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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 846
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much worse or better than Lagunitas (oops! I mean Heineken). So for that reason alone this is getting 3.5s across the board and is a solid beer to session.

P.S. Polish y'all!

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Photo of safaricook
4.04/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this freshly tapped in Krakow, Poland
Golden color and white fluffy head
Smells of noble hops. Nothing special
Taste is great, bready malts with noble hop balance
Texture is surprisingly chewy from the malts, still refreshing.
Makes an excellently quaffable brew with a good conversation. Top shelf for a pale lager.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.67/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber colour, which separates it from many other more watery looking lagers, such as Lech. Aroma is ok, nothing special. The taste is surprisingly complex, which makes this my favorite Polish canned lager that they sell in the shop below my house. It has a bitter aftertaste, which I like lots. Tempted to drink it warm to see how it would compare with an English bitter, however I am too thirsty to do that with this can.

As a bonus, it is made with spring water, as advertised on the can in Polish, and the design is nice also, in the colours of the Polish flag (not that I am Polish, though definitely a thoughtful touch).

This is a good lager, however due to its bitterness is an acquired taste. I have acquired this, though possibly many would dislike it. Anyway, it's my favorite Polish beer, out of about 10 that they sell in the shop below my house...

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look; pours pale gold , with little frothing, carbonation is little, so the small head doesn't stick around long

Smell; immediate fresh sweet smell upon opening the bottle, grainy and fresh.

Taste; Crisp fresh lager more on the bitter side than a typical euro-lager. surprisingly nice, but missing something...

Feel; a dry fresh Finnish to it but goes down thicker, "creamy" feeling.

Overall a nice change to what I normally drink, quiet nice, would get it again.

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Photo of LuskusDelph
3.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a restaurant. It was served in a tulip glass with a very dense 3/4" cap of foam that remained intact, leaving a perfect lacing on the glass.
Color was a clear gold
Nice malt character with a perfect noble hop balance and a medium body.
Nothing over-the-top here, and that's definitely a good thing.
A beer like this will generate a fair amount of craft snob hate, but the bottom line is that this is a very well made and refreshing European style lager and a nice contrast to the blandness of American lagers and the often palate numbing imbalance of so many craft brews (especially American ones),
Like other Zywiec products, it is remarkably well made, and sold at a great price for the quality it delivers.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $2.45 CDN. Revisiting this after a couple of years.

Appearance - pale golden straw color with two fingers of quickly receding white head. Minimal lacing and not much in the way of bubbles.

Smell - simple but aromatic grassy notes with a. Grainy undertones.

Taste - mildly bitter grainy flavor. A little bit of an adjunct flavor too. Some sweetened corn maybe.

Mouthfel - dry and fairly clean with a bit of a creamier body. On the the heavier side for the style but the ABV matches that.

Overall - a decent representative of the style but better options abound at most places that serve beer.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing all that special but still pretty solid. Sold in 16oz bottles for pretty cheap at a liquor store near me. Good to grab one or two before a party just to have people ask what you're drinking and how to pronounce it. Na zdrowie!

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Photo of KevinRut
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Did not like, and did not finish it, so not sure if it would give me a headache if I drank the whole beer. Should have tried their Porter, that one seems to get reviewed higher.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I generally enjoy Euro Pale Lagers more than the next guy and this one is an old favorite. Not as good as most of its Belgian, Dutch, and German counterparts, but still very drinkable and well balanced Euro pale lager.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bright straw color, almost golden. White 3 finger head lasting around 6 minutes. Average legs with some high activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of corn, grains, honey, light citrus, slightly skunky. More of a bitter herbal taste with a dash of sweetness.

Slick light body with excessive carbonation. Short/medium finish ending with a bitter dry skunky feel.

Overall : Faint smell and watery flavors. Freshness is ok but the craft is missing some personality.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It strikes me that this is Poland's answer to Budweiser or MGD, in fact, it shares many of the same characteristics. There is nothing terrible here, but nothing special. It is a very typical Euro Lager. There is less skunk in the nose than some Euro's, but everything else is pretty much what one would expect from this style.

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Photo of timontheroad
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow, very clear, very little head even after an aggressive pour. Head faded to nothing after about 30 seconds, no lacing. Aroma was pretty weak, with some ver slight grainy malt notes, no hop or bitter notes in the smell. Taste was sweet malt and corn with just a touch of bitterness, not much else. As it warmed, I got a bit of a metallic taste - not good. The mouthfeel was light and crisp, but nothing special. Overall, this one's not among the better beers out there, probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of FredVanderNaald
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

I like this beer it has a little bitter taste, It was pretty cheap at Cosco 24 pack of 16.9 oz cans for $20.99. For the money taste and alcohol content this is a winner. Better than domestic adjunct (corn,rice) for about the same price. It seams heavier than most common imports and still has a high alcohol content .

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Photo of endovelico
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%

Focused and rich, tastes like sweetened chamomile iced tea. Light gold in color; honey, grainey and hay aromas; Light-bodied and sweetish with medium acidity and a peppery finish.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3/5  rDev -2%

Sampled last night on 10/15/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) with some embossing on the bottle also with 'BEST BEFORE: 05.06.15' on the lower back label. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden straw-yellow in color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of grains, malts and hops with a hint of citrus zest. Pretty much the same for the taste. Does have a slight bitter finish as many of these type of brew style has. Medium bodied and carbonation. Really not a fan of this style of brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/22/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, bready grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with weak strength. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, bready grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, bready grain, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pale lager. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of theinsanefoodie
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Interesting packaging and design of the bottle although I found the taste to be just average. Since it was moderately priced and a rare find here in Melbourne, I bought it out of curiosity. Will try to find the Porter next time which seems to be more popular.

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Photo of StanfordBlack
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed this beer at my local BevMo for very cheap, and after asking my friend from Poland about it, I had decided to give it a try. I must say, for its price it's actually really good, however overall, compared to other beers it's just okay, nothing more.

I usually like a darker more bitter ale such as Stone or Arrogant Bastard, It's not too often I go for a lager, so I will admit my rating may not be the most fair.

Appearance wise, it's pretty typical, dark yellow with a strong head.

The smell was pretty neutral to me. While it did have a mildly grainy aroma, it wasn't prominent. Overall rather pleasant, but nothing that really stood out for me.

Taste was pretty good. It reminded me a lot of a typical beer someone might drink who doesn't usually go for a craft beer. I did like it a bit more though, it had a sort of light quality to it, but it wasn't sweet. Overall, not bad, but again nothing amazing, not overly hoppy but a tad wheaty.

Mouthfeel was pretty standard as well, it went down easily, didn't tingle my tongue or anything.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, it does feel a tad generic, but it's something I could definitely drink. I would take Zyweic over Heineken, Amstel, Stella, etc not only because it overall I feel is a better beer, but also since it is much cheaper.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head with some lacing. Not lots but enough to be respectable. Smells grainy and pleasant. No noticeable hops or herbal notes. Taste is well balanced. Somewhat sweet with a mild bitter finish. Quite a hearty and enjoyable lager flavour. Rather mild though. Quite a good pale lager at a really low price and very easy availability (most corner shops in London stock it.) Doesn't ever really disappoint and makes a better choice by far than Heineken, Stella etc.

My mark out of a hundred would be 75.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Two fingers of bubbly head on the pour. Straw yellow color with very light accents of orange. Medium active carbonation, on the lower end for the style.

Smell: Highly carbonated bready yeast on the front. Light hops and corn on the body. Grains round out this aroma.

Taste: Grainy front with accents of corn greet the palate. Grains continue to build on the body. The hops are pretty much absent when expected from a pale lager. The finish is malty, sticky, with a touch of dryness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of grains and corn. Carbonation is bright which is to be expected.

Overall: Meh overall. Kind of feels like a big macro lager with the heavy accents of grain and corn.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.14/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head the boasts decent lacing and moderate retention. The body is a nice gold color with steady consistent carbonation.

Smell: It has a bit of an odd funk to it, as it has a smell reminiscent of popcorn kernels that didn't pop but settled at the bottom of the bowl mixed in with a wet grass and flour note. Didn't really react to warming either way.

Taste: It starts with a really rough barley the aforementioned popcorn kernel husks. It then briefly offers a splash of sweeter malt before being drowned out of a sulfuric muddy hop taste. It's palpatable, but I'd have to be desperate to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: That muddy note lingers and won't go away. The awkward shifting of the beer's taste doesn't help things either, especially since the carbonation seems to accent the beginning and end of the beer, which are coincidentally the worst parts of it.

Drinkability: Wholly crap is this stuff gassy, and it doesn't settle down well at all. This is medium bodied, which I don't mind in a Lager so long as it's a pleasure to drink. At least there's not a lot of dry aspects to it.

Final Thoughts: This is the kinda beer that makes people flock to Macro lagers, as I can see someone trying it and not ever wanting to try import beer again. It's not very smooth, not very flavorful, and all around not very good. It got the drain a little bit over the half way point, so you'll definitely want to pass on this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, BB date stamped 20 July 2014. Innovative color-changing crown on the back label indicates proper serving temperature.

Golden-amber body has excellent clarity and is topped by a semi-durable head. Minimal lacing.

Decent, lightly sweet flavor and aroma. Seems to need more hops for balance.

O: not bad but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of McStagger
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours slightly gold of straw. Accidentally aggressive pour leads to two and a half fingers bleached hed. Carbonation is moderate, with bubbles rising to the surface. Retention is moderate. Lacing is good. Head is made up of fairly large bubbles.

S: The bottle may as well be green. Mildly skunky, with herbal/vegetal hoppiness. Malt is crackery. Slightly metallic.

T: Pretty big rush of malt sweetness up front. Bready and a little doughy. Hops are mostly muted. Towards the finish, there is a mild surge of the cooked veggies/herbal component. Malt sweetness ultimately wins out, but it's not much of a battle. Finishes with a cooked cereal sweetness.

M: Not quite as carbonated as expected. Mouthfeel is soft, but not so soft as to be labeled creamy.

O: Drink it cold and it's an average EPL. Letting it warm shows you its inner demons. Do not let it warm.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear and golden color. The two fingers of white head have medium retention.
There is a nice malty aroma, which isn't too strong nor too weak.
The taste is expected: sweet at the beginning, followed by a pleasant bitterness all teh way to the finish.
Easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of smitty4657
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank about 400 of these during a recent trip to Poland. Very standard lager, but very refreshing, especially when fresh. Not at all surprising to say it was way better there than the imported bottles I’ve had in the states. Most Polish lagers seem to take on a gasoline aroma when they warm up, but Zywiec’s flavor held - nice light malt character and really drinkable.

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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
71 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.