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:
365
Reviews:
214
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.65%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden brew.

Smell is perfume and malt and grain.

Taste is perfume and sweet. Mostly grain and malt flavor, tasty. I know that sounds simplified, but lagers can only be complex to a point.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable. Didn't know that Poland made good beer. I will buy this again.

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Photo of JamesBerry
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with nice frothy white head. Nice, consistent lacing along the glass, and a balanced aroma of hops and malt. Significantly hoppier taste, slightly salty. Brisk and refreshing mouthfeel, though a bit smoother than its American brothers. Brings to mind fond memories of brick oven pizza.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 putnam
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For you Viking pilsener fans, like Aass, bad Grolsch, baked Bitburger, etc., this is your beer. Chewy Pils here. High in alcohol ... I think. At least that's how it seems after basting my palate with it. Scented of steamed roots, herbs and mustard, it wanders across the palate with bitter, green woody tannins and glazed tropical fruit. Humongous lager. Over-reaching, stern and violently bitter on the finish, it is not a stoopid beer. Instead it is branfrax. Threatening, but satisfying. Filtered probably. Pasteurized? don't knowe...

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Photo of granger10
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with an agressive head that stays for a long time. Smells of grass and not much else. Taste is rather average in my opinoin, nothing to write home about. Malt breadiness is the main flavor and herbal hops are there to balance it out, but the flavors are very subdued. I can't believe this is 6.2% abv because I don't detect any alcohol presence. Finish makes me forget that I am even drinking beer. Overall this is a well crafted, balanced beer that lacks the bite to truly be a "good" beer in my opinoin.

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Photo of Redrover
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with a cool retro label.

Beer pours a pale straw yellow with a nice head. Very small & tight bubbles, no foaming agent here!

Beer smells just ok, there is a little bit of skunkyness and some grass. Minor hops as well.

Taste is in the euro pilsner family, but perhaps with a little less hops and slightly sweeter. Excellent carbonation can't quite overcome the mild taste. The 6.2% alcohol seems well buried by the ingredients and I think that's a credit to the brewer.

This is easy to drink and pretty smooth. Needs a little more flavor to be more than "ok".

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Photo of TripelJ
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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 sabrills70
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light to medium golden yellow. Poured with a very large head. Crystal clear. This one smelled a bit skunky, but not too bad. Flavor is a bit watery. It's an OK pilsner but it has much more potential. Dry finish with some bitter aftertaste. Not much alcohol taste despite the fact it's 6.2abv according to the label. This one is has a better than average drinkability since there is not much to think about. It's a stright forward clean crisp pilsner, nothing complex. Better than an American macro, similar in taste to a Canadian macro. Would go great at the ballgame with a hot dog. A good example of a European Pilsner, good, not great.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good lager/pilsner, stronger and creamier than what is typical for the style. Pours a nice, golden hue, with a creamy head that remains. Malt and hops are evident, no trace of the extra alcohol. The taste is discernably different, has an almost salty character. Not quite as refreshing as my favorite pilsners, but creamier and more of a kick. If you see it, give it a try. A nice alternative.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny bubbles continually run up though the light herbal, with a trace of mint-scented body. Pour this beer almost directly down into the bottom of the glass to create a head, sadly, its gone too soon. All that remains are lingering lace.
Is this lager in a league of its own? “Full Pale”? Certainly different! There's something usual about the background aroma. The best I can describe it at the moment is reminiscent of discarded pizza crust lying soaking in the sink full of beer over night (must be another dorm room flashback). But it makes me smile a little. The malt body is slightly doughy, like under baked bread. The initial hop bite is both metallic and mildly citrusy. A bit of fruity tastes inch forward. At 5.6% ABV. it has some kick, though it lies in wait for the unsuspecting.
Interesting brew!

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Photo of Thrasher
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just a shade on the amber side of gold. I didn't get much head retention. Intriguing, brassy aroma of light caramel maltiness and forceful medicinal hops. Flavor profile contains white bread, mint, and a subtle smokiness. Finish is very dry and crisp with a metallic twang that I would say is the only offputting feature. Unusual herbal, minty, medicinal hops give this beer a twist from the ordinary fizzy yellow lager. Some may think this is a poor purpose for a beer (and they would not be accurate), but this would make an excellent palate cleanser. Easy to drink and alcohol is nestled unobtrusively in the malt flavor.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour a cloudless gold or straw color if your so inclined, the head impressive in size and frothy in its consistency, the lace fair sheets to cover the glass. Malt dominated nose, that is also crisp and clean, refreshing also comes to mind. Start is sweet and the top lean in feel. The finish is spitefully acidic with a middling hop presence and a droughty lingering aftertaste, average and drinkable, which is good enough I guess.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the last remaining bottle of my recent score of Polish Pilsners, and I'm glad I saved it for last. Pale straw in color, with a thin, bubbly head. Aroma is very mild with slight grainy notes and a hint of hops. The taste starts off with a pleasant, slightly citric hop flavor, undergirded by a light malty sweetness. Malt picks up a little mid-palate, accompanied by a moderate warming taste of alcohol, and is finished with a somewhat unusual and astringent hop bitterness. Very well-carbonated and light in the mouth. Best cold, but definitely one of the better pilsners presently produced by the Fatherland. Na Zdrowie!

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Todd
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Beautiful crystal clear pale golden beer that pours a very thick & sticky white foam head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Soft grain, metallic and floral hop aromas.

Taste: Malty and a bit salty upfront, with a near full & even body and a tight sparkling mineral water-like carbonation. Malt sweetness is present but light and gets taken over by a creeping and overpowering bitterness with rind, salt and gentle spice hop characters. A soft fruitiness and floral quality pulls thru as the beer warms, along with grain and metallic flavours. Finishes with background hop spice and grain dryness.

Notes: A most interesting and strong lager. The unique hop profile might take certain drinkers some getting used to.

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