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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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748 Ratings

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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Photo of Petrislav
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours a clear pale yellow, very yellow, topped with a white pillow/cloud like head

S: Smells heavy of grains and malt, not too much hops

T: Sweet grains and malt, a plain sweet lager

M: Super light, refreshing, palate friendly

D: A higher abv session choice

Petrislav, Apr 30, 2010
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!

woodychandler, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a white head that quickly disappears. Aroma of malt, grass, yeast, and a slight metallic smell. Taste has some sweet grains and more grass. Average body for a lager, with mild carbonation. Not too bad, but not something I'd buy again. There are better Euro Lagers than this.

chickenm, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark golden colour with a thick white head. Hoppy aroma with grains, also with some floral accents. Both fairly faint though. Taste is malty sweetness,grassy hops, honey, and for some reason reminds me of a malt liquor. Decent. Bottle from the LCBO.

mrmanning, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of corby112
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a clear and very pale golden yellow color with a thin frothy white head that immediately fades leaving no lacing behind.

The aroma is pretty bland with some pilsner malt notes with a touch of wheat and very faint light crisp fruit, mostly apple and pear.

Again, as in the aroma, the flavor is pretty bland. Very soft carbonation up front with pilsner malt being the most prominent flavor. There is also a touch of the light crisp fruit notes from the aroma and subtle grass/straw.

corby112, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of 12puebloyankee
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Poured a bright and clear golden straw color with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. Very low carbonation.

S-Mostly malt up front with grassy hops in the background.

T-My initial impression was a German pils. Nice malteyness and a definite hops bite. I haven't had one in some time but my the first sip of this brew brought me straight to a memory of a beer fest in Germany.

M-Full bodied and smooth but a bit low on the carbonation.

D-Definitely tasty but a bit on the heavy side so I can't see myself drinking more that two or three of these.

12puebloyankee, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant yellow, with a booming white billowy head.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Pretty tasty, actually. Malt up front and finishes off with a slight caramel sweetness.

M: Thin, but has a creamy quality to it that goes well with the carbonation.

D: High, but the store I went to had this beer price ridiculously marked up.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow straw pour, nice white head that leaves a thin lace ring in the Sammy Adams freebie glass.

Pure malt in the aroma, straight forward and enticing. Transfers into the quaff nicely, big malt backbone with some light grass and hay notes. Very nice pilsner beer to enjoy with the Saturday football, not an average beer at all.

Vancer, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.66L poured into a pokal. Pours an amber gold with an initial one finger head that settles quickly to a thinning ring. Sweet malts are immediately apparent to the nose. The malts take to the fore in taste, leaving a mild, slightly hoppy aftertaste. As for drinkability, this is not a bad beer for mass market, competing (as it does) with Lech Premium in Poland. I could easily spend an evening enjoying a few, but not something that I would go out of my way to find.

sunrisesolara, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Now, while the Beer Advocate Brothers have graded this beer a pretty low grade, it was my understanding that Zywiec had won a gold medal in 2007 I believe for best Polish beer? I could be mistaken. Anyway, as much of the beer I have reviewed this beer is available at the store I work at. I was impressed originally only because I thought it was going to be terrible. The beer has a decent crisp taste, especially severed cold. Zywiec has a golden amber color, which leans toward a mediocre head. Some lacing occurs, but nothing to scream about. Overall, a decent beer, nothing great, better than I expected.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a thick and chunky white head. Head shrinks pretty quickly and slows down when it reaches about a centimeter in width. Leaves a little bit of lacing here and there.

The nose is mostly grainy malts, with a hint of flowery hoppy aromas.

Taste is again, mostly sweet grainy malts. Again, there are subtle hints of grassy and flowery hops. I would compare this to a US macro lager with more substance and flavor.

Mouthfeel is in a limbo between light and medium, leaning more towards medium, with a smooth feel and crisp carbonation. Drinkability is actually pretty good, as this is surprisingly refreshing.

Not a bad beer from Poland, certainly better than most of the beer sold here. I don't think I'll have this again, but it was fun to try.

Mistofminn, Dec 28, 2009
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.

matty, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of RJUGA03
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Medium yellow transparent body holding characterist rising carbonation. The head was extremely simple and dissappearing.
S-Sweet, yeast, and skunky.
T-On the uptake it is sweet & slightly bitter and the finish it was much like a German Pils.
M-The beginning it was somewhat viscous flowing into a bittered dry aftertaste.
D-It's a great beer for regular consumption and on sale for 5.99/6pk. it was a good deal.

RJUGA03, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear pale gold, pillowy white head, settles fairly quickly to half a finger

S: Mostly grainy malt, with a kiss of those soft Eastern European hops

T: Some pleasant slightly sweet malt with the backing of nice soft hops, very light, but good in a subtle way, macro like, but with more flavor

M: Not super thin, but shy of medium, very smooth, crisp

D: Good, could easily put back a few of these, slightly more hops would help flavors overall

Notes: Being Polish, I've wanted to try a Polish beer for a while. I'm not disappointed, but not overly impressed. This beer is about what I expected, a standard Euro lager. Flavors aren't bad, but not bold, at least its cheap.

dpodratsky3, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of prosper
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty 'by-the-numbers' pale lager. Definite continental pils malt flavour. Light hoppy bitterness. More malt and hop character than you'd get in a domestic, but less than in a german or bohemian pils.

Nothing special. Kind of boring, but not picking up any major faults, either. There are worse things you could be drinking, but life is too short for boring beer.

prosper, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of MNJR
4.2/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zywiec is obviously a mass market beer in Poland and is widely available here in Chicago, making it easy to lump in with average-costing imports like Becks, Heineken, etc. But, be aware that this is a far better beer than any comparably priced import. Nothing offensive here in the taste dept. The taste is fresh, crisp and clean. The carbonation is perfect and adds just the right amount of bite. The alcohol content is a bit higher than others in it's class, but with the richness of the taste it blends right in. This is what mass market American beers dream of being, but can't seem to pull off. This may be a buck or two more than Bud, Miller, Pabst, etc., but well worth it. This is a real quencher and goes down smooth and tasty. An excellent beer for getting out of hand and pounding down a few with an added touch of class! Very tasty!

MNJR, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: gold in color, one inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: grass and a bit of skunk

Taste: grass and sour malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium high carbonation, semi-bitter, slightly watery

Drinkability: For the style this is decent. It is somewhat more tasty than others in this category. I would have this again if I was looking for a beer in this style, but otherwise would pass.

tigg924, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad pale lager, nothing to rave about either. It's quite drinkable. It pours a pale straw color with a white head, a bit of fizz coming out of the bottle, some retention, a touch of lace. The nose on the beer is definitely grassy, maybe a touch musty, with some lemony notes underneath.

The taste is a bit lemony, tart, metallic, grassy, a bit biting in parts, a little bit of citric lemon comes through. The beer is refreshing, watery, lagery, drinkable, with some bland mustiness in there as well. There are some grains that could be nice but are covered over with mustiness and the metallic flavors. A compromised lager, but it's okay.

albern, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: large bottle with best before date clearly marked. Pours with a vigorous egg white head with acceptable retention. The brew is slightly darker than I would expect for this style.. Lacing is vigorous at first and slows after the first 15 minutes.

S: saaz hops dominate, with bread in the background. The bouquet is moderately strong.

T: as the nose promised, this beer is dominated by spicy hops with a crisp bready backbone

M: zywiec has a thin body with plenty of bubbles to tickle the tongue.

D: a delightful brew offered at a decent price. Nothing to seek out, but great of you're looking for something new.

Avagadro, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshness date clearly marked on bottle (reviewed bottle well within the fresh by date)

A- Crystal clear and bubbly, no head to speak of, but surprisingly there is some lacing. This beer is very clean and refreshing looking.

S-Fermented grains, a trace of pumpkin and skunk, maybe whole grain nut bread as well.

T- Starts off rather bitter, astringent, and a little skunky. The initial taste lasts longer than is pleasant, and after it comes an almost complete lull in flavor. After a long wait, the toasty, malty aftertaste shows up. There is some nice biscuit in the aftertaste as well. After drinking about half a glass of this, a sort of salty metal taste hung around in my mouth between sips. I have only experienced that with the worst Mexican beers.

M- Bubbly, not much else. The bubbles are on the large side, there is little body to this beer.

D- Drinkability is fine, not especially good but certainly not bad. Average.

Overall: There are better choices for Euro Pale Lagers.

allforbetterbeer, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Fizzlybear
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

L - Poured into a pint glass, pours a gold colour with plenty of head. That did fade rather fast.

S - The main smells I picked up on where malt and a bit of spice, not too strong though.

T - The taste started of slightly fruity but quickly turned into sour malt/hops aftertaste.

M&D - Couldn't drink too many as it was very carbonated, but it did have a good mouth feel.

Overall an average euro pale.

Fizzlybear, Oct 31, 2009
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.

brewcrew76, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of iD9
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Typical european style lager. Bright yellow-gold color. Although the initial head poured surprisingly thick using a cognac snifter it quickly faded down leaving a thin lace.

Smell: Also has the stringent smell of most european style lagers. Not much worthy of note here. Reminds me of Heineken and Beck's.

Taste: Again, like every other european lager, Zywiec is thoroughly underwhelming. There is the smallest kick of hops on the back end but other than that its exceedingly average. Perhaps I've gotten too used to deep, flavorful stouts and porters but this bit of polish brew is almost indistinguishable from other mainstream european lagers.That being said, I would prefer a Zywiec over a Heineken.

Mouthfeel: Easy and smooth. Nothing terribly noteable.

Drinkability: Although it is drinkable, I don't find myself particularly craving this beer nor do I find it very refreshing. I personally have found that drinking directly from the bottle is preferable to using a glass. Just like I wouldn't drink heineken in a glass, I would prefer Zywiec out of a bottle.

Overall this beer is thoroughly underwhelming and doesn't stand out much. If I was planning on getting tipsy with a few friends, however, this brew would likely be a step above other beers of this style.

iD9, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of adjuncts and honey. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence, but overall there isn't a lot to this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not too flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, since there isn't much to this beer there are a lot of others I'd pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2009
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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