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

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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-16-2001

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Photo of malty
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear pale golden color with a loose bright white 1/4" head. Speedy visible carbonation. Some lacing.

Fresh malty nose. Swirl a few times, fresh sourdough bread notes that practically jump into the nostrils. Swirl a few more times, a hard to define 'brightness' that suggests fresh, crisp flavors are about to ensue.

Roger that. Crisp textured hop profile gives way to a lemon zest flavor underscored by a light white peppery taste. There are some husky malt flavors also, but diminish rather quickly giving the (again) crisp hop profile center stage. Quick dry finish.

Mouthfeel is curiously big due to a large dose of super-fine carbonation. Body is on the heavier side of light with a (again) dry finish.

Drinkability is high. I let mine warm to around 55F and it was extremely quaffable.

My expectations were exceeded with this beer. The nose was one of the best I've experienced for this style of beer - very earthy/malty and fresh. I'll revisit this lager when it's grilling weather. I'm sure some bbq flesh would go nice with this.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear yellow-gold color with a brilliant white head. The head falls pretty quickly, but leaves a small lace-producing ring around the glass. The smell has more of a hop character than I expected. Flowery and hoppy, with a pils-like malt foundation. Just a touch of sweetness in the taste, with a nice hop flavor. More pilsner malt comes forth in the taste than the aroma. I have to admit, it’s much better than expected, and certainly better than just ‘okay’. Soft and rounded body, which leans appropriately to the lighter side. Hoppy finish, although a little more bitterness would have been appreciated. This is a nice drinking brew, and, I think, would make a decent transition beer for the macro crowd.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.23/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Honey to straw color with a quarter finger head that vanished in about ten seconds. Visible strong carbonation.

S - This smells like rice and yellow vegetables, a lot of grassy and musty/moldy notes as well. Most things that smell like this score better for me, because it is a subtle odor, this is like smashing your face in a culinary disaster of summer squash, moss, and dead leaves served over rice in a mud and Asahi sauce.

T - A potent light-bodied malt character, no sweetness. There is a strong grassy presence throughout the taste, which is joined accompanied by an incredibly foul bitterness in the aftertaste. I cannot think of anything with a bitter foulness this offensive.

M - Carbonation is way too high. It is only a tiny bit drying and harsh. Although the bitterness makes some appearance in this category as well.

D - Ugh. This is not an OK beer. This is a pretty terrible beer. It's flavor is not appetizing at all. I will never have this again. I could not bear to session it. I'd take any American macro lager (that I have had) over this. Sure, this has more flavor, but more isn't always a good thing. I was, in an extreme fit of masochism, able to finish this, that is the only reason it is scoring this high in drinkability.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours like a typical american macro, Golden to pale with a variety pack of carbonation bellow a fizz head.

The smell is where the euro lager comes through with its difference. A bit of a saaz or hop variety that has that earthy type kick to it. Sweet malt base.

Its what you would expect from the style to be honest. Refreshing and fairly easy to pull down just nothing to crack any interest. Some will say its great sessioning this or good lawn mower type beer but there are much better offerings available that don't come from across the pond.

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Photo of bubrewer
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can with no widget or other funny business in there. Poured it into a tulip glass. Color is in the low single digits typical of Pilseners. Head vanished almost immediately. Could be my glass, but my glasses are generally washed by hand and treated pretty well, so I doubt it.

Aroma is fruitier than I expected from a Pilsners, with a hint of sulpher. Nothing thrilling but nothing horrible either.

Flavor is somewhere between a typical macro lager and a better European pilsner. hops are subdued for the style, but not absent as in an American macro. Spiciness of Polish hops is not there, but there is a medium bitterness. Malt is evident in a grainy, mealy sort of way rather than any rich sweetness. Seems a bit corny, but as far as I know there is no corn in there.

Nothing I'll go out of my way to find again, but I won't turn one down if handed to me.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
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 alankwak
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light and golden clear. Good had retention and lacing.
S: Lightly hopped like Grolsch so didn't have a strong aroma.
T: Very smooth, subtle apple taste and a very smooth flavor. Nice easy finish.
M: Light yet not empty like an American Macro. Light as it should be without being like water. Very good.
D: Shot. I could throw many o' these back. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.
This is a darn good Pale Euro Lager. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jp32
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My first Okocim beer. I could be wrong, but this also might be my first Polish beer.

Pours a pale, straw yellow color with a huge frothy pure-white head. Leaves sticky gobs of lacings on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is not very intriguing. I recognize some hops, but not a whole lot else.

The taste, for a split second, has that skunky german pilsener taste. That quickly gives way to a mild hop flavor. Nothing outrageous, not really even anything special, but not bad at all. Good, but not great.

The mouthfeel is average, and the drinkability is good. I could down it quickly, and the small amount of flavor it does have is enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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 ahking
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful light honey color. Haven't seen a pale lager with such nice color. Smells a bit grassy with apple. Taste is delicate, fruity, and about the same as every other european lager (sad, but true). Can't knock it for this though, because there are some nice subtle flavors here. Very drinkable. My bottle says 5.6 % ABV. Worth a try.

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Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a vibrant golden straw. Muted aroma, a bit of grain. Flavor was bright, and surprisingly fresh, since I'm sure it took a while for this beer to make it to my local store. Hopping was reserved, but there were clear Czech/Bohemian influences. Some smooth grain and a touch of grassyness finished. Not bad at all.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was ok. Actually, this was better than ok.
Poured a beautiful, pale but vibrant sunny gold. You can see the other side of the room through this bugger.
Smells like... beer. Nothing special going on but nothing offensive.. perhaps a bit of grassyness to the smell.
The taste is quite nutty with just a bit of a hops bite. The experience is between dry and juicy.
Smooth, easy drinking, and pretty inexpensive for a quality beer.

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Photo of scooter231
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, clear, golden- so clear. No floaties at all. Little head. Smells lemony, light, and citrus. Tangy- a milder Chimay tripel?

Tastes light and citrusy with a lot of lemon coming through, sweet, perhaps a nuttyness to it. A lot more "OK" than I thought it would be- especially for two dollars. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, a bit watery, nothing special. Quite drinkable, goes down easy, and inexpensive- a solid beer.

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

Tried this after reading some of the many favorable reviews on BA. Poured a clear bright gold with a white foamy head, not much lacing at all. Slightly grainy nose similar to American lagers but more prominant and much less skunk like. Taste was pleasant, somewhat grainy again with a touch of lemon? A little bit of a hop kick in the finish. Overall, an easy drinking light bodied brew that is well suited to the weather I have now in N.Y.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample #2 4/24/06
Not as bad as the first try. My bottle may have been bad. The beer isn't as skunked as I first thought, although it's dangerously close. Remains grainy, but has a nice malty flavor and texture. It improved in my book.

Quite typical of a European Lager in that it looks medium straw in color and forms an dainty white head that laces decently. It smells terribly skunked at first but dispates quickly; unlike Heineken. After the aroma settles it becomes watery quicky but holds its malt / hop balance. Moderate vegetal and buttery tones. Holds fairly creamy mouthfeel, but slick. Aftertaste is crisp and lingers with mild hop bitterness.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very typical euro pale. Appearance is a light and clear coppery color with a thin white head that recedes to a film.

Smells caramelly and buttery. Tastes the same, but with a mild hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and buttery diacetyl. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is good, though I don't think I will buy try this again in the future. I'm looking forward to the Porter, though, if and when it comes to Iowa City. Thanks to axisjones for the bottle.

The name, ironically, says it all. This is an O.K. Beer, no more, no less.

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Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden body with a nice foamy white head - plenty of lacing

Smell: Vegetal DMS odor that is rather unappetizing; some hops in the background

Taste: Slightly more flavorful than your typical lager, with a good sweet malt backbone and a slightly crisp hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability: OK for a Euro lager; note that the abv on my bottle was 5.6% so perhaps the abv has been reduced across the board for this brew

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

Has that grassy, wheat corn aroma, prevalent in many European lagers, with a slight malt sweetness, and a grainey bitterness, slightly bolder than its American counterparts so its slightly better, and ranked as only average. Medium golden lager with an average white head and lively carbonation and a short, watery finish. Short be able to finish alot whilst working in the yard on a hot summer day.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich golden with a white head that drops in a light lace.
aroma is very malty with a slight hop floral.
the flavor is very smooth slightly sweet, good hop spiciness (guessing lublin), good malt background.
the mouthfeel is very smooth.
very drinkable, unlike with american pale lagers, were this clean, smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent bright gold with pastel yellow accents, capped by an impressive looking head of bright white foam that is full of character. It's firm and tacky at once, shows off a craggy mesa as it deflates and leaves fat, meandering strands of bubbly lace.

The nose is hoppier than most with a sweet, rounded, soft pungency that just has to be coming from Saaz. It's floral in the best sense of the word and is a pleasure to sniff.

O.K. is definitely one of the better versions of this oft-maligned style, but it still runs up against my glass ceiling of likeability. I'm only capable of getting so much enjoyment out of an EPL after all. Granted, this beer comes pretty close to making me reconsider that sentiment.

Although the flavor isn't quite as hoppy as the nose, hops are still clearly running the show. The bitterness has a sharper, more pointed character than I generally prefer, but it's nothing too severe. There's a fair amount of citrusiness (bitter lemon zest), although more would be welcome. The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a stealth slickness accompanied by an under the radar amount of carbonation.

In the end, O.K. Beer is okay beer. It's a big fish when judged against its peers, but not when forced to swim in the larger ocean of craft beer. I understand that the O.K. of its name is based on the name of the brewery, but it does convey a certain lack of self assurance and may be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Or I could be spouting a bunch of absolute nonsense (the most likely theory, I'm afraid). Better though to call your beer 'Abso-fu**in'-lutely Fantastic Beer' and take your chances, no?

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle; 6.2% alcohol. "Full Pale", Brewed and bottled by Okocim Brewery Poland.

Pours a pale golden-yellow very clear, with a moderate, very typical lager-like white head, that starts moderate in size, and then drops to a nice cover. Looks ok for the style.

Aroma is fresh and clean, slight sweetness, with a hop note under.

Flavor is decent. Weak, but decent. Slight sweetness, not terribly hoppy, not much else going on.

Mouthfeel thin, but not bad. Generally refreshing, and it tastes pretty good right now. Overall, not a classic, but it is a decent session/lawnmower-type beer.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 mynie
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
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 99bottles
4.34/5  rDev +26.5%
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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O.K. Beer from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 370 ratings
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