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 oberon
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5.6% alc by volume on label,poured into a 1.5 liter stein a clear light golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop.Light aromas somewhat sweet and grainy mainly malt driven a light toastiness comes thru as I drink more,lightly sweet flavors with that husky type flavor really showing thru into a spicey finish although not real sharp just a nice little bite.A better than average pale lager to be had maybe a newer recipe because its not as big as many past reviewers stated and the alc% is lower than posted,a pretty good offering.

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Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neat bottle with a hump in its neck. Poured with plenty of head, lots of carbonation. The appearence is the EXACT stereotype image of beer. Filled the room with a bad, corn starchy smell. Taste is not much better. Some nice typical Polish lager in the backbone but you gotta look for it - the other 80% is swill. "OK" might be an exageration but does sum up pretty much my thought.
As a side note...
*The bottle, which I bought in Poland the town over from the brewery, said "Imported From Chicago"... ok?
*The label also boasted this as a 'full, light beer'. The percentage it listed was 5.7... ok?"

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

Pours a golden color with pretty good head. Has a very nice aroma with great maltiness and a touch of hops. The taste is sweet and clean with a bit of hops for a clean finish. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation but is pleasant. A very drinkable lager.

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Photo of akahn
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold. Nicer color than your average pale lager. Dying white head.

Very faint grain aroma, and some yucky vegetable notes, corn or something. Taste is also disappointing, very thin malt flavor and that vegetable thing lasts through the finish.

Mouthfeel is the saving grace of this beer. Light bodied, but bigger than some pale lagers. Strong carbonation that lasts through the swallow is very lively and interesting. Still, I didn't enjoy this beer and didn't even really want to finish my portion of it.

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Photo of ernie
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden, forming a nice creamy head. High initial carbonation, appetizing smell. Taste is rather diappointing, on the sour side. Lots of hops and yeasts, but their balance with malts is obviously improper. Aftertaste is also sour. Typical Polish lager, losing points to Czech and German counterparts.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
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 daliandragon
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm. O.K. Beer with a faceless girl and the cool goat crest on the label, interesting enough. This one I don't remember from my year in Poland, lets see what I've been missing.
Nose is grainy but balanced, with respectable hop flavor. Appearance is unexceptional..celar and pale and headless with mucho visible carbonation.
Taste is slightly thin and watery but is also refreshing with a clean finish. Well balanced but not terribly exciting. Definitely drinkable, however, especially at a robust 6.2, you get slight astringency but not much else on the negative side of the ledger.
Typical simple but decent stuff from the north side of the Tatras.

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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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