Two unplanned things happened today which led to me trying – and reviewing this Lomza lager from Poland. One, Liz (of Brew Club Fame) brought me a six pack of beer – a tribute of sorts. And two, I had to mow the lawn!
Now we’ve all heard of the ‘lawnmower beer’ right? Its that beer that awaits you after busting out some tough yard-work. Something light, crisp, refreshing – a beer that refreshes as you soak in the fresh-cut grass aromas – and in my case, tree pollen which forced me to retreat to the air-conditioned safety of the indoors!
So, for today Lomza lager is my lawnmower beer!
Now, we’ve reviewed a few Polish beers here on The Brew Club in the past (well, Bob the Brit has) and they’ve ranged respectively from 3 to 4 stars and include the Polish pilsners Okosim and Zyweic and Lech and Tyskie.
I’m not really sure if my Lomza is a pilsner – I don’t think that it is at least from what I can gather from the label. It does, however, say that it is a ‘Premium Beer’ which to me is usually a secret code for ‘boring lager’. But let’s not pre -judge, right?
We’ve got a decent foamy white head that fizzes for a bit and offers up some faint smells of sweet malt and biscut. Nothing really stands out and especially absent is any real hop aromas. Not bad, but rather plain.
Not surprisingly, the beer is a straw-color, and otherwise looks good in the glass – remember now, I’ve just cut the grass so the beer looks pretty good to me!
The taste is maltier than I would have expected, actually I’m finding this beer to be quite refreshing. Lomza is a 6% ABV beer, but there’s barely any alcohol flavor to it. Again, I’m surprised by the malty character of this Polish lager – I was expecting something more crisp and more hoppy, although the tongue does feel a little bit of that hop bite.
Overall, the beer is an easy drinker, and it actually did hit the spot for me after cutting the grass. It isn’t anything special as far as I can tell, but for the moment it does the trick. Considering this is my first Polish lager, I don’t want to rate it too harshly for two reasons. One, I personally haven’t tried any other Polish beers to compare it to, and two, I think I’m enjoying this beer more as a result of having just cut the grass than I would have otherwise.
So, is Lomza Polish lager a good lawnmower beer? I’d say yes it is. As a matter-of-fact, I’ll be having another just as soon as I finish this post! On the other hand, while better than almost any domestic macro lager I can think of, it isn’t a beer I’d likely buy again for myself. Still, if Liz feels like bringing more in for me, I’ll gladly accept it!
What do you think? Can cutting the grass make any beer taste better?