Lech Premium | Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

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Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Very faint aromas of sweet bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has somewhat stronger flavors of bready malts along with slight bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels rather light-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some pleasant flavors of bready malts, but it seems a little bland and like it could use some more in the way of hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500ml can. Seems like there's two different Lech breweries. Ah well.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of bubbly, very loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy distant landform lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of mildly grainy pale malt, watery aged lemon, and musky, somewhat dead grassy hops - typically inoffensive Euro-lager, especially one protected by the can. The taste is more of the same, though the lightly skunky hops seem more front and center (Saaz' retarded cousin?), and the malt getting a sort of stale sweet white breadiness thing going on. Ever so soft alcohol warming.

The carbonation is sprightly, with a fine-honed edge, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth, the lingering hops not pungent enough to cause any real damage. It finishes off-dry, the graininess of the pale malt contending easily enough with those upstart bland hop notes.

Another 'Premium' beer, that offers nothing of the sort. At least this one is actually OK, I could see downing multiple cans of it, were I in the company of Polish friends at a summer 'cue. Otherwise, just an average Euro-lager, and all that implies, trope-wise, vis-a-vis their Yankee counterparts.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle into a Porterhouse Palaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a five finger head that quickly goes down to two finger head in a minute and a half. A clear, bubbly yellow. Standard fare.

Smell: A pungent scent of barley and malt, maybe a hint of piney hops.

Taste: Fizzy open to a couple notes, one of malt, and one shaping hoppy note, but not quite pine as I thought earlier. Can't quite place it. Finish is wet and nasty.

MF: Watery, light, and smooth.

Dr: At this price range, I'd sooner have it over most of the discount brews in Ireland if it were on draught, but if I had me pick in the store I'd go with a discount Belgian macro.

The finish gets more crisp as you drink it.

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Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend from Poland for this.

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a large layer of fluffy white head.Decent retention. Leaves some nice lace which surprised me. Color is a clear golden yellow. Lots of active carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of rice, corn, and low level hops. Reminds me a lot of the typical macros in America. Nothing to special.

Taste: It is defintely different from the American macros. It has the pale malt present but also has a European flavor to it. Corn and rice flavors with some malt. Very basic but a little different from the American macro lager. Very dry with grassy hops... reminds me a little of a pils.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, relatively easy drinking. A little dry. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and grassy.

Overall, it was fun drinking this beer. I knew it would taste like an American macro, but Europe/Poland has different malts and hops than us so it was fun to try something new. It was a fun experience. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale goldenrod with water-like borders and an expansive crown of eggshell colored foam that is gently pitting and nicely persistent. Generous sheets of attractive lace help nudge the appearance score in an upward direction.

The nose is typical of the style, with an absence of true nastiness. The green glass bottle doesn't appear to have hurt anything. Musky hops (probably Saaz) lead the way... and little else follows. Smells like Heineken Lager.

Lech Premium is a garden-variety Euro pale lager that tastes like every other Euro pale lager under the sun. This must be a pretty popular flavor over in the Old World since it seems as if 90% of their beer tastes exactly like this.

There's just enough pale and/or pils malt to hold down the bottom end and to add a touch of background sweetness. The hops are grassy-musky and aren't the least bit lemon-like. Bitterness is modest throughout and the finish doesn't quite make it all the way to crisp.

Since the body/mouthfeel has appropriate size and the carbonation is well done in terms of amount and quality (lightly sparkly), the score deserves to be above average.

Lech Premium, like most beer with the word premium on the label, is fair-to-middlin' at best. I was all set to call it Blech, but it's actually a decent, drinkable version of the style. And it's better than most American pale lagers with multi-million dollar advertising budgets.

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Photo of Jason
3.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can, purchased from the local LCBO in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Snap crackle from the white head is a clear sign that the head retention struggles to even keep its lacing after a while. Clear golden straw color. Very light aroma of refined honey and dried hay from the malt. Clean palate from the most part other than a bit of corn-like DMS and grassy graininess. Mild hop bitterness rubs up against the grain but does not want to mesh flavors at all. Mildly astringent in the dry finish.

Typical blah Euro Lager ... no horrible but nothing I'd go back to again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.17/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I haven't had a beer from my ancestral homeland in a while, but this find on a local mix-a-six shelf lends me such an opportunity. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises musty wheat, light flowers, very light brown grass, and a faint hint of the beginning of skunking. I have no idea why, as the store in question isn't conducive to daylight entering the store to any appreciable degree, much less the beer section near the back wall, but at least the skunking seems to be at a decided minimum. The taste brings in more of the same, with the mustiness in full force, stronger than ever, providing evidence that the skunk-like smell wasn't actually evidence of skunking, but rather a crappy beer. Hell, the finish is awash in soil-encrusted tobacco. This is awful. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, what I thought was a case of light-taint turned out to just be a horrid beer. Well, at least I don't have to have a talk with the beer manager, and, better, I don't have to drink any more of this swill wannabe.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Today is T, 27 May 2014 and I just hauled a 500-ml bottle out of my refrigerator as I am watching baseball and hockey on TV.

From the bottle: "Refreshing taste Crisp beer".

My initial aggo pour yielded a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head that departed like an unstisfied customer. Color was a light lemon-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of faint Noble hops, kind of grassy, slightly skunky, but not off-putting. outhfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was clearly lager, adjunct-free, but not terribly exciting, either. The grassiness of the hops was prevalent, but muted. The finish was semi-dry, tasty, but not really fulfilling. It was a good beer to watch sports with as an accompaniment, but not much beyond that. I would not mind revisiting this in a CAN.

My original, CAN review dtd 24 Dec 2009 follows:

I CAN thank my lucky stars for good notes on this one.

A great pour into a tall flute got me two fingers' worth of bone-white head with solid retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite lager-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was definitely lager like.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, best by 10.22.08:

Pours straw golden with a white head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grain, lime, pretty clean (though there is a hint of "Euro-skunk".

The taste is grainy, limey, some bitterish balance. A touch of "Euro-skunk". Crisp finish.

It has the expected light-body, though not overly watery or fizzy.

Nothing particularly special, but better than the average EPL, in my opinion. At only a buck and small change for the 500 ml bottle, it's not a bad "lawn-mower" beer.

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Photo of Duff27
1.96/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thin white head on a pale beer. Low head retention, some lacing.

Skunky bready aroma. (Green bottles??)

Flavor isn't that bad if you can get past the the skunk. Uggghh. Sweet bread perhaps. Uggghh.

Highly carbonated, medium thin mouthfeel.

Didn't like this one at all. Normally if a beer is subpar due to an issue like it being past its prime or infected then I won't review. The brewer chose green bottles and thus, its skunkyass flavor. Pass, unless you can't find another Poland tick elsewhere.

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Photo of stevoj
2.59/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A little bit heftier than your average pale lager, with some more robust hops in the flavor too.Color is a little darker golden and carbonation is fairly active. A notch above your mass market lagers, but not by much.

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Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a friend for bringing this can back. Fresh, like this, it's a decent Euro lager. Clean and well-made, but nothing special in character. It's more simple proof the brewers are technically adept than anything else. It's slightly sweet and smooth, and completely unremarkable.

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Photo of biegaman
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lech looks like it belongs around the neck of a gangsta rapper - this is some serious bling bling. Forget the Alizé.This bright yellow gold is nearly blinding and could easily pass as a status icon if it weren't so reasonably priced. Plus it's bubbly like Cristal.

There's another connection to gangsta rap: whatever integrity and authentic character this product once may have had, it's clearly been co-opted by a more commercially acceptable, prosaic and formulaic variation. And there was probably a marketing team behind it. And despite that - or precisely because of that - it's bound to be offensive to some.

The taste starts off crisp and malty enough with a thin but perceptible graininess... that ends up tasting something like bleached white flour bread. Undesirable though that is, the flavour of canned cream corn that follows it is even less desirable. Fortunately, however, it doesn't last long and is hardly remembered even seconds after the swallow.

A near freezing serving temperature helps but isn't a necessary precondition. The beer holds itself together rather decently as it loses its chill and, although they're almost surely in there, never let's slip an offensive amount of adjuncts. It is definitely light enough for casual drinkers, but might just also have enough character for some lager enthusiasts.

If pronounced properly, Lech is a sound that would normally only ever come out your mouth when vomiting. But I assure you, it shouldn't come to that. Although it may not live up to Poland's full potential, it's doubtful to exercise any gag reflexes and, more likely than not, should actually prove itself a middle-of-the-road, easily quaffed lager.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was purchased in a Pakistani owned supermarket in Telford, Shropshire, England.

So many Polish workers in the area, their beers are appearing all over, I shall have great fun finding and reviewing them!

Large green bottle (500ml) with oval green label, stating it is brewed with natural ingredients (in English). No mention the brewery is owned by a South African Global Brewer.

I tried it in a blind tasting with Glosch, Miller Genuine Draft and Warsteiner Premium Verum (Pilsner). It came second behind the Warsteiner.

Darkest of the four beers, it was deep blonde in colour with a good clear, clean head, which stayed for a long time, clinging on to the side of the pint sleeved glass until the end.

It smelt of lager/pilsner, so no great shakes there.

The taste however was fine, more body that your normal pilsner, with a hoppy, dry aftertaste which lingered awhile.

Overall a good feel about it, I am not a big Pilsner/lager drinker, but this did enough to please me and I will be drinking it again, not regular, but if it is hot, I am thirsty and it is cold in my fridge.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a crystal clear macro-gold with a thin sudsy off white head that quickly dissipated to a bare surface. Visible carbonation was extremely soft, almost non-detect.

S: some corn and fresh green vegetables.

T: starts out with some semi-sweet corn and buttery green vegetables which is followed by and balanced by a dry grassy hopping. There is some lemon peels towards the finish which is quick off the tongue. Overall not impressed with the flavor and one that comes off like stale, boring and bland.

M: light, watery with a sour hopping and some dry grassiness. Carbonation is flat.

D: Drinkability is not very, a typical euro-pale that underachieves and leaves much to be desired. Don't bother.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale straw yellow colour with a large soapy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - corn syrup, breads/grains, yeast, malts, light hops, and a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation on the tongue, the beer comes across as slightly watery. It has a fresh grassy/bready flavour mixed with an almond sweetness and light hops. It actually kind of reminds me of a rice beer such as Tsing Tao. It finishes with a slight bitterness and it is very crisp and refreshing.

Drink - A nice light lager, good for the summer months. An average beer that I might seek out again if the weather is right.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ML bottle poured into a glass

Appearence: Light straw color. The head dissapated very quickly

Smell: Initial aroma was a bit skunky. Light aroma of hay (stale grain?) after I settled into it.

Taste: Slight maltiness that soon overtaken by hop bitterness. Medium carbonation. Not too impressive.

Mouthfeel: Tasted watery even though medium carbonation and the slight maltiness. I really thought it woiuld be one of those crisper, dryer beers - maybe the "Premium Beer" descriptor on the label should have been a warning.

Drinkability: In fairness, it was drinkable, just nothing special. Actually left me with a little stale aftertaste that could only be abated by another drink.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.59/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into pint glass april 6 2010

A clear pale straw yellow with lot of bubbles floating up to a two finger head that has decent retention but leaves no lace

S very little going on some lemon and grassy hops

T pretty bland maybe a little bread to go along with the nose

M the bubbles I can see aren't there in the mouth and it's a little thin

D overall a pretty basic beer nothing worth bragging about

this beer looked good but not much else, nothing offensive just nothing worth mentioning

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" white head above the clear light golden brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with ample sticky lacing. Aroma is Saaz hops with a light sweetness. Taste is pale sweet malts upfront, with crisp and lightly spicy hoppiness, with a clean close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, this one is a great representation of the style. Would gladly have this one up again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as I can tell this is the correct entry for this beer, not the other Lech Premium that is listed. 500 ml can.

Looks like a pale lager, clear yellow/gold, thick white head forms, starts to disappear rather quick, some lace spots. Smell is sweet, lagery, some citrus and floral, bit of corn, nothing special. Taste is sweet, little bit malty, light honey, floral, average at best, quite weak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Moderately refreshing, carbonation is lighter than average, easier to drink. Still pretty crappy though!

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was served at an outdoor bar near old town, Warsaw. Had a big white fine, foamy head with lots of lace. Color was a bright, clear polished brass. Aroma was a common beery, very fresh, clean and balanced 'tween malt and hops. Flavor's exactly the same. Body was decent and so was carbonation. Not a lot of flavor; nothing offends. It's ok and that's about it. Finish is very short, bittersweet leaning towards sweet. Could be a session beer because it's so easy.

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Photo of stcules
2.25/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow color, very clean, light carbonation. White and abundant foam, not bad.
Faint smell, light maltiness, not of great quality.
Quite scarce in the mouth, but not offensive, well. Some oxidation.
Not convincing.
Low profile beer, useless and avoidable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Slightly larger bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with fast white foam that vanishes almost immediately.

Clean pils smell - hints of corn but never as offensive as an American bland pils. Little bit of sweetness in there.

Clean, light watery, taste with faint hops. Strangely flavorful and light. Goes down super smooth. Unremarkable, but tasty in an easy going kind of way.

Very good drinkability. I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lech Premium has a thick, white, spongy head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance. Lacing is heavy. The aroma is of light grains and a touch of grass. Taste is of mild, sweet grains and grassy, low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Lech Premium finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of kwjd
2.09/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours as close you can get to clear, with a yellow'ish tinge. White head that dissipates with some lacing. Smells of cooked vegetables, with some very mild grassy aroma. Flavour is almost non-existent, but a some small off flavours in there. Not completely bad either, since the flavour is quite faint. Huge carbonation makes this a bit harder to drink. Would be ok on a really hot day, but not in the winter. Took a chance on buying this, not impressed.

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