Warka Strong - Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
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3.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
07-04-2012 05:47:28 | More by Beastdog75
3.58/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
06-27-2012 06:34:48 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.4/5 rDev +3%
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.
06-23-2012 03:24:03 | More by mick303
3.93/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
05-14-2012 19:45:36 | More by cdicanio
3.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
04-29-2012 22:18:34 | More by jmdrpi
3.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-26-2012 04:03:47 | More by rwrk42
3.43/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-22-2011 02:27:47 | More by bierschmecktgut
2.98/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
12-17-2011 11:10:26 | More by dansmcd
3.73/5 rDev +13%
A - Crystal clear amber lager body, faint ring of carbonation.
S - Lots of simple malt sweetness in the nose. Some subtle alcohol.
T - Sweet, with a light flavored simple sweet malt base. A roasted malty bread profile. The 7% abv disguised fairly well.
M - Clean and drinkable. Sweet and light to me, the abv an afterthought.
O - I was pleasantly surprised here. An inexpensive Polish beer at the local store, with a good balance of flavor and drinkablity. A complete steal for about $1.50 for a half litre.
12-14-2011 01:38:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
3.54/5 rDev +7.3%
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served ice cold. In general I seem to like Polish lagers more than the average BA, so seeing this one's relatively high overall grade has me feeling pretty hopeful.
Pours a nice bright, translucent orange-amber colour, topped with about a finger of soapy white head that dissipates before a minute's time has passed. There is a decent wispy cap left over on the surface, and a creamy collar around the edge of the glass. The aroma is enjoyable, but muted... lots of malt, very sweet and bready in nature, but with some definite syrupy adjunct notes. Some grassy, floral hops with maybe a hint of lemon or some other citrus fruit. No booze, at least not until it warms a bit.
Plenty more bready malts in the flavour, buttered bread for sure with a light caramel or honey sweetness in the background. Herbal, grassy hop notes intermingle with a weird, half-fruity-half-corny, sweet, syrupy taste toward the finish. Not exactly cloying, but not refreshing either. Light lingering sweetness in the finish balanced by some dryness from the alcohol, which is hidden quite well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with fairly mild carbonation for the style, just enough to provide a bit of bite. Medium bodied, and leaves a slick feel behind on the palate.
[Updated Aug. 10 2014]
This beer reminds me of Zubr, another strong Polish lager I am fond of, except this one has more alcohol and it shows up a bit in the flavour as it warms. This is above average for the style because it's not a chore to drink, the flavour is approachable and the alcohol is masked, but that's basically all I can say. I might get this again, but there are other Polish beers I'd get again first. Worth a try, and still the best-quality strong Euro lager I've ever had.
Final Grade: 3.54, a B grade.
11-27-2011 01:15:35 | More by thehyperduck
3.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Won this beer at a homebrew meeting. Poured ~4C into a Duvel tulip. Not expecting much here, let's see how she pours...
A: Rock solid look here. Amber to reddish. Crystal clear. Nice White / light tan head and it even leaves lacing! Tons of carbonation cascading upwards.
S: Not much going on here. Canned corn, cooked vegetal and sweet malts. Not at all enticing.
T: Another complete 180. Not a complex beer, but a good beer. Enough caramel and sweet flavours to keep me interested. A light fruitiness is very, very nice and pairs well. A hint of smoke or chocolate even.
O: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting. A well balanced beer, that was enjoyable from first sip to last. Not necessarily a beer or style I would hunt for, but a beer worth revisiting.
10-11-2011 22:10:47 | More by kjyost
2.3/5 rDev -30.3%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Are you drinking a wimpy Polish beer? Wanna get the girls' attention? Then try Warka Strong: A Stronger Beer for a Stronger Man. ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises musty caramel, light wheat, light buttery biscuits, and a definite air of green apple flesh. The taste pushes the green apple to the fore, fruity caramel (still as musty as before), a light twinge of alcohol, sweet flowers, and straight cane sugar. It's all just a sweet, boozy mess. The body is a hefty-aspiring medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a sorta painful beer to drink. It's too sweet, it's too fruity, and there's way too much alcohol on the tongue for the ABV.
10-11-2011 20:34:30 | More by TMoney2591
3.35/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into a regular pint glass. Very light. yellow orange color. Super carbonated and a small one finger head tops this. Almost need a sound portion to this grade because the carbonation was like pouring sparkling cider.
Smell is euro adjunct??? Belgian yeast strain and wheat or hay. Some soggy spoiled citrus fruit smells as well.
Taste actually not that bad. It has a very thick sweet malt bill that you must fight through but all of the flavors that I got from the smell aren't there. That's a good thing!! There is that dank European soggy fruit taste, but it isn't overpowering.
Mouth is crisp and refreshing at first, but does leave a bit of dryness way back on the tongue.
Overall I wasn't expecting to like this and didn't, but was quite surprised at how bad it wasn't. This was a sample and samples are always great 'cause they're free. Not a bad example of a European Lager. Thanks Bill for this freebee!!
08-22-2011 07:45:26 | More by azdback
Warka Strong from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
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