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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
71
okay

717 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

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 Sixpack595
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not at all bad for what it is. Compared to a typical macro type import it stands up well. Its a pale lager, what do you want? Good clear body and a frothy head. Aroma is very muted. Flavor is fair, a bit bland but there is a tiny note of bready malt and a touch of spicy hop finish. Strongly carbonated. Fairly refreshing beer, I could put them away all night, but there are better beers I'd rather be drinking.

Sixpack595, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with a "beer thermometer" on the lable.
Pours clear golden yellow with a smallish short lived pale head. light carbonation.
grainy malt aroma, with some mildly floral hop aromas in the background.
Flavor is malt, ceral grains, light hops. slightly hoppy finish.
Not as good as the porter, but not too bad. average, but still refreshing beer.

Padron4KM, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle came with a “beer thermometer” on the back label, which instructed me to “Refrigerate, wait until Zywiec logo appears that indicates ideal drinking temperature” Certainly my first experience with such a label… and it actually worked.

The beer poured a somewhat golden color, deeper in hue than many straw colored lagers, topped with a 1” foamy white head (that ended up fading rather quickly). The aroma was mostly of sweet malt. The taste… sweet malt, somewhat rich and full, followed by the tang of peppery hops. All told, a much fuller flavor than those popular American lagers. The carbonation was just right... enough to be refreshing, with a nice mouthfeel.

I found it pairs well with somewhat spicy or sour foods… whether hot peppers or cabbage/sauerkraut , as well as pork… rather appropriate for a brew from Poland.

apintofknowledge, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Żywiec claims to be the largest selling beer in all of Poland. Whenever I ask my Polish friends about this beer, they always say that it's ok, but almost always mention another Polish beer that they would rather have (Okocim, Warka, Królewskie, etc). Definitely sounds like a "Budweiser of Poland" type of beer.

Żywiec pours a yellowish gold color with 2 fingers of foam that last for about a minute. Some light skunk is present in the aroma, but for the most part this is a rather grainy smelling brew. Some huskiness and corn aromas are present too, along with some light grassy hops. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. Flavorwise, this reminds me a bit of Heineken (it could be a mental thing, as Heineken owns this brewery). Grainy flavor with some huskiness, corn, light skunk, and a grassy/herbal hop presence. The bitterness in the finish is a little on the harsh side. Some dryness, lingering bitterness and graininess remain in the aftertate and the brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a rather standard Euro-lager all the way. It doesn't offer much that will tantilize the tastebuds but it remains drinkable. Na zdrowie!

Beastdog75, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I never knew this brewery is owned by Heineken, oh well. This is quite a popular beer in Ontario so I thought it was be worth a try.

It pours a very pale straw color with a few lazy bubbles. The head is shortlived, almost instantly receding to a small ring. Lacing is moderate. The aroma is stiff malts, some grassy hops, and a little bit aof DMS. The taste is much the same with a grainyness and a few cooked veggie flavors. Hops at least are present. The mouthfeel is grainy and quite full bodied. This a bit of astringency in the finish that could mean skunk. Overall though, this is an inoffensive beer with a bit more flavor than Blue or Coors, but still not a lot of flavor.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/18/04- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Appearance- Pours with a rather nice creamy head almost two inches thick. Very little lace if any. A nice deep golden color.

Smell- Do I detect some granny smith apple scent? Maybe a bit of jolly rancher apple? Hmmm, weird. Heavy on the malt. Actually heavy on the carmel too.

Taste- Tastes very earthy. Kind of woody. Definite carmel overtones as well as malt. Very different taste. Not many hops in there. Maybe a small few hanging around. A bit bitter, but not to much.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, has a lot of flavor. Really can taste the carmel and feel it going down. Maybe a tad thicker than expected.

Drinkability- Nice and different beer. Can't say I have had one exactly like it before. Interesting; I'll give it that. Would have again. Good price for what I got to sample.

GClarkage, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of rousee
4.03/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had wanted to try this one for a while. I bought it about 2 wks ago. Brown 16.9 oz bottle and one of the cooler logos I know of. This is a little more than just unique art-it is good branding. I guess this must be the Bud of Poland. Again, I wish our (USA's) Bud,Millers, Coors 's were as good as other countries' versions of similar.

There is nothing noteworthy about appearance on this. Plain straw color, no lace, fairly decent malty grass and hoppiness on the nose but you have to have a few sips before this is apparent.

Taste is nice smooth malt/hops balance-grassy again-no noticeable metallic quality which is so common on this type beer.
I like it and I knew I would. I would bet that in Poland, this stuff is cheaper than bottled water. I am not planning on moving to Poland but....
Oh yeah it has good fuzzy,clean mouthfeel and drinkability is excellent.

rousee, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall pub can, no nitro but in a four pack...

Clear medium yellow appearance, mousse-like head of intermediate bubbles and staying power. Broken thick horizontal bands for laces. Grassy, lightly sufurous, pale grape jelly mark the aroma. Lighter body, prightly carbonation, livens up the start of the flavor profile. Not too sweet in the malt department, a fruity astringency shows and intertwines with a solid hoppiness that's crisp and well-attenuates the close. Refreshing and not complex, a decent mix of toasted grain and balancing hops, some alcohol sense. I'd keep some cans around for the warm weather.

ADR, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
1.95/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a straw gold color, slightly hazy. Head is bubbly, and not long lasting. Smell is of grassy malt and light skunk. Taste is cliche euro lager. Grass, small hops, nothing interesting. Not even a good fallback, I would rather (shudder) have a Budweiser.

TastyTaste, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can I say? It was just an average overall beer. Better than most macros, but not in league with good micros.

This was a pale yellow, slightly cloudy lager with no head to speak of. I would have liked to see a little head.

The aroma was just of sweet malt... no hop scents to speak of. A little fruitiness, but not much.

The taste was bitter, with a mildly sweet aftertaste. Now don't get me wrong, I love a bitter beer. But this one just didn't stand out.

connecticutpoet, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I admit it, I sometimes fall back on this beer. Hey, at least it's not a Bud or Coors, or...Corona. Pours out a straw gold color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of hops but then died off after a while. Taste was decent enough. Some malts and grains show up with some hop spiciness that comes in at the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Seemed a little light, but it wasn't in a bad way. There seemed to be a touch of citrus at the end as well which was refreshing. When this is fresh, this beer could be on.

necoadam, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of shirfan
2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, medium gold in color, with a passable but thinning white head.

Aroma is of plain lager malt, slightly grassy and cooked smelling.

Taste: Could be any of dozens of pedestrian pale lagers. Not much in the way of noble hops, although there is a faintly detectable level, unlike many offerings from this side of the atlantic.

A grassy, metallic malt taste predominates; almost a burnt popcorn note works its way into an otherwise passable malt backbone. Slippery, not quite wholesome mouthfeel. Poland can keep the rest of this.

shirfan, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale in colour, with a thin head and no lacing.

Ultra lager nose of malts and some hops, but very refined or just non existant.

Palate is a suprise, with same 'lager' characteristics of pale malts, but has some good sweet spritz and a touch of spice, mainly pepper on the finish. Very soft with no real bitterness. Not the greatest of flavour, but very good mouthfeel.

Nice beer. Nothing outstanding, but a good chugger.

koolk, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Andreji
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As part of a tasting including a Polish friend of mine, at the sous-bock in Paris, we decided to try their national- Zywiec. However, I was very disappointed in it. first off, the weak lager perception, a simple straw clear pour, with a bit of a head and not much else; a smell, clearly hoppy and with some malts reminding me of pilsners (which are not, btw, my favourites). The taste, shared among an initial malty slight sweetness, a posterior metallic pilsner like feel and finally a considerable bitterness, is not excessive, but not watery either, enhancing the mouthfeel.

Andreji, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of rotsaruch
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, golden straw color with a very impressive white head that slowly dissipated into a sheet of lace that clinged to the glass. A pleasant malty aroma was noticeable with a slight floral hop fragrance. It had a biscuity, sweet malt taste that was balanced by a floral/spicey hop flavor. The body is medium with a fine to moderate carbonation that leaves a slightly creamy mouthfeel. It finishes smooth and light with a fairly dry aftertaste that lingered. Overall, a pleasant beer with some nice malt and hop character.

rotsaruch, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.63/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Zywiec beer.
500 ml bottle
alc. 5.7%

My 1st Polish beer!

Appearance- light yellow almost clear with a soapy white head. Head didn't hold up very long.
Smell- sweet, cheap corn. Light malt.
Taste- Wow is this bad!! Bleeech! Sweet, yet bitter. A cheap lager. Meister Brau comes to mind.
Mouthfeel- bitter like battery acid.

Overall- absolutely undrinkable!! Man I know they drink antifreeze and petrol in Poland but this is worse!!!

NJpadreFan, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden body with a thin head of white foam fed by forced carbonation. Slightly sulfurous hop aroma is typical of mass produced European lagers. Slightly sweet malt taste is pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin but appropriate for the style. This defines the average of the entire spectrum of beers for me.

rajendra82, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wish this was their porter; Appearance: Golden straw tone thin white head, not too impressed thin lacing. Aroma: Grassy hop nite with a mildly citrus grassiness from the grains there, not bad clean smelling not too complex. Taste: Not very flavorful touch of grainy sweetness very bland, hop bitterness is untraceable to my tastebuds, dissapointment. Mouthfeel: Very thin weak carbonation, watery not going to waste my money on this one again. Drinkability: Unoffensive and light bodied seems like too many would leave me with a cracking headache, one is enough.

WVbeergeek, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of packetknife
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(I had a can and bottle too but on-tap it was a good bit better.)

Served in a iced branded mug. Clear dark yellowish tone, bleached white head that faded quickly. I couldn't smell much of anything other than some light hops on the nose. Remarkably ordinary lager that impersonates a pilsner on occasion. More malty on the tongue than expected, finish was clean and it was crisp troughout. Typical feel and drinkability. I did find this was the beer I liked most of the Polish beers I got to try in Warsaw and Rzeszow but that isn't saying much.

packetknife, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is decent. It is typical lager scent; pale malts and lager yeast. It does have a refreshingly sweet aroma that grabs my attention. The taste is average. It is light with a simplistic malt makeup. It finishes dry and clean with no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent lager, but nothing I would drink again.

WesWes, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale and clear golden with rapidly ascending bubbles. A bountiful white head resides atop.
Nose is grainy, and void of any signature characteristics, aside from subtle floral, metallic scent.
Begins lightly malty via bread-hues. White bread with the crust intact. Very faint trickles of apple and honey add sweetness, though it stays fairly dry. Hopping is of limited regard, but ends this florally. Minerals and metal are noticed along the way.
Light bodied and completely quaffable, and generally lacking in overall impression.

But at least there is a "Beer Thermometer" on the bottle. So I am assured that I consumed it at the proper temperature. What a revolutionary device!

cokes, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour on this one. Frothy white head and a very pale golden yellow color with a low carbonation. Very lucid. Huge grassy hop note emanates from the beer, along with lively and spicy sweet grains. The taste is very smooth and crisp. Grainy character comes through, with a touch of lemon zest. The body is light and finishes with some oiliness. This is my second Polish lager and I must say this is another winner. Very nice and highly quaffable. A beer of high quality. Very good.

pezoids, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of bmacaskill
4.05/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an excellent beer.

It has the most enticing aroma, a clean finish with a bit of hoppiness, and a gorgeous head. I buy Zywiec whenever I see it, and I have never been disappointed. It is a very consistent bottle, and a pleasure to drink. My only negative is that it seems a little thin... something that always takes my by surprise.

bmacaskill, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of anders36
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a weekend trip to Poland earlier last year and haven't tryed it untill now. It has a nice golden colour with a nice head. The smell is weak and it smeel wheat. It has a little sweet taste, but not to sweet for me and it has almost no bitterness. I like beer with more bitter taste than this beer, but it is a beer you can drink alot of. If you like strong Polish beers...

anders36, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank quite of few of these over the past few months and I can say that I've never been disappointed. Quite a nice looking beer--straw gold, foam for a brief moment--but nothing out of this world. I don't recall anything out of the ordinary about the smell--certainly not anything negative that others have noted. I don't mind the flavour, but a friend who tried it when I first brought it home was immediately turned off by it. A good brew to have now and again, but nothing to die for.

JustinBathurst, Nov 29, 2003
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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