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Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 112
Photo of papat444
2.59/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 07.10.2014.

Pours a yellow body with good head and spotted lacing, average for the style. Aroma is ho-hum, mostly corn. Bit of fruit flesh in flavor but has an overall clammy feel and skunkiness settles in once it warms. Drink this ice cold if you have to have one.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drink before 11-18-2014

Appearance: Pours with a straw yellow color. Two fingers of head on the pour which quickly dissipated but was sparingly present while drinking. A lot of active carbonation but about right for the style.

Smell: Bready yeast and bananas hit the nose first. Soft cloves and mossy hops on the body. There is a touch of like wet paper funkiness but you really have to dig for it.

Taste: The front is a little watery with accents of buttery dough and cloves. The body is a plain and simple yet enjoyable breadiness. There is a lingering oak funk left on the palate after drinking which keeps you reaching back for more to wash it away.

Mouthfeel: The lingering funk isn't great but after that this is a pretty simple easy drinker. Carbonation fits.

Overall: Getting pretty much what you payed for here. It is a simple brew, that I would have no problem crushing on a warm day. If you enjoy this style I would certainly give this a go.

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Photo of emerge077
2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD: 07.10.14
Blue and white "Lezajsk Beer" label, Polish wiki confirms this is the brewer, owned by Grupo Zywiec.

Pours with a rocky head that has impressive staying power, and plenty of sticky lace all around the glass. Saturated gold tone, perfect clarity, steady rising trails of champagne carbonation. Too bad the rest of the beer isn't as good as it looks.

Smells of soggy grain husks and graham crackers.

Tastes like wet paper, watery and grainy, thankfully not too heavy on the carbonation. Fairly medium bodied. Very faint hop bitterness in the aftertaste, which is fairly clean I guess. Overall though it's pretty bland tasting, and ultimately that's what makes or breaks it. Wouldn't pick it up again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a thin malt character and lager yeast up front. Then some mild caramel & honey sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style but there isn’t very much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, typical representation of style, it’s about what I’ve come to expect from most of the beers in the style, which is not very good.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle purchased fro $1.95 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Best before April 2015

Appearance - Nice golden hued color, however the head is a mere finger and dissipates away into nothingness as quickly as alight beer. Quite a few bubbles continuously make a spirited rise to the surface.

Smell - Not much, some slightly vegetative aromas and a slightly sweet caramel biscuit malt.

Taste - Sweetish caramel, but feels fake, other than that there's a dryness to the aftertaste that seems a bit musty. Some mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Kind of flat in terms of carbonation, with a heavy body and little carbonation.

Overall - Not horrible, but there are many better pale lagers out there.

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Photo of metter98
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a coating down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little fruity and has hints of grainy malts along with some initial sweetness that is followed by a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer might seem a little bland, it's definitely very easy to drink and doesn't have any "off" aromas or flavors.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
2.52/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Yet another typical Polish lager, I would call this a style as it's hard to differentiate between each Polish beer, although most are better than this.

Clear yellow lager appearance, thin white head.

Not much of an aroma here, pretty "lagerish."

I'm not enjoying this at all. I seem to be tasting a lot of alcohol and bitterness, not very appealing. Not much sweetness to balance it out.

Definitely not something I'll buy again, there are better Polish beers than this.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that produced some minor lacing, but did not stick around for long. The body is a clear darker gold colour with light, slow and steady carbonation.

Smell: Barley with some hay and mineral notes with some mild hops. It screams average lager to me. I wish there really was something more to say here.

Taste: Roasted barley malt with a slight hay note starts us off which produces a bitter kick of apples with grassy hops and ending with a sweet corn note, that someone manages to be interesting.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation could be a bit more aggressive and the head could have stuck around longer, but the smooth transitioning, mixed mild aftertaste and clean nature earns it back some points.

Drinkability: This does very well in this department, it's the light end of medium bodied, which is wear a good Lager should sit. I would have no problem drinking this all day, any day, although it was a little gassy in the guy. Solid stuff though here.

Final Thoughts: All in all a solid all around Lager and one of the few import lagers that appear to be worth the cost of importing. All in all it's a nice, modest lager.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I haven't heard too much about the beer Lezajsk but it hails from the town of the same name. The back label has a little story about how in 1525 King Sigmund the Old granted the brewers of the town the exclusive right to brew beer. I wonder how long that royal decree lasted?

Lezajsk pours a a slightly dark gold color with an amber hue. A fingers worth of foam forms and thins out pretty quickly (in less than 20 seconds by my count). The beer smells like a cheap Euro lager. There is some wet paper smell mixed with grains and a light citric hop presence. The mouthfeel is what I expected it to be: a bit on the thin side, with a high-moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor isn't too strong, but consists of a grainy flavor with notes of what I can best describe as a vegetable/apple juice hybrid flavor. A bit of alcohol flavor can be detected as well, and there is a very light citric hop flavor. There is a small amount of dryness in the finish. The aftertaste is mostly clean, with some bready flavors present, and the brew concludes with a very slight alcoholic warmth.

This beer really isn't anything too special, but it is drinkable. I wouldn't turn one of these down, but I don't think I'd actively seek it out either.

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Photo of leaddog
3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow (reminiscent of apple juice) with a very thin bubbly head. Lots of bubbles are present.

Smell - Apple juice, slight breadiness, sweet corn.

Taste - A hint of the apple flavour comes through (as picked up in the scent). Very minimal hops and no bitterness. Little bit of grains. Not too much complexity in this one.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall - A refreshing euro pale lager from Lezajsk. Not too much to say about this one in terms of flavour, but still has its refreshing qualities. One of the Polish offerings I come back to now and then to enjoy.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent gold with streams of active carbonation racing to the top. The weak white head starts modestly then dissipates to a puny film. Lacing absent.

S: Euro lagerish? Some adjunct, mild hop/malt. Water.

T: Same as scent. You get some barley, hop, malt and adjuncts. Tasty, but nothing to get worked up about.

M: Good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: Here's the deal; it is not a great beer, but it is certainly not a bad beer. I could see this being a solid choice for people wanting to pair a beer with pizza or wings. I would drink it again. Average is a good word here.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A consummate Euro-lager (and odd Christmas gift).

Pours a bright golden colour with large bubbles that dissipate quickly. Mouthfeel is oilier than I would have expected for a 5.5% ABV lager, but not unpleasantly so.

Sweet aroma of grains is followed by a totally innocuous taste. Bread and grains in the forefront with a subtle bittering hop finish at the end.

Not a style of beer I'd ever choose, but don't believe this is any worse than many other examples of that style...

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Photo of UDbeernut
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

new country, best before June 2011 OOPS!

clear straw yellow capped by a foamy head with good retention. lots of bubbling carbonation. nose is bready with a hint of hay. bready crackery malt balanced with grass. dishwater off flavor. light bodied. ok.

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Photo of Derranged
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up at a deli in the Ridgewood sector of Queens. Lots of Russian and Polish beers availiable in that area. 500ml poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Golden color with a very thin white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S- More or less an average adjunct laden smell, but with a strange wet-rag smell mixed in.

T- Not good at all. I admit the flavor was stronger than expected for an adjunct lager. In this case, that only makes it that much worse. Grainy with a strange earthy/dirty water chemical type flavor. Polish dish water.

M- Super thin and carbonated.

O- Poland makes some pretty good beer as I was surprised to find out. This however is not one of them. With the moderate abv, this isn't even something just to slam down and get drunk off of. Avoid.

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Photo of evlu1441
2.61/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying out a bunch of Polish beers lately. I picked this one simply because it was relatively cheap and from Poland.

It looks just about like any other lager: pale golden colour with a thin head. Medium amount of carbonation rising to the top.

The aroma is extremely faint. I'm only getting some faint grainy smell.

The taste is mostly sweetish grain, and slight bitter hops. It has a kind off hoppy/chemical grain taste at the end. The mouthfeel is quite nice though!

Overall, this isn't a great beer. It's tolerable, but I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.61/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Still halfheartedly working my way through my fatherland's myriad of breweries. This offering pours a clear yellow straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, grass, light white grape skin, aluminum foil, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some sweet corn syrup, more hard waster, and tin foil (instead of aluminum). The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a moderate carbonation and a thickly watery feel (that may sound oxymoronic, but that's how it feels, man). Overall, I can really only say that I am not a fan of this beer. That's it.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.64/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent, bright golden colour with one finger of dense, foamy white head that quickly fades away to a thin cap and collar. A bit of lacing on the sides. Bubbles whiz to the surface in streams. The smell is nothing especially interesting - sweetish barley and some grassy hops. Decent for the style.

This is a pretty tasty lager. Grainy malts, some honey or light caramel sweetness. A little corny. Slight twinge of leafy hops, but otherwise very little bitterness in this brew. Vaguely sweet maltiness in the finish. Pretty thin and mostly watery; a bit of creaminess/slipperiness in the mouth. Carbonation is a little low for an EPL but it works here.

Been a while since I've had any Polish beer; I generally like their spin on the EPL style and Lezajsk is no exception. If you like EPLs this is a worthy pick, but if you don't this is probably a pass.

[Updated Dec. 13 2013]

Another bottle, this time compared side-by-side with Zubr, Zywiec and Lech Premium. I don't know what sort of hallucinogenic drug I was on when I gave this a 3.33 last time around, but that is a very misleading grade - frankly I'm not even sure if I'll be able to finish this bottle. This is a sub-par, unappealing lager that has more in common with cheap domestic value brands than quality Euro imports. At 2 dollars a bottle, this is about as cheap as beer can legally get in this province - and HOO-BOY, is that fact ever reflected in the gross, grainy, corny-sweet flavour. Skip this one and pick up a bottle of Zywiec, Tyskie or Zubr - none of which are world-beaters, but they certainly won't activate your gag reflex like this one will.

Final Grade: 2.64, a C-.

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Photo of peensteen
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale golden blonde colour, one finger white head with some lace. Smell is grassy, hops, bread and malt, cereal, quite clean. Taste is of grainy malt, cereal, bready, lightly hoppy, grassy in finish. Medium weight, good feel, carb is bang on, pretty nice. Not bad but not great, it was slightly enjoyable though. Probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

529th review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Consumed 5/30/11

App- A darker yellow with a one finger head to it, no cling.

Smell- Lager yeast was in there but not much aroma at all.

Taste- A very basic lager that was brought back from Poland by my wife's uncle. It was bad it was just I think their version of bud light but tastier

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. A lot of bubbles.

Drink- Nice to try something from overseas. I wont have again, just a bit bland. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lezajsk has an almost angelic golden complexion; the way the light spills through the window at this time of day it italicizes its flawless clarity and shimmering gloss. The way the bubbles pressed themselves against the glass from the pour it looked very soda-pop-esque; that carbonation dematerialized, however, and the head left behind is utterly pooched.

The aroma fails to earn a higher score not because of any adjunct-tint, light-struck notes, wateriness, staleness or off-putting characteristics - as is overwhelmingly the case with pale lagers - but simply because it is, by any definition, average. It smells tactfully of a familiar and commonplace bready maltiness, lightly tinged with sweet corn grain.

If you know you like pale European lager imports there's a very high probability that Lezajsk will suit your tastes just fine. It has a modestly malty flavour that leaves little to remember it by. Its slightly corny taste is gingerly sweet; considering there's no real hop presence to argue with, the beer is a sure-shot when it comes to widespread agreeableness.

I'd have preferred more flavour but appreciate the beer's relatively dense body. The Poles aren't ones to sellout the weight of their beers, not even with their pale lagers. When you've taken a sip, you know you've taken a sip (and feel it in the belly afterwords too). And good on them for not diluting it with any adjuncts either. If nothing else, it's clean.

A young me thought Lezajsk was the bee's knees of European lagers. The me with seven more years of beer drinking experience knows better. But I still do like it. And I still maintain Polish lagers deserve more credit; this is a people who are weened on lagers from the time they're at their fathers' knees. Believe me, they know a thing or two about 'em.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
2.99/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour produced a sub par head, turned to nothing within 1 minute. Color was pale/straw and super clear.

Smell didn't impress, he slightest hop aroma.

taste was average, slight bitterness, no sweetness, slight after-taste on back of tongue

mouth feel was pretty smooth, not highly carbonated, easy to drink

Not a huge fan because of that after taste but could make a good summer cookout beer with food.

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Photo of curasowa
3.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My tour of Polish beers rolls on. Pours a golden yellow color with 1 finger of head that fades quickly with some streaky lacing. The aroma is a mix of sweet malt and and some bread along with a hint of oily hops. The front end is sweet, giving way to good carbonation in the middle with some subdued bitterness on back side leading to a fast and clean finish. Body is medium and drinkability is good. A pretty standard, decent lager.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden colour with a small frothy off white head. There really isn't a whole lot of carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - breads/grains, corn syrup, pale malts, light caramel

Taste & Mouth - There beer has a pretty basic mouthfeel. It would benefit from a slight increase in carbonation. The most evident flavours are breads/grains and a light caramel sweetness. There is also some corn syrup notes and light hops. The beer finishes with a nice refreshing slightly bitter and sweet aftertaste.

Drink - An average brew.. definitely not bad; just not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
1.76/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Source/Serving: 500mL bottle with expiry date of 2/16/2011

Smell: Old sponge, musty apple, wet towels, slight nondescript hops.

Taste: Creamy artificial caramel and apple at first. Vapid bitterness, very thin watery mouthfeel, but plenty of bubbles. In no way harsh, rather its oddly creamy. Devoid of much flavor in the middle... just a touch of dry bitterness with continued caramel and a mineral edge. Finish is dry, soapy and very metallic. Quite watery and coats the tongue unpleasantly making you need another sip.

Note: A real disappointment.

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Photo of matjack85
2.44/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 5OOml brown bottle in the refrigerated beer section at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL. A best before date of 7/2O/2O1O is stamped on the back label, so this beer is actually 4 days past its prime.

The beer poured a relatively clear golden-yellow color that was more straw yellow when held to light. The beer made a 1½ finger creamy white head and it lasted a few minutes before receding to a thin white rim. There was a decent amount of lacing left behind with each sip. Not a bad looking beer.

This beer is almost odorless. A faint grassy smell is all I get. There's no bad smells here, but nothing memorable either.

There's not a lot of flavor to comment on here - mostly tastes like highly carbonated water. There may be a touch of malt and grainy sweetness, and an even fainter dose of leafy hops, but no real hop bitterness to speak of. This is mostly water.

Watery thin mouthfeel with very high carbonation.

If you like bottled water then you'll probably like this. If you're looking for flavor you'll have to look elsewhere. Easy to drink as far as no harsh flavors or noticeable alcohol, but not much flavor to enjoy.

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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager from Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 112 ratings