Bock beers ands Polish strong lagers

OMH member Oscar had brought back a big load of Polish beers from Warsaw. It seems like for every tim ewe try Polish beers they have improved, gotten cleaner more flawless , and also more flvourful and interesting. The stronger lagers used to be very sweet and with strong alcohol taste, but the ones we tries here, like the various beer from Jablonowo were all credible bock like beers with indivdual character. The best of overall rating of the Polish beers was received by the smooth, very drinkable golden Kopernik Mocne 14,5% from Browar Amber in Bielkowo. A peculiarthing was the Belfast Strong Irish Style Stout, which despite it's name was a strong dark lager in the Baltic porter style.

We had also received a bunch of beers from our friend Don Bilbe in the US, and it was among these we found the winner of the night: Nor'wester Smith Rock Bock, an excellent example of a good bock beer.

Nearly all beers at the bottom of this list are Swedish low alcohol brands we rated to make up the numbers.

Beers rated September 2000
78Nor'wester Smith Rock BockUSA4,194-5-4+443+5-4+ Lager, Bock
199Midnight Sun Kodiak BrownUSA3,964+44+44433 Ale, British style
505Spaten MünchenGermany3,552+3+44+4- 345,2%Lager, Light
538Orchard Street Stock AleUSA3,512+3+444+2+43+ Ale, British style
584Kopernik Mocne 14,5%Poland3,4743+3+3+3+ 3+3+7,0%Lager, Bock
622Belfast Strong Irish Style StoutPoland3,424-3+3+3+4-3+4-3-7,8%Porter/Stout
701Saxer Dark BockUSA3,363+334-234+5- Lager, Bock
844Thomas Kemper Bad Goat BockUSA3,26 43-4+1443+ Lager, Bock
864Zloty Król Piwo JasnePoland3,243+44-4-2+ 3-36,0%Lager, Light
896Jablonowo Jasne Mocne 16ºPoland3,214-43+33-3+33-7,0%Lager, Bock
990Jablonowo 23ºPoland3,14344-3-2+3+3+39,5%Lager, Bock
995Królewskie Piwo JasnePoland3,143-3-3+3+3 3+4-6,0%Lager, Light
1049Kasztelan Jasne PelnePoland3,094-3+3+2+33-3+36,2%Lager, Bock
1117Jablonowo Bardzo Mocne 21ºPoland3,043+4+3+2+2+3+2+3+8.1%Lager, Bock
1230Fredrik eller Håkans Persikoale, homebrewSweden2,97324-3+4+24-1 Special
1270Fish Tale Amber AleUSA2,9542-22+33-44 Ale, British style
1274Mocny Król Piwo JasnePoland2,952+34412+347,8%Lager, Bock
1316Kopernik 11%Poland2,913-2+4-32+ 3-4-5,5%Lager, Light
1371Kasztelan MocnePoland2,8644+3222+2+3+7,8%Lager, Bock
1561Yards India Pale AleUSA2,702-3-33+2+3428,0%Ale, British style
1770DAB MellanölGermany2,533+2331+ 2-3+4,5%Lager, Light
1821Alfa Hellenic LagerGreece2,482-2+3+3-2+ 3-3-5,0%Lager, Light
1823Old Eskil Ale 3,5Sweden2,482-333-2 3-33,5%Ale, German style
1871Munkbo Kristall 3,5Sweden2,4333-32+222+2+3,5%Wheat beer
2218Banco Guld 3,5Sweden2,0522+232- 2+2-3,5%Lager, Light
2229Falcon Cold 5,0Sweden2,052+3-122+2+3-2+5,0%Lager, Light
2288Wiking Piwo Jasne PelnePoland1,962222-3- 2+2-5,5%Lager, Light
2545Falcon Cold 3,5Sweden1,4822112-22+1+3,5%Lager, Light
2653Erdinger Weissbier AlkoholfreiGermany1,091+2-2-1+2-0+110,0%Wheat beer
Rated by: Johan Zetterlund, Lars Berggren, Per Samuelsson, Lars Samuelsson, Cecilia Gårdebäck,Fredrik Huldt, Anna Hultén and Oscar Hansson

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Updated 2000-10-16 Per Samuelsson