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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jackndan on 10-20-2002

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Photo of paceyourself
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been awhile since i've had beer from a can and i wasn't expecting much but i was pleasantly surprised. The crystal clear straw yellow color was covered by a fluffy white head that faded slowly leaving a thin white film on top. A faint odor of cardboard is there but very little aroma overall.This brew is lacking in the taste department, i would say it's like a thin vienna lager at best. By not being over carbonated i could drink many of these with a couple kelly dogs on a hot summer day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from 500ml can into a mug. There is a freshness date of 04-15-2011 printed on the bottom of the can and the ABV is listed as 5.7%.

Appearance: Its body has a golden yellow color with excellent clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Its head builds up to about a two finger tall creamy just off white head of foam that quickly settles down to a wispy thin covering. Some lacing was left at the top of the glass but the rest just slide right down the sides of the glass. I'm not complaining but the can describes the head as "IDEAL HEAD". I would like to have a little taller head with much more hang time on it.

Smell: There are typical pale lager malt notes with modest noble hop notes in the aroma. Overall it's kind of sweet and lightly nutty. (Not at all what I was expecting.)

Taste/Palate: It tastes just like the aroma suggests. There is a pale lightly bready maltiness with a nice sweet and slightly nutty character. For balance it has a light kiss of clean floral noble hops. The finish is quick, snappy and dry with light bitterness and more of the nutty notes in the malt coming through. The texture is smooth and lively with good carbonation.

Notes: Well I was not expecting a Fest beer when I picked this one up but there it is. I was thinking it was going to be more of a Czech Pilsener or a Euro Lager but it is well in keeping with a good old German Fest beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle with a BB date of May 2015.
A light bodied, light tasting lager. The main virtue is a lack of problems. This is clean and not skunky, with decent albeit weak flavor.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An O-Fest from Poland? You know, that's what I love about beer... it never fails to surprise me.

A - This is a dark, but perfectly clear, orange-bronze and is capped with a fluffy two finger head that rose up with a nitro-like cascade effect. Thick sheets of really solid lace slide down the glass and leave some crust behind. Nice!

S - Carrot cake and caramel malt with a hint of cinnamon and spice. In fact, this reminds me of those carrot cake flavored and white hard icing-topped ding-dong things that you can get in bowling alley vending machines.

T - Wow! This is a surprisingly forceful and very sweet flavor attack! This is like a dark over-ripe fruit laden Baltic Porter mixed with the spice cake notes of an "Imperial Oktoberfest" if such a thing exists. This tastes and feels much more boozy than it's meager 5.6%, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, that big body and dense sweetness works to this one's favor. Seriously, this is complex, sweet, uber-malty, and tasty as hell.

M - Full bodied, dextrin-y, solid, dense, massive, and muscular. This is one helluva beer. Finishes neutral with a "spice-cake drenched in molasses" note lingering after the swallow.

D - Just this morning I was brewing up a batch of pale ale homebrew, and I happened to sample the malt extract raw after I got all I could out of the can, and this tastes a lot like that raw malty sweet and bran-y flavor. I opened this brew expecting some sort of Polish version of a Euro-Lager and instead I was amazed to be treated to one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had, and that's saying a lot since I've had quite a few and it's one of my favorite styles! An outstanding O-Fest ... from Poland! Who would've thunk?

Photo of cjgator3
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark golden orange color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is dominated by slightly toasted malts, some caramel and a hint of toffee. The taste much like the aroma is mostly malt with some caramel and a barely noticeable hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and under-carbonated for my liking. Overall, I will likely pass on purchasing this beer again.

Photo of Jakeszetela
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a dark gold color. head dissipates quickly. no carbonation visible. corn and malt aroma. the interesting thing about this beer is that I get a flavor reminiscent of sweet tea with lemon. my friends concurred. there is the slightest hint of skunk flavor, but primarily i get flavors of tea and lemon. hit me completely off guard.

Photo of jackndan
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warka Beer: From Poland, in a half liter can. Deep amber color, with a thick rocky white head. They claim that this beer has been around since before Columbus sailed. I was fully expecting a skunked out euro-lager, but instead found a slightly thin Vienna style lager. Very, very sweet, with dominant malt tastes, almost honey like. A simple hop presence at the end does what it can to balance out the sweetness. Nevertheless, this was a surprisingly good beer, particularly for $1.29 a can.

Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.49 pint bottle from Gene's Sausage Shop.

Fizzy bright gold, some retention in the form of a wispy skim and thin soapy ring around the rim. Visible carbonation trails.

Aroma is a little dull and muted, soapy sweet florals and maybe apple. It's difficult to pull out anything really.

Flaccid feel, clean and dry aftertaste, apple and papery notes dominate. Pretty much like every Polish lager out there, very clean but one dimensional. Not much in the way of noble hops here, they may have already faded (bottle not dated). Pretty dry. Clean and easy to drink, went well with smoked alpine sausage from Gene's also.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.7% ABV, Best By 07-16-2011.

A - Golden and mostly clear like a European Okto should be, this has very nice clarity and a thick, short ring of white foam. Good lace left on the glass too.

S - Sweet corn and pils malt open the aroma with an average but certainly not offensive start. Märzen malt profile is surprisingly good and inviting, but the aroma is average overall.

T - Thin Märzen malt profile with pils and bit of corn-like sweetness. Very little English hop to the taste.

M - Medium-light bodied and smooth with a clean profile and lightly dry, crisp finish.

O - Definitely a surprise that this one isn't terrible, after all, I was expecting it to be when I bought a single of it. I suppose lower standards help. A decently drinkable polish brew.

Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle it has a thick head, gold in color, no bubbles...very light. Average nutish smell, fairly dull.

It tastes like a light nut-brown ale. It has decent quality, but it really doesn't do anything special. When you finish it, it's like, ok that was good, what's next.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warka has a thin-to-medium, white head, a fairly good amount of lacing left behind, and a clear, golden appearance. Aroma is of sweet honey and bread crust, and the flavor is of the same, with low-level, grassy bitterness and German bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Warka finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops and bready malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and corn along with hints of a syrup-like sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is definitely heavier in body compared to other Euro Pale Lagers.
O: Although this beer is a little sweet, it's not too difficult to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste. It's not a bad beer for the style because there are no off flavors.

Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a quite deep gold to almost copper color with a pertinent white head that is frothy in texture, and the lace a nice thick sheet to seal the glass. Nose is dominated by malt, somewhat crisp and fresh, a bit musty and the start a bit too sweet, the top thin. Finish is strong in its carbonation, with the hops adequate and the aftertaste dry and lingering, drinkable, but not something that “Lit my beer fire”.

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very limpid deep golden in colour with great amber hies. No head retention, dead beer to look at, very boring.

Smell is of corn sugar, syrup, caramel and malted.

Taste is pretty sweet, very malty, malt is quite present, woth shy hoppy flavours which rounds up a floral bouquet. Very watery and smooth, there was some presense ethyl in the end.

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this is a clear amber colored beer with a distinct orange cast to it. A decent light tan head forms and then falls.

Smell is sweet with a distinct Munich malt aroma to it. Fairly perfumed to the nose the hops are more floral than I expected.

Taste is sweet and very strong with the caramel flavor at the very beginning. Good strong hop in the background to reign in the caramel and it does a good job but this is still a fairly sweet beer. A tasty malt heavy beer that I rather like.

Mouthfeel is good.

Surprisingly good drinkability from a beer from an iffy country. Nearly in the same class as the best of the style from Germany, this is a beer I can recommend.

Photo of Douberd
2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml can, bought at a polish shop in Arnhem. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. ABV 5,7% Golden yellow colour with one finger of soapy white head, with low retention. No lacing of course left behind, just a couple of bubbles in the body. Typical macro lager aroma, but very faint, almost non existent. Malty taste but only a bit sweet. Aftertaste is much sweeter. Very thin and watery body, minimal carbonation. Overall less than average macro lager tasting beer, very easily forgetable.

Photo of jneiswender
2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Pod Wawelem in Krakow. Served cool in a stout krug.

A-gold yellow body, thin white head.

S-slight hop aroma but otherwise clean.

T-nice balanced taste, but rather non-descript

M-light

D-Okay at best. Nice balance. Good in a pinch and certainly thirst quenching. Marzen?

Photo of jwc215
3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle - has a "Best by" but no date:

Pours golden with a white head that has a decent retention before vanishing to a wisp. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet graininess - towards caramel, with a touch of "Euro-skunk" and a touch of soap.

The taste is sweet - in a rather bland way. Some (woody) dryness in the finish, though remains sweet.

The feel is fizzy at first, but eases up. Light-to-medium bodied.

I thought it more of a Euro Pale Lager than a Marzen/O-fest, but I suppose the sweetness puts it into the latter... Anyway, it's a rather bland, sweet, though "drinkable" brew.

Photo of Shiloh
2.67/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark offering, almost amber in colour with a taste of fruitiness and almonds and a little thin. This is a full bodied brew with a minor lace as its crowning glory or lack of. Does nothing for me...but I am glad I met it...

Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a deep yellow, clear brew with a one finger head composed of large bubbles.

The aroma was mostly of grains, with a little bit of spicy hops. Not terribly malty.

Taste was mainly of grains, and it was a trifle sweet. There was a bit of caramel and some spicy hops thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, but not overly so.

Drinkability was OK... I could have another if I wanted to, but I wouldn't be terribly drawn to it unless the only other thing available was macro-swill.

Photo of mrmanning
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber body wqith tons of carbonation and a huge off white head. Aromas are caramel, malt, bread, and some hops. Taste is sweet malts, caramel, some hops, molasses. Smooth and creamy. Very dangerous considering it is 7%. Not my favourite ES, but all in all, well made, and given the high ABV, a well made brew.

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" off-white head above the clear light golden brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with lots of lacing. Aroma is light, relatively balanced, with spicy hops tipping the scales a bit. Taste is sweet pale grains, with a crisp Saaz-ish hoppiness. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Not bad, esp for the travelling this can has done.

Photo of kmo1030
3.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark gold in color with a white head that fizzes itself out quickly. malty aroma with caamel, vanilla, and a light fruitiness. honey aromas make a showing as it warms. slight astringency and hints of an almost maple syrup aroma also show up. very sweet with candy like flavors that mirror the aroma minus the astringency. apple like fruitiness combines with the caramel to create a very pleasing caramel apple taste (obviously). lighter medium body with average carbonation. good drinkability, while very sweet, it is not overwhelming at all. worth a try if you can get your hands on it. i gotta admit, i was pleasantly surprised with my first polish beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The CANQuest is going Polish this evening in memory of my drinking buddy, Stosh, who owned the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Pittsburgh before he passed, leaving the place to his children. The Red and White dinner platters remain memorable as does Dyngus Day. R.I.P.

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of thick, foamy bone- white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a very Saaz hop/Pilsner bite to it. I am curious as to its being an O-fest. Mouthfeel was slightly watery with a lager-like sweetness on the tongue. I really CANnot believe that this is an O-fest and I have sent the company an E-mail for clarification. Finish was mild, unobtrusive, definitely some sort of Lager, maybe an O-fest, maybe not. Drinkable? Sure. Cooler worthy? Yes, but not worth seeking out. It would be a nice, simple beer to have with a nice, simple Polish meal, no question.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Let me preface things by saying that I'm ignoring the current designation of this beer and reviewing it as a Euro pale lager (or something generally akin thereto. I'll explain later. Anyway, it pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises white bread, corn, dusty wheat, and light honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a dull sweetness and a vague twang of booze duking it out amidst the aforementioned elements. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty meager beer in general. As a marzen/O-Fest, it's downright terrible, but as a normal Euro lager, it's just mildly sad.

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