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

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BA SCORE
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 06-08-2005)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention and light lacing. Aroma of adjunct is kind of gross with loads of residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by adjunct and sugar which does not make for an interesting drink. Body is quite full with an oily feel and medium carbonation. Light notes of fusel alcohol are perceptible. I don't see myself drinking this again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 16:54:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle
7.0% ABV

I tried this beer on February 11, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The poured a translucent gold colour with a slight reddish tinge. The head was thin, and white, and there was quite a bit of effervescence. The aroma was rather weak, nothing at all that comes to mind aside from some grassy hints. The mouthfeel was light. almost watery, and little carbonation. The taste was very grassy was well, with some malty hints.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 05:29:00 | More by cyrenaica
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kojevergas

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My can displays 6.5% ABV, not 7%.

A: Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 8th, 2010. Pours a clear gold with a three finger head of mild thickness - which retains decently. Of mild appeal.

Sm: An extremely light smell of standard barley, but it's barely detectable to my broken nose. That said, it's not a bad smell, just a lightly pronounced and generic one.

T: Hmm. Opening is standard, but the rest... It's a very bold beer for this style. Notes of sweet toffee (in a lager!?), off-cream, and a crisp finish. There are a couple secondary hints of flavours I can't place and won't pretend to. The alcohol comes out in the finish, which is jarring. I don't particularly like what they're trying to do, but it should be said that it isn't generic. I appreciate beers that cross boundaries - I just don't care for this one. I'd like to hear from people whose palate is better than mine about which flavours are present in this beer, because they're very familiar but difficult to separate.

Mf: Too wet. Too smooth. The finish is nicely crisp, yet inconsistent.

Dr: Not going to buy it again. It is an interesting take on the style, and is fairly high ABV (relatively speaking), but it doesn't appeal to me.

Serving type: can

12-08-2010 19:19:00 | More by kojevergas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Bronze coloured body, with brassy highlights. This beer started out with a solid finger and a half of head, but it didn't stick around nor lace. Very nice clarity but lacking in body carbonation.

Smell: Very plain caramel malt, and that's it. Warming didn't really help it's case either, which is a bit of a shame. Pretty much average in both nose and potency.

Taste: Very malty, which is to be expected but it comes off as a bit too bread-like and seemingly unroasted. Starts with a healthy kick of sweet caramel malt that quickly turns to a bitter kick of alcohol that is not well hidden at all. I've had worse, and I want to grade it lower but it is clearly labelled a strong beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation became completely absent at the 3/4 full mark. The change in flavor between sweet malt and solvent alcohol I think could have been handled a bit better too. Then again, I don't really want to taste solvent alcohol. On the plus side, nothing but a mild caramel aftertaste the quickly departs but it's not enough to make up for it's flaws.

Drinkability: Well it is light in the body for a strong beer, but this is one of those beers whose high alcohol content hurts it's case. I wouldn't look to grab this on a hot day and while the absent carbonation might appeal to some, I'm just not a fan of flat beer.

Final Thoughts: When I drink this, I'm perplexed. It honestly tastes like I'm drinking a high class malt liquor, which then begs the question, if you are drinking malt liquor are you really looking for something high class? I wouldn't pick up this beer again, but I'll give it one thing. I was honestly expecting it to fare a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:34:01 | More by TheHammer
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rarbring

Sweden

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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Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle, best before 6 months from now.

Clear, dark amber brew with a rocky head that disappears quickly.

Malty aroma, but slightly skunky and musty.

Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavour, with not even enough hops to start to balance it. Alcohol is present and gives the beer a bit of a bite. Body is syrupy and carbonation is moderate.

Pretty close to malt liquor in my opinion - sweet, bland and alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 05:20:41 | More by Tim2000
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curasowa

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy head that fades with minimal lacing. The aroma is a mix of nutty and green hops and sweet grain/adjunct. The taste starts out pretty thin, but then builds into a creamy, strangely sweet end. Its a bit on the flat side, which exasperates the sweetness, which almost reminds me of honey. Finish is slightly lingering, will some mild bitterness coming through and the body is medium. The bottle does a good job of describing this one - it says ' Beer Unique Taste' around the top and I'd have to agree.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:39:43 | More by curasowa
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear burnished golden coloured body with a frothy, but ultimately collapsing head of off-white foam. No visible carbonation. Lacing and retention are moderate. You can hear the crackling of the head as it dissipates.

Light malt-grain notes on the nose, a little rustic and organic. Not a huge amount on it, just grains, dust, a little earth and grass. But pleasant enough in its way.

Not much on the palate, a little sharp metallic note falling away to honey sweetness. Leaves if finally with the thin, unpleasant flavour of sugar water. Not big, not exciting, and not particularly pleasant. Mouthfeel is ok, but it doesn't have much to work with.

It's like pale, insipid, alcoholic lolly water. The hops that it needs are noticeably absent, and it ends up very reminiscent of a sickly alkoholfrei bier.

Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 23:05:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Exactly midway between tangerine and goldenrod. A crystal clear appearance suggests that this might be a reasonably well-brewed Euro strong lager. A 'best by' date that is still far into the future says that it will definitely be a fresh one. The sawdust colored lid looks decent enough and doesn't leave much lace.

The nose is just okay for the style. It's predominantly pale malty, with a hint of background caramel, and is mildly hopped with what is probably Saaz. Thankfully, medicinal alcohol is at a minimum.

Since Warka Strong is the second highest scoring ESL on this site, I expected more. Its only real positive is that it tastes much less strong, much less fusel alcohol-like than the typical version of the style.

More hops would improve things quite a bit. WS isn't that sweet and isn't in need of a bitter counterbalance, but it could use a huge influx of flavor. What better reason to add more lemongrassy hops? The lightly toasted, thin caramel malt backbone can't carry the flavor load all by itself.

The mouthfeel is a few notches too light for the style and is lacklusterly bubbled to boot. More mouth excitement would help make this beer more interesting and more drinkable.

Me Tarzan. You Jane. Warka Strong. Actually, the beer isn't very strong and it isn't very good either. I almost wish the alcohol was more prominent. Malt liquors and Euro strong lagers need to be ballsy to be good. This one is simply boring and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 14:17:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, golden color that is almost crystal clear. Provides a fair head, but it dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: I found there to be a slightly funky malt aroma, very similar to a pilsner. Not offensive or anything, but merely average.

Taste: This beer is pretty smooth, but I think it is because it is somewhat bland. There's a minor bitterness in the flavor and I thought I could perceive the alcohol a little bit, but in the end, there's not a heck of a lot to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. It helps compliment the style I suppose, but I was hoping for a bit more in this area.

Drinkability: I'm not terribly impressed. This is a beer that I'm glad I tried, but I doubt will get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 16:03:05 | More by civilizedpsycho
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nicnut45

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 14:42:34 | More by nicnut45
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enfield249

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks great. Darker then I would expect, slightly reddish yellow. More copper than gold.

S - Not much, but some light malty sweetness.

T- Starts out with not much, moves on to some sharp malt flavors, moves to a little bit of hopiness, and then is all but gone.

M - Light, leaves my mouth slightly watery.

D - Meh, I've had worse, but I wouldn't track this beer down.

Serving type: can

01-25-2010 23:17:08 | More by enfield249
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with fairly high carbonation and a bubbly head that quickly fizzles to barely a lace, and after awhile, to nothing.
Thin aroma - sweet malt with alcohol in the nose.
The taste was very malty. Very reminiscent of a malt liquor. For a malt liquor, it's not bad. But, besides a touch of sweet caramel and alcohol, with a touch of water, there is not much to the taste.
I have had beers with higher abv's that cover the alcohol taste more. This has little else, except leaving something of a sticky, caramel flavor. Nevertheless, the watery qualities does even it out a bit. I was easily able to finish it, but was not feeling the need to go get more. It's better than malt liquors, but not by much. The thought that I had after it was a Polish version of a "lets get bombed" brew. While not offensive it really doesn't have much to it to make it anything above average.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 23:22:26 | More by jwc215
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heygeebee

Australia

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
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle sampled at the Polish Pavillion at Folklorama in Winnipeg.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a coppery lager colour with a 1/2 inch amber head and medium carbonation. Very pleasant to look at. Smell is less impressive, some skunkiness followed by alcohol and a cloying caramel sweetness.

Taste isn't unpleasant when very cold. Some nuttiness, summer fruit such as apple and apricot. Spicy notes followed by a wholesome breadiness. As it warms though, the taste becomes almost too sweet to bear. There's no decent hops to balance this out, and that makes things very hard. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated but very creamy smooth. Drinkability is low because I need to worry about the dentist bills incurred by drinking more than one of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 22:38:46 | More by trevorwideman
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml. bottle poured into a Warsteiner glass.Jamming to Sepultura while I drink this.I should be listening to Vader since there from poland.

Lots of bubbles streaming to the top of my glass and a small one finger head that is white and didnt last long.Clear,golden body,it looks very lagerish.I smell carmel and rice.Carmel in the taste and its pleasant.Nice lacing on the glass,mouthful is good but you can taste the alcohol in this and that brings the mouthful and drinkability down a notch.This isnt a bad beer but I wouldnt seek it out or anything like that.Thanks to Stosh for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 13:49:50 | More by MmmIPA
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:03:41 | More by paxkey
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a highlighty amber with some spearse lacing and a one finger head that quickly disappeared into nothingness. Smell was a metallic, toasted malt with a few bananas. Tasted almost the same as the smell except instead of a metallic taste, it was more like hard water and the malt presence was more pronounced. Hop flavor is pretty light. Taste likes German hops were used.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 02:14:59 | More by scruffwhor
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber body with a nice off-white head gives this Polish lager a pleasing appearance. The aroma has grainy notes mixed in with lemon. The initial flavour impression is of sweetness, with bunches of caramel malt. Thankfully is settles down after the first few sips and becomes better integrated into the overall taste, which although still sweet malt heavy, now reveals a husky graininess and a slight bitter kick in the finish. Probably still too much sweetness to earn more than an average mark. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying...easily the heaviest I have come across in a lager. The carbonation is about right for the drink and prevents it from becoming too cloying. Pretty drinkable, and a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 00:32:58 | More by bobsy
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ADZA

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a pale golden colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with average lacing,the first aroma i get is straight out malty honey not much else gets thru,it has an average mouthfeel with a honeyish,malty weak hop taste to it which finishes pretty smooth,this is definately i beer that im glad ive tried but wont go out of my way for it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 09:48:22 | More by ADZA
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dansmcd

Australia

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
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with an almost orange colour. Very little head to speak of. Somewhat dusty malt smell, with a bit of fruit. Beer has a very bready taste, with some dry crackers and even cookies. Dark fruit taste, with a tad of citrus. DOES NOT IMPROVE WITH WARMTH! Oh man. I drink the beer a bit cool at first, and then let it warm. Usually, this improves smell and taste. Not with this. Beer warms, and their is a foul dust taste. Reminds me of an attic. If the beer is warm, taste is a 2.0. Cold, 3.0. I'll give it the cold rating. Has a carbonation similar to sodas. Still, a bit creamy. Drinkable only when cold.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 11:55:20 | More by slitherySOB
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TheDeuce

New York

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warka Strong...continuing my beer tour of Poland.

Pours a hazy dark gold, fizzy head rises up, smells of more fusel based alcohol, grains and hops as well. Body is a little muddled, taste is strong, nice hoppy kick near the end. The beer has character is well constructed, I enjoyed drinking it and it was fine but there was nothing unique or exciting about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 17:45:15 | More by TheDeuce
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Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
76 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.