Zywiec Beer - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of Kulrak
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
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
1.63/5  rDev -46.6%
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
3.6/5  rDev +18%
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
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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 -1.6%
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
3.05/5  rDev 0%
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
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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 +20.7%
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 +3.3%
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
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above the clear light golden brew. Frothy head is active, falling but being rejuvenated as well, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, with some floral hoppiness. Taste is also finds the sweet pale grains, coupled with crisp Saaz hoppiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but this just doesn't quite come together as nicely as I hoped to be a warm weather thirst quencher. Still not a bad brew.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden, effervescent & with a 4 fingers+ white rocky head. Some lacing & good head retnetion

S: Light floral hops

T: Sweet malt up front& then floral hops. Slight lemon & soap notes, followed by a crisp finish

MF: Medium body with some effervescence, need more hops to balance

Drinks okay, pretty tasty for the style IMO. This tasted a little better in Germany, but still worth a shot

Photo of klewis
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a straw color with a modest bubbly head. Small strings of lacing hug the glass close to the top of the beer line.

S: A clean, weak malty smell is barely perceptible

T: Sweet and malty. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish. Ain't bad, ain't good

M: Light in body with fine, crisp carbonation.

D: This one gets the "meh" rating, but I should say that I don't think that euro lagers really float my boat. With that said, it seems like this fits style guidelines and is everything that it is supposed to be. Overall, not bad.

Photo of Drew966
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zywiec Beer pours a pale yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle with a beer thermometer that says the beer is ready to be drank if you can see the logo. Aroma is mild and grainy. Taste isn't quite what I was expecting. Grainy yes, but also a good amount of hops. Frankly, I think this is better than a lot of Euro macro lagers. That said, it still leaves something to be desired. Fairly average, I wouldn't turn my nose up at one, worth a try.

Photo of ernie
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with medium level of carbonation and huge short-living head. Proper lace.

Smell very faint, dry, yeasty-herbal.

Start fresh, a bit spritzy, mild malty taste, mouthfeel smooth, more hoppy and herbal notes in the finish. Aftertaste yeasty and sour.

Not the worst of Polish Lagers, but another representative of this style brewed at Zywiec subsidiary in Cieszyn, is far better.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was given to me by a Polish friend.
Not much aroma, but a decent looking beer. Tastes like they used Hallertau bittering hops in this but forgot the aroma hops. A sort-of sweet and heavy mouthfeel on this brings drinkability down a tad. It's not bad, but not outstanding, either.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bland golden brown with a film of white head. There were a swarm of tiny bubbles creeping up the sides of my glass to sustain the head.

Smelled of light, dry biscuits with a crisp hop that reminded me of dry leaves.

Tasted of light and dry apricot skins and biscuit dough with a big, dry, birch bark hop.

The mouth feel was light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Over all, I found this beer to be very crisp and extremely refreshing on a warm summer night.

Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured yellow with a thin white head. Very typical of a Euro-lager.
There was not much to the smell - some skunk - my guess is overboiled hops and bready yeast. There was some attempt at something coming through in the aroma. Not quite sure what, though.
The taste itself, though not great, was not too bad. It was fairly creamy for the style and a bit sweet. Pretty decent for accompanying food.
It left a slight metallic taste in the mouth. The yeast was present in the aftertaste.
It is drinkable, but not anything special. On par, or not much above, with the typical euro-lagers. At least it's in a brown bottle - might be worse in green. Certainly better than Heineken, Beck's or several other popular Euros.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Polish beer... I had never seen this beer before prior to drinking it, and I had no idea what to expect from it. It pours golden, and has a surprisingly nice head for a pilsner. It tastes a bit like Heine (which is no surprise, considering that Heine owns this brewery). Overall, a pleasant, though unremarkable, beer. The best thing about it is its beautiful label (complete with a "beer thermometer" that tells when the beer is at drinking temperature.)

Photo of AltBock
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml/ 11.2 bottle with a simple white label with a man and a woman polish dancers dancing around the brewery's crest. The back label had a small picture of the same picture on the front, Govt. warning, and no date but a beer thermometer. The beer thermometer works by when their label is in a little box, it's now cold enough to pop open and drink her down!

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener Glass the beer was nice simple pale yellow color with a 1 finger head of foam. What was really nice was that the head of foam didn't dissipate away fast, but stayed for a while leaving loads of rings and some lace around the glass.

Smell: I tried so hard to get an aroma out of this, but no avail it was a below average light aroma of little hops and little malt. That's it, nothing more than that.

Taste: The taste was nothing really special or even that good at that. What I got was this grainy (what kind of grains it was, I don't know) malty taste up front and then the bitter hops come out. Well, at least it some kind of taste. Good? Not really, but at least it was decent.

Mouthfeel: I was actually expecting to have this watery aftertaste, but it really wasn't there too much. It wasn't not too watery with a slight dry hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall a decent Euro Pale Lager that I probably wouldn't buy again, if I ever see it again. Something you only need try once at that's it.

Photo of ByTor2112
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell, not much there. A decent head is formed when poured, but dissipates quickly. This beer starts out like a robust continental lager, finishes with a little hop spicyness that hints at a Pilsner. When frothed on the palate, a few subtle citrus notes are released and a little malt sweetness can be detected. Dare I say this, but it tastes slightly like a Dortmunder with its no-nonsense taste,cold, refreshing, not weak. I was hoping this brew might be a little more complex but feels like a Euro-macro if there is such. I applaud the Polish for making a nice full-bodied beer and the 5.6% alcohol adds a little backbone. Cheers, Joe

Photo of trevorwideman
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm in a Polish mood, so I picked up some Polish beer...

500ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Nice fat head, mild carbonation in this typically pale Euro Lager. The head dosen't last long, and this beer looks pretty average. Nose is all bready malts and nice noble hops. Certainly everything I expect....

Taste is all nice bready malts, a bit alcoholic, and a refreshing bitterness from the noble hops. Flavour wise this is a really well balanced and pleasant lager. Better than average. Nice tongue bite, goes down pretty smooth. I think this would be a really good summer session beer. Nothing majorly special, but as Euro lagers go, it isn't too bad...

Photo of Cwrw
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Polish pale lager, coming in the 500ml brown bottle. Nice enough labelling: white with lots of red and traditionally-clad figures of a man and woman--the cap has the same logo. The label on the back has a little gadget I have never seen before, and I thought it was cool: in a little box are the words "Beer Thermometer" and then beside that it says: "Refrigerate, wait until Zywiec logo appears that indicates ideal drinking temperature." Sure enough a little red Zywiec symbol appears after cooling the bottle. First time I have ever seen that. Zywiec is a super-clear honey-golden colour, with a fairly dense but quickly moving aspirin-white head. Rapidly moving lacing. The head settled as a patchy paper-thin covering. A typical and average looking Polish lager. The nose is a mixture of honey and fresh green grass. Dusty continental hopping, some sweetish light malts, and a hint of spritzy alcohol. There is a bit of a creamy marshmallow aroma too. More malty than a Dort-export or Czech Pils. The hops are well balanced with the malt though, and all in all this is a good aroma for its purpose and style. No "off" smells. Again, average. As the beer warms, the aroma seems to exhibit too much sugary maltiness, like malt-liquor. The beer's taste is rather light overall, with honeyed malts and the faintest hint of dusty bitterness. There is a bit of a sourish/underdeveloped malt note here, adding some unpleasant cardboard tastes. It finishes decently, leaving equal parts light sweetness and coppery dryness. The poor malt flavour seems to be at the front of the tongue, because in the middle and back the malting is all right, adding some toasty bread flavours. There is really nothing much else to describe. The mouthfeel is medium in carbonation, and light bodied. Quaffable I grant you. There is really nothing to complain about here, despite Zywiec's commonality and average flavour. Still better than a plethora of lagers out there.

Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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