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Brewed by:
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
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195
Avg:
2.97
pDev:
27.95%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
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 drpimento
3/5  rDev +1%
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 tempest
3/5  rDev +1%
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 DoctorStrangiato
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into a beer stein.

Appearance - golden-straw yellow with a 1/2-inch head that reduced to moderate surface bubbles. Zero lacing. Quite carbonated.

Smell - smells of the can. Hoppiness is present along with thin corn aromas. Slight cooked vegetable scents below.

Taste - starts slowly despite the carbonation. What emerges is a corn-adjunct flavour with some inoffensive, but uninteresting bitters. Basically finishes dry without too much depth or aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - active but lacking in character. Has the feel of a fizzy drink with beer flavours included.

Drinkability - Totally middle of the road. I'm not spitting it out, I'll enjoy the rest of the pint. If offered another, I might accept. But I might also go for the many other better options for this style.

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Photo of Amalak
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle. Light gold in color, slightly bubbly, thick head that dissipates quickly with no lace. Pilsner esque scent to it, but a little sour.

It's just a weak beer. It is too sour, kind of like a Pilsner gone kind of wrong. There isn't anything that stands out and it leaves a bad aftertaste. Not a fan.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had Lech Premium in Krakow Poland, I have had it a few times since than so I guess you can say it is a beer worth trying.

Pours a clear dark yellow not quite gold with a white head and active carbonation. The smell is hard to detect but a little earthy like grain. The taste is slightly bready with some grain hop. Some euro skunk. THe mouthfeel and drinkability are okay. It goes down fairly crisp and clean but I couldnt see myself drinking more than one every once in a long while.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my favorite beers when I lived in Poland, usually in a can or a bottle, but occasionally on tap. I think this beer is named after a national folk hero or something but I might be misremembering it.

Pours a basic pale, almost ginger ale color with a foamy white head and carbonation to spare. The nose is grainy but without much character or complexity. The taste is crisp and reasonably clean and refreshing but again, not terribly dense or inquisitive.

This this is basic Polish lager, which is what everyone drinks when they're not drinking vodka.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a clean clear hay colored body average lace and head

Smell: It smells plain and full of grains.

Taste: Crisp, malt filled, adjunct grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: It is average on levels but it is also refreshing.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lech Premium is owned by giant SABMiller and like many beers of the region, features a ram on the label. What is it with eastern european's and rams? In a land without stags, bears and lions perhaps it is the sign of vitality. Anyhoo, my canned sample of Lech was purchased at the ubiquitous LCBO in Ontario Canada - the best before date a good 8 months away.

Lech pours with an attractive golden colour. The thick, heavily carbonated head dissipates quickly and leaves next to no lace however. Despite that I found myself admiring the beer while I drank.. its golden hues standing out against a dreary fall day.

Smell-wise it's decent.. some malt, flowers and grass. Nothing over powering but still complimentary. Unlike many of the other reviewers I enjoyed the taste and mouthfeel. It's somewhat sweet, but finishes very well with hops and overall I'd have to say it is a very refreshing beer. I'm disappointed I didn't pick up more of it!

If you see this one, give it a shot. It'll be in my basket the next time I'm out.

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Photo of ATPete
3.11/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle ?

A- Transparent yellow color, big, kind of sticky white head, lots of fast rising carbonation.

S- Corny and shallow, good old macro malty nose

T- Subtle malt character balanced by a weak hop flavor, bright with carbonation, subtle blasts of citrus fruits come through on the finish.

M- not much to this beer really, very light, boarder line refreshing. No off flavors which (IMO) is rare in an average euro-lager in a green bottle.

D- Very drinkable.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a small portion (~100ml) poured into a glass from a 500ml bottle

A- Crystal clear golden yellow with quite a few bubble streams carrying medium-large bubbles to a small ring of lace at the top.

S- Smells slightly skunked and somewhat bland

T- Tastes like white wheat bread and a bit skunky

F- Feels light-bodied with decent carbonation for a quick ride over the tongue

D- Drinks quick and painlessly like a cheap Euro Pale Lager should

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.18/5  rDev -26.6%
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 junkman203
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearence: Lech is yellow in color, with a strange head, looks like a ginger ale head but actually lasts some time. Leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Light smell, a little yeasty.

Taste: A little malty, but aftertaste is hoppy. Strangely.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: I guess it is O.K. if you like skunky euro-lagers.

Not one of my favorite beers. I bought it because I was told Polish delis in my area cannot keep it on the shelf. Tyskie is much better. Whoever is buying it up can have my share.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.39/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Jason
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 seanyfo
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Dark golden body with rocky 2 finger head after aggressive pour. Disappates quickly, poor lacing but lively beading.

S- Very skunky hops, no real malt profile.

T- Watery, skunky bitter hops, slight maltiness in the beginning, but the hops quickly dominate.

M- Stale and thick yet watery! how can this be? Not crisp and clear, fresh as i want.

D- Poor taste, poor mouthfeel, i dont feel refreshed, just a stale residue left on the tongue. Give me a Rothaus Pils!

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Photo of rmcnealy
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lech Premium - Poland - 5.2%

Bottle had US print including "Lech Premium - Brewed With Natural Ingredients". 500ml bottle. Typical Euro lager. Bought at store with heavy Polish / Eastern European influence. Poured translucent light gold. Head dissapated immediately. No distict smell. Has taste of wheats and alcohol. Basically the same as Warka beer. Nothing exceptional. $1.29 to try something new.

Rob
Chicago

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Photo of redmagik99
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow, pretty transparent, but with a decent head that disappeared soon after. Smelled like an indescript lager but with added stale sweetness. Sweetness becomes much more apparent in the taste, overcoming any corny adjuncts or sharp edges. Slight hop bitterness - not much to speak of. moderate carbonation. fairly watery, making for weaker characteristics but higher drinkability. Almost like a light bock, if I may be so bold. The only english words on the can are "premium" and "party," so I didn't really know what to expect. However, this beer significantly surpasses the standard american shitty macro lager in taste and drinkability. So drink on, lager loving party people.

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Photo of WJVII
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased this at the Prestige Hotel in Poland on tap. (Had a really cool pint glass I brought home and was broke by baggage at the airline).

This had an almost clear golden color with about 2in white head. This had a very light aroma, almost musty. It had a smooth taste, was light in the mouth with medium carbonation. There was a slight hop after taste but very unimpressive. Not too much else to add. I was able to drink 4 or 5 pints before going to my room, so it was drinkable.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours with a dense 3 inch head off a vigorous pour, recedes slowly and leaves a bit of patchy lacing. Medium-yellow, crystal clear brew pierced by just a few lazy bubbles. Aroma is low key with a bit of earthy mustiness, sweetgrass, and a hint of crackery malt.

Taste is fairly clean but a bit unexciting. Grassy hops, wet earth, crackery malty sweetness with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium dry mouthfeel, medium body, and well executed carbonation. This a decent, inoffensive Euro Lager, not too sweet or cheap tasting, a good thirst-quencher.

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Photo of hoser
2.24/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had big notes of fusel alcohol that one would expect to have in a malt liquor, big notes of corn on the palate and in the nose. One could do better by visiting or revisiting other Polish beers and I thought a better name for this beer would be Belch !

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Photo of pootz
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed this beer over a year ago woner why the posting did not take??

1/2 liter can.

Pour puts a golden bright lager in the flute...decent 2 finger white frothy cap, fair retention, good lacing. Well carbonated. Aroma of herbal-citrus bouquet under bready malts ( very decent aroma). Medium bodied, soft mineral mouth feel...meaty pale malt backbone.

Starts a tad sharp from the carbonation ( too sparkling/spritzy) but once past that you can chew into the bready Moravian malts...then the balance from both saaz and Lublin hopping comes in and you get a nice bread and lemon decernment under a more creamy mouth feel. Finishes crisp and clean with the bittering dropping right off to leave a light bready-biscuity taste and virtually no sweetness. The 5.2 ABV makes this a very drinkable and satisfying beer.

This is an above average Polish lager and I am surprised I like it as well, if not more so, than Okocim Zagloba.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 500ml can

A- clear pale golden colour, nice head that disappears very quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles with a little lace around the glass.

S- somewhat earthy, a little sweet, similar to Labatt Blue possibly the saaz hops.

T- malty sweet, floral i guess, slightly metallic,a little acidic, not bad but not outstanding.

M- crisp,clean, light bodied, kindof similar to a light beer, a little over-carbonated i think.

D- Not bad i guess, you could probably pound back a few. I dont know why but i found this to be very similar to macro light beers. It would probably be great on a hot summer day.

Overall i found this to be a nice change. If offered, give it a try. I think i might pick this up again, maybe in the summertime.

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