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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 14.43%


Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-26-2004)
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KFBR392

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Color is a transparent lighter orange. Almost half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was only present on a thin layer on top while drinking. Low active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Pepper and oats come out first. Prairie grass and some buttery yeast on the body. Lingering grains are present throughout. Some airy dough rounds this one out.

Taste: Some buttery yeast mixes with some grains on the front. That quickly yields to a soapy, oaky body which doesn't seem to fit. Some metallic tones some up on the back end with more oats and doughy yeast.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low. Soap and metallic textures linger on the palate.

Overall: Disappointed here. Definitely some off flavors popping up on the body. I would definitely pass on this and go to other Polish pale lagers.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 02:37:41 | More by KFBR392
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For his first ever Polish beer, Bucky spied a 500 ml can of Tatra, produced by the Zywiec Brewery. Tatra was 5.5% alcohol by volume with a best before date of August 3, 2014 printed on the bottom of the can.

Zywiec Brewery was founded in 1852, in Zywiec, Poland, which was then a part of Austria-Hungary. It was nationalized after WWII when Poland was occupied by the Dark Empire. Today, the Heineken Group of Holland controls the operations of Zywiec's parent company with a 61% shareholding, and has modernized the brewery's production.

Tatra poured a crystal clear golden colour with a thin white head that disappeared inside one minute. This beer actually looks more like a cider...but certainly has the aroma of a beer. Sweet malts dominate the aroma, with a hint of wet dirt...the combination of which actually works well. Its taste was sweet light malts up front, with a hint of wet dirt that disappears almost instantly, and a mildly bitter finish which lingered for a few seconds. I would describe Tatra as a smooth beer, easy drinking and light bodied, though with a bit of a thin mouthfeel to it. In summary, a decent beer most notable for that unique 'wet dirt' aroma and taste (not a bad thing in this case), but not memorable enough that I would buy it again. It was interesting enough that I will try some other Polish beers though. Tatra is reasonably priced at $1.90 per 500 ml can.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 23:22:13 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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DoubleJ

California

2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

After Germany, Poland seems to offer more varieties of imported lager on the Orange County store shelves than any other country. Some are reasonably good, and some are just no. Tatra is marketed as the "beer with character" so you can bet that my expectations will be hoping for the former. On to the beer:

Dark golden color, topped with an inch of soapy head. Some visible large bubbles run through the body of the beer. It has an okay aroma. There's a vague fruitiness, grain soaking in water, dough, and a metallic note.

A mouthfull of not much, and what there is doesn't impress me. The flavor brings a strange fruitness, a metallic edge, a taste of sharp alcohol, and a dry grain taste. The mouthfeel has a slick character and a humming of carbonation.

Tatra isn't going to be one of the first names which I conjure with Polish beer. Could be worse....could have been infected (I'm looking at you New English).

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:57:05 | More by DoubleJ
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml can: now available in the UK with English writting on the can, labelled as 'TATRA Beer'.

This can was bought for me by my father from one of the many Polish shops in Boston, Lincolnshire: I drank it at his house on 10th Nov 2013.

It looked the same as almost every other Pilsner/lager we all know and love: golden, clear and bright. The usual none staying snow white head that swiftly retreats into a wisp and collar was another feature I was expecting: I wasn't disappointed either.

Slight malt/grain aroma (gets my usual 3 for a non-smelling Pilsner/lager).

Taste wise it was a refreshing blend of semi-flavours: mildly malty with an undercurrent of hop bitterness. Nothing to pontificate about and nothing to set it apart from the hundreds (or thousands) of similar lager based brews from around the world.

Mr Average in every way.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 10:31:31 | More by BlackHaddock
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)
Best before 3.19.2014
A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow crystal clear body with a thin wisp of snow white head that breaks apart and a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has hints of green slightly sweet sulfur that turns briny as the beer opens.

T- The touch of sweetness to a flat pale malt flavor leads to a green Noble hop note in the finish with a bitter hint in the aftertaste. There is a watery flavor that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle crisp carbonation in the finish.

O- Some nice hints of flavor in here but a bit thin and watery and the hops start to take on a soapy quality as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:46:39 | More by rhoadsrage
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 500mL can from sherbrooke liquor store in Edmonton.

It pours a nice golden yellow with a couple of fingers of head, although this dissipates rather quickly. The beer has very little smell to it - although there are some faint malty aromas which are prevalent. The taste is very pleasant - it's a wee bit sweet but has some solid bitter notes to it - this is something that is not often achieved flawlessly in a euro lager, but the brewers here did a pretty decent job. The mouthfeel is good - fairly light with some moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very tasty beer. It's a little hard to find here, although I might seek it out one of these days.

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 06:01:18 | More by Olek4374
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A random can from the LCBO...

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Mild with grassy notes, light caramel, bread and a hint of metallic on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, light grassy notes, bready caramel, hint of sour metallic citrus on the finish and a honey sweetness lingers.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking, but nothing spectacular, though I wasn't expecting to be blown away. Typical euro pale lager and nothing more, it's pretty unlikely I'd ever pick up another can of this.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 01:39:24 | More by andrenaline
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

2.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pilsener glass

A- Golden and clear in color, active bubbles of carbonation rising, very little bit of white head that disappeared right away

S- A little bit of malty sweetness and bread aromas. Really not a lot going on here.

T- Pretty simple in flavor. Malts, bread, and a hint of alcohol.

M- Light body that is smooth and easy to drink.

A- To me this is the epitome of many european lagers- smooth and easy to drink with a decent ABV, but really nothing spectacular. It lacks any real aromas or complex flavors. It isn't bad, but it isn't good either.

Serving type: can

02-27-2013 00:38:47 | More by MickeyBeer
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Douberd

Netherlands

2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another 500 ml can bought in the polish shop in Arnhem. This one also poured into my Guinness pint glass. ABV 6%.
Nice deep yellow golden colour, with two fingers of white, soapy head. Average retention, no activity in the glass.
Aroma is very faint and it consists mostly of malts and hay.
Lots of malts on the taste, stale bread, you could say sweet. Aftertaste is slighty metallic, nothing too offensive but it's there.
Average carboanation, medium thin on the body.
Maybe the score given doesn't do it justice, since overall it offers a good drinking experience, nothing too vile, nothing too fancy, and for being a cheap euro lager, it does its job well.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 01:41:51 | More by Douberd
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zachloveshisbeer

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I lived in Poland for about 8 months, in a small, provincial town that resembled something out of a Disney movie as a kid, or an English period piece with Daniel Craig. While there, I found that the only beer available was lager and lager, and occasionally, dark lager. I liked the beer prices in Poland and liked how I could pick up a few brews from the supermarket (being from Canada, we can only buy liquor in liquor stores). This one was something I picked up as an alternative to the Zywiec I normally drank, and I was glad I did. It poured a decent light yellow and it smelled really quite sweet, but not off-putting. I drank it from the pint glass I had in my concrete, Communist flat and I enjoyed its sweet nectar as it flowed nicely. I had another just to make sure, but this is one I would probably pick up from my local liquor store just for the nostalgia. It won't change anyone's life, but it will make you happy you tried something different.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 16:32:39 | More by zachloveshisbeer
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure we need another Polish Lager in BC ( we have 5 already) but this is a decent take on the style that has a full mouthfeel and tasted pretty fresh probably due to the can. I used it to make beer brats for a New Years Day lunch party and I tasted pretty good out of the can as I cooked those sausages.

Serving type: can

01-01-2013 20:24:42 | More by canucklehead
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 10/4/12.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grassy and hay flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:34:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

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

Appearance - Clear golden yellow (like apple juice) with almost a finger width of white bubbly head. Bubbles are present.

Smell - Sweet apples and bready grains.

Taste - The flavour of the apples comes through. No hops detectable whatsoever. Slightly bready flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to go around.

Overall - An easy drinking, refreshing lager from Zywiec. Not much to this one, but quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 00:35:41 | More by leaddog
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rwrk42

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: A dark yellow similar to virgin olive oil in color. No head whatsoever.

Smell: Very light sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Sweet malty taste followed by a slight hop bitterness. Not much else to it. Very mild in flavor. Very typical euro lager.

Was hoping for a bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:38:42 | More by rwrk42
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A stereotypical "Euro lager". Bright golden colour, with almost apple-juice luminescence.

Aroma is pure corn, very sweet. The taste is also very sweet and has no discernible hop flavours. It is similar to a multitude of other Euro lagers; however, not as bland or water-like as some.

Although not a beer style I'd ever choose (unless on a n over-night train within Europe), certainly not the worst variant I've ever tried!

Serving type: can

12-27-2011 03:19:56 | More by hopsolutely
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can from the LCBO, listed at 5.5%. Best before June 9 2012.

Pours a golden yellow colour, bright and clear with about a finger of pearl-white, foamy head that fizzles away within a few minutes. Surprisingly decent, webby lacing left over on the sides. Thin, grainy nose with maybe a bit of grass. Kind of a sweet honey and apple juice vibe which I get a lot with these types of lager.

Lots of grainy barley malt at first, a little sweet. Kind of corny, but not a dealbreaker for the style and it's not terribly prominent. There is some slight grassy bitterness and a bit of lemony citrus, but the malts are pretty dominant. Thin-bodied, kind of watery but syrupy at the same time because of the corny sweetness. Moderate carbonation; not particularly crisp, refreshing or remarkable. Easy to drink, though.

This is a tolerable example of the style, definitely nothing special and not particularly refreshing either, which sucks because that's kind of the only reason to drink these lagers (other than maybe price). Not the best Polish beer I've had by a long shot, but acceptable value for the price. There are no compelling reasons to drink this and I doubt I'll get it again. Very comparable to Zywiec, but I'm a Tyskie or Zubr guy.

Serving type: can

11-26-2011 07:53:53 | More by thehyperduck
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Can won at a homebrew club meeting. Claims to be 5.5% ABV. Poured at 4C into a Leffe chalice.

The beer is what I figured it to be, an unobtrusive pale lager without much character or flavour. Straw yellows, fizzy white head with no lacing. A bit of cooked corn and sweet mat on the nose. Decent body with sweetness and little else of note. Not what I want in a beer, but it would be a decent alternative to a macro lager.

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 23:37:38 | More by kjyost
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single can picked up a the LCBO. I'm in the midst of doing a write-up on Polish beers, and have just finished Zywiec, Okocim, Zubr and Tyskie.

Poured into a pilsner pint glass. Bright golden, thin head, some lacing specks, generally unimpressive even as far as pale lagers go.

The nose is certainly among the better I've encountered - grain, apple, a touch of lemon and mild hops.

The first few sips were quite nice: sweet, flavorful, refreshing. But the sweetness of the brew - coupled with the lack of anything else interesting about it - becomes tiresome after a few sips. Really nothing much to say, other than I suppose it's a touch better than most Euro lagers in that the tinny-metallic-herbal character is minimal at best. But there's nothing different here.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 20:03:38 | More by JohnnyBarman
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very clear, golden yellow. A big fizzy white head was initially present but faded down to reveal nothing more then a thin layer of film like lace on the top. Lots of visible carbonation came streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it left a tiny bit of residual lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was light, nice grain and yeasty bread like smell mixed in with some kinda light fruit, maybe some banana, and a touch of alcohol, but it was pretty standard lager. The taste was like a really strong budweiser. It tasted like your standard fare macro lager, buch just stronger. Typical grain adn yeast, maybe some corn in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 18:19:04 | More by mikesgroove
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5
Courtesy of johnbjaeger

Skipping past #1, saving that for the weekend when a friend visits to share, lets hope its not a kill shot. LOL
Bottle #2
A - Pours a clear golden yellow with an inch of white foam that slowly faded and was refreshed with lots of bubble floating up from the bottom of the glass.
S - Not alot of aroma for this one, its light and grainy with a bit of lemon, as my wife would say, it smells like corn flakes
T - I'm hit with a bunch of lemon and a corn base. I'm thinking lager, not bad, very drinkable.
M - Crisp carbonation, light bodied, as it warms, or as I drink it more it starts to thicken up and i'm starting to like it less.
D - It starts out crisp and refreshing but quickly goes down hill and becomes tiresome.

I'm going with a lager of some sort, so lets tear off the neatly covered label...

Tatra Malt Liquor
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/623/20919

Well I was right with the lager part, I grew up on Yuengling Lager and I have to say I now find this more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 04:01:00 | More by mikereaser
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RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is more or less the poster child for the EPL style. It has lots of bubbles, lots of glass lacing, a high alcohol percent (my can is 5.5 abv) and it's got that skunky characteristic which I've come to know and love EPL's for. It delivers. But it does nothing else. A classy high abv session beer that would theoretically get the job done a slight bit quicker than a coors light or comparable light beer. Not "worthy", but at the same time...totally passable and drinkable.

Serving type: can

04-18-2011 04:39:00 | More by RyanBelle
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good thing its brewed with "Natural Ingredients", gtfo. Pander to me again Heineken and I promise...

A: Tons of carbination. White frothy head with medium size bubbles. Fair lacing.

S: Grainy, but not very aromatic.

T: Has almost a cidery quality. Tastes like husk. The higher alcohol level is as noticeable as a Molson Dry, that's a slag.

M: Carb level makes this a standard lite lager on the tongue.

D: Because it comes in a tall at my seller, the size is enough to not want to get another one.

Serving type: can

04-02-2011 15:31:12 | More by BasementBer
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, a skunkiness, hops, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it comes across as slightly watery. The taste is made up of lots of breads/grains mixed with a skunkiness and a little bit of hops. It also had a corn syrup and metallic taste to it. It finishes with a corn syrup/skunky aftertaste.

Drink - Pretty much like every other Euro macro beer out there. I wouldn't buy this one again.

Serving type: can

03-10-2011 20:07:26 | More by spinrsx
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, 5.5% ABV. Kind of stuck trying to figure out the need for this one's existence alongside the normal Zywiec.

This beer pours a crystal clear, luminous golden yellow hue, with three fingers of billowy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which plays nice and makes haste in its departure from this world, leaving some decent hanging curtain lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately sweet pale grain, kind of a corn grist/barley blend, a slight metallic alcohol edge, bristling sulfur, and strangely bitter weedy hops. The taste is soft, bready malted barley, a grainy corn astringency, soft, muffled booze warming, and understated herbal, citrusy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, but on the low and airy, frothy side, the body medium-light in weight, but smooth all the way through, if in the manner of hard water. It finishes a wee bit off-dry, a waning bready character set against a waxing, yet still sedate Continental hop bitterness.

I know it's kind of disagreeable, and even lazy, to cite 'inoffensiveness' as a leading attribute, yet here it is indeed apt - there seems to be multiple potential sources for off-flavours, yet everything, in the end (not to forget the beginning and middle), meshes quite well, rendering quite a decent, if eventually forgettable, and of course drinkable in the now, eastern Euro-lager.

Serving type: can

12-12-2010 00:22:36 | More by biboergosum
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Comes in a nice looking yellow can that says Tatra Beer, and the abv is 5.5% as opposed to the 6% listed here on the site. It is a lighter shade of gold in color and has a nice looking frothy head that unfortunately disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a fizzy patch of bubbles and a 3/4 complete ring at the top of the brew. There is moderate lacing clinging to my glass as well, making for a decent, but unspectacular beer.

S- It smells maltier than an average lager, but is definitely more typical of what the Euro style is. Aside from the sweetness, it is somewhat adjunct like with boiled corn and or rice thrown into the mash but it isn't offensive. The alcohol comes through ever so slightly and the finish has a soft herbal bitterness to it.

T- Much like the aroma in the fact that the sweet malted barley hits the palate right away, followed by a muted metallic alcohol tinge. It is somewhat dry on the finish, but more in a grainy fashion than a hopped finish.

M- This is a moderately medium bodied brew. I didn't allow this one to chill like I normally do, which I feel has actually mellowed out the carbonation, as it looks more aggressive than it really is. Overall nothing to write home about but it isn't something that is bad...somewhat creamy, somewhat crisp.

D- Generally this is easy to drink, however, it is slightly boozy and metallic, and really comes through on the side and back of the palate as it warms, so I would recommend having this extra cold. Other than that, it is one of the better Eastern Euro beers that I've had and would get this one again.

Serving type: can

10-19-2010 23:41:14 | More by ChrisCage
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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.