Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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Reviews by Olek4374:
3.5/5 rDev +14%
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.
06-14-2013 06:01:18 | More by Olek4374
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3.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-29-2011 20:03:38 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.13/5 rDev +2%
Very drinkable, Tatra was something that aroused my curiosity due to its high volume of purchases at the store I work at. It is a good Pilsner like beer, light lager style. It has a malty back bone with sweetness. Dry finish, almost too dry. Quick head, little lacing.
01-07-2010 09:32:46 | More by StevenBilodeau
2.8/5 rDev -8.8%
(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.
07-11-2013 02:46:39 | More by rhoadsrage
3.58/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
12-12-2010 00:22:36 | More by biboergosum
3.05/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Poured a pale lemon-gold with a brilliant clarity and a snow white capping that was fizzy and sudsy, quickly dissipating without much thought. Effervesce was extremely light with but a few straggly bubbles rustling to the surface at any given moment at country break neck speed (that is slow for all you city slickers).
S: The nose was composed of dried whole corn ears with fresh green leafy stalks. A dried buttery toffee sweetness is also evident adding to the mix. The overall perception was light, offering little in the way to entice nor offend ones perception.
T: The initial flavor was sweet caramelized grains and toffee. There was strong hints of dried corn as well buttered bread dough along with a herbal hopping of rosemary providing a warm piney, honeyed flavor. The palate was buttery, and mushy, lacking a crispness of a Czech pils as well as the bright saaz hopping. The finish finds a spicy, warm and subtle alcohol presence that rounds out with light traces of white mint. Overall the flavor was typical euro-lager, with a buttery malted sweetness, light lemon notes, and not quite the full bodied flavor the label advertised.
M: medium-full with a honey-like consistency, very slick texture wise, with an easy carbonation factor that makes this slide around with relative ease.
D: reasonable, though a bit sweet, so a pounder feels about right here. Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this, labeled as a Czech pils, but lacks crispness and the bright saaz hopping ive come to expect per style. A average/decent beer by itself , per style comes off as a poor representation.
11-12-2009 23:20:59 | More by beerthulhu
3.2/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-19-2010 23:41:14 | More by ChrisCage
2.33/5 rDev -24.1%
"Beer with character" and a Polish fellow (feather in his cap and brass buttons on his vest) smoking a pipe on the yellow label. "Truly Polish" on the neck label. 6.0% abv
Pours crystalline amber gold with a decent finger of lasting foam. Dull surface with a decent skim of foam after 5 minutes. Sweet grainy euro pils aroma, some cooked corn. Nothing special, reminds me of past benders of Samson beer at Johnnie's.
Flavor is passable, again just a variation on a worn out theme. Fizzy astringent cardboard corn drink. Bleeehhhh. Horribly metallic, corny, with a cardboard aftertaste. Not worth finishing. This is horrible beer, don't let the new label fool you. Foul tasting, watery corn silage. Do not drink... this is garbage masquerading as beer.
12-13-2009 08:43:56 | More by emerge077
2.73/5 rDev -11.1%
I found this single 500ml brown bottle at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL. The beer has a best before date on it of June 2 of 2010, so it's plenty fresh. I hope it lives up to it's label claim of being a "beer with character".
The beer poured a clear, medium gold color and made a nice 3 finger fluffy white head. The head lasted a few minutes and I assumed it would leave some nice lacing with all the fluffiness, but after the head settled down, it left no lacing at all.
The smell was very unimpressive - just a lot of sweet grain and a bit of skunk.
The taste was equally unimpressive. Lots of grainy sweetness with just a touch of bitterness from mild hops - but nowhere near enough to call it balanced. The only character this beer has is sweetness.
The low carbonation takes away any crispness but it does give the beer a heavier, smooth, and buttery texture. Not a light bodied beer at all, but not quite full bodied either as the label claims.
It's easy to drink and the 6.0% alcohol is barely noticeable. I just don't know if I'd want more than one due to all the cheap sugar.
02-21-2010 05:44:56 | More by matjack85
3/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
07-18-2011 18:19:04 | More by mikesgroove
United Kingdom (England)
2.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-12-2013 10:31:31 | More by BlackHaddock
2.23/5 rDev -27.4%
Rather strong alcohol taste which is odd for a bohemian type jasne Pelni. While the grassy side is present as in all beers of this style but we find no malt in all its qualities, including one where the sugar comes in a subtle way to make the beverage so easily drinkable, which is obviously harmful for beer thirst.
09-07-2010 11:56:58 | More by ThaCreep
Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.