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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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371 Reviews

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 827
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of gsnowman
2.34/5  rDev -24%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Converge
2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
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! (288 characters)

Photo of Moose_Knuckle_Sandwich
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
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! (382 characters)

3.34/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of stercomm
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of aBeeraWeek
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
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 (350 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.45/5  rDev +12%
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 (408 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of korguy123
1.42/5  rDev -53.9%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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 (340 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of ckollias
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Samp01
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
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). (395 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
2.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm immediately suspicious of a brew advertised as any country's favourite beer. This proved the rule.

Golden pour--look and smell of a macro. Very bready/ricey with medium+ carbonation.

Taste was simple and sweet and suggested lots of corn filler.

I'm not against soda-pop beers like the parent company's Heineken but this was too much to finish.

Pair with Doritos. (370 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV stated as 5.6%. Appears to have been destined for the US market.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with low carbonation and some floating sediment. Forms a decent head of white foam with a fine texture; this remains for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma is almost non-existant - light malt with a hint of grain and perhaps a whisper of noble hops. An underlying note of stewed veg appears as it warms.

Tastes of light malt with a finish that resembles solvent/alcohol. Notes of stewed leaves/veg in the background, and a harsh solvent note. This worsens noticibly as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, with light tingling from the carbonation. Aftertaste of stewed veg/leaves and solvent.

Not a brilliant beer by any standard. Too many unpleasant off-notes lurking in the background. If you're gonna drink it, I recommend keeping it ice cold.... (917 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
1.33/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark amber/gold with a slight finger of foamy white head and no lacing.

The smell is slightly bready with sick boozy aroma. Some slight corn aroma in the background that can't make things too positive.

The taste is tangy with a boozy flavor that is like strong vegetable with a bread like flavor.

The feel is light and drinkable and is smooth but leaves an unpleasant aftertaste on the tongue long after it is swallowed.

After two sips I am looking to wash my mouth out. (539 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

884th Review on BA
Bottle to Bulbed Pils
500 ml

Best before 3-14-12

App - A dark colored yellow with a good two finger fast receding head. No cling but color and head are good.

Smell- A euro for sure. Malty sweet, corn and some filler. Not much there.

Taste- Very much a Euro. Follows nose with a little corn and a little sweet. A small touch of lemon. Its just average but no wow or oustanding flavor

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lemony malty.

Drink- Its a free beer so cant complain. Euro all day long. (526 characters)

Photo of skypup
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (484 characters)

Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.