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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-26-2004

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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by Olek4374:
Photo of Olek4374
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Clear medium gold color

S- Not much here at all. Some malt

T- Not that bad. Has some body and substance to it. Good malt and some mild hops.

M- Has some good body to it. Surprising really

O- Not too bad. Will not buy again but it was ok.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Salmon loaf.

Enjoy

Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

BBD: 06.02.2010

"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.

Photo of matjack85
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.27/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

English label slightly different than one pictured. No indication that it is a pilsner.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet malt, some corn and a dull hop.

The taste was moderately sweet with a hop that balanced out most of the sweetness. Certainly on the more robust side.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent euro lager.

Photo of lehows
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow color with a giant white head that disapeared completely and left little to no lace. Light aromas of corn, malt, and some starch.
Crisp and clean tasting, light malt, some dry corn, a little tartness, and a mild hop bite in the finish. Bubbly carbonation but made for a thirst quenching brew. Overall a decent Pilsener that got the job done, not outstanding but nothing to really complain about.

Photo of headlessparrot
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can, from a mix-and-match 8-pack at the LCBO (in St. Catharines). Never heard of it, but I'll try anything.

Pours from the can surprisingly dark, a kind of golden-brown. Almost like fresh (non-alcoholic) cider. Capped by a finger of head that recedes pretty quickly to a ring, and some anaemic lacing. Visibly effervescent.

Smell is big on the malt. Grain, citrus, grassy hops. Light fruitiness (apples). Candy. Sweet. Adjunct, but not to excess. Not too much pils-y about it, but it's not bad.

Taste is more of the same. Big on the sweet malt. Citrus, light grassy hops and just a touch of adjunct. Sweet. Finishes pretty neutrally, malt, faintly sweet.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are about average. Couldn't bother to be impressed by much about this brew.

Photo of spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this one as a trade from a buddy of mine. I'd say he did right by me as it was an easy drinking beer.

Photo of Douberd
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep golden colour with about a 2 finger fluffy head that quickly dissipates. Smell is very sweet and bread like; doesnt deviate much from the smell of a standard pilsner. Has a nice full bodied sweet taste with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Even though this goes down easy, I dont think Id like too many of them. Overall a decent brew, but Im not a big fan of czech pilsners.

Photo of mrmanning
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO- Deep yellow liduid pours a fizzy white cap. Faint floral hops meet grains and honey. Tastes of sweet grains with metallic floral hops, a bit of biscuit and pale malts. The abv doesn't seem to be a factor until the very end, where it starts to creep up.

Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from a Xmas gift sampler from my friend Kris, a bottle hauled back from Poland. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above the clear light golden brew. Head is frothy and lasts well, with delicate lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet, with a pervasive spiciness. Taste is smooth malt pale sweetness, with a crisp, spicy hops character. Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying for the style, which sometimes seems watery, but not this one, and drinkability is superb. If you see one, try it out.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Very light maltiness. Some sweetness, metallic notes, salty, corn, some lemon hints...

Taste – Light sweetness, some maltiness and some light hops. Some citrusy notes...

Feel - Quite smooth with some sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An OK beer... worth a try....

Photo of BasementBer
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.