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Brewed by:
Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
Poland
kp.pl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BlackHaddock on 08-29-2006

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2.96
pDev:
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Photo of canucklehead
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like most Polish lagers this is a clean and well finished beer but with mot much in the way of complexity. Since it is in a can there is no skunk so the lightness of the beer tastes fresh. Nothing really wrong with this beer but no memorable at all so I probably will go with a Grolsch or a Wernesgruner next time.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz green screw-top bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Pale straw with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Cracker and Pilsner malt.

Taste
Cracker, corny adjuncts, and hints of Pilsner malt. Perhaps a touch of butter.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, and clean.

Overall
A truly boring beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
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 flyingpig
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Dentist666
2.52/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

0.33l bottle. Poured into lager glass. 2-finger white head, some laces. Bland and meaningless macrocrap. Grainy smell, watery taste, sense of being deceived. Don't even try this godless nectar.

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Photo of Amalak
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
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 daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 pootz
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
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 DenisKolkin
3.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Cost was about $2.20 CDN and purchased at. The LCBO.

Appearance - clear pale golden straw color. One finger of white head with minimal retention and fewer than average bubbles.

Smell - quite grainy, a touch skunked and a bit metallic. Works alright, but not great.

Taste - similar to the nose, grains dominate, but the metallic ness doesn't come through. Inoffensive. Mild sweetness throughout. Tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel - lower than average carbonation and a bit flat. Light body and moist finish.

Overall - serviceable but indistinguishable pale lager. Ok, but non-descript overall.

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Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 UnionMade
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle lovingly brought back from Krosno, Poland by my Mom. Thanks Mom!
Crystal clear pale gold. A large bubble floats up now and then. Initially, the head was puffy and white, settling down into a thin collar after a couple sips. Soapy, saazy hop aroma. Some grassy notes, and crispy, crackly pils malt. The flavor is much like any continental lager, with perhaps a more pronounced floral fruitiness. A trace of apple and freshly mown grass, sitting atop crisply grainy pils malt. Lagery smooth, moving quickly into a moderately hopped, floral and soapy finish. Feels softer, less dry than your average euro lager, maybe more in the bohemian style. Still has that nice snap-off in the finish. An easy drinker after a long day.

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Photo of leaddog
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden straw yellow with about a finger width of white bubbly head. Bubbles are very present and there is excellent clarity.

Smell - Mellow apples, golden raisins, sweet malts.

Taste - Hint of the apples comes through in the taste. No real hoppiness or bitterness. Slightly bready flavours. Not overly sweet as the smell would suggest.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall - An easy drinking lager from Lech. Nothing super spectacular with the flavours going on, but a very refreshing brew for a hot day. I always like to come back to my roots with Polish beers and this is one of the ones I return to.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BranfordBound
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this one out of a green .3L bottle into a glass while I was in Poland. It is pronounced more like "leck" but with a guttural ending like the ending in loch (loch ness monster), don't pronounce it "letch". I was told this is one of the more popular lagers here although Tyskie, Zywiec, and Okocim seem to have more of the market share. Pours a bright yellow color, clear as glass. Bubbly head forms and fades in a few seconds. Smells of some sweet grain and water. Taste is pretty clean, a little on the sweet side. Nothing really to write home about. When warm it has an odd aftertaste that isn't as pleasant, a bit of skunk from the green bottle. Tastes a bit like old Heinekin. Overall a mediocre beer, I would definitely take Zywiec over this one, although that is like saying you'd drink a Budweiser over Bud Light.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.58/5  rDev +20.9%
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 JohnnyBarman
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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 ATPete
3.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Shadman
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
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 SmashPants
3.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can: a standard macro-esque 500mL big green can.

Aroma: pours a fairly flat amber yellow with light but steady carbonation. A one-finger white head with patchy, sporadic lacing. Looks... flaccid.

Appearance: pours a fairly flat amber yellow with light but steady carbonation. A one-finger white head with patchy, sporadic lacing. Looks... flaccid.

Taste: smells of a fairly typical massively macro Euro lager - musky malts and some light grains and hops. Okay.

Aftertaste: follows the nose - I really couldn't pick this out from a row of other macro Euro lagers. Reasonable, but not mind-blowing. Nothing to set it out from the rest.

Mouth feel: drops away pretty quickly as expected. Just a touch of grass hops.

Overall: a standard Euro lager - acceptable but not mind blowing. I only bought a can of it, but apparently Dan Murphy's sells it for $36 for a case of 24 x 500mL - making it the cheapest beer by far.

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Photo of jonb5
3.44/5  rDev +16.2%
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 seanyfo
2/5  rDev -32.4%
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 rvdoorn
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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 sfprint
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
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 gandres
2.59/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 500 mL to wine glass
Appearance: Amber clear, medium off white foam that disappears slowly, lacing
Aroma: scent of malt not a lot
Taste:low bitterness, not a lot of taste, watery, abrupt finish
Palate: lively carbonation, good long finish, tart follow through
Overall: Fair beer, but not to repeat look for
Drank: 8/22/2016 11:00 PM

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Photo of WJVII
3/5  rDev +1.4%
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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