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Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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666 Ratings

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.61%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website

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 Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not an overly impressive pilsner, just a shade below average, colour is fine, head retention is good, mildly hoppy in flavour but somehow lacking in personality....however the temp gauge on the rear label I find amusing.....Don't know why...just does.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 18:35:14 | More by Shiloh
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason I decided to watch a hockey game and hit the LCBO instead of the beer store tonight. I picked reasonably priced (most cheaper than domestic brews) Euro-pils: Czechvar, Zywiec, Urquell, and Kozel.
I love Pilsner so for me this was like picking a favorite candy. Unfortunately I have to rate the Zywiec the worst of the lot. Not for any grave reason like light spoiled or cheap production short cuts but simply because this Czech pil has an identity crisis. I t doesn’t know what it want’s to be. It had the darkest color of the four and had all the mouth characteristics of a heavier German lager with some faint Pilsen style hopping and the finish of a husky Danish beer. It was a good beer, don’t get me wrong, but just what is it? Nothing distinctive of the Czech pilsen style here. Certainly not pale yellow, dry, floral, with a crisp mouth and pleasingly tart finish. Mine had the afore mentioned trick label to tell me when the temperature was correct….and it was…. it’s just that the correct temperature really didn’t bring out any distinct character like the other pilsners.

This is still a good beer at a good price and I may buy it when they were out of the other 2 of my favorite pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 17:54:08 | More by pootz
Photo of BeerBob


4.22/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zywiek “Beer” pours a clear golden amber from a 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle. head goes to well over two fingers and on the way down to a thin cap, leaving a scanty lace.

Nose is a damp malt with a hint of floral hops. Palate has a nice sweet malt signature balanced with a bitter hops and just a hint of floral.

Good malt mixed with a well bittered presence of hops that will not have you wondering is there malt or isn’t there. No small beer this Zywiek “Beer” from Poland. At 5.7% alcohol by volume with barley and hops well represented, Zywiek “Beer” will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 19:29:22 | More by BeerBob
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.8/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber color with a thin white head that cannot hold. It does, however, keep a decent collar and some surface foam. Lacing is minimal. The nose is of a lightly sweetish, bready malt and a light herbal hoppiness. The body is medium with a fine & moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is a reflection of the aroma with a softly sweet grainy malt that's supported by an underlying bitterness; and enriched with a non-distinct herbal hop flavor. It finishes smooth and light, and fairly short and dry. An pleasant beer with some nice malt and hop character.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 20:52:18 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of zerk


3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle was kind of cool... red white and blue attired Polish dancers, and a beer thermometer... a little stip on the back which shows the name of the beer when it's at the right temp. The beer, hever was pretty boring. Translucent gold, with almost no head. Very high carboantion, crisp, with a light body. Kind of malty / grass aroma, with a bit of a biscuity flavor. Nothing distinguishing or complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2002 09:22:41 | More by zerk
Photo of putnam


3.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Polonia Restaurant in Hamtramck. My friend ordered this and I poured a little in my glass to taste. It is absolutely interchangeable with Becks. Clean, flavorful, a real Hanseatic emblem. High quality to appeal to the bourgeoisie without unneccassary, earthy complications of non-pasteurization or excessive dry-hopping. It embodies a wealthy, industrial aesthetic that, right now, I find attractive if not comforting.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 05:19:06 | More by putnam
Photo of marc77


2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden in color, very bubbly and typically clear. The large bubbled head isn't quite as thick as other pilsners but is persistent enough to leave a decent lace. Mildly grassy Saaz hop nose upfront followed by a hint of graininess, but there's not much else there aromawise. The flavor is clean, but a bit bland. Hop bitterness is clean and light but malt sweetness and body is light as well, resulting in a balanced but prosaic flavor profile. Finishes clean, dry with a barely perceptible breadiness and a touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Take domestic Bud, get rid of the corn and rice adjuncts and you'll have this brew. Definitely lacking in both malt character and hop bitterness for a good pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2002 20:09:34 | More by marc77
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2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fresh looking with a moderate head. Light amber in color. Kinda spritzy, slightly more hoppy than malty. Needs more body to be an impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2002 12:43:39 | More by psugrad98
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this was pretty good, not overly complex, but a nice drink all the same, nicely bitter finish, i kind of dig it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 05:39:34 | More by rastaman
Photo of proc


2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My Polish father-in-law brought this over. Decent. Light malt and hop taste with a slight bitterness. Refreshing. Made me want pierogies and kapusta, but necessarily another of these beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 05:23:12 | More by proc
Photo of Jason


2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odd little coloured paper thermometer on the back label … I’d rather see a freshness date than odd gizmos. Good frothing white head and very good clarity for a beer that comes from Eastern Europe. Orangey and mildly skunky aroma from the hops due to an obvious pasteurization or over boiled hop, a little grassy in the nose. Big fresh cut hay flavours from the hops as well as a think graininess … both flavours don’t let up and try to dominate each other. Lightly metallic and salty in the palate. Mild crispness with a light body, malt flavours are mostly dry and grainy, the only sweetness is upfront and it does not stay around for long. As the graininess kicks in the hops double up with bitterness and show some astringency though in a semi cleansing way to the palate. Comparable to the usual mass produced imported lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 18:48:06 | More by Jason
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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Zywiec: half liter bottle, 5.7% abv. What is the deal with the beer thermometer on the back label? Pale, golden color. Nice thick head (got the head ½ inch above the rim without breaking). Cripes, this is the most middle of the road beer I have ever tasted. Little better than the American Macros, but without the grainy adjunct after-taste. Lots better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 20:13:49 | More by jackndan
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.68/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maybe this could be a lawn mower beer, it has some hops and malt but not a good mix, its lacking something. The bottle has a "beer thermometer" on it, beer does not need a gimmick like this if its good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 16:12:11 | More by jdhilt
Photo of pbrian


3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't mind this beer. Maybe my sample was fresher than others, but there was no skunkiness. I found a good herbal hop presence and decent body for a pilsner. There was some adjuct qualities in the finish. I won't buy it again mind you, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2002 09:38:07 | More by pbrian
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2.45/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well...... Not he best light lager on the block. Although mine was not skunky the flavor was just not there. Light malt presence a touch of bitterness but not much of anything to get your attension. I would pick an Okocim Mocne over this.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2001 15:54:19 | More by mattmaples
Photo of Todd


2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle. No freshness date. There's a "beer thermometer" on the back label. Basically refrigerate and wait until the Zywiec logo appears in the box. When it does, it's at its ideal drinking temperature.

Appearance: Clear and bright pale golden beer with a pure white foam head.

Smell: Metallic with a herbal/floral hop aroma. A bit yeasty and "skunky" too.

Taste: Light, crisp and refreshing up-front. Malt sweetness is thin. Carbonation lends a soda-water type taste and feel on the palate. Metallic, biscuit, dimethyl sulfide (skunky), salt and a strange bitterness follow. Finish is raw, dry and astringent with lingering tannins.

Notes: Kind of blah. I mean it's okay, but there's nothing shouting "Hey! Todd! Have another!"

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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