More Poland beers… Okocim and Zubr


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Christmas is all said and done. The tree looks like a college kid after a night of hard drinking, the fridge is filled with leftovers, the bar has been both violated of prized possessions and refilled with gifts and I, well, I feel bloated, tired and beaten. Last night’s bed time was way too late and my consumption of desserts and fine foods much too high. My alcohol consumption however was quite moderate. I have a 19 year old boy who can drink now and I have teaching by example to thank for.

Now that the madness has gone and that the kids are enjoying the presents, I can now sit behind my laptop and review some sexy beers. Sexy is a little too strong a word but it’ll do for now. Let’s just say that a generosity feeling inside me carries on. I have two more beers from Poland to review; Zubr and Okocim. If you’ve read my review on Polish beers back in November, I wasn’t too impressed with Polish beers, so when I say sexy is too strong a word, it can only mean that, despite the fact that these two new beers taste better than the last 4 I reviewed, I remain slightly disappointed with Poland’s beer choice.

Zubr

Zubr means bison. This is the second best selling beer in Poland.

LOOK: First off, cool label. Zubr poured a fizzy pale gold with generous head. The head lasted several minutes and left behind uneven lacing. 

SMELL:  Zubr smells like most adjunct beers; little malts but also lots of grain and corn.

TASTE:  Hops isn’t so present. The taste is much like the smell; lots of grain, corn sweetness, a bit of fruits and some malt.

FINISH:  It has a little amount of after taste and finishes with some sweetness. Overall, it’s not a bad beer in comparison with other Polish beers. The alcohol level is low but comes out given the lighter taste of the beer.

FEEL:  Well carbonated. A little thin.

CONTEXT: The lighter taste brought out the alcohol level but 5.6% abv is not enough for a strong beer, especially on a strong Euro lager.

Pairing: It goes well with spicier foods such as curries and Mexican. Can also accompany cheeses and

Score: 59%

Price: $2.40 for 500ml (when an imported beer sells for this little in such a format, it makes you wonder)

Beer type: Euro strong lager

Alcohol/Vol.: 5.6% Most web sites indicate a 5.8% but my bottle clearly states 5.6%)

Brewery: Browar Dojlidy Beer

Country / Region: Poland

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Okocim

LOOK:  Much like its counterparts, Okocim pours a beautiful golden color with good carbonation and a thick white head

 SMELL:  Again, much of the same, its smell consists of grain, malts, corn and the alcohol comes out a little. It has a little bit of sourness to it.

TASTE:  It’s not the best to come out of Poland. It has a decent malt taste with fruity sweetness. A little bit of hops and the alcohol comes out quite strongly.

FINISH:  It’s difficult to reach this conclusion given that finishing this beer was a bit of a challenge. It just gets bitter as you drink it and quite frankly, because it’s got a strong alcohol taste, you tend to drink it slowly the way a child picks at a plate of cauliflower, little by little. So by the end of it, it’s warmed up and only made things worst. What can I say, it left a bitter aftertaste and I didn’t enjoy it.

CONTEXT:  n/a

Pairing: Same as Zubr, goes well with spicier foods such as curries and Mexican. Can also accompany cheeses and

Score: 57.5%

Price: $2.35 for 500ml (Even less than Zubr and with a higher alcohol level)

Beer type: Euro strong lager (Pilsner)

Alcohol/Vol.: 7% Most web sites indicate a 5.8% but my bottle clearly states 5.6%)

Brewery: Okocim Brewery

Country:  Poland

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