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

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
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:
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(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 06-08-2005)
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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
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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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Polish beer that has turned up in rural Shropshire, mostly for the migrant workers, but also for beerhunters like me.

This gold and black 500ml can was best before 23 Mar 2011, poured into a 'Leffe' stemmed tulip glass (twice).

Deep golden body, clear, bright and darker than most lager beers. The pure white head soon turned into a thin wisp and collar.

Malty molasses in the aroma, treacle and toffee type smells, but not overly sweet.

The taste is all malt, a slight hop feel towards the end of the mouthfeel, the alcohol is fairly well hidden, just appearing once the malt flavours begin to fade in the mouth.

Pleasantly suprised, thought this would be an alcoholic street drinker special, this isn't the case.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 20:32:25 | More by BlackHaddock
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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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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: can

12-01-2010 21:14:21 | More by JohnW
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep gold into a glass with a nice thick, long-lasting head. Head leaves some lacing.

S: Slightly grainy with overtones of adjuncts and sweetness. A slight alcohol presence is also there.

T: A bit of sweetness, some malty flavor, a slight alcohol sting and a little bit of hops.

M: A bit thin but not bad

D: I would drink this again.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 00:50:51 | More by gestyr
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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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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-27-2007 04:17:54 | More by emerge077
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SmashPants

Australia

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
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stoutman

Michigan

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
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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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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

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
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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
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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
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

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
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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
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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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
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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
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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
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cdicanio

Connecticut

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
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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bierschmecktgut

Massachusetts

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
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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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