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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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 southsider
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured ice cold from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.Contrary to other reviewers my bottle has a best before date AND the silly temperature sensitive logo.

A-Poured brilliantly light golden into the glass with a large soapy head. Small bubbles rose constantly from the bottom of the glass.

S-Delicately sweet and musky.

T-Starts sweet and biscuity with a fizzy carbonation.Middle has a light fruity hop bitterness.Finish continues the bitterness with a touch of metal.

M-Light and slightly acidic.

D-Fairly bitter lager tastes great with fresh polish sausage and pierogis. Dziekuje! Let's polka!

southsider, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of e11iott
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bottle was 11.2oz Poured straw yellow, 1 fat finger head, small amount of lacing. Label also said 5.6%, label stated awarded prized, odd that it didn't list them.

S: Sweeter than expected, also hint of wheat.

T: Not a large bitter bite as was hoping for.

M: Overall smooth

D: The back of my bottle had a "beer thermometer", when logo appeared making it ideal temperature.Was playing cards at the time, and went back to my beer, thought I had a complete different beer.I prefered it warmer the recommended.

e11iott, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of kjyost
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle gifted at Christmas and poured into a large tulip-like glass.

A: Pours a golden clear body with a light white head that lasted better than expected with light lacing.

S: Vegetal aromas dominate. Some light sweet corn comes through.

M/T: Clean beer that finishes dry that has an unfortunate cooked cabbage taste in the middle. Carbonation is biting.

D: OK for style, not something will reach for again.

kjyost, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a half litre bottle at the Al Campo store for about a buck fitty. Pours a decnt white light foamy head. Has that tradition Euro Lager skunky smell which I personally don't mind. Taste is a bit better than the other macro euro lagers although somewhat sweeter than normal. Mouthfeel is lightbodied and carbonated. Drinkability is slightly above average although I would prefer something a tad more bitter on a warm spring day.

jhtipton, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of curasowa
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a straw yellow color with two fingers of head that fade slowly with some streaky lacing. The aroma is mainly grainy, with some faint sweet malt and metallic notes. Slightly dry and chalky on the front end, mild malt flavor in the middle and then a slight bitterness and more chalkiness on the back end. The finish is slightly lingering, body is medium and drinkability is so-so. Nothing special about this one.

curasowa, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of flyingpig
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in colour with a large, foamy white head that lasts well & leaves some lacing. Some gentle carbonation is visible & the beer is clear.

The beer has a strong smell & consists of malts & herbal hops. There is a slight hint of grain & clover is quite noticeable. A rather typical lager smell but stronger.

A sweet malt taste with a bit of grain & hops. Slightly bitter in the after taste with a noticeable trace of alcohol

Medium bodied & smooth with light carbonation & a crisp finish.

An okay lager overall in my book although quite strong.

Full review @ http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com/

flyingpig, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. This bottle says best before 7/1/2011 and indicates 5.6% ABV, rather than the above-listed 5.7%.

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a crystal-clear body and one finger of rapidly dissipating head. Overall, not too bad.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a touch of graininess. Nothing bad here, per se, but it is quite boring.

Taste: sweet malt with a hint of sour grain. There are some light, earthy hops present, which is welcome, and there is even a touch of bitterness. Not bad, but this is a pretty bland beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good level of carbonation. There is some interesting fizziness here which I like.

Drinkability: a very plain, light-flavored pale lager; I wouldn't want to drink a ton of this but, boy, it sure goes down easy.

flagmantho, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a Zywiec glass.

A - Pale golden, decent head.

S - Malt & wheat.

T - Slightly sweeter on the palate then you'd expect. Decent wheaty taste with the most gentle touch of malt. There's a hint of bitter/sourness with the aftertaste.

M - Pretty smooth - not much to mention.

D - As far as cheap Polish lager goes this isn't all that bad. Not a world beater by any stretch but still better than most of the local Australian mass-produced crap.

xylophonica, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle into a .5 L glass. Served at a Polish Restaurant in New Britain, Connecticut.

Pronounced ziv-ee-etch

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger white head. Carbonation and lacing in moderation.

Smells of grains with a slight kiss of hops.

Follows the aroma, clean barley taste and sweetness accompanied by an extremely light grassy hops and some sort of a yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, which coincides with its...

high drinkability.

BranfordBound, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear and bubbly straw color with very little head and no retention. Scent is extremely light with notes of damp straw and yeasty bread. Taste brings the qualities from the scent with a touch of stale earthy hops... no lager twang. Lighter side of medium bodied, bubbly for a while. A decent BMC alternative but not much more.

rfgetz, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale, straw color with a decent white head that retains fairly well. Smells of cereal grains, yeast, and a touch of earthy hops. Tastes of doughy malt, lots of yeast, light noble hops. Light and crisp mouthfeel. It's not bad. I'd take it over a BMC beer. It's along the lines of a Heineken.

Doomcifer, Nov 08, 2010
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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me by someone I work with, served in a tall pilsen glass

A - pours with a fingers worth of loose, fluffy white foam which steadily retreats into the glass. the beer is crystal clear, pale gold/yellow in color with active bubbling.

S - musty grains, with a slightly fruity (stale, brown apples) kick to it. maybe a touch of wet grassy hops near the end.

T - slightly sweet with some bready, slightly fruity malts and grains with a hint of roasted veggies. kiss of earthy hops yet no bitterness.

M - light body with moderate prickly carbonation. slick going down, finishes mostly clean with some lingering sweetness.

D - not much to it, a slight step above its American counterparts with a bit more "real" and less fake adjunct flavoring. might accompany some Asian food or a simple salad nicely.

Stigs, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - This is one of the cleanest looking beer, very clear and very appetizing! small white foam head that disappears fairly quickly, however leaves a nice amount of lacing. Carbonation is present, not a lot but nice size bubbles.

Smell - slight smell of the barley malts used in this beer, i can actually smell grassy undertones. VERY fresh smelling beer.

Taste - real clean tasting beer, not a lot of flavour, but clean tasting. The aftertaste is almost none existent.

Mouthfeel - not a lot happens here, carbonation doe not increase, flavour remains the same.

Drinkability - I wonder is this like Heineken's "slow" cousins beer...jealous of the successful family but just couldn't make it happen. overall its just a clean tasting beer that i would not hunt down.

Swedes21, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

there's really no need to write a full review on this beer. i had one of these with lunch at the hippy food store and i didnt know it was in any way related to heineken but the first thing that came to mind upon drinking this was "heineken with a slight apple taste/smell". not really a beer to complain about in general but its pricier than heineken and i dont really see any way that it's a step up. overall its a good beer i suppose but you wont catch me buying any more of it.

wallaceandvomit, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving; 12oz. Bottle. Expiry date 4/26/2011.

Smell: Orange and caramel, more than expected. Light plastic bandage, but adds character rather than a detriment. Notable herbal/grassy notes which was more than I was expecting.

Taste: A tinge of hop flavor but no bitterness. Pleasant caramel at significant levels with thin straw graininess that is a little bit sweet but then fades away. More depth than expected, but this was a gift from a Polish friend and I'm worried whenever I see #1 Beer of country X. The middle is fairly devoid of flavor... an extra touch of bitterness here, continued graininess there, and a little musty. Creamy, not crisp. Finish is a little (apple) juicy, again not crisp but still refreshing. A little bit salty. A touch of hop residue with an herbal, earthy, musty edge is just barely enough to keep it interesting. Moderate and pleasing mouthfeel and quite refreshing overall.

Notes: I haven't had too many mass produced lagers but this was better than I expected and very drinkable. Definitely a C for this style.

4000qtrap, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle at Paddington's Pub in Grand Bend, ON. Zywiec pours a pale golden yellow with a sliver of white froth and zero lacing. Smell and taste are flowery, grassy, and herbal hops, light bready malts, mineral water, mild cereal-like graininess, bittersweet aftertaste. Typical Euro Lager flavour. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, creamy palate midway, bitter and chalky finish. An easy drinking EPL that fails to stand out from others in the style. Neverthless, this is worth a sample if nothing better is available to you. Quaffable.

cratez, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of BBP
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold color. Little head.

S- Faint scent. Malts and slight hops.

T- Bready malts. Good aftertaste.

M- So-so. Light but carbonated. Could be smoother.

D- Didn't sit perfect, but wasn't harsh. I don't expect to try it again, but it didn't offend me much.

BBP, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw color, see through clarity, big head and carbonation. Aroma was that of a body or engine shop.

Taste, not a lot to speak of. Light malt, little to no roasting, barely noticeable hops combined with big carbonation. Does at least have a greater than average bitterness to it. Cheap hops, long boil I guess. At least it isn't overpriced.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of BeerResearcher
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on back label.
It pours a pleasing golden color. The snow-white head fades rather fast. Some trailing and patchy lace stick around.
The foremost smell is that of a pot of over-cooked corn. It is improved upon by a whiff of citrusy hops and a hint of alcohol. A slight whiff of hay lies in the background throughout.
The body is thin and a bit overly sweet and boiled vegetable-tasting. The hops are slightly metallic and don't do much to counter the sweetness.
The mouthfeel is a little off because there is very little balance between the body flavors of this lager.
I'm sure discerning Poles consider this to be Poland's #1 Premium Beer much the same as Americans consider Buttweiper to be #1 in America.

BeerResearcher, Aug 11, 2010
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.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got as a gift from my neighbor after chasing some prowlers out of his backyard.

Pours a muted straw with a half finger of head that, defying it's own inertia, remain atop the beer for 12 seconds before it faded in to nothingness. 3.5 for that feat!

Smell: Sweet fermented grains (duh, but this particular sweetness I usually find in Polish beers), a slight grassiness and little else.

Taste: Sweet baked bread, skunkiness, and hay. It greets my mouth with a weak handshake, leaving sour malt on the tongue.

Drink: Well, I'm running low on beer so I'll quaff this one down. Nothing to write home about.

Lazerlobe, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows lots of sweet bready and caramel malt, somewhat dirty. No noticeable hops.
Same story with the flavours in the way of malt and hops. The bitterness seems to be bold at first but is then massively overwhelmed by the sweet malt.
Mildly high carbonation, but not enough to cut through the sweetness.

CrazyDavros, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle for $2.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Label has a "beer thermometer" on the back... apparently temperature-sensitive ink turns red as it cools to the appropriate serving temperature. Best before 04.15.2011. Poured cold into a standard pint glass.

A: Crystal clear straw yellow brew generates rigorous carbonation and a thin white head.

S: A ton of skunk, then some light malt, hay, and a bit of citrus.

T: Taste also a good dose of skunk and light malt, but then follows up with a heavier/ darker semi-burnt caramel sweetness that would be more appropriate in a darker beer. Odd to find this in a beer that is otherwise so light. Also tastes like the malt has been significantly diluted with rice. Finishes with skunk, the caramel, and maybe some apricot.

M/D: The dark caramel aspects give a heavier feel that seems out of place. I'd like it better if it were more crisp and light. Carbonation was very rigorous after the pour but soon settled to an appropriate level. Overall there are a few things I don't like about it, but it's not too bad. Pretty typical EPL.

BeerNinja007, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From notes:

Consumed fourth of July Weekend (03July10 to be exact). Went a buddies house in A.C. I brought some good stuff for me but when I arrived to his place, my beer was a little warm. The main goal of the weekend was to get drunk, so I said gimme what you got cold. He offered me a half empty 40 and this beer. He said a Polish guy he works with left it. I chose the Zywiec.

Poured a clear golden color. Fairly heavy on the carbonation without much head action. The nose was rather grainy. Malt dominated, but some slight floral hops were present in the distant background.

Taste reminded me of the nose. Was rather bitter on the palate and not really in a good way. I also found it to be a little dry. Very simple beer.

pwoody11, Jul 24, 2010
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