Stawski Premium Lager | Stanley Stawski Distributing

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by crossovert on 11-10-2009

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
Photo of rsdaugherty
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.59/5  rDev -15.6%
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 wattoclone
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GilGarp
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of beerluvr
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
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 PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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 emerge077
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
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 dukeandduke
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
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 matjack85
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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 MaxOhle
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of CHickman
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
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 M_C_Hampton
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Daktah
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PokerGod
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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 crossovert
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big white head tops a pale light golden and crystal clear brew. The importer calls this a "Polish Pils" but it seems a lot like your typical pale lager to me.

Polish lagers are among the top of the Euro pale lagers. This one is no exception in the smell department. Strong floral noble hops meld with light malt to provide nice balance. There is a bit of sweetness in there as well.

The flavor is mild, with the hops and malt in balance, with some typical Polish sweetness.

THe mouthfeel is kind of week but it works with the flavors. This is a good summer session beer and not bad at 12.00$ for a 12 pack.

I'm not sure who brews this but it is Stawski beer, yet it is imported by Stawski imports, which appears to be an American company as the owner is Stanley Stawski. It is a mysterious brew but if you see it it's not bad for the price. My best bet would be Zywiec for the brewer of this one.

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Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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 soju6
3.1/5  rDev +1%
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 prisoner1572
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of ruckus232
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +15%
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 jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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