Okocim (Zagloba) Premium Beer
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #29
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
75
Ranked #44,728
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 17.78%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
61
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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
 
Poland
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Reviews by Todd:
Photo of Todd
4.94/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden-yellow in colour with a decent creamy white head that retains nicely and slightly sticks to the glass.

Smell: Soft, delicate aromas of herbal/minty and grain perfumes. Very aromatic.

Taste: A very smooth and creamy mouth-feel. Body is light, but even and with a juicy substance to it. A very unique hop character (Luplin, a Polish hop) makes itself known first. It's quite minty, spicy, herbal-like, flowery and a touch "earthy." A pleasing dextrin sweetness comes thru to round off the other flavours, and mixes with an ever so light fruit character and alcohol feel. Finish has some raw grain flavours on the palate, leans towards the dry side and contains residual hop flavours -- nice aftertaste.

Notes: In my opinion, one of the best beers to be had from Poland. A most unique, top-notch and intriguing pils. I highly recommend hop and/or Euro pils lovers to give this beer a try.

Sadly, I just got word from Okocim's PR Manager that stated "Just for your information Zagloba brand is not sold anymore. Now we have Okocim Premium beer brand." A follow-up email informed me that "Premium is similar to zagloba taste. Lots of consumers like it and mention it is very good quality."

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date, cool little goat holding onto a beer on the neck of the bottle. Perfect clarity off of a pale yellowish golden hue, decent lacing with some stickage.

Smells of hay, spicy hop and a light dextrin sweetness.

Smooth and surprisingly creamy with a moderate carbonation and body. A grassy graininess is folded neatly into the sweetness of the malt. Herbal and spicy hop bitterness and flavour is modest yet ample enough to balance. A full mouth of pale maltiness ensues as the palate slowly dries and gets ready for another sip.

Quite yummy, and the somewhat larger alcohol is deceiving. At a $1.50 a pop I’ll be going back to this one again.

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Photo of pbrian
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very clean aroma, herbly. Tasted like a cross between a czech pils and a malt liquor, without the malt liquor strength. It was OK, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.66/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excelent, clean, refreshing lager that has a wonderful nobel hop spicyness to it.

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Photo of marc77
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, effervescent, golden in hue and crystal clear. THe sticky, perfecty white head leaves lace down the glass. Sweet, pleasantly grainy in aroma, w/ a mildly herbal Hellertauer hop nose. Hop bitterness is soft for style & gives way to a mellow malt sweetness. An understated herbal hop flavor lends it way right in the middle. Full in body for a pilsner, w/ a mooth & pleasant mouthfeel that belies the highly carbonated appearance. The finish is soft, clean, w/ lightr bready notes & an enjoyable, almost honey - like lingering sweetness. This is all around very pleasant and drinkable brew. My only qualm is the relatively low hop bitterness left this brew a touch too sweet for a pilsner.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Premium Zagloba- Starts by pouring your common Pilsner look, with a light medium body with a crystal golden color. The head is huge at first but dies young. On the palate,awesome zestiness,pepper, grains, earth, grass... A nice clean finish to top things off!
Overall I'm actually glad I couldn't find the Porter, this puppy is a mighty fine Pale Lager! Great Piwo!

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Photo of Thrasher
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cleanest pilsner I have tasted. Also one of the freshest bottled imports that I have ever had (thanks to Terry Boyd at Mountview in Naugatuck CT). Pilsners don't travel especially well and it's a treat to have one as fresh as this. Pure gold with sudsy head and steady stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A previous review mentioned minty -- this is dead on for the prominent hop flavor. Malts are mild, but definitely there. Just the vaguest whiff of caramel. An exquisite European pils, and if you got it in as good shape as I did, one of the most pleasurable to make it across the pond.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't half bad, decent sweetish soft malts, with a herbal hop finish (dry), solid, if a touch light, probably considered a mass market beer in Poland, but good mass market beer in my opinion. Pretty long finish for such a lightly textured beer

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Photo of jackndan
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okocim Premium: Big half liter brown bottle. Tan, clear beer, with stunning carbonation. Big white head. Slightly skunky aroma. Taste wasn’t what I’d hoped at all. I like these Polish lagers, and the price was great ($1.29), but the taste was all off. Very soapy flavor, I mean real soap flavors, think Lemon Fresh Joy, think Palmolive (you get the picture). The taste was kind of dry in the finish. Bummer.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice session brew, but with a little bit of a kick. It pours a light gold with a thin, but dense and foamy white head. The aroma is all spicy and herbal hops...smells very much like Saaz but I hear that the Poles use their own similar variety called Lublin. The taste is also slightly dominated by herbal, spicy hops but there's some grain and simple-sugar-sweet malt providing balance but never overwhelming the hops. The taste would make me label this brew a mild pilsner. Very crisp, clean, refreshing finish...highly drinkable.

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Photo of brakspear
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very mellow and quenching pils with a full body that is deceiving at first. Served in a 500 ml brown bottle that prevents the dreaded green glass skunk that destroys most continental pils exported to the US.

A deep golden body forms a generous white head that reduces but lingers throughout the tasting. Moreover, this beer must have lots of dextrines because it laces well to the glass.

The aroma has some hop spiciness, but it is the smooth not sweet malt aroma with a slight grainy touch that is most noticeable.

The taste is nuetral with a malty, grainy body hovering over a very mild hop bitterness. A bit disappointing as far as a full-bodied pils.

This is an overall nice pils that lacks the full taste of its czech and german cousins, but nonetheless is enjoyable and well worth sampling if you get the chance.

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good-looking brew: deep straw color with a floating, thick, brilliant head. Aroma is continental hops with a slightly vegetable aroma. Taste is malty up front with a crisp finish. Mostly firm, mouthfeel. All around very pleasant...and very ordinary.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.32/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had the can version, which probably didn't help much. I found this to be pretty weak and watery. Unattractive gold color with a thick white head. No real lacing to speak of. Slight hops in the aroma but that was about it. Very dry finish and really lacking in the flavor department. I hope the Mocne is better...

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Photo of bditty187
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant, shimmering golden hue, translucent, small bubbly head, quick to dissipate, soapy retention, no lace of note. Rather clean, if not bland, noseĀ… some sweet malt meshes with creamy, hay-like hops, hint of herbs. Lovely spiciness initiates the palate, quickly followed by a burst of sweetness with a crisp and refreshing ending. Pretty much straightforward in taste, yet there is enough substance for an enjoyable quaff. This has a pleasant, healthy body for a Pils. This is a quality brew; try one.

Bonus: It is not very costly.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okocim is another one of the big breweries in Poland, and it will probably continue to expand with Carlsberg backing it. Okocim's main lager is actually a pretty good beer, reminding me very much of a top quality pilsener.

This beer pours a nice gold color with an amber hue to it. A nice foamy head forms and lasts for about 30 seconds. The smell is very clean and crisp, with some light sweetness detectable. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. "Crisp" and "clean" describe this brew quite well in terms of aroma and flavor. The crisp maltiness is slightly sweet. There is a very slight hint of corn detectable, but a very light caramel note pops up as well. The hoppiness could best be described as citric and grassy, and provides good balance (not overly bitter though). The aftertaste is clean too, with some graininess and grassiness lingering. No alcoholic warmth present.

I was surprised by this Polish macro. I think it could hold up to a Czech pils very well. Good thirst quencher and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of stirgy
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a crystal clear golden yellow color and was topped with a small, but creamy head of dense foam. Light carbonation. It looks inviting. Wonderful aroma of freshly mown grass and lemony crisp grains. The flavor is crisp and lemony and really reminds me of a quality Bohemian Pils. The body is medium with grainy slightly sweet notes. Finishes perfectly clean and lively. A fine drinkable and flavorful lager that really knocked my socks off. Move over Urquell!

And a nice value at $2 for a large bottle.

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Photo of yen157
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden brew with a small head that hangs around for a little while. It has a malty aroma with a little bit of floral hops. This beer has good carbonation and isn't too thin in body. Taste-wise, I would not characterize this beer as malty, however malty sweetness is present along with raw grain and a tiny bit of fruit. The modest bitterness of the hops comes out in the finish. A good pilsner and maybe the best Polish beer I've had.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By no means the best beer Ive ever had but enjoyable enough to causeme to ask myself why had I never heard of Polish beers before.

Served in a tall and trademarked half liter glass, the waitress poured the beer perfectly--a nice golden color with strong aromatic head comprised mainly of sweet malts, delicate sour scents, and molasses? Color was somewhat sweet but as it was one of my first run-ins with a Polish beer I can not deem that a typical quality or not. However, I did enjoy its surprisingly sweet taste. Mouthfeel was solid, full, and satisfying. I did not find this brew particularly drinkable--it was slightly sweet and slightly filling. But it is possible that two straight months of Kolsch had altered my preferences. However I doubt this.

A unique beer from a unique, promising, and budding country.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do they have hops in Poland? After drinking this beer I have my doubts. Full of malt to the point of overbearing. Tasted like a east european macro. Bland yellow color. Maybe my exspectations were too great, but this beer was just a complete letdown. It was painful to finish, almost a chore.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer on the pour a sparkling gold with a pleasing white head that is frothy in texture and as it evaporates, the lace forms a protective sheet upon the glass. Malt is the nose, and pleasant enough I suppose. Start is quite sweet, maybe to sweet for me with a fair to middling malt presence and the top spindly in feel. Finish has an acidic bite with the hops being present but a little less than I like. Aftertaste is dry and long lasting.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a very good brew...honey gold in colour, nice head that disapates to a complete island lace with some glass cling...very slight odour of the yeast. The body is medium and very clear, the taste is very well balanced leaning ever so slightly to the malt..
Must add a few of these to my beer cellar..

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Photo of pootz
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite pilsners. It would be my number one if it were not for the heavier, filling finish to this beer. That is personal taste though. I believe that a great Pilsner should be light in color, start crisp, stay dry and aromatic on the palate, and then finish smooth. Oki smells great, starts crisp but is a bit heavy on the palate and finishes a tad filling. It is also one of the darkest Pilsners. These are all small idiosyncrasies in Oki's overall character. Generally, it's a very good Pilsner....but not great.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Oh, what a disappointment. This brew starts off great! Dark gold colour, creamy 1 finger head, just beautiful. Floral hoppy smell, sweet malt, very inviting. Then you taste. What the bloody hell is this? It has, at first, a good beer taste. Then this burst of double mint gum hits you. What sort of hops are used? This is minty. Bianca in my beer. I could use this stuff to freshen my breath. I don't like this mint beer. Ruins the taste of an otherwise good lager. Take out the mint, please. Or make an Okocim without mint, for people like me. It's amazing how one ingredient makes this beer undrinkable. Sorry.

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Photo of SaunaKing
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

whatever.
A pretty bland unoffensive beer. The taste is ok but the finish is so flat and numb. This is a step below the upper echelon of this style of beer but I am not averse to downing these when I have the chance but the odds of buying it are very low. This would have to be one of the last on the shelf before a long weekend or something. For me there are far too many beers of this style that are better and the same or cheaper price and better availability.

Cheers.

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Photo of lipschitz
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle
Pours a nice medium gold, with a pillowy 2cm head, which is soon reduced to a thin lace. The aroma is of clean grains, with a slightly grassy overtone. The taste is clean and crisp, with the slight sweetness of green apple, finished nicely with a kiss of hops. There is little to no residual aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, refreshing, and dry.
Notes: This is a nice example of a premium European lager. It gets higher marks for not so much what is present – but for what isn’t. There is absolutely no skunkiness, or adjunct flavours of any kind. Even as the beer warms, it retains a ‘clean’ flavour. There is always a time for a quality, thirst-quenching lager…this would be one of those beers.

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