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Zywiec Porter - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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575 Ratings
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-22-2013 01:46:36 | More by capuchinpilates
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-27-2013 17:48:27 | More by adamant1912
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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-05-2012 18:14:00 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-24-2012 21:33:44 | More by JeltMaaj
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-19-2013 21:05:23 | More by jjheinrichs
Photo of Copernicandream


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle (piecewise) into a 12 oz snifter.

A: Deep dark, nearly opaque brown. Initially one finger of thin foamy head, giving way to a trace ring enhanced by the moderate rising carbonation.

S: Several dark malts that oscillate quickly, reminds me of earthy moss, very subtle smoke.

T: Initially a little sweet, this is a heavy malted porter - almost stout (I like it, I'm sick of American porters that barely qualify as a brown ale). The complexity of the malts is intense, I get at least 3 or 4 different earthy flavors. The smoke on the nose shows back up on the rear end - one of these malts had to have been lightly smoked. Hops present but unidentifiable. There is some definite warmth throughout from the 9.5% alcohol.

M: LOVE. This is as previously described a little thick for your traditional porter, stout-like. It has a moderate carbonation with fine bubbles rising from the depths. The high alcohol content helps thin what would otherwise be a thick brew.

O: This was hyped by my local bottle shop, at $2/0.5L so I figured I couldn't go wrong. I didn't. This is in my opinion an excellent "Smoked Imperial Porter" with complex varieties of malt that after only one bottle I can't entirely place. The smokiness is omnipresent but not overpowering (be warned). I would buy it again and at 9.5% I think some age might mellow that smoke and bring out the earthy malts.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:36:55 | More by Copernicandream
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, caramel-colored head of thick, firm foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee, malt and boozy alcohol.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with bitter, spicy, sharp hops. It almost had a soy sauce-like taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and had a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A full-bodied beer that is almost too heavy.

D - This is a great example of a Baltic Porter. It tastes great and looks good, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 22:16:23 | More by zeff80
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was only familiar with the normal Zywiec lager, which is a pretty standard Euro-style lager. Zywiec Porter comes as somewhat of a surprise, because this is a pretty nice beer and I was wasn't expecting something as nice and complex from what is pretty much one of Poland's top macro-breweries.

This brew pours a dark black color with only maybe a faint hint of translucence, and a big light tan foam head forms and retains pretty well. The head started to thin out about halfway through the beer, but left some decent lacing behind. The aroma was of dark, roasted grains with a bit of a chocolate smell. Some notes of lighter, breadier grains and some fruity notes came through as well. The mouthfeel contained a moderate amount of carbonation. Although reasonably smooth, I guess I expected just a little bit more. The big roasted malt flavor is the predominant flavor along with a somewhat sweet chocolate type flavor. Some hints of coffee and a bit of a generic burnt taste are present, as is a small amount of alcohol flavor. I detected a herbal/floral hop bitterness in here too. The finish is a little dry but not too much, with the roasted flavors lingering on. Overall finish was cleaner than expected, with a hard-to-pinpoint flavor which I could best describe as buttery being present. The beer finishes out with some light alcoholic warmth.

I was definitely pleased with this beer. A good fall/winter brew. I could see pairing this with some Polish cuisine. Zywiec Porter is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 03:50:59 | More by Beastdog75
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown colour that is edging on black with a nice khaki head. The head is a little to aggressive, but that might be my fault.

Faint smell of roasted malts. Grape notes, very elusive hops bitterness. Musty port smell. Not as pleasant as Sinebrychoff or Okocim.

Good taste: chocolate, sweet port or sherry. Bitter hop traces. Yeast hints. Not the best baltic porter, but better than some...say OK Springs. Molasses, or maybe more blackstrap, essences.

Mouthfeel is good. Low carbonation suited to the style. Thick body, rich complex flavour. Drinkability is okay...I might have served this a bit too warm, but this is a stylen I generally enjoy and this particular beer is worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 06:19:58 | More by BDTyre
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark-brown color with a short lived head that recedes to the surface leaving atolls and swirls. No lacing that I could see.

Nose produced a fragrant aroma of hops, caramel and a little toasted malt.

Flavor was that of hops bitterness, licorice, caramel, butterscotch, some raisin and finally toasted malt.

Mouthfeel- the overall flavor profile seemed thinner than I would have liked-- finish ended quickly leaving little trace of the beginning of the flavor on the palate.

Overall this beer is an enjoyable porter- if you see it available worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:06:31 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a great dark, brown black colour with a fluffy, creamy tan head. Decent head retention and nice lacing. Very pretty.

The aroma is fruity and slightly chocolatey. The alcohol is well hidden.

The flavour is well balanced with nice dark fruits, bitter chocolate and a moderate bitterness. A touch of roast rounds it all out. Good.

Medium-full body with moderate but unintegrated carbonation.

A tasty beer that certainly doesn't feel like 9%. Well flavoured.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:39:35 | More by dgilks
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a nicely lingering lace that doesn't foam too terribly. I think this is the sort of thing people used to dip their quills in before composing thousand page books. Smell is slightly sweet and quite malty. Can't beat it.

Tastes like nothing else. A bit of malt, a lot of hops (more than I would have expected off the nose,) and charcoal. This entire beer tastes like it was filtered through the remains of a forest fire.

Quite the beer, complex flavors, but not something you could drink in quantity (it's 9.5% ABV after all), but it's most definitely something you should try.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 16:15:15 | More by SetarconeX
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. Black pour, but not overly thick appearing. Thin light tan layer.

Aroma, roast, cocoa, milk chocolate. Not overly complicated but nice.

Taste, roast malt, chocolate, cocoa some coffee. Straight line with this one. Malted milk ball. Roast and cocoa linger nicely.

Medium bodied, maybe a little lighter. Healthy dose of carbonation. Similar to Okocim in that I wish it was just a little thicker. Warming, but no problems drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:36:47 | More by Bung
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears nearly black, with some red highlights. Tan one finger head sinks to a thin coating and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is actually pretty faint but with some vigorous sniffing I am detecting dark fruit and roasted malts.

Taste is intitally sweet with notes of dark fruit and chocolate. After the swallow some earthy hops make an appearance and the roasted malt flavors favor coffee over chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

This is definitely one of the better Baltic Porters I have tasted. Not quite as good as Okocim, but its up there.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 05:12:13 | More by roadhouse
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Best by 04/16/2013
Glass: Tulip

Zyweic's porter is dark and rich, heavy with roasted malt, molasses, and prune flavors, with some chocolate and coffee bean accents to widen the scope. A solid introduction to the style, since the beer seems to be fairly available wherever I've lived (and I've lived in many places). While perhaps a bit too full of ethanol and willing to showcase it, Zyweic's baltic porter is complex and enjoyable enough for the $1.79 I paid for it. Well worth trying, repeatedly.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan to burnt tan foam, composed of small bubbles, with above average retention, lasting about two minutes. The head eventually fades to a thin cap atop the body, thicker and with some large bubbles remaining around the sides. The lacing the head leaves is excellent, coating all the sides of the glass with heavy residual foam in various interesting patterns. The beer's body is dark brown to black, opaque, holding this to a light changes nothing. Carbonation is not visible due to the beer's opacity. For the style, I really can't see how this could get any better.

Aromas are more reminiscent of molasses and dried fruit esters than of roasted malt and chocolate, but all are present. The scents begin with dried plum esters, which quickly turn into molasses, roasted malt, a bit of anise, ethanol, and hints of dark chocolate.

Front of palate is primarily full of fruit esters, with plum, prune, slight raspberry/blackberry, and a touch of molasses. This fades, fairly effortlessly, to a mid-palate of roasted malt, molasses, fruit esters akin to dried plums and dates, modestly noticeable ethanol, and faint coffee bean and cocoa nibs. Back of palate is of roasted malt, molasses, ethanol, and faint coffee bean/cocoa nibs, the fruit esters largely having faded except for some vague prune. Aftertaste is of roasted malt, modest coffee bean and dark chocolate, and ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation levels of mid-intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that gradually becomes foamy and smooth across the palate. Ethanol can be felt across the tongue during sipping, and in the back of the throat and nostrils after each swallow. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness lingering across the palate. I would have liked to see lower, smoother carbonation to make this more sippable given its heaviness and ethanol content, and also "feel" less of the ethanol burning across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:55:48 | More by falloutsnow
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New Jersey

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

I poured this into a Southampton pint glass. The colour is a deep black body, off-white head with some good lacing and decent retention. Smell is chocolate-coffee, and taste and mouthfeel is a velvety milkiness with some hoppiness interspersed within. Decent drinkability and a solid entry from Poland.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:00:47 | More by tjd112
Photo of Jemonster


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark coffee brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Leaves a very heavy lacing of tight foam. Completely opaque and viscous looking.

S: Rye bread and malt, sweetness and yeast.

T: Rich coffee, toffee, malt, and brown sugar. Nice balancing hop bitterness that comes across like a dark cocoa. Almost a little too sweet for what it is, though. Tastes like a pretty classic porter. Just what I was hoping for. Alcohol is hardly present, but the beer is very strong and flavorful.

M: Heavy body, slight carbonation. Tingles ever so slightly on the tongue.

O: The best porter that I've had, even though I can only think of two others. A nice change of pace for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:54:38 | More by Jemonster
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District of Columbia

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

billowy head that drops to a righ with some lacing. opaque with garnet at the edges
the two dominant features were a slightly vinuous palate and nose with alcohol spice (pseudo-barleywine-esque) and a smokiness that made me think of smoked meats (really. it seemed like i had taken a bite of sausage and then sipper my beer. except i hadn't). the smokiness reminded me of stone's smoked porter in the sense that it was almost more of a sensation than flavor

i prefer the ale baltic porters i've had; these lager versions are too smooth (thus the taste doesn't really linger). that being said, these things are truly a godsend in the land of pale lagers

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 18:55:16 | More by bruachan
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Booming two inch head within a pint glass. Normal looking dark brown borderline black porter. Excellent head retention and lacing!

S- Smells metallic.

T- Deep cocoa. Hints of cherry? Slight metallic taste as well.

M- Very full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- One enjoyable ride. The high abv does not drink as such...so good I just want to gulp it all down in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:30:19 | More by Duff27
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (best by 9-12-2010, drank 9-16-2010) into Dartington ultimate beer glass. Nice 2 finger tan head, dark brown color though looks clear but dark. Head reduces to a small cap of bubbles with nice lacing left behind. Spiderwebs and sheets of foam left as the beer is drunk down.

Aroma of chocolate, burnt malts, overripe dark fruit, grape jelly. Taste an initial syrupy sweetness then a sour bitterness of burnt toast and coffee, touch of sweet grape juice, and a roasty bitterness tries to dry up the finish. Other than the tiniest hint of alcohol coming up through the back end and some warming in the throat, the 9.5% alcohol is well hidden.

Feels relatively carbonated and when the carbonation passes on the tongue the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

I bought this on accident thinking it was some other beer I'd read a good review about, but it turned out to be a nice surprise. Enjoyable and tasty, but one bottle is enough for me, especially since I drank this during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:15:54 | More by milkbaby9
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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 thecheapies


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty much black. Lots of head formed. Laced as it fell.

Chocolatey malts, metallic notes, herbal notes, caramel malt, roasty dose, a bitbof lactose, and slight minerality. Solid.

Big chocolate malt opening with follow-ups of booze, metallic notes, malt bitterness, mineral tongue-pinch, and anise. Caramelized sugars and mint tea notes. Has an impy stout magnitude. A knockout punch of a Baltic Porter.

A little hot, but brewed to big strength. Swishy body with a sizzling carbonation. Good weight.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 14:43:58 | More by thecheapies
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an english pint glass

Appearance: Deep dark viscous black brown color. Huge 3 finger head that takes forever to recede. Still lingers on through the session. Incredible lacing, absolutley amazing.

Smell: Smell is muted a bit. roasted coffee beans and warm cream. toasted hazlenuts and butter come to mind. Dark malty aroma but not overpowering.

Taste: Coffee, toffee and bitter chocolate explosion. The alcohol comes through quite a bit despite the huge malt profile. Somewhat balanced, but the alcohol comes through too much despite the huge amounts of malt. Aging this would be tremendous.

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated. If this was poured and left out for say an hour at a controlled temp it would be amazing. This might be one of those "decant" beers that would highly benifit. Medium weight on the palate, but dry lingering alcohol leaves the mouth needing something creamier.

Drinkability: This is your go to baltic porter. As i find myself getting into the porters, this seems to make the mold for what baltic porters should be like. Big bottle and high abv means 2 of these per session max. Still great and definately worth the $1.69 for the 500ml bottle!! See out now!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 00:54:16 | More by Augustiner719
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Zywiec Porter: 9.5%, thick, head slow to form and emaciated;

Appearance: very dark brown, nearly black;

Smell: chocolate malt, black licorice background;

Taste/Mouthfeel: immediate light powdery cocoa, then dark chocolate, finishes with a slight roasted coffee flavor, long finish (unobtrusive), smooth;


Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:25:43 | More by TruePerception
Zywiec Porter from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
88 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.