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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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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
Photo of WJVII
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Jet Lounge in the hotel bar in Warsaw. It was on tap and I was told this is the most common brew in the land.

It had a light amber color with about 1in head. Very little lacing and only lasted a few minutes. This was a fully carbonated beer that was slightly bitter with a bite in the aftertaste. These was a little malty taste as well, but very minimal.

This beer was everywhere and everyone was drinking it, but it was not the beer I traveled to Europe to drink.

WJVII, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Amalak
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very light, no head out of the bottle.

S: bitter and almost skunky.

T: Very biting at first, but it isn't too bad. Has a refreshing, yet not much flavor taste.

M: Bubbly and doesn't leave too bad an aftertaste.

D: There isn't too much flavor, and like most beers of its ilk, I can't drink too many of them.

Good for the style. Non-flavorful, lager, i.e. Polish Bud.

Amalak, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of gavinstoub
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Pours very nice golden "apple juice" color. Head is small a deminishes quickly with no real lace. Looking in Zywiec I see small bubbles that shows on the palate just enough carbonation. Smelling this beer reminds me of that skunky smell from green bottles. Taste is exceptionally clean with just enough carbonation. As I drink Zywiec bubbles and lace disappear on glass. Very drinkable for 5.6% ABV. I would suggest this as a very drinkable session beer with salad may not hold up to spicy foods

gavinstoub, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fuzzy white head on pouring that settled quickly with just a thin ring around the glass and a wisp in the middle. This is carbonated alright but the bubbles are large, similar to a ginger ale. Colour is clear, almost yellow, make that yellow/orange. No discernable smell at first but, as it warmed, I thought I detected a whiff of tarragon. Mild bitterness and mild hops with a clean, almost malted barley in the finish but feint at best. Toasty mouthfeel, a bit piqued but not too sharp really for this style of beer. This is a reliable quaffing beer to be enjoyed with friends on a hot day, not to be taken too seriously.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of brdc
2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Starts nice, golden, clear, with a white head, but about thirty seconds later, no head, no lacing, no nothing.
It is hard to write about anything else, it is like the aroma, body, taste all went away with the head, perhaps I should have gobbled everything in those first thirty seconds....
Very thin, light, little aroma of hops (maybe), tastes like watered down beer. It is impressive how tasteless it is at 5.7 ABV.
Skip it, lots of better stuff out there.

brdc, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of sleazo
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear yellow typical lager coulour. A steady stream of bigbubbles keeps the nice fluffy head in business.

S-Mild alcohol scent comes through with a sweet/bitterness that beer should smell like but without either being distinctive. That doesnt make as much sense typed out as it does in person but it makes sense.

T-A bit on the sweet side with a sweet freshly risen doughy taste dominating and a bitter but indistinguishable hop characteristic arriving in the follow thorugh. Despite the sweetness leaves a certain dryness at the end.

M-Slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation level.

D-This is probably the best of the Polish lagers but still it really does nothing for me. Living in a Polish neighbourhood I have tried pretty much all of the beers the country has to offer and the Porters are where they shine. This is basically the leastoffensive of the bunch of pale lagers.

sleazo, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of gestalt162
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at an outdoor Polish cafe, the perfect place to enjoy one of Poland's most popular beers...

Appearance: Goldenrod/brass color. Thin (1/2 finger width) white head that quickly fades. Light lacing left on glass. The standard lager fare.

Smell: Light smell of malt, predominantly floral hops. Good predicition of the beer's taste.

Taste: Starts with a crisp bite due to the hops and moderate carbonation. Taste is very hoppy, dry, slightly bitterness and taste of malt, and finishes with a touch of sweetness then bitterness. Everything a Euro Pale is supposed to do, but nothing truly outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Medium, not light but not creamy. Moderate to high carbonation enhances the beer's bite.

Drinkability: Not truly an outstanding beer, and the carbonation and bitterness can be a little strong, but this beer has enough character and composition to warrant another.

Summary: A well-built Euro Pale Lager, but nothing outstanding about it. Hops dominate the beverage. A decent mass-market Polish beer that deserves a look if you're into the style or in Poland.

gestalt162, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from a local grocery. Best by 10/16/07.

The aroma is fairly funky, but I can't tell if it's supposed to be like that or if its from the travel. It sort of comes off like barnyard hops, but the flavor isn't really present in the flavor. The taste is clean and slightly bready, nothing real fruity like in a Heineken. Basically clean and drinkable.

tempest, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light golden color with a two finger white head with a easy pour, head settles to a ring on the glass and some lacing to the finish. aromas are earthy with hops there. taste is bready, yeasty, slightly sweet up front ending with a slightly salty taste. mouthfeel light and nicely carbonated. i happen to like a good lager and this one is not bad. good session beer.

billybob, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of gumper2
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although not my favorite style of beer I did indeed enjoy this beer. The color was a nice straw color leaving a white lace on the glass. The smell was overall sweet and that sweetness continued with the taste, If i were to come across this beer again I'd give it another try.

gumper2, May 05, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellow colored beer without any great amount of head formation.

The smell is clean and slightly sweet with a good slightly floral and herbal scent of Nobel hops. Malt is just mild Pilsner type malt.

The taste begins sweet and distinctly biscuit flavored malt. Decently bitter hop level makes this a little more interesting than average but no one is going to mistake his for Pilsner. Clean lager with a little extra bitter snap.

Mouthfeel is average.

Certainly this is an easy beer to drink. Pretty much this is in the Heineken class of beers with a bit more in the hops department.

Zorro, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of brucepepper
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - Clean fresh, typical lager smell.

A - Golden with lots of head. Good lacing.

T - Tastes like any other Euro Lager. Good but not very interesting. Clean aftertaste. Slight peppery taste.

M - Soft, good carbonation. Fairly full.

D - Easy to drink.

Overall, good but not memorable.

brucepepper, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was recommended to me from a friend, and I'd never seen it before so I figured I'd give it a shot...I probably won't be taking recommendations from
this person again...lol...In appearance, this beer pours a pale pale yellow, with a 2-3 finger white foamy head that thins quick...Taste is wheaty with light hops and water...the warmer it is the more sour it gets. It's thin and crisp in the mouth. I was really in the mood for a tasty surprise tonight, and I must say that I was let down...nonetheless, I did only spend 8 bucks and this is a fairly drinkable beer so it wasn't a complete loss, just a little dissappointed.

greenbeaner, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The nitro-wedge gives your beer a creamy feel with the ever-lasting head. The twist-off top doesn't require a bottle openor to consume. And now, the beer thermometor, ensuring you that your beer is served at the proper temperature. Ingenious! On to the beer:

Zywiec is a golden colored lager with some pilsner characteristics to it. The smell is a bit husky, with a hint of skunk, some lemon zest, and straw. The taste is near the median for the style, with more of a hop flavor and bitterness. Less water and more flavor would make this brew more interesting, but it's drinkable nonetheless.

Borrowing from their marketing campaign in Poland, you could say this is "Prawie jak pilsner". Translation: Almost like a pilsner.

DoubleJ, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
1.95/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a short, but sturdy, bright white head. Streams of tiny bubbles rise through the glowing golden beers. Weak aroma of sweet grain, or corn, or something foul. The sweetness carries over into the flavor and doesn't allow anything else to poke through. Well, maybe there is a bit of herbal hop flavor towards the end, but the finish is grossly sweet. I've seen good beer in cans here in Germany, and I figured this would be a nice Pilsner type beer. Boy was I wrong. This is like the European version of malt liquor.

HappyHourHero, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
1.78/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark, see through golden in color, absolutely no head. Faint grainy hops, touches of biscuit notes on the nose, blah. Raw, grainy malt, grassy/hay like tastings in the initial quaffs. All signs point towards another bland Euro-lager. Very cloying and massive on-slaught flavorings of corn and malt infused adjuncts. Wet, stale cardboard and more hay like offerings. Bland and stale, even when fresh. Skip, unless your playing Scrabble.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ML brown bottle with a rinky dink beer thermometer on the back label. Poured into a pils glass it forms the usual white fizzy head that leaves behind some ring lacing. Highly carbonated yellow body.

Well this is certainly off the beaten path. There is quite a bit of hops for the style and the malt presence barely lifts a finger. Malts tend to be raw and grainy and the hops never let up. Wheat, Hay, Dry and hopped up on the backside. The finish has me baffled as the rest of the brew was pretty good. It finishes lingering and the malts all the sudden make an appearance that muddles it up a bit and adds nothing to the balance. As it warmed this had a medicinal edge. I wish that was gone and this would be pretty good.

Notes: As this warms up the flaws become bigger and bigger. Drink this baby cold.

DogFood11, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of cbl2
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2/23/2007 $3.99 500 mL 5.60% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear pale gold yellow topped by half an inch of foamy white head.


Corn, fusel alcohol and pretty much every thing else associated with Euro Lagers.


Decent mouthfeel is accompanied by a burst of corn flakes and cardboard. Flavors are wet malt and minimal hop character. There is little to redeem this one.

Sadly I actually have a Zywiec glass, which this was poured into, but nothing can save this monstrosity from itself.

cbl2, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with white fluffy head that clings to the glass. Smells very spicy & hoppy and a little light struck. Tastes very clean, a tiny bit sweet but balanced with hoppy bitterness. Finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is heavy and a little creamy but with some carbonation on the tip of the tongue, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, clean but still flavorful. I'll probably be getting this again.

Kulrak, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
1.63/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served at fridge temperature in a pilsner glass. Complete with a beer thermometer on the label, give me a break. Is this a beer or a pregnancy test?

Best before 3/28/07.

Appearance- Pale to medium gold, very little action inside the glass. The soapy head stands at about an inch after settling on a good pour. Nice crag, sticky hair-thin lacing all down the glass.

Smell- Sweet adjunct and cereal nose, some floral hops are fighting their way through the forest of Cloy. The nose is syrupy and terribly artificial.

Taste- As close to cheap malt liquor as I've ever tasted... well, except for maybe Faxe. I borrowed one of these for a tasting, just to review... and it's awful. Cloying palate completely eradicates any notable hop or malt character, and believe me I can feel the alcohol halfway through this bottle. Fusel alcohol and corn.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Lackluster in mouthfeel, thin and watery... yet still syrupy from the elevated sugars and resulting ABV. A lead zeppelin.

yelterdow, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe slightly more amber than american macro lagers, this offering had a very small white head that disappeared faster than a liberal at a Pat Robertson function.

sweet and malty smelling, this beer tasted great. Smooth and sweet, followed by hoppiness and finished with a nice maltiness.

The Poles make a damn decent beer..I'll be trying this one again

Shadman, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is light golden-yellow color with a foamy white head. Smells like sweet malt, grain. Beer is well balanced with a slightly sweet corn taste with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light with not too much carbonation. The beer is pretty drinkable because of the light body and bearable taste.

gmfessen, Jan 20, 2007
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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