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

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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium LagerLezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager

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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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Photo of Todd
1.65/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Tappered 0.5l brown bottle. No freshness date. On the back label: "In 1525 the Polish king Sigmun the Old granted the exclusive beer brewing rights to Lezajsk Brewers. The law was not a royal whim. It was a token of respect for the mastery of Lezajsk Brewers. A true flavor of the legend of Lezajsk 1525."

Appearance: Pours a pretty pale straw golen beer with big carbonation bubble and a big white foam head that quickly settles to a weak transparent lace.

Smell: Musty grain and faint herbal in the aroma. Veggie-ish.

Taste: Smooth and very light bodied with a near watery consistency. Malt sweetness is more veggie sweet, with an odd corn flavour. Grain flavours are very tannic, semi-astringent and unpleasant on the palate. Light herbal hop spice flavour that tries to save the beer, but fails leaving behind a light floral flavour tucked beneath, and eventually aiding to, the "malt" mess. Finish is dry, bitty, full of tannins with strong -- near overwhelming -- metallic and mineral flavours on the edges.

Notes: By far one of the worst pils lagers that I've tasted out of Europe. Adjunct City, baby. Save your money. Steer clear of this beer.

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Photo of packetknife
1.74/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this in Rzeszów and after being 'sold' on it by the locals I was quite excited. Lesson learned, don't trust locals on any of their beers, ever, anywhere, period. Nice dark yellow with lots of bubbles, bleach white head that held and overflowed at first. Had a rather plain wheat bread smell to it. It was served in a iced mug, so after you get over the crispness you can taste the malts that quickly give was to something bitter that realy ruined it for me. I can't quite place it but all the others at the table were enjoying it so I'm guessing it wasn't going bad. And after the crispness wore off the feel in the mouth was like sucking on a battery, just not pleasant. Won't try again, not matter how many people try to tell me the story of the brewery's age and founding.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
1.76/5  rDev -38.9%
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 Jason
1.86/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The white lace creeps up the glass and sticks where it can. Shimmering weathered golden hue.

Powdery hay malt aroma with an ample amount of leaf hop for the nose to take in.

Metallic graininess off of a carbonate like carbonation, ouch what a bite! After that subsides the flavour is decimated and does not come back other than a sweetness that lingers into the after taste.

Astringent almost to the point of being undrinkable. I’ll pass on this one, there are other Euro lagers that are much better than this one.

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Photo of traumaqueen
2/5  rDev -30.6%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

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2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of RyanBelle
2.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This is not a great beer. I would not buy it again. The taste is very flat and it doesnt expire for another 7.5 months. It lacks character and any sort of carbonation. The one upside being that it's 5.5% alcohol so it "works" if you know what I mean ;).

A - Straw yellow. Standard for a Euro Macro Lager.

S - Standard slightly skunky Euro Macro Lager smell.

T - Well, it's drinkable, but just barely. It lacks carbonation, and if it had more, it would be an OK beer. It also lacks taste, it tastes like nothing. The flavor profile is minimal. No malt taste or hops to speak of, I'm only getting the water portion of the 4 ingredients that made this...which can be good if you're on a mission to drink!

M - I can't feel it in my mouth, it's basically water.

D - I'd rate it higher if it wasn't so flat tasting. Sure you can drink a bunch, but this may be the most boring beer I have tasted from Poland yet. Their other beers are good though and have carbonation, amazingly. You just don't feel the need to have more than a sip of this kind of beer. It's really that boring to drink.

So to wrap up...avoid.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear light amber color, with a thick white fizzy head that quickly disappears into nothing, literally. The carbonation looks to be big and bubbly. There is no lacing and the body appears to be on the thin side.

S- Faint grainy aromas along with some skunked smell dominate this beer. The smell is very mild, like it's brewed predominately with corn or rice. I don't smell really anything in terms of hop bitterness. Just a clean, mild and slightly sweet aroma. Not much else to say here.

T- There is a metallic flavor that I tasted right away, followed by a blandish sweet corn malt. There is some faint hop bitterness on the finish, and the aftertaste is tinny and grainy. Not a very tasty beer, but it tastes just slightly better than it smells.

M- This has a watery body....very thin. The carbonation is big and the zing on the palate is very noticeable. The only thing positive I can say is that the fizz and bland flavors make this a refreshing beer to drink.

D- Even though I feel this a refreshing beer, I wouldn't spend the money to buy this again. I put this beer just a notch above a light American Macro, like Coors Light. Its virtually flavorless, has virtually no body and is very fizzy. It would be easy to drink on a hot day after mowing the lawn but that's it. I don't recommend this one.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.16/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle poured into pint glass july20 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S corn syrup and a little skunk

T not much improvement in flavor almost tastes like a mouthful of pennies

M fairly thin but well carbonated pretty average in this department

D not so great flavor is never a good thing, I doubt I'll drink this again

I've had a number of Polish lagers recently and this may be the first one I wouldn't drink again

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Photo of jwc215
2.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle - best before 7/31/07

Pours golden yellow with a large white head. The head descends to a lasting cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of grass with a chemical-like, sulfurish sweetness.

The taste is of sweet grain and hints of sour apple. Chemicalish. A slight hint of oily cedar in the finish. Hints of alcohol notes come through - more than expected for a 5.5% abv.

It has some watery thinness, though it doesn't fall apart. The drawback of the feel is the carbonation, which is a bit too much. Rather slick.

I'll pass on this in the future. A bland Euro-lager that has too much sulfur going on, and to annoyingly astringent to make it passable.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw golden color with very little foam. The aroma is light, but malty. After beer began to warm other odd scents developed, reminds me of cow feed or maybe an old granary. Palate is light. The flavors are pale malt with a twist of corn. The finish is dry with only a hint of bitterness. As the temperature increases the flavors become more unpleasant and still more unpleasant. Keep it ice cold and drink fast.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Derranged
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
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 necoadam
2.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lezajsk is a city in Poland, well quite honestly it's a village I believe. It poured out a clear golden color with lots of carbonation that clinged out to the glass after I finished this beer. Smell? Not really much in this thing. Some sweet malts and grain in there, but that's about it. Taste was kinda hallow. Not much doing here. There's better Polish brews out there, just gotta find the right one out there. But I would take this beer any day over any macro out there. That's for sure.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
2.33/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was poured from a 500ML bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Well it started off pretty well. Nice looking deep yellow in color with a two finger white head that fell away fairly quickly.

The smell is of sour grains a bit malty.

The taste is a bit unfortunate I felt. Everything is so subtle - a little bit malty some hos on the end but faint and it leaves me with the feeling of nothingness.

The mouthfeel is below average. It is too carbonated in regards to the prickle of the bubbles. That makes it distracting to me. The body is light.

This is a below average version of a style that is not considered the most exciting. I look for nuance here and I am not finding that at all. I'll move on.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.37/5  rDev -17.7%
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 ThatWineGuy
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Exp 02-08-08. Poured pale golden with low carbonation and not much head but a thin ring with a bit of lacing. Mild grassy aroma, soda biscuits. I found the taste had a lemon-lime presence, a bit sour, bitter mouthfeel, dry finish. Nothing in particular distinguished this from other euro lagers but it wasn't a bad example either of a style that has its applications.

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Photo of matjack85
2.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of CanuckRover
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw. Snow white head puffs up quickly but fades to... nothing, pretty quickly. Not even a film. No lacings whatsoever.

Unappetizing vegetable sweetness in the aroma.

Not much taste at all. Slightly sweet grainy base... almost apple-like. Little bit of grain alcohol to finish things off.

Not great, even as eastern european lagers go.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.45/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If it's such a legendary lager, then why haven't I heard of it?

Appearance: Clear gold, small head, verys tandard.

Smell: What smell? A little light malt and metallic flavor is about it.

Taste: Very indescript. Light flavors, a little hop bitterness. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: This is very average, so average and inoffensive, that it is quite boring and skipable.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first thing you notice about this beer is the smell...it hit me hard, it hit me fast...oddly it disappeared!! This sample as imported into Canada stands at 5.7 ABV and not the 5.5% listed here.
Colouring is a darker gold with limited head. Taste is just OK. Nothing special, almost hollow yet well balanced.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of diabecktic
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The head both forms and dissipates very quickly. What starts off as ~3 fingers of thickness quickly becomes less than ~1 finger deep. The beer itself is a translucent shade of pale gold with something resembling copper giving it a "darker" tint. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

I detect a lot of corn graininess, a fair bit of something metallic, and a hint of floral tones. It's a very sharp aroma that does not seem like it would be very palatable. Seems more like an American adjunct lager to me.

The taste matches the nose pretty well. Rather than expected hoppiness, I detect mainly a metallic, corny grain taste. The beer seems to be more balanced towards the malty side of the spectrum. However, it's not very good; there isn't much to say about a rather "cheap" flavor.

This beer is quite crisp, but rough on the tongue in the aftertaste portion. It's not so much a sharp bitterness as it is a product of the metallic character. Unlike most beers, this one doesn't taste any better as it warms.

I think that this beer is fairly thick for its style. Thus, I would rate the body as medium rather than the expected light or medium-light. You could pound these if you choose, but serve them very cold to do so.

I picked up 0.5 L of this brew for ~$1.50 at a local liquor store. Needless to say, you get what you pay for; it's a very "cheap" beer in terms of both cost and quality. I wasn't expecting much, but it really isn't even remniscient of the style it's supposed to be. Only drink these if you plan on serving them very cold. It's better than your standard Busch, Keystone, etc., but I wouldn't start drinking these until I've had 4 - 6 "good" beers. Still - beer IS beer...

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2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a huge bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak malt with minimal skunk, which is reassuring. Taste of semi-sweet malt with a clear subtle bitter finish. Body is about average for style. Not bad considering I had lot worst but nothing great either.

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