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

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Browary Warka Sp. z o.o. visit their website

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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Photo of StevenBilodeau


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

12-28-2009 03:16:43 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of berserker256


3.85/5  rDev +17%

11.2 ounce bottle. I hate when the imports jip me of that .8 of an ounce. The "best before date" is six months from now. Golden bronze color with a short-lived head and good clarity. Occasional bubbles stream to the surface. The aroma is better than what I'm used to in strong lagers. There's a welcomed absence of that alcohol/chemical scent. I only detect sweet carmel maltyness and grain. Good texture and it leaves that sticky sweet film on your teeth. Sweet malt flavor with a little carmel and perhaps a tiny trace of honey. Starts off easy and gets heavy towards the end in terms of drinkability. Pretty filling. Good beer.

12-26-2009 22:36:42 | More by berserker256
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec16 2009

A clear bronze with bubbles popping up from everywhere, a fast falling fingers worth of head left no lace

S a malty sweetness that's fairly unique and hard to place

T quite sweet with a little citrus and some bread

M thick enough to please, almost a little syrupy pretty good for a lager

D the 7% is well concealed and when all's said and done I had few problems with this beer

I got a little more then expected while drinking this one and that's never a bad thing.

12-17-2009 08:56:41 | More by wordemupg
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

12-13-2009 03:24:10 | More by biboergosum
Photo of kegger22


4.08/5  rDev +24%

Warka strong beer is a medium amber in color with a modest, off white head that didn't last. The aroma is malty sweet, caramel-like. The taste closely follows aroma, sweet caramel candy, no bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

This Polish lager tastes a wee bit like a Scottish ale to me. Quite enjoyable, I believe I will head back to the shop I got this and look for a sixer.

12-06-2009 22:48:59 | More by kegger22
Photo of brewcrew76


3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Best before 6/14/09 so it is a little past its prime.

A - Golden amber with a thin head that quickly settles to a few strands of lace.

S - Slightly sweet and malty with pilsner and adjunct malts. Slightly grainy with a touch of caramel.

T - Somewhat sweet with grainy malts, caramel, a touch of spicy hops and lingering adjunct malts.

M - Feels under carbonated which is surprising for all the bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. Medium mouthfeel with a lingering sweetness.

D - Better on the colder side as the adjuncts come out a little more as it warms but I was still pleasantly surprised.

12-02-2009 01:26:46 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep gold / light amber color with a 1" head that was gone quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Sweet & mildly fruity.

T - Sweetness upfront with a hint of citrus and a very mild bite of bitterness.

M - Average carbonation. A little sticky. The lack of a bitter aftertaste helps to hide the 7%ABV.

D - Drinkable yes but I find it's lacking some flavor.

09-19-2009 17:08:35 | More by decimator
Photo of ADZA


2.93/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

09-05-2009 09:48:22 | More by ADZA
Photo of jeffjeff1


3/5  rDev -8.8%

My mom picked this up at the polish deli for me while picking up lunch.

Appearance- dark golden color, clear, good head but dissipates quickly

Smell- malt

Taste- malt, bland

Mouthfeel- thin, smooth

Drinkability- ok for an euro lager, probably won't buy it again

08-30-2009 03:40:25 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.65/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

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


2.73/5  rDev -17%

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.

08-10-2009 14:42:34 | More by nicnut45
Photo of RedChrome


4/5  rDev +21.6%

Clear liquid had a deep amber color. Inch and a half white colored foam faded over two minutes. Average amount of carbonation rising rapidly. Sticky lace webs.

Cereal grains are quite strong up front and have a hanging hint of alcohol behind them. A blend of sweet corn and burnt barley. minimal hops bitterness to the aroma.

Grain presence carries over from the aroma to the taste, but has a much stronger barley quality then corn. An overall fruitiness is nice in strength. Hops bitterness also is evident.

A bit on the watery side. Carbonation is at just the right balance. Tastes cling a while in the mouth.

A decent brew. Would work well with a fully loaded pizza. Surprisingly balanced in the style. Well worth a try if you can pick up a bottle.

07-17-2009 02:56:03 | More by RedChrome
Photo of VictorEHuskie


3.38/5  rDev +2.7%

My friend offered this beer to me when I was over to his house for dinner. He warned that it was strong and boy he was not kidding. The beer had a hint of a sweet taste to it but the bitterness on the tongue made it clear that it was not something that I was willing to drink more than one of at a time. It had no real aftertaste. Definitely would recommend.

07-16-2009 01:48:10 | More by VictorEHuskie
Photo of jspruit


3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

Got 500ml bottle from a friend visiting Poland and drank it back in Ireland.

Pours an amber bronze with fair carbonation and a 1 finger head. Lacing is maintained slightly throughout the drink.

Malt seems to be the main smell here with a hint of sweetness and caramel. No really dominant smells though and it is slightly weak in this category.

There is more in the taste of this beer than the smell, with the sweetness and malts and caramels again dominating. Not overpowering though. A hint of hops comes through too. I think that I would only have one of these in a session if I had my choice of other beers as well.

I'm glad that I tried this, but I'd like to try other types of this style to compare to, and will probably try other Polish beers before coming back to this one.

06-12-2009 07:09:11 | More by jspruit
Photo of laituegonflable


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours an amber colour with a slow bead, bit of head that goes astray. Quite nice lacing. Meh. The lacing saves an otherwise dull-looking affair.

A strong, almost bourbony nose with a thick, dark toffee sweetness lurking there. A slight bread yeast character belies the Euro lager hiding behind this otherwise pleasant, malty nose.

This is quite smooth drinking on first impression, with a lagery yeast character but notes of honey and pancake mix blending with a slight earthiness. A bit too sweet for my liking with a thick, buttery mouthfeel and a strong malt flavour. A slight bitter tinge at the end rescues it from a honey ale sickliness. I definitely couldn't drink a lot of this, oh and alcohol is not all that well hidden, but it's not overpowering.

This is a remarkably average sort of beer, with it falling short on a lot of its aspects. Decent, but certainly not fantastic.

04-16-2009 04:06:23 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.53/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

04-12-2009 23:05:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.13/5  rDev -4.9%

Six-pack purchased at a LITTLE liquor store in Westminster, CO -- the only one in the area open on a Sunday evening -- owned and operated by a young couple from Poland. We stopped there because there was a sign on the outside reading "We sell Polish beers," and I was looking from some Okocim Porter -- which they didn't have. So, I got this instead.

Moderate pour into a goblet yields a huge white head (four full fingers!) over a tawny golden clear body. Head fades to nothing very quickly.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, and a little bit of floral hops. Not much going on here.

Taste is pretty much like the smell -- not a lot going on. Pleasant enough for what it is, but it's not all that.

Best part of the beer is the mouthfeel: pretty slurpy for a lager.

Drinkability is okay.

A lager on steroids.

02-18-2009 04:23:44 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of spycow


3.75/5  rDev +14%

500ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Poured smoothly into the pilsner glass with almost no head and non-existent carbonation. Nice clear deep brown color.

S: Smelled of coffee, carmel, and toffee with a faint hint of something else sweet.

T: First sip went down well. The slightly sweet taste came out along with the hints of carmel and toffee. It isn't overly complex or bitter. Left a light pleasant aftertaste that finished well.

M&D: It continued to go down well. Coated the mouth lightly and easy to drink. The alcohol content was not that noticeable for 7%. You could easily drink a few before they caught up with you.

Would recommend trying especially at $1.50 a bottle. If the belgian strong ales are little expensive this is a nice alternative.

02-05-2009 05:51:24 | More by spycow
Photo of cagocubs


3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

While walking by the polish beers I caught a glimpse of Kazimierz Pulaski, American Revolutionary War Hero. With a bottle label that cool I decided it deserved a try.
Warka poured a pale orange kinda burnt orange that looked like it wanted to turn light brown. Nice inch white head that dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell was grainy, bready, with scent of alcohol present. It also had a sweetness smell I have difficulty labeling almost like juicey. Tasted of sweet caramel with some nuttiness, the 7% wasnt detectable in the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth with nice coating. The drinkability would be high if it werent for the fact that its a strong euro lager.

01-16-2009 01:05:22 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Pete0403

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

500mL bottle poured into a glass

Appearence: Honey brown colour, coarse white head collapsing to a film leaving very little lacing. Nicely effervescent.

Smell: Alcoholic, a little yeasty/bready, caramel and some low level esters

Taste: Not a strong as I expect from a 7.0% beer. The alcohol comes trough along with a bit of caramel. Hoppiness and bitterness are noticably absent. There is a tiny amount of afterbitterness though along with a pleasant linger.

Mouthfeel: Nice thick body, warming, mouthcoating, very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but the high alcohol content will add up quickly.

This is one of the smoothest strong beers I've ever tasted. I wish there was a little more hop aroma and bitterness but it's still a really good beer.

12-13-2008 00:16:25 | More by Pete0403
Photo of IBUnit63


3.4/5  rDev +3.3%

BBD 07.11.2008 - hope it's November 7 rather than July 11...either way, 500 ml into BMS mug...

Very clear, silvery copper bronze body. Moderate, quick carbonation rises to 1-finger head with muffin tunnels and light latte hue that comes and goes. Moderate lacing.

Heavy perfume of silage - almost sweaty. Malt effect is slightly steamy with boozy sweetness on deep background. Slight lager crispness.

This is almost rather pleasant-tasting. Viscous sweetness of amber-ish/caramel malt but a slight nutty background as well. Hops are restrained as is whatever silage-inducing adjuncty ingredient noticed on the nose.

Mouthfeel is a little sweeter and boozier than desired but not offensive like something in a 40 in a brown bag on a stoop or anything. No noticeable aftertaste, with the exception of that slight silage tone intermittently.

So this is essentially Euro-macro-malt liquor? Hey, I've had much worse. The mild grainy sweetness must go well with pierogi.

10-28-2008 10:00:42 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Offa


4.35/5  rDev +32.2%

This is another very tasty Polish strong lager.

Golden amber, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top.

The aroma is grain, cooked brown rice, bread crust, grapes and grape juice, hint of hay, and a perfumy sweetness, with a faint, musty alcoholic fruitiness. It's quite nice.

The taste is also very nice, with bread, a hint of herbs and pine, light fruit mix, grapes, bread crust, and a light smokey-woody quality in the finish. It has a flowery quality and is zesty but in feel becomes a bit watery and flat by the finish. Otherwise, it's quite good, with plenty of nice flavour, if a bit on the sweet side. It has a light bitterness but could use a bit more. It's smooth and easy to drink and stays interesting.

10-15-2008 05:20:47 | More by Offa
Photo of Rayek


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%

I'd never even heard of this until I saw it on the menu at a Polish restaurant. It was served to me way too cold, so I let it warm a bit before consuming.

A: Pale amber color has good clarity. Carbonation is semi-active, with very tiny bubbles. Off white head is rocky and has excellent retention. Left spots of lace.

S: Interesting aromas of toffee, grapes, pepper, cloves and alcohol. The sweeter scents dominate.

T: Rather wine like. Nice toffee and grape flavors up front, with a faint chocolate note in the background. Clove laden bitterness provides just enough bitter to keep this beer from being too sweet. Finishes very dry, with a nice alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body has the right level of fizz. A little slick on the tongue.

D: This beer packs a wallop. One 500ml bottle was enough for me. Definitely not a session beer in my mind. Worth a revisit.

10-08-2008 15:19:11 | More by Rayek
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

07-08-2008 23:44:43 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -35.3%

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.

05-13-2008 05:29:00 | More by cyrenaica
Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
76 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.