1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Warka StrongWarka Strong

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

168 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 168
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Browary Warka Sp. z o.o. visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 112 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Pete0403
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.13/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of bobsy
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of spointon
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sweethome
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of hopman333
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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...

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.

Photo of pootz
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

Photo of jettjon
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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; it’s smooth and tasty and approx. 7.0% ABV is well-masked. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall: A good brew, malty, pleasant and understated. Worth a try.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MmmIPA
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of slitherySOB
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of shamus
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tim2000
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
76 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.