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Lech Premium | Kompania Piwowarska

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Kompania Piwowarska

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gusler on 01-16-2003

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by gnoff:
Photo of gnoff
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50 cl bottle at Wojarski in Gotheburg, Sweden.
Clear light straw yellow color, medium size lasting white head.
A little bit fruity scent, faint smell of malts as well.
Fairly big bitterness, lasting bitter aftertaste.
Not much taste, but very refreshing.
Nice summer beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
1.46/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pretty terrible. Really bland and sweet. Corny sweetness, little bitterness on the finish, in fact pretty much none. Syruppy texture. Pretty terrible stuff. I can't right any more, so i'll just ramble on a bit too fill up the 250 character minimum again, i'm still abit short, so hopefully thin sentnece pushes me over the edge.

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Photo of Brenden
2.67/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this one to psych myself up for Toledo's Polish Festival. I know.

The color is a pale, clearish yellow color. A white head dies quickly and doesn't leave lacing. The look is similar to any macro, really.
The smell is very light malts with underlying sweetness with a sort of vegetable funk and some grains. There's an herbal note as well, and I detected a soapy tinge as well.
The flavor is mostly grains with very light malt and hops. A very light sweetness is there with a sort of metallic tint.
Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. The body is light.
I'm pretty sure that while the American macro most attempts to mimic the pilsner (though they say "lager"), European brews such as this one are sort of attempts at the Euro Pale style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light straw colour, with a copious amount of puffy, foamy white head, that leaves a bit of lace as it melts away. It smells of white cracker grain, and grassy, acrid hops. The taste is sweet white grain, and mild grassy, floral hops. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth and a little light, and it finishes off-dry with a sweet graininess, yet crisp and fairly enjoyable in the heat of the day.

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Photo of elricorico
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold in colour, generates plenty of fizzy white head, but that fades rather quickly. Champagne like bubbles throughout.

Smells fairly soapy and flowery. I don't pick up much on the malt side of the aroma.

Certainly a biscuit like malt flavour, semi sweet. Hops seem to fall flat on the palate, giving a watery finish. Faint metallic aftertaste. Does not impress.

Mouthfeel is fairly standard macro lager. Watery and fizzy. Carbonation not as sharp as some.

Too bland to be offensive, but also too bland to be very drinkable.

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Photo of sdrenfrow
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mikr
1/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


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Photo of IronDjinn
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Came in a 500ml green can, "Make things happen!" is the tag line on the side of it.

Pours out a thin gold hue, lots of carbonation, with a tall white head that drops slowly.

Has that typical Eastern European lager aroma to it: faint bready malt that gets overwhelmed by metallic and veggie notes.

After my first sip I'm asking this Euro lager what did I ever do to it? Like a car going out of its way to skim close to the curb and splash you with a puddle while you're walking on the sidewalk kind of bewildered resentment. There's a trapdoor that the flavour of this beer slips down the moment you go to drink it, leaving you with the lingering watered down notes of what was probably malt, and your hands left full of rough grain husks and a rather obnoxious aftertaste of cooked veggies.

Oddly enough, if I block everything else out, the mouthfeel is actually fairly decent, the abrasive textures in the mouth all come from the taste itself.

Wow, never again I swear to myself, this wasn't pleasant at all.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours that typical “Pilsner/Lager" translucent golden yellow color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the color bright white and the resultant lace a fine sheet. Malt dominates the crisp and clean nose, start loaded with malt and lightly sweet, the top skimpy in feel. Finish is sparsely hopped, with the acidity moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, “Average” is the best I can do.

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Photo of mdagnew
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden yellow / straw colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to a thin layer...

Aroma - Pretty sickly - very strong creamed corn sweetness.... quite overpowering. Very light biscuit malt, light spicy hints, strong boiled rice aromas...

Taste – Very strong corn flavours, pretty sweet, light lemon notes, barely any hoppiness or maltiness.... pretty poor...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry. Light bodied.

Overall - A poor lager... not really worth trying...

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Photo of tmitch75
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Spotted this at the local grocery story so I thought I'd give it a try. 16.9 fl oz bottle but different from the photo.

Perfectly clear pale yello, thick white head drops to 1/8" or so in a matter of seconds. Fits the style for what it's worth.

Bready and grainy smell with a metallic note to it. Very faint floral hops.

Sweet bready malt with lightly floral hop bitterness. It tastes a little watered down (which fits the style in my experience). Mouthfeel is light and crisp as expected.

Refreshing for sure, but this one doesn't do anything to stand out from the crown of pale European lagers.

Tasted on 6/22/08.

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Photo of jaz58
3.88/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lech is an interesting brew. When poured the head was a nice creamy mousse white in colour. The beer has a dry mouthfeel. Towards the end of a sip a late hint of bitterness appears. In the glass the colour is a clear gold with a little effervescence.

Overall I found the beer thirst quenching. A match for wings and pizza.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Polish Lager, I've had a few of these in the past and really they're not that bad, simple and refreshing. This one is no exception.

This poured a typical euro lager medium yellow with a decent effervescent head that quickly subsides. Smell is grassy, lots of barley malt in there. This is also reflected in the flavor, assertive hops and a sweet malty barley aroma make their way through the flavor of this brew. Quite smooth and extremely easy to drink, This is one brew I'd say that is a bit underrated and does deserve some consideration as a clean simple refreshing lager that goes well with just about anything.

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Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of pootz
3.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1/2 liter can.

Pour puts a golden bright lager in the flute...decent 2 finger white frothy cap, fair retention, good lacing. Well carbonated.

Aroma of herbal-citrus bouquet under bready malts ( very decent aroma).

Medium bodied, soft mineral mouth feel...meaty pale malt backbone.

Starts a tad sharp from the carbonation ( too sparkling/spritzy) but once past that you can chew into the bready Moravian malts...then the balance from both saaz and Lublin hopping comes in and you get a nice bread and lemon decernment under a more creamy mouth feel. Finishes crisp and clean with the bittering dropping right off to leave a light bready-biscuity taste and virtually no sweetness. The 5.2 ABV makes this a very drinkable and satisfying beer.

This is an above average Polish lager and I am surprised I like it as well, if not more so, than Okocim Zagloba....and at $1.75 for 1/2 liter you wanna know this is gonna be in my fridge...it's a bargain at that price.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another super cheap eastern European lager from the LCBO. Id say a full fifth of the LCBO's entire beer inventory consists of these lagers.

Lech pours a very pale straw color with a wimpy head that manages to leave some spindly lacing on the glass. The aroma is of firm biscuity malts and some sea air Lublin hop aroma. It could be a little more assertive but its quite pleasant. The taste is full of husky doughy pale malts, with some straw, earth and herbal hopping. The finish is delicate and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

Pretty decent, it has a some nice hop flavor and no off flavors. Its good enough for me!

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Latarnik
2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biegaman
2.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank in Poland. Skunked aroma rotts the room right as I pry off the cap - green bottles! (Actually, I had it a second time and no skunk, grades will be based on that one out of "fairness") Average pour, average appearence. Some initial head - then flat. Aroma not much more than skunky malt. Mouthfeel very flat on the tounge - no sensation. Warm hops and weak watery malt. Equivalent to flat apple juice. Little taste, this one is just plain swill. Does not have any distinction or character that some of the great Polish lagers do. This is swill, nothing more - (and can't really be anything less!)

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Photo of wl0307
2.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle at a local offie in East End London at just 1 quid, for it had already expired by three months. BB 05/05/06, served chilled in a pint-sized weizen glass.

A: very pale straw in colour, coming with a fluffy and cottony white beer head with good retention; the carbonation is moderate and constant, not harsh or violent-looking.
S: an astringent eggy, cardboard-paper, and sulphury note "screams" out of the bottle as soon as it was opened... dissipating fast, thankfully; slightly doughy and mildly grainy lager malts upfront, slightly eggy at the back; very faint presence of hops, but overall not unpleasant or overly thin.
T: a very faint flavour of lager malts makes a very quiet entrance... quickly joined by a faintly grainy taste, clean-textured lemony fruits, a touch of grassy hops as well as "taste-less" hoppy input in the form of bitterness in the end. No unwanted metallic, sugary or sticky adjunct flavour in the finish, yet no nothing else either...!
M&D: with hardly anything to pick up on the palate, this is a "minimalist", medium-minus bodied pale lager (is it because the beer has way expired??); yet the texture is crafted to a clean and crisp condition, with a well-made fizzy body. Not a beer to taste, but to quaff with food, I reckon. For that purpose, this beer is quite alright.

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Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking pour, clear staw yellow with a big head that dissapates quickly, laces reasonably well.

Flowery hops and some malt in the nose. Crisp to drink from the carbonation. Fair lager balance of hops and malt, refreshing.

A pretty good effort and worth trying.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw with a big. but fast falling head.

S - Typical euro-pale-lager smell. Some floral hops and sweet graininess. Slightly metallic.

T - Mild bitterness and a sweet malt base. Hop flavour is present.

M - A little hard on carbonation but with a fuller body than expected.

D - Not bad at all. Nothing off, and with some solid flavour, though one not particularly complex.

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Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Lech Premium from Kompania Piwowarska
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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