Zywiec Beer | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2001

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/22/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, bready grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with weak strength. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, bready grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, bready grain, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pale lager. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of theinsanefoodie
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Interesting packaging and design of the bottle although I found the taste to be just average. Since it was moderately priced and a rare find here in Melbourne, I bought it out of curiosity. Will try to find the Porter next time which seems to be more popular.

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Photo of StanfordBlack
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed this beer at my local BevMo for very cheap, and after asking my friend from Poland about it, I had decided to give it a try. I must say, for its price it's actually really good, however overall, compared to other beers it's just okay, nothing more.

I usually like a darker more bitter ale such as Stone or Arrogant Bastard, It's not too often I go for a lager, so I will admit my rating may not be the most fair.

Appearance wise, it's pretty typical, dark yellow with a strong head.

The smell was pretty neutral to me. While it did have a mildly grainy aroma, it wasn't prominent. Overall rather pleasant, but nothing that really stood out for me.

Taste was pretty good. It reminded me a lot of a typical beer someone might drink who doesn't usually go for a craft beer. I did like it a bit more though, it had a sort of light quality to it, but it wasn't sweet. Overall, not bad, but again nothing amazing, not overly hoppy but a tad wheaty.

Mouthfeel was pretty standard as well, it went down easily, didn't tingle my tongue or anything.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, it does feel a tad generic, but it's something I could definitely drink. I would take Zyweic over Heineken, Amstel, Stella, etc not only because it overall I feel is a better beer, but also since it is much cheaper.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head with some lacing. Not lots but enough to be respectable. Smells grainy and pleasant. No noticeable hops or herbal notes. Taste is well balanced. Somewhat sweet with a mild bitter finish. Quite a hearty and enjoyable lager flavour. Rather mild though. Quite a good pale lager at a really low price and very easy availability (most corner shops in London stock it.) Doesn't ever really disappoint and makes a better choice by far than Heineken, Stella etc.

My mark out of a hundred would be 75.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Two fingers of bubbly head on the pour. Straw yellow color with very light accents of orange. Medium active carbonation, on the lower end for the style.

Smell: Highly carbonated bready yeast on the front. Light hops and corn on the body. Grains round out this aroma.

Taste: Grainy front with accents of corn greet the palate. Grains continue to build on the body. The hops are pretty much absent when expected from a pale lager. The finish is malty, sticky, with a touch of dryness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of grains and corn. Carbonation is bright which is to be expected.

Overall: Meh overall. Kind of feels like a big macro lager with the heavy accents of grain and corn.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.14/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head the boasts decent lacing and moderate retention. The body is a nice gold color with steady consistent carbonation.

Smell: It has a bit of an odd funk to it, as it has a smell reminiscent of popcorn kernels that didn't pop but settled at the bottom of the bowl mixed in with a wet grass and flour note. Didn't really react to warming either way.

Taste: It starts with a really rough barley the aforementioned popcorn kernel husks. It then briefly offers a splash of sweeter malt before being drowned out of a sulfuric muddy hop taste. It's palpatable, but I'd have to be desperate to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: That muddy note lingers and won't go away. The awkward shifting of the beer's taste doesn't help things either, especially since the carbonation seems to accent the beginning and end of the beer, which are coincidentally the worst parts of it.

Drinkability: Wholly crap is this stuff gassy, and it doesn't settle down well at all. This is medium bodied, which I don't mind in a Lager so long as it's a pleasure to drink. At least there's not a lot of dry aspects to it.

Final Thoughts: This is the kinda beer that makes people flock to Macro lagers, as I can see someone trying it and not ever wanting to try import beer again. It's not very smooth, not very flavorful, and all around not very good. It got the drain a little bit over the half way point, so you'll definitely want to pass on this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of smitty4657
3.07/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of USAF77
2/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of dreamchaser
4.58/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
2.92/5  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.

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Photo of Mavigo
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of diddly
3.47/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of fallenshadow
2.2/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +30.3%
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

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Photo of dacrza1
1.49/5  rDev -51.5%
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...

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Photo of CBurtonHannum
3.92/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of bigbeard
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of deanhead
2.7/5  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.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.91/5  rDev +27.4%
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"

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