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Okocim Beer | Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)

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Browar Okocim S.A. (Carlsberg)
Poland | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 126
Photo of woodychandler
1.76/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The CANQuest (TM) just keeps Gluggin' along. CAN you believe how many CANned beers are out there?

Nothing of note on the CAN, nor was the head very notable, either. It sank like the Titanic with no presence of DiCaprio, Winslet, or Molly Brown aboard. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was very hot with a scent of whiskey up front. Whoa! My CAN was marked as "7.0%" and a "Malt Liquor" and I was made a believer. Change submitted.

Mouthfeel was medium with a heat that would be completely incorrect for the style. My CAN may be different from the bottle, but they are almost identical. Shaking my head, I got an intense alcohol burn in both my mouth and in my sinuses. Whew. Finish left me trying to draw a breath as well as looking to lie down briefly. 7.0%? Maybe, but not a pleasant way to get there.

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Photo of usmcphillips
1.87/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am immensely disappointed in this beer. My first thought upon pouring the beer was that I was totally blown away by the lack of carbonation and though the beer was extremely clear, it was also devoid of any stunning characteristics.
This is the second Polish beer in my collection and it may be the last for a while. In all honesty, I can't say that I'd recommend Okocim to anyone. It is missing all of the things that you look for in a European beer and tastes more like water than pilsener.

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Photo of Overlord
1.93/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a bright golden yellow. Two or three inches of white foam head.

Smells ... strangely like sweet malt and yeast. I actually checked to see if I had purchased the okocim malt liquor by mistake. i had not.

Taste is, again, strangely sweet. A pungent, almost cereal-grain malt sweetness to it, and maybe just a hint of the earthy zest/crispy/sort-a lemony flavor I expect from a pilsener. Mouthfeel was strangely thick and ... gloppy ... rather than the effervescent mouthfeel of a pilsener.

All in all, a weak offering.

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Photo of bort11
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. The bottle only said Okocim Beer, so I wasn't even sure what style it was. Only after I had poured it did I realize it was a lager. It had a goat on the label, so I sort of thought it might have been a bock. That will teach me to do some research first.

Color was a pale, clear yellow. Very little carbonation showing. Head was mild and faded quick. Only a modest, soapy looking lace remained. Smell cereal and lager yeast. Taste is very mild malt. Mouthfeel is pretty weak, virtually no carbonation. This is not necessarily a bad beer, just not very interesting. I'm glad I paid less that $2 for it. I hope the porter will be better.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear gold with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Some light lacing. Smells of sweet grassy malt.

Tastes of grassy malt, sweetish. Just a hint of noble hops but that's it. Just a hint. Light mouth and a bit too sweet. Any substansial presence in hops woulod make this a decent pilsner. Without them, just below average.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 4th Oct 2008, drank on a wet and cold evening in November 2007.

Poured into one of my Veltins Pilsner glasses, twice.

Normal Pilsner golden colour, clear and crisp looking. A large white head soon fell away to a thin film of covering. If the head had stayed a while the appearance score could have been higher.

The aroma, like almost all pilsners/lagers is very weak and difficult to find. It gets my usual score of 3.

The taste is nothing special either, dry and unappetising.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery, this isn't a beer I could a single thing really going for it. Below average.

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Photo of wjimson
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow beer with flat head. Very faint smells of raw grains. Nothing special here.

The taste is similar to your average beer watered down with carbonated water. Very soft malt, softly hopped, and dry. This is the most I can say at this sitting. This beer is not subtle, its just really lacking in taste.

Sure this is drinkable. the limiting factor would be whether one is willing to drink watered down beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice thick pour to a one inch egg shell white head that fades at a moderate rate. The body is a dark yellow with carbonation rising through the middle.

S - Malt aroma with an orange and tangerine accent.

T - Bitter hops flavor with a malty middle.

M - The feel is coarse and awkward and is finishes.

~ This isn't something I'll likely be trying again. Mostly because I don't much care for the flavor. I will suggest it to others though, because it is a unique flavor that may be better appreciated by someone other than myself.

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Photo of Ralphus
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okocim is another beer from the region with a ram / goat creature on its label. What is it with these people and goats? Apparently in the 1800's it's all the Polish marketing could come up with. Anyway, on with the beer, which I got from a Polish friend and he claims it's good.

It looks pretty good from the pour and that's a start. A pleasing clear and deep golden colour with a head that, while diminishing, does provide some amount of lacing. Initially there isn't much smell.. but as you get deeper into the glass there's plenty of sweet malts to be had. Unfortunately it's not really interesting either.. and that sort of sums up the taste as well. Lots of sweet malts, a little bit of fruity yeast and an inadequate amount of hops to finish it off.

This is not a well balanced beer and the longer it stays in your mouth the more you'll come to realize it. The sweetness grows far too quickly (or perhaps the hops dissipate even further if possible). Either way you're going to need some teeth brushing after this one.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side with a little bit too much tasteless carbonation on the tip of your tongue. My recommendation here is to pass. The ram on the label that's fondling the beer has clearly had too much to drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very pale straw color, very clear with a sudsy thin white Budweiser head.

S: Sweet malt and corn on aroma.

T: Thin body, sweet hop tang that is spicy but not much else for flavor. Has Budweiser corn tang to it when it warms. a washy, weak pilsner that is perhaps over hopped

M: watery and light

D: so easy going down you hardly notice your drinking anything at all.

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Photo of youngleo
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a big old head when poured. Head didnt last long. Head was white in color. Not much lacing either. Beer was golden yellow in color. Had some big bubbles at first but that didnt hang around very long either. Had a slight skunk smell, not really a heavy skunky smell. Reminded me of Heineken. Had a skunk taste along with citrus and maybe lemon. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Felt a little thicker. Not really a beer that I would want to buy again. Their porter is much better.

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Photo of Offa
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an ok lager, but rather bland and unpleasantly sharp.

Gold,it has a medium whitwe head slowly shrinking to foamy thin, wispy top and a foamy ring with a little weak lace.

The aroma is perfumy grain, bread herbs, a nice soft version of Euro lager/pilsner type.

The taste and fell, though, don't match the aroma. It is somewhat overly bitter with sharp, rough hops and tastes medicinal and soapy, perfumy. The finish is mostly drying bitter grass and otherwise it's bland.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle, abv listed at 5.5%. Came as part of an Okocim gift pack: 3 bottles of this, 3 bottles of Mocne, and a nice big sturdy Okocim mug--all for under $20 CAN.

A deep rich clear gold in appearance, mild carbonation with very little head retention, it sputters out very quickly. Husky grains, some copper, and herbal hops can be picked up on the nose. The first thing I notice in the taste is how the flavour drops off right in the middle. Starts out with intense, bitter, almost sour grain, a bit of cooked veggie, and as it warms the flavour tends to continue al the way through to an almost astringent finish, with a musty, dry earth aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average for the style, a bit of body with an extra kick from the mild carbonation towards the finish to hold its head above water. Nothing I'm motivated to go back and get more of, but this time around I at least got a decent mug out of the deal, so all is not a loss.

Actually, the more I drink it, the more palatable it becomes. Not a huge difference, but it ups the taste and drinkability for me by a .5 each. I've had worse domestic macro than this, but as stated above, neither are anything I'm tempted to go and get more of.

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Photo of elricorico
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks very average, just like a Euro Lager. Clear gold with a fizzy white head. The head had no staying power today, the only trace is a thin ring.

Smell is grassy, more malt than hop. A very small hint of skunk lingers in the back of the aroma.

The taste is pretty flat, the aftertaste is apparent the instant the beer enters the mouth. One dimensional mildly bitter lager.

While it is not quite watery, the beer is somewhat light in body. Carbonation is pretty much at par for a pilsener.

Not much here. A beer for a hot day I suppose. Not offensive, not exciting, just a drink.

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Photo of jwc215
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle

Poured a dark yellow with a highly carbonated white head that quickly disappeared though the carbonation continued.

The smell was thin. What was there was of corn with a slight "skunked" hop aroma and some vague fruity smell that fell short.

The taste was thin - though not necessarily watery. Some nondescript grains with a touch of noticeable sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of a short-lived sweetened hops and a touch of salty metal.

The high carbonation makes it fairly drinkable despite its overall blandness.

On the whole, it's not terrible, just a plain euro pils - not worth buying again and would only accept if the other options were worse.

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Photo of tone77
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is not great, alcohol up front, some grains, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One cm head, with a light golden colour. Very carbonated.

S: Very malty smell, but really not much smell to it.

T: This is very malty with a not any hops. Pretty bland flavour, just some malts and carbonation. It has the standard lager taste, but it's not in your face. Pretty okay.

M: Light and almost water like.

D: Not filling and the taste is bland but not bad so one can drink quite a lot.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice alternative to macro style beers. Decent fizzy light head spins upwards. Grainy smell, clean taste that has some splashes of hops but nothing too big. Smooth body and a refreshing character on a hot day. Overall, not a great beer or even a good one, but a ok international alternative to the American macro beer.

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Photo of 12puebloyankee
2.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a pretty and clear, light straw color with about a two finger head that dissipated after about 5 minutes.

Smell - Herbal and grassy hops aroma with a hint of citrus. A typically good pilsener.

Taste - Very good balance between sweet malt and hops, maybe leaning a bit in favor of hops.

Mouthfeel - A bit of a heavy mouthfeel due to the sweetness but carbonation was good and long-lasting which helped offset the heaviness.

Drinkability - It would be tough to drink more than a few of these because of the heaviness, but it's a decent pils.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark yellow. Poured a vigorous white head that fell quickly (almost simultaneously). Continued to decant. Very light and inconsistent lacing.

S: Fruity, slightly green apple smell, some corn. Slight "Euro-funk odor. Not real appealing.

T: Wet grains, a hint of sweetness then slightly bittering. Finished pretty clean.

M: Very thin, too thin. Very carbonated, but felt right. I continued to like the finish, just wanted more up front.

D: Carbonation and finish really helped the drinkability for me even though the taste was fairly bland. Wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a golden yellow colour with a fairly large fizzy/foamy white head. (aggressive pour) There isn't much carbonation showing. There is a fair amount of web like lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a few minutes.

Smell - The beer has a corn syrup smell right off the bat. It also has light hops and a grainy/bready smell.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice mouthfeel, perhaps a little under carbonated. You can really taste the corn syrup and the yeast/barley. The finish is just slightly bitter and beer has a decent body, not too watery.

Drink - Just another average euro-beer.. I would not purchase again.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Polish Festival in Syracuse.

Was a very light golden yellow with thin white head.

Smell is crisp, a bit of malt.

Taste is balanced, malt is dominant with a bit of bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated, goes ok with the flavor.

Drinkability is average. Nothing special here but its worth a shot.

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Photo of Travlr
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle in the Lot Airlines business class lounge at Chicago O'Hare.
A: straw colored with a thin white head and slight lacing.
S: black pepper and citrus in the background, malt in the foreground.
T: malty with a bitter edge.
M: medium body.
D: average lager, not bad, but not special.

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Photo of xylophonica
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber, little head but what there is of it does linger.. slightly.

S - Wheat, malt & a touch of honey.

T - Bitter pilsner.. pretty much what you expect. Plenty of malt. Some sweeter herbal/honey flavours coming through as well particularly as the beer warms.

M - Bitter with a mild malt coating and soothing aftertaste.

O - Decent traditional-styled Polish pilsner. Drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of bonkers
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this by accident, I wasn't paying attention and I thought I was buying the porter. I poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. It is pale yellow and has a fizzy white head on it. The aroma is grassy, and sweet. The flavor follows the nose, with just the slightest hoppiness. It finishes with a lingering sweetness, not very crisp. It is light in body and really carbonated. My scores for this would be higher if it were classified as a Euro pale lager, IMO it is not a pilsner. It is not a terrible beer if you like Euro lagers, but as a pilsner it is very average.

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