Sunday, November 4, 2012

Okocim O.K. Beer

I think the style of beer I dislike the most would have to be the European pale lager. For a beer of this style to NOT get a thumbs down from me is quite an accomplishment. That’s how I feel about Okocim O.K. Beer - it’s not bad but it’s not really good either. It is, as its name states, simply okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (748) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2012
I poured a 500ml can into a lager glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow to gold color; crystal clear; plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a large, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: A typical lager aroma for sure, but absolutely nothing off-putting.

Taste: Okocim O.K. Beer stands out in how bad it is not. Instead of having any sour qualities or obvious adjunct flavors, the palate here is clean and neutral. I’ll chalk this up to the fact it’s in a can rather than a bottle so it’s probably better preserved than most European macro lagers are by the time they reach my beer store.

As far as actual taste description there isn’t much to say. It’s clean and mild in every aspect. No generic lager taste, no boiled corn water flavor, no apparent rice sweetness. It’s comparable to Schlitz or PBR, but cleaner tasting. If there were some sweetness in here it’d actually garner a thumbs up from me (see: Trader Joe’s Nametag Lager). As it is it’s inoffensive, but not worthy of a true recommendation.

Drinkability: I have no idea what summers are like in Poland, but if I were there and it was hot out I could definitely see myself kicking back a few cans of this to beat the heat. The mouthfeel is thin and wet with a watery texture. There’s enough carbonation to make it crisp, but it’s not spastic and out of control. Drank cold it’s definitely refreshing and easy to slug down. The body seems a little lighter than the 5.6% ABV would indicate, but I doubt anyone would have any problem getting through a can or two.
 Grade: 5/10