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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter

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very good

567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001)
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Photo of busterthecat


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500mL bottle for $3. Poured into an oversized stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a clearish brown color from bottle with some red hue. A nice dense khaki head forms. Small bubbles rise up the sides of the glass and tightly group together. Sits almost black in glass. Great sticky lacing.

S- Aroma is pretty mellow while chilled. Sweet chocolate notes are noticed. Almost a lactose milk stout aroma can be detected. Aroma does become bolder as warms, but not much.

T- Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, marshmallow, some bitter burnt/ astringent notes. Reminds me slightly of a chocolate malt. Flavors are well balanced and complement each other. Good but nothing special. could be more robust and less watery.

M- Medium bodied. Wet and coating on palate, yet quickly settles before it fades. There is a bit of a slight chewy feel that really makes the body seem more robust. The sweeter and light astringent notes lingers on tongue well. A bit on the lighter side for the style.

O- A well done baltic porter. On the lighter side for the style, but very easy to drink. The 9.5% abv is not detected at all, just 30 min into this beer. A great buy for $3. Simple but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:29:31 | More by busterthecat
Photo of JeltMaaj


4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-24-2012 21:33:44 | More by JeltMaaj
Photo of Kirby

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-31-2012 23:58:44 | More by Kirby
Photo of staticmaneuver

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.1%

08-24-2012 19:06:18 | More by staticmaneuver
Photo of yankeej13


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorite porters and figured it was about time I rated it.

A- The color is dark as night with a small about of chocolate colored foam. Pretty mild carbonation.

S- Has a fantastic smell, extremely potent, a nice chocolate smell, bold in flavor just from the smell.

T- A bold fantastic chocolate taste. Pretty heavy malt flavor with mild hints of caramel.

M- Great drinkablility for a higher alcohol content beer, Great creamy mouthfeel leaves you with a pretty sweet finish.

Overall- A great success this is such a great beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:10:06 | More by yankeej13
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being half-Irish and half-Polish, I've had many different Irish beers, but this is my first Polish beer. And what a beer! Zywiec Porter pours a dark brown with a slight tan head that fades quickly. Nose is full of roasted malt. Taste is of dark roasted coffee and malt with a strong alcohol bite; a silky mouthfeel leaves a slightly bitter finish on the toungue. This beer does not even try to hide its alcohol, making it more of a sipping beer than a drinking beer, but a delicious one nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 01:26:40 | More by ColForbin
Photo of mfunk9786


4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, this is my first review on BeerAdvocate after lurking and reading reviews forever. I figured I'd reserve it for what I consider the best 'bang for your buck' beer on the planet (as far as I'm concerned). Let's get it going:

A: Standard one-finger head for a high alcohol porter. Doesn't pour as motor oil-dark as most Baltic porters I've had, but it certainly looks far from offensive sitting there, fitting perfectly in my Piraat glass.

S: Smell is of dark fruits and a little touch of smokiness. There's that little tobacco and chocolate smell that makes a Baltic porter so appealing after a long day, but the smell has a perfect balance that few porters have.

T: Here's where things get interesting. The most prominent flavor is that of overcooked oatmeal and lactose - it's like an oatmeal stout and a milk stout defied all odds and had a Baltic porter baby. As a huge oatmeal stout fan, this little oat touch makes me smile. There's a faint taste of chocolate, but not nearly as much as usual for this style. Dark fruit flavors craft a wonderful aftertaste that lingers long after you finish your glass.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style, but is smooth and refreshingly carbonated for the level of alcohol.

D: Shockingly drinkable for the style, if pressed, I could guzzle this like it were spring water.

I resent Heineken for wasting a lot of my beer-drinking time and the beer-drinking time of my friends, but how could I live without their importing this amazing brew?

Oh - and as for 'bang for your buck' - a 500 ml bottle is only just over $2 at [the best beer store in the US] State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Why is this notable? Because this beer is a) a European import and b) better than most Baltic porters that come in 22 oz. bombers for $8-10 a pop. Dig out some change from your car's ashtray and pick up a few bottles of this, you won't regret it!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:05:22 | More by mfunk9786
Photo of beerdhabelly


4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-24-2012 05:21:28 | More by beerdhabelly
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-19-2011 08:29:21 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of Skramer

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-31-2013 23:47:17 | More by Skramer
Photo of geocool


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-10-2014 15:25:51 | More by geocool
Photo of kurgan3


4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-08-2012 06:58:12 | More by kurgan3
Photo of walshclimb


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with thin tan head that immediately dissipates to a dissapointing nothing. The aroma comes to the rescue with a warm roasted malt, chocolate, and light alcohol aroma. Good flavor that is robust roasted malt initially and slowly transitions to a very long lived bitter malty aftertaste that has a burnt malt and licorice flavor. This flavor got to be a slight bit medicinal for me as the beer warmed, hurting its drinkability. This maybe an issue just for me, as I don't really like licorice that much. The mouthfeel is just what a big porter should be - full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with an alcoholic finish. Nicely done here. This is a decent taster, maybe best split with a friend, unless you want the full flavor and effect of a 500 ml strong porter high alcohol content. Not a bad thing at all, but I am not always in the mood for that much of something this flavorfull.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:03:20 | More by walshclimb
Photo of shambeano


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a unibroue tulip at room temp.

A- Pours pretty black with about an inch of browny-white head. quite thick fluffy head which very slowly subsides. looks kinda like a very carbonated short black.

S- upfront its a mix of sweetish malt with a whole bunch of roasted malt. sweet and roasty. theres a fair bit of alcohol in there as well. smells good.

T- much like the smell, a lot of sweet malts and roasted malts. the alcohol is there, but not as much as on the nose. but most of what i get is roasty malts, nice, but the flavors don't seem to mix as well as on the nose.

M- in the mouth seems like an in-between beer. slightly to the heavier side of mid-bodied, slightly to the heavier side of mid-carbonated, a bit creamy, the roasty bitternes has a great length, and eventually leaves the mouth dry. very nice.

O- this beer has everything going for it. cheap, strong and tasty. great length, and a great smell. tastes really nice, but a little more one dimensional compared to the smell, however the lower rating is purely a comparison to the nose. definitely worth trying, and a beer i often enjoy when it gets colder.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 13:19:56 | More by shambeano
Photo of RyanBeer13


3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-25-2011 11:14:39 | More by RyanBeer13
Photo of MaxBrews


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a very thick head that dissipates into a soapy lacing that doesn't hang around for that long. Still looks like a classic porter. Note* 3 days after the serve before date.

Smell: Alcohol, licorice, caramel and perhaps a little bourbon.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt. some alcohol, fairly masked ABV though.

Mouthfeel: perfect mediation in the carbonation however a bit bitter and almost a salty sort of aftertaste.

Drinkability: I had just drunken the taddy porter yesterday, so this was a bit underwhelming compared tot hat. The alcohol content is obviously much higher. Its a solid brew all round, but not as complex or overwhelming as the more $ craft brewers. However I will probably purchase this again the price is very reasonable. Perhaps it will become may new get drunk beer 9%abv tastes decent $1.75 per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 00:27:56 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of shortkut

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-08-2013 03:48:38 | More by shortkut
Photo of lehows

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Brought some bottles back from Poland over the summer, just finished the last one. I was hoarding them because this is so good! Pours a nearly black body with a small attractive tan head with unbelievable retention. Strong nose of roasted barley and malt. Some light licorice and coffee scents too. Taste is simply divine. Its so rich and complex, there is a lot going on in this brew. Strong alcohol flavor as well. Creamy and very full mouthfeel, very stout-like. Because of its complexity and fullness, I didnt find its drinkabilty too high. But that certainly isnt a bad thing, some beers should be like that. If you can get your hands on this at your local distro, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 20:26:04 | More by lehows
Photo of beerfinder


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-17-2014 20:26:21 | More by beerfinder
Photo of ericlawton007


4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-17-2013 17:16:05 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of sunrisesolara


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a pint glass.

A: Poured a rich, lusty black with a huge 3 finger head that took quite a while to receed. Lacing was thick.

S: Raptuous, strong hints of roasted nuts and coffee loaded with the unmistakable twang of booze.

M: Nicely balanced, full bodied with no real carbonation.

T: The alcohol doesn't overwhelm. Dark molasses comes to mind here. Very rich with intense flavors.

D: This is a very drinkable Baltic Porter, even more so because of its conventional price and availability.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 20:51:09 | More by sunrisesolara
Photo of schellsbeer


2.3/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to keep in mind that I am reviewing a Baltic Porter and they have a different flavor than American Porters....one that I am really not crazy for.

A - Very nice. Dark brown to almost black. Small head with intense lacing. Nice!

S/T - BALTIC Porter. Has a completely different smell and taste than American Porters. FUNK is what I call it. Fish. Nuts. European. Not American. Don't mean to be rude but just has a different all together smell and flavor. This being my second Baltic Porter, I have to say that American Micro Breweries have mastered and passed the art of brewing great porters and stouts. Nothing compares....Period.

M - Nice Average mouthfeel. Not too thin and not too thick. Very creamy. Nice texture. I do like this part of this brew.

D - NO. For something that has this aftertaste, I will never seek out a Baltic Porter again. Nothing will make me change my mind. Very high alcohol content for a beer that is subpar on taste and smell. However, very nice looking and mouthfeel. I do find these qualities very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:24:08 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of FleeVT


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle with a "Best Before" date on the back label.

A: An extremely dark, almost black, beer that pours true with a nice fluffy tan head that sticks around.

S: Sweet roasted malts and fruits dominate the nose. Lots of raisin esters backed by roasted nuts. A an ever so slight hint of chocolate finishes the nose. Overall subdued.

T/M: A wonderfully complex palate which delicately balances its roasted malts with a raisin sweetness. A bit of hops provide some bitterness to the finish, followed by a warming alcohol sensation. Body is smooth with light to medium viscosity. Carbonation is present and does a nice job of waking up the palate.

D: A great example of the style. This is a great brew for slow drinking on a chilly night watching some hockey. I, being in Florida, will settle for a hot night watching hockey in an air conditioned house.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 22:44:45 | More by FleeVT
Photo of MNJR


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, medium head that really sticks around for a while. Lacing is thin, but it clings OK. The smell is somewhat bitter roasted coffee, malt, prune and raisin. Taste is powerful and I wasn't too sold on it at first. Bitter tannin flavors are very sharp behind the wallop of roasted malt. The overall effect is, well, bitter. Bitter and then dry. There is also a "burnt" taste. Not smoky, burnt. But it has redeeming qualities. There are good flavors lurking around: cocoa, coffee, caramelized dark brown sugar and the dark fruits mentioned above. This is not an easy drinking brew for the timid drinker. This would have to be an acquired taste, much drier and more bitter than countless other porters I've guzzled over the years. The ABV is obviously staggering, though the booze is almost completely hidden in the powerful flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:13:54 | More by MNJR
Photo of livingregret


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 1 Pint .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a dark brown w/ a dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing

Smell: Smells of dark rum...molasses...coffee...

Taste: Dark chocolate w/ light molasses, toffee added in perhaps....a touch bitter toward the end. The one disappointing thing about this taste is the metallic(copper?)aftertaste that takes a way from the flavour

Mouthfeel: carbonated, and a touch thick. Goes down somewhat easy and leaves a warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: There are better porters out there w/ out the metallic taste. I enjoy the warmth of this drink but not the thickness nor copper taste

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 19:26:57 | More by livingregret
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.