O.K. Beer | Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Poland | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this one in a long while. Perfect session brew. It is listed here as 6.2%, but my bottle says 5.6%. When 98% percent of humans think of a perfect beer, this is comes to mind. A .5L bottle pours into my pint glass with a frothy head bringing it exactly to the rim. It has a golden hue with a little bibt of orange. The flavor is malty with hints of citrus. They don't cocme more drinkable. A perfect beer to throw back while sitting on a bar stool. Cheers.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend gave me one of these to review, and I have chosen a hot, sticky afternoon to partake.

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear medium to pale gold, with a nice three finger snow white head that surprises me with decent cling. Very solid and above average for the style.

Smell- Dry, Euro-pale lager hop profile with its dry, sharp twang... quite good and enticing. Notes of pale ale malt give a backbone to the beer and balance the hops.

Taste- A delicious and refreshing display of dry, moderately sharp hops that phase into bready, almost husky malts; A wonderful back-end sweetness completes the picture. Fantastic on a hot day on its own or with just about any food I could imagine.

Mouthfeel- Light and slick, the carbonation is excellent... all I can say is *wow*... what a perfect all-day quaffer for the summertime when a bit of sharp, dry European flavor is on your agenda. I will be aggressively seeking this out for the cooler this year.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Into a pint glass, this beer pours a very pale golden color. When held to light, only the faintest hue of yellow can be observed. An active head of white rises to ¾” and soon settles to a thin lacing on the surface. Carbonation is moderate to high, and remains active throughout. Who knows if Poland is being funny when they print O.K. Beer on the cap. I found it humorous.

Smell: Sweet grassy scent, a muffled bite of phenolic spice.

Taste: Incredibly smooth, and surprisingly mute in its flavor. The malts are very clean imparting only the faintest of biscuit flavors in the finish. The hops are soft and delicate and taste of clover, wild grasses, and honey. The spicy phenols try to pull through, but fall short giving only the faintest taste of pepper and clove. This is a very clean beer, and has a nice sweetness in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly light and thin. The moderately high carbonation gives this an airy sensation, much like an American macro lager, only with more refinement and less force. What others might term thin, I think suits this beer’s easygoing flavor to a tee.

Drinkability: I can’t see how anyone could call this something other than perfect. Realize; this is not the most flavorful, complex or even tasty beer around, but it has an awesome ability to be consumed and appreciated for what it is: A European export lager. I can only imagine how easy this is to drink when fresh on tap. SUPER easy to drink. Amazing fact about this beer: It’s 6.2% ABV. It tastes mid 4’s. Drink with caution.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presenation: 12 oz. brown glass bottle poured into Okocim Pilsner glass.

This is the beer that made me fall in love with polish lagers when I first had it on tap, tonight I sample the bottled version. Pours an incredible head that fills the glass and sticks to it all the way down. Color is a very pale and very clear gold. The nose is sweet with a mild spicyness. Taste is typical to the style which is dominated by the sweet malts. Not much in the way of hops here except maybe in the aftertaste. I could drink several of these in a sitting without stopping to think twice about it. A fine light polish lager.

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Photo of Bloke26
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the best Lager I've had (excluding craft). Poured from a can into a small pilsner glass.
L - Light Golden, few bubbles just a light column bubbling to the surface. Head dissipated quickly.
S - Not much to excite the nose as with most lagers. Smells lightly hoppy with slight sourdough starter smell to me (I'm a Baker)
T - Delightful, clean, refreshing, slightly bitter. Doesn't leave a strong taste in the mouth or a sour taste in the throat. Balanced and doesn't taste as strong as the ABV.
F - Light carbonation, doesn't leave one feeling bloated or full.
O - Best Lager I've tried as far as my memory goes.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after the espresso yeti i asked for something lighter and refreshing and was suggested this.

Light lacing no head really, had a ring of foam around the glass that pretty much stayed
Pale gold color

Taste really good. light and refreshing.

mouth feel is smooth. I could drink this all night. beer is almost always better on tap and i think that some of the issues other had with this we're noticeable for me. a great refreshing, crisp, pale lager.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I don't know where the Okocim brewery is, but I imagine it is somewhere in Prussia. Man, this is one mighty-fine, Germanic beer. It pours a wonderful honey colour with a thick rich head that quickly collapses. It releases all the smell you could want without getting too much foam in your mouth.
The taste is delightful! Grainy, definately the product of a solid decoction mash . . . it is everything a pale lager should be. However, just to spice things up, it is a great deal more alcoholic than normal. The alcohol actually compliments the grainy flavour quite well.
Frankly, I'm shocked as to how good this beer is. I'd always avoided it since many former Soviet-Bloc biers tend to focus on Alcohol at the expense of taste . . . but this one blends the two in a delightful way.

I will definately be buying this beer again. And it comes in a brown bottle! Praise Jesus, a Euro-lager in a brown bottle! And it has enough alcohol to survive the trek across the atlantic. Praise be!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear bright light yellow with a low-moderate white head, light constant carbonation, and no lace. Nice floral hop and malt aromas; no adjunct character noticed. Nicely balanced malt and hop character. Medium-light bodied wiht a crisp clean dry finish.

A very nice Polish Pils !

Per Label: '1845' & 'Full Pale' & 'ABV 5.6%'

Tasted: 02/06/07

(330 ml / 11.2 oz. light brown bottle with 'Okocim' embossed around the neck 4 times)

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Photo of tgbljb
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ouured a clear golden color with moderate white creamy head.

Smell is malty with some a subtle hop presence also noted.

Taste is extraordinary. I am not usually a fan of this style, but this beer is truly enjoyable. There is a firm malt sweetness, that when combined with the hops, melds into a refreshing, crisp beer.

Ending is more on the dry side, which is the perfect finish.

This beer is more than O.K., it is delicious.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A perfectly clear hay gold color that gathers some chill haze after being poured. A tall fluffy, semi-crunchy foamed white capping lofts up quickly to sit for good duration before slipping to an always present thick film and collar. Tons of lacing in thick drippy cob webbings coat the glass well.

Aroma is sweet, clean, present, and of proper cereal grainyness with just a smurf of hoppy Pils-like hoppyness.

Taste is a grand display of what a very solid lager should be with lots of easy going, tenderized grainy sweetness of sour bread dough and pale corn. A firm lasting tone lasts of the said sweetness with very well established balance. Bits of fresh pretzeled bread spice hit as it finishes with a shortened squeeze of floral hops.

Body is crisp yet rounded in a firm sweetness and a smack of grain wholesomeness. Its tender, smooth, and way too easy. Yet keeps just the proper distance form being too light or too heavy. Seeming fuller then medium but not.

Damn drinkable! Super slammin' good stuff! Okocim and Poland can be proud of this yummy, nearly perfect lager!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: transparent orange color. Bright, active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Finger of head on the pour which settled in but was present while drinking. Scattered random lacing left behind.

Smell: Buttery biscuit tones jump out right away. Hop tones of light tropical fruits and straw are picked up on the body. Creamy yeast tones round out the aroma.

Taste: Straw with some light fruit tones hit the palate first. Easy going buttery yeast tones with some crisp biscuit flavors. Creamy yeast and slightly grainy malt continue into the finish. Toasted almonds and some butterscotch warm up the palate and linger long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Flavors are crisp, clean, and easily recognizable. Creamy, full bodied yeast texture plays well with the carbonation in this brew.

Overall: This is definitely more then o.k. beer. A lager that hits all the traditional points it should while having some pleasant hop tones which take it to the next level. And for $5 a 4pk, this one is going to be a staple in my fridge for a long time.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piwo Okocimskie Full Pale "Piwo Jasne Pelne” Pours a pale amber from 11.2 fl oz dark brown glass bottle. Head went to well over two fingers with beautiful lacing on the sides of my 22oz beer glass.

Nose is of barley grain and just a touch of husk, no hint of the 5.6% alcohol by volume... (from label) none at all.

Palate is of toasted malted barley with sweet barley sugars. Finish is a well bittered hop with the bight of well balanced carbonation.

O.K. Beer from Okocim Brewery is impressive, most impressive!

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this for Christmas and I must say, this is a truly thirst quenching brew.

Appearance was very pale yellow, almost a pallid off white color with small, dissipating bubble at the top. Not much fermentation, but nonetheless a good, presentable beer.

Smell was fairly strong right from the bottle and into my pint glass. This possessed a well-rounded, yeasty smell, much like a loaf of bread. Definitely good stuff.

Taste was pretty spot on. Many palettes hit the tongue at once. For a pale lager, this has a pretty complex taste to it.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and retains the flavor. There aren't any dead spots in the flavor at all.

Drinkability is very good. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in European pale ales or just something completely different in general. Top notch stuff!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle just copped for less than two bucks in Hoboken...
For a Euro Pale Lager, this was one of the best depictions of the style that I have come across...
Surprisngly impressive pour yielding a clear, clean, lucid, light-golden hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left a fine film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Assertive candy and grain-dominated aroma replete with hints of sugar....
Great, crisp, refreshing taste with no alcohol detected on the tongue...

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a perfectly clear, pale, yellow color, with a decent, white head that quickly fades into some nice, patchy lace.
Floral hops greet the nose, with a slight Euroskunk hop note, with a nice, mild, candy malt aroma in the background.
Mouthfeel has a slight, herbal hop bite, amid some active carbonation.
Taste features a solid, softly sweet malt backbone, with herbal and floral hops providing an ideal balance. Finish is clean and dry, with no offnotes or unwanted bitterness. The slight Euroskunk picked up by the nose doesn't seem evident in the taste.
I was impressed with this Polish lager, and would keep a few around if I didn't have to drive three hours to find it. This would be an excellent, session lager.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Really good Euro lager. I like the dry finish its really refreshing. Touch of hops, barley malts, and corn are present. I get Skunk kind of like Moosehead. Cheers!

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Photo of mynie
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich gold color. Decent head. Completely unexceptional.

Very strong grain odor. Sweet like sunshine, malt and weeds. A walk in a cornfield, almost. A hint of skunk, actually pretty nice. This is what Poland smells like, I assume.

Grain taste. Bitter malt upfront, sweet malt in the back along with grain, almost a hint of citrus. Bitter alcohol aftertaste that makes my mouth water. Unique.

This should be a simple beer. It looks and smells like a simple beer. There's just something about it makes it flirt with greatness. It's got quite a kick to it, too.

Not worth what I paid, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boston area I can get it for less than $2 a 500 ml bottle, a six pack of the stuff in NYC is about $12. Needless to say I like buying it in Beantown. Perky white lace and a good golden clarity, clean aroma with a whiff of hops and sweet malt. Superb crispness with a dry malt character that brings a bready flavour to the palate, clean in the mouth with a quick snappy bite of hops that linger into the after taste. One of my favourite Euro lagers.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's OK! I'm a beer rating genius aren't I? Seriously though it's a decent but not exceptional euro lager. I could still drink this one any day/ anytime.

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Photo of e11iott
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle, small head, no lacing, light straw color, very nervous since called OK Beer. Wondering if this is a generic beer in Poland.

S: Very sweat smelling, had to make sure it was a beer, and not a malt beverage only.

T/M: Served ice cold, had light body. not much carbonation, very smoth, surprised its not a light beer.

D: Enjoyable throughout, can't taste the alcohol at all, wife enjoyed it as well.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a tinge of orange and a beautiful frothing head that went down slowly and left some good lacing.

Smell – Somewhat musty with a nice, traditional Czech aroma. The light floral hops are big and unencumbered by malts.

Taste – A light, citrusy hop comes into play here and compliments the flavors that came over from the nose. There’s also a little sweetness here to help this one blend together.

Mouthfeel – The mild carbonation, the smoothness of the blend, and the refreshing nature of the hops makes this one feel terrific in the mouth. This is a light to medium-bodied lager that was a pleasure to hold in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This would make a terrific session ale at any time of the year. It’s great for before, during, or after meals. Basically, this is a utilitarian all-around EPL.

Update – It’s been over a year since I rated this beer so thought I would re-review with an ’05 sample.

It really is an unassuming lager. It doesn’t do anything spectacular but doesn’t screw anything up, either. I really think that this is the standard-bearer based on availability here in the US. Nicely done, Okocim!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounce [500ml] tall looking brown glass bottle. Labeled as ‘O.K. Beer Okocim’ with the words Full Pale above it. Looks exactly like the bottle in the BA Avatar. Listed as 6.2% by volume, but with no freshness date anywhere that I could see.

Appearance: Lovely strong yellow golden body that pours with an excellent sticky head, large and expansive it is frothy and creamy with a half-life similar to that of Uranium-235, looks excellent in the Mug! Superb conditioning.

Nose: Much better than I expected from a strong Polish Lager. Aromatic Pilsner malts mixed with delicate floral hops. Light grain mustiness in the back end.

Taste: Malty start that a light sweetness and an immediate thirst quenching dimension. Fresh hop profile takes the reigns in the middle and finishes with a nice bitterness that has a light salty feel. Finishes as it starts, crisp and clean, and tasty, a tasty Pils.

Mouthfeel: Feels great in the mouth, lovely soft carbonation and fantastic Pilsner malts right through to the Fresh Hop transition sits well inside a healthy body.

Drinkability: Solid drinking brew from Poland that has a great thirst quenching talent. Only the light metallic flavor in the finish becomes a distraction but even that becomes easy to forgive as this soon becomes an easy going Session Lager.

Overall: Tasty stuff, much better than I expected, and remembered.

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Photo of Bootscraper
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in a bar in Chicago when my friend ordered one. Thought I would try this out in my home up here for a review. Served at about 50 degrees F in pint glass listening to Boris and Sunn O))) -"Altar". True to it's style, this beer is simple & modest, but refreshing.
It was a very clear shade of pale yellow. The pour produced a 1" pillowy pure-white head that took a good 3-4 minutes to shrink to a thin layer, but completely disappeared by about halfway down the glass.
The smell was modest and a mixture of sweet malts and hops.
Those malts really shone through on the tongue as well... The taste is a very light sweetness, with the malts becoming slightly richer towards the finish.
For what I was expecting, this beer had a slightly dry finish and post-sip, but it was not too bothersome. The fact that it was light-bodied and had low-carbonation worked well with the subtle & crisp flavor, and meant that one could really blast through this stuff like ice-cold water on a summer day.
Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a Pilsner-esque beer.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml brown bottle, capped. Pours out a pale, straw yellow with a small head that doesn't last. Smell is very mild and light. I maybe pick up a little malt but not much of anything else.

Taste is much bigger than that mild smell. Very smooth overall. Grassy hops with a nice malt backbone. Hay and something a bit funky, that I like. I do get some metallic flavors as well. Long lasting flavors in the end and after taste. I do get some nuts as well.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Extremely easy to drink but gives nothing up in flavor. Looks like this beer is now owned by Carlsberg?

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a pilsner glass

What I like about this beer is that is smells like mustard, nice brown spicy mustard but behind that lies a fresh bready and nutty sweetness, I sear this smells like a piece of whole wheat bread with nice thick spread of spicy mustard on it, already I am thinking about how well this would pair with a corned beer sammich. Taste is again crisp, grassy but really more of a bright and slightly sweet beer. I really wish the spiciness of the nose remained in the taste but instead it becomes a bit washed out and muted in the sweeter, maltier aspects of this beer, I mean its there but I almost wish it were overstated. I know, I know it's totally American of my to say that but damn it I'm an American, a proud American! To steal from the Simpsons: I like my beer cold, my T.V. loud and my homosexuals, FLAMING! and so it goes with this beer, and like many current episodes and like the beer itself says on the bottle, it's just O.K.

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