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Warka - Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 27.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
Poland | website

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 UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before: 6/24/15. 5.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, corn flake, caramel, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid malt and caramel aspects that make it one of the better Euro lagers I have had in a while.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -15%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is kind of a throwback to the early days of this site, when one could differentiate between serving styles. In going through my backlog of beer, I came across a 500 ml bottle of Warka which I assumed to be the same as other Warka.

From the bottle: "From Polish Hops"; "Official Sponsor of the Polish National Team."; "Limited Edition Beer 1478"

I Pop!ped the cap and as I began the pour, my curiosity was piqued as the color was clearly NOT that of a Euro Pale Lager. I got a finger of fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and cola highlights. Nose had a chocolaty-anise quality. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly smoky with notes of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Hmmm. Finish had a bittersweet flavor that lingered well after the swallow. Hmmmm.

I also had a CAN from the same period as the above bottle, so I decided to see how that stacked up.

From this CAN: "From Polish Hops"; "Official Sponsor of the Polish National Team."; "Limited Edition Beer 1478"; "The Measure of a Genuine Beer"; "Enjoy Warka responsibly."

The Crack! was loud and clear and I was curious, so I performed an inverted Glug. I got two fluffy fingers of bone white head that quickly retreat to wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with filament-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of biscuit malt and grassy Noble hops. It was clean and adjunct-free, though and I was ready. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was clean, refreshing, lager-like, with a reserved sweetness from the malt and a grassy taste from the hops. It is when I drink these types of beers that I want to weep. Prohibition in the U.S. killed lagers and gave rise to the AAL style that was a hallmark of the early days of The CANQuest (tm) and which CANtinues to haunt me. This was so much better than any AAL could ever hope to be. Finish was semi-dry, CANpletely refreshing and worth inclusion in your cooler.

The original CAN review, dtd 18 June 2010 follows:

The CANQuest (tm) 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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Color is clear golden. The head is light but still nice, medium-large and white. Only a little lace.

S: lots of sweet malts, but with a slight off-smell of boiled vegetables. Some bitter hops?

T: Sweet malt and some bitter hops, but the alcohol together with a marzipan rather rough taste.

M: long bitter aftertaste. Body is medium as well as the carbonation.

O: just another standard macro lager. This is rather a Euro Pale lager than a Märzen. Absolutely nothing to write home about.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the commander of canned beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is grains, malts, some hints of corn, light and refreshing. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but a bit milder than other Polish lagers I have tried.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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”.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can version. Poured a nice amber color with a thick beige head. Malt and caramel aroma. Sweet malt flavor but kind of thin for a Vienna. Granted, GL's Eliot Ness has ruined me as far as other Vienna's go. It is nice to know that people had a beer this good 500 years ago.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.71/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warka Beer pours a dark amber. The smell is decent, no unpleasant notes. Mostly malt and maybe just a touch of hops. The taste is dominated by malt, not much hops. Nothing special, but not bad either, definitely drinkable. I'm not sure I'd pick one up again, but I could see someone else liking it.

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Photo of pootz
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber orange. Pours a good yellowish head that settles to a film. Gives up a thin bit of lace.

Overall this beer comes across as almost achingly sweet. Lots of sweet malt in the nose with some hop lurking in the background. Nice touch of grain in there as well. The flavour is dominated by the malt and the whole effect is just too sugary. Carbonation is nicely tuned.

This beer has a couple of nice touches, but is just too sweet to be really enjoyable. Not enough balance, too watery.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%
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?

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Warka from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
75 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.