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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 777
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 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.

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

A clear yellow colored beer without any great amount of head formation.

The smell is clean and slightly sweet with a good slightly floral and herbal scent of Nobel hops. Malt is just mild Pilsner type malt.

The taste begins sweet and distinctly biscuit flavored malt. Decently bitter hop level makes this a little more interesting than average but no one is going to mistake his for Pilsner. Clean lager with a little extra bitter snap.

Mouthfeel is average.

Certainly this is an easy beer to drink. Pretty much this is in the Heineken class of beers with a bit more in the hops department.

Photo of brucepepper
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - Clean fresh, typical lager smell.

A - Golden with lots of head. Good lacing.

T - Tastes like any other Euro Lager. Good but not very interesting. Clean aftertaste. Slight peppery taste.

M - Soft, good carbonation. Fairly full.

D - Easy to drink.

Overall, good but not memorable.

Photo of greenbeaner
1.91/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was recommended to me from a friend, and I'd never seen it before so I figured I'd give it a shot...I probably won't be taking recommendations from
this person again...lol...In appearance, this beer pours a pale pale yellow, with a 2-3 finger white foamy head that thins quick...Taste is wheaty with light hops and water...the warmer it is the more sour it gets. It's thin and crisp in the mouth. I was really in the mood for a tasty surprise tonight, and I must say that I was let down...nonetheless, I did only spend 8 bucks and this is a fairly drinkable beer so it wasn't a complete loss, just a little dissappointed.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The nitro-wedge gives your beer a creamy feel with the ever-lasting head. The twist-off top doesn't require a bottle openor to consume. And now, the beer thermometor, ensuring you that your beer is served at the proper temperature. Ingenious! On to the beer:

Zywiec is a golden colored lager with some pilsner characteristics to it. The smell is a bit husky, with a hint of skunk, some lemon zest, and straw. The taste is near the median for the style, with more of a hop flavor and bitterness. Less water and more flavor would make this brew more interesting, but it's drinkable nonetheless.

Borrowing from their marketing campaign in Poland, you could say this is "Prawie jak pilsner". Translation: Almost like a pilsner.

Photo of HappyHourHero
2.01/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a short, but sturdy, bright white head. Streams of tiny bubbles rise through the glowing golden beers. Weak aroma of sweet grain, or corn, or something foul. The sweetness carries over into the flavor and doesn't allow anything else to poke through. Well, maybe there is a bit of herbal hop flavor towards the end, but the finish is grossly sweet. I've seen good beer in cans here in Germany, and I figured this would be a nice Pilsner type beer. Boy was I wrong. This is like the European version of malt liquor.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
1.76/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark, see through golden in color, absolutely no head. Faint grainy hops, touches of biscuit notes on the nose, blah. Raw, grainy malt, grassy/hay like tastings in the initial quaffs. All signs point towards another bland Euro-lager. Very cloying and massive on-slaught flavorings of corn and malt infused adjuncts. Wet, stale cardboard and more hay like offerings. Bland and stale, even when fresh. Skip, unless your playing Scrabble.

Photo of DogFood11
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ML brown bottle with a rinky dink beer thermometer on the back label. Poured into a pils glass it forms the usual white fizzy head that leaves behind some ring lacing. Highly carbonated yellow body.

Well this is certainly off the beaten path. There is quite a bit of hops for the style and the malt presence barely lifts a finger. Malts tend to be raw and grainy and the hops never let up. Wheat, Hay, Dry and hopped up on the backside. The finish has me baffled as the rest of the brew was pretty good. It finishes lingering and the malts all the sudden make an appearance that muddles it up a bit and adds nothing to the balance. As it warmed this had a medicinal edge. I wish that was gone and this would be pretty good.

Notes: As this warms up the flaws become bigger and bigger. Drink this baby cold.

Photo of cbl2
2.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2/23/2007 $3.99 500 mL 5.60% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear pale gold yellow topped by half an inch of foamy white head.


Corn, fusel alcohol and pretty much every thing else associated with Euro Lagers.


Decent mouthfeel is accompanied by a burst of corn flakes and cardboard. Flavors are wet malt and minimal hop character. There is little to redeem this one.

Sadly I actually have a Zywiec glass, which this was poured into, but nothing can save this monstrosity from itself.

Photo of Kulrak
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with white fluffy head that clings to the glass. Smells very spicy & hoppy and a little light struck. Tastes very clean, a tiny bit sweet but balanced with hoppy bitterness. Finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is heavy and a little creamy but with some carbonation on the tip of the tongue, very nice. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, clean but still flavorful. I'll probably be getting this again.

Photo of yelterdow
1.64/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served at fridge temperature in a pilsner glass. Complete with a beer thermometer on the label, give me a break. Is this a beer or a pregnancy test?

Best before 3/28/07.

Appearance- Pale to medium gold, very little action inside the glass. The soapy head stands at about an inch after settling on a good pour. Nice crag, sticky hair-thin lacing all down the glass.

Smell- Sweet adjunct and cereal nose, some floral hops are fighting their way through the forest of Cloy. The nose is syrupy and terribly artificial.

Taste- As close to cheap malt liquor as I've ever tasted... well, except for maybe Faxe. I borrowed one of these for a tasting, just to review... and it's awful. Cloying palate completely eradicates any notable hop or malt character, and believe me I can feel the alcohol halfway through this bottle. Fusel alcohol and corn.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Lackluster in mouthfeel, thin and watery... yet still syrupy from the elevated sugars and resulting ABV. A lead zeppelin.

Photo of Shadman
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe slightly more amber than american macro lagers, this offering had a very small white head that disappeared faster than a liberal at a Pat Robertson function.

sweet and malty smelling, this beer tasted great. Smooth and sweet, followed by hoppiness and finished with a nice maltiness.

The Poles make a damn decent beer..I'll be trying this one again

Photo of gmfessen
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is light golden-yellow color with a foamy white head. Smells like sweet malt, grain. Beer is well balanced with a slightly sweet corn taste with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light with not too much carbonation. The beer is pretty drinkable because of the light body and bearable taste.

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

Poured a 500 mL bottle into a glass mug. It had a light, golden hay color with about a half-inch white head that reduced to almost nothing but then held okay. After a few sips, the head was gone all together. A malty fruity smell that almost seemed sweet. At first, it has a slightly, bitter, fruity taste but by the middle of the beer the malts really explode, the bitterness disappears, and the sweetness of the beer comes through. Tasted very smooth with a pleasant, malty aftertaste. A nice mouthfeel that I can only describe as smoothly thick. A nice, drinkable beer; very easy going and an all around solid brew.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the second (or first) part of a double review, when I had side by side Zywiec's, a can and this bottle, which the review is about.

Darker than its canned mate, but still pale (both the can and bottle were poured into Veltin's Pilsner glasses).

There as an aroma from this bottled version, hops and yeast, maybe even some lemon flavours.

It had a taste, clean, bright and lagery, there was body to it, the dryness stayed, it was almost a pleasant lager.

I wonder if they brew in a different location for bottles and cans? This was a completely different beer to the canned one, everything was better from the bottled version!

Photo of lehows
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most popular beers in Poland, especially with young people. Pours a light golden color, large bubbly head dissipates quickly. Not much nose going on here but lightly metallic, a but skunky bitterness too. Taste is fairly bland as well, light malt, a very faint hoppiness and some starch. It has a very dry and crisp finish and its drinkability is high due to its lightness. Somewhat typical of other euro lagers/pilseners.

Photo of bigone4
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well for a free beer I can not knock this one too much. Poured a crystal clear yellow golden color. Disappointing snow white head that disappeared as fast as it came. No lacing at all nor was I expecting any. Smells rather sweet with a pungent bread like yeast. Some subtle hop florals and a hint of a pale malt. Taste was alright, rather bland with a sharp pungent aftertaste. Sticks around the back of the mouth for a while. Not bad but it reminds me of drinking Heineken way to much. It is a rather watery brew very light bodied. Not a bad beer but I would not want to drink it very frequently. It was neat to try a different beer being my first from Poland. I liked the bottle quite a bit. They had a cleaver color changing logo on the back label that turned red when the beer was at the best temperature for drinking. I can't wait now until one of the mass American beers takes that on. Clearly marked with a best by date. It was an alright offering but clearly not a perfect match for my taste.

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

pours a bright golden with a hint of a white head.
the arona is light and clean with some malt and a hint of hops
the flavor is clean and malty, noble hop spice, minerially, clean.
zywiec is nice on a hot summer day, goes down smooth. i used to live in michigan little poland (hamtramick) and zywiec was served in all the polish resturants and it goes really well with the combo plate!

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

Slightly lingering skunky aftertaste, other than its a great beer. Honesty I've had worse. It's not as bad as it sounds. Out of the eastern European selections I have tried recently I would say this is not nearly as good as Czeckvar. The label shows a happy couple dancing in typical Polish dress. I like that.

Photo of aussielars
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured straw-coloured with a very small head (and the glass was clean and residue-free). Smells of sweet malt and hay. Nice sweet malty straw taste with a medium mouthfeel. Very lively on the palate as well. Not bad, but I can think of many better eurolagers. Will definitely buy it again if it's on sale.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.3/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is shimmering golden beer with champaigne-like carbonation and big rocky white head that is slow to go and leaves great fractured lacing. Smell is great fresh baked bread backed by spicy noble hop and just a note of sweetness.

Man this is good. It has a slightly deeper malt taste than alot of other lagers which helps temper hop bitterness. Metallic taste is rather big here but it isn't harsh and actually kind of works. Its a little like licking a new penny. Alcohol comes out a bit toward the end. Every now and then an almost fruity taste pops up through the light sweetness. I guess this is kinda flawed and funky but its also flavorful and smooth and I like it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and lively and I doubt this beer will last long.

Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
71 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.