Warka Strong - Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
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2.13/5 rDev -35.5%
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
2.93/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
05-07-2008 00:32:58 | More by bobsy
3/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-27-2008 17:45:15 | More by TheDeuce
3.7/5 rDev +12.1%
Had this one from a 500ml / 1 pt 0.9 fl oz brown bottle.
A= This beer pours a nice golden amber color, perfectly clear, with light to medium carbonation levels and a small 1/4 inch white head. The head quickly died and left zero lacing down the glass.
S= The aromas of this lager beer are very muted (as in almost not there at all). What I can detect are scents of maltiness and light caramel. No detectable hop smell.
T= This strong lager is sweet! The malts and hints of caramel gang up and overpower any hops that may have been added. Despite the high abv, there is very little alcohol at the finish.
MF= This brew is lower carbonation, slightly heavy and thick. Has almost an oily buttery feel.
D= I really like this beer, but that sweetness keeps me from wanting more than one. If it was only slightly less sweet, the high abv would make it a killer session beer.
04-01-2008 02:55:45 | More by spointon
3.7/5 rDev +12.1%
Brown bottle, gold label with Pulaski on the label.
Pour is bright gold, very think white head. Light nose of straw bale. Sweet entry, typical german maltiness. Bigger than many polish lagers such a Zweick - similar malt profile - just kicked up. Alcohol is present. Fine hop bittering on the finish can't quite overtake the sweet malts.
A hop flavor of fresh cut grass develops late. A fine polish lager. A bit sweet, understated nose - but full bodied, warming, and flavorful. A well constructed beer.
03-25-2008 04:16:45 | More by sweethome
2.65/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
03-14-2008 14:17:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.18/5 rDev +26.7%
I live in a polish neighborhood in chicago so I try alot of polish beers. This one is a real treat.
The appearance is that of a rich lager ( a bronze / golden hue), very clear.
The smell is well , kind of like Bailey's irish cream, in a good way. Lot's of specialty malt indeed. think of Munich malt with a dash of whiskey.
The taste start's out bitter on the tounge and then upon the swallow the malt seem's to unravel itself to reveal a firm bock like character. Very nice and not too sweet and never cloying. A slightly nutty / fruity character with a slight hint of vanilla to round out the flavor, maybe a touch of mollasses as well. Carbonation is perfect.
This is one helluva beer. Wish I would have tried it sooner. By far one of the best polish brew's I've ever locked my lip's onto. A must try for bock lover's. My bottles said best by 6/ 2008 so I know it's fresh. Very very good. Dont pass this one up
01-10-2008 00:56:47 | More by hopman333
3.65/5 rDev +10.6%
A - Pours a dark gold with a copious, solid looking head. Not very long lasting though.
S - Kinda malty actually, with floral and grassy hops, a touch of spiciness and booziness and chalkiness.
T - Boozy yeah. Some apple and a very light hoppiness come through before being obliterated by the alcohol. Somewhat sweet as well, with a light lingering bitterness.Somewhat chemically.
M - Not overly fizzy, nor overly light. Slight slickness.
D - Not too bad for what it is - definitely malt-liquor-y and there's a forced booziness, but drinkable.
10-20-2007 01:41:15 | More by allergictomacros
3.98/5 rDev +20.6%
When I poured it into the glass I thought "not another euro lager" but to the surprise of my taste buds I was highly impressed.
Color is average at best for most euro lagers with light amber coloring and a half finger of head that fades to lace faster than you can pour.
Smell is again as the appearance average with no real notes to speak of other than the slight skanky musk of a pilsner with some malt.
Taste ... this will make me buy this one again. Smooth malty goodness with sweet notes of honey, caramel, and a slight spice to it. Well balanced and no notes of "skanky euro pilsner musk".
The mouthfeel is kind of heavy and allows for good transitions in the mouth. Little carbonation to speak of on the tongue. Try this beer and don't be fooled by the look.
08-11-2007 22:30:37 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
3.88/5 rDev +17.6%
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...
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.
07-27-2007 04:17:54 | More by emerge077
3.38/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured a dark gold clear lager in the glass. decent 2 finger rocky cap...moderate retention...laces the glass well.
Aroma is very bready..some honey and light must ober light grassy-citurs tones...good nose for a strong Polish lager...better than Mocene.
Profile: Up front bready malts to chew on... some herbal botanical bittering...midpalate we get some unexpected complexity ( this is not a 2 dimensional lager) fruity tones, earthy grainyness, citrus bittering...finishes clean with the alcohol providing some spicey notes to the bready-fruity tastes...clean aftertaste. Slick bulky mouthfeel.
I must admit I like this far better than Okocim Mocene...more dinkable and rouner mellow soft character for a strong beer.
Well done and tastey when fresh.
05-27-2007 00:36:39 | More by pootz
3.45/5 rDev +4.5%
From the 12 oz bottle dated best by 08-06-2006, I found no apparent problems due to aging. Into a pint glass, a reddish-brown pale clear pour with no bubbles beneath a 1-finger tan-white head. Quick fade down to a scattered cap and ring with some sticky lace. Nose of very sweet malt. Tastes tea-like, sweetly malty, with mild hops. Quite pleasant and mild. A good, mild dopplebock-like flavor. Mouth is slick, smooth, and lightly carbonated, a bit thin for my liking. Drinkability is quite good; its smooth and tasty and approx. 7.0% ABV is well-masked. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Overall: A good brew, malty, pleasant and understated. Worth a try.
04-30-2007 23:16:07 | More by jettjon
3.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Pretty ordinary looking beer, doesn't froth up too much, with a clear gold-with-a-touch-of-red hue to it. Astringent malts on the nose, not bad, but not all that great either.
It actually tastes pretty good. A lot of grains in the flavor, with a bit of astringency the only hint of this beer's rather high alcohol content. Tastes like a liquid bowl of raisin bran, sans raisins. Probably a little too quaffable considering the 7%, so be careful with this one.
I like this beer. Give it a try.
04-21-2007 16:19:20 | More by SetarconeX
2.85/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
04-05-2007 13:49:50 | More by MmmIPA
3.55/5 rDev +7.6%
This is a clear and dark gold colored beer with an OK white head that doesn't last.
The smell sweet with a decent amount of Nobel hop in the scent. Mild malt scent that is a little nutty and detectable alcohol but not to an offensive level.
The taste begins sweet and very malty with a lot of candied nut flavor. Bock beer level of sweetness here and the taste of nuts, this could easily be mistaken for a Bock. Fair amount of toasted grain flavor that almost tastes like rye.
Mouthfeel is fairly full.
Drinkability is pretty good but this is not a beer you are likely to chug. Really I think this should be considered a bock beer, it certainly tastes like one.
03-18-2007 22:41:07 | More by Zorro
3.53/5 rDev +7%
500 ml bottle, from the LCBO. Woohoo more Eastern Bloc lagers!
Pours a clear amber/gold, big fluffy white head, settles down to a thin ring rather quick, some lace spots. Smell is sweet, some citrus, minor skunk, booze, metallic, one of the better for this style I've smelled. Taste is not bad at all, almost a figgy caramelized flavour to it, citrus, floral, booze isn't out of control, weak finish, but quite enjoyable when cold, alcohol does not show itself at all. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation. Surprisingly okay.
02-05-2007 21:59:49 | More by Viggo
3/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
02-05-2007 11:55:20 | More by slitherySOB
3.05/5 rDev -7.6%
Super Bowl Sunday, oh yeah! We stop by the local place for perogies, sausage, pancakes, borscht & all that wonderful sour cream that goes along with it. Might as well have a Polish beer to wash it all down. Hey, there's Polish beer everywhere, who's that funny guy with the mustache? He looks like he could use a beer. Heck, I look like I could use a beer after searching three supermarkets for chicken wings.
A grand, engulfing pour, that grows & overflows the boundries of its glass. I overestimated this one. Lots of berries, lots of syrup. More then enough syrup. Syrup for enough pancakes to cure world hunger, & then subsequently drown everyone, three times over. Forget pixie sticks as a mid-day pickup, I'm drinking a jug of this stuff. Okay, not that bad, but it is all about sweet & not much else. I just bit into a chunk of sausage fat, but I didn't notice, because of this beer. I didn't notice all the grease on my shirt either... because of this beer. Sweet like concentrated corn syrup dripped onto sugar cookies, dipped in diet cola, slathered with a honey glaze. With enough salt to counter attack, I'm tit for tat with it. It was so one sided, but still bearable with the right side dishes. Once the coleslaw was done, so was I. I passed the rest, & passed it down the line, where all the family diabetics took turns guzzling down the remains.
If it's ice cold, & I mean, near frozen, it is good malt liquer. If it starts to get warm, you better start sucking on some keilbasa, or you're in line for one sharp headache.
02-05-2007 05:24:49 | More by PEBKAC
3.98/5 rDev +20.6%
A really fresh malty smell. Reminds of when I was in Munich even though this is a Polish beer. Th common denominator being that it's fresh and robust. There are many Eastern European brews at the LCBO and most are pale, and some are putrid but some are very fine. This one is very fine. It's strong and flavourful. Warka you are my friend.
01-20-2007 01:24:12 | More by shamus
2.48/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
01-14-2007 05:20:41 | More by Tim2000
3.05/5 rDev -7.6%
Honeyish colour with fast dissapearing head. No aroma. Taste was a bit of malt, a bit of bitter. A drop of fruit and spice. Neutral mouthfeel, slightly grainy. I would like more malt, and yet not all that bitter. Not too drinkable. There are a lot better Polish beers about.
12-31-2006 06:34:24 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev +16.1%
500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Foamy head lasts well, with good lacing. Aroma is sweet, somewhat adjuct-laden, as expected for the style. Taste really follows the nose, the adjunct notes are present throughout, but actually not so much in a bad way. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth from beginning to end, esp for the style, and drinkability is great. Reminds me of DFH Malt Liquor, just not quite as strong. Surprisingly worth a try.
11-29-2006 02:25:41 | More by ppoitras
3.65/5 rDev +10.6%
Nice, clear deep straw coloured lager with some coppery hues. Poured with a 1/2 finger off white head. Scantly laced, decent level of carbonation.
Rich bready scents with hints of alcohol and sweetness. Touch a pleasant floral hops with a hint of orange.
Big on the lightly roated malts with decent malt character. Cracker, biscuit, and sweet bready body with a yeastiness and floral hops with a hint of citrus (lemon). Note that as this lager warmed a the adjunct flavours made an unwelcome sweet corny appearance.
Big malt (+adjunct) bodied lager balanced by lightly floral hops. When cold clean and refreshing and covers the alcohol well.
Keep this one cold, becomes much less drinkable as it warms. Could be sessionable, but not to hard to find something better. Wont be buying this one again.
10-13-2006 15:50:36 | More by demcorhip
3.6/5 rDev +9.1%
This poured from the bottle a dark yellow with a thin almost non existent head, a little boring but the color is nice. Smell is a little bit of vegetable and some sweetness, not too bad. The sweetness is carried into the flavor, along with some malted barley notes. Overall not all that bad. For something this strong it is actually quite smooth and dangerously easy to drink.
I don't suggest this as a session beer, But it is certainly worth a try.
08-19-2006 01:01:48 | More by funkengruven
2.85/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
08-18-2006 22:38:46 | More by trevorwideman
Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
76 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.