Notch Polotmavy Lezak | Notch Brewing

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Brewed by:
Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Polotmavy is loosely translated as "half-dark" or amber as we know it, and is yet another style of Czech lager rarely found in the US. A distant cousin to the Vienna lager, it has a unique malt flavor without a sweet cloying finish. A delicate toasted malt aroma with a hint of Czech Saaz hop character rounds this beer out. It's a subtle beer, but a rewarding one.

Added by smcolw on 09-09-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by jondeelee:
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3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polotmavy opens to a surprisingly aromatic nose, heaped with citrus and fruit goodness. Especially present are large amounts of lemons and grapefruit zest, followed by orange peel, pine, lime, berry, orange juice, and touches of apricot. A light brown sugar base adds further sweetness, brought somewhat to the ground by toast crust and fresh-baked French baguette. The nose as a whole is crisp and balanced, and while it does fade noticeably over the first minute or so, even what’s left smells deliciously fruity and hoppy.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be rather bitter, much of this coming from the hops, which add heavy grapefruit rind and pine resin (though in nowhere near as much strength as a double IPA), as well as touches of plant stem. The grains also add a bit of raw bitterness, much like that found in seed husks: earthy and mineral-y, with touches of soil and rock. The sugars are much less present here than they were on the nose, and fruit flavors are mainly confined to small hints of orange, berry, and apricot. Bits of toast crust, fresh hay, and floury baguette swim in the mix. Late in the mouthful, as what few sugars are present die off, the bread grain and husk notes increase in strength, making this seem quite literally like liquid bread. The aftertaste is a fast-fading remnant of these latter bread notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is good fare, and surprisingly flavorful for a beer that only clocks in at 4.4% ABV. The flavors are, because of such a low sugar content, mainly based on husks, seeds, and bitter hops, but they are still present in good quantities. Still, the beer almost screams for a better blast of orange, berry, and brown sugar, and so comes across slightly out of balance, and the watery mouthfeel adds to this perception. But if you’re looking for a flavorful bomber that won’t get you bombed at lunchtime, and small beers aren’t quite your thing, this might be worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice fluffy but bubbly looking 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, over crystal clear tan slightly amber orange beer.

Nose brings light toasty pilsner malts, little hay like malt, touch of reddish amber like malt, little grassy hop character, decently aromatic. Light lager fruitiness and soft malt feel to the nose.

Taste starts with more toasty malts, light reddish Munich like, slightest hint of caramel, light hay like toasty pilsner malts, touch of bready malt, light grassy floral hop, some noble hop flavors, with a decent bitterness. A touch of a lager like fruity sweetness and crispness. Lighter overall feel but nice full flavor, especially as the hops ramp on the finish to a nice bitterness, more grassy hops, really showing off that Saaz, fairly dry with a touch of a sticky feel, more amber toasty malts lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, delivers what it promises, very sessionable light pilsner with nice toasty malts and with a big pack of flavor, and nice grassy noble hops. Nice long finish helps as well. I've really come to like most of the Notch beers, very sessionable and full of flavor without the off flavors, which is what we need in a beer industry saturated with big overpowering beers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
Our Polotmavy Lezak is an unfiltered, hoppy Czech Amber Lager. Toasty malt, balanced bitterness and Czech Saaz hop finish.

Thick head that leaves plenty of chunky lace. Settles in a lumpy fashion. Dark gold color and crystal clear on the first pour. There is a cloudiness that shows up on the second pour.

Strongest smell is the mildly toasted malt. Very light hop in the background.

The hop is far more pronounced on the tongue than the nose. The malt provides a solid base of balance to the bitterness. The aftertaste is moderate with a white pepper-ish spice. Full bodied but with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

This is supposed to be a Czech style beer. When I was in Prague, there wasn't a Czech beer that I didn't like ... all were great. Alas, this beer tended to have some Belgian spice notes (very subtle) which put me off.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours into my flute glass as a very light amber bordering on a bruised brown-gold with a fairly hazy but translucent and clean, if that makes sense. The body that is reminding me of darker apple juice or cider. The head is light quarter finger of soapy white bubbles that turns into a scrim towards the center of the glass. The beer smells clean and malty, with a nice grainy biscuit reminiscent of light and buttered dinner rolls. The Saaz hops are present as an earthy must that mingles with grass and the barest hint of citrus lemon while freshly rotting leaves power the fall feeling of this beer perfectly. The beer tastes citrusier than the smell, though the earthy must is still the powerhouse in this flavor, giving a rotting leaves and grass flavor to the beer while light amber malts give a slight caramel biscuit backing to it. The beer begins lightly biscuity and then open into a more buttery biscuit before swiftly being wrapped up in the earthy, grassy hops that provide slight astringencies to the tongue, and definitely have the feeling of late season cut grass. Mouthfeel is superbly clean with a little bit of gelling notes from the malts. Carbonation is nearly negligible, almost comparable to seltzer water. The mouth is left clean with a slight wetness from the saliva at the back and sides of the tongue. Overall I am impressed with this beer. Its light sessionable body is lovely on the stomach, and its biscuity malts help to quell the grassier hop flavors that usually turn me off from pilsners and lighter Czech lagers. A very interesting beer and another success for Notch. Try this beer!

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MNBeerNE
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MAbeerNE1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first beer from Notch Brewing. I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting a beer of high quality and balance at 4.45ABV.

Poured in a pilsner glass, served at 40F, the beer poured a nice amber color with a 2 finger head.

Citrus wafting from the head.

The mouth feel is very carbonated and works well with the style.

I was very impressed by the maltiness, good balance of bitterness, hops and fruit in the taste.
There is a refreshing crispness to this beer if served cold and in a good glass.

Excellent session beer. I will look for more of their beers.

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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Rshersnow
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hopley
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Notch Polotmavy Lezak from Notch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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