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Perła Chmielowa (344 of 1001)

Rating: 2.1

The second of four Polish beers from the 1001 beers list that I managed to try when visiting Warsaw last month and only my third beer from the country that features on the list so far, the other two being Źywiec offerings. This one is a beer that I picked up on my last day in the country after finding a bottle in an Express convenience store, having been looking for any beers from the list that I could find in the city; it seems that the ones listed in the book were hard to find in pubs and bars around the city but not too difficult to pick up in shops for some reason. This particular beer is a pale lager that was first brewed way back in 1846 and is the brewery’s flagship offering but isn’t one that I’ve ever seen available in the UK, despite the fact that Polish beers are becoming increasingly available in the country so it’s one I’m glad to have picked up and checked off my list now.

Appearance (2/5): Quite a clear beer, this one was bright amber coloured with a slight orange tinge. The head was a bubbly white one that sat about half a centimetre tall initially but faded almost instantly to leave a lot of large bubbles rising to the surface; poor stuff really.
Aroma (4/10): Quite a strong and skunky nose in the early going, there was some sweetness with lots of corn and basic malts coming through alongside a few cheap adjuncts and vegetable notes. It’s definitely a basic smelling beer with some sugary notes and hay nearer the end but it wasn’t any better after the appearance sadly.
Taste (5/10): A marginal improvement on the aroma but only just, the taste kicked off with the same corn sweetness as the nose with a few sticky malts in there too before some sugars and vegetable notes featured around the middle of the beer. The usual adjuncts featured alongside some hay and lager malts but again it was basic and poor.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied and quite sweet with a very sticky feel at times. The beer was relatively smooth but with lighter than expected carbonation and quite a basic, one-dimensional feel to proceedings as well as a slightly gassy feel right at the end.

Overall (8/20): Definitely up there with the worst of the Polish beers that I’ve reviewed here so far, this one was very cheap and basic tasting with made it a hard one to work my way through. There was some early sweetness but the balance wasn’t great and too many adjuncts featured throughout as well making it one that I really struggled finishing and wouldn’t have again; I doubt it deserves a place on the 1001 beers list as well.

Brewed In: Lublin, Poland
Brewery: Perla Browary Lubelskie S.A.
Also Known As: Perła Chmielowa (Hop Pearl)
First Brewed: 1846
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Carrefour Express (Warsaw, Poland)
Price: 2.69PLN (approx. £0.54)

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  1. April 25, 2017 at 08:40

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