Lomza Pelne (Premium Beer)

I could swear that I’ve had this beer before, way before I was into craft beer. When I was in my early twenties, I lived in an area of New Jersey with a dense Polish population and beers from Poland were plentiful, “exotic” (at least to me) and cheap (the perfect combination for a thrifty twenty-something). I have no recollection of my thoughts on the beer and since my palate has changed, I thought it would be interesting to try.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Browar Łomża Brewery has been brewing since 1968. The plant was modernized in 2004 and has a capacity to brew up to 850 thousand hectolitres. Traditionally it used to brew three slightly different beers: ‘Kurpie’, ‘Wyborowe’ and ‘Export’. Later came ‘Łomża Strong’ but it was not particularly successful and has now been discontinued. In 2010 Browar Łomża came up with a new taste ‘miodowe’ (honey). After ownership changes and due to marketing campaigns, new brands such as ‘Łomża niepasteryzowane’ (unpasteurised) and ‘Łomża Export niepasteryzowane’ are gaining popularity.”

Random: I used to know a few words in Polish. The only thing I remember now is “piwo” (beer).

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and a dusky light orange color with light carbonation. The nose smelled like grain and old apples. There was also alcohol in there. The taste was incredibly sweet. It had old apple juice, corn and bread. I was shocked at the level of apple juice in it. Alcohol was incredibly prevalent and had a lot of warming on the back of the throat. The body was medium thickness and the carbonation was very light. It had a lengthy, sweet finish. A sixteen ounce bottle of this was cheap at $1.99 ($.12 per ounce). Although I appreciated the price tag, I was not impressed by this beer and I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0