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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
71
okay

711 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

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 prototypic
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a very clear, pale yellow/gold color. A foamy white head covers it and reaches about a finger deep. Didn't wasted any time fleeing the scene and left trace amounts of lace behind. Not too bad.

There's a strong floral and earthy character to the nose. A generous amount of grain is present and overpowers other scents to a large degree. Light citrus lemon adds a sweet scent. Pale malts further it a little more. Hops are noted and strengthen its floral character. It's not a deep smelling beer, but for the style it's alright.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's not altogether bad. Grainy and earthy flavors are dominant. Pale malts are sweet and give it a decent foundation. There really isn't any citrus flavor. If there is, I'm not getting it. There is a somewhat decent hop flavor, but it isn't very strong. It's a little spicy and floral, but has a buzzy edge. It's ultimately short on flavor and very average.

Its body is medium and isn't even close to smooth. Carbonation feels light, but somehow seems buzzy and distracting. Feels slightly watered down. It's not very good on feel. Drinkability is average at best. The flavor is merely okay and nothing about it is really impressive. It's easy drinking, but not something I'd seek out.

Zywiec beer is everything I thought it would be...very average. Come to think of it, it might be slightly better than I expected. I didn't have high hopes. It's biggest flaw is that it lacks any real flavor or character. I suppose it's worth a try. Generally, it's tough to find a Euro Pale that's worth a damn. This one's run of the mill for the style. But, I'm sure there's worse.

prototypic, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%

Pours clear gold with a modest white head. The head recedes to a white ring. Some minor lacings. Aroma is grassy. Taste is mildly bitter hops with a sweet malt component. Well balanced and easy drinking. Carbonation is just enough. A mildly dry bitter finish. A very non descript beer for the most part. It would make an awesome session beer.

Spikester, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%

500ml bottle. I used to share 20-packs from Superstore of this stuff with my Polish friend in school, over ten years ago. Time for a different sort of appreciation. Cheers, Piotr!

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a weak array of understated cob-webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, yeasty pale grain, a hint of sweet wheat malt, some further corny breakfast cereal notes, and a slight floral, weedy hoppiness. The taste is more multi-pronged (barley, corn, and wheat, all) grainy cereal-heavy maltiness, a touch of overwrought, toothless lemon juice, and some mild weedy, mildly off-putting skunky hops,

The carbonation is moderate, not really all that pervasive, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less capable in the smoothness department. It finishes with a fairly hefty suggestion of sweet, complicated malt, and better left unmentioned hops.

A so-so Euro-lager, the sweetness a bit much at times, but the graininess does have its charm, especially when enjoyed in quantity with friends of Polish extraction, who will hear no such criticism.

biboergosum, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Pale gold with muted carbonation. A fizzy white head starts out very strong, but quickly retreats to a white ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves the occasional string of lace.

S: Not really much to smell here. A faint straw straw aroma and maybe, just maybe, a touch of lemon.

T: Clean and crisp to a T. Starts out with a somewhat sweet maltiness. Bitterness comes on just enough to balance, but doesn't bring much flavor to the party other than a bit of lemongrass. Tries desperately to finish clean, and does so until the beer warms. At that point, a metallic presence comes along to muck up the works.

M: Medium-light body has a hint of substance to it. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: Just about the most safe and inoffensive beer I've had in months. It's light in flavor and body, and goes down easy. Keep it cold to fend off the odd metallic finish. A hard beer to judge, as it's a well made example of this style, but oh so boring to drink.

Rayek, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%

500ml bottle poured into a pilsener.

A = Honey yellow, clear, small white head made up of small clearly separated bubbles, resolves quickly to thin layer of bubbles, no lacing.

S = Light earthy notes of noble hops poke through the smells of fresh grains and hay.

T = Slightly musty, light taste of dried dirt, some cutting bitterness at midpalate and a good dry finish. Pretty meh.

M = Light bodied, too much carbonation sting, decent mouthcoating.

D = Drinks pretty easily.

Traquairlover, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of cancino45
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%

At first swift you get a hint of skunk weed giving it any points this beer has to save itself. It has a great heavy feel of grains, followed with a great consistent clear body and proper amount of lacing. Better than most large capacity American lager, it does have some appeal when compared to bud, coors, millers and pbr. It wasn't awful.

cancino45, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow. About a half finger of head developed but it dissipated very quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: Smells of barnyard grains and yeast. Reminds me of Rolling Rock.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Grainy with a slight bite of either spice or hops. There really isn't much there.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth European lager, but it's nothing special. It's much more of a drinking beer than an enjoying beer (does that even make sense?).

TheQuietMan22, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of FishGetter
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%

Light straw color, very minimal head,carbination bubbles steadly stream from the base of the glass.
Smell was mainley of grain. Reminded me alot of steeping grains. Faint hop charecter in there too.
Steady malted pale grain flavor with slight bready-yeasty tones. A mild ricey finish. No signs of any sweetness or much of a hop bite.
Slightly dry mouthfeal with nice refreshing carbination.
Didn't arouse my spidey senses, but much respect to the offering from the "Mother Country". The "new beer thermometer" on the back cracks me up.

FishGetter, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of usmcphillips
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%

I was really excited to try my first Polish beer. It's stunningly clear, but doesn't have very much carbonation. It has the typical European nutty taste to it. It lingers a long time in the back of your throat. It's also extremely thin.
Overall, while I'm happy with it and could drink more of it, it is not a beer that I will seek out in the future.

usmcphillips, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.26/5  rDev +6.5%

Best part about this beer: on the label was a "beer thermometer" that showed the logo when the beer was at the optimum temperature.. sort of the European version of the Coors Light mountains turning blue.. kinda funny.

Back to the beer, I found it to be an above average macro import. It was very smooth and crisp, even moreso than most of the imported stuff. Has a decent ABV of 5.7% but it was very drinkable and went great with pizza. Sure it's nothing spectacular but I'd have it again for sure.

oriolesfan4, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of coalcracker
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Poured from a bottle with a novel 'beer thermometer' on the back. Pours a light golden color with decent carbonation and head.
Smell: Mostly a grainy aroma
Taste: Mildly hoppy and spicy initially, then more of a grainy/corn taste comes through. I was a little pleasantly surprised at the initial taste, but the remainder of the test was just fair. Aftertaste is also a bit grainy and mildly astringent- this aspect of the beer increased as it warmed.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. The carbonation was notable at the first half of the sip.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable.

Overall, nothing offensive nor spectacular. Perhaps this is just a bit better than all of the other macro Euro lagers out there.

coalcracker, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a clear golden color with a thin and fleeting head. Offers fair surface carbonation yielding a touch of lacing.

Clean and grassy on the nose, touch of hops typical to the style.

Moderate malts in the taste with a slightly slick finish that lingers briefly. Feel is a bit thin and watery, improving just a touch as the carbonation decreases. Fairly drinkable but just not a lot there.

$1.99 for a 500 ml at BevMo.

Beer now employs a freshness date. Before Jan 20, 2009 in this case.

HalfFull, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Stale hay-and-sugar nose. Thin but sweet taste. Grainy and saccharine, and very watery, just like its mouthfeel. Feels and tastes cheap. Better than a Budweiser. Probably would not drink again. Doesn't come close to its Porter cousin.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%

It has a golden clear body with a lot of carbonation in the middle. The head is thick and bubbly with light lace. It has very crisp aroma with some mild hops. It has more hops than malt and is also very clean in flavor. The mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated. It is easy to drink fast or sip and is very refreshing.

MTNboy, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of larsee01
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%

650 ml bottle poured into plisner glass

A--Lots of carbonation with a big puffy head. Nice, clear deep gold color.

S--Sweet grass, adjunct (corn)? A bit metallic. Skunkiness that isn't bad.

T--Starts sweet...still adjuncty with bitterness. Not not malty nor hoppy, but I can't describe it as balanced. A bit mediciney. Lots of creamed corn in aftertaste.

M--Pretty good. Smooth and crisp. Wet on the palate...does that sound silly?

D--Smooth going down...maybe not so much as it warms. Scared of a hangover from this stuff!

larsee01, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of gavmeconi
3.55/5  rDev +16%

A - From the bottle, it pours a mid-golden colour with roughly a cm of head and a slightly less than average amount of carbonation.

S - Smells fine, nothing out of the ordinary, but I always get the feeling that I smell something metallic before the first sip.

T - Although it will not blow you away, what it does what it does well enough. It has a light-medium balanced flavour so that it is neither intense or obtrusive. So despite not breaking boundaries, you find yourself desiring the consistent taste it is always known for.

M - Clean, clean, clean. Feels thin but still offers flavour.

D - Since it is not wild or intense, you are able to drink it repeatedly. The flavour is good and won't get on your nerves if drinking a considerable amount. It also helps if you are in Poland buying it on tap at a bar where it will run your roughly $2 a pint.

gavmeconi, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
2.63/5  rDev -14.1%

appearance: Deep golden color and frohty head

smell: slight hops, but with a sourish tint

taste: Slight hoppiness and was strong in flavor than other euro lagers with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste

mouthfeel: Light, crisp

drinkability: Easy drinking beer and I had in lovely square when I visited Krakow, Poland

CampusCrew, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Reanimator
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a crystal clear golden color into my Warka glass, shameful I know, with a nice big white head, good retention and lacing. Surprisingly hoppy aroma.

The flavor is very light and malty, dry and astringent on the finish, and the mouthfeel is typically light. Not much to it really!

Definitely different from its domestic counterpart. I was hoping to be transported back to the Krakow student bars, but I was unsurprisingly disappointed. Still, it's crisp, light, refreshing and very drinkable, I just don't know if I'd pay $2/12oz for this over a cheaper American lager.

Reanimator, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of baos
4.08/5  rDev +33.3%

Into my Atlas Good-Luck jar.

This is a good beer with a nice straw color and a 3 finger head to dwindles down to nothing. Aroma is clover-honey malty. Taste is sweet then fresh-grainy-brightness that is a rightness. End in a nice deeply bitter finish. I don't think the drinkers on this board give this one justice. Try on on its a good beer. Mouthfeel is pretty nice for this variety. Drinkability is A-one.

Na zdrowie!!!

baos, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.65/5  rDev -13.4%

Got to try a sample of this recently - not bad.
A decent, frothy head that left receeding ring on top of a golden body. Has a leafy, earthy aroma that is a tad pungent. A drying sensation over my tongue from hop bitterness; goes down with a crisp and biting backbite. Not much in the malt department. Seems like anothe Euro-macro trying to make a dent in the states.

clayrock81, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev +29.1%

It poured a golden/straw/pale yellow hue, more golden towards the core. It had a nice clingy three finger head. Very little activity, an occasional bubble of carbination could be seen.

It had a very sweet smell, like apples at first, then I started to detect some malt undetones.

It had a well balanced taste of malt and hops. It was very smooth and had a nice slightly dry finish with a hoppy bitterness.

It's good, I could drink a couple of these in a sitting and have no complaints.

Rennpferd, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%

11.2 oz., 5.6% ABV. Clear pale golden color. A few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom. White head disappears immediately.

Pale malt aroma, a bit grainy, with a hint of sulphur. A whiff of grassy hops at the back end.

Pretty sweet up front, with a decent amount of malt. Light bready flavor, with some herbal and grassy hops. Sweetness seems to linger, almost artificial. Very little bitterness.

Light body, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems pretty simple, and average.

Bierguy5, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Pours clear, pale yellow. Poured with a two inch vigorous white billowy head; I was surprised how fast it faded though. Laced down the glass, but it was pretty thin.

S: There just wasn't much there; a little corn, wet grain and some citrus.

T: Malt was much more prominent than in the nose. Mild slightly bitter hop. It was a nice balance, just too weak.

M: Medium light body; it was definitely thin. Nice job on the carbonation since it brightened up what little there was toward the slightly bitter finish.

D: Drinkable enough; clean and refreshing. Nothing real special though.

Haybeerman, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%

Appearance: light golden in color. Not much head. No lacing.

Aroma: Smelled like a very clean lager. No off smells or "skunk". Light malt aroma, with hints of cold apple cider and grape juice.

Taste: nice burst of German noble hops. Clean and clear lager tastes; grape and pear shine through the even light taste.

Mouthfeel: Easy. Some carbonation bubbles that prick the inside of mouth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

drinksandeats, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%

Macro-clear and macro-light. White foam jumps up a good couple of inches but frankly retains very poorly and leaves naught but the thinnest of rings around the cap.

Skunked aroma. The herbal twang of the hops is an interesting twist on the traditionally floral, yeast aroma. Wimpy and uninteresting in general.

Well, it's not horrible on a hot-ass Phoenix night. Very thin, mildly sweet, and fairly crisp overall. Lots of skunky DMS flavors, although the bitterness of the Euro hops is nice and prominent, which I find interesting and enjoyable. But not enough to overcome broad shortcomings on all other fronts. Finish is semi-dry, minorly astringent (enough to lower the drinkability index), and not pleasant enough to make me want another.

BretSikkink, Aug 02, 2008
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