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Harnas | Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a rich, deep gold, darker than the standard euro pale lagers. It has a right white head that dissipates rather quickly.

The smell is very malty with hints of honey, there is an overlying off scent that is a bit metallic. Theres no sign of hops.

The mouthfeel is thicker than most Euro Pale lagers, the flavor is rich and malty with not much hp bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick but with a high carbonation level, not bad.

It packs more of a punch than most at 6.2 and it bridges the gap between Euro pale lager and Euro strong lager. It is pretty drinkable though.

At .99 a pop this stuff is well worth it, it is a slightly stronger than average lager with a rich malty flavor.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SLightly darker gold color, flat looking body, with minimal head, just a little creamy white foam. Smell is adjunct, grass, and rubbing alcohol. Taste is pretty indescript, although not offensive, just very average for the style, like the difference between budweiser and MGD. Other than that, I don't mind this, nor do i recommend it.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a deep, somewhat dark, golden color. The soft white head is slight and wispy. The aroma is pretty uninspiring…a soft graininess and a nice amount of malt, backed by some serious DMS and euro hops. It’s a typical European Lager smell: middle of the road. The taste is fairly sweet, as expected from a Polish brew. Soft, medium body, with slightly low carbonation. It’s drinkable, as far as the everyday lagers go. It’s just not very inspiring.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.52/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Harnas is a typical Euro-style lager (meaning not German or Czech) with a little bit of extra strength to it, and a little bit more color.

It displays a mainly clear, deep golden body beneath a short but creamy bright-white head that shows average retention and lacing, at best.

It's clean, and obviously fairly well-brewed, displaying a fairly common sweetish and grainy maltiness and a mild, lightly herbal and spicy hop character. Surprisingly, it has a bit of a toasty/slightly caramelish side to it. - ? At the same time, I'm wondering whether there's adjunct to it - ? It's firm bitterness balances it, keeping the sweetish maltiness in check, and it finishes with some residual malty sweetness and smears of herbal, leafy, and spicy hops. Served cold it's refreshing, but with a little warmth the sweetness starts to cut down on drinkability.

On the other hand, it's soft, with a moderate bitterness, and that makes it very accessible as there's not much that's objectionable about it. People who wouldn't normally drink a more bitter, solidly composed beer might go for this. Of course there's not that much to be excited about either, which would probably leave beer drinkers looking for something with a little more balance.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My folks went to Poland to visit family, and good ol' Mom brought a few beers back for me. Thanks Ma!
The beer pours out of its 500 ml can a tawny, tan-ish gold. A very interesting color, nothing quite like I've seen before, almost amber. Very clear and bright, a swirl of carbonation enthusiastically fizzling up, although very little head forms on the pour. Merely an ephemeral swirl that quickly gives way to nothing but a threadbare coating atop the brew. The head all but disappears about halfway through the pint. No lacing at all.
The aroma is very clean, wih a dominating soapy hop character. I'm guessing a polish variety, like Lublin, and I only seem to find that particular soapy/peppery scent in polish beers. Sort of saaz like, with a vague spiciness cut with bar soap and coarse ground black pepper. Coarse pils malt in the background, the graininess adding an edge to the overall feel. Perhaps a soft whiff of booze and wood.
The flavor starts out rather weak, no real presence to the malt at all. A slight grainy sweetness, more along the lines of Wonder bread, moving vacantly into some grassy notes. The flavor kicks up a bit in the end, the hops modestly presenting a spicy, soapy bitterness. Pleasantly grainy and crisp, with just a touch of alcohol fruitiness to round things out. Rather dry, with a trace of alcohol burn in the throat. A lingering unsalted oyster cracker/white bread maltiness in the aftertaste. Charged carbonation keeps things moving, just shy of being too much. Rather light body, with an electrically crisp, dry mouthfeel.
I love trying beers from the homeland. I wouldn't call this anything special, but it's probably one of the dryest beers I can remember drinking, this side of lambic. The weakness up front is a bit of a downer, actually somewhat reminiscent of an american macro lager in it's unobtrusiveness. Luckily the finish picks up the slack. I wouldn't call it a thinking man's beer, but I could handle a few of these while having an involved conversation. If you're headed to Poland and looking for great beer, there's better to be had.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium golden color with a touch of bronze. Totally clear presentation. Smaller head of white foam. Traces of lacing in the glass, and a medium to medium low level of carbonation.

S: Grassy. Some minor notes of nuts and malt. A slightly sweet, sappy, syrupy note. Fair.

T: Middle of the road pale lager. Mild maltiness and touches of dry hops. A mild nut flavor basks in an otherwise bland macro lager flavor. Yawn.

M: Light, somewhat dull. Not much crispness or body. Fair.

D: One and done. It's not bad, but totally lackluster.

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Photo of Redrover
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ML brown bottle. No freshness dating, but the label informs me that it is the beer of Polish Highlanders.

The bear pours a slightly dark golden with a quickly collapsing white head. No lacing at all.

The aroma is of grains, floral notes and a bit of pepper.

More bitter than I expected. The malts add a nice grainy almost wheat cracker type taste. The hops chime in with some spice (pepper for sure) and the beer has some grassy notes. Some alcohol taste emerges mid-glass and continues to grow as you drink more.

The mouth is crisp. The drinkability is average, it could easily move-up if they could tone down the alcohol a bit. If I ever find myself in the Polish Highlands, I will have another.

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Photo of Gavage
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1/4" head that disappears immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: malts and grains are soft and barely detectable by the nose.

Taste: grainy malt, corn, grass, green grapes, and a hint of bitterness make up an off balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: smoth and lightly dry throughout. Medium bodied. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a poor polish beer here. I had a tough time finishing the glass. Avoid this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure amberish orange that is dull rather than bright, even when exposed to brilliant morning sun. Even though there are occasional small bubbles zipping up to the lightly toasted, ivory colored crown, the beer looks especially lifeless. The foam looks pretty decent and has some creamy firmness to it, although it deposits nothing more than a few measly scraps of watery lace.

How many new and interesting ways can I come up with to describe what is, essentially, the same EPL nose over and over and over again? This one contains lightly toasted malt and a faint whiff of musky hops. No alcohol and no real offensiveness. Strictly average.

Harnas's biggest positive is that it's packaged in brown glass bottles and, therefore, has no trace of the skunkiness that is rampant in most green glass-bottled versions. This particular bottle's biggest positive is that it lacks the stale graininess and moldering hoppiness that is fairly common for the style. At least more common than it should be.

Now that I've exhausted the list of positives... the beer isn't that memorable on the palate. Like the nose, it's more toasted malty than most pale lagers. It's pretty well-balanced, with bitterness being slightly more prominent than sweetness from start to finish. This really isn't bad beer, all things considered.

Many EPLs fail miserably in the mouthfeel department. Thankfully, this isn't one of them. It has a decent amount of girth for the style and never becomes watery; even on the finish, which is where substandard beer tends to break down most noticeably.

Harnas was named after highland robbers (see label and can) from the Tatra mountains who lived in the late 1600s and who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. Polish precursors to Robin Hood, in other words. Regarding the beer, it ain't half bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with an about perfect head, pretty much what a lager is supposed to look like.

Aromatic strong brewers yeast with some grass and grain aromas. Spicy and soapy Nobel hop aromas. Slight fruity aroma but I can't identify the fruit something like peach.

Starts out malty and quite full of yeast flavor and a vague fruity flavor. Grassy and dry the flavor doesn't quite deliver what the smell promises you. OK lager, but not a great one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but also sort of forgettable. Probably would pick this over Heineken but if a German Lager was on the menu I would get that instead.

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Photo of necoadam
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Piwo Po Zboje translates roughly into "Beer for a rebel." I feel all naughty inside already. Pours out a darker shade of tan with a mix of copper/amber color. Quite dark for a euro lager, but it does look good. Smell was on the light side. Whiffs of grainy aromas with a light hint of spice. Almost pilsner like with the aroma. Taste was average as well. Mostly grainy flavors with a kick of some pilsner malts showing through at the end, or is that the hops? Tough to tell. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some carbonation lacking I thought. Finished a tad watery. Pretty much an average beer here. I noticed that Okocim makes this beer, if you're looking for a polish beer, grab a regular Okocim then. If anything, this could be someone's "lawnmower" beer. Good looking label though.

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Photo of bark
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is compact and white. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is aggressive with lots of alcohol and some solvents. Semi-sweet notes of cereals.

The taste is quite light. Some alcohol. Sweet cereals, some corn-like flavours. It is quite clean, but at the same time a little cheap. The short mild aftertaste got clean notes of alcohol and some sweetness.

The carbonation is strong, the mid-sized bubbles are short lived and quite mild. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Clean. Sweet. Some alcohol. A run of the mill pale eurolager.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the Wednesday Night Trivia crew was recently over in the Czech Republic for work and brought back some CANs for me. Once again, it pays to advertise and my thanks to Rod Shenk for the gift(s).

From the CAN: "Beer of Polish Highlanders". Thanks for sharing, fellas!

The CANQuest (TM) finds it amusing that the bulk of the reviews up to this point have been for bottles and yet the picture depicts a CAN! In its current iteration, the highlander takes up most of the space, battleaxe raised in his right hand with the mountains looming in the background.

The Crack & Glug was magnificent, resulting in a finger of dense bone-white head with good retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity that would cause Croesus and Midas to salivate. Nose had an interesting fruitiness to it that I do not usually associate with the style. It reminded me of CANtaloupe or another sweet-smelling melon. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a black pepper spiciness accompanying the melon-like sweetness. Now, this I CAN totally get behind! Beer pairings are CANstantly themed around the CANtrast between sweet and spicy and here it is in the beer itself. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing on a hot summer's day. Now, if only I had an extra to take to AC on Thursday ...

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Photo of zjungleist
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark yellow color with a decent bright white head. The smell is slighly grassy, nothing major here. The taste is also grassy from both the hops and the grains, as well as the occasional aftertastes that nearly cider-like or even bile-like. The mouthfeel is average. There is just something about this beer that doesn't jive with me. It's reasonalbe, I'll drink it, but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of TheDeuce
1.55/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1


The worst of the run of Polish beers I tried. Dark golden color, pale smell of some malt, grains, and alcohol. Taste is an extremely unpleasant sweet maltiness, the flavor overwhelms the palate and ruins the experience. I tried to taste other things and could only detect alcohol otherwise.

Mouthfeel and drinkability suffer greatly as a result. I actually thought I had a bad beer and ordered another from a different spot but I got the same experience. Overall, simply not a good tasting beer, not recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling sweetly of faintly toasted pale malts with a large note of green apple. Hmm.

Taste: Sweetish, lightly toasted malts with a minor hint of grain. Big, tangy taste of acetaldehyde coming across as crisp green apples throughout. Light hop bitterness. Still a bit of sweetness for the abrupt, apple-burdened finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Even considering all those pesky apples, it wasn't outright terrible, but not a beer I'd ever repeat.

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Photo of wl0307
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this bottle at just 1 quid coz it's already expired (BB 16/02/2006). Suppose the 6%-strength lager should taste alright just two months after the BB date? Served lightly chilled in a weizen-glass.

A: dark orangey golden hue, coming with a white frothy beer head only slowly settling down, on top of a gently-bubbly body.
S: lightly dusty on top of a grainy and syrupy maltiness, while the sweet lemony+grassy hops and a faintly sour doughy note make a very modest entrance. Quite mild, but by no means bland.
T: a modest fore-taste introduces a hint of (grassy?) hops and a refreshing limey lager malt flavour, quickly jumping to a light and thin grainy aftertaste, reminiscent of some corn-added lagers which have literally no bitterness and aftertaste; a slightly sticky finishing touch, which I suppose comes from the thick starch in this strong lager.
M&D: the fizz condition is alright, not too vibrant, and the overall mouthfeel for a 6%abv. is pretty smooth; but overall it lacks a balance of flavour and way too lacklustre for a strong lager, as no strong malty entrance nor hoppy influence is felt on the palate. Underperforming for the style, too bland to be enjoyable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a reall metallic copper color. Some sparse bubbling moves skyward toward a thin head and no foamy build up after the pour. No lacing either. The smell is of stale bread and copper pipe. The metallic smell carries on to the tongue with plenty of metals noticed. Some alcohol and astringent hops weere noticed though. Along with that adjuncty funk.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The latest as I go through all the semi local bodegas and Polish deli's. Poured a darker shade of gold than the average American Macro. Not quite as dark or viscous as a Euro strong. BA calls this a Euro Pale, I call this one..Euro Medium!

White head that didn't stay long and minimal lacing along with run of the mill carbonation. Taste was grain and malt with some hops in the finish. Refreshing and enjoyable. Much more refined and consistant than it's American competition. Would make a good BBQ or backyard beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Duvel tulip for tasting. Nice brown amber color. Smell of crisp wheaty malts adn some hop flavouring.

The taste was not too bad at all, a clear hop flavour profile which served to flavor but not bitter the beer/ there was malty and bready depth with some minerals/ I have issue with the carbonation though. It had a head to start but quickly tasted flat. This seemed quite intenional. I don't like too much carbonation but this was not enough. It would have been a vastly better beer with just a touch more- and would have improved the finish and drinkability.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting label from the good folks in Polska. At 6.2% I'm almost surprised that this isn't labeled "Mocne" (strong) but then I remember that this is Poland and these people drink vodka like gatorade.
A nice dark golden color with a reddish hint and decent foamy head that fades slowly. The smell is slightly spicy and fruity with touches of metal and yeast.
The taste is fruity initially followed by a metallic note and hops and then a dry, crisp finish. Pretty balanced for a pale Euro lager and more complex in taste and body than most Polish beers I've tried. The mouthfeel has a little too much carbonation but again, not bad for the style and origin.
This is a good beer to drink when hanging out in Zakopane in one of those hiking lodges, good, solid, basic, Polish brew.

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Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good pour left a good head that I could see (as if in slow motion) go from big and froathy to thin and bubbly. Transparent. Typical aroma, a little more held back on the corn starch than others. Fairly clean actually. Mouthfeel is clean as well, carbonation under control. Ahh, aftertaste is where they hid the corn starch! A decent texture but I couldn't care much for the flavour. Good enough job at 6%! Head even left lacing, not bad. Not alot of comprimise in this one, to its credit.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow with a thin foamy head that thins and stays around.

The smell is of...sweet grain - Clean.

The taste is of sweet grain and a vague husk - something almost cooked veggie-like. Faint hint of balancing bitterness in finish (?) I suppose. Alcohol well-hidden.

Fizzy and thin, this one is boring, boring.

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Harnas from Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 63 ratings