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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Zywiec BeerZywiec Beer

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614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.67%

Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website

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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Photo of smitty4657


3.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 04:31:34 | More by smitty4657
Photo of zachloveshisbeer

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nazdrowia! That's how you say cheers in Poland. This is the Polish equivalent of a Bud or Molson Canadian, and it can be found in every bar, in every city, in every Disko, right across Poland. Living there and being a young guy, I was naturally drawn to the social aspect of this beer. Everyone was drinking it between shots of wodka, this was pretty good stuff. The women usually got a couple of pumps of raspberry syrup and drank it from a straw?? Weird, not really my thing. Until I discovered Tyskie and Okocim, this was my go-to/have a fun time/party beer! It pours an average light yellow, smells pretty blah and isn't really something worthy of writing a long review about. So I leave you with this: when in Poland, drink what the Polish drink and that is Zywiec!

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 16:39:03 | More by zachloveshisbeer
Photo of TSJ4000


4.88/5  rDev +60%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 14:44:44 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich

4.5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome from the tap in Poland. Funny though, when I bought a six pack in the US it was not as good. I love the taste and like many other beers in the area it has that common European taste to it. This beer is a lower hopped beer with just the right amount to let you know you're drinking beer, but yet not all overwhelming. Look for this beer on tap when in Poland and enjoy. Also, ask the bartender the proper way to pronounce the name. It's tricky to say correctly.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 01:48:57 | More by Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
Photo of stercomm


2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank on tap at Hilton in Gdansk, Poland

A - Light, clear yellow/gold in color, minimal head, very slight lacing on glass.

S - Slight citrus, with more biscuity malt scent.

T - Similar to the smell, with hints of apple, not a lot going on here, tastes are very subtle.

M - Mild bodied and mild carbonation.

O - Feel like I'm drinking an upscale Bud, crisp finish would be very refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 17:21:52 | More by stercomm
Photo of skypup


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

Served on tap in Zywiec glass at hotel in Krakow Poland.

I had this with traditional fermented rye soup, (Zurek) and it was a pretty good pairing.

A- Light Staw; littele head and retention; no lacing.

S- lightly malty and somewhat grainy, some hops apparent.

T- Slightly sweet toasted malt, cereal grains and mild grass undertones. Lightly bitter finish.

M- light bodied, mildly carbonated. Relatively Crisp.

D- This is a pretty standard Eastern European lager. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 09:32:07 | More by skypup
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this in Bialystok. From notes.

A - Poured a sort of golden/apple juice colour. Medium visible carbonation. Bright. Thin cap of white head. No lacing or retention.

S - Icky corn, sweet grainy lager smell that is more like soap than beer.

T - Much like the aroma with corn and sweet grain, with a mild grassy hop character. Hop character is able to balance the sweetness enough and allowed it to grow on me. But just barely.

M - Medium carbonation with a light body and a sweetish grainy sort of finish.

O/D - I couldn't session this, but it is drinkable as a lager. Doesn't taste great but much better than others available in those parts. This was fresh and domestic, I've never tried it at home, but I don't imagine travel would be kind to it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 14:52:46 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent lager....accompanied an excellent Hunter's Stew at a local Polish restaurant. Crisp bite, nice combination of malt and hops; but would have liked it to be a bit hoppier. Fruity undertones, fairly strong carbonation. Nice dry finish. Hazy gold with a fluffy white head that held on for a good bit. Probably served a bit too cold, so I let it sit for a while. Easy drinking and complimented the hearty stew nicely. If I'm back at this place, I'll have another. I may, however, ask them to serve it in something other than a Stella glass...

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 19:10:22 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that faded away and left only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has sweet aromas of malts.
T: There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which has notes of corn and grainy malt flavors. A bit of bitterness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink but there’s nothing interesting enough in this that would make me want to try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 13:11:25 | More by metter98
Photo of beerquestman


2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Transparaent golden beer goodness

Smell: Smelt like wheat and yeast, but a bit of a sweetness

Taste: slight bitter finish, tasted like a heavy yeast beer, in fact it tasted like I was chewing on wheat in my mouth

Mouthfeel: pretty good, flowed well in my mouth

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, bitterness and taste may slow you down a bit

I had it on tap while killing a layover in Wasrsaw, given I was traveling, it was a nice treat. I wouldn't go out of my way for it though, almost any beer would have done nicely on a 5 hour layover in Warsaw.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 16:09:12 | More by beerquestman
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5 @ Cafe Palonia, Salem MA.

Our server pronounced it jew-vee-et.

Orange tinged gold color with a pleasant white head. Head sticks around for about half the glass before dismissing itself.

Floral and springtime meadow hop aroma over sweet malty goodness. Taste follows up on that malty goodness and is bolstered by a light and airy, yet pillowy mouthfeel.

Good stuff. If more fresh European lagers were available I'd probably drink more of them. Some one get on that. Thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 20:04:03 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of jneiswender


2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at a road side inn in West Poland. Served in a tall pils glass, cool.

A-Thick white head, gold yellow body.

S-some medicinal and floral smells, some veggie.

T-sweet grain front and a light non-descript hop finish.

M-light and very thin

D-I look at this as the "Bud" of Poland. When in Poland, I will go for other choices.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:14:35 | More by jneiswender
Photo of CampusCrew


2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: Deep golden color and frohty head

smell: slight hops, but with a sourish tint

taste: Slight hoppiness and was strong in flavor than other euro lagers with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste

mouthfeel: Light, crisp

drinkability: Easy drinking beer and I had in lovely square when I visited Krakow, Poland

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 21:43:38 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of WJVII


2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Jet Lounge in the hotel bar in Warsaw. It was on tap and I was told this is the most common brew in the land.

It had a light amber color with about 1in head. Very little lacing and only lasted a few minutes. This was a fully carbonated beer that was slightly bitter with a bite in the aftertaste. These was a little malty taste as well, but very minimal.

This beer was everywhere and everyone was drinking it, but it was not the beer I traveled to Europe to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2007 00:10:14 | More by WJVII
Photo of gestalt162

New York

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at an outdoor Polish cafe, the perfect place to enjoy one of Poland's most popular beers...

Appearance: Goldenrod/brass color. Thin (1/2 finger width) white head that quickly fades. Light lacing left on glass. The standard lager fare.

Smell: Light smell of malt, predominantly floral hops. Good predicition of the beer's taste.

Taste: Starts with a crisp bite due to the hops and moderate carbonation. Taste is very hoppy, dry, slightly bitterness and taste of malt, and finishes with a touch of sweetness then bitterness. Everything a Euro Pale is supposed to do, but nothing truly outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Medium, not light but not creamy. Moderate to high carbonation enhances the beer's bite.

Drinkability: Not truly an outstanding beer, and the carbonation and bitterness can be a little strong, but this beer has enough character and composition to warrant another.

Summary: A well-built Euro Pale Lager, but nothing outstanding about it. Hops dominate the beverage. A decent mass-market Polish beer that deserves a look if you're into the style or in Poland.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2007 17:36:59 | More by gestalt162
Photo of lehows

New York

3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most popular beers in Poland, especially with young people. Pours a light golden color, large bubbly head dissipates quickly. Not much nose going on here but lightly metallic, a but skunky bitterness too. Taste is fairly bland as well, light malt, a very faint hoppiness and some starch. It has a very dry and crisp finish and its drinkability is high due to its lightness. Somewhat typical of other euro lagers/pilseners.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2006 20:12:45 | More by lehows
Photo of packetknife


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

(I had a can and bottle too but on-tap it was a good bit better.)

Served in a iced branded mug. Clear dark yellowish tone, bleached white head that faded quickly. I couldn't smell much of anything other than some light hops on the nose. Remarkably ordinary lager that impersonates a pilsner on occasion. More malty on the tongue than expected, finish was clean and it was crisp troughout. Typical feel and drinkability. I did find this was the beer I liked most of the Polish beers I got to try in Warsaw and Rzeszow but that isn't saying much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2004 08:44:25 | More by packetknife
Photo of allboutbierge


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

I stayed in Krackow for three days and noticed that this was by far the most widely available and popular beer.

Zywiec may have a name that is nearly impossible for an American to pronounce but offers qualties that all beer drinkers may enjoy. I noticed that all previous reviews have been of bottles and noted that this beer is very similiar to other mass produced import lagers. I did not find this to be totally true but I have only had the brew served from tap.

Served in a trademarked glass from a friendly waitress with a massive off head that looms for a particularly long time. Slightly sweet but mostly mellow, smooth, and 'grainy' in aspects of taste. Up until now I had always used 'grainy' as a negative charateristic of beers. In this case the grainy taste seemed to blend well with the light body, light carbonation, and aromatic aroma to create a beer that was not particularly unique but enjoyable and a new experience all the same.

Also, one has to note that with the exchange rate at time of review I paid scarcely 1,25 US for a pint. Any qualtity beer that priced this reasonable can not be knocked.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2003 15:49:42 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of 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


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


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 USAF77


2/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Imagine a Hamms beer made in Poland.

Just dont buy it. It was cheap and i never had it so I experimented but put it this way, if I need the room in the fridge I'll toss it. The taste is bland and metallic, what taste there is. Theres no lacing after an unimpressive pour and a light carbonated look.

Its not "bad" beer it just isnt "good" beer.

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 21:10:26 | More by USAF77
Photo of 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


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


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
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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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