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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Photo of cagocubs
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +3.5%
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 -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 evlu1441
2.61/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -9.4%
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 -8.3%
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 +5.2%
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 -6.9%
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 +10.4%
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 +3.8%
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 +16.7%
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 spinrsx
3/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -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 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 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 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 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 mrmanning
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LCBO from the bottle- Sparkling gold body with a frothy white head. Grass, some bread, and malt in the nose. Sweet hay/pale malt flavour with a mild hop bitterness to round things out.Simple and refreshing. Seems a bit too sweet overall though. Good.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of Getinthevan
2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this stuff recently and to say the least, its not really fitting whatsoever as a lager.

Appearance is very amber/pallid yellow with absolutely not head whatsoever. Very thin and watery in texture and no carbonation at all. This looks like a very flat beer.

Smell is nonexistent. Maybe some faint whiffs of corn but there's no strong aroma at all with this stuff.

Taste seems underdeveloped and unfinished. While it does have a decent bitter center, it has a metallica taste overall with an unnecessary aftertaste. This is pretty average.

Mouthfeel is watery, thin and nonexistent. All the flavor that this beer provided quickly disappeared. Nothing interesting here.

Drinkability is pretty eh. It's not really a great beer to dive into, but they are cheap. If you're looking for something foreign and cheap, then this is a decent brew, but that's about it.

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Lezajsk 1525 Legendary Premium Lager from Zakłady Piwowarskie w Leżajsku S.A.
2.88 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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