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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
71
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801 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 14
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

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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Ratings: 801 | Reviews: 377
Reviews by bigbeard:
Photo of bigbeard
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Zywiec (Gee-vee-ettes) pours a crisp golden color and omits a citrusy lemon zest aroma. The beer itself has a cereal grain taste with a medium to thin body and has a medium bitterness as well. Moderate amounts of noble hops in the flavor profile give this beer a little bit of a spiciness. The beer finishes dry and moderately bitter. Got the beer as a gift from good friends, one of which is from Poland, thus I do not know how to rate this beer by price. For what it is, it is good, but not normally my style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TSJ4000
4.85/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on tap at a Polish festival in Omaha and man did I enjoy it. It was a hot day and the beer couldn't have been any fresher. I bought a glass and the head curled up along the top and dripped down the outside perfectly. My first smell I noticed more hops and character than I'm used to having in a Euro Pale Lager. This beer was balanced and rich in flavors but refreshing and delicious. No skunk either. I may make this my go to EPL.

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of MNJR
4.2/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zywiec is obviously a mass market beer in Poland and is widely available here in Chicago, making it easy to lump in with average-costing imports like Becks, Heineken, etc. But, be aware that this is a far better beer than any comparably priced import. Nothing offensive here in the taste dept. The taste is fresh, crisp and clean. The carbonation is perfect and adds just the right amount of bite. The alcohol content is a bit higher than others in it's class, but with the richness of the taste it blends right in. This is what mass market American beers dream of being, but can't seem to pull off. This may be a buck or two more than Bud, Miller, Pabst, etc., but well worth it. This is a real quencher and goes down smooth and tasty. An excellent beer for getting out of hand and pounding down a few with an added touch of class! Very tasty!

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is shimmering golden beer with champaigne-like carbonation and big rocky white head that is slow to go and leaves great fractured lacing. Smell is great fresh baked bread backed by spicy noble hop and just a note of sweetness.

Man this is good. It has a slightly deeper malt taste than alot of other lagers which helps temper hop bitterness. Metallic taste is rather big here but it isn't harsh and actually kind of works. Its a little like licking a new penny. Alcohol comes out a bit toward the end. Every now and then an almost fruity taste pops up through the light sweetness. I guess this is kinda flawed and funky but its also flavorful and smooth and I like it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and lively and I doubt this beer will last long.

Photo of Todd
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle. No freshness date. There's a "beer thermometer" on the back label. Basically refrigerate and wait until the Zywiec logo appears in the box. When it does, it's at its ideal drinking temperature.

Appearance: Clear and bright pale golden beer with a pure white foam head.

Smell: Metallic with a herbal/floral hop aroma. A bit yeasty and "skunky" too.

Taste: Light, crisp and refreshing up-front. Malt sweetness is thin. Carbonation lends a soda-water type taste and feel on the palate. Metallic, biscuit, dimethyl sulfide (skunky), salt and a strange bitterness follow. Finish is raw, dry and astringent with lingering tannins.

Notes: Kind of blah. I mean it's okay, but there's nothing shouting "Hey! Todd! Have another!"

Photo of Doomcifer
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale, straw color with a decent white head that retains fairly well. Smells of cereal grains, yeast, and a touch of earthy hops. Tastes of doughy malt, lots of yeast, light noble hops. Light and crisp mouthfeel. It's not bad. I'd take it over a BMC beer. It's along the lines of a Heineken.

Photo of Jason
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odd little coloured paper thermometer on the back label … I’d rather see a freshness date than odd gizmos. Good frothing white head and very good clarity for a beer that comes from Eastern Europe. Orangey and mildly skunky aroma from the hops due to an obvious pasteurization or over boiled hop, a little grassy in the nose. Big fresh cut hay flavours from the hops as well as a think graininess … both flavours don’t let up and try to dominate each other. Lightly metallic and salty in the palate. Mild crispness with a light body, malt flavours are mostly dry and grainy, the only sweetness is upfront and it does not stay around for long. As the graininess kicks in the hops double up with bitterness and show some astringency though in a semi cleansing way to the palate. Comparable to the usual mass produced imported lager.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle that claims it's a pint (568mL). Two jovial Polish folks in traditional dress mazurka around the shield that says "1856".

Appearance: Foaming curls top this voluptuous bleach-blonde lady. Straw-yellow, like Marilyn Monroe. Not bubbly like some, rather more mature in fact. Good head.

Smell: Adult and sophisticated. Smells like she works in a brewery, but still pretty clean and crisp.

Taste: Different from your average eurotrash bawd, but ones like this are all the same, aren't they? Slightly chalky like Queen Elizabeth I, but also a little bitter and bland, like Queen Elizabeth II.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lascivious. The extent of her desire to get you drunk, however, leads to a bad taste in your mouth. Still, not a bad mouth to feel.

Drinkability: She's pretty easygoing now, but think about the future. You don't want this one hanging around until you're pushing up daisies from the floor of the pub. Who can say no to a flaxen-haired Pole?

Overall: Much like Heineken really. Buy this for the folk-dancing mascots only.

Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: gold in color, one inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: grass and a bit of skunk

Taste: grass and sour malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium high carbonation, semi-bitter, slightly watery

Drinkability: For the style this is decent. It is somewhat more tasty than others in this category. I would have this again if I was looking for a beer in this style, but otherwise would pass.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the LCBO, sporting a "beermometer" on the back that I totally didn't notice until long after I poured it.

Nice golden hue, clear and bright, with a reasonably tall head that descended into a fine ring.

Nose is sweet, sporting pale malts and just a touch of citrus/herbal hops. Not bad, but pretty faint.

Compared to most of the other Eastern European lagers I've had recently, this one wasn't bad. Fairly sweet, a bit of grain, and mild bitter herbal hop finish. Slight metallic twang which becomes more prevalent as it warms, so try not to let that happen. Thin, zippy carbonation.

I guess this brew is a cut above some of the other Polish/Ukrainian/Baltic mass-market lagers, but that isn't really saying much.

Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Stale hay-and-sugar nose. Thin but sweet taste. Grainy and saccharine, and very watery, just like its mouthfeel. Feels and tastes cheap. Better than a Budweiser. Probably would not drink again. Doesn't come close to its Porter cousin.

Photo of Swedes21
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - This is one of the cleanest looking beer, very clear and very appetizing! small white foam head that disappears fairly quickly, however leaves a nice amount of lacing. Carbonation is present, not a lot but nice size bubbles.

Smell - slight smell of the barley malts used in this beer, i can actually smell grassy undertones. VERY fresh smelling beer.

Taste - real clean tasting beer, not a lot of flavour, but clean tasting. The aftertaste is almost none existent.

Mouthfeel - not a lot happens here, carbonation doe not increase, flavour remains the same.

Drinkability - I wonder is this like Heineken's "slow" cousins beer...jealous of the successful family but just couldn't make it happen. overall its just a clean tasting beer that i would not hunt down.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV stated as 5.6%. Appears to have been destined for the US market.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with low carbonation and some floating sediment. Forms a decent head of white foam with a fine texture; this remains for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma is almost non-existant - light malt with a hint of grain and perhaps a whisper of noble hops. An underlying note of stewed veg appears as it warms.

Tastes of light malt with a finish that resembles solvent/alcohol. Notes of stewed leaves/veg in the background, and a harsh solvent note. This worsens noticibly as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, with light tingling from the carbonation. Aftertaste of stewed veg/leaves and solvent.

Not a brilliant beer by any standard. Too many unpleasant off-notes lurking in the background. If you're gonna drink it, I recommend keeping it ice cold....

Photo of Thrasher
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with good head retention. Aroma is not too noticeable but if you search, there's some slight yeast mustiness and even a sickly candy-fruity-sweet aroma that I found unusual and appealing. Caramel malts come on as you would expect for a lager of this type and color; hops don't really present themselves and the finish is a bit wet. There is some light crispness in the middle but it does get railroaded. For the finish, the sweetness increases exponentially and leaves quite a fruity trace behind it. Very nice. There is some masterful yeast going on in this beer. I can understand some may be disappointed by the lack of hoppiness in this pilsner-style beer, and that is understandable. Some may even find it bland. Well I really liked it; the yeast is the most volatile, temperamental, complex part of the beer and this beer is nothing less than thrilling if you're into that, like I am. Like a good Belgian, disguised as a bland Euro-lager. Drink with strawberries or maybe raisins (this is just guesswork here; I am not eating either of those things at the moment).

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of malt, grass, yeast, and a slight metallic smell. Taste has some sweet grains and more grass. Average body for a lager, with mild carbonation. Not too bad, but not something I'd buy again. There are better Euro Lagers than this.

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

Now, while the Beer Advocate Brothers have graded this beer a pretty low grade, it was my understanding that Zywiec had won a gold medal in 2007 I believe for best Polish beer? I could be mistaken. Anyway, as much of the beer I have reviewed this beer is available at the store I work at. I was impressed originally only because I thought it was going to be terrible. The beer has a decent crisp taste, especially severed cold. Zywiec has a golden amber color, which leans toward a mediocre head. Some lacing occurs, but nothing to scream about. Overall, a decent beer, nothing great, better than I expected.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle into a .5 L glass. Served at a Polish Restaurant in New Britain, Connecticut.

Pronounced ziv-ee-etch

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger white head. Carbonation and lacing in moderation.

Smells of grains with a slight kiss of hops.

Follows the aroma, clean barley taste and sweetness accompanied by an extremely light grassy hops and some sort of a yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, which coincides with its...

high drinkability.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw color, see through clarity, big head and carbonation. Aroma was that of a body or engine shop.

Taste, not a lot to speak of. Light malt, little to no roasting, barely noticeable hops combined with big carbonation. Does at least have a greater than average bitterness to it. Cheap hops, long boil I guess. At least it isn't overpriced.

Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall pub can, no nitro but in a four pack...

Clear medium yellow appearance, mousse-like head of intermediate bubbles and staying power. Broken thick horizontal bands for laces. Grassy, lightly sufurous, pale grape jelly mark the aroma. Lighter body, prightly carbonation, livens up the start of the flavor profile. Not too sweet in the malt department, a fruity astringency shows and intertwines with a solid hoppiness that's crisp and well-attenuates the close. Refreshing and not complex, a decent mix of toasted grain and balancing hops, some alcohol sense. I'd keep some cans around for the warm weather.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wish this was their porter; Appearance: Golden straw tone thin white head, not too impressed thin lacing. Aroma: Grassy hop nite with a mildly citrus grassiness from the grains there, not bad clean smelling not too complex. Taste: Not very flavorful touch of grainy sweetness very bland, hop bitterness is untraceable to my tastebuds, dissapointment. Mouthfeel: Very thin weak carbonation, watery not going to waste my money on this one again. Drinkability: Unoffensive and light bodied seems like too many would leave me with a cracking headache, one is enough.

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of timontheroad
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of ByTor2112
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell, not much there. A decent head is formed when poured, but dissipates quickly. This beer starts out like a robust continental lager, finishes with a little hop spicyness that hints at a Pilsner. When frothed on the palate, a few subtle citrus notes are released and a little malt sweetness can be detected. Dare I say this, but it tastes slightly like a Dortmunder with its no-nonsense taste,cold, refreshing, not weak. I was hoping this brew might be a little more complex but feels like a Euro-macro if there is such. I applaud the Polish for making a nice full-bodied beer and the 5.6% alcohol adds a little backbone. Cheers, Joe

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this was pretty good, not overly complex, but a nice drink all the same, nicely bitter finish, i kind of dig it.

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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
71 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.