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Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
Poland | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 08-29-2006

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79
Ratings:
195
Avg:
2.97
pDev:
27.95%
 
 
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Photo of flyingpig
2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear, straw yellow colour with a white head that is the size of a thumb and foamy in texture before settling to a soapy lacing after about thirty seconds then disappearing completely.

Mild on the nose with a hint of corn and some vegetable adjunct, there is also a slight bit of grain and some skunky aromas right at the end.

Lager hops to begin with and a little bit of sweetness that is coupled with some grain and a hint of skunk. I can also detect a hint of perfume which was a surprise to me, along with some floral notes.

Light but not watery on the palate and it brings a nice tang with it. It is a well carbonated beer without being too gassy.

An average pale lager that was drinkable but isn't one I'm likely to go back to any time soon, the taste was okay but had to many things going on and wasn't well enough balanced for my liking.

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Photo of kendi18
4.3/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I have to say that i will be a litte bias on this one. The fact is I'm Polish and practicaly grew up with this beer, and I say it's not that bad. I would rate it possible A or B+. It's just what polish beer it's all about.

A: golden with rich sparkling look

T: very strong at the beginning but also very pleasant

Overall: Recommend to anyone who looking for stronger fuller lager from eastern europe you'll like it.

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Photo of jonb5
3.44/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden clear, small head, kept some lacing.

S: Some vanilia, grain.

T: On the sweet side, hint of corn at the finish. Not as skunky as Heineken.

M: Medium body. moderate carbonation, goes down easily.

O Slightly too sweet but pretty good for a Euro lager, not offensive or dominated by ajuncts.

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Photo of stcules
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
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 thehyperduck
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before March 2012.

Pours a clear, pale golden straw colour. A generous three-finger puffy white head erupts at first, but it dissolves so quickly that by two minutes into the session there is only a soapy cap remaining on the surface. Modest lacing left on the sides of the glass. Pretty generic aroma, lots of grass, maybe a bit floral with some vaguely sweetish malts.

Very little flavour, good or bad. Diluted grainy malts, with equally diluted sweet adjunct notes. No real hop presence, maybe a bit of hay toward the finish. Clean tasting, but hopelessly bland even for the style. Thin-bodied and super watery. High carbonation at least gives it a good bite.

I can drink this fine, but I can't see myself doing it again in the future unless it was being offered. Easily the weakest and wateriest pale Polish lager I've yet tried. Granted, that is a list of only 4 or 5 beers, but I'd still take a Zubr or even a Tyskie over this if given the choice.

[Updated Dec. 13 2013]

I picked up another can of this (for the first time since my initial review) and compared it with a few other well-known Polish lagers - Zywiec, Lezajsk and Zubr. This is one of the weaker brews in that quartet, reminding me very strongly of a domestic macro... bland and sweet, with almost no hop presence to temper the sweetness. Not only that, but it's a very corny, dextrose-like sweetness that I find increasingly off-putting as I make my way through the glass. This one has no real strong points, and a whole lot of weak ones - I could drink another can, but have no plans to do so voluntarily.

Final Grade: 2.73, an unimpressive C-.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours your typical light blonde with a good amount of soapy white head that dissipates and doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Smell is of simple grassy grains and not a whole lot else.

Taste is typical euro pale lager - grassy, light bitterness with a slight hint of sweetness. However, the whole flavour profile is a bit ordinary and subdued and the aftertaste is somewhat soapy and not too pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and not overly crisp, at least not as crisp as I would have wanted.

Overall, definitely not one of my fave's. I wouldn't turn it down but I don't see myself buying it again in the future.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.98/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It poured an odd yellow colour that I wasn't expecting and a very large pristine white head. It smelled like sour cheap grains, maybe a little more sour than the smell of most cheap beers.
The taste was of sour grain and cheap hops. It was not especially good. It was better than plenty of American macrobrews, but it was definitely not good. My favourite thing about this beer was the name. Lech. I felt like leching, so I had myself a Lech.

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Photo of
2.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very bright and clear pale gold with a two finger white head that dimishes quickly but has decent retention. Lots of fine bubbles.

Smell - sweet grassy and corn aromas with a hint of spicy and floral European hops.

Mouthfeel - moderatley carbonated.

Taste - sweet hay, grassy, sweet pilsner malts, and a little bitterness. A bit of floral hops sweetness, but just a bit. Finishes corn-sweet and oddly reminiscent of club soda.

This isn't a bad beer, but its nothing special. It reminds me of a lot of the mass-produced Czech pilsners; easy to drink, refreshing, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: clear yellow-golden color with whit head
Smell: corn, malts, grass and vegetables.
Taste: maybe it is me, but this beer has no taste at all. Only some hints of malt and sweet corn. No bitterness at all
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light bodied
Overall: ehhh, no taste?

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Photo of paxkey
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

very pale yellow with giant white head. poured in a nonic.

sweet grassy hay. some sulphur. artificial sweet corn chalk malt.

very clean drinking. no taste when in the mouth. aftertaste is like aroma. corn sweet.

very very light carbonation. unusually light. drinks like sweet juice with a bit of a kick.

just dont like the corn taste and the shitty malts they use..

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.97/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good. Great balance of hops/malt and at 5.2 percent, it is more or less the perfect lager. Very impressed with this Eastern European Lager offering. Worth it for sure. I think that the only thing that could make this beer a tad better is if I could find it in a glass bottle, so as to not tamper with the natural flavor too much. Try this one!

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Photo of biegaman
2.91/5  rDev -2%
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 kwjd
2.09/5  rDev -29.6%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -23.6%
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 Shadman
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was waiting for the can to have a picture of Walesa on it, but probably against union rules.

Looks decent, clear amber yellow, nice head with good retention and hints of lacing.

Musty hop and a slight metallic graininess. Not much else.

Just enough malt in there to keep it from being totally bland. Weird metallic taste ruined the middle. Wondering if this is old stock. ( Date on bottom reads 271006 ) Finish has that slightly dry, slightly spicy euro lager taste.

Feels was similar to others in this style. Also tends to flatten out like many in this style.

Better than say Slavutich, and better than I expected. Would like to try a fresher sample however.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
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 BretBeermann
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had this beer from the can, bottle and the tap. Normally served in a typical Polish 0.5L glass, this beer looks typical of a green-bottle beer. Light color, ample carbonation.

Drinks similar to many other European Pales, such as Grolsch or Peroni. When you can find it on tap, not a terrible buy at a substantial discount over these more readily available brands. Still, nothing spectacular to add to the world of beer. Usually there are better alternatives to be had for the same price at most establishments, even in Poland.

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Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a can from my brother in law. Today was a nice day in Holland and the sun made me decide to taste this one. Poured in a dutch beerglass the beer looks OK. Very little carbonation and a nice white head.

Soft taste with some citrus and a bit of caramel.

It is a good lager beer if you are thirsty, no more and no less. Balanced mouthfeel and dito drinkability.

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Photo of sfprint
2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: on the light brown side of gold.

S: Weak smell of malt.

T: Ok when cold, but as it gets slightly warmer, it becomes hoppier and more sour/bitter.

M: Watery

D. Light enough to drink several but only when kept very chilled. Taste drastically changes for the worse as it starts to warm. Drink fast!

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Photo of wordemupg
2.59/5  rDev -12.8%
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 mothman
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
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 JohnnyBarman
2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pale golden colour, about a half inch head that dissolved entirely within about 40 seconds. No head or lacing whatsoever.

I could hardly detect a nose - light hops and malts, that's about it. Smells like a Euro lager.

The taste was very bland, with a touch of hops near the finish, but otherwords very ordinary pale lager flavor. Inoffensive, but incredibly boring. Tough to finish knowing I had other stuff in the fridge.

Mouthfeel is thin, spritzy carbonation.

Won't get this one again. There are much better beers of the style for that price.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
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 sunrisesolara
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly, a .66 liter bottle. Poured into a pokal, initial head faded quickly. It settled into a deep amber with just a trace of carbonation. The aroma was very strong right after pouring, a slightly sweet and fresh scent. The mouthfeel was mundane and the taste middling. Drinkable, but nothing memorable. My Polish boss (from whom I received the beer) indicated that this is one of the most popular beers in her country. The lack of complication probably lends weight to it's popularity.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer got my attention at my work, Wines Unlimited of Stratford, CT. We have a pretty good beer selection, especially of Eastern European Beers. This one, Lech seemed curious to me, being a Polish beer, it aroused my curiosity, because I have had some decent Polish beers the last few weeks. This beer is amazingly drinkable, but lacks a nice head, and lacing. The head is a egg foam like appearance which is nothing to scream about. The beer is colored with a pale golden hue with transparent waterline edges. Also, while it maybe very versatile, it tastes of a watered down lager, similar to a crappy Pilsner, (not that I hate Pilsners of course) but a little better. However, it still sells very well in our store, for probably two reasons, one being that it is a Polish Beer, and that our Polish clientele will naturally go for it, and two being that most Americans prefer light lagers, or Pilsners anyway, so when they experiment on a unknown beer they obviously get something they think they would like. Overall, this beer was ok, not great, very drinkable, and makes a good addition to any beer selection.

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