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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager | Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.

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Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-29-2002

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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of daskipper
4.25/5  rDev +47.6%

Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of rousee
3.99/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold straw color. Leaves a small head with good continual carbonation. No lace to speak of.
Smell is bready and malty--slight grass elements also. Seems right on for style.
Taste is a good smooth maltiness followed by just a hint of grassy herbal slightly skunky hops. Very subtle and pretty nice.
A little flat on the mouthfeel.
Very smooth, mild flavored, and easy to drink.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.94/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these amongst other Polish lagers that were available.

This poured a very average looking pale yellow with a minimal head. Smell is clean, grassy and sweet. These notes are carried into the flavor, slightly sweet, some malt and hops in the finish. Quite smooth actually which is a nice change of pace from the standard Euro lager, Also very quite drinkable.

I'll likely have this one again, it was pretty good.

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Photo of putnam
3.77/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm drinking this from a Riedel Sommelier Rheingau glass. Don't ask me why. It has a nice crispy white top that lasts. Floral and cereal aromas emerge from the the art-glass tulip while it beams enlightened yellow clarity. If you're a little perturbed by the phony, hop-extrakt flavored Euro lagers that predominate in North America (and that's almost every well-known brand-name lager from Europe) then you might want to give this a try. It doesn't seem like this was manipulated to breathe minty, citrus aromas at me the minute the lid was pried off. In that way it resembles the balance of a Biere de Garde like Castelain or Jenlain. Doughy, rich texture is sharpened by decisive bitterness that lingers. Maybe the bitterness is a little too vegetal or too austere to be charming. Low acid. Jumpy, frothy mousse. This is a good cold drink that can be finished even after it warms up as it inevitably will in weather like this.

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Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half white foamy pillowy head. There was very good retention and a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell featured a pronounced lemony and floral hop aroma.

The flavor was crisp and citrusy. An excellent light hop profile stacked atop a solid light malt body. Very clean tatsing.

The mouthfeel was light and clean. Good carbonation.

Overall, a nice light pale lager. A nice change of pace from the green bottle imports. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of decimator
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 2cm head. Head didn't last long and a bit of lacing is left behind.

S - Nice sweet malts with a bit of grass.

T - Mostly sweet malts with a bitter hop finish. Good balance tilting on the sweeter side.

M - Good carbonation. Feels a bit creamy with a clean finish.

D - Satisfying drink. Good Lager.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkability - This is another easy drinking Euro lager that can be considered as just another standard patio refresher or lawn mowing beer in the summer.

Appearance - clear straw yellow-gold with a head that recedes to a medium layer and some good lacing. Later the head disappears to a thin ring.

Smell - a very clean lager with some sweet malt balanced with mild hops. Nothing much to describe.

Taste - another average and typical easy drinking Euro lager. Well balanced but not too sweet to start and not too dry or bitter in the clean finish. Low in malt and low-medium in hop levels. Nothing great, nothing bad.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slightly creamy. Carbonation is held well.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a nice clear amber, not much of a head. The strong, inviting, malty aroma reached my nose - which is not all that sensitive - even before I had the bottle cap completely off. Flavor is entirely malty, with smoky undertones and just a snip of bitterness. It has a nice tingly finish and is quite satisfying.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.54/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful head that lasted a little while, had a light yellow colour with ever-so-little amber to it. Smell was very floral with a hint of something sweet (and not floral) coming through.

Taste was bitter at first with some metal, and then a little bit of sweet. Mouthfeel was extremely robust and it was very carbonated, as people have mentioned. Lots of hops, a slight alcohol overtone from the slightly higher ABV, not bad. I also note the bubblegum, but I wrote down sweetgum. I find the floral and sweet combination a little unwanted, personally.

Overall, I find this beer good (especially after having a Tusker...) and refreshing, but lacking something to really give it a memorable character. I can't say that this would convince me to make another purchase.

Note: In Ontario, Canada this was sold as Lezajsk Premium Polonia A.D. 1525 and had ABV of 5.7%.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This floral Polish lager delivers a crystal-clear, straw-gold body beneath a foamy bright-white head that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar and minimal surface covering. Some rings of lace remain from the first several sips; but only minor, spotty lace is left towards the end of the serving. The nose displays some lightly grainy malt that's doused in floral and herbal hops. The body is light and crisp in the mouth with a very fine but moderate carbonation. The flavor starts with some initial malt sweetness that's immediately surrounded by a floral hop character that engulfs the palate. A solid bitterness lies beneath, and ushers it to a drying conclusion that's adorned with lingering floral hops.

This beer has been improved greatly since I originally wrote my last review, and I'm stunned at the turn-around. What was once a thumbs-dwon is now a thumbs-up! Try it!

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fairly malty, a bit sweet. Taste is sweet, malts, quite refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a medium yellow color with some sparkle and a 1/2 inch head of white foam. Aroma of corn, malt and sweet pancake batter. Taste is mild and mellow; malt, light hops, bread, cake, some grain. Mouthfeel was acceptable, nothing special. Similar to most American Macros. Drinkability is average. Nothing too special here.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first truly imported Polish brew. Very hay-gold colour, with white lace running up the bottle. Strong smell at first, which the nose gets used too. Pleasant aroma after that first punch. Good taste. Though didn't say on the bottle, I'm assuming this is a dry beer. Medium bitterness. Powerful hop taste, little malt, no acidity detected. Because I thought it dry, I wouldn't drink another straight afterwards. A good beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale staw yellow with a slight orange hue and moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet malt and oranges on nose that is very fruity.

T: Big sweet oranges for flavor, very citrusy, and fairly clean. Fruity, with some mangos, oranges, and honey and finishes with a slight malt touch. Some herbal hopping.

M: a tad thin at first but leaves a good malt lacing in the finish with some oranges.

D: Pretty impressive attempt from Poland, overall beer is fruity, with some honey sweetness and is thirst quenching making it drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A typical Eastern-European style bottle presentation here: 500ml, with a white, gold and blue label. The back tells a little about the beer and its tradition in the town of Lezajsk, Poland. A good but fast-disappearing head appears bright white atop the extremely clear honey-coloured liquid. Minimal lacing, and the head soon became patchy. Be prepared for the aroma: this is NOT what I was expecting. Instead of some continental hoppiness and caramel malting, there is a huge hit of sugar, more akin to sweet Belgians. Sweet, like white sugar, almost Belgian tripel-style. This MUST have some sugar added to it. Seriously, the aroma actually has Duvel and Corsendonk notes to it. This is a little out of style, but the aroma is actually very good if style is disregarded. This is a very fresh bottle too, so I know there are little to no off aromas here. As the beer warms a little more, other smells come out: sweet honey, a nutty/caramel note, a little hay-like hopping, and very sugary malting. The saccharine sweetness really dominates the aroma though. Very resinous and honey-like. I like it--it is very unique for the style, and quite mouth-watering too. The taste is very metallic, with hints of honey and white sugar. Very similar to the aroma in that the sweetness is predominant. In the finish I get the metallic/extremely-salty taste I get from Orval. And THAT is what I could not put my finger on in the aroma: there is an extremely salty side to this beer. You can almost feel the salinity on your teeth and in the corners of your mouth. Only minimal malts can be detected, and the hops add some definite dryness, but mostly the sweet and salty flavours overpower everything. Very strong hard-water tastes. Not overly complex beyond that. The mouthfeel is medium, with low carbonation and a medium body. A fairly drinkable pale lager, but very different from its counterparts. This is NOT what I expected, but I suppose as a brewer's interpretation, this is still a good quencher, and very quirky. Probably the sweetest pale lager I have ever had. Worth a try? Absolutely.

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Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New one in town. I was assured that it was "fresh" and "actually, not too bad" by someone I trust.
Plus, "Lezajsk" would be a Scrabble-lover's dream if proper names were legal.

Pours gold with tornadic streams of carbonation feeding a modest white crown.
Nose is mostly absent, but traces of minerals and toffeed apples are faintly visible when inhaled deeply.
Certainly not a juggernaut of flavor....but also not a juggernaut of off-flavor either (as old / poorly handled lagers from this region often are). There's a minor toasty component up front, fading gradually to apple and caramel sweetness. Hints at maibock. Grainier as it rides out, with traces of minerals, but otherwise soft. A underlying sweetness hints at some sort of adjunct, but its not intrusive. Not much hopping for conclusion, but traces of leafy bitterness are there.
Light-bodied, inching towards medium. Well-carbonated without being gassy.
If the hopping (or anything) was bolstered, this might be of some distinction. As is, it's thoroughly mundane, but generally pleasant.

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Photo of curasowa
3.36/5  rDev +16.7%
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 jettjon
3.36/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle dated “best by 7/31/07.” 5.5% ABV listed. Into a pint glass a golden clear without bubbles. Big head of thick what foam that fades slowly leaving heavy lacing. Good looking brew. Not a whole lot on the nose, just slight malt and light hops. Tastes of sweet malt and a twinge of piney hops as well as a rosy floral flavor that altogether is quite pleasant. Mouth is a bit thin, though nicely carbonated, wet, and slick. Drinkability is good overall; it’s a tasty, smooth and enjoyable brew.

Overall: An enjoyable brew that won’t light any fires but is sure to enjoyable quench your thirst. Worth a try.

EDIT 4/30/07: Apparently this beer was changed. The older reviews reflect what seems to be a nearly entirely different beer. Make sure that you sample one that has a freshness date of > 2006.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a few bottles of some Polish stuff in Chicago, so I decided to make this a bit of a "theme night" and try a couple of brews from the country that IMO is the undiscovered and under appreciated home of some very fine brews.

A - This is a dark-yellow brew with a slight brown cast too it... like dark "first morning void" urine. The small but persistent head leaves a nice amount of crusty lace on the glass.

S - This smells malty and sweet with a hint of spicy hops. Given the style, this baby is spot on in terms of "it is what it is" accuracy.

T - Nicely malted with a hint of crisp spicy hops, this is definitely a malt-forward brew that is much sweeter than others of the style.

M - Meaty and stew-like, this is not quite full bodied but it is definitely light years from the usual light body of a "Euro Lager".

D - This is pretty good stuff, even if it is a little forgettable.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow gold with a Damn near bionic head of white fluff! head receded but the lacing stayed and dried to a white powder when scraped with my fingernail! On smell alone I was thinking of American light beers. Thankfully, I was deceived. Taste was sort of veggie with a bitter kick in the finish that surprised me. Light bodied and effervescent. Not really my style but it was a good experience.

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Photo of jackndan
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lezajsk: The aroma is very impressive right out of the bottle. Clear reddish golden beer with very little head. The taste is very nice, surprisingly so, in fact this is a very nice beer. Dry, crisp, clean, hoppy. I’ve said it before on this site, eastern European beers are well worth the price.

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Photo of WesWes
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean, crisp pale malt scent along with a slightly fruity lager yeast aroma. It seems sweet and malty. The taste is average. It has a mildly sweet pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. It has a clean bite, but it lacks any significant malt taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent Euro lager. It has good aroma and an average taste. It drinks well despite it's lack of malt character. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm going to enjoy this one.

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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager from Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.
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