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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #17
Ranked #44,654
3.33 | pDev: 13.21%
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Gusler from Arizona

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a limpid gold with a head that is frothy in texture, the size impressive as it dissipates it leaves a fine sheet of lace. Malt aroma dominates the nose; Very light hints of yeast, fresh and clean with a sweet front. Finish is pleasing in its hop bite, purposeful in its acidity with a very dry lingering malt aftertaste. To date this is the best of the "Polish" beers (Lagers/Pils) sampled, Quite drinkable, still "Light", but has a balance and freshness I like.

Dec 07, 2002
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stoutman from Michigan

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, pee-yellow color with a small, frothy, white, and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is slight: moderate notes of grain and light hoppy notes of straw. The flavor was unremarkable. Lightly bittersweet up front with an average-length, lightly bitter finish. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was fizzy. The alcohol was well-hidden and provides a surprising warmth.

Apr 15, 2006
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jackndan from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice Polish import, and one of my half liter for little more than a buck beers. A fairly typical tasting Eastern European lager. Nice rich taste, very malty with a mild kick of skunk, and a little bit of hops. Hazy golden color, not a lot of head. Fairly typical tasting beer, not bad for the price.

Feb 02, 2004
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish in color that produces a big white head. Smells fruity and hopped, not a trace of alcohol. Tastes sharp and dry, nice hops finish, the alcohol goes very well with this beer. This is the first Polish beer I have ever had, and i was not dissapointed at all.

Jan 09, 2004
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Suds from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an orange, hazy, moderately-carbonated liquid with a stable and brilliantly white head. It presents a pleasing floral hop aroma that's more aggressive than other Polish lager's that I've sampled. Good balance with a malty foretaste. Alcohol is evident in the aroma, but fits very nicely in the overall taste. Creamy, moderately-full mouthfeel. Dry-ish finish. This is a solidly good beer...a little more intensity, and it would have been downright wonderful.

Dec 28, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle fresh from the importer. A crystal-clear golden body is topped by a pillowy white head that holds well (buoyed by hundreds of fast-rising standard-sized bubbles) and initially leaves solid sheets of lace. The lacing loosens as you progress through the glass, but it remains until the end - very nice! The clean, fresh aroma welcomes you with a gently sweet and mildly grainy & husky malt that's subtly touched by hops. The body is full; and it's creamy in the mouth due to it's soft, gently effervescent carbonation. The flavor is just as clean as the aroma, and exactly as might be expected with a lightly sweet malt that's touched by floral and softly grassy hops. Some fruitiness resides in there as well; and it's well-balanced with the bitterness doing just enough to keep the malt from becoming more than lightly sweet. There's obviously a lot of adjunct used as it's grainy character is limited; but the 7% alcohol by volume is really well hidden - although it does become more noticeable as you progress through the pint. It finishes with a wash of sweetish malt in the mouth that fades readily as the alcohol dries things up. Clean, fresh, soft, smooth, and the alcohol is never overdone. A pleasant surprise! One of the better made strong Polish lagers; and in comparison to American made macro-swill, this one's a beauty ;)

Apr 18, 2003
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edchicma from Massachusetts

2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice head with golden yellow color. Smell is some malt, but with an odd, fishy quality. Taste is mainly malty, with some oiliness. Mouthfeel is medium, with some catching in the back of the throat. I poured it out after a few gulps...drinkability lacking.

Jun 23, 2005
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mzwolinski from California

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Polish malt-liquor. The official website calls this a "pasteurized light beer" and a "strong ale." It's light gold in color, highly carbonated with a thick foamy head, and a decent aroma which is a bit richer than the typical pilsner scent -- some grainy smell plus a rich aroma of malt. Medium bodied with a somewhat grassy taste. Alcohol becomes noticeable about halfway through the 500 ml bottle. Somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

Nothing really distinctive here. Drinkable, but not something I see myself going back to.

Oct 28, 2002
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 500ml Brown Glass Bottle. The angled brown and gold foil covering the crown cap lends the bottle an overall look of one from Baltika. The main obverse label has the word ‘Beer’ above a gold and dark green shield with a crown topped letter ‘n’ in the center set against two crossed swords and backed by hop plants. Below, the beer is simply called Rycerskie. I assume that this is pronounced something like “rhash-her-skee”. No freshness or sell by date, and no strength listed either as far as I could discern.

Appearance: Pours with a golden peach body, which has a mild hazed appearance. The head is rather massive at first, but as with most East European beers, it soon settles to a thin covering, that if left undisturbed, soon breaks into a broken scum like covering. But a quick swirl soon repairs the thin collar head.

Nose: This has a very fresh grain malty odor, sweet in character but not sickly. A toffee malt aroma permeates some freshly baked bread and fresh brewers yeast notes. Not that bad actually, and quite fresh in its feel. Quite pungent when it is first poured.

Taste: Malty start with a light toffee feel that is sweet in nature. Grainy malts and yeasty breads middle the beer, but the ending has a very nice fruity ending blended with a touch of fresh hops. Quite interesting, this has a refreshing fruity take for a Strong Lager.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good as well. The more I drink this beer the more my ignorant preconceptions are blown away. I never realized this was 7% at all until I came to amend my Review when I found out. The alcohol maybe lends body, but it is well hidden nevertheless.

Drinkability: The half litre was easily taken down whilst I wrote this Review. Drinkable but a little too sweet for me in the longer term I think, but this is certainly not a complaint, more an observation.

Overall: Honestly, this was a very nice surprise. Much better than I anticipated, and not all that bad actually. Fruity and refreshing, the only complaint is that the grainy feel and sweet malts can be a little much at times. Worth a try though.

Mar 04, 2004
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden sunshine slight haze or overcast there with a large thicket of frothy white head that actually sticks around awhile. Aroma: Butterscotch and not diacetyl offness a good honey caramel like malt profile with a clean herbal light hop note in the finish. Taste: Clean breadiness meets sweet honey and butterscotch like malts, not bad light bitterness low hop flavor but alcohol seeps through and is balanced in the mix of this strong Polish lager. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied even carbonation a well abled brew in satisfying the senses on all regards. Drinkability: Impressed by this offering, why? Honestly I wasn't expecting much instead of a run of the mill mass produced Euro swill I got a well made strong lager that was tasty and drinkable with a nice mix of flavor.

May 17, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean golden color, big snow-white head. Fresh, floral aroma. Great initial texture, fine, if brief, finish. Fits perfectly in the euro-lager bag, with nothing standing out, on the good or bad side. One of those beers of which you can say, "Do you lilke a good lager? That's what it is!" Good hops, light malt, seems a bit on the dry side. Leaning toward a pilsener, I think. All in all, okay.

Jan 06, 2003
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DarrellK from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly pale looking pilsner that is probably really a malt liquor. The head comes up nicely, dissapates somewhat during the drink but leave a decent lace. It seemed not overly carbonated. The aroma is a balance of malt and hops that didn't get musky at the end. Don't know if it is common for this brew but it was a bit cloudy.

Taste was a little sweet and I detected a hint of citrus in there somewhere. The mouthfeel clearly had a lot of body which is becasue of of of the malty sweetness. The body and sweetness masked much of the alcohol which means that it is a pilsner for a short night not a session. This is a top lager and shows that the Eastern Europeans are emerging as strong brewers of the style.

Sep 17, 2003
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schrist275 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

went very well with home fries....

simple and good...
very nice long lasting head that sat on a nice golden beer. flavor lasted throughout without being overwhelming in any one flavor. Hard to find here locally, but will grab it again sometime. Recommend picking up 2 instead of just one.

Oct 10, 2004
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

2.24/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up for like $1.50, not expected a lot but oh well. I am pouring a chilled bottle into an english pint glass.
The beer pours a bright clear gold color and a fluffy, spongy bleached white head foams up 2 cm easily and fades very slowly.
Aroma is grainy, caramel malt with some citrusy lemon hops and a bit of general sugar sweetness.
First sip reveals a fairly thin body with fine carbonation. Flavor is sweet up front with some corn notes and a hint of lemon again. Moves to a bit of husky grain and then finishes with a bit of spicy hops and some soapy off flavor.
The beer is okay for what it is, but I wont buy it again, and dont really recommend it. The finish is not appealing and overall the beer is rather empty from start to finish.

Oct 06, 2005
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RoyalT from Ohio

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow with a chilly haze. The head came up nicely.

Smell – The grain here is very light and pleasant. It is complimented with a syrupy kind of orange.

Taste – The grain turns very sweet at the taste and I can pick up all 7% of the alcohol here.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied and sticky-sweet with some rather stiff alcohol notes.

Drinkability – This boozy beer goes down a bit rough, but there’s nothing offensive to it.

Jan 25, 2005
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Imbiber from New York

3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn (and only $1.90 for 500ml!). I had been wary of this as it was so cheap, but in the end was pleasantly surprised.

Clear, golden, moderately carbonated with a lively white head that remained to a degree. Aroma was quite strong: yeasty, pungent malt and alcohol coming at my nostrils. The flavour was much more subtle, a well-balanced mix of malt and hops providing a clean taste. A bit of grainy alcohol warmth comes through too, particularly after the other aspects had faded. Not the most assertive beer in the world, but not bland either; there's plenty of flavour to make this a quality brew. And it just proves that inexpensive beer is not necessarily bad (at least if it hails from Eastern Europe...).

Jan 12, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy dark apricot with a hint of cherry juice red. The cap looks reasonably firm initially, but falls faster than expected and leaves almost no lace. The yellowed ivory color isn't bad, and there's a scalloped edge where foam meets glass, but it all melts into an amorphous blob before the three minute mark and is a thinning disk not long after that.

The nose is decent (for the style) and has a fair amount of power. Its dominant feature is a musky, musty fruitiness that is probably due to whatever hops have been used. I couldn't detect any ethanol in the nose; not bad for such a relatively high ABV.

Rycerskie tastes like what it is; namely a stronger and sweeter Euro pale lager. To embolden a style that is often only drinkable because of its lightness and its mild flavor could very easily have resulted in too much of a bad thing. It works in this case, although I'm not tempted to do cartwheels. Even if I could.

The beer tastes roughly like it smells, with plenty of musky apricot and peach, lightly spiced. It's well-malted and more than adequately hopped. Even though I still can't appreciate the alcohol, it tastes 'strong' to me and I'd have come pretty close to guessing the ABV if blinded. The medium mouthfeel finishes with a slight slickness, accentuated by the fact that bubbles are in short supply by the second half of the bottle.

Rycerskie is an interesting brew and is a good change of pace from the endless parade of EPLs. It isn't a standout, but as a lover of big beer, I approve of the effort to crank up the volume and add a little life to the Euro lager party.

Aug 14, 2005
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necoadam from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rycerskie! I feel noble now. Poured out a light honey/gold color with a decent amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of malts mostly. But it had a sweet hint to it as well. Some caramel or butterscotch as well. Can't be sure. Taste semi-sweet, grainy, malty, with some slight hops at the end. It has a good body to it. Creamy and full bodied. I wished it had just a tad more carbonation to it, but that's ok. One of the better Polish beers I think.

May 03, 2004
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Citadel82 from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a rapidly fading head. Aroma is very sweet malt. Again this is not a bad beer, not a great one either. still think this is a nice change of pace though too strong for most occassions. Mild aroma of yeast and hops with a trace of malt. Same goes for the taste. Goes down easy... then hits you on the back of the head and says slow down.

I will definitely buy it again.

Feb 09, 2006
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bort11 from Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchasesd at Gomer's in Parkville. Got it cheap for a buck 79, so figured what the heck. A 1 pt bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Clear straw colored. Massive white head. I had to take a bite out of it so as not to overflow. After a minute or so it receeded to nothing, no lace to speak of. Smell is pretty weak. What there is is a bit spicy and peppery, with some dark cereal notes. Rye maybe. Taste is suprisingly smokey and spicy. It is medium bodied, but very fizzy. It borders on over-carbonated, but it's no bothering me that much. Finishes pretty clean, just a little smokey after taste. Pretty drinkable. I'll go for this again if I'm going cheap.

May 13, 2006
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Tbone from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deal at 1.35 (including the 10% discount) at Torrence Liquors in Calumet City, IL.
Never heard of this beer, but got it because it was a cheap way to get up to the 6 singles needed for the discount.

Pours a hazy gold with a small white head that doesn't last.
Has a musty, yeasty, and biscuty nose.
Taste is more of the mustyness and biscut, plus a alcohol sweetness and an enjoyable buttery caramel middle.

A nice thick and creamy moutfeel, reminiscient of a good hefeweizen.

I'm a fan of polish porters more than lighter lagers, but this is one of the better light-colored polish beers I've had.

A worthwhile experience and more complex than I anticipated.

Oct 22, 2006
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shivtim from Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks pretty average, clear yellow with a thin white head. Nose is plain, sweet and grainy. Hints of malts are barely there. Taste is rye, grains, and some hops, with a little bit of mustiness. I guess the alcohol is hidden well. All the flavors are concurrent without meshing- not bad, but not too great either. Mouthfeel is foamy yet thin. Drinkability is ok. Overall just a plain-jane kind of beer.

Dec 19, 2006
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden with a thin white head that soon becomes a patch that eventually disappears.

The smell is of caramel with hints of orange and apricot.

The taste is of caramel and an imbalanced, though not harsh. The fruitiness - orange/apricot - is restrained. Something of a blandness about the caramel sweetness. A bit boozier than a 7% abv should be. My feeling is that the body is just too weak to support it.

Thin body for the sytle, though not overly watery. Only a hint of sweetness remains - The other flavors seem to vanish to rapidly.

This is not an exciting beer. Won't be seeking it out again. But, it is something different. It has a blanndness about it, but I didn't find anything too offensive. Some mellow caramel sweetnes with a rather weak, but present, fruitiness. Alcohol a bit imbalanced, but not overwhelming. Overall- mediocre.


Feb 23, 2007
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kernalklink from Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a cloudy vanishing head. Aroma is strong- overly malted, dried fruit characters; what else to expect from a strong euro. This brew pulls off the label better than others- the mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated and the relatively high alcohol content is masked very well by a dry slightly hopped finish. You cant really knock it when our strong macro brews can be used to degrease a block.

Feb 03, 2007
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale, lemon color with a slight bready white head that quickly collapsed to a sparse flimsy covering.

S: lemon citrus and cereal grains. Light in strength and not much here to appreciate.

T: The flavor was lemons and sour tangerines with a faint hop tang in the end. Some pale grains with a dry lemon herbal hopping. Nothing terrible, but very easily forgettable.

M: thin, lightly carbonated and watery.

D: A 7.0 abv that drinks more like a coors light. Not much body wise but ok flavor. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and good for a cheap buzz but not much appreciation.

Nov 03, 2008
Rycerskie from Browar Namysłów Sp. z o.o.
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 26 ratings