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
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
350
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.7%
 
 
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Photo of lemonlime311
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The appearance of this beer is nothing special, but that does not mean that this is not a good beer. The beer has a dark golden slightly caramel tone to it. Not much of a head to it when pour into a glass. Again to me personally appearance should not be a big factor in reviewing a beer.

Smell: Their is nothing special about the smell of this beer. In fact the smell is about average. It smell like a lager but does have a slightly skunky smell to it.

Taste: This beer does have a taste to it not completely water down like some other light or domestic lager there is substance to it. But for me the taste is not winning me over I wouldn't recommend this to someone as a great beer. It is what the label says O.K. Slightly darker taste them some other lagers or pilsners I have tried possibly because of the alcohol content 5.6%

Mouthfeel: About average compare to most beers. Ill add a little to it's score because it does goes down pretty smooth considering that the alcohol content is higher then most lager but you would never know it.

Overall: OK price is a important factors for me in judging a beer. There are some inexpensive beers that really measure up. This six pack was $7.99 around the price of Heineken, St. Pauli and other imported beers. For the price is nothing to write home about. In fact I am a little disappointed. There are better beers for around $5.99. The after taste is pretty good I can see how some people would be turned on by this beer.

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Photo of Brad007
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't think I've had anything from Poland yet. A bit disappointed that this is an euro pale lager.

Pours a straw gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. No bubbles. Rather still.

Sweet and grainy malt with a popcorn(?) essence to it. DMS? Otherwise, that same great skunked feeling you get from drinking something in a clear bottle (except that this is in a brown bottle).

Taste? Much the same but with a better emphasis on sweet, metallic flavors (still doesn't make it better).

Lingering bland metallic lager flavors.

I'd rather drink sewer water. Honestly.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Golden in color, and perfectly clear with a thick off-white head that settles to a thin froth on the surface. Somewhat sticky lacing and good head retention make this an attractive beer.

S: Not much on the nose. Biscuit and honey, with some floral, grassy hop notes.

T: Malt lends sweet notes of honey and cracker, while in the background lies some slightly fruity, citrusy nuances. Also has a slightly briny character. Finish is floral and dry, and somewhat short-lived.

Notes: Balanced, with a very soft mouthfeel. A tad too much body for the style, but still quite easy to put back. Not a bad beer by any means. It has its flaws, yet it excels in the style.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark yellow but very transparent with a whole lot of bubbles. there's a thin white that thins to almost nothing.

S-real sweet honey and grains, however it smells a lot like an adjunct. has a slight toasted character to it as well.

T-very light and smooth. comes in with the sweet taste of honey, grains, and even a smokey flavor to it. it drinks much like a light beer. lack of after-taste except with some honey sweetness to it.

M-heavy creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is like a slightly (very slightly) better version of an american light beer. its a lot more balanced and smooth than other euro pale lagers that i've had. the higher alcohol seems to be completely hidden. overall, its a very boring beer that i won't be needing to get again unless my only other choice is an american adjunct

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a 2 inch foamy white head that fades to a think film on the top of the beer. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fresh grains, grass/hay notes, and some sweetness. Taste is of grains, grass, and some sweet honey-like flavors on the finish. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel on this one. Overall, this is a pretty good lager out of Poland. I need to seek out the Baltic porter from this brewery as well.

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Photo of Buggies
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 4 pack of this at a Giant Eagle in Ohio of all places. It was kinda cheap and I figured what the hell. I was pleasantly surprised.

Smells slightly sweet... a tiny bit fruity almost like apple. The taste follows suit. Slightly sweet almost like a hint of caramel too. It has a bitterness in the background as well.

Overall though, very nice to drink. Nothing stellar, but a nice tasting beer for the price I paid.

My can states that the ABV is 5.6%? The desciption above says 6.2%. Perhaps they lightened up the beer a little to make it more drinkable?

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Photo of bobhits
1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Straw colored, a lot of carbonation, huge head with not retention, huge bubbles, dissipates almost instantly.

Light citrus and earthy hops. Some sweet malt finishing the beer.

Caramel, apple cider, extremely subtle hops. This beer seems like it is trying to turn to the cider relm, but done so with hops, malt, barely, and yeast vs huge amonts of sugar and chemicals.

A bit sticky and thick given the 5.6% and the rather light style and nature of the beer. Still decently drinkable.

Certainly the last time I have this one, but I’m oddly not upset about this one. The fact that it is about 2 bucks a bottle doesn’t hurt.

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Photo of BaronRogue
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was really a surprise... I was rushing around BevMo because they were about to close, and I literally just grabbed the cheapest imports I could find, and got this and some Russian brews.

Was really surprised to see such high ratings when I logged on here, so I was getting more and more excited as it chilled.

Just poured it into my chalice, clear yellow with a small head. Lots of little bubbles, almost like champagne.

The smell is pretty potent... I'm not familiar with Euro Lagers but i can honestly say I've never had a beer that smelled so much like.... beer. Good but slightly skunky (I can only assume it had been sitting on the shelf at room temperature for awhile).

The taste was really unbelievable! Didn't taste like the smell at all. Smooth, creamy and tasty, with a nice little zing from the carbonation. Truly a joy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a great balance between creamy and crisp, really surprising and quite good.

Overall? This is my new go-to lager beer, I'm cleaning out BevMo's shelves of this stuff the next time I go back. At just over a dollar a pint, this is the best random buy I've ever made.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Perfectly clear golden yellow with a thin white head that leaves a ring of lace.

S - Floral, fruity aroma, slightly sweet with a cereal like grainyness.
Light aroma.

T - Grain and sweet corn, slightly floral with a touch of fruit.

M - Clean and crisp. Malt sweetness balances a slight carbonic bite.

D - I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring the can into a pint glass creates a decent-sized head which dissolves in less than 30 seconds. Smells very sweet and fruity, almost like a watery cider. Tastes pretty sweet also, like fruit and bread. There is some slight bitterness as well. O.K. Beer is more than okay.

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

Dobry wieczór...

Well what can one say about a typical European tasting beer that hasn't already been said...this beer pours a clear pale yellow with white head and ok lacing. The smell is grainy/wheaty and surprise surprise....so is the taste. This beer is boosted by 6.2% ABV which makes its drinkability and mouthfeel not as nice a more subtle Euro beer like Pils Urquel or its bretherin Okocim premium. Not tasty enough to risk a big hang-over during a session....but some make enjoy!

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle into a weizen glass (my only clean .5 L glass at the moment), OK Beer!

Pours a little darker than the Piwo Jasne Pełne (Full pale beer) would have me believe, a nice, rich golden color; completely clear. Forms a two finger head from a normal pour and has nice carbonation, some lacing.

Smells nice and sweet, malts with a touch of ripe, red apples.

Taste is bready and sweet at first, then a touch of yeastiness kicks and and makes it a bit chalky with the hint of apple. Finishes with a very subtle hop note that is a bit tea like and has a spice that mingles with the carb.

Light and fairly neutral, very refreshing.

A mighty fine lager, props to my friends and possible ancestors in Poland for this one! This is definitely an "OK Beer", perfect for a hot summer and might even compete with my favorite lager - Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Cannoneer
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with a medium-size head that doesn't stay on for long. Aroma of rye bread and buckwheat honey.

Very "rustic" taste - this is a much different beer from refined, clean Czech lagers - yet, it is strangely appealing. I can feel being transported to a simple, rural place with rolling hills and meadows full of wildflowers when drinking Okocim. One distinct note is that of buckwheat - buckwheat honey, buckwheat flowers, buckwheat grain.

Overall, it's an interesting beer that calls for a simple, Eastern European dish to accompany it - bigos, rye bread with bacon and onion, smoked kielbasa with potatoes and sauerkraut, etc. It drinks well and is different from more well-known Czech and German lagers.

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Photo of e11iott
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle, small head, no lacing, light straw color, very nervous since called OK Beer. Wondering if this is a generic beer in Poland.

S: Very sweat smelling, had to make sure it was a beer, and not a malt beverage only.

T/M: Served ice cold, had light body. not much carbonation, very smoth, surprised its not a light beer.

D: Enjoyable throughout, can't taste the alcohol at all, wife enjoyed it as well.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, 5.6% ABV listed on the label. O.K.!

Crystal-clear darkish yellow, big sudsy white head sticks around at about a finger and a half for a while, eventually becoming a cap and leaving good lacing.

Pale pilsnery malt, grains, very slight lemon/lime at the scent. Smells like an American macro.

The taste brings out a little bit more flavor, but not much of an improvement. Just touches of lemon and grass from the hops. Usual grain/oats/pilsner type feel with some bready malt, a little metallic at times.

Expected prickly mouthfeel but pretty solid for the style. Doesn't feel watery and still drinks as easily as a lesser-ABV lager.

Pretty easy drinking. Definitely bland, but not really offensive at any point. I probably would mistake this for a decent American macro. I guess you could call this beer... O.K.

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Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Pours a light yellow color with a small white head.

Aromas are corny, sweet, and with some mineral like notes. Smells like an American Lager. Not bad smelling though.

Taste is bready, dry, and quite crisp. Some light sweet malts, and a mineral hoppy finish. Simple, but fairly tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is not bad, crisp, snappy carbonation, and decent body.

Drinkablility is pretty good. It's easy to drink and refreshing. Would be a good choice on a warm summer day.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beauty at World of Beer in Tampa Palms.
This beauty pours a golden and translucent, lot of carbonation and a white lacey head. The aroma is of hops and and sweet malts nothing complex. Great taste, I was not expecting much from this beer but this beer is crisp giving some nice malty flavors off the front and sharp hops at the end. This beer is light but not watery, and the flavor lingers and is not overpowering. Great brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is all bready and sweet malt. With that being said, for the style it's not a bad smelling beer at all. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all bready and sweet malt. It's not too sweet, and there aren't any offensive aromas or flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light, but it's not watery. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's smooth and goes down easy. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. For $1.09 a can, I think it's a good deal. For the style of beer this is, I thought it was pretty decent.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into pils glass.
A: Strong and steady stream of carbonation. White head retreats quick and left is a small, and foamy layer. Body is a crisp golden yellow.
S: Nice bready aroma, with a nice interplay of hops and malts.
T/M: The all around flavors make this a nice and complex lager. Great malty off flavors. On the front there is a crisp welcoming from the mouthfeel of sharp hops. The overall body is light, but holds long character.
D: This is a nice session lager, and a nice imported choice. Nothing crazy going on but could fall back to this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gold with a white head. Light white head quickly fades. Not bad looking

Medium/thin mouthfeel with no real character or balance. Watery/thin.

Flavors of simple bitter yeast and a sort of green herb/celery flavor.

Simple yeast finish. Not a whole lot here. Not particularly pleasant.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, some malts. Taste is good, malts and grains, a bit of sweetness.A fine beer on a hot evening. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overalll a good quality lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

O.K., The CANQuest (TM) is officially having some O.K. beer. Actually, it makes me tear up for my old drinking buddy, Stash, of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. During his lifetime and my extended tenure in Da 'Burgh, he and I plowed through a LOT of Polish, Baltic and eastern European beers. He was the owner and dedicated to such beers. He never had it in a CAN, however. He was all about bottles, but I am finding that to be wrong-headed. CAN you imagine "Woody's All-CAN Bar"? Ho!

From the CAN: "Full Pale Beer = Piwo Jasne Pelne". Yep.

I never appreciated the auditory aspect of The CANQuest (TM) as much as I do today, following a (mostly) ten-day hiatus. Crack and Glug, indeed! My two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head began falling almost immediately, but in exchange, it left some nice lacing. Color was a deep-golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. "Pale", my butt! Comparatively, historically, sure, but for the style - negits. Nose was pure, unadulterated lager. A slight, malt-driven sweetness led the way, but there were also Noble hops as the back-up. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium and I got a slight metallic tang on the tongue along with the initial wash of malty sweetness. Oh well. Finish was more tangy with the hops accompanied by a metallic taste. I CAN live without that aspect of some lagers.

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Photo of djmitche
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a can a a friend's. I should start by saying that I do not usually like lagers - I find the "subtle" flavors virtually nonexistent in most cases.

But OK Beer lived up to it's name. Nice head that subsided quickly, with decent lacing. The beer is nice and clear in the glass, with a warm straw hue.

The aroma was restrained but suggested the flavor nicely. There's no biscuity nonsense going on here - a bit of bread balanced nicely by refreshing hops. There's flavor here, but not enough to make you interrupt your session to ponder the beer.

I would drunk this instead of water, and I can't say that of many lagers. It was OK.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable euro-pale, this beer pours a light golden color. Clear and topped with a 2 finger head that did die fairly quickly. But, looks like a nice beer.
Ok, aroma is weak here. The malt is there, soft biscuit with some sweets, but just a bit stale.
Flavors could use a boost in all categories; malt, yeast, hops, water. A good representation of style, just not prominent on the flavors. It seems a bit creamy which downplays the hops and makes the malt seem 'processed', is the best I can describe it.

Still, overall a nice beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden yellow body with a big bubble carbonation racing to the surface. The boiling white head is gone before the first sip.
S- The herbal sulfury aroma is pretty soft and clean with a soft grainy note in the finish. There is a light buttery note to the aroma as it warms a bit.
T- The clean sulfury sweetness is followed by a cooked corn taste and a faint green apple notes with a carbonic acid dry finish.
M- Medium-light mouthfeel has a full fizzy finish.
D- The only real flavor is the buttered corn qualities which are a bit to much but the slight sweetness adds some nice depth to the grain hints.

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