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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001

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Photo of FishGetter
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of usmcphillips
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of coalcracker
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HalfFull
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of larsee01
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of gavmeconi
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Reanimator
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of baos
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of clayrock81
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.94/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drinksandeats
3.97/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head that disappears quickly, very minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with some hops, grassy, with some spices. The taste is sweet, very slight hops, grassy/spicy. Light-medium body. Drinkable, not that bad, but would not buy.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.32/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this for tonight's Polish dinner of pierogis, borscht and kielbasa. For a Polish product, this stuff is rather good.

Appearance is a pallid light yellow with a quick dissipating head and no lacing whatsoever. There's nothing truly spectacular about the look of this beer.

The smell is like any typical lager: corn, light malts and a fair pinch of some spices. Either way, this is a pretty decent smelling brew.

Taste however differs and is much better than it smells. It feels like a stronger Heineken with a quick, bitter, dry finish. There's another flavor buried underneath which I can't make out, but it contributes to the spiciness and makes this a pretty flavorful brew.

Mouthfeel is watery and somewhat of a letdown as there's really no big shebang in terms of aftertaste. After the bitterness sets in, it goes down quickly.

Drinkability is good. While it doesn't have much as far as appeal, it does have good taste. A six pack of this is plenty for a good dinner. Decent.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. beer, best by date of 12-12-08,

A: Pours a pale golden colour with a small soapy white head, good clarity.

S: Standard light sugar and bread, with a hint of hops.

T: Taste is predominately pale malt with a bit of grassy/floral Sazz-esque hops cold. As it warms up, certainly some DMS corn flavour comes out, and a husky grain overall malt bill.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, a bit of a sulfur undertone, mineraly.

D: Standard, average Euro lager, nothing outstanding, but cheap and goes down easy.

Photo of joshwlt
3.04/5  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.

Photo of nighthawk
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of belawrence
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of CNeilP09
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
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.


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