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Warka - Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.41%


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Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jackndan on 10-20-2002)
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stoutman

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty nose, smells somewhat like a golden graham cereal. Almost tastes like a graham cracker sort of a lightly sweet, syrupy, and grainy flavor. The deep straw gold color with a steady stream of carbonation throughout begs to say "drink me'. Not quite enough hops for me, but has the sticky sweet finish and nice mouthfeel most real beer drinkers talk about. Perfectly drinkable, and, surprisingly to me, a dangerously enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

02-05-2004 01:55:11 | More by stoutman
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +35.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 06:18:21 | More by pmcadamis
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proc

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if I would classify this beer as a Marzen/Octoberfest. It is clearly a pilsner. Pours out to a bright yellow in the glass with a very active carbonation and a nice, fluffly white head. The aroma is that of hay/freshly cut grass. The taste is superb for a "fizzy, yellow beer". There are hints of caramel and honey with a nice, little hop bite on the finish. Incredibly drinkable. I don't think I've rated a pils this high before.

Serving type: can

01-02-2004 23:58:57 | More by proc
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: can

09-30-2010 03:14:18 | More by generallee
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a good sized foamy white head and extensive patches of lace. The aroma is of fruity malts, with apple and orange mixing with some noble hops. The taste is of crackers and honey with some stewed fruit notes and a subdued hoppiness. Hop bitterness is low too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy for a lager. The alcohol is very understated.

This is a very good euro lager, definitely the best Polish beer Ive tried yet. Id get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 00:14:04 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:48:35 | More by kmo1030
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Amalak

New York

3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 00:02:25 | More by Amalak
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours apple juice pale golden color. Thin white head dissipates quickly.

Aroma is somewhat faint to nonexistent.

Palate is malty sweet with light hops in the background. Overall a thicker, sweeter pale lager than most that I've tasted from this region.

Sweetness may be bothersome to some drinkers. It's almost sickly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 04:34:24 | More by yemenmocha
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 00:21:07 | More by Zorro
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A couple of years back, my workplace had managed to hire a couple of young people from Poland to work at my workplace for the summer, and being roughly the same age as them, one of the things we had in common was an affinity for alcohol. While they seemed to prefer hard liquor more often than beer, in our discussions about beer almost all of them said that their favorite beer from their homeland was a beer called Warka Strong (at first due to their accent I thought they said Vodka Strong). I was hoping to someday try that beer, but I couldn't find it in America. Then awhile back I managed to find the original Warka beer, which I seized upon and which I am reviewing today.

Warka pours a nice amber/copper color with a decent foam head that thins out in about a minute. The aroma is simple but pleasing, with some nice sweet malts present with some citric and herbal hoppiness in the nose. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but has a slight bit of stickiness to it. The main flavor is of some sweet, slightly caramel like maltiness with perhaps an underlying nuttiness present (almost peanut like). Moderate hop bitterness, with the citric/herbal hop presence noticable. The carbonation is on the lighter side. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish, but it doesn't linger on for too long. The aftertaste brings us some lingering herbal hoppiness, and there is a light alcoholic warmth to finish off the brew.

I was expecting a standard Euro-lager when purchasing this brew, but I knew my Polish friends would not steer me wrong. I would eventually like to try the Strong variation of this beer, but I may have to make a trip to Poland in order to do that (which is fine with me :-). An easy drinking beer, and a good one to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 06:58:09 | More by Beastdog75
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ccs

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold hue, almost no head. Smells sweet, malty. Has a good taste, sweet, malty with a nice roast at the end. Tastes very much to the Oktoberfest style. Mouthfeel is good, just the right amount of carbonation. This is a great beer, very drinkable and perfect with a nice dessert.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 03:50:22 | More by ccs
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jackndan

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2002 19:57:45 | More by jackndan
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2006 21:28:19 | More by ppoitras
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StJamesGate

New York

3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale brass with a frothy white head that flees fast and no visible carbonation. Forest honey malts and flowery noble hops on the nose. Big bread dough malts, some caramel pears, a whiff of booze and spice cake hops. Dry finish, metallic linger. Light to medium, some chew, no burn or fizz.

I don't know what style to rate this against - from earlier reviews this was once labeled a Vienna lager and the 'other' beer site has it as a "premium" lager.

Regardless, solid malts and enough hops - better than most out of Poland.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 18:44:43 | More by StJamesGate
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Poured a gold clear lager in the glass...good cap fair retention

Decent nose like sweet grass and bread

Good dose of malt in the front herbal balance from hops clean finish with biscuit after taste...

Rich mouth feel medium body on this lasger...drinkable and satisfying...one pf the best Polish lagers on par with Okocim.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 00:21:03 | More by pootz
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light amber in color, clear, with about half a fingers' worth of light off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pale lager type of smell, but with a slightly heartier edge to it.

Taste - much like the smell, but more biscuity than I originally noticed or would have guessed it to be. There's a little bite to it in the middle and then the following toward the finish.

Mouthfeel - the texture is actually fairly well balanced - not lingering more or less toward watery or creamy.

Overall - not very intriguing, but still a pretty solid and decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:39:18 | More by Nerudamann
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber in color, with minimal head with no lace.

S - Sweet, honey, biscuity and malt.

T - Sweet and piney. Malty and spicey hops.

M - Crisp mouthfeel that is rescued by a dry bitterness that balances the beer.

Overall - very drinkable and fairly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:20:35 | More by kylehay2004
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sauron681

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, super fluffy head, low lacing glass. Light carbonation. No real smell, and light mouth feel. Tastes kinda flat cause of the lack of carbonation, yet is clean and smooth. Has a very slight bitterness at the end, preceded by a skunky, syrupy, caramel flavor. Not the worst Poland beer I have ever had, better than most

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:33:38 | More by sauron681
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emerge077

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:43:35 | More by emerge077
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can
A - a quite clear bright amber with a thin little head and traces of lacing.
S - a little sweet malt with a trace of hops.
T - moderately sweet maltiness with a light hoppiness all of which comes and goes quick and clean.
M - light, crisp, and lively with no lingering strong flavors.
D - goes down very easily and the abv is of little notice.
A very clean and easy drinking beer that would make for a refreshing picnic beverage.

Serving type: can

02-08-2012 04:46:24 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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Bear1964

Nebraska

3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Pint glass, almost no head but a nice golden color. Aroma was of sweetness, corn and malt with a hint of alcohol. Slightly sweet taste with a skunky after bite and a mild malt finish. Mouthfeel is wet at first and then fizzed to a dry end with a suprising bit of carbonation, left flavor hints on the roof of the mouth. Overall a nice Euro Lager that had some flavor, I'm sure there are better and worse Polish Lagers to be had....and I want to try them.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 21:45:46 | More by Bear1964
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale transparent orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was lightly present on the top of the brew while drinking. Mild to average active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: light buttery yeast on the front. Grainy malt backbone. Some toasted oats round out the aroma. Very light and subtle overall.

Taste: The front is pretty watery, some light malt mixes with some bready yeast. The body picks up with some grain character with oats and very subtle hop tones. The finish is semi sweet butter and prairie grass.

Mouthfeel: I could use some more crisp hop and malt tones. Front is definitely watery and fails to pull the drinker in. Carbonation is okay.

Overall: Unimpressive overall but I would recommend it for a macro drinker looking for something different within that similar price range. This brew just need more character in all areas. Good for a warm day barbeque though.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 01:46:52 | More by KFBR392
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2010 03:09:31 | More by woodychandler
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metter98

New York

3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:53:03 | More by metter98
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cjgator3

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 23:26:00 | More by cjgator3
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