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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager - Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.

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BA SCORE
69
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106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-29-2002)
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2/5  rDev -30.6%

ThinkAgain, Jul 27, 2013
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Photo of oberon
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light gold with a big blooming bone white head that some pretty good retention,sweet aromas and somewhat vegetal with an odd soapiness in the background.Starts out pretty sweet with corn-like sweet alcohol notes that soapiness come thru on the palate as well,somewhat big American macro in taste but it is touch of that.A no brainer beer there is some sweetness to it but that alcohol is to prevelant for a smaller lager not really refreshing,I"ll pass on this next time.

oberon, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Todd
1.58/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Tappered 0.5l brown bottle. No freshness date. On the back label: "In 1525 the Polish king Sigmun the Old granted the exclusive beer brewing rights to Lezajsk Brewers. The law was not a royal whim. It was a token of respect for the mastery of Lezajsk Brewers. A true flavor of the legend of Lezajsk 1525."

Appearance: Pours a pretty pale straw golen beer with big carbonation bubble and a big white foam head that quickly settles to a weak transparent lace.

Smell: Musty grain and faint herbal in the aroma. Veggie-ish.

Taste: Smooth and very light bodied with a near watery consistency. Malt sweetness is more veggie sweet, with an odd corn flavour. Grain flavours are very tannic, semi-astringent and unpleasant on the palate. Light herbal hop spice flavour that tries to save the beer, but fails leaving behind a light floral flavour tucked beneath, and eventually aiding to, the "malt" mess. Finish is dry, bitty, full of tannins with strong -- near overwhelming -- metallic and mineral flavours on the edges.

Notes: By far one of the worst pils lagers that I've tasted out of Europe. Adjunct City, baby. Save your money. Steer clear of this beer.

Todd, Sep 08, 2002
Photo of Jason
1.78/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The white lace creeps up the glass and sticks where it can. Shimmering weathered golden hue.

Powdery hay malt aroma with an ample amount of leaf hop for the nose to take in.

Metallic graininess off of a carbonate like carbonation, ouch what a bite! After that subsides the flavour is decimated and does not come back other than a sweetness that lingers into the after taste.

Astringent almost to the point of being undrinkable. I’ll pass on this one, there are other Euro lagers that are much better than this one.

Jason, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

acurtis, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Polish friends have offered this to me on multiple occasions, and I've never turned it down. Time to see how much effect environment has on perception.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow hue, with one finger of weakly foamy, somewhat soap sudsy off-white head, which dissipates quite quickly, leaving less than a modicum of stringy lace around the glass. It's actually a very nice looking lager, or maybe that's just the anticipation of a Friday afternoon talking.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, a mildly sour apple fruitiness, and some decent floral, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is more in the vein of a tame grainy, semi-sweet bready malt, with more softly astringent, sour drupe fruitiness, and some supportive earthy, kind of expired grassy hops.

The carbonation kind of hits you with both barrels right up front, yet mellows out slowly but surely, revealing a pithy medium weight body, with a less than agreeable attempt at beginner's smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, as the burgeoning, and heretofore unmentioned skunkiness of the hops comes around full bore on the steady, but generally dull malt.

A more or less (less, actually) adequate Euro-lager - how is it that North Americans fuck up the malt (sugar, acetone, corn syrup, etc), while the Continentals exhibit their ineptitude via the hops - all light struck or otherwise skanky in their measure? I'm hardly certain that I'd order a second of this one, should I ever find myself binge drinking in Poland, so it is not even worthy of a session, even those involving beet soup and subsequent promises of well-made vodka.

biboergosum, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of BrewMaven
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with a Damn near bionic head of white fluff! head receded but the lacing stayed and dried to a white powder when scraped with my fingernail! On smell alone I was thinking of American light beers. Thankfully, I was deceived. Taste was sort of veggie with a bitter kick in the finish that surprised me. Light bodied and effervescent. Not really my style but it was a good experience.

BrewMaven, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New one in town. I was assured that it was "fresh" and "actually, not too bad" by someone I trust.
Plus, "Lezajsk" would be a Scrabble-lover's dream if proper names were legal.

Pours gold with tornadic streams of carbonation feeding a modest white crown.
Nose is mostly absent, but traces of minerals and toffeed apples are faintly visible when inhaled deeply.
Certainly not a juggernaut of flavor....but also not a juggernaut of off-flavor either (as old / poorly handled lagers from this region often are). There's a minor toasty component up front, fading gradually to apple and caramel sweetness. Hints at maibock. Grainier as it rides out, with traces of minerals, but otherwise soft. A underlying sweetness hints at some sort of adjunct, but its not intrusive. Not much hopping for conclusion, but traces of leafy bitterness are there.
Light-bodied, inching towards medium. Well-carbonated without being gassy.
If the hopping (or anything) was bolstered, this might be of some distinction. As is, it's thoroughly mundane, but generally pleasant.

cokes, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of CanuckRover
2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw. Snow white head puffs up quickly but fades to... nothing, pretty quickly. Not even a film. No lacings whatsoever.

Unappetizing vegetable sweetness in the aroma.

Not much taste at all. Slightly sweet grainy base... almost apple-like. Little bit of grain alcohol to finish things off.

Not great, even as eastern european lagers go.

CanuckRover, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a few bottles of some Polish stuff in Chicago, so I decided to make this a bit of a "theme night" and try a couple of brews from the country that IMO is the undiscovered and under appreciated home of some very fine brews.

A - This is a dark-yellow brew with a slight brown cast too it... like dark "first morning void" urine. The small but persistent head leaves a nice amount of crusty lace on the glass.

S - This smells malty and sweet with a hint of spicy hops. Given the style, this baby is spot on in terms of "it is what it is" accuracy.

T - Nicely malted with a hint of crisp spicy hops, this is definitely a malt-forward brew that is much sweeter than others of the style.

M - Meaty and stew-like, this is not quite full bodied but it is definitely light years from the usual light body of a "Euro Lager".

D - This is pretty good stuff, even if it is a little forgettable.

pmcadamis, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This floral Polish lager delivers a crystal-clear, straw-gold body beneath a foamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar and minimal surface covering. Some rings of lace remain from the first several sips; but only minor, spotty lace is left towards the end of the serving. The nose displays some lightly grainy malt that's doused in floral and herbal hops. The body is light and crisp in the mouth with a very fine but moderate carbonation. The flavor starts with some initial malt sweetness that's immediately surrounded by a floral hop character that engulfs the palate. A solid bitterness lies beneath, and ushers it to a drying conclusion that's adorned with lingering floral hops.

This beer has been improved greatly since I originally wrote my last review, and I'm stunned at the turn-around. What was once a thumbs-dwon is now a thumbs-up! Try it!

NeroFiddled, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of traumaqueen
2/5  rDev -30.6%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jackndan
3.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lezajsk: The aroma is very impressive right out of the bottle. Clear reddish golden beer with very little head. The taste is very nice, surprisingly so, in fact this is a very nice beer. Dry, crisp, clean, hoppy. I’ve said it before on this site, eastern European beers are well worth the price.

jackndan, Dec 07, 2002
Photo of mzeld
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

mzeld, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Color was a straw gold/yellow with a touch of white foam that disappeared moments in.

Smell was nonexistent - nothing notable coming from the glass.

Taste was very clean. Quick on the finish - really just dropped off the table at the end, virtrually no lingering hop bittering. Watery.

Easy enough to drink. I ended up with a little bit of heartburn from it, so not sure i'd re-up.

Definitely not the best euro-lager out there. A resounding "ok."

KTCamm, May 15, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fairly malty, a bit sweet. Taste is sweet, malts, quite refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

tone77, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale staw yellow with a slight orange hue and moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet malt and oranges on nose that is very fruity.

T: Big sweet oranges for flavor, very citrusy, and fairly clean. Fruity, with some mangos, oranges, and honey and finishes with a slight malt touch. Some herbal hopping.

M: a tad thin at first but leaves a good malt lacing in the finish with some oranges.

D: Pretty impressive attempt from Poland, overall beer is fruity, with some honey sweetness and is thirst quenching making it drinkable on a hot summer day.

beerthulhu, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of ChrisCage
2.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear light amber color, with a thick white fizzy head that quickly disappears into nothing, literally. The carbonation looks to be big and bubbly. There is no lacing and the body appears to be on the thin side.

S- Faint grainy aromas along with some skunked smell dominate this beer. The smell is very mild, like it's brewed predominately with corn or rice. I don't smell really anything in terms of hop bitterness. Just a clean, mild and slightly sweet aroma. Not much else to say here.

T- There is a metallic flavor that I tasted right away, followed by a blandish sweet corn malt. There is some faint hop bitterness on the finish, and the aftertaste is tinny and grainy. Not a very tasty beer, but it tastes just slightly better than it smells.

M- This has a watery body....very thin. The carbonation is big and the zing on the palate is very noticeable. The only thing positive I can say is that the fizz and bland flavors make this a refreshing beer to drink.

D- Even though I feel this a refreshing beer, I wouldn't spend the money to buy this again. I put this beer just a notch above a light American Macro, like Coors Light. Its virtually flavorless, has virtually no body and is very fizzy. It would be easy to drink on a hot day after mowing the lawn but that's it. I don't recommend this one.

ChrisCage, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of emerge077
2.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD: 07.10.14
Blue and white "Lezajsk Beer" label, Polish wiki confirms this is the brewer, owned by Grupo Zywiec.

Pours with a rocky head that has impressive staying power, and plenty of sticky lace all around the glass. Saturated gold tone, perfect clarity, steady rising trails of champagne carbonation. Too bad the rest of the beer isn't as good as it looks.

Smells of soggy grain husks and graham crackers.

Tastes like wet paper, watery and grainy, thankfully not too heavy on the carbonation. Fairly medium bodied. Very faint hop bitterness in the aftertaste, which is fairly clean I guess. Overall though it's pretty bland tasting, and ultimately that's what makes or breaks it. Wouldn't pick it up again.

emerge077, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of diabecktic
2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The head both forms and dissipates very quickly. What starts off as ~3 fingers of thickness quickly becomes less than ~1 finger deep. The beer itself is a translucent shade of pale gold with something resembling copper giving it a "darker" tint. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Smell:
I detect a lot of corn graininess, a fair bit of something metallic, and a hint of floral tones. It's a very sharp aroma that does not seem like it would be very palatable. Seems more like an American adjunct lager to me.

Taste:
The taste matches the nose pretty well. Rather than expected hoppiness, I detect mainly a metallic, corny grain taste. The beer seems to be more balanced towards the malty side of the spectrum. However, it's not very good; there isn't much to say about a rather "cheap" flavor.

Mouthfeel:
This beer is quite crisp, but rough on the tongue in the aftertaste portion. It's not so much a sharp bitterness as it is a product of the metallic character. Unlike most beers, this one doesn't taste any better as it warms.

Drinkability:
I think that this beer is fairly thick for its style. Thus, I would rate the body as medium rather than the expected light or medium-light. You could pound these if you choose, but serve them very cold to do so.

Summary:
I picked up 0.5 L of this brew for ~$1.50 at a local liquor store. Needless to say, you get what you pay for; it's a very "cheap" beer in terms of both cost and quality. I wasn't expecting much, but it really isn't even remniscient of the style it's supposed to be. Only drink these if you plan on serving them very cold. It's better than your standard Busch, Keystone, etc., but I wouldn't start drinking these until I've had 4 - 6 "good" beers. Still - beer IS beer...

diabecktic, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a huge bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak malt with minimal skunk, which is reassuring. Taste of semi-sweet malt with a clear subtle bitter finish. Body is about average for style. Not bad considering I had lot worst but nothing great either.

Phyl21ca, May 23, 2006
Photo of matjack85
2.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 5OOml brown bottle in the refrigerated beer section at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL. A best before date of 7/2O/2O1O is stamped on the back label, so this beer is actually 4 days past its prime.

The beer poured a relatively clear golden-yellow color that was more straw yellow when held to light. The beer made a 1½ finger creamy white head and it lasted a few minutes before receding to a thin white rim. There was a decent amount of lacing left behind with each sip. Not a bad looking beer.

This beer is almost odorless. A faint grassy smell is all I get. There's no bad smells here, but nothing memorable either.

There's not a lot of flavor to comment on here - mostly tastes like highly carbonated water. There may be a touch of malt and grainy sweetness, and an even fainter dose of leafy hops, but no real hop bitterness to speak of. This is mostly water.

Watery thin mouthfeel with very high carbonation.

If you like bottled water then you'll probably like this. If you're looking for flavor you'll have to look elsewhere. Easy to drink as far as no harsh flavors or noticeable alcohol, but not much flavor to enjoy.

matjack85, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of evlu1441
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying out a bunch of Polish beers lately. I picked this one simply because it was relatively cheap and from Poland.

It looks just about like any other lager: pale golden colour with a thin head. Medium amount of carbonation rising to the top.

The aroma is extremely faint. I'm only getting some faint grainy smell.

The taste is mostly sweetish grain, and slight bitter hops. It has a kind off hoppy/chemical grain taste at the end. The mouthfeel is quite nice though!

Overall, this isn't a great beer. It's tolerable, but I won't be getting it again.

evlu1441, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 covering the surface and a coating down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little fruity and has hints of grainy malts along with some initial sweetness that is followed by a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer might seem a little bland, it's definitely very easy to drink and doesn't have any "off" aromas or flavors.

metter98, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Came in a brown 500ml euro bottle, best before date on the back label at 23-09-2006, so I assume this stuff is still quite fresh. Bright, clear golden in appearance, intense carbonation action, and capped off with a tight creamy white head with impressive retention. Thick sticky patches of lacing.

The aroma, well I'll be jiggered, reminds me more of a tripel than a lager. Belgian candi-sugar and the floral scent of a peach orchard are right up front and most prominent. Even the grains come across as floral.

The flavour however is....salty. Hmmm, maybe that's the secret to the intense carbonation and head retention. The flavour is somewhat dry, not even a crisp dry, but dry, as if this were the beef jerky version of beer. It starts off with a small pop of sugary sweetness, and then finishes with a salt lick. Seriously, I am hung up here over the saline presence. Does it double as a preserving agent? The last beer that I tasted that comes close to this was actually brewed with kelp, so I'm stumped.

Okay, so as it warms the sweet fruity grains start to gain some ground in the flavour, light peach notes throughout, and the salinity starts to taper down, although it is still obviously present. In fact it begins to remind me more and more of the Corsendonk tripel, as if this Polish lager were a distant third cousin of it.

The mouthfeel starts off full and creamy, but thins out towards the finish. The salty, salty finish. That aside it's a pretty impressive mouthfeel for a lager, I've had many an ale I wished would have had this much body to it.

I'm torn about this lager now. There are so many great aspects to it, but then there's the predominant saline presence. The appearance is inviting, the aroma is a floral delight, and the mouthfeel is a luxury to be found in a lager. It's like this enigma that I didn't expect to come across, and may have to call Scooby-Doo once again to help me unravel (I just hope it's not some surly old neighbour dressed up in a monster costume, brewing Polish beer in his basement). What can I say, this lager has some great interesting points, along with a serious detraction that seems to ruin the party for everyone else, and leaves me wondering what the hell is going on. Definitely worth trying once, but I'm I'm not sure about any repeat visits, at least not without the whole gang piled into the Mystery Machine.

IronDjinn, Feb 05, 2006
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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager from Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.
69 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.