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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 14
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 797 | Reviews: 375
Photo of currysage1
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance of a lighter beer, had lots of "floaties" in my bottle though, is this normal?

Smell is very strong of some type of not of this earth fruitiness.

Taste is of the same, interesting but not that great.

Mouthfeel is fine maybe a little too carbonated but ok.

Drinkabilty is also fine I could have another but I'm not sure I would want to.

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

500ml big ass can. Pours out a pale, golden yellow with a very small head. The head doesn't last and only a few bubbles are visible making their way up. Smell isn't as bad as I was expecting. Some malt with even a hint of hops.

Taste is weak. Short, uninspiring and relatively flat. The middle does hold some slight malty type flavors but that's about it. Maybe some bready notes in there? On a hot sunny day, this might hit the spot. I would reach for this over anything macro light (lite).

Won't buy again but fun to try.

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

A- Transparent golden straw color with minimal head and lacing.

S- Light grassy smells and subtle hop aromas. Not much in the nose department.

T- Light hop bittering with same grassy straw carrying over.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- High point if there was one. Light and somewhat quenching.

Overall- Seems like just a standard macro lager. Nothing special here, just a little stronger on ABV.

Photo of JoKo
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a sparkling clear yellow into my standard mug. This beer is heavily carbonated, creating a frothy white head that lingers for a few minutes. The smell is a little hoppy, some grains present. There is a bitter hop taste that is up front with this one, and I also detect a honey-like sweetness in the background, malts, or corn. Although I wouldn't expect corn in a beer of this quality. Overall, a descent Polish Pils.

Photo of csmiley
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very pale yellow in color and gives up a little less than an inch of head. Retention was poor. Lacing was average.

S - Not much in the aroma department for this lager. Just getting a light malt smell backed up by alcohol.

T - The taste brings alot more malt than expected. It remains light in flavor but the malt base starts to stand out. The end contains a little bitterness that really finishes the flavor profile nicely.

M - Comes across as medium bodied for a pale lager. Carbonation was average.

D - Clean and somewhat refreshing. Really not a bad lager at all. I might have to try this one again when summer rolls around.

Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a good head, but little lacing. Has a nice malty scent, slightly sour. Good taste, an excellent cold beer, it has a nice malty flavor without being too sour. Goes down very smoothly. An excellent lager, one of the best I've had in quite a while.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5ml bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice clear straw yellow, with ok carbonation. The head is small, white and leaves lots of lace.

The Smell is nice, a bit nutty and crisp hops.

The taste is good yet mild not real bold of even pronounced. Sum nuty bread and mild hops.

The mouthfeel is ok, nice body but could use a better carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good a nice refreshing and easy drinking brew. MK

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as gift from a Polish co-worker. Pours clear and golden, nice thick, fluffy head. Very good overall appearance for this style. Smell is somewhat bland with grains, straw, grass, and malt all in the profile. Taste is on par with smell. Strong malt taste followed by a grassy/grain taste and a touch of the "skunkiness." Really couldnt distinguish much else. Light and crisp, heavily carbonated. Overall this is not a great beer but a very good mediocre one. There is a little kick to it with the 5.7% ABV and does go down smoothly. After my first bottle it was easy to pour another. This really is not my favorite style, but I could see this scoring very high with someone who is fond of the Euro Pale.

Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My father, who is 100% Polish American, got a 6 pack of this stuff for Christmas and was kind enough to let me try one. Poured into a standard beer mug. This beer pours a clear, light golden color with a nice white had about 2/3 inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice, fluffy surface layer about 1/5 of an inch thick that has some very good staying power. Nice lacing too. Some sweet malt aroma followed by a hint of grassy hops were present. fairly pleasant, but nothing special. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet, grainy malt upfront followed by some fairly subtle grassy hops. Enjoyable, but nothing special or complex. A crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink. Certainly worth a try and I enjoyed it, but nothing I would go out of my way to track down.


Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, BBD 04-30-2008

High clarity, straw colored liquid. A couple inches of foam that soon dwindle down to a broken skim. Dull grainy aroma, a little grassy but no discernable hops.

Taste has a moderately bitter aftertaste, watery body with high carbonation. Flavors were subdued, some pale malt and grassy hop at the end. A step up from swill, but not far from it. One to have several of when you don't want to think much about it. Better than BMC, but not any better than Heineken or similar Euro lager.

Photo of erosier
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Interesting beer. It pours a yellow color with a short white head. The aroma is interesting, sweet bready smell. It smells kind of like Malta Goya - malty and a little pruney. The taste at first, is like the smell. It then mellows out for a less offensive taste. It is nicely carbonated for a beer like this. Good mouthfeel but not a very drinkable taste. I would not recommend this beer but it was interesting to have one of these.

Photo of Ryan805Beer
4.38/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zywiec- Poland, 1pt .09floz, Alc. 5.6% Vol.

A golden yellow beer with a soft velvety head. A pleasant hoppy flavor with fruit like overtones. A robust full-flavor, very refreshing and satisfying. Thirst quenching yet leaves you wanting more. A great beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
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

Photo of zeff80
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of WJVII
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Amalak
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of gavinstoub
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
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

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of brdc
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of sleazo
2.59/5  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.

Photo of gestalt162
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Photo of gumper2
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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