Perla Malt Liquor
Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.

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Lager - Malt Liquor
Ranked #17
Ranked #47,466
3.13 | pDev: 18.21%
Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
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Thomasgun from England

3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Although I am unable to wax lyrical about beers I do know a good ale or stout or lager from a cheap rank one. This beer has become one of the street drinkers beer of choice due to it's high alcohol content (in comparison to most) and reasonable price. However don't let that put you off, the Polish make and appreciate great beers and I for one am very pleased that Perla (in all it's forms) are very available in England.
The reason for my high score for this "wino beer" is because as a homebrewer of 25+ years I can appreciate many factors of this Perla product beyond the strength factor. I don't believe it is simply an artificially enhanced version of their other beers as it doesn't have that chemical taste (although other reviewers say it does) and if you find your palate disagrees with this there's an extremely simple solution, infact it's a solution I use myself to truly enjoy this beer; simply pour into a pint glass from a height until the excess carbonation dissipates and add half of the juice from a fresh lemon and allow to stand for about ten minutes. This is not such a weird practice by the way, alot of the charm of iron maidens "trooper" beer is it's citrus element. Anyway if you follow these guidelines you will down that pint like any other refreshing beer on a hot summers day.

Jul 03, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is corn and grain. Sweet, heavy bodied, moderate carbonation. Not bad for the style but nothing I would drink on a regular basis.

Jul 03, 2020
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IceChuggington from Canada (AB)

1.35/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

People in Lublin have a saying: "You know you're back in Lublin when the beer tastes like garbage." This Lublin's premium beer. Even the locals don't like it. It doesn't even deserve a Smirnoff Ice/10

Jun 19, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent choice of malt liquor, if you have to choose one. Pours dark gold and clear, with a fizzy two finger head that reduces to nothing. There's a bit of boozy burn in the flavor that's absent from the aroma, but otherwise the two are similar: corn and grain and honey. A sweet biscuit aftertaste.

Apr 18, 2020
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superspak from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can into lager glass, 34F4 can code. Pours crystal clear deep golden/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of honey, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit too much fruity corn aromas, but not bad. Pretty muted. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big cracker, corn, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with light notes of honey, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 7.6% after the finish. Overall this is a good malt liquor. All around nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Nicely clean and rich barley/corn flavors; with solid earthy hop presence/balance for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Aromas were lacking, but the taste made up for it.

Dec 18, 2018
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LagerCognoscenti from England

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is easy drinking and the high abv is well hidden. There's not much aroma and no outstanding features but it's well made and inoffensive with no off notes. Worth a drink but not as nice as the regular 6% Perla which has a certain delicate character and is a bit more sessionable.


Jul 12, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling right now on 1/12/15. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for like $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L weisserbeir vase glass.

Pours a golden-yellow in color with a good almost 2-finger foamy white head that stayed around for a while. Still a 2mm layer after 30 mins. A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped that finally slid back down. The aroma is of some corn with a slight hint of honey. pretty much the same for the taste but you really couldn't taste the alcohol in this one. Don't remember the last time I had this type of a brew. Overall, it wasn't bad but just OK. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was OK but nothing really special.

Jan 13, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color (with some hints of amber hues) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of apple esters.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has a little more flavors of apples. No alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't that bad for being a malt liquor or an Euro Strong Lager, especially since the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

Mar 25, 2014
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4-pack of cans at Binny's last Monday. This was recommended to me by a former co-worker who told me that she and her husband always bought a 12-pack for about $12 on their way up north. The outside packaging said "mocna" but the cans said "malt liquor." While I drank a lot of Mickey's in college, and have even tried Olde English 800 a long time ago, I've drifted away from malt liquors in favor of more robust beers. Poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Rather inviting--darker gold color with an impressive two finger head that lasted about a minute or so.

S=A faint honey smell...a hint of corn and some mustiness.

T=After letting warm up to about 45ยบ, the first sip was rather sweet, reminiscent of a mead--a honey sweetness. Almost no bitterness. A bit more flavorful than cheaper domestic malt liquors, but difference is hardly noticeable. Can taste the alcohol a bit.

M= Nice body, with slightly above average carbonation. Sweetness and heavier body than adjuncts limits this as a session beer.

O=A decent malt liquor...the other three cans are earmarked for the cellar to see if aging improves the beer...otherwise, I see no reason to buy this again.

Jan 26, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another CAN from my local CANTrader, tone77, who seems to have branched out on his own version of The CANQuest (TM)! Good lookin' out and thanks for keeping me in mind!

From the CAN: "Traditional Recipe - Best Quality - Excellent Taste".

Wow! The Crack revealed yet one more CAN of beer, albeit not craft, filled to the brim. I really feel like I am getting my money's worth at times with these CANs. My Glug produced two foamy fingers of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Midas and/or Croesus would have been proud of this one. Not so proud was the sugary fusel nose. A previous reviewer CANsidered it as a Euro Malt Liquor, but this is a pleasure only attempted by we AmeriCANs. The style is justified, if not pleasurable. Mouthfeel was medium with just a modicum of heat to remind me not to get complacent and/or careless. As I drank, it did produce some nice lacing, which was a welcome distraction. Let's face it - this is not going to be any self-respecting BA's go-to style, but it was not bad for the style, either. It was not gag-inducing, nor was it a sucker punch to the back of the head, as some that I have reviewed have been. Finish was both sweet and fusel, which should be borne in mind if you plan to make a night of it with this (or any of the style) beer. It is a guaranteed hangover as the sugar will leech the water out of your bloodstream, leaving your brain wrung out where it needs its water. Do drink some bottled water with this and do yourself a favor. Other than that, I am not even CANsidering it as a cooler CANdidate.

Apr 03, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for providing this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very sweet, some maltiness. Taste is also of malts, a bit of sweetness, some alcohol coming through, surprisingly refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is among the better malt liquors that I have tried.

Mar 19, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A.K.A. Perla Mocna

This stuff quacks like a Malt Liquor, and says so on the label, so it was added as such, even though the origin is European. Euro Strong Lager is the equivalent, if anyone is paying attention.

Bright gold with a haze of micro sediment when held to the light. Three fingers of foam with a soapy look, large irregular ones at the edges. Black can with a gold rim, classy like Billy Dee Williams.

Ugh, it smells terrible. Like Malt Liquor should! Creamed corn and brake fluid. This initial sulfuric skankiness blows off after awhile, and resembles sweet apple after sitting for five minutes. It tastes like an ashtray momentarily, then gin :S This foul elixir poorly resembles a fermented malt beverage. The alcohol is the primary taste component, with a host of off flavors. Industrial metallic notes that don't belong, cardboard, apple jacks cereal. Gassy and sulfuric. Not worth anyone's time.

Stuck this in the freezer so I could tolerate it.

Dec 15, 2009
Perla Malt Liquor from Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 19 ratings