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

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Added by Todd on 09-16-2001

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#43,601
Reviews:
221
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377
pDev:
15.45%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
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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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Photo of soper2000
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up out of pure curiousity. No freshness or best before dating on the bottle, I'm curious to the age. Pours a nice golden yellow with a minimal head into my glass. Faint malty aromas invade the nose. First taste of this leaves me pleasantly surprised. There's a nice slightly sweet finish to this beer with no notes of alcohol. Miniscule notes of floral hops round out the palate. Mouthfeel is not watery thankfully. Drinkability is super high on this one. I had no clue of the 6.2 abv. This was a decent pickup. These kind of lagers will probably never be my favorite but I could easily convince some of my macro drinking friends to pick up a few 500 mls of these.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a good lager. pale and clear like most, its cleanwith a big malty profile, a modest dose of hops and the slightest alcohol whiff. clean and smooth throughout. its simple and does nothing amazing but everything good. a more than easy to drink crisp beer ill have any day of the week. good stuff.

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Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well being Polish myself, I could get quite a bit of Polish brews. So slowly I'll try to review as much as possible. However, I've never had the O.K. beer and I quite like it. Pours out a pale yellow with a decent enough head on it. Smell consisted of malts and grains. Some hops at a distant though. Taste was nice. Malts upfront with some grain and some spicy hops towards the end. It's nicely done. For a 6.2% beer, the mouthfeel was a little too thin though. But other than that it was a good brew. Gotta like the crest with the goat trying to pick up and drink the beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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 TastyTaste
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, with a head that leaves a layer on top after it fades from a moderate white head on the pour. Not a very strong scent. A light euro lager scent. Taste is big and malty, with the alcohol melding nicely with the flavor. One of my favorite Euro Lagers so far. I would get this again, very solid.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +12%
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 +16.6%
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 +15.7%
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 -6.4%
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 +2.3%
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 +26.2%
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 -16.6%
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 +5%
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 +12.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -12.5%
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 +14.6%
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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Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 377 ratings