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Zywiec Beer | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2001

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.61/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold with ample white head, though it fades fairly quickly. A bit of lacing left behind on the glass. Obvious lager nose at first pour that also dissipates quickly leaving a very mild-flavored lager behind. This is fairly typical basic Euro lager, and little taste develops as you sip (or chug) it. Soft malt and few hops and not much more. The label says (in all caps) that it is "brewed using three ingredients only" leaving me to wonder which they omitted...? Mouthfeel mainly watery, with the slightest softness. Almost no aftertaste. Pizza beer? Lawnmower beer? No off flavors, just not much happening. Thirst quenching, in any case.

My bottle did contain a best-before date, clearly stated, of 07.05.2016.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best before 05/27/2016. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery; acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. 'Beer' per the label. Thanks. Apparently this is brewed without yeast, as the label says it is brewed using only three ingredients: malted barley, hops, and pure mountain water.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a traditional clear lager gold. Excellent clarity, one finger's worth of thin fizzy white head that dies down to a ring quickly, and leaves some okay random spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - Aroma is more pungent than expected: lots of grains / husk, bit of dusty bready malt, and some old horseradish / herbal hop notes. An interesting nose, not quite appealing, but not off-putting either.

T - Taste follows the nose: generic and simple: cooked cereal grains, some huskiness, slight grapey medicinal flavors, notes of dry bread. Corn / huskiness is the only flavor that really sticks. Still, with that said, it still smells and tastes a hell of a lot better than some American adjunct lagers made in the US.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied & easy-drinking.

Overall, i'd call it a good example of a mass produced Euro lager. Definitely better than many of it's American counterparts. Glad i scored a single of this.

Zywiec -----3/5.

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Photo of Squire123
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Polish lager? Sure, I'll buy a ticket. Not to shabby really, fuller than usual body, texture and taste. Malt/hops of the standard Euro larger style, but with a bit more punch.

Recommended with heartier style food.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. Reading CSHTP6 Ch6. Ultradrinkable, with a good malty base that provides pleasant aroma and taste. At the level of my favourite german pilseners

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale gold with a solid head. The aroma offers up crackers, black pepper, cocoa powder, and saw dust. The flavor offers up a fairly earthy bread flavor, with pepper very pleasantly in the background. The mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style, with a pleasant creaminess. Overall this is a decent example of the style - not particularly interesting, but there is some depth here.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty meh, just your average Euro pale lager. I much prefer the porter from this company. This is good with heavier food so it balances out a bit, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it when they have so many other more interesting options.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 5-27-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, light golden color with less than one-finger white head that dissipated quickly until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is some lacing on the glass, slightly higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet honey, crackers and grassy.

TASTE: initially sweet honey and crackers then a mild, slighly skunky hop profile, there is also an earthy note.

PALATE: medium body and slightly higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer is just average, I'm not a fan of the euro skunk flavor, this has that but it's more subdued and otherwise a decent tasting beer but nothing special, I would have it again but would not seek it out as there are better beers to be had.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought this expecting a pils. This is no pils. But it's also not the absolute worst.

Brilliant gold clarity, decent couple fingers of head with surprising persistence. Moderate visible carbonation. Smells biscuity, grassy, crackery. Malt foward, bready, with a vegetal "green"-ness about it. Taste is initial bitterness, but big malt. The body feels a bit heavy. Mildly peppery, grassy, hay.

All things considered, I'm pretty indifferent about this. It's not bad, but it feels very much like a vaguely amped-up "European" Budweiser.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

1/29/26 Chicago (500 ml bottle poured into lager glass). Pale, clear golden pour, minimal carbonation, quickly dissipating head. Faint grain aroma. Sweet corn taste, firm texture, decent kick and feel. Mediocre.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml can into pilsner glass.

Appearance: a 2" pillowy white head falls slowly with a tiny bit of lacing. Color is mostly clear light gold with tons of small sediment in suspension. Moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: yeasty bread dough and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: light and easy drinking with a dry finish.
Flavor: sweet, lightly toasted barley malt and a mild but noticeable grassy and floral hop bite for balance.
Overall: a generic but enjoyable euro style lager.

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Photo of Auraan
3.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden body with abundant carbonation bubbles rising to a long lasting finger and a half, thick, white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent lager, very well done. Scents of noble hops upfront, imparting notes of jasmine, pepper and further floral aromas, malt character is grainy, but with light notes of honey present as well. Overall impression of aroma is of a good lager, bordering on fantastic, very nice. Flavor begins with notes of sweet honey-like and grainy malt along with floral noble hop flavors and earthy hops at moderate levels. These flavors continue in the middle. Finish is dry with notes of noble hops imparting floral, peppery and earthy flavors, with honey-like and grainy malt balancing. Aftertaste is honey, grainy malt and floral noble hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic pale lager. It is rich and flavorful, with an excellent noble hop and honey malt character. It is one of the top examples of the style I have sample and at a very good price. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation and a light sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, heavier lager, though still within style. Very nice. Overall this is a fantastic pale lager. From aroma to mouthfeel it nails the style perfectly. It is also the perfect Winter pale lager, as it is slightly heavier than examples from further south and west. Poland makes an excellent lager at an amazing price, well worth adding to the regular rotation.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold. Aroma is sweet and a bit grassy. The taste comes across as simple and crisp, slightly bitter. This is a typical Euro lager which is find by me.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.5/5  rDev +14%
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 +31.6%
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 +19.5%
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 +20.8%
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 +27.7%
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 -1%
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 +21.8%
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 -18.2%
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 +22.1%
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 -25.7%
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 -4.2%
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 -4.2%
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 +46.6%

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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