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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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71
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731 Ratings
THE BROS
65
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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

wl0307, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

cypressbob, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jarmby1711, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of karengarys
2.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

karengarys, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Noxious26, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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!

paterlodie, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BDTyre, May 11, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Weizenmensch, May 09, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DARK gold with a large, soapy head.

Strong fruit smells: Apricots and raisins. Very deep but not very complex.

Very ripe taste of fruity malts in the front, big on plums and more apricots. Strong and very sweet. They fade quickly into adjunct grainyness, though, and there's almost no aftertaste.

This is a pretty nice beer, and it sure as hell warms you up with its 5.7 ABV, but it's nothing to write home about.

mynie, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear, bright gold with pale lemon accents. The large, off-white head is softly creamy and leaves short-lived, soap sudsy foam on the glass. It's a better than decent look for the style.

Since the nose is full of floral hops, I'm assuming noble bloodlines. I can also appreciate untoasted grain, light citrus and a whiff of pleasant muskiness. Not bad at all. Things are still hummin' along at just above average.

The beer isn't as hoppy or as flavorful as I had hoped after assessing the nose. It's light on pale malt with a bitter, slightly metallic top end. Unfortunately, it becomes even more metallic on the short finish; a development that's made even more bothersome by the relative lack of beer-related flavors. The finish is lightly sweet rather than crisp, and the mouthfeel, which started out thin, ends on a watery, undercarbonated note.

Zywiec is an average EPL, making it a below average beer in general. More hops would help, but if it's been brewed since 1856 (with the same recipe, one would guess), then it's doubtful that we can expect a change at this late date. Besides, maybe there are those who love this stuff and buy it by the case. It isn't for me though.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with a well constructed off-white head.
Decent head retention but no lacing.

Not much aroma- which for a Euro Pils may be a good thing!
Perhaps evidence of the value of the can as an import package.
Just a hint of grain in the nose.

The taste is balance and enjoyable, with a bit of hops at the end to keep you sipping.

Quite a drinkable brew brought to us by Stanley Stawski from the biggest Polish city outside of Warsaw (Chicago).

brewQ, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean golden yellow beer. Has abig bright white foamy head. There is a sweet grassy aroma with a light biscuty background. The flavor is a little light sweetness at first with abit of grainy smoothness in the middle and a nice even hops bite on the finish. There is a good clean refreshing mouthfeel to this beer which makes it easy to enjoy.

ybnorml, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of aaronh
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad beer at all. A bit of a hop aroma, sort of mineral-like as well. Medium gold body with a tight white head. The flavor follows the nose, with crisp hops and a mineral-water finish. Mouthfeel is decent, ad the beer is overall refreshing. Not an impressive beer, but not something I'd refuse like most BMC products. I wouldn't buy it, but I'll drink it.

aaronh, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Sixpack595
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -3.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -6.6%
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%
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 +14.8%
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 +32.1%
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 +5.9%
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 -36.1%
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 -1.6%
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 +9.2%
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
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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