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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-26-2004)
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Shecruz, Jul 16, 2014
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Temny, May 18, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

ppoitras, Apr 28, 2005
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

veganmaniu, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

Cramshawbar, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

stevoj, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of steeler
4/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

steeler, Dec 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

BeeSquared, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

cdkrenz, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of UnionMade
3.8/5  rDev +23%
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.

UnionMade, Nov 26, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

habaceeba, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

scruffwhor, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of lehows
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

lehows, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

BuckyBeerBeaver, Apr 13, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 22, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

DrunkinYogi, May 10, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

canucklehead, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

MayonakaStout, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Olek4374
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Olek4374, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

StEdo, Sep 11, 2014
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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.