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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 06-08-2005)
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aasher

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger white head. It smells of pale malts and that's about it. The flavor is of only pale malt and light honey. It is so, so light. The honey like sweetness is moderately appealing though. It drinks so, so light in body and is pretty thin. This beer just isn't complex in any manner. I can see why the store can't keep it in stock, being 1.99 but I wouldn't drink this again. It's a middle of the road beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:28:10 | More by aasher
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an average one and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head. Ton's of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Dark amber in color. Looks good for a low cost euro lager.
Smell is sweet sticky carmel malts, lager yeastyness, juicy white fruits( white grape and pear). Not bad overall but not great in the smell dept.
Tastes sweet and carmely right away. Some grainy malts, typical lager yeast breadyness. Not much else. A touch of lingering hop bitterness. A bit on the sweet side but still enjoyable.
Medium high carbonation, thin bodied, a bit coating and sticky on the finish.
Overall this is a good beer for the price and will get this again when needed. $1.80 for a 500ml single.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 05:18:34 | More by Homebrew35
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains and malts mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. I can also pick up on the alcohol taste. It finishes with a bittersweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was happy with the fact that it was at least a little bit different than the hundreds of other euro beers that are available at the lcbo. It had a little bit of a Vienna lager aspect to it. That being said, it still wasn't anything fantastic. Happy I tried it, but wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 17:51:29 | More by spinrsx
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

different bottle than one pictured.

pours out golden with a huge head that is gone real fast.

very malty smelling. maybe some corn? nose is quite weak. a little horse in there as well.

drinks thick and sweet. not refreshing at all. just heavy and malty. the aftertaste is surprisingly short.

taste is uninspiring. mouthfeel is kinda gross and the sweetness is not at all enjoyable.

not a drainpour but hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:03:41 | More by paxkey
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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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imprezawrxsti

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found under my tree christmas morning...but purchased from davidson's in the south denver suburbs. it has kasimir pulaski's head on the front. for poland!!

pours deep golden into a pint glass. no head, barely any lacing but active and visible carbonation.

taste is excellent, all bright grain and malt, a bit of hop, even a faint note of apple. really extraordinary for a lager. ABV says 7%, but you'd never know it. not too heavy in the mouth, but still has a presence.

all around i'd say this is a pretty solid beer. i tend to shy away from lagers, but this is a beer i'll be revisiting in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:04:36 | More by imprezawrxsti
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a crystal clear light copper hue with a few big bubbles popping of the base to support a light beige head that is gone before the first sip.
S- The slightly sweet honey malt aroma has some graham notes that come through as the beer warms followed by some pale malt notes. There is a faint toffee or toasted note in the finish.
T- The light flavor of pale malt has a touch of sweetness followed by a flat watery taste in the finish with just a bit of honey malt sweetness coming through as the beer warms.
M- The light mouthfeel has a soft fizzy finish with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice character in the aroma but no follow through in the flavor. The sweetness is almost syrupy with out much support.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 03:41:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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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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StoutyMcStouters

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: nice amber color, head last for all of two seconds after pouring, just leaving a thing layer of bubbles across the top.

S: Smells like malts, a bit of alcohol kick.

T: Aside from the initial potent taste of alcohol, its nice and sweet just the right amount of malt in this brew, very pleasing on the tongue as the taste fades away to a faint honey like nothingness. I am very pleased at the taste for a mere two dollars a bottle.

M: The mouthfeel follows the same formula as the taste, after the initial alcohol shock it becomes very smooth and creamy.

D: Very easy to drink, goes down nice and smooth, despite the alcohol taste and content it drinks like a session beer.

For the price this beer is worth a try. This is my first time reviewing it, I usually drink this beer after a heavy hitting barleywine, it makes for a nice change of pace and goes great with any kind of beef.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:05:12 | More by StoutyMcStouters
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curasowa

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy head that fades with minimal lacing. The aroma is a mix of nutty and green hops and sweet grain/adjunct. The taste starts out pretty thin, but then builds into a creamy, strangely sweet end. Its a bit on the flat side, which exasperates the sweetness, which almost reminds me of honey. Finish is slightly lingering, will some mild bitterness coming through and the body is medium. The bottle does a good job of describing this one - it says ' Beer Unique Taste' around the top and I'd have to agree.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:39:43 | More by curasowa
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Bronze coloured body, with brassy highlights. This beer started out with a solid finger and a half of head, but it didn't stick around nor lace. Very nice clarity but lacking in body carbonation.

Smell: Very plain caramel malt, and that's it. Warming didn't really help it's case either, which is a bit of a shame. Pretty much average in both nose and potency.

Taste: Very malty, which is to be expected but it comes off as a bit too bread-like and seemingly unroasted. Starts with a healthy kick of sweet caramel malt that quickly turns to a bitter kick of alcohol that is not well hidden at all. I've had worse, and I want to grade it lower but it is clearly labelled a strong beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation became completely absent at the 3/4 full mark. The change in flavor between sweet malt and solvent alcohol I think could have been handled a bit better too. Then again, I don't really want to taste solvent alcohol. On the plus side, nothing but a mild caramel aftertaste the quickly departs but it's not enough to make up for it's flaws.

Drinkability: Well it is light in the body for a strong beer, but this is one of those beers whose high alcohol content hurts it's case. I wouldn't look to grab this on a hot day and while the absent carbonation might appeal to some, I'm just not a fan of flat beer.

Final Thoughts: When I drink this, I'm perplexed. It honestly tastes like I'm drinking a high class malt liquor, which then begs the question, if you are drinking malt liquor are you really looking for something high class? I wouldn't pick up this beer again, but I'll give it one thing. I was honestly expecting it to fare a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:34:01 | More by TheHammer
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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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madjr80

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a single 16.9 bottle just to try something new. It had a much darker color than I expected. I also was not aware of this beers strength. It sure does pack a punch at 7 percent. There is a strong aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. The consistency of this beer is good for a session, but not at 7 percent. Just an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:02:59 | More by madjr80
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention and light lacing. Aroma of adjunct is kind of gross with loads of residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by adjunct and sugar which does not make for an interesting drink. Body is quite full with an oily feel and medium carbonation. Light notes of fusel alcohol are perceptible. I don't see myself drinking this again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 16:54:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with a small white head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is weak sweet malts.

Taste is sweet and malty, sweeter than it smells.

Mouthfeel is average, not too much carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet to drink too much of.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 01:38:04 | More by FLBeerGuy
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had to pour a bit aggressively to get a head on this one, but it looked really good immediately after the pour...dark amber with two fingers of head and copious bubbles rising slowly throughout. The bubbles were mid-sized, and the slowness suggested a certain amount of viscosity to the beer...looked like thin carbonated maple syrup with foam on top. Head died back pretty quickly though, leaving a light film and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is muted, sweet malts mostly

Taste is quite malty and even sweeter than it smells. There's some mild licorice or something, not terribly unpleasant, but not particularly pleasing either. It's okay, I guess, but maybe it's just not my thing. Is it the colour or does it taste a wee bit like sweetened iced tea without lemon? Just a bit...not entirely of course, but hrmmm...not my favourite. If anything, there's a tanginess in there that rescues the beer, to my thinking.

Mouthfeel is good...I like the full viscous feeling and the balance of the carbonation. It's a sure-footed beer that way somehow.

Drinkability...well, it's a bit sticky and likely too sweet to drink too much of this.

Overall, it's fine, but I don't think I'd go looking for it. I've tried a couple others of this style, and I'd have to say it's significantly better than average, but maybe the style just isn't much to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 21:25:22 | More by nokes
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some alcohol. Taste is of malts, caramel, some alcohol, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 14:10:01 | More by tone77
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sunrisesolara

Austria

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours a tea-like dark copper with a globulous, fluffy 2-finger light tan head which quickly receeds to a thick ring. No lacing.

S: Sweet barley malt, toffee, caramel, some grain. Hops are hidden in there somewhere.

M: Light-to-medium body with decent carbonation.

T: Sweet malt dominates, almost overwhelms. Hops provide some spice along the fringes, but never really make their presence known. Caramel, toffee and cane sugar molasses emerge through the midrange, finishing with a rather persistent vanilla aftertaste.

D: While the alcohol would certainly load up after a few of these, I'm afraid the overwhelming sweetness would get me well before then. This is a smooth, quality strong lager that was a good pick from my local Polish supermarket. I just wish it had more of a hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 19:22:40 | More by sunrisesolara
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seand

California

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a bit of dense white head. What head there is almost entirely dissipates fairly quickly, so there's basically no lacing.

S: Fairly subtle, sweet malt with a touch of alcohol warmth.

T: Mild grainy sweetness, finishing somewhat dry. The alcohol is pretty subtle. Kind of tastes like an imperial euro pale lager, which I suppose is more or less what it claims to be.

M: Medium prickly carbonation, medium body, slightly chewy finish.

D: Drinks reasonably easy, though it is a bit high on the ABV side (higher than it tastes).

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:24:21 | More by seand
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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

I kept passing this one up at the LCBO, I'm not sure why. Figured some good strong beers would help me through this damned snowstorm.

Pours a dark golden, almost amber hue, with about 1/3 inch of white head. A few scattered flakes of lacing, and a thin head survived the first few minutes. Not bad.

The smell is malty and sweet, with a note of butterscotch or caramel.

The taste is flavorful and surprisingly smooth for a 7%er. Malty with a bit of dark fruit, licorice and caramel. Filling and rich, but almost too sweet for my tastes. A slight tin flavour to the finish, but other than that a solid brew.

One of the better Polish beers I've encountered at the LCBO. Nothing to get too excited about, but still a fine effort. I'll probably pick up another bottle or two to get me through this wintry week...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 23:30:26 | More by JohnnyBarman
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light amber with a decent sized foamy white head. Good retention and a decent lacing.

S - Sweet and tangy malt with a slight grainy corn. Some floral hops. Slight skunky and ammonia smell.

T - Tangy caramel malt is the base. Some nutty flavors. Also a bit of apple taste. On top of that is a bit of floral hops. A little bit of spice and alcohol. Also a bit of skunk/ammonia flavor. Taste kind of like a malt liquor.

M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly sticky feel.

D - Not bad drinkability. Taste is not really appealing, but not offensive. Sticks on your tongue. Goes down fairly simple.

Notes: Seems kind of like a Polish malt liquor. Flavors just don't quite work for me, but they grew on me a bit. I'm not entirely sure why, but they are just a little off to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 00:57:50 | More by FreshHawk
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle that does have a "best by" date but it is unreadable. Sampled on February 22, 2010. The pour is actually kind of copper-amber with beautiful clarity but virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is malty with a bit of licorice and a vague dash of hops. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The taste is sweet, well-malted and has a nice toasted bread backdrop. There is also a hard liquor feel to it as well like bourbon. It was a strong ale that did a yeoman's job hiding the 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 03:17:57 | More by puboflyons
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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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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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