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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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Photo of jwc215
2.15/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle - best before 7/31/07

Pours golden yellow with a large white head. The head descends to a lasting cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of grass with a chemical-like, sulfurish sweetness.

The taste is of sweet grain and hints of sour apple. Chemicalish. A slight hint of oily cedar in the finish. Hints of alcohol notes come through - more than expected for a 5.5% abv.

It has some watery thinness, though it doesn't fall apart. The drawback of the feel is the carbonation, which is a bit too much. Rather slick.

I'll pass on this in the future. A bland Euro-lager that has too much sulfur going on, and to annoyingly astringent to make it passable.

Photo of Viggo
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber, thick white head, pretty rocky, nice fluffy lacing. Smell is sweet, almost funky, some citrus, bit of vinegar, vegetal, interesting. Taste is spicy, almost Belgianesque, very floral/fruity, very rough astringency, weak finish, starts nice, finishes unpleasant, but could be worse. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, little bit aggressive. Not too bad although I wouldn't buy again, better crappy Polish lagers here.

Photo of Shadman
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow-gold color with a small foamy head that left quickly. Smelt faintly of musty grain. Was very sharp, almost astringent at first with a malty sweetness and then quite bitter at the finish. Too astringent initially in the mouthfeel dept. for my liking. Certainly doesn't compare to other Euro pale lagers I've tried.

Photo of Drew966
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager pours a pale straw color with a white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is malty and grainy. The taste is also malty and grainy, not much hop flavor to be had. Okay for what it is, but not anything special.

Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold straw color. Leaves a small head with good continual carbonation. No lace to speak of.
Smell is bready and malty--slight grass elements also. Seems right on for style.
Taste is a good smooth maltiness followed by just a hint of grassy herbal slightly skunky hops. Very subtle and pretty nice.
A little flat on the mouthfeel.
Very smooth, mild flavored, and easy to drink.

Photo of funkengruven
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these amongst other Polish lagers that were available.

This poured a very average looking pale yellow with a minimal head. Smell is clean, grassy and sweet. These notes are carried into the flavor, slightly sweet, some malt and hops in the finish. Quite smooth actually which is a nice change of pace from the standard Euro lager, Also very quite drinkable.

I'll likely have this one again, it was pretty good.

Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half white foamy pillowy head. There was very good retention and a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell featured a pronounced lemony and floral hop aroma.

The flavor was crisp and citrusy. An excellent light hop profile stacked atop a solid light malt body. Very clean tatsing.

The mouthfeel was light and clean. Good carbonation.

Overall, a nice light pale lager. A nice change of pace from the green bottle imports. Highly drinkable.

Photo of fisherman34
2.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Mild grainy aroma with a bit of a corn note. Flavors are a combination of grainy and sweet pale malts and a touch of grassy hops and black pepper on the finish. Smooth bitterness and a heavier than average body. A pretty standard Eastern European lager. It went ok with the steak I was eating at the time.

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.

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a medium yellow color with some sparkle and a 1/2 inch head of white foam. Aroma of corn, malt and sweet pancake batter. Taste is mild and mellow; malt, light hops, bread, cake, some grain. Mouthfeel was acceptable, nothing special. Similar to most American Macros. Drinkability is average. Nothing too special here.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brassy color with poor head retention and shotty lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with some astringency and corny DMS. The taste is fuller with more focus on the malt and less on the bad flavors. Hops are low key and herbal. There are distinct ginger notes in the middle/finish. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy with carbonation.

This lager has good hop/malt balance. Unfortunately it has some off flavors, thankfully these never steal the show.

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.

Photo of Cwrw
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A typical Eastern-European style bottle presentation here: 500ml, with a white, gold and blue label. The back tells a little about the beer and its tradition in the town of Lezajsk, Poland. A good but fast-disappearing head appears bright white atop the extremely clear honey-coloured liquid. Minimal lacing, and the head soon became patchy. Be prepared for the aroma: this is NOT what I was expecting. Instead of some continental hoppiness and caramel malting, there is a huge hit of sugar, more akin to sweet Belgians. Sweet, like white sugar, almost Belgian tripel-style. This MUST have some sugar added to it. Seriously, the aroma actually has Duvel and Corsendonk notes to it. This is a little out of style, but the aroma is actually very good if style is disregarded. This is a very fresh bottle too, so I know there are little to no off aromas here. As the beer warms a little more, other smells come out: sweet honey, a nutty/caramel note, a little hay-like hopping, and very sugary malting. The saccharine sweetness really dominates the aroma though. Very resinous and honey-like. I like it--it is very unique for the style, and quite mouth-watering too. The taste is very metallic, with hints of honey and white sugar. Very similar to the aroma in that the sweetness is predominant. In the finish I get the metallic/extremely-salty taste I get from Orval. And THAT is what I could not put my finger on in the aroma: there is an extremely salty side to this beer. You can almost feel the salinity on your teeth and in the corners of your mouth. Only minimal malts can be detected, and the hops add some definite dryness, but mostly the sweet and salty flavours overpower everything. Very strong hard-water tastes. Not overly complex beyond that. The mouthfeel is medium, with low carbonation and a medium body. A fairly drinkable pale lager, but very different from its counterparts. This is NOT what I expected, but I suppose as a brewer's interpretation, this is still a good quencher, and very quirky. Probably the sweetest pale lager I have ever had. Worth a try? Absolutely.

Photo of daliandragon
2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm..I lived in Poland for a year and tried dozens of strange brews but this one never made it to the tiny shop under my apartment (Monopolowy), which means nothing but I'm a little wary. The label says this was a favorite of the Polish kings but I imagine they were probably vodka drinkers.
Pours bright golden into my pint glass with almost no head at all but an army of bubbles continually rushing to the top. The smell is lackluster but not noxious..fairly faint sour malt with a brush of hops..nothing real good or bad.
The taste is fairly nondescript. Burst of malt..some sour astringents, iffy sweet follow up, crisp finish. Despite the overcarbonation I like the mouthfeel, it fits the taste, for what that's worth.
This is middle of the road light Polish lager..give it a shot if its cheap, otherwise go for Zywiec, Tyskie, or maybe Brackie if you can find them..

Photo of TastyTaste
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If it's such a legendary lager, then why haven't I heard of it?

Appearance: Clear gold, small head, verys tandard.

Smell: What smell? A little light malt and metallic flavor is about it.

Taste: Very indescript. Light flavors, a little hop bitterness. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: This is very average, so average and inoffensive, that it is quite boring and skipable.

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.

Photo of putnam
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm drinking this from a Riedel Sommelier Rheingau glass. Don't ask me why. It has a nice crispy white top that lasts. Floral and cereal aromas emerge from the the art-glass tulip while it beams enlightened yellow clarity. If you're a little perturbed by the phony, hop-extrakt flavored Euro lagers that predominate in North America (and that's almost every well-known brand-name lager from Europe) then you might want to give this a try. It doesn't seem like this was manipulated to breathe minty, citrus aromas at me the minute the lid was pried off. In that way it resembles the balance of a Biere de Garde like Castelain or Jenlain. Doughy, rich texture is sharpened by decisive bitterness that lingers. Maybe the bitterness is a little too vegetal or too austere to be charming. Low acid. Jumpy, frothy mousse. This is a good cold drink that can be finished even after it warms up as it inevitably will in weather like this.

Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean, crisp pale malt scent along with a slightly fruity lager yeast aroma. It seems sweet and malty. The taste is average. It has a mildly sweet pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. It has a clean bite, but it lacks any significant malt taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent Euro lager. It has good aroma and an average taste. It drinks well despite it's lack of malt character. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm going to enjoy this one.

Photo of pootz
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first of 10 unremarkable east block import pilsners I'm tasting from the LCBO. This one pours a light gold with a smallish white cap that does not last but stays as a durable surface lace. Aromas of sweet boiled grains some light fruit smells and some veggies.
Rounded, malty, lightly hopped but all through the drink and in the fast semi dry finish, there is this wierd vegital taste that won't leave...like water someone boiled some sweet peas in...Drinkable, wierd taste but forgetable...not in the same league with the premium Czech Pisners.

Photo of crookedhalo
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a pretty extensive collection of glasses, and I happened to have a Lezajsk glass, so when I ran into a bottle of this, I had to pick one up. Best before coding of 9/2004. Pours a golden pils color with a decent but short-lived eggshell colored head. Nice grainy and hoppy nose, a touch of fruitiness, and corny, vegetal smells, too. Rather thin, a bit of maltiness shines through, but minerally water is predominant without being the major player. Short bitter finish leading back to watery sweetness. Good but nothing to email home about...

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.

Photo of necoadam
2.33/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lezajsk is a city in Poland, well quite honestly it's a village I believe. It poured out a clear golden color with lots of carbonation that clinged out to the glass after I finished this beer. Smell? Not really much in this thing. Some sweet malts and grain in there, but that's about it. Taste was kinda hallow. Not much doing here. There's better Polish brews out there, just gotta find the right one out there. But I would take this beer any day over any macro out there. That's for sure.

Photo of packetknife
1.7/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this in Rzeszów and after being 'sold' on it by the locals I was quite excited. Lesson learned, don't trust locals on any of their beers, ever, anywhere, period. Nice dark yellow with lots of bubbles, bleach white head that held and overflowed at first. Had a rather plain wheat bread smell to it. It was served in a iced mug, so after you get over the crispness you can taste the malts that quickly give was to something bitter that realy ruined it for me. I can't quite place it but all the others at the table were enjoying it so I'm guessing it wasn't going bad. And after the crispness wore off the feel in the mouth was like sucking on a battery, just not pleasant. Won't try again, not matter how many people try to tell me the story of the brewery's age and founding.

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful head that lasted a little while, had a light yellow colour with ever-so-little amber to it. Smell was very floral with a hint of something sweet (and not floral) coming through.

Taste was bitter at first with some metal, and then a little bit of sweet. Mouthfeel was extremely robust and it was very carbonated, as people have mentioned. Lots of hops, a slight alcohol overtone from the slightly higher ABV, not bad. I also note the bubblegum, but I wrote down sweetgum. I find the floral and sweet combination a little unwanted, personally.

Overall, I find this beer good (especially after having a Tusker...) and refreshing, but lacking something to really give it a memorable character. I can't say that this would convince me to make another purchase.

Note: In Ontario, Canada this was sold as Lezajsk Premium Polonia A.D. 1525 and had ABV of 5.7%.

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