1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Zywiec BeerZywiec Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
71
okay

614 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 614
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.67%


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)
View: Beers (11) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 614 | Reviews: 353 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

3.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:30:23 | More by chinchill
Photo of McStagger
McStagger

California

2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:24:48 | More by McStagger
Photo of MarkoNm
MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 19:08:06 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of dreamchaser
dreamchaser

Ontario (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bubbly, consistent white head with a very bright, very clear straw colour. Faint earthy hop aroma. Mouthfeel is full and dry, medium-carbonated. Taste is very light and crisp, with delicious and subtle hints of corn, green apple, hop and malt - a great balance. Vague acidity and a touch of metalicness but overall an extremely satisfying pale lager experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 21:18:52 | More by dreamchaser
Photo of Brenden
Brenden

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a clear, bright medium gold color with a small but firm cap of white head that remains for the majority of the session while dropping some spotting behind.
Some grass, citrus peel with a little orange flesh sweetness, corn cream and husk, and a bit of musk make of the smell. Fairly standard stuff, but at least it's a little different.
Husky and grainy, the taste is likewise standard but too light even for the style, leaving only a slight metallic taste on the palate when the husk and sweetness fade and dragging an odd note from that sweetness into the finish.
The body is very light and it's crisp, almost smooth but for a slickness that carries through and tries to transition to a sort of smoothness with little effect.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 19:30:23 | More by Brenden
Photo of Mavigo
Mavigo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours in a pilsner.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a half inch white head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of white lacing.

S: Smells of grass, grain, wheat, floral essences

T: Tastes alright, grains, wheat, grass, unoriginal with a funky aftertaste

M: Light bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, bit overdone IMO

O: Just another pale lager, nothing really stands out. Could probably down a large number of these but I wouldn't really enjoy it. It's alright, if you like the light stuff, here it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 21:01:48 | More by Mavigo
Photo of diddly
diddly

New York

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Pours a light gold color with a decent white head.

Very light aroma, with sweetness reminiscent of standard American lagers.

Taste is extremely sweet, not much bitterness or balance to speak of.

Average, pretty creamy mouthfeel, high carbonation.

Overall, pretty good, but certainly nothing terrific. Good, easy drinking lightish beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:20:43 | More by diddly
Photo of fallenshadow
fallenshadow

Ireland

2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A - Light lager colour, tiny bubbles and no head on top.

S - Barley and a hint of hops.

T - Barley and malty sweetness. The finish is of mild hops.

M - Like water, not very impressed.

O - Not very pleasant tasting and a little boring in the flavour department. One to try but maybe not to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 12:35:05 | More by fallenshadow
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zywiec has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is pungent, full, and bready. Taste is of bold barley malt and nice, hefty hop spice. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Zywiec finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mild. This is just a great beer! I look forward to trying it, again. RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:47:28 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of dacrza1
dacrza1

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:20:36 | More by dacrza1
Photo of CBurtonHannum
CBurtonHannum

Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What can I say, I like my beer. I had this one for the first time on a whim the other day and was pleasantly surprised. After the first taste out of the bottle, I had to pour it to see what was hiding in the bottle. My wife who generally likes pale ales said she liked it after the first sip. She asked me what it was. "Well" I said, "it looks like a honey ale but has an aftertaste like a lager." Very nice over all and at least as good as Fisher and three of that of Peroni, without the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 20:49:36 | More by CBurtonHannum
Photo of Darkmagus82
Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden- light amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is relatively light overall and consists mainly of some bready malt smells as well as some corn syrup and a caramel sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins heaviest of a corn sweetness and nice grainy malt taste. The grain has a large cereal nature with cracked wheat and a corn malt flavor. As the flavor advances some of the sweet corn dries out with a light amount of caramel flavor taking it’s place. In the end the flavors that linger on the tongue produce a rather crisp and clean taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are nice for maintaining a decent balance between the easy drinking nature of the brew as well as for keeping the grainier and malty taste of the brew from being lost.

Overall – Not a bad brew, but nothing too exceptional. It is rather easy drinking and refreshing but lacks much complexity and is fairly simple overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:59:55 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of bigbeard
bigbeard

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:50:56 | More by bigbeard
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
Utica_Brew_Review

New York

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very light colored lager with obvious carbonation. Crisp taste without any depth. Could might as well say Zywiec Light. Crisp initial taste tails off and is replaced by a lighter flavor and carbonation. Could work well in a summer situation as a refresher.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:28:05 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of deanhead
deanhead

Vermont

2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste like cereal and grain and creamed corn, grape nut aroma.
Clear and yellow colored poured a nice white whispy head that reduced to nothing but a lace of bubbles around the top of the glass.
Clean dry crisp finish. Probably wouldn;t recommned this one to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 18:03:25 | More by deanhead
Photo of rickyleepotts
rickyleepotts

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I was wrapping up at Purdue (through the Indianapolis campus at IUPUI) I was presented with an opportunity to travel abroad and help educate students in Poland. We hit two cities on our tour of Poland; both sister colleges of Purdue University. While there we drank… a LOT. From the vodka to the beers, we pretty much drank every night of the week. But it was part of it. I have since become obsessed with vodka (mostly potato vodka) and always find an excuse to talk about the trip with friends, family, and strangers alike. Working at Total Wine & More I talk about my time spend in Poland in the vodka isle. People trust the Polish when it comes to vodka!

I drank beer in Poland, too. This is one of them. I had more of their porter, and while that is on the list and also in the fridge, I wanted to get this one out of the way. It is a Euro pale lager, and while not like the pale beers here in the United States, has a lasting and memorable flavor. I try to order this any chance I get. Whether you are living in Europe or right here in the United States of America, this is a good and readily accessible beer. Tonight I toast my friends from Poland and my time spent over seas. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: Boring doesn't even begin to explain this beer in the glass. It looks like a cheap domestic. There is little head, and the lace is weak. But imagine sitting in Warsaw, drunk with your classmates. Then the beer looks amazing! I have so many memories from that trip. From seeing Juwenalia to waking up drunk, the trip was great for reasons other than the obvious. Anyway, the beer in the glass looks boring!

Nose: This smells better than I remember. It was a few years ago, so I don't really remember appreciating beer for what it was. Plus, this beer has been made for years. Over 100 years, to be honest. I wonder how the beer has changed over the years. It has a typical European beer aroma to it, and makes me want to just chug this until the glass is empty. I think of German beers when I smell this one.

Flavor: This beer is VERY drinkable. It has some nice notes up front, and then finished smooth and refreshing. This is nothing more than a good drinking beer. They serve these in HUGE glasses (or mugs) over there… and for good reason. The ABV here is low, but you could chug this stuff all day long.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty boring. Not much going on. Not too many bubbles, and the focus here is the finish and the aftertaste. When I move this around in my mouth, there are some intense bubbles… but that is nothing to write home about.

Aftertaste: Maybe the best part of the beer. It is somewhat dry, with a nice pale finish. It is a Euro pale lager, so there aren't as many hops as you would expect from something made on this side of the pond… but it's nice. The finish has me craving for another sip!

Like I said, I spent some time in Poland. I remember drinking this in the airport and in the streets of Jeżów. I remember even ordering this at dinner our first night there. If you have never been to Europe, go. I don't care what country you visit, just go see how life is over there. From meeting and talking to strangers in Paris to ordering drinks from a Russian in Italy, life overseas is something that everyone should be privy to. This beer has a lot of meaning to me… and I will never forget my time spend in Poland.

Żywiec - The bottle says: "Poland's No. 1 Beer"

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:29:19 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of Weli
Weli

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden and crystal clear with a fine white head

S-Hay and fresh cut grass, reminds me of summer in farm country, a little bit of funk

T-Sweet and malty up front some what corn flavored, rather light flavor, very little bitterness. No serious off flavors. Quite clean tasting. Could use a bit more hop character to balance. Maybe a touch less sweetness.

M-Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slightly sweet and acidic finish. On the edge of being cloying for this style.

O-Surprisingly tasty for a macrobrew. Way more character than most domestic American offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:54:38 | More by Weli
Photo of bashiba
bashiba

Iowa

2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden with a light sticky white head.

The smell is slightly metallic, coppery, with a touch of light sweet malt.

The flavor is light and a touch grainy with a hint of a metallicy finish.

The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

A pretty boring, very average beer, nothing bad, but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 22:45:36 | More by bashiba
Photo of FLima
FLima

Brazil

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two finger head that is fueled by tiny bubbles that comes from the bottom of the glass.
Clean pale golden color.
Malty and grassy hops aroma, smells similar to a German pilsner.
Good carbonation with medium bubbles.
Taste was a bit surprising, I was expecting more hops, not so bitter and a predominant sweet malty taste. Felt a little oxidation. Not so refreshing and today was a quite hot day.
Light body, but denser than pilsners. The 5.6% alcohol is perceived more than usual. Regular beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 21:42:10 | More by FLima
Photo of beergoot
beergoot

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear golden yellow crowned with a thick, creamy white head. Mild grain aroma with a hint of pear. Thin, watery body holding a faint malt taste and medium-strength hop bitterness.

An okay lager that didn't quite live up to my expectations based on appearance and smell. Still, it's light, refreshing, and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 18:59:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 1/3/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is of malt, grass, and a slightly fruity flavor. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing special for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 04:32:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a good pale lager. Clear yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky foam. Can't knock it for it's look.

S - Smells kind of grainy, kind of skunky (sort of like Heineken) with a touch more hops.

T - Not bad it's better than Heineken. Still a touch skunky, good floral hops and grain seems balanced.

M - Light and kind of crisp.

Overall not something I would seek out again. Kind of terrible actually.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 05:07:29 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of SmashPants
SmashPants

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: big brown 500mL bottle. If I'm honest, the label is quite cheesy and tacky.

Appearance: pours a pale straw yellow colour with a big, fluffy head that settles to a thin film, with some spotty lacing.

Aroma: light barley and grains, something that smells almost a bit vegetal. Not entirely unpleasant either.

Taste: sweet bread malts and a good dose of lager grain flavours. The vegetal flavours take a back seat with a touch of floral hops.

Aftertaste: hops and malts back off, the vegetal flavour comes through as a bit of boiled vegetables.

Mouth feel: light bodied, medium carbonation. Suits the style.

Overall: good for the price. 500mL for AU$4 (for one bottle, not for the case etc). Pretty good value. Can't get it much better for that price.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 11:07:46 | More by SmashPants
Photo of NV9
NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pilsener glass.

Nice looking beer, good half inch-plus of head and nice carbonation, fades quicker than I thought it wood though, strong golden colour.

Not much to smell, a bit of corn and grains, very mild.

Lots of flavour, bready malts, some hope present, a hint of citrus.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty nice tasting beer that falls short in the more subjective areas.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 21:39:30 | More by NV9
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours Bright yellow. Clear body and a well fluffed head. Constant carbonation rising.

S-Smooth and sweet with a bit of skunkiness. A sugared bread aroma. Grains. Mild nose but it smells quite quaffable.

T-Sweet bread with light skunk. Mild grassy hop flavor. Very mild. Malt leads the way. Grain and corn on the back end. Actually pretty pleasant.

M-A bit bigger in body. Carbonation is not too eccentric. Smooth for the style. Semi crisp.

O/D-This went down very nicely at a barbeque. Not as poorly produced as many other Euro Lagers. I enjoyed it to a certain extent.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:19:17 | More by VelvetExtract
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
71 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.