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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 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 bark


3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is straw yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The compact two finger head sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is clean and sweet. Some anonymous bitterness and notes of fresh French loaf. Hints of alcohol.

The taste is sweet. Clean as a nanotech lab. Some bread-like flavours. Weak hints of some kind of bitterness. Nuts? Light body. The aftertaste brings some alcohol and dry bitter hints. Alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles small. The liquid is light with some smoothness.

Clean as most Central European pale lagers tend to be. And perhaps a bit boring.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 19:51:27 | More by bark
Photo of elNopalero


3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a crystal clear straw-golden color with light foam that quickly disappears from sight, leaving only a ring around the inside of the glass.

This has a light, crisp aroma. It’s not a big grassy hop aroma—far from it— but its definitely fresh and vibrant for being what it is. Flavor is decent. Decently fresh, decently crisp, decently…well, decent. Like a macrobrew with actual hints of flavor. Finish is crisp, with a touch of honeyed sweetness and an easy-sipping effervescence that makes me think I’d try this again sometime. Nothing stands out but it wasn’t offensive to the palate in the least.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 07:03:21 | More by elNopalero
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, hops, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. There is also a bit of a grass and some lemon zest. I could also pick up on a honey sweetness as well. It finishes with a grainy lemon aftertaste.

Overall - A nice drinkable beer that would work well with the warmer weather. Nothing groundbreaking, but also not offensive. I wouldn't rush out to get it again, but I'm happy o have tried.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 19:47:56 | More by spinrsx
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Platinum gold with loose white froth that dies fast and leaves a dubious film. Grassy hop nose with metallic undertones. Wonderbread sweet malts, slight creamed corn middle with some hay and light spicy Noble hops bite at the end. Flowery finish and cumin linger. Crispy, fizzy, round, sugary stickiness, some salt.

A bit thin and slightly sour, but definitely not the worst Polish lager. Zywiec seem to know it, too; it's 20 cents more per can on average.

A top macro lager - if that seems like a back-handed compliment, it is.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 21:01:14 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Lemke10


2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 4-pk of this from Woodman's in Beloit, WI for $4.69 in summer 2011.

Pours a rather clear semi-copper color with a rather thick head of foam. Scent is mostly of malts and it's not a very good scent either as it sort of reminds me of vomit sadly enough. There is a ver fine and thin taste to it. Semi-sweet malts and a touch of almounds is what I pick out. Still very drinkable but too thin and watery for my liking.

Serving type: can

06-10-2011 04:58:27 | More by Lemke10
Photo of rsdaugherty


2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can into pint glass
A - Crystal clear, golden yellow with a 2+ finger white head that dissipated quickly, appears quite carbonated 3.5
S -Sweet over-ripe fruit, yeast and hay notes as well 2.5
T - yeast, biscuit, sweet malts, grains, finishes crisply, a slight floral hop 3
M - For the extreme clarity I was surprised by what is almost a medium body/mouth feel 3
O - A foreign BMC. Not a bad drink, but not something I would seek. Easy to consume but no great flavors. Noticeable odd bitterness after warming 2.5

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 02:57:11 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of tone77


3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, malts. Taste is good, sweet, malts, bitter at the finish, surprisingly flavorfull. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality brew.

Serving type: can

01-21-2011 14:49:05 | More by tone77
Photo of hawks10


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

16oz can poured into a pint glass...

Pours a golden straw yellow, completely clear and clean looking with two fingers of fizzy soft white head which leaves some lacing...pretty standard Macro Lager appearance, but really nothing wrong with it...

Standard pale lager aroma as well, mild earthy hop presence, some grass and crackers with a tiny bit of lemon twist and a little spice too...actually, this could pass off as a very low abv% Saison in terms of the nose...

Crisp and clean, slightly sweet, with a bit of a citrus twist...grainy and a very tiny bit of earthy/leafy hops add a touch of bitterness. Actually not that bad...

Light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, smooth and easy to drink...a little unpleasant aftertaste, but nothing too bad...

Pretty pleasantly surprised with this one, would reach for a Zywiec over an American Macro any day of the week...

Serving type: can

06-29-2010 02:51:49 | More by hawks10
Photo of hmk22

New York

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

I bought a 4-pack of 16.9oz cans for $4.99 at the famed DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY and drank two post-haste. The only real problem with Zywiec IMO is that it has an unpleasant alcohol-y edge that makes it taste spiked, as if they tried to take a shortcut and enhance the ABV by means other than fermentation. (A brewer would probably be able to diagnose this better than I can). If it were possible to separate that aspect this might be a decent European-style lager; as it is, I'd pass it by for any number of better offerings.

Serving type: can

06-14-2010 01:15:29 | More by hmk22
Photo of woodychandler


4.1/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Major props to my county homie, Tone77, for being on the lookout for new CANs for me to try. Trades for us are simple - I just stop by his place of work to drop off CANs for him and he hooks me up. CAN you dig it?

I initially got two foamy, soapy fingers' worth of bone-white head that settled down pretty quickly. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a soft hoppiness, present but not in-your-face. In fact, it really smelled like lager should, no adjunct scents to get in the way. Mouthfeel was medium with a lager sweetness on the tongue. I have not had Zywiec since my Bloomfield Bridge Tavern days and it brought back fond memories of their Red and White dinner platters, sitting around with Stosh, drinking Polish and Baltic beers. Finish was smooth, soft, very lager-like. This was quite the hook-up and very welcome in my cooler at the beach!

Serving type: can

04-19-2010 21:30:57 | More by woodychandler
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a few times. My friend from Poland always brings some to the states when she visits. Finally getting around to reviewing it.

Poured into a pils glass.

Pours a little over a finger of creamy white head. Fades down to a thinner layer. Leaves a lot of splattered lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: a lot like the typical American macro lagers. Grain and corn flavors, with a lower quality of grassy hops. Some light citrus zest with some pale malts.

Taste: Not as enjoyable as the aroma. It is very bready. Lots of pale malts and grassy hops. It is a bigger beer than I was expecting. Some grain and corn flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy for the style. Crisp as well. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and grainy.

Overall, it is always fun getting to try new beer and a Polish beer is never an exception. This tastes a lot like American macro lagers, but it definitely has that European tough to it with the hops and malt flavors I can taste. Relatively drinkable.

Serving type: can

04-09-2010 04:32:36 | More by mothman
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is macro like.Taste also tastes like a sweet version of a macro.Overall it's a decent beer that is probably best for summer outdoor festivities.It's a good buy at 22.00 for a case of 16.9oz cans.I would recommend and would purchase again.

Serving type: can

12-25-2009 23:07:22 | More by matty
Photo of brewcrew76


3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale yellow with 2 fingers of foamy white head.

S - Light pale malts, corn or other adjuncts and a touch of spicy hops.

T - Sweet pale malts with corn and a touch of spicy hops.

M - Crisp and light, smooth carbonation with a slight lingering corm sweetness.

D - Much better from a can than I remember previous bottles I have had but still not as flavorful as I would like.

Serving type: can

10-15-2009 00:56:56 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of baos


4.08/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into my Atlas Good-Luck jar.

This is a good beer with a nice straw color and a 3 finger head to dwindles down to nothing. Aroma is clover-honey malty. Taste is sweet then fresh-grainy-brightness that is a rightness. End in a nice deeply bitter finish. I don't think the drinkers on this board give this one justice. Try on on its a good beer. Mouthfeel is pretty nice for this variety. Drinkability is A-one.

Na zdrowie!!!

Serving type: can

09-21-2008 01:37:09 | More by baos
Photo of CharlesRiver


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

500ml big ass can. Pours out a pale, golden yellow with a very small head. The head doesn't last and only a few bubbles are visible making their way up. Smell isn't as bad as I was expecting. Some malt with even a hint of hops.

Taste is weak. Short, uninspiring and relatively flat. The middle does hold some slight malty type flavors but that's about it. Maybe some bready notes in there? On a hot sunny day, this might hit the spot. I would reach for this over anything macro light (lite).

Won't buy again but fun to try.

Serving type: can

03-01-2008 22:02:51 | More by CharlesRiver
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2007 17:57:05 | More by HappyHourHero
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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2007 00:45:14 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of ppoitras


3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above the clear light golden brew. Frothy head is active, falling but being rejuvenated as well, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, with some floral hoppiness. Taste is also finds the sweet pale grains, coupled with crisp Saaz hoppiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but this just doesn't quite come together as nicely as I hoped to be a warm weather thirst quencher. Still not a bad brew.

Serving type: can

08-30-2006 21:10:41 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Serving type: can

04-03-2006 13:54:50 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of alankwak


4.22/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow with good head, head rention and lacing. A very clear beer.
S: A slight aroma like that of a Pilsener. Pleasant indeed.
T: Very good, lightly hopped and a great balance with maltiness but on the side of the hops(Saaz I think). Very good. Clean, crisp and a fairly narrow flavor profile as would come from a good Lager.
M: Light but full for the style.
D: Awesome, I could throw many of these back. Not very filling and very enjoyable to drink.

My first Polish beer but not my last. In a way it reminds me of Grolsch....another European Pale Lager but a bit different. If you like Grolsch, you like this beer.:)

Serving type: can

12-08-2005 02:56:48 | More by alankwak
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer at all. Has some nice aspects, but is far from being spectacular. Poured out to a nice golden color with a foamy white head. Some lace was in the glass, something that was quite a suprise considering the style. Aromas of malt and hops was appealing, but rather ordinary. Taste was pretty quaffable, flavors of malt, grain, corn and hops were in balance, with a touch of a sweet character toward the middle. Mouthfeel was slightly weaker than I would have cared for, but not what I would refer to as watery. Good drinkability, this is a decent beer at a decent price. This is what I would think of when the term "European Macro" was being used. Not bad, worth a try if you come across it.

Serving type: can

10-12-2005 22:17:55 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of brewQ


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

Clear gold color with a well constructed off-white head.
Decent head retention but no lacing.

Not much aroma- which for a Euro Pils may be a good thing!
Perhaps evidence of the value of the can as an import package.
Just a hint of grain in the nose.

The taste is balance and enjoyable, with a bit of hops at the end to keep you sipping.

Quite a drinkable brew brought to us by Stanley Stawski from the biggest Polish city outside of Warsaw (Chicago).

Serving type: can

03-05-2005 21:43:53 | More by brewQ
Photo of ADR


3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-03-2004 19:13:56 | More by ADR
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
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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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