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Reviews: 118
Hads: 186
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TastyTaste on 06-08-2005

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One of the really cool things about a visit to Chicago is the opportunity to visit one of the area Binny's to scour around for additions to The CANQuest (tm). I prefer their South Loop location, especially given its proximity to Union Station, plus it holds a tap room. They also have a dizzying selection of 500 ml European CANs in shrink-wrapped 4-packs and this came out of one of them.

From the CAN: "Excellent Composition with Roasted Malt"; "High Quality Beer Unique Taste"; "Warka Brewery is located in the Mazovia region of Poland.. Warka was the birthplace of Kazimierz Pulaski (1745 - 79), Polish nobleman and general, a hero of the Ameri[CAN] Revolution. Brewing tradition dates back to the 15th century, when in 1478 Warka brewers received exclusive privilege to supply the golden liquid to the Warsaw Royal Court."; "A noble recipe with roasted malt gives Warka beer its rich characteristic flavour. A flavour worth savouring!"

I Crack!ed it open and was anxious to see the CANtents, so I began an inverted Glug until the foaming action became too great to CANtinue. I netted two fingers of dense, rocky, off-white head with good retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with button brightness. Nose had a husky, malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste had a sort of cereal-like sweetness and I was put in mind of Grape-Nuts. It also held a slight alcohol burn, which worked to keep the sweetness in check. The net result was a semi-sweetness that was quite pleasant to drink. It may be called "Strong", but at 6.5 % ABV, it would not present too much of a challenge to CANsume. (1,622 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Warka Strong, just like the company's description, has a thick, soapy, slightly off-white head, a honey-gold, clear appearance, and fairly heavy lacing rings left behind on the glass. The aroma is of rather muted sweet malt and bread, and the flavor is likewise muted, although some sweet bread or malt extract is picked up, along with the noble hop character, which gives it just the slightest balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Warka Strong finishes crisp and easy drinking, with no alcohol pickup, whatsoever.

RJT (538 characters)

Photo of 50wolves
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I preface this with the comment that the beer has been sitting in my fridge for some time, expiration date is approx 2 weeks from now. Appearance - Poured into a dimpled beer mug from can, clear dark yellowish with bubbly head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma - has some banana smell to it upon initial smell, fresh. Taste - fairly mild tasting, has elements of banana that I experienced in the smell. Mouthfeel - first impression is 'lacking'. I Can feel elements of creaminess and very slight astringency that would be evident in a lager. Lacks any sort of warmth, is refreshing. Overall - this is the second time that I have had this beer, it isn't a particularly strong beer however it is probably injustice to classify it as 'piss beer'. In my books it is fairly good, not great but good. Have been drinking lots of stout lately so the noticeable difference may be resulting in a slightly more positive review than the beer deserves. (943 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to shaker glass at Polonia in Hamtramck. Pours a deep amber color, little head. Smell is malt and fruit, caramel and raisin. Taste is smooth, finish is crisp, mouthfeel is almost creamy, much fuller than I expected. Not something I'd seek out, but not gonna pass it up if I see it out and about. (307 characters)

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Alcohol % on label says 6.5%, not the 7.00% listed in the description. Purchased at a local Polish deli. Color is a dark amber. Head disappears fairly quickly. Taste is lackluster; a bit watery and weak and not and rather fizzy. Not at all like the back label description of "Intense, rich, full bodied taste..." . Perhaps it suffered from being on the patio during a freezing night or two, but (judging by other ratings here), perhaps not. Drinkable, but not one I would buy again. (484 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a decent white head that is gone in 30sec. Dark gold and clear

S- Ok. Lacks any real nose

T- Got some good malt. Nice hops. Typical European beer.

M- Nice and creamy for a lager.

O- Pretty good little beer. If there were worse at a party I would choose this one

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with.... Fish and chips!

Enjoy (469 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of polyester
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.45 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Re-review as it's been over a year and happened to see this in the store.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color, capped by two fingers of white head. Plenty of bubbles. Good retention time and some lacing. A handsome beer.

Smell - grains, slightly astringent metallicness. Some stale soapiness. Pretty mediocre.

Taste - surprising caramel sweetness. Some sweet near cherry flavor. A hint of roasted malts almost chocolate sequence on the conclusion. Lots of tasty flavours going on and somehow it pulls it all together.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, closer to syrupy than I'd like, but not too bad. Dry finish.

Overall - one of the better ones in the style, the nose isn't great, but everything else is enjoyable, refreshing, boozy enough to get a buzz on and affordable. May repeat this one yet again. (894 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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". (850 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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! (318 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,557 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (641 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of cdicanio
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
2.98/5  rDev -11%
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. (380 characters)

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