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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 21:02:29 | More by ppoitras
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new can I saw at my local LCBO, so i picked it up. Tatra pours out a really nice deep yellow color, with a nice thin layer of head. Looks exquisite. Smell, was the worst thing about this beer, but it wasn't even that bad. Nice floral hop aroma up front, but there was a metallic smell to it, and that kind of ruined it. Otherwise pretty good. This was a nice smooth, crisp tasteing pilsner, with a nice bittering crisp finish. Really good. Mouthfeel was full and slighty carbonated. I really enjoy cold pilsners, so for me I could really knock these back. This is almost as good as Uruquell.

Serving type: can

12-06-2008 22:54:38 | More by steeler
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew traveled more than 4,500 miles to get to me. My friends traveled to Europe recently and brought back this brew for my sampling pleasure. Talk about a good couple of friends. William's BeerAdvocate member name is WJVII. Check him out.

Appearance - Golden brown with lots of action in the pour and many bubbles rising swiftly to the 1/2 inch of white head.

Smell - The wonderful smell of malt fills my nose with each whiff. The scent is very tempting. There might be a sweetness in the aroma as well.

Taste - Rich and firm in malt. There is an interesting hop flavor in the finish. It doesn't have the bitterness I find with most hops. It's a firm and thick hop flavor. Not a bold flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and thick to the mouth and it goes down nice. The feel of this brew is interesting.

~ I'm lucky to been able to sample this good beer. It pays to have friends that travel the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:48:00 | More by cdkrenz
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer number two from Mom's trip to Poland.
The beer pours from it's 500 ml can a bright, shiny gold. A vigorous pour generates a modest white foam, very evenly bubbled, quickly settling into a tight, even coating. Bright, brilliant clarity,. Good head retention, never weakening to less than a thick collar, leaving lazy blobs of lace clinging to the glass.
The aroma is mostly hops. Spicy, with a metallic, soapy bite that's familiar in a lot of polish brews. Not the cleanest, but there are some interesting scents with the traces of esters and phenols. A vague whiff of clove somewhere within the spicy/peppery depths of the hops. A bit of half eaten crabapple laying in the grass. Little presence to the malt, merely a vague, crunchy Grapenuts graininess.
The flavor opens up with a meek malt profile, sort of watery and thin, with a soft overtone of sweetened green apple. The green apple flavor rolls into the finish, rather soft and lacking that real crisp, grainy bite you get with german pils. More towards the softer, bohemian style, without the body. The finish is more or less all hops and apple, the malt flavor completely absent. Very nice spicy hopping that settles on the tongue and likes to hang around. A brush of clove just before the swallow, playing very well with the hopping. No metallic or soapy flavors, as were presented in the nose. Light bodied, with vigorous carbonation.
Aside from a rather thinnish body, this is a pretty nice pilsner. I'd place it more in the bohemian/czech style, with the soft roundness of flavor, but again, it could use body and a bit more malt presence. The bitterness is great, but the malt contributes very little flavor, especially in the finish. I actually enjoyed the flaws, the esters and phenols that contributed some extra fruitiness and clove-y notes. The high(-ish) alcohol may have something to do with that. I like it for what it is, rather than looking at it technically. A flawed, but good pilsner. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: can

11-26-2004 05:06:24 | More by UnionMade
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack at the Caputo's in Hangover Park.

Nice two finger, flat white head, that quickly dissipates efore I even take a sip. I like the golden hay and overtone of copper color with better than average bubbling.

The aroma is a plain,wet corn and light oasted graing with some nice sunshine kissed, fres cut grass.

The taste starts of very lightly toasted and grainy sweet. But the grassy and faint lemony hops balance that out. Th finish is smooth, but very light in the flavor department. Good malt profile throughout the whole taste of this beer.

Clean palate with just a little graininess. This is an awesome session lager.

This is a pretty good Polish lager in my opinion. I will definetly buy this again.

Serving type: can

04-17-2010 01:53:19 | More by scruffwhor
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lehows

New York

3.65/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:09:13 | More by lehows
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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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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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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold, darker then I expected, with a patchy, persistent head. The aroma is soft and biscuity with a pleasant herbal hoppiness in the background. The taste is malty with a herbal, sea air hop balance. Gingery, spicey notes build with some warmth. The mouthfeel is pretty full for a lager with prickly carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter and short lived.

This is a decent Euro Lager with a good malt profile. I wouldnt really classify it as a pilsner, the hop presence isnt there.

Serving type: can

12-22-2008 04:35:10 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Clear gold with a moderate head. Nothing spectacular.

S - Nose is some sharp grassy hops, light pale malt and a hint of lemon.

T - Clean, light grass and almost no aftertaste. Not very bitter at all. Maybe a bit of grain and some alcohol.

M - Not too fizzy, light crisp body.

D - Overall, not bad. Nice clean pils.

Serving type: can

12-10-2008 16:41:07 | More by allergictomacros
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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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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The CANQuest is visiting Poland this evening, or better, Poland has come to Chez Wood! CAN you dig it?!?

From the CAN: "Beer with character ... Full-bodied taste"; "Tatra beer is brewed from the finest natural ingredients: malted barley, choicest hops, and pure mountain spring water. Based on an unchanged traditional recipe. Each batch is crafted by brewmasters dedicated to producing exceptional Tatra beer."; "Enjoy Tatra responsibly."

My initial pour created a finger of foamy, bone-white head that was intent on dissipation. Bye! Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Pale lager, my butt! This was much more colorful than most AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers. Nose had the standard lager sweetness, nothing wrong with that, but it CAN become boring. Mouthfeel was medium with a clean, crisp lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was likewise clean, refreshing and adjunct free! While there was nothing especially notable about this beer, I would choose it over the Warka that I had earlier. I CANnot say exactly why, but it was a nice overall beer that might make its way into the cooler, especially on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: can

06-18-2010 04:08:32 | More by woodychandler
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

5.5%abv canned lager, a gift from a Polish friend brought straight from his home town. It's the first canned beer I've tried in seven years, so I don't really know what to expect apart from preparing for something next to rusty water... (I know, I'm extremely biased against canned beers...)

A: served in a jug, it pours a light and bright golden hue, with a foamy white head quickly dissipating and very gentle fizz, almost like champagne to my surprise~~
S: the aroma upfront is really nice and lively, much better than expected!!--lightly acidic lemony and fruity, slightly buttery and biscuity, plus refreshingly corn-like grainy aroma all packed in one sniff, although the hops are not very pronounced. Alas, the aroma doesn't sustain well, and dissipates within three minutes.
T: in comes a soft, fluffy kind of palate of lager malts, lightly sweet but not OTT, along with a mild hop flavour gradually softening and leaving a refreshing yet slightly weak hoppy and medium-bitter (for a lager) taste which lingers on the palate for around 40 seconds per sip.
M: the mouthfeel is quite smooth, with reasonably bitter and dryish aftertaste. Overall the body is still quite thin, but I quite appreciate the dryish and clean mouthfeel at the back, as it arouses more thirst for sure~~
D: I'm not disappointed by this canned beer at all--to put it more positively, maybe it's time that I try to review some canned beers as they are presumably well-made and better than I thought they could be...

Serving type: can

08-22-2005 19:53:39 | More by wl0307
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 14:56:47 | More by mdagnew
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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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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2009 04:04:03 | More by ludachris
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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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allboutbierge

Austria

3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle

This is the closest thing I have ever tasted to a European style macro ice beer. There's a lot of fruity esters in there, but lacking any sort of metallic taste or premonitions of an impending headache, I'll avoid making any direct comparisons to Key Ice, Bud Ice, Icehouse and the rest of the of the Motley Crew.

Aroma is lively and sweet, with some faint notes reminiscent of maraschino cherries. The aroma alone tells you to await a strong lager. Taste is far from offensive and is much more refined than its US trailer park brethren. Esters linger, but a forefront of smooth malt heavy biscuit comes through too.

I realize that this is not an ice beer, but the parallels it has in taste and aroma, justify an indirect comparison. Overall, its not a bad beer, but its not one that I nor many people on this site will be rushing to revisit anytime soon. However, all in all, for costing only 2€, it was 2€ well spent.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 21:02:05 | More by allboutbierge
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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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headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2008 23:26:01 | More by headlessparrot
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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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crossovert

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can. Best before 09-02-2010.

Pours an orangey yellow with gold hues and a foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving not much lacing.

It has a very earthy hop aroma, very spicy. The malt is there too though it is rather dull.

It is another Polish pale lager that isn't a true Euro pale lager. It is heartier but not exactly better. The malts are bready and pleasant. There is a slight bitterness, but not much. The hops have a slight lemon hint.

It is full bodied for the style though it has a decent carbonation.

It is the kind of stuff you drink when you want to have an easy drinker that packs a little extra abv.

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 21:55:15 | More by crossovert
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tatra is a crystal clear but deeply concentrated golden; this heftier, slightly more brawny complexion instills a confidence in the beer that initially did not exist. It would only have been apt for a beer named after a mountain range to have a climbing, mountainous head but the Polish, always good humored, apparently have a thing for irony.

The bouquet blends synthetically sweet with organically grainy, the farmhouse wall and the laboratory floor. The unprocessed, unpolished sweet scent of malted grains is diluted with just a few drops of industrial-strength corn sweetener, not enough to entirely suffocate the raw, rural character of the malts but enough to spoil it.

You ask me, Tatra tastes pretty good. Naturally, it helps that I've waited until the can was nearly frozen solid and that I was nearly passed out from dehydration. Hot, sunny weather (like the kind I'm subject to today) can indeed make beers more refreshing, but it's a mistaken belief that it can make them any tastier. This one actually *tastes* alright.

And that has less to do with today's temperature than it does the ingredients that went into the beer. Although there is a fair dose of the (expected) corn syrup flavour, Tatra is much more malt-heavy than its mass-produced counterparts. Corn may be the dominant grain, but it's still appreciably grainy nonetheless, and that's good enough for me.

I really don't expect much flavour from beers of this ilk; when it comes to macro lagers, an absence of bad flavours is infinitely more important than a presence of good ones. As it stands, even after a little warming, there isn't much of anything distracting me from enjoying all 500ml of the can. In fact, I seem to be enjoying it just fine.

Throughout its history, Poland seems to have always had the misfortune of being neglected, taken for granted, or outright invalidated; their beer is no exception. There is still much reverence for Czech and German brewing traditions, yet Poland's brewers seem to have been forgotten. Too bad, some people don't know what they're missing.

Serving type: can

05-03-2010 20:54:45 | More by biegaman
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 09:32:46 | More by StevenBilodeau
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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.