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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Poland
okocim.pl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.7%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
44
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of andyinsdca
1.23/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear yellow, thin, fizzy head.
Smell: None
Taste: None. Maybe some off chemical taste.

Overall: I won't remember drinking this beer in 5 minutes. Utterly forgettable. I suspect (like others that have negatively reviewed this beer) that I got a skunked/old bottle. I need "zero" ratings for this beer because it didn't even rate a 1.0 in any of the categories.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, spices. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, some spices. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, thanks Joe.

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Photo of Walken
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Okocim, OK Beer (Tasted 07/06/08)
16.9 oz. bottle: poured into a pint.

Appearance: Clear gold with a small bubbly head that fades down into a ring around the edges of the glass.
Odor: Big sweet malt aroma with some lemony hops and briny grain aromas in the background. Very soft and pleasant nose.
Consistency: Medium body with a bit of heft to it, very smooth, moderately creamy. A little bit of astringency from the carbonation amplifying the hop bitterness.
Flavor: Clean malt palate featuring some soft doughy malt flavor, balanced by a commanding hop bitterness and some spicy, earthy hop flavor. Finish is clean and malty, slightly dry.

Man, this is one of those straightforward, delicious lagers.

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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...
Recommended...

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Photo of watchnerd
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle.

Okay, given my experience, and how I bought this, I'm willing to concede that I may have had a bad or skunked bottle.

A local Middle Easter / Mediterranean market, that previously carried a lot of Greek, Armenian, Bulgarian, Turkish, and other Eastern European or Middle Eastern beers, recently changed ownership. The new owner is strictly Islamic and decided that he didn't want to sell alcohol any longer. He sold all of his stock to the liquor store right next door.

I picked up this bottle of Okocim from said liquor store. It was covered in dust. Who knows how long it had been sitting on the shelves. But for $1.99, I figured what the hell.

This bottle was NASTY. It tasted vaguely of turpentine and chemicals.

Given the other reviews, I can only assume that I had a very bad, very skunked sample. The lesson to readers: make sure your bottle is reasonably fresh before you begin your tasting.

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Photo of scottg
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head with great retention and lots of little bubbles rising in the glass. Sweet orange citrus aromas with some tea and fresh cut grass. Toasted malt flavor up front with light tea/lemon hop mixed in and some bright citrus. Medium carbonation and body, starts with a creamy mouthfeel that becomes cleansing. Easy drinking beer unlike anything else I've tried and very moderately priced.

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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 kbnooshay
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear pale-gold color with a thick frothy white head. The head retention is very good. The lacing is light but nice. The aroma is kind of grainy and lightly hoppy. There is a slight metal flavor to it. The is a slight butterscotch flavor also which is cool. Very clean, sweet and malty. The hop flavor is light but nice. This tastes great, especially considering its at 6.2 percent abv. The feel is smooth and barely tingly from the light carbonation. No skunk, no harshness. Nice.

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Photo of Reanimator
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Identical in color to Okocim Zagloba: crystal clear gold. Thin, white, foamy head. Looks highly carbonated.

S: Slightly hoppy? Not much aroma here.

T: Some hoppy bitterness, but the Pilsener bite is nowhere to be found. Dominant flavor is a malty huskiness as others have noted. Fairly sweet as well, with a lingering adjuncty aftertaste.

M: Feels light on the tongue yet with a bit of body.

D: I am disappointed, this isn't even a very good pilsener. Probably wouldn't pick this one up again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very pale golden amber. There a lot of lace but the head will disappear on you quick.

Smell: Grassy, there really isn't much to this beer.

Taste: Grassy plain lager taste.

Mouthfeel: A lot of fizz bite to it.

Drinkability: Refreshing, but to expensive for what it is.

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Photo of davidt
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow-gold with a thin head that vanishes almost instantly. Aroma is grassy with a bit of 'skunk' to it. Taste is grassy with faint malts. There's a faint hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite effervescent. Easy to drink, but not much there to create any excitement.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 L bottle to a glass mug the liquid is plain yellow, clear and has good carbonation. The head is bit white and leaves nice lace.

The smell is bready with light mild hops, and a tad skunky.

The taste is ok, light malt, wonder bread, a bit of hops in the finish with a squirt of lemon.

The mouthfeel is this, yet lots of carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, but not a beer I will look to try again.

MK

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

The bottle is very interesting. I thought it was a japanese beer at first but is polish.

A-frothy thick head with a crisp dark golden pale color.

S-nothing to spectacular.

T-quenching and tasty for a pale lager. it a little dry but it cleanses the palate.

M-intersting feel and flavor to it kind of like eating the hops

D-its a decent beer and i might consider a six pack of this. Nothing to extraordinary though.

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Photo of Liquids
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Full pale" that is a bit light in color with a creamy head, not macro like though; from a vigorous pour, the head holds. ARoma is hgently hoppy but mostly sweet pale malts. Taste is like an unhoppy pils, very much like harp; good flavor but tamer than heineken, say. Sweeter, less hoppy, Also, while ithis doesn't taste "old" it's missing that fresh taste that I'm used to from more local brews and careful date checking. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium bodied for a pale lager. Overall its truly O.K. beer. I prefer a pils, which this is not and was hoping for a score for my fridge here but it was a miss. A likable beer in it's own right, but not even close to balanced or fresh enough for me, will recommend this to less picky drinkers that might prefer a tame but taste pale lager in a big bottle (or 12er) for a fair price.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a style that I'm normally reluctant to try, but this was included in a well-meant gift of inexpensive international beers that I received this past holiday.

The color is a lovely gold with a uniform centimeter thick head. The head dissipates quickly. Carbonation is active but not excessive. A pretty beer in the American pint glass. Smell is surprising clean but also quite light. Just a hint of malt, but no skunkiness. Solid malty flavor, far more than I expected for this style. No fizzy offputting weakness. Mouthfeel is alright. The finish is sweet and crisp. A very enjoyable beer that is exceedingly drinkable. I will seek this out for a warmer weather easy drinker.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into hefe glass. Pours light golden, crystal clear, and a nice thick, fluffy head. Somewhat poor retention and lacing. Smell is of some malt, grass, and "skunk." Taste is heavy on the malt, some grassy/straw-like tastes as well with some light bread tastes. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. Overall nice and crisp, light mouthfeel, I have a feeling this would be great on a nice summer day. While its not a great beer its better than a Heine or Becks and was an easy drinker. I should note that my bottle lists the ABV as 5.6%. I checked the other beers from this brewer and this is definitly the same one, the labels are identitical, but the ABV is apparently different.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden color with a lingering two-finger head. It has malty aroma with a little hint of something early like grass or straw. The taste is a mix of malts and hops with a surprising amount of alcohol feel that tends to linger on the palate. It's a fairly crisp tasting beer that isn't unpleasant to drink. The label says it all, this beer is simply "O.K.".

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i think this is my first polish beer, how exciting. anyway pours a light golden color with hardly any head whatsoever, looks very macro-ish, but smells quite skunky, taste is surprisingly smooth, has a skunkiess to the taste, it is a decent lager all around better than a BMC from what i can tell, but i'm not much of a lager fan.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by a good friend, and familiar with Okocim's porter, I decided to give this a try. A nice, light golden color, OK pours a decent head that readily folded in. It has a nice effervescent texture, with a modest hop flavor mixed in with a clean taste that was nice, but without a WOW factor. The finish is a bit more bitter than the rest, bringing out a bit more of the hop flavor.

Overall, this is a nice pale ale, one that won't knock the socks off but one you shouldn't turn down. Not in my top five pale ales, but a pretty good beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This beer's label shows an ABV of 5.6%.

Decent initial white head with some staying power. It even leaves some ring lace after each sip. Light straw in color and crystal clear.

Light malt aroma, no discernible hop; no flaws, but nothing fascinating either.

This beer is far more interesting than American macros. I can detect actual hop and the mouthfeel is thicker than water. The flavor is largely the pale malt, but the finish is slightly sour but short lasting. Very high carbonation.

Perhaps this is the best of the lawn-mower beers.

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Photo of JBogan
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very pale golden color, like taking a Bud Light and diluting it half and half with water. Almost no head to speak of, and zero lacing in my glass. A fair stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass but that disappeared after a few minutes.

At first it smelled somewhat skunked, but that was taken over by a hoppy straw scent.

Thankfully the taste was a bit better than either the appearance or smell. It's a bit on the sweet side, and mainly I tasted the hops.

A somewhat lackluster mouthfeel. Very thin and while the bubbles have disappeared there is still a bit of a tingle on the tongue.

I wouldn't seek out this beer again, but it was interesting to try. I'd say it would be an easy drinker but there are many other beers of this type which are much better.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To christen my newly purchase Pilsner Urquell glass, I have chosen Okocim's pale lager. The label on the bottle has a nostalgic feel to it and lists the alcohol by volume at 5.6%. On to the beer:

As to be expected, this beer is pale yellow in color, the head is big at first, but is low in density and collapses quickly. It has an herbal and lemongrass smell to it with some skunk. The taste is quite smooth and doesn't carry that imported flavor, the hops and malt play together as a duet while a slap of alcohol numbs the tongue.

While I'm not a fan of their stronger Mocne, this "diluted" offering hit the spot. Beware, the alcohol is a little heavy to make it a session brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Appearance is not very appetizing, pale,shallow yellow, almost no head at all, just urine like bubbles. Aroma however is a big improvement, lightly hoppy but fresh, like hay, pale sweet malts underneath. Low carbonation, slightly grassy, semi-sweet malts, long low bitter finish. I liked this on the palate, the low carbonation made for a smooth mouthfeel. Which I like in a beer. Over all a nice enough lager, and pretty drinkable.

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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 Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a pale, yellow, straw coloured, with a medium-sized white head, fairly good retention on that one, with little to no lacing.

S: Weak, some maltiness, smells kind of stale though, not off-putting.

T: Good, would identify this more in the Helles lager set, maltiness dominates, very light and simple, but effective.

M: Thin, refreshing though, your average Euro pale lager mouthfeel, high in carbonation, dry.

D: A good Euro pale lager, one of the best from Continental Europe that I have had, refreshing on a hot summer's day, especially after manual labour, the Porter is this brewery's masterpiece, but this lager ain't too shabby, as they say. If you're looking for a cheap, inexpensive beer with flavour, try this.

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