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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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3.95/5  rDev +29.5%

This beer poured a bland golden brown with a film of white head. There were a swarm of tiny bubbles creeping up the sides of my glass to sustain the head.

Smelled of light, dry biscuits with a crisp hop that reminded me of dry leaves.

Tasted of light and dry apricot skins and biscuit dough with a big, dry, birch bark hop.

The mouth feel was light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Over all, I found this beer to be very crisp and extremely refreshing on a warm summer night.

05-28-2006 14:05:52 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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3.08/5  rDev +1%

It poured yellow with a thin white head. Very typical of a Euro-lager.
There was not much to the smell - some skunk - my guess is overboiled hops and bready yeast. There was some attempt at something coming through in the aroma. Not quite sure what, though.
The taste itself, though not great, was not too bad. It was fairly creamy for the style and a bit sweet. Pretty decent for accompanying food.
It left a slight metallic taste in the mouth. The yeast was present in the aftertaste.
It is drinkable, but not anything special. On par, or not much above, with the typical euro-lagers. At least it's in a brown bottle - might be worse in green. Certainly better than Heineken, Beck's or several other popular Euros.

05-17-2006 21:38:00 | More by jwc215
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3.03/5  rDev -0.7%

My first Polish beer... I had never seen this beer before prior to drinking it, and I had no idea what to expect from it. It pours golden, and has a surprisingly nice head for a pilsner. It tastes a bit like Heine (which is no surprise, considering that Heine owns this brewery). Overall, a pleasant, though unremarkable, beer. The best thing about it is its beautiful label (complete with a "beer thermometer" that tells when the beer is at drinking temperature.)

05-16-2006 01:20:30 | More by WMBierguy
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2.93/5  rDev -3.9%

330ml/ 11.2 bottle with a simple white label with a man and a woman polish dancers dancing around the brewery's crest. The back label had a small picture of the same picture on the front, Govt. warning, and no date but a beer thermometer. The beer thermometer works by when their label is in a little box, it's now cold enough to pop open and drink her down!

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener Glass the beer was nice simple pale yellow color with a 1 finger head of foam. What was really nice was that the head of foam didn't dissipate away fast, but stayed for a while leaving loads of rings and some lace around the glass.

Smell: I tried so hard to get an aroma out of this, but no avail it was a below average light aroma of little hops and little malt. That's it, nothing more than that.

Taste: The taste was nothing really special or even that good at that. What I got was this grainy (what kind of grains it was, I don't know) malty taste up front and then the bitter hops come out. Well, at least it some kind of taste. Good? Not really, but at least it was decent.

Mouthfeel: I was actually expecting to have this watery aftertaste, but it really wasn't there too much. It wasn't not too watery with a slight dry hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall a decent Euro Pale Lager that I probably wouldn't buy again, if I ever see it again. Something you only need try once at that's it.

05-14-2006 22:57:13 | More by AltBock
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North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -10.5%

Smell, not much there. A decent head is formed when poured, but dissipates quickly. This beer starts out like a robust continental lager, finishes with a little hop spicyness that hints at a Pilsner. When frothed on the palate, a few subtle citrus notes are released and a little malt sweetness can be detected. Dare I say this, but it tastes slightly like a Dortmunder with its no-nonsense taste,cold, refreshing, not weak. I was hoping this brew might be a little more complex but feels like a Euro-macro if there is such. I applaud the Polish for making a nice full-bodied beer and the 5.6% alcohol adds a little backbone. Cheers, Joe

04-03-2006 13:54:50 | More by ByTor2112
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +12.5%

I'm in a Polish mood, so I picked up some Polish beer...

500ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Nice fat head, mild carbonation in this typically pale Euro Lager. The head dosen't last long, and this beer looks pretty average. Nose is all bready malts and nice noble hops. Certainly everything I expect....

Taste is all nice bready malts, a bit alcoholic, and a refreshing bitterness from the noble hops. Flavour wise this is a really well balanced and pleasant lager. Better than average. Nice tongue bite, goes down pretty smooth. I think this would be a really good summer session beer. Nothing majorly special, but as Euro lagers go, it isn't too bad...

03-01-2006 04:17:12 | More by trevorwideman
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Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -5.6%

Another Polish pale lager, coming in the 500ml brown bottle. Nice enough labelling: white with lots of red and traditionally-clad figures of a man and woman--the cap has the same logo. The label on the back has a little gadget I have never seen before, and I thought it was cool: in a little box are the words "Beer Thermometer" and then beside that it says: "Refrigerate, wait until Zywiec logo appears that indicates ideal drinking temperature." Sure enough a little red Zywiec symbol appears after cooling the bottle. First time I have ever seen that. Zywiec is a super-clear honey-golden colour, with a fairly dense but quickly moving aspirin-white head. Rapidly moving lacing. The head settled as a patchy paper-thin covering. A typical and average looking Polish lager. The nose is a mixture of honey and fresh green grass. Dusty continental hopping, some sweetish light malts, and a hint of spritzy alcohol. There is a bit of a creamy marshmallow aroma too. More malty than a Dort-export or Czech Pils. The hops are well balanced with the malt though, and all in all this is a good aroma for its purpose and style. No "off" smells. Again, average. As the beer warms, the aroma seems to exhibit too much sugary maltiness, like malt-liquor. The beer's taste is rather light overall, with honeyed malts and the faintest hint of dusty bitterness. There is a bit of a sourish/underdeveloped malt note here, adding some unpleasant cardboard tastes. It finishes decently, leaving equal parts light sweetness and coppery dryness. The poor malt flavour seems to be at the front of the tongue, because in the middle and back the malting is all right, adding some toasty bread flavours. There is really nothing much else to describe. The mouthfeel is medium in carbonation, and light bodied. Quaffable I grant you. There is really nothing to complain about here, despite Zywiec's commonality and average flavour. Still better than a plethora of lagers out there.

02-10-2006 11:40:46 | More by Cwrw
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.03/5  rDev -0.7%

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Very light maltiness. Some sweetness, metallic notes, salty, corn, some lemon hints...

Taste – Light sweetness, some maltiness and some light hops. Some citrusy notes...

Feel - Quite smooth. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A very average beer... worth a try maybe once....

01-30-2006 12:15:59 | More by mdagnew
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United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +25.6%

Pours pale with decent fairly tight head, aroma hints at being crisp and dry. Light refreshing texture, drier than some with a slightly floral hint from the yeast I guess, and no vices in the aftertaste. Have tried this from bottle and can, and think its better in the bottle, seems to have more character, a bit thinner in texture in the can.

It is rather over carbonated, and tastes a lot smoother and richer if you get the 'fizz' out by stirring or shaking. Can be bought a lot cheaper here in UK than the usual Macro brewers pretend lager and is preferable to them too. Not a great beer, but would make a decent session beer well chilled on a hot summer day, especially after getting the 'fiz' out!

John W
Bham UK Dec 2005

01-01-2006 11:55:38 | More by JohnW
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Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -14.8%

500ml brown bottle. 5.5% abv. Clear, light gold with a small head and a few small bubbles coming up. Looks alright. Smells a bit hoppy, with a faint cirtus smell - limey. A bit of a weird floury/cornstarchy smell.

Bland-ish. Not a lot of bitterness or sweetness. I guess it's balanced... haha... A little bit of a peppery finish. (not a lot, just a wee bit, and gone in an instant)

Feels ok in the mouth - cold, crisp, medium carbonation. Drinkable but nothing special.

12-28-2005 21:17:25 | More by allergictomacros
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +23%

Out of all Polish beers, this has to be my favorite.

It's golden colour is just the begining to it's smooth malty sweet taste. Unlike a several bad experiances with beers from Poland, this did not have a metallic aftertaste, it was instead sweet and small.

I would recommend this.

12-17-2005 17:30:53 | More by CrazyMike
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4.22/5  rDev +38.4%

A: Pale yellow with good head, head rention and lacing. A very clear beer.
S: A slight aroma like that of a Pilsener. Pleasant indeed.
T: Very good, lightly hopped and a great balance with maltiness but on the side of the hops(Saaz I think). Very good. Clean, crisp and a fairly narrow flavor profile as would come from a good Lager.
M: Light but full for the style.
D: Awesome, I could throw many of these back. Not very filling and very enjoyable to drink.

My first Polish beer but not my last. In a way it reminds me of Grolsch....another European Pale Lager but a bit different. If you like Grolsch, you like this beer.:)

12-08-2005 02:56:48 | More by alankwak
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4/5  rDev +31.1%

This beer had a nice thermal label that changed color when the beer was the right temperature to drink. The beer poured a real pale straw color, clear with a dense white head. Strong sweet malt aroma, with faint floral hops and a little skunk, as it warms the malt aroma opens up with hints of Vienna or Munich malt. The flavor is malty sweet, not very bitter at all, and a touch of hops and a creaminess in the finish. The body is solid for a pale lager, and the sweetness stays around longer than most others. The malt flavor is amazing for such a pale beer, making this beer a must try.

10-28-2005 21:29:06 | More by redmosquito
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Good times. That's what I remember of this beer. I once spent a year living in southwestern Poland and was able to visit the brewery twice since it was only a forty minute train away. This was their flagship beer, visible on pub signs and taps almost everywhere throughout the city. Poles worship vodka but they drink a lot of beer too, even if most of it isn't nearly as good as that in their western neighbors, the Germans and Czechs.
Pours a proper brilliant gold into a pint glass, retaining almost no head. The smell is very thin and barely present at all. The taste is crisp and light and reminsiscent of a Bohemian pilsner. A malty aftertaste is also present.
This is not a wonderful beer but it is among the best non Czech or Slovak beers in eastern Europe and a good example of this style of lager as well. It's also very good on tap and increasingly available in the states in bottles.
One note: although I was immune, many of the ex-pats I worked with in Poland avoided the beer for it's suppossed reaction on their bowel movements, giving it the nickname that rhymes with it's pronunciation of "JIVY-ITS" (Jivyshits). To be fair though, we drank an awful lot that year so I wouldn't neccesarily blame the beer, more the lifestyle. Give it a chance if you can find it. Nastrovia!

10-21-2005 14:44:12 | More by daliandragon
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3.58/5  rDev +17.4%

Not a bad beer at all. Has some nice aspects, but is far from being spectacular. Poured out to a nice golden color with a foamy white head. Some lace was in the glass, something that was quite a suprise considering the style. Aromas of malt and hops was appealing, but rather ordinary. Taste was pretty quaffable, flavors of malt, grain, corn and hops were in balance, with a touch of a sweet character toward the middle. Mouthfeel was slightly weaker than I would have cared for, but not what I would refer to as watery. Good drinkability, this is a decent beer at a decent price. This is what I would think of when the term "European Macro" was being used. Not bad, worth a try if you come across it.

10-12-2005 22:17:55 | More by Frozensoul327
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North Carolina

1.9/5  rDev -37.7%

After going to a so called nice beer bar in Chicago, which I did not like at all, I stumbled upon a small Polish bar in Chicago's Wicker Park. The young bartendar barely spoke English and showed me this as one of the only beers available. What the heck, how many Polish beers will I drink?

Like many Euro lagers, this one was not impressive in anay catagories. One of the few beers I could not even finish, dropping it to one of my lowest reviews yet. Best part was the bar itself, not the beer.

10-03-2005 01:49:37 | More by Backer2004
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United Kingdom (England)

2.93/5  rDev -3.9%

BB 07/04/06, served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: dark straw-ish hue, topped with a foamy white head supported by medium-fizzy carbonation mixed of big and tiny bubbles, leaving very fine but uneven lacing.
S: slightly acidic lemony and aromatic soft hops...toasted bread flavour of lager malts is kept to medium to low level. Overall, a bit timid and simplistic.
T: initially comes a soft and slightly sweet flavour of bready/toasted-grainy malts and some thin-bodied lemony sourness, gradually giving way to an increasing dry palate and a soft mouthfeel of lingering grainy flavour on top of faint hoppiness in the background. The finish shows a lightly bitter touch that however is insufficient to shine through.
M&D: the merit is the semi-lively fizzy palate turns more and more dry, whereas the mouthfeel inevitably feels thin-ish in the end due to the lack of body and a residual sugary undertone is not so much appreciated. Overall, quite easy-drinking this beer is, sitting in-between a dry-Pilsner in need of more assertive hop aroma and a Bavarian Helles requiring greater malt presence.

08-15-2005 16:32:02 | More by wl0307
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%

500ml bottle

Pours with a yellow body, off white head with good retention, some attractive lacing

Smell, some thick malt, a little bit of booze. Some fresh grassy hops

Taste, crisp hops, thick dry and malty body

Not a bad lager, but nothing spectacular. Not bad

08-13-2005 19:52:57 | More by cypressbob
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3.45/5  rDev +13.1%

I thought this crystal clear pale gold lager with a snow white head was better than your average bottle shop Euro LAger.It smelt unexceptional but hada dry and crisp finish to the taste which seperated it from many that have a cloying malty sweeness.
I bought it in a 500 ml bottle for what most other 330mls cost ,so as well as being a pleasant drink is reasonably cheap.

08-09-2005 04:43:23 | More by jarmby1711
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2.5/5  rDev -18%

This almost 12oz bottle pours clear yellowish amber, leaving almost no white fluffy head. A ring remains after just a minute. The ring sticks to the glass a little.

Smell is fairly bland "beer". Some hop and malt is present, but very little.

Taste is fairly bland "beer". Some hop is noticable.

Mouthfeel is failry bland "beer".

The body is thin and watery, like a bland "beer".

Though it doesn't taste like fizzy water with a powerded beer packet added, it doesn't taste much like a real beer either. It is pretty much like any macro beer in America - Bud, Miller, whatever. I gave it a straight 2.5 because it is, to me, below average for what a beer should be. I didn't go lower because it is not going out of its way to be offensive - it is just bland and boring with no character.

If this was sitting next to Miller, I'd take this unless it cost more.

08-06-2005 22:02:10 | More by karengarys
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Best Before 08-12-2005. Beer Thermometer on the back label... logo appears when bottle is cold enough (proper temperature).

Clear, dark straw-pale gold yellow in colour. Dense, white head is 1/2 inch at the pour, but recedes to ring around the edge. By midglass there is no head at all.

Very little aroma. Perhaps a little mild malt.

A somewhat interesting flavour profile. At the swallow it's malty amid pin pricks of carbonation on the tongue. As the carbonation relaxes, sweetness slashes it's way in before disappearing quickly. Grassy hops kick in for balance in the second half, then begin to dominate as the maltiness fades into a dry aftertaste. There is some alcohol feel.

Light-medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Leaves an oily feeling in the mouth in the end.

This is a decent beer that won't blow your socks off, but does display an interesting battle between the malt and hops throughout the profile. While there isn't anything wrong with this, I'm sure I can probably find something cheaper that is as pleasing, or something the same price that is more satisfying.

07-26-2005 01:49:26 | More by Noxious26
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1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

BB 10-4-06. Good poorout with lasting head and nice and clear golden beer. Nose is lot less; very papery, sweetish, oxidised and a far from fresh maltarome. Taste is as the smell, oxisidised maltiness, sweetish empty and hardly any bitterness. Empty watery and unfresh mouthfeel makes drinkability to undrinkable. One of my worst lager expiriences recently; one to avoid!

07-06-2005 19:12:15 | More by paterlodie
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Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -17%

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a large head with minimal retention. Aroma of crispy malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is constituted of crispy malt with some floral hops. Very refreshing beer but this bottle version may have not travelled that well overseas since there was a subtle skunkyness to be found at the end.

06-06-2005 13:34:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -10.5%

Looks neat: lots of bubbles, foamy heady, good colour.

Smell: smells like malted milk. Like some sort of malted candy. No hops, no anything else. No skunkiness I sense in most lagers.

Taste: Kind of like Malteasers without the chocolate. Taste is this wierd milky malt taste. There's a bit of hops in there, with some grassiness I sometimes taste in lagers, but mostly its that strange milky maltiness.

This is easy to drink, but I think it might be an acquired taste. The beer thermometer is a fairly useless invention, but neat none-the-less. Would I buy this again? Maybe. Its not bad, but it could stand to be better.

05-11-2005 07:02:04 | More by BDTyre
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2.95/5  rDev -3.3%

500mL bottle that claims it's a pint (568mL). Two jovial Polish folks in traditional dress mazurka around the shield that says "1856".

Appearance: Foaming curls top this voluptuous bleach-blonde lady. Straw-yellow, like Marilyn Monroe. Not bubbly like some, rather more mature in fact. Good head.

Smell: Adult and sophisticated. Smells like she works in a brewery, but still pretty clean and crisp.

Taste: Different from your average eurotrash bawd, but ones like this are all the same, aren't they? Slightly chalky like Queen Elizabeth I, but also a little bitter and bland, like Queen Elizabeth II.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lascivious. The extent of her desire to get you drunk, however, leads to a bad taste in your mouth. Still, not a bad mouth to feel.

Drinkability: She's pretty easygoing now, but think about the future. You don't want this one hanging around until you're pushing up daisies from the floor of the pub. Who can say no to a flaxen-haired Pole?

Overall: Much like Heineken really. Buy this for the folk-dancing mascots only.

05-09-2005 12:06:13 | More by Weizenmensch
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