Monday, May 2, 2011

Zywiec Group's Lezajsk Pale Lager

This is Lezajsk (pronounced: LAZER-jack) and is one of the breweries in the Zywiec Group, now owned by Heineken. This pale lager was named for the district in Poland, Lezajsk (which itself was named from its most popular resident, Pat Sajak, or Lezajsk in Polish). The 1525 date signifies that back in 1525 the king of Poland at the time,Pat Sajak's brother, Sigismund I the old (not made up) said it'd be rad if the district of Lezajsk has the exclusive brewer to the crown. The brewery today was established in 1978 when Led Zeppelin began recording "In Through the Out Door", though completely unrelated. This beer is pretty cool because the label on the neck says "Browar" which I can only assume is a bunch of guys with graphic t-shirt smothering each other into oblivion with hair gel.

The smell is light and not overbearing at all, like most European Pale Lagers. It has a nice crisp taste with a mild, delicate aftertaste; not bitter. It's pretty drinkable, but I couldn't see knocking back more than three of these in one sitting. I mean I definitely "could" but I mean, I'd probably get a little bored with it. I picked this 500mL bottle up for three bucks so it's not the cheapest beer in the world but has a crisp, refreshing taste and a ABV of 5.5% which is about half a percent higher than most European lagers, however, slightly below average than other Polish breweries. But man, like, can you remember when you used to drink Beast Ice and that taste horrible and only had 5.9% ABV? Progress; gotta love it!

But you can find better polish beers that are stronger and cheaper. Not a bad beer though.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste : 5/10
Value: 5/10
Curb Appeal: 4/10

Overall: 4.8/10

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