soft, medium body, with slightly low carbonation. It’s drinkable, as far as the everyday lagers go. It’s just not very inspiring.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Harnas from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
71 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.