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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
71
okay

732 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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1/5  rDev -67.2%

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1/5  rDev -67.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -59%

maviola, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Duhast500
1.3/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark amber/gold with a slight finger of foamy white head and no lacing.

The smell is slightly bready with sick boozy aroma. Some slight corn aroma in the background that can't make things too positive.

The taste is tangy with a boozy flavor that is like strong vegetable with a bread like flavor.

The feel is light and drinkable and is smooth but leaves an unpleasant aftertaste on the tongue long after it is swallowed.

After two sips I am looking to wash my mouth out.

Duhast500, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of korguy123
1.4/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

No date, no freshness info.

A- Super clear, light straw colored pour. Zero head, zero lacing.

S- Dirty gym socks and beef au jus. Really doesn't smell like anything I've ever encountered before.

T- Slight grass, with a strong bread pudding taste to it. I keep smelling gravy in this.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation.

O- This may be Poland's #1 beer but it's heading down the drain.

korguy123, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Date tasted: July 12, 2013... Glassware: Baltika stange... Occasion: waiting for Matt and Jerry to arrive to begin the golf weekend....Appearance: pale, sallow golden body; large bubbles collect and release for the glass's bottom; frothy, soupy uneven white head that leaves uneven tracings... Aroma: odd, pungent doughy malts leave a locker room funk in the nostrils; not thee fresh pilsner hops hoped for... Palate: oily, almost buttery consistency with minimal presence at the teeth; drinkable, yes--this could be a backyard barbecue accompaniment ...Taste: a rather nondescript lager, with little profile and discussable points; almost perfectly rinsing the mouth... Overall: being a parishioner of a Polish church, the Zywiec is a presence at adult functions for sure; the bottle trumpets itself as Poland's #1 beer, but unfortunately Budweiser does similarly in America, and the parallel may be fitting...not bright or crisp, not refreshing enough to garner future interest, this beer files in behind many better, more engaging lagers...

dacrza1, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

Whatup14, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of paterlodie
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

BB 10-4-06. Good poorout with lasting head and nice and clear golden beer. Nose is lot less; very papery, sweetish, oxidised and a far from fresh maltarome. Taste is as the smell, oxisidised maltiness, sweetish empty and hardly any bitterness. Empty watery and unfresh mouthfeel makes drinkability to undrinkable. One of my worst lager expiriences recently; one to avoid!

paterlodie, Jul 06, 2005
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1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

nate1357, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.63/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Zywiec beer.
500 ml bottle
alc. 5.7%

My 1st Polish beer!

Appearance- light yellow almost clear with a soapy white head. Head didn't hold up very long.
Smell- sweet, cheap corn. Light malt.
Taste- Wow is this bad!! Bleeech! Sweet, yet bitter. A cheap lager. Meister Brau comes to mind.
Mouthfeel- bitter like battery acid.

Overall- absolutely undrinkable!! Man I know they drink antifreeze and petrol in Poland but this is worse!!!

NJpadreFan, Apr 12, 2004
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1.63/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served at fridge temperature in a pilsner glass. Complete with a beer thermometer on the label, give me a break. Is this a beer or a pregnancy test?

Best before 3/28/07.

Appearance- Pale to medium gold, very little action inside the glass. The soapy head stands at about an inch after settling on a good pour. Nice crag, sticky hair-thin lacing all down the glass.

Smell- Sweet adjunct and cereal nose, some floral hops are fighting their way through the forest of Cloy. The nose is syrupy and terribly artificial.

Taste- As close to cheap malt liquor as I've ever tasted... well, except for maybe Faxe. I borrowed one of these for a tasting, just to review... and it's awful. Cloying palate completely eradicates any notable hop or malt character, and believe me I can feel the alcohol halfway through this bottle. Fusel alcohol and corn.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Lackluster in mouthfeel, thin and watery... yet still syrupy from the elevated sugars and resulting ABV. A lead zeppelin.

yelterdow, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
1.68/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maybe this could be a lawn mower beer, it has some hops and malt but not a good mix, its lacking something. The bottle has a "beer thermometer" on it, beer does not need a gimmick like this if its good.

jdhilt, Apr 11, 2002
Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at Blue Mountain Beer Fest last year for the first time. Poured out into a small cup that was given out upon entry. The beer poured out as a pale yellow, nothing overly exciting there. The aroma was a little skunky, Flavor was on the bitter side also a little light. Nothing made a major impact on me from this beer. I probably won't be seeking this one out anytime soon.

Knapp85, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of GeoffRizzo
1.78/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark, see through golden in color, absolutely no head. Faint grainy hops, touches of biscuit notes on the nose, blah. Raw, grainy malt, grassy/hay like tastings in the initial quaffs. All signs point towards another bland Euro-lager. Very cloying and massive on-slaught flavorings of corn and malt infused adjuncts. Wet, stale cardboard and more hay like offerings. Bland and stale, even when fresh. Skip, unless your playing Scrabble.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of paxkey
1.8/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this is my second in beers of eastern europe score at the lcbo. so far so bad.

pours light yellow with a smal white head. sweet malt. fizzy carbonate. chalky powdery sweetness. like fundip candy.

a tiny bitter bump at the end is instantly washed away in fizzy sweetness. like those peach fuzz candies. not nice.

terrible aftertaste lingers on and on.
must pour out.

paxkey, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Backer2004
1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After going to a so called nice beer bar in Chicago, which I did not like at all, I stumbled upon a small Polish bar in Chicago's Wicker Park. The young bartendar barely spoke English and showed me this as one of the only beers available. What the heck, how many Polish beers will I drink?

Like many Euro lagers, this one was not impressive in anay catagories. One of the few beers I could not even finish, dropping it to one of my lowest reviews yet. Best part was the bar itself, not the beer.

Backer2004, Oct 03, 2005
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1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was recommended to me from a friend, and I'd never seen it before so I figured I'd give it a shot...I probably won't be taking recommendations from
this person again...lol...In appearance, this beer pours a pale pale yellow, with a 2-3 finger white foamy head that thins quick...Taste is wheaty with light hops and water...the warmer it is the more sour it gets. It's thin and crisp in the mouth. I was really in the mood for a tasty surprise tonight, and I must say that I was let down...nonetheless, I did only spend 8 bucks and this is a fairly drinkable beer so it wasn't a complete loss, just a little dissappointed.

greenbeaner, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Long813
1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pale gold body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Aroma is filled with straw and some thing else off.

T: Corn/straw don't know what to call it and something else really disgusting. I would have thought it was a infected beer, but a number of them tasted the same.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Some alcohol present and that bad taste lingers for ever.

D: Disgusting beer in my mind, I tried hard to finish one bottle, never will again.

Long813, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of TastyTaste
1.95/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a straw gold color, slightly hazy. Head is bubbly, and not long lasting. Smell is of grassy malt and light skunk. Taste is cliche euro lager. Grass, small hops, nothing interesting. Not even a good fallback, I would rather (shudder) have a Budweiser.

TastyTaste, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
1.95/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a short, but sturdy, bright white head. Streams of tiny bubbles rise through the glowing golden beers. Weak aroma of sweet grain, or corn, or something foul. The sweetness carries over into the flavor and doesn't allow anything else to poke through. Well, maybe there is a bit of herbal hop flavor towards the end, but the finish is grossly sweet. I've seen good beer in cans here in Germany, and I figured this would be a nice Pilsner type beer. Boy was I wrong. This is like the European version of malt liquor.

HappyHourHero, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of sdv
1.96/5  rDev -35.7%

sdv, Aug 21, 2014
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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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