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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | 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 joshwlt
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, no head, very little carbonation. Maybe this stuff doesn't travel well, or its older than it should be. On the back it has a "thermometer" when the zywiec label shows on a picture of its beer it's ready to drink (similar to coors light rocky mountain deal) which makes me think they want it to be so cold I can't taste it. I smell a cabbage skunk malt and noble hop on this. Tastes similar to how it smells. If my memory serves me well it reminds me of a St. Pauli Girl. The barley and noble hops pull through but it's a little skunky and pilsner-like. Fairly drinkable euro lager, more flavorful and more barley than your average american macro. Don't usually like this style but I've yet to try anything from Poland and I've gotta cover the globe. Not horrible.

joshwlt, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head dissipates in 1-2 minutes, leaving a thin haze on the top of the beer and a few gobs around the rim. Nice carbonation visible. Smells musty, like damp hay or grass. A little yeasty. Apple sweetness turns bitter very quickly. Sharp carbonation and a very thin, watery body. Bitterness lingers too long for me to enjoy this beer; I'm not enthused about finishing this one, let alone opening another one.

nighthawk, May 31, 2008
Photo of belawrence
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a normal pale yellow appearance to it, minimal head. Strong hop aroma, along with a hint of blackstrap molasses even a smaller tinge of honey. Tasted sweet to my palette-probably a beer I'd have after a meal but not during. Actually left a pleasant aftertaste. Not great, but not bad, either.

belawrence, May 25, 2008
Photo of CNeilP09
3.95/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, the BEERchitect described it perfectly, in my opinion, but here's my take on it as well:

pours a beautiful clear gold, stifled and spotty on the pure white head. head dissipates quickly.

sniffs a bit acrid. nebraska grains and dirt. actually smells like georgia red clay after a slight rain.

on the tongue, it's juicy, yet unoriginal. has a bit of a beck's/pilsner urquell quality. i do like the very tart and quenching crispness to it. breadish and pilsner malts certainly peer through on this one. that is it's selling point in my book. this is a fantastic beer for the beach or being outside in the sun doing chores or something. it's certainly not a beer you'd flaunt around to your friends.

very light on the palette, crisp, aerated, lots of good carbonation.

again, this is more of an upper class session beer. something your boss would buy in bulk to serve at the company christmas party. my rating will seem a bit too generous, but i tried this beer on the suggestion from a pal who loves it...so i have his enthusiasm still lingering in my perception.


CNeilP09, May 18, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
2.08/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle
5.5% ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBOI outlets. The beer poured a nice translucent gold colour with a minimal white head. The aroma was mainly grainy malts with nothing else. The mouthfeel mwas medium bodied with ample carbonation. The flavour was similar to the aroma in that it was very malty with very little other discernable flavours. This beer is readily available in Canada, but is simply an average brew at best. Not something I would consider buying again.

cyrenaica, May 13, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe this is the first and only Polish brew I have had. I could never pronounce the name correctly until I actually asked a Polish couple. (For those who are unsure it is zi-vee-ic). Unfortunately it wasn't too impressive. Probably considered the Budweiser of Poland. I had it well chilled in a pint glass. Poured a bright yellow color with a decent white head. Smell was faint with some grassy hops and mild malt sweetness. Taste was thin with a little balance of malt and hops. It is pretty easy drinking but that is all it has for itself.

Portertime, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow golden - light straw actually with a fine puffy white head. Aromas of sweet grains, faint sulfur, and a touch of metal. What can I say - the flavor is very much the same with a neutral balance of malt v. hops. The mouth feel is just below medium and it has a sweet grain finish with a little sour edge. Not quite a beer to seek out, but it came in quite handy when washing down two andouille sausages with sweet relish, mustard and chili.

dedrinker, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eh, it's beer. It begins with a crisp malt character, mixed wiht some cereal, raw grains with a pilsner malt sweetness and mild astringency. lightly hopped, adding a mild tea-like flavor and bitterness that barely offsets the sweetness. Moderate acidity takes the shape of tomatoes and sulfer, however kinda add to the complexity in a wierd sort of way. A buttery flavor becomes more prominent in the texture, but does add some flavor -- like pop corn. Both crisp an dslick in the mouthfeel, but finishes with a hearty grain flavor. probably a fine beer to chase down the polish sausages.

BEERchitect, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a crystal clear gold with a formidable 2-finger white head that has decent retention and leaves some lacing. Virtually no visible carbonation.

S: quite malty, bready and sweet with a touch of grassiness from the hops and a touch of minerals as well.

T: malty up front with slight hoppage in the middle leaving somewhat of a metallic, nutty, slightly bready aftertaste - pretty average at best.

M: light, a tad oily, decent carbonation but lacks a really clean finish.

D: Hey, this is an o.k. lager, a bit too sweet and not as clean as I hoped. Nevertheless, it's pretty easy to drink. Worth a try, but Poland offers much better beers than this one.

Graham5161986, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another quick review.

Picked up a bottle in Hamburg, Germany.

Pours out a golden brown. Looks good but has some raging carbonation that not only fuels the head but makes it grow for a minute or two... while I play rockband.

Ahem, anyway - grains are apparent through the smell. Hoppy indeed. Not much else going on.

Taste is hoppy, little honey thing in the distance somewhere. Grainy. Bitter start to finish with a nonexistant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is decent due to the carbonation. That's about it.

A drinkable beer after you've had a few. Nothing to go out of your way for.

BleedBlueUSAF, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of currysage1
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance of a lighter beer, had lots of "floaties" in my bottle though, is this normal?

Smell is very strong of some type of not of this earth fruitiness.

Taste is of the same, interesting but not that great.

Mouthfeel is fine maybe a little too carbonated but ok.

Drinkabilty is also fine I could have another but I'm not sure I would want to.

currysage1, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml big ass can. Pours out a pale, golden yellow with a very small head. The head doesn't last and only a few bubbles are visible making their way up. Smell isn't as bad as I was expecting. Some malt with even a hint of hops.

Taste is weak. Short, uninspiring and relatively flat. The middle does hold some slight malty type flavors but that's about it. Maybe some bready notes in there? On a hot sunny day, this might hit the spot. I would reach for this over anything macro light (lite).

Won't buy again but fun to try.

CharlesRiver, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent golden straw color with minimal head and lacing.

S- Light grassy smells and subtle hop aromas. Not much in the nose department.

T- Light hop bittering with same grassy straw carrying over.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- High point if there was one. Light and somewhat quenching.

Overall- Seems like just a standard macro lager. Nothing special here, just a little stronger on ABV.

MMAJYK, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of JoKo
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a sparkling clear yellow into my standard mug. This beer is heavily carbonated, creating a frothy white head that lingers for a few minutes. The smell is a little hoppy, some grains present. There is a bitter hop taste that is up front with this one, and I also detect a honey-like sweetness in the background, malts, or corn. Although I wouldn't expect corn in a beer of this quality. Overall, a descent Polish Pils.

JoKo, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very pale yellow in color and gives up a little less than an inch of head. Retention was poor. Lacing was average.

S - Not much in the aroma department for this lager. Just getting a light malt smell backed up by alcohol.

T - The taste brings alot more malt than expected. It remains light in flavor but the malt base starts to stand out. The end contains a little bitterness that really finishes the flavor profile nicely.

M - Comes across as medium bodied for a pale lager. Carbonation was average.

D - Clean and somewhat refreshing. Really not a bad lager at all. I might have to try this one again when summer rolls around.

csmiley, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a good head, but little lacing. Has a nice malty scent, slightly sour. Good taste, an excellent cold beer, it has a nice malty flavor without being too sour. Goes down very smoothly. An excellent lager, one of the best I've had in quite a while.

JamesS, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5ml bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice clear straw yellow, with ok carbonation. The head is small, white and leaves lots of lace.

The Smell is nice, a bit nutty and crisp hops.

The taste is good yet mild not real bold of even pronounced. Sum nuty bread and mild hops.

The mouthfeel is ok, nice body but could use a better carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good a nice refreshing and easy drinking brew. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as gift from a Polish co-worker. Pours clear and golden, nice thick, fluffy head. Very good overall appearance for this style. Smell is somewhat bland with grains, straw, grass, and malt all in the profile. Taste is on par with smell. Strong malt taste followed by a grassy/grain taste and a touch of the "skunkiness." Really couldnt distinguish much else. Light and crisp, heavily carbonated. Overall this is not a great beer but a very good mediocre one. There is a little kick to it with the 5.7% ABV and does go down smoothly. After my first bottle it was easy to pour another. This really is not my favorite style, but I could see this scoring very high with someone who is fond of the Euro Pale.

bunnyhustle, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My father, who is 100% Polish American, got a 6 pack of this stuff for Christmas and was kind enough to let me try one. Poured into a standard beer mug. This beer pours a clear, light golden color with a nice white had about 2/3 inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice, fluffy surface layer about 1/5 of an inch thick that has some very good staying power. Nice lacing too. Some sweet malt aroma followed by a hint of grassy hops were present. fairly pleasant, but nothing special. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet, grainy malt upfront followed by some fairly subtle grassy hops. Enjoyable, but nothing special or complex. A crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink. Certainly worth a try and I enjoyed it, but nothing I would go out of my way to track down.


neenerzig, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, BBD 04-30-2008

High clarity, straw colored liquid. A couple inches of foam that soon dwindle down to a broken skim. Dull grainy aroma, a little grassy but no discernable hops.

Taste has a moderately bitter aftertaste, watery body with high carbonation. Flavors were subdued, some pale malt and grassy hop at the end. A step up from swill, but not far from it. One to have several of when you don't want to think much about it. Better than BMC, but not any better than Heineken or similar Euro lager.

emerge077, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of erosier
2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Interesting beer. It pours a yellow color with a short white head. The aroma is interesting, sweet bready smell. It smells kind of like Malta Goya - malty and a little pruney. The taste at first, is like the smell. It then mellows out for a less offensive taste. It is nicely carbonated for a beer like this. Good mouthfeel but not a very drinkable taste. I would not recommend this beer but it was interesting to have one of these.

erosier, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Ryan805Beer
4.4/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zywiec- Poland, 1pt .09floz, Alc. 5.6% Vol.

A golden yellow beer with a soft velvety head. A pleasant hoppy flavor with fruit like overtones. A robust full-flavor, very refreshing and satisfying. Thirst quenching yet leaves you wanting more. A great beer.

Ryan805Beer, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color; crystal clear. I'm most impressed with the head that lasts and leaves ring lace.

Crisp clean aroma of fresh mown grass; there is slight skunk to this beer along with some metalic smell.

Good hop flavor for the style. Nice pale malt base. Skim milk consistancy in the body. This leaves a sour aftertaste.

This is better than most light lagers. Although flawed, it still is a decent offering.

smcolw, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : pils jaune dorée, à la mousse serrée peu persistante
Smell : arôme de malt et de houblon
Taste and mouthfeel : goût franc, très malté
Drinkability : bière pilsener de Pologne, correcte mais sans plus

thierrynantes, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/yellow color. It was fizzy and highly carbonated with a white, soapy, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and some light caramel malts.

T - It tasted very sweet. There was also some corn flavors and a light malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty descent lager. It tastes better than it looked or smelled.

zeff80, Oct 15, 2007
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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