Stawski Premium Lager | Stanley Stawski Distributing

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Stawski Premium LagerStawski Premium Lager

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Stanley Stawski Distributing
Illinois, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden-hued, well balanced, full flavored European lager, it exemplifies the “Polish Pils style” that has come to be appreciated by even the most discriminating palates. Crisp, clean and satisfying, Stawski Premium Lager is brewed with Lublin hops (a regional hybrid of Noble Saaz) and spring water originating in the Carpathian Mountains.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 45
Photo of stevoj
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium golden lager with small creamy head. Musty, cabbage, cooked vegetables aroma. Taste is mostly malt with some of the aforementioned cabbage. Mouthfeel is medium weight, and fairly slick.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.89/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

3/20/15 (Bottle) - Golden brown pour, nice head, mild carbonation. Fruit scents and sweet smell. Taste of decent malts and hops, crisp feel. Nothing special.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. There appears to be some debris floating around in this one. Smell is very sweet, some malts. Taste is malty, sweet, very refreshing and disappearing fast. Feels light in the mouth and overall makes a good thirst quenching beer on a hot day.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing behind.

Smell - Pale malts, grains, and bread.

Taste - Pale malts, grains, a slight skunk, bread, and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - Has a medium, creamy body with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a little different than the average pale lager.. It's good. The hops are a little spicy.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I imagine it doesn't get much warmer than this in Poland, but Stawski lager should be able to refresh in any warm weather. Let's pop open the 500 ml bottle, and on to the beer:

A darker shade of yellow, almost crossing over to gold. Carbonation bubbles rise through the beer, a semi-soapy head sits on top. The aroma is erratic, sometimes good, sometimes unappealing. DMS and grainy, but also features some grassy and honey notes.

I'm not wild about it. Dull grains provide a bland sweetness. Steeley edges make it something of a chore to get down. Its light bodied and somewhat watery.

Meh, nothing special here. Bring on some Gatorade....

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Photo of beerluvr
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just came into the beer store today so I said 'why not'?

Poured vigorously into a pokal style glass exhibiting a nice white rocky head that leaves a nice lace as it recedes. Nice light golden color once all settles. Lightly malty and grassy nose.

The taste is sweet malt, with very slight hop bitterness, fine and smooth mouthfeel. The finish is short-lived...all in all it's a nice lawn mower beer to cut thru the dust and heat of a hot Summer's day...that's a bout it though.

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Photo of steveh
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been seeing this around the area and it interested me because of 2 things; its tagline: :The only Polish Craft beer," and that it's brewed for a local importer.

Half liter brown bottle, no real freshness date to decode.

A -- Clear, deep gold color with a dense white head that holds up well.

S -- Light spicy hops, even a little - skunk? From a brown bottle? Light DMS. Pretty mild all around.

T -- Light bready malts with the vaguest of spicy and citrus hops back, finishes with the soft, slightly sweet breadiness and has a lightly hop-bitter aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a light to light-medium body and a semi-dry finish.

O -- Not as bad as I thought the nose might lead you to believe. Pretty refreshing and drinkable with a good balance between truly bready malts and spicy very Saaz-like, hops.

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Photo of soju6
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light golden color with a good head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of grain, fruit sweetness and hint of citrus.

T: Similar to the aroma. Flavor of grain and a mild fruit sweetness and bit of citrus. Has an easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth and somewhat refreshing.

O: Decent Euro Lager. Good for a few.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Nice yellow color with 1 to 2 fingers of white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Sweet corn scents but there is a slight earthy bitterness present to make it not too sweet smelling.

Taste: It has a slight sweetness at first that changes quickly in to a very slight bitter taste that leaves a little bit of a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Random pickup from the local Binny's for the sake of it. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light minerals, light corn, and the lightest possible touch of flowery grass. The taste does not deviate from this plan very much, though the grass is a bit stronger now. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, the epitome of an average little beer. It was nothing tasty, but it was nothing offensive. It was just kinda there.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML dark brown bottle. Poured into a standard pint, the beer is gold with a very slight chill haze. It has a fluffy white head.

The aroma is of grains and bit of tropical fruit (or is it Wrigley gum?).

There is also a bit of tropical fruit in the taste. It complements the grains and slight spice in the finish. No off, odd or old tastes which is always good to see in an import.
The mouth is solid for the style. I think this one would be easy to pair with food.
All-in-all an enjoyable find at a decent ($1.19) price.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger white head on top of a very carbonated golden straw colored brew, kept a thin layer on top but likely only because of the amount of carbonation, no lacing 3.5
S – Nothing more than a bit of grain and very slight florals 2
T – Pale malts and some quite apparent grassy hops and a bit of fruit fade to a sweet finish. Just better than average. 3.5
M – Light body with an interesting end, perhaps a bit over carbonated but it works 3
O – Drinkable but I would not but or seek this beer out again, notable if you have a free one offered to you but otherwise pass this up for a better brew 3

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear light straw color with a thick white head that is very well retained; leaves a nice lacing

S - light malt aroma with a touch of hop and a slight amount of spicy phenols

T - fairly clean malt with slight clove phenol aspect; crisp, moderate bitter hop finish

M - medium-light body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is a drinkable beer, but not much past that. It's certainly not the cleanest lager I've had from Poland. It's not terribly interesting either. The best part about it is the appearance.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, golden pale straw with a 1.5 finger white head that slowly sinks into a thin cap. Average lacing for the style.

S - Pale malt, lightly fruity, grassy mild hops.

T - Some earthy mineral sweetness, old grass, chalky yeast, a descent amount of hops for the style, finishes crisp and doesn't really dry out that much.

M - Medium bodied, moderate airy carbonation.

Average for the style except for the hops. It seemed to be stepped up. Good mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of PokerGod
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Straw color, transparent, little bit of head that started to dissipate right away but never really left. not much lacing.

Smell- smells appetizing, sweet, bready, malty.

Taste- not bad, but certainly not great. Tastes a bit flat. Never really has any bite to it other than a bit of carbonation, some maltiness there, but nothing distinct about it.

Overall- Not a great beer. If I were thirsty on a hot day, I could drink a few, but I'd probably prefer an AAL, which isnt saying much.

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Photo of CHickman
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow color with a slight haze and a nice 1 finger foamy white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, corn, grains, light floral hops, grass and a slight funk; pretty much smells like a macro Euro lager.

Tastes of sweet malt, biscuit, caramel, grains, floral hops, light grapefruit, yeast and wet bread or cardboard; pretty basic flavor that's generally sweet.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and dry, with a medium body, average carbonation and a finish that's a combo of grains and sweet malt.

Highly drinkable if you're looking for a basic tasting lager, and on par for the style. Overall it's good I guess if you like malt heavy beers, but just not the most flavorful beer that's not well balanced.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lemon yellow with straw hued highlights and a whipped creamy crown of bone colored froth that has a surprising amount of stick-to-it-iveness. The fact that the head is gently rocky and doesn't descend too fast helps as well.

The nose is comprised of metal shavings and musky-earthy Euro hops. Thankfully, the beer doesn't smell old and the mild skunkiness that was present on the pour is now nowhere to be found. Still, no great shakes.

The best that can be said of Stawski Premium Lager is that it's slightly better than Stawski Export Ale. Neither one is worth a damn... unless you feel a need to drink crappy Polish beer and nothing else will do.

There is probably more malt sweetness and less hop bitterness than in most versions of the style. That makes SPL different than the hordes of EPLs that are sent to this country, though far from better. On the palate, the metal is now more of a hard water mineral-like quality that isn't horrible.

The mouthfeel is thin, but is helped immensely by carbonation that keeps things inflated from start to finish, thereby making it seem... not so thin. The second half of the bottle doesn't fare as well.

How in the world can a brewery that is capable of brewing the righteous Zywiec Porter, also brew the dreck that is Zywiec Beer, Stawski Export Ale and Stawski Premium Lager? This bottle was on-sale for $2.50. I'd like at least $2.00 back, please.

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Photo of bristol2120
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle. pours a medium deep golden, with a moderate head that quickly subsides, leaving a thin layer of foam, but also with considerable lacing. Aroma is considerably less assertive than hoped for with only the faintest of hops and malt detectable. Taste features some decent maltiness, but seems haeveir because it lacks a hoppy counterpoint. Mouthfeel is decent with a pleasant roundness, and an acceptable level of carbonation. Overall, decent for a euro-lager, but could use a bit more hops to offset malty sweetness.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have you ever bought a beer thinking it was something else? This was an "oops" beer but we'll see how it is.

Poured into a pint glass, it has a very pale, very clear appearance with thin white head that settles instantly.

Aroma is typical adjunct lager. Mostly sweet, corny, very mild saaz-style hops.

Flavor is more intense than expected with a good amount of hop bitterness. It's not something that I would call "good" but it's not a disappointment either

Mouthfeel is light-plus with good carbonation.

Overall nothing special but not a disaster either.

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Photo of beerquestman
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: has a golden haze
S: Faintly smell the hops and yeast
T: carbonated, attempts to have a sweet aftertaste but comes up short. It didn't satisfy on the bitter or sweet end, a bit muddled
M: fairly average
D: while watery, found it difficult to drink mainly as the flavor didn't have me happily coming back for me.

Overall, a little sub-par for a beer. I've had better when it comes to European beers. I doubt I'll have it again, disappointed in a sea of great european beers.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a pint glass

A:Huge, dense bready head that holds 1/2 way down the glass. Really nice lacing. Beautiful deep golden color throughout. Only minor evidence of carbonation bubbles.

S: Grainy and malty. Light sweetness like fruit blossoms (apple, pear)

T: Clean flavors. Crisp and tasty. Malt and light cereal grains. Slight sweetness. Aftertaste consists only of very minor playful hop bite.

M: Crisp but viscous. Nice. Carbonation offers only a little overall.

D: Excellent. I usually don't go for light lagers in any form but this is a great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a tulip glass, this beer has a voluminous head of foam, rising above the rim in asymmetric peaks akin to Duvel. Pure saturated gold, very nice clarity. Some flecks of lacing inside the glass, it looks very nice for a lager.

Aroma is barely there, a wisp of pilsner malt, dry and crackery.

Flavor is similarly subdued and fairly clean. Somewhat metallic and papery though, not the best sign, may be starting to oxidize. Crackery malt flavor that dries out quickly with little bitterness, if at all. A Polish lager's calling card is that slight noble hop bitterness, and it's sadly absent in Stawski. The feel is good, medium bodied and not overly fizzy. Fresh is best, too bad this isn't dated. Not sure what to make of the name, from the back label it just sounds like a vanity project of the importer.

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Photo of matjack85
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was served this beer at a friend's house so I have no idea where he bought it or what it cost. No freshness date on the label. All I could find out about this beer is that it is brewed in Poland by VanPur, and distributed in the United States by Stanley Stawski Distributors in Chicago. The website says they use Lublin hops in brewing this, which is a Saaz hybrid, so it should give it noble hop character and taste like a pilsner.

The pour was fantastic - clear medium gold color with a big creamy, 3-finger, fluffy white head. Unfortunately it only lasted for about 45 seconds before dissipating entirely. It did leave a little lacing.

Mild smell of hay and some faint sweetness - not necessarily malt though.

This beer is on the sweet side, but more of a corn grain sweetness than from malt. There is a mild hop bitterness from a hop I am not familiar with (Lublin). Not a fan as it is too sweet and not enough of anything else.

Medium body with lower than expected carbonation.

This borders on sickening sweet and I wouldn't want to try it again.

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Photo of Star80
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up after reading about hopes of a lightly hoppy Polish Pilsner via those wonderful Lublin Saaz hops, and ended up with a pretty unremarkable euro beer. Don't get me wrong, this beer isn't bad, and I wonder, how fresh is my sample with no date code anywhere? But hey, I live Chicago with a large Polish-American population and have had many fresh Okocim OK beers, and this beer pales (pun itended) in comparison to them. It looks like a very filtered euro lager, with some degree of effervescense and carbonation to it. Cannot detect much if any hops in the nose, and faintly smells of straw, maybe some some sweet malt, but fortunately no alcohol in the nose that I dislike about typical unbalanced, strong euro-lagers. The taste is more of the same, very very mild grassy hop, with none of those wonderful "ghost hop" herbal/piney aftertastes I get from other mentioned Polish lagers, and some sweet, almost corn syrupy malt aftertaste. Keep in mind, I am focusing very hard to pick up the flavors of this beer because I think everything has been subdued for sake of drinkability, which I have scored rather high. Ice cold on a hot day, this beer or two or three could hit the spot, but is not worth seeking out if you want a great, or even good Polish Pilsner. In its defense, who knows how old my sample was, and I would try again if I see it on tap at a Polish bar.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.99/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sitting at the airport bar and came across quite a surprise...pours a medium gold, slightly cloudy... Aroma is light gives off nice pilsner aroma but good, light hops, wheat fresh...taste is sweet, light hop easy to drink.

A excellent euro sessioanl that's easy to drink and a hundred times better than an american macro.

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