1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Not Rated.
Zywiec BeerZywiec Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.

784 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 784
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 64 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (17) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Zywiec Beer Alström Bros
Ratings: 784 | Reviews: 372 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of prosper
3/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of MNJR
4.2/5  rDev +38.2%
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!

Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Avagadro
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.28/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of Fizzlybear
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of iD9
2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was a much paler, clear-looking beer than I expected. A fair head forms, but it's short-lived and doesn't stick to the glass much. Not that it has to, but I like a foamier/creamy top.

The smell is pretty good/average.

The taste is just like the smell. It's kind of on the border for me. It reminds me of a style/group of several European beers I don't care for, but there's something about it that makes it that much more drinkable than those others. No bad aftertaste, for one...

In the mouth, again, average. Not too much carbonation, not too watery. Just fine.

It's worth a shot, and it isn't bad, but I probably won't come back to it. There's nothing memorable about it.

Photo of JBmadera
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not sure how this ended up on my list of "must review" but it's a little slow today so here it goes:

A - nice straw color, not too light

S - ah, I'm sure it's just me but I don't smell anything

T - mild carbonation, nice crisp taste - I like!

M - settles in very nice, feels good rolling around

D - ok, so it's no super star but I could drink these all day, esp when it's hot or if the day starts in the early a.m.

I will add this to the "pick up if I see it a Bev Mo" list.

11.2 oz bottle

Photo of ecoastman
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - This is another easy drinking Euro lager that can be considered as another standard patio refresher in the summer.

Appearance - clear straw yellow-gold with a head that recedes to a medium layer and some good lacing. Later the head disappears to a thin ring.

Smell - a relatively clean lager with some sweet malt balanced with mild hops. Maybe a tiny bit of smokey meat in the background...?

Taste - another good but typical easy drinking Euro lager. Well balanced but not too sweet to start and slightly drier than other similar beers. Low in malt and low-medium in hop levels. Nothing great, nothing bad.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy while watery and refreshing. Carbonation is held well.

Photo of RyanBelle
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very pale yellow that I personally found somewhat unpleasant. Smelled very skunky (like someone said, despite the brown bottle...which is intented to avoid skunky taste and chemical changes which can occur in the bottle under bright lights and when exposed to heat). Tasted nothing special, very malty, but not in the saltine cracker type way. The malt was more like a bland piece of stale bread which has lost its flavor. I think there was lots of hops present in the 4 bottles that I tried on 4 separate occasions, so I can only assume that this beer tastes this way in every bottle a person would buy. The flavor that sticks out the most in this beer is the fruitiness of the lager that persists until the bottle is done. I actually somewhat appeciate it, but it's not enough to redeem this lager as something I would regularly drink/buy. It does it's job at 5.5% ABV and although you would think this would make one think that it's a great "session beer", I'd say reconsider and try some other Eastern Euro-Lagers before diving into this one as your first choice. It's passable as a decent E-E.L beer, but only barely.

Photo of kegger22
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear blonde with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar and eventually, nothing. The aroma is pretty quiet, not a lot going on. The taste is sweet, I can not find any bitterness. Feel is light bodied with very little carbonation. Drinkability: you should be able to drink a lot of these and under certain circumstances, probably would. As you can tell from the review, the one remarkable characteristic of this beer is... Bland. At $1.99 for a 500 ml bottle, the price was right though.

Photo of jwinship83
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pale yellow body with a small finger of bright white head that becomes no more than a crown after a minute or two and little to no lacing. lots of small carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- sweet grainy malts and faint grassy hops. not much else.

T- sweet grainy malts like in the nose. a slight metallic taste. mildly hoppy.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- not the best, not the worst. kind of boring. after one or two im looking for what else is around.

Photo of collander
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing offensive here, but nothing exciting either. The high point is the nice light golden color, and the light bubble column of bubble. Slight bitter on the finish a little steeley, very drinkable. Faint green apple, grassy on the nose. Would be nice on a scortching hot day.

Photo of Macca
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark golden colour with a centimetre of head which disappears quickly. Clear.

God I am getting bored with these bland beers. So repetitive.

Aromas of grain - again. A little skunkiness.

Same on the palate - again. Dry though which is a little different. A nice change to not have the cloying sweetness.

A crisp body. I could have another I suppose.

Photo of fullsweep
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL poured into a pint glass.

Looks and smells like a Euro lager, but with that Polish spicy smell.

Taste is quite unusual. There is an initial Polish lager taste but with a very unusual spicy (almost minty!) finish.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and light, again quite typical for a Euro lager.

Drinkability is slightly lower as the ABV is higher and although the taste is pleasantly unusual, it's not something I'd want all the time.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Euro pale lager made in Poland and imported by Heineken. What do you expect? And yet it was a bit better than anticipated. Served cold, poured frothy yellow in the glass with a decent head and a bit of skunk (despite the brown bottle) but some malt in the nose. Taste was both a touch sweet, a bit biscuity and somewhat balanced with fruity hops, though far less than one might expect. Very easy drinking beer--almost too much so. You could put down a few of these on a cold night in Warsaw (or War-shington). Hand-delivered by UF from Pittsburgh. (Thanks UF!)

Photo of jwhawkins81
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

08.12.2009 is the best by date on the bottle

Aroma - Mostly an adjunct corn lagery aroma.

Appearance - Clear pale yellow with a small white head and decent amount fo carbonation.

Taste - Watery light with a hint of hops. The malt is grainy and dry but not very dominate.

Mouthfeel - Thin a could use a little more carbonation but still decent.

Drinkability - Yes very, but not in a good way. Just not a lot of flavor.

Photo of Jimmys
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer looks good, rich golden yellow. Nice 2 finger head, looks a little foamy, not that rich. Mmmmm. Took a deep wiff, annddd Nada. Already turned 180 degrees from appearance to smell. Let's take a sip. Ah ok, a good drink, not great. Could easily drink a handful of these. I will go get another and enjoy this day!

Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear golden with a minor head of white foam. Smelled slightly fruity/grassy, but otherwise, like a plain old beer. Not very prominent.

Taste was clean, crisp, smooth. For some reason it seemed tastier than the average lager, though I can't recall many distinguising characteristics.

I could have put back a few of these. Very drinkable. Great summer beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
71 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.