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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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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 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 DrDemento456


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


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

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


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
Photo of gsnowman

2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one at work from a bottle. Tasted pretty standard for a polish beer (I never really taste the difference between any of them anyways).

Didn't realize that it was 5.6 percent alcohol, doesn't really taste that strong. Just noticed it on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:37:58 | More by gsnowman
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours a pale straw-golden color with a foamy white cap. Settles to a thin film that leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Mild skunky twang with undertones of honey, subtle grassy hops, and corn. Really watery and subdued.

T - Tastes old. Musty, stale grains, wet cardboard, definitely oxidized. Mild grassiness in the finish, I wouldn't go as far as to call it at all hoppy. Maybe a touch of faded honey sweetness. Slightly metallic. Overall, not good. Really thin and watery.

M - Over-carbonated, but not quite as thin as anticipated. Fitting for the style, but not so much so for my palate.

D - I'm assuming this bottle is a bit past its prime, but even then I don't think this would have been anything spectacular when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:22:17 | More by Converge
Photo of Sunnanek


2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours Clear golden with a medium large white, aggresively sizzeling head. Only a little lace.

S: Rather mild smell, mainly sweet malts. Boiled vegetables, and perhaps some corn. Only faint bitter hops.

T: Sweet malts, a bit bread. The boiled vegetables are held back some, compared to the smell. Some bitter hops.

M: Aftertaste lingers with both bitterness, but also creamyness. Body is watery light while carbonation is strong and offensive.

O: A typical macro mainstream beer, for those who care more for buzz in relation to the cost rather than high quality.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 20:54:34 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of BierStein711


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

Bottle into weizen

Best enjoyed by Feb 2013

Two finger, rapidly reducing head

Pale amber

Smells of malt, cooked veggies, herbs and some hops

Tastes: Bitter with a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Feels like a soda, but not as watery as I thought it would be.

Overall, this is a boring beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 18:03:25 | More by BierStein711
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 BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served in a pint.

Appearance: gold, thin head. Maybe 1/8" off the body.

Smell: light barley, smelled sweet good.

Taste: creamy to the point that it resembles a marzen. Tasty and definitely an easy drink.

Mouth: medium carbonation and well worth consuming.

Overall: An everyday beer that you shouldn't runaway from. A notch sweet but creamy well worth your time drinking. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 05:19:07 | More by BlurryVisi0n


3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.Dimpled mug.Bright golden.White,small bubbled, froth.Quickly dissipated head.Floral & slightly sweet aromasClean bitterness.Grainy palate. ABV is felt.Medium body,medium carbonation.Intense & flavorful mouthfeel sensation, mineral thick backbone -as displayed on the label: pure mountain water- An Euro lager above the medium average -no adjuncts indeed-.So... a good reference to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:14:23 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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 aBeeraWeek


2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

L - Light thin head that dissapears quickly. A very thin and clear gold to orange colour.

S - very light on the smell. Sweet malts and some grains. Nothing special at all.

T - initial sweet malts with a more bready after taste.

M - Light body, initial burst of carbonation that settles down in the mouth pretty quickly

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 10:26:16 | More by aBeeraWeek
Photo of Douberd


3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle of 500 ml, at home, poured in a tall wide glass. I think I got this in Germany.
Nice pale golden-yellow colour with a one finger head. Strong smell as I pour it.Mostly malts and hops. The head is still there, covering the surface, now only 5 milimetres in height. Nice taste, although a bit weird, apples (?) Nice on the palate too, medium thickness and average carbonation.
Overall, quite good beer

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:48:38 | More by Douberd
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

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

Appearance - Pours a golden straw yellow with a very thin amount of white head. Bubbles are present and there is nice clarity.

Smell - Sweet malts, apples, bready grains.

Taste - There is some sweetness to this one with a slight hint of apples. Breadiness is detectable.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with medium level of carbonation.

Overall - Not much complexity in the flavour or aromas, but certainly is refreshing on a hot summer day. Another Polish favourite that I like to have once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:26:56 | More by leaddog
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:31:04 | More by korguy123
Photo of JohnnyHopps


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

The most common beer from Poland available in the states has some aspects that make it a very drinkable beer. Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer was a pale yellow with a half inch head. There was a mild earthy aroma that lends nothing to the beer. The taste is surprising. A sweet fruity flavor with hints of banana and sweet bread is present. This yields to a sour fruit aftertaste that stays in the mouth well after the swallow. The beer is quite flat, lacking any distinct carbonation. However, it goes down quite smooth with a slightly higher ABV than most macros.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:28:03 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

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

Decent head at first pour but settles very quickly.

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. Not much taste or flavor. Typical lager like Miller or Bud
Good for days when you know you will drink more than you should

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:26:38 | More by rwrk42
Photo of barleyroad


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

Appearance is gold with a nice aray of white foam. Smell is typical of the euro brews, lacks hops in aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat lingering. Lays in the mouth for a short period. Taste is ok for this Euro Pale Lager. Reminds us of all those other Euro lagers. Drinkable, but not something we will run out a buy. Overall we will not turn this beer down, but we will not go out seeking this one. Give us some peanuts with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:51:14 | More by barleyroad
Photo of ckollias


2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass. This beer was in my attic for the last 11 years – I just found it in a box from college– so why not try it.

A: Pours a clear copper reddish hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates and barely leaves a lace. I was just impressed that it was still carbonated.

S: Strong malty aroma with a skunky backbone.

T: Slightly sweet up and then a huge mouthful of malts hits you. Skunky finish and slighlt bitter end.

M: Medium body and light carbonation

O: Obvious 11 years has done good for this brew – but by looking at the other review it didn’t hurt it either.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:25:26 | More by ckollias
Photo of nickthetick


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

A: pours a pure clear straw color into a Erdinger weizen glass with an aggressive pour there is no head.

S: some light malt, wheat, soft corn, light pine.

T: soft malts and corn. Some wheat, apple, a little pine and citrus.

MF: light body, crisp flavor, and big carbonation.

O: a good example of EPA, an ok all around beer, light on flavor and a bit more fruity than I like my lagers to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:22:55 | More by nickthetick
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a golden yellow with a nice medium fluffy white head. Aroma and Taste has a kind of barnyard grassiness with some light malt. A light to medium mouth feel with low to moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet malt, grassy and light fruity notes, with some funky flavor and light hops. Overall your typical macro brew, light on aroma and flavor but drinkable (barely).

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 20:58:33 | More by Samp01
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
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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