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

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%

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Browary Warka Sp. z o.o. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 06-08-2005)
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Photo of SmashPants


3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: nice brown 500mL bottle, a pretty rubbish Euro label but it's fine I suppose.

Appearance: standard mid-amber in colour with a thin head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Aroma: some light caramel without much else.

Taste: a strong, sugary sweetness with some bitterness backing up. Not brilliant, but refreshing none the less.

Aftertaste: some more bitterness comes through on the finish, with the caramel along for the ride but thankfully a bit more limited. Some warming alcohol also.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in body with a fair old dose of carbonation to carry initially the awkward caramel flavour, but then the smoother bitterness.

Overall: hmm... I think the bottle says it best "Strong Beer - Unique Taste". Very interesting, and no alcohol whack for being 7%. I think worth another go, specifically as it is far cheaper than most beers of this ABV - it is a reasonable, higher ABV refreshing ale. Not great, but good for the last week before pay day.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 09:38:15 | More by SmashPants
Photo of stoutman


3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brownish-gold color with a fluffy but quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma was heavy malt with dark fruit. Taste is malt, dark fruit, with honey and vanilla. Hops barely detectable, though there was a slight, crisp finish. Smooth creamy palate. Nothing spectacular, but I liked the flavor and alcohol warmth in this on a cool fall day.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:46:00 | More by stoutman
Photo of drpimento


2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, off-white head that soon settled down to a scummy islandand ring. Color is a clear medium honey amber with a lot of large bubble trails. Aroma is coincidently of malt, honey, hop. Flavor is mainly two parts: sweet and carbonic tang with a little bitter in back. If it weren't for the pronounced carbonation, it would be about undrinkable. Even so.... Body is ok, while carbonation seems forced. Finish is like flavor, has significant alcohol warmth, and is totally forgettable. A fairly shallow brew. Not for repetition.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 22:49:52 | More by drpimento
Photo of polyester

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, look... this beer is reviewed in the context of "what can I buy that's relatively cheap, has a high ABV and won't taste awful". And in that role, it's terrific. This beer won't hold a candle to Chimay or KBS or any of those fancy beers. But it's a good beer in the cheap lager arena, really not bitter or alcohol-y at all, and the 7% and big can means you can get hammered fast. Bonus!

So for those days when you're watching football or whatever and want to get buzzed, forget Bud or Yuengling and pick up a few 4-packs of this stuff. Well worth it.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 19:15:58 | More by polyester
Photo of StoutItOutLoud


3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:32:17 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Musty grains, burnt sugar and caramel, hint of burnt malt and coffee.

T - Flavour is mild, but the sweet caramel and hints of roasted coffee are coming through alongside a hint of alcohol sweetness, grainy malts and toasted cracker notes.

M - A tad thin but still smooth and wet.

O - A reasonably tasty euro strong lager, flavour is mild, but at 7% this stuff is surprisingly drinkable. Probably wouldn't buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 19:15:01 | More by andrenaline
Photo of metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense off white head that died down rather quickly but left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a little sweet and malty with faint hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer itself feels a little thick and coats your mouth to some degree.
O: This is a really easy beer to drink and hides its alcohol very well. I liked the maltiness and thicker mouthfeel compared to other malt liquors, especially the American varieties.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:02:34 | More by metter98
Photo of BigCheese


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uncle got this for Christmas eve, random choice, I'm game.
500ml Bottle, cool looking polish guy on label, nice that they use brown bottles and not green.

Dark straw/honey, crystal clear, nice white foamy head.

Minimal Grainy/malty aroma.

T: Malty up front, everyone commented it was smooth. It was pretty caramel/molasses-y sweet up front. I thought it had slight noble hop bite. Finishes classic german lager yeast clean. Tasted like a authentic euro/german brew. Not a ton going on but you would struggle to find someone who strongly dislikes it.

M: HIgh carbonation, creamy, light body though, pretty quaffable. Good for a heavy holiday meal.

O: A good strong lager, all my relatives were crushing it, and there arent many 7% that I'd imagine they'd like, that counts for something. A boring style well executed perhaps. A good "table beer".

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 14:23:21 | More by BigCheese
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden treacle colour with a limited head. Aroma of smoky and sweet malts, however the flavour leans more towards a "malt beverage" or simple barley wine. Unfortunately the alcohol burn in the finish is the most pronounced feature. Although my experience is limited, I don't believe this is Poland's best!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:40:15 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 7/22/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:32:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I first met my Polish friends years ago, one of the topics of conversation was of course our favorite alcoholic beverages. I was interested in what their favorite beers were, expecting to hear names like Zywiec and Okocim, Polish beers that are readily available in America. However, my all 3 of my friends, who happened to all come from different parts of Poland, said that Warka Strong was their favorite brew. Of course, a beer that not only was I not familiar with, but a beer that I couldn't find in America. Until 10 years later...

Warka Strong pours a nice amber color. About a finger and a half of cream colored foam forms and lasts for about 30 seconds before thinning out. The smell was not that pleasing. It was a husky, Euro lager type smell, mixed with wet paper and despite the brown bottle perhaps even some skunk. The mouthfeel was moderate for the style with a medium amount of carbonation and maybe even felt a bit sticky on the palette. The brew was surprisingly flavorful. The first sip seemed sugary sweet, and the caramel like malts were very evident. A fruity flavor was present as well as some alcohol flavor. There was a light-moderate hop presence, lending some citric, grassy, and slight floral notes to the brew, and was lightly bitter and dry in the finish. The sweet grains and light alcohol flavor lingered on and the beer finished with some alcoholic warmth.

This beer tasted better than it smelled and exceeded my expectations. This might even pair well with Polish food. All in all, this might be worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:47:28 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a darker gold, light bubbles floating through the body with a minimal head which comes off white.

Smell: Light hops little weak if you ask me, wish there was more.

Taste: After tasting this, yes there is more to it. It tastes like an imperial marzen...full and creamy taste.

Mouth: Sticky, especially paired with sharp cheddar I can't get enough of how complimenting the after-taste is.

Overall: When you factor in price and what your getting out of the beer, it is like hitting lotto buying this beer. I really liked it, was it the best beer ever no but it was damn sure satisfying. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 06:34:48 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good solid head of foam, leaves a decent amount of lacing, a coppery red-brown coloured beer. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Aromas here are quite light. A fair bit of malt and yeasty character though. Quite solid.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, and a really bitter taste. Has some pear and bready flavours initially, but also a bitter somewhat metallic flavour. Good amount of malt character though, and a lot of sweetness becomes apparent.

I think the flavour starts to improve as the beer warms. Finish remains somewhat sour, although aftertaste is smooth. This beer definitely has some redeeming characteristics and is starting to grow on me a bit more from when I first tasted it. Not amazing but not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:24:03 | More by mick303
Photo of cdicanio


3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's hard not to give Warka Strong a decent rating. It's my regular "go to" beer. It's a bit malty with some sweet notes. The color is between dark yellow and amber, but the head doesn't hold up as well as with other beers. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and, as other reviewers have mentioned, there isn't much of a bitter aftertaste. It's fairly strong (7% ABV). Comes in pint-sized bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 19:45:36 | More by cdicanio
Photo of jmdrpi


3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle. best before 07.18.2012.

very clear dark golden color, no head. smells like corn, grain, a little boozy. taste is decent. clean, smooth, slightly sweet malt flavor. one note taste. medium body, higher carbonation, kinda fizzy.

the label wasn't real clear that this was the "Strong" version, but the 7% abv was noted on the label. decent, my first Polish beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 22:18:34 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A dark yellow similar to virgin olive oil in color. Okay head but limited.

Smell: Very light sweet malty aroma with some caramel and corn

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Sweet malty taste followed by a slight hop bitterness. Not much else to it. Very mild in flavor and easy to drink

An okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:03:47 | More by rwrk42
Photo of bierschmecktgut


3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle.

Nice clear amber with no significant head and no lacing throughout. Steady rising carbonation gave it a crisp, quenching look.

Smell of sweet malt stood out, no hops were present.

Taste was sweet throughout with almost no bitterness on the finish. The finish was complimented with a slight burn or carbonation. The grain gave an almost adjunct syrup taste which was acceptable.

Crisp carbonation and a mild finish with no bitterness or residue on the palette.

Not a bad beer for a winter night, at it's price and size. I drank it solo but it would pair well with almost any lunch, dinner or snack.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:27:47 | More by bierschmecktgut
Photo of dansmcd


2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Mid amber with a one finger head. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet sugary malts, honey and caramel. Some corn and boozy heat also.

T - Sweet honey and caramel malts, grain with a alcoholic sting at the end.

M - Syrupy medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad really. Not sure what would be the right time and place for drinking this stuff. Sweet and boozy without much else.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 11:10:26 | More by dansmcd
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear amber lager body, faint ring of carbonation.

S - Lots of simple malt sweetness in the nose. Some subtle alcohol.

T - Sweet, with a light flavored simple sweet malt base. A roasted malty bread profile. The 7% abv disguised fairly well.

M - Clean and drinkable. Sweet and light to me, the abv an afterthought.

O - I was pleasantly surprised here. An inexpensive Polish beer at the local store, with a good balance of flavor and drinkablity. A complete steal for about $1.50 for a half litre.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:38:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served ice cold. In general I seem to like Polish lagers more than the average BA, so seeing this one's relatively high overall grade has me feeling pretty hopeful.

Pours a nice bright, translucent orange-amber colour, topped with about a finger of soapy white head that dissipates before a minute's time has passed. There is a decent wispy cap left over on the surface, and a creamy collar around the edge of the glass. The aroma is enjoyable, but muted... lots of malt, very sweet and bready in nature, but with some definite syrupy adjunct notes. Some grassy, floral hops with maybe a hint of lemon or some other citrus fruit. No booze, at least not until it warms a bit.

Plenty more bready malts in the flavour, buttered bread for sure with a light caramel or honey sweetness in the background. Herbal, grassy hop notes intermingle with a weird, half-fruity-half-corny, sweet, syrupy taste toward the finish. Not exactly cloying, but not refreshing either. Light lingering sweetness in the finish balanced by some dryness from the alcohol, which is hidden quite well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with fairly mild carbonation for the style, just enough to provide a bit of bite. Medium bodied, and leaves a slick feel behind on the palate.

Reminds me of Zubr, another strong Polish lager I am fond of, except this one has more alcohol and it shows up a bit in the flavour as it warms. I could probably have a few of *those* for a session, but Warka Strong is the kind of brew where a half litre is plenty by itself. This is above average for the style because it's not a chore to drink, the flavour is approachable and the alcohol is masked, but that's basically all I can say. I might get this again, but there are other Polish beers I'd get again first. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:15:35 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won this beer at a homebrew meeting. Poured ~4C into a Duvel tulip. Not expecting much here, let's see how she pours...

A: Rock solid look here. Amber to reddish. Crystal clear. Nice White / light tan head and it even leaves lacing! Tons of carbonation cascading upwards.
S: Not much going on here. Canned corn, cooked vegetal and sweet malts. Not at all enticing.
T: Another complete 180. Not a complex beer, but a good beer. Enough caramel and sweet flavours to keep me interested. A light fruitiness is very, very nice and pairs well. A hint of smoke or chocolate even.
O: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting. A well balanced beer, that was enjoyable from first sip to last. Not necessarily a beer or style I would hunt for, but a beer worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:10:47 | More by kjyost
Photo of TMoney2591


2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Are you drinking a wimpy Polish beer? Wanna get the girls' attention? Then try Warka Strong: A Stronger Beer for a Stronger Man. ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises musty caramel, light wheat, light buttery biscuits, and a definite air of green apple flesh. The taste pushes the green apple to the fore, fruity caramel (still as musty as before), a light twinge of alcohol, sweet flowers, and straight cane sugar. It's all just a sweet, boozy mess. The body is a hefty-aspiring medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a sorta painful beer to drink. It's too sweet, it's too fruity, and there's way too much alcohol on the tongue for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 20:34:30 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of azdback


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a regular pint glass. Very light. yellow orange color. Super carbonated and a small one finger head tops this. Almost need a sound portion to this grade because the carbonation was like pouring sparkling cider.

Smell is euro adjunct??? Belgian yeast strain and wheat or hay. Some soggy spoiled citrus fruit smells as well.

Taste actually not that bad. It has a very thick sweet malt bill that you must fight through but all of the flavors that I got from the smell aren't there. That's a good thing!! There is that dank European soggy fruit taste, but it isn't overpowering.

Mouth is crisp and refreshing at first, but does leave a bit of dryness way back on the tongue.

Overall I wasn't expecting to like this and didn't, but was quite surprised at how bad it wasn't. This was a sample and samples are always great 'cause they're free. Not a bad example of a European Lager. Thanks Bill for this freebee!!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 07:45:26 | More by azdback
Photo of heygeebee


2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour, intial fizz, than no real head.

Aromas of malt, but not much else, Some euro-lager undertones but dulled by higher ABV.

Taste is quite sweet, no malts, so really forget 'lager' - almost like a English Stong Ale. Hmmm, will get cloying methinks. Some honey as a taste-adjective, but not much.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky.

Overall, there are really quite a lot of beers in the world, and this seems to be just one of them. Average

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 10:00:57 | More by heygeebee
Photo of rarbring


2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The brew is clear dark copper, has an off-off-white head, rather high and some lacing.

The smell is mostly old grass and wet cardboard.

Extremly, nearly offending sweetness, cheap raisins, an insepid alcoholic flavor, nearly no bitterness.

Light carbonation, soft and boozy feeling, very sweet.

Nope, this is not my kind of beer, boozy, sticky and frankly quite uninteresting. I do not understand the ranking it got so far ...

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 20:49:18 | More by rarbring
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Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
76 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.