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Warka Strong - Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browary Warka Sp. z o.o. visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 06-08-2005)
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Reviews by hopman333:
Photo of hopman333
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I live in a polish neighborhood in chicago so I try alot of polish beers. This one is a real treat.

The appearance is that of a rich lager ( a bronze / golden hue), very clear.

The smell is well , kind of like Bailey's irish cream, in a good way. Lot's of specialty malt indeed. think of Munich malt with a dash of whiskey.

The taste start's out bitter on the tounge and then upon the swallow the malt seem's to unravel itself to reveal a firm bock like character. Very nice and not too sweet and never cloying. A slightly nutty / fruity character with a slight hint of vanilla to round out the flavor, maybe a touch of mollasses as well. Carbonation is perfect.

This is one helluva beer. Wish I would have tried it sooner. By far one of the best polish brew's I've ever locked my lip's onto. A must try for bock lover's. My bottles said best by 6/ 2008 so I know it's fresh. Very very good. Dont pass this one up

hopman333, Jan 10, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lately I have been induging in a variety of Polish beers that are readily available in the Buffalo area and I have to say for the most part I have been pleasantly suprised.This poured a beep clear golden with a quick to form and quick to fade 1/2 finger white head,somewhat sweet and toasty in the nose a little caramel and hints of alchol even more so as it warms.Nice full mouthfeel it even seems to coat the mouth a little starts out with some caramel sweetness over top of some toasty grain the alcohol seems to stay in check there is a subtle peppery spic in the finish wich caps it off quite well.Being of Polish dissent its great to try the different beers from there many of wich people have no idea about.

oberon, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Homebrew35
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an average one and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head. Ton's of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Dark amber in color. Looks good for a low cost euro lager.
Smell is sweet sticky carmel malts, lager yeastyness, juicy white fruits( white grape and pear). Not bad overall but not great in the smell dept.
Tastes sweet and carmely right away. Some grainy malts, typical lager yeast breadyness. Not much else. A touch of lingering hop bitterness. A bit on the sweet side but still enjoyable.
Medium high carbonation, thin bodied, a bit coating and sticky on the finish.
Overall this is a good beer for the price and will get this again when needed. $1.80 for a 500ml single.

Homebrew35, May 26, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept passing this one up at the LCBO, I'm not sure why. Figured some good strong beers would help me through this damned snowstorm.

Pours a dark golden, almost amber hue, with about 1/3 inch of white head. A few scattered flakes of lacing, and a thin head survived the first few minutes. Not bad.

The smell is malty and sweet, with a note of butterscotch or caramel.

The taste is flavorful and surprisingly smooth for a 7%er. Malty with a bit of dark fruit, licorice and caramel. Filling and rich, but almost too sweet for my tastes. A slight tin flavour to the finish, but other than that a solid brew.

One of the better Polish beers I've encountered at the LCBO. Nothing to get too excited about, but still a fine effort. I'll probably pick up another bottle or two to get me through this wintry week...

JohnnyBarman, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of primevil2
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

primevil2, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First off, the picture of the beer should be changed because it has long since changed to a new label. I saw Warka Strong at work, Wines Unlimited of Stratford CT, and noticed many of our European and especially Polish customers would purchase this item like hot cakes. While many of our other imports would be at a stand still this beer remained supreme. This encouraged me to at least try it, of course. When I first drank this beer I was very impressed by how smooth it was for a beer at 7%. It was a light amber color, plentiful taste of semi sweet characteristics that weren't overwhelming. Warka Strong is a delicious beer, and has a nice firm but subtle finish that doesn't linger a nasty hop-full mouth. After having this beer, I researched it, and have gathered the following: Warka Strong is a Polish Beer, from Zywiec Group, also available in a lower AVB, and is paired well with Polish pastries that include blueberries, and also buttered toasts. However, the beer is good by itself. Nothing to scream about, but impressive. This beer is available to our store through a small distributor called Amtec, in Fairfield County in Connecticut that has an all Polish Beer portfolio.

StevenBilodeau, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of JohnW
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The labelling on the can is confusing, unless this Browary Warka has been taken over by Zywiec Brewery Group recently?

The can says 'Warka 1478 Strong' 6.5% alc and below Dwuslodowy (whatever that means!) but labeling at the side says 'Grupa Zywiec'

Beer poured bronze coloured, and a lively head to start, which quickly disappeared. Aroma mainly of sweet malts, slightly roasted and fruity. The flavours matched this, initially fairly sweet, with hints of dried fruit and caramel - just a little bite at the back from the 6.5% alc, and a rounded smooth texture, though no real hop flavours. I thought this an enjoyable drink - especially at the price - and whilst not great on character or depth, a decent beer to savour. Not a session beer for me, but would certainly enjoy it again.

JohnW
B'ham UK Dec 2010

JohnW, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a crystal clear light copper hue with a few big bubbles popping of the base to support a light beige head that is gone before the first sip.
S- The slightly sweet honey malt aroma has some graham notes that come through as the beer warms followed by some pale malt notes. There is a faint toffee or toasted note in the finish.
T- The light flavor of pale malt has a touch of sweetness followed by a flat watery taste in the finish with just a bit of honey malt sweetness coming through as the beer warms.
M- The light mouthfeel has a soft fizzy finish with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice character in the aroma but no follow through in the flavor. The sweetness is almost syrupy with out much support.

rhoadsrage, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of SetarconeX
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty ordinary looking beer, doesn't froth up too much, with a clear gold-with-a-touch-of-red hue to it. Astringent malts on the nose, not bad, but not all that great either.

It actually tastes pretty good. A lot of grains in the flavor, with a bit of astringency the only hint of this beer's rather high alcohol content. Tastes like a liquid bowl of raisin bran, sans raisins. Probably a little too quaffable considering the 7%, so be careful with this one.

I like this beer. Give it a try.

SetarconeX, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of zjungleist
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice, rich amber color and a reasonable white head. Smell is pretty basic, malts and slight hops. The taste however threw me a big curve ball. My first three sips tasted straght up like vodka, and it's not as if I'm not accustomed to drinking 10%+ brews. Thankfully the harsh flavor faded. Other than that, a basic, malty, strong lager with poorly masked alcohol. Mouthfeel was pretty average for the style, well cabonated and slightly slick. But personaly, I can't say this was much better than average.

zjungleist, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, 6.5% ABV. "Beer Unique Taste" - all righty then. Strong like bull, no?

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, puffy, and latently bubbly white head, which settles slowly, leaving some more or less consistent water spout lace around the glass.

It smells of warm bready cereals, grainy pale and caramel malt, a touch of dried honey, mild leafy and grassy noble hops, and a suggestion of hot alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a slight buttered toastiness, ethereal field honey, soft weedy, earthy hops, and a hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly understated, just a wee frothiness flitting about, the body so-so smooth, a bit slick, warm, and sporting a heady medium weight. It finishes off-dry, the sweet, bready, and somewhat caramelized graininess lazily lingering.

While just a wee bit one-sided, this is an enjoyable and drinkable enough strong Euro lager, without any of the bitter edge or skunkiness I've come to expect from its forebears around here. The alcohol that begets the 'strong' denomination is noticeable, sure, but pretty well integrated, for the most part.

biboergosum, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of BrewMaven
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local market is selling assorted Polish beers at 3 for $5. This one poured a clear orange/amber with a foamy white head that receded to a cover after a few minutes and left some lace.

Malty and full flavored. Finished with a hint of alcohol. I couldn't detect any hops here.

Not a thin bodied beer, this one has some viscosity and is not overcarbonated.

The bottle I had just said Warka Beer and had an ABV of 7% so I would assume this was the "strong" one. Good stuff, Poland has some tasty beers!

BrewMaven, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of nicnut45
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- A deep yellow brown color pours about a fingers worth of head and settles into a nice lacing. The color is beauitful and the head looks nice sitting on top of the glass.

Aroma- A faint malty aroma. I have to keep agitating the glass just to get a whiff. It has your typical German lager smells but it is very faint. A suttle fruity aroma is present as well.

Taste- The hops in this brew is very suttle and I find it mostly dominated by sweet malts. The taste is very sweet and reminds me of apple cider. This becomes all the more appearant as the brew warms up. Not my cup of tea but for the style I guess its close to or right on.

Mouthfeel- I cant say there is anything offensive about the mouthfeel. Its cold and wet goes down smooth.

Drink- I wont buy it again. I guess if you want a high alcohol sweet tasting lager, go for it.

nicnut45, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honeyish colour with fast dissapearing head. No aroma. Taste was a bit of malt, a bit of bitter. A drop of fruit and spice. Neutral mouthfeel, slightly grainy. I would like more malt, and yet not all that bitter. Not too drinkable. There are a lot better Polish beers about.

Sammy, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warka Strong delivers a clear amber body beneath a frothy head of ivory foam that holds quite well and leaves some transient splotches of leace with each sip. The nose reveals only some sweetish, caramel malt. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth with a medium-full body and soft carbonation. The flavor is surprisingly rich, caramelish, and nutty with a very thin thread of hop flavor and a low-key bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable, but at the same time, it almost adds to the character of the beer and helps to balance its malty sweetness. It finishes with a slowly receeding wave of toffee-like sweetnes that's dried a bit by a wash of alcohol before it fades and more nuttiness appears. Wow! I really liked this beer! But it's not a quaffer by any means. It would work well, I think, with a Thanksgiving dinner; and could certainly hold its ground as an apertif or after-dinner drink; and it might even pair well with a dessert such as a pecan or cherry pie. Very nice!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of traumaqueen
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jcubz
3/5  rDev -9.1%

jcubz, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Returning home from the gym, I don't know what to drink for the night. Hispanic grocery store, discount cart, $1 Warka Strong. Jackpot.

16.9-oz bottle served to tulip. Best by 8/10/2013. Consumed 7/30/2013.

A: This pours a dark honey, amber color, with a ton of rising carbonation. Unlike earlier reviewers, I got a large, off white head. The head took a while to recede, left a small cap of foam.

S: The aroma improves with time. Very sweet caramel, malted grains. Vigorous swirl yields a very pleasing honey aroma.

T: This one's better cold. In fact, the taste's the best part right out of the bottle. Very sweet grains, fruit. Very slight burn or bitterness at the tip of the tongue, either from the hops or the 7% alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation, syrupy, but very drinkable

I'd drink this again.

StoutItOutLoud, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of D_Edward
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

D_Edward, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some alcohol. Taste is of malts, caramel, some alcohol, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle that does have a "best by" date but it is unreadable. Sampled on February 22, 2010. The pour is actually kind of copper-amber with beautiful clarity but virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is malty with a bit of licorice and a vague dash of hops. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The taste is sweet, well-malted and has a nice toasted bread backdrop. There is also a hard liquor feel to it as well like bourbon. It was a strong ale that did a yeoman's job hiding the 7% ABV.

puboflyons, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, coppery-orange with a 1 finger creamy, eggshell white head that was moderately lasting settling to a slight fizzy covering that left faint trails of lacing. Visible carbonation ws medium strong.

S: The nose yielded dried orange peels, citrus hopping and some light dry toasted caramel and alcohol.

T: The initial flavor was tart oranges, with a dry toasted caramel with some alcohol. There is a strong sense of lemons and oranges that blend well together providing a sweet and spicy flavor along with fruitiness (apples, melons). The finish finds some spicy alcohol fusels and juice-like fruitiness that is sweet and quick to leave the tongue. Overall sweet, fruity, with an alcohol kick.

M: light, oily slick on the tongue and was very smooth with almost no carbonation presence felt despite its strong showing.

D: A pleasant surprise, making for a solid recommend and drink. Definitely one of the better and stronger beers ive had out of Poland and worthy of a buy and try.

beerthulhu, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm matching this review to it's profile based on the 7% abv.

It does seem a little like a Maerzen though...caramelly and mild.

High-clarity amber tone, lots of foam at first, dwindles to nothing. Smell is vaguely sweet and bready, like a German lager.

Taste has a very strong, yet clean toasted graininess, than smoothes out into a round caramel sweetness. Very light and drinkable at 7%, clean aftertaste, no harshness. A bargain at $1.50, i'll pick this up again...

2013:
Tallboy cans, very fresh. Smooth with no off flavors, nice toasted malt and sweet apple notes. Clean and refreshing, it's a solid budget buy for the style. Raising scores a little bit.

emerge077, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of paxkey
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

different bottle than one pictured.

pours out golden with a huge head that is gone real fast.

very malty smelling. maybe some corn? nose is quite weak. a little horse in there as well.

drinks thick and sweet. not refreshing at all. just heavy and malty. the aftertaste is surprisingly short.

taste is uninspiring. mouthfeel is kinda gross and the sweetness is not at all enjoyable.

not a drainpour but hard to finish.

paxkey, Mar 26, 2011
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Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
76 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.