Kopernik | Browar Amber

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Browar Amber

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 32
Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carboantion. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of bready hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops—which seem to be slightly grassy and spicy—and has underlying hints of bready malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a good amount of bitterness considering it's strength, without being overpowered by malty or hoppy flavors. It would pair well with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tigg924
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazy, gold in color with ¼ inch head. Taste is cereal, bread, grain, and alcohol. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and slightly bitter. Makes for a slightly above average Polish lager. Will most likely not revisit, but refreshing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle (brown glass, pry-off crown cap) ran me $1.99 USD at a grocer in Brooklyn.

5.60% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Off-white ~5-6cm head. Clear pale copper body. Clean, with no visible yeast/lees within.

AROMA: Slightly funky, making me wonder if this is an old bottle. Lemon, some tartness, pilsner malt, slightly doughy yeast, creamed wheat, leavened bread.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Surprisingly balanced, actually. A soft pilsner malt backbone isn't what I expected, but it's there, playing against the slight crispness of the mouthfeel. Pale malts, 2-row barley, doughy yeast. A little bready, slightly grassy...it's not dialed in but there's sufficient flavour here to exceed my (low) expectations.

No off-flavours. Decent depth of flavour. Above average intensity and duration of flavour.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, refreshing. Could be softer, lighter, and creamier to good effect.

OVERALL: It's inoffensive budget fare that drinks easily and would pair well with pizza. A more than competent take on the generic European pale lager style/category that delivers in terms of high drinkability and neutral but favorable taste. I'd entertain the idea of a second purchase, even as an import. Its overcarbonation is its biggest flaw, but that's consistent with most budget beers in the category.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, some sweetness. Taste is grains, light malts and hops, some hints of a metallic flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates really fasts, leaving hardly any lacing.

S: Smells of yeast, wheat, honey, bananas, grains

T: Tastes fairly sweet, yeast, wheat, grains, bananas, honey, a bit syrupy, bit of hops at the end

M: A light bodied beer with good amounts of carbonation, kind of syrupy but still fairly good

O: Overall this is not too bad compared to the other Polish pale lagers I've had. Not too bad but a little bit funky. Not really too original, I would still opt for this over the mainstream american adjunct crap but still, doesn't say too much.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark straw w/ a 1.5 finger head that dissipated without lace. Some sediment.

S - Barley and sweet caramel

T - Perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes with a nice linger. Lacks the cripness I usually associate with a pilsner. Almost to the point of doubting the accuracy for the style. Regardless, it is good... very good! Somewhat hoppy too for a pills. Like a sweet pale ale.

M - Carb is adequate and leaning toward creamy. Medium body.

O - Even though it may not be true to style I will be trying it again before the summer is through.

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Photo of crossovert
2.44/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle.

It pours an almost hazy-looking bright light pale orange with a frothy white head that gives a bit of lacing.

The smell is of malt syrup and a hint of hops.

Taste is typical pale lager. Nowhere near a pils. It is malty with a hop flavor but not bitterness, really generic and plain.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale orange with clarity so sharp, you can read through it. Fluffy billowing head of white foam rises up and leaves plenty of lacing sticking to the glass. Retention is pretty good, after 15 minutes or so, the head starts to break up into clumps and eventually a thin broken skim.

Lightly sweet, clean and bready barley malt, no off aromas, but fairly nondescript. Slightly perfumey noble hop, very vague however.

Sliced pears on toasted multigrain bread, notes of clover honey. Feels a little light and mild, but this is a euro lager, and that's to be expected. Clean with no off flavors. Crisp and dry in the finish with a little bit of initial malt sweetness, and mild residual sugars. Refreshing in early July. I liked Kopernik, and would drink it again.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Kopernik is named after Copernicus, A famous Polish astronomer whom one of the first scientists to theorize that the Earth wasn't the center of the universe, and that the Earth is round and not flat.

This beer pours into a pils glass, nice and fast... racing carbonation, quick but impressive head that dissipates almost immediate.

The Color is of a pale gold hue, straw yellow... with sunset highlights. This beer Glows, when put to the light.

The taste is thin, and crisp, especially served chilled. Thin in body that is. A nice hop tweek, and a smooth, and resistance-less finish.

I really enjoyed this beer, its good to see Pilsners from outside Czech be so good too.

I really recomend this to Pils Lovers, and or for some one who wants to either get a taste of Polish/Astronomical History or wants to enjoy a nice beverage on a hot summers day.


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

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with an inch of shiny white head, good retention and nice lacing to top it off. For a pilsener or Euro Lager it looks pretty nice. The aroma has some nice barley malt aroma to it also with cookie dough and a bit of citric hops to liven it up. The flavor here has a mellow hop character that is present throughout the drinking experience, a bit citric but well balanced with malts for a nice drink. There is, however, some plastic flavor to this and a bit of hops astringency despite the mellowness. The aroma is quite enjoyable but the taste is not quite up to par with it. Medium body with a somewhat creamy carbonation. Pretty decent beer, not really something I would import from Poland but something I could see being part of a session in a local scenario.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours slightly darker orange hued cloudy with 1 inch foam. Decent retention, but little lacing.

Smells light citrus, bot otherwise not much.

Clean lager taste, a tad on the sweet malty side with a very modest hop finish. Almost a malt liquor, but not nearly as heavy or offensive. Very light carbonation.

Overall, a drinkable lager. Sweeter and less crisp than typical, but still worthy.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle, intrigued by a beer with Copernicus on the label, the father of modern astronomy,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a solid creamy white head, solid retention.

S: Strong smell of sweet malt, some booze.

T: Overly sweet tastes like a Euro Strong or a malt liquor. Too much sugar for a pils which is what it's labeled as. Light hop component in the ends tries to balance, but the sweet corn flavours take over.

M: Light-bodied, pretty good feel, watery though.

D: Usually I've found the Polish make pretty good lagers, Okocim O.K. beer comes to mind. This one is not one of them, feels like a beer double it's strength. Too bad.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this from a bottle into a sampling glass at a brewfest. Was surprised to see it pour darker than expected (since the label said 'Pils'), but the carbonation was apparent. The only negative was the non-existent head. The taste was surprisingly malty for a thin-body beer, which combined to make this an above average session beer. The big knock on this beer, which seems like it has a case of mistaken identity, is the lack of pronounced noble hops flavor...particular Saaz. A little too sweet for this style, and not enough of a floral bouquet.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle from Super Liquor (Placentia, CA), on to the beer:

Poured into a stange, this beer is shiny pale gold, the head is bubbly and foamy. The aroma is sweet with underlayers of hay and a mild bite of hops. Me likey the latter. To drink, no imported flavor to be found, but overall it's all good. It's a mild flavored lager, the pale malt is sweet and the end of the journey is of spicy hops. The finish is clean with the hops fading.

This is all one needs in a simple lager. Certainly better than Zywiec, and one that washed down my dinner well.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from by "By the Bottle" in Vancouver, WA.

Poured from a standard 500ml brown bottle into a "pils" class.

The brew has a the classic pils look with a golden hue and a descent white head but it fades quickly. It is not a clear as some other pils.

Aroma is ok for this style Pils/Lager, but I like a touch more Saaz hops in my lagers.

Taste is fair but there is a bit of a metallic taste in their background. With each passing sip however it did fade.

This was first Polish Pils and it is not really worth a try and next time I'll stick with Poland's neighbor to the south!


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Photo of geexploitation
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a brown 500ml bottle with a blue label featuring a portrait of Copernicus, the famous Polish astronomer, at the top. The label claims this is a "Pils Beer".

Pours with standard Euro lager clarity, although the color is shifted over to the amber side of things. A small head is kicked up by the initial pour, but it fades to nothing quickly. The nose is malt-forward, with a bit of corn and DMS mixing into the sweet malt smells. There's just a hint of drying hops in the aroma. On the palate, there's a quick flash of hop bitterness and carbonation, followed by a longer malt phase marked by corny sweetness. The finish sticks a bit for a beer of such minor flavors. Mouthfeel is unremarkable in every way.

Overall, this is just your garden variety Euro macro lager, albeit perhaps a maltier than normal one. No way is it a pils like the label claims -- way too dark, malty and un-hoppy for that. Kopernik pils is nothing special but also nothing offensive. Bo-ring.

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