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.
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.