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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BA SCORE
72
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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-26-2004)
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1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

Sebas, Apr 23, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -51.3%

GeauxSioux, Jun 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

beerhunter13, Jan 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

Pmicdee, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of DmanGTR
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%

Review from notes in February 2010.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Yellow, crystal clear, with a head that foamed up but then died shortly thereafter. No lacing to indicate it was ever there. Corn, cereal grains, and a mild tang in the nose and the palate. If there ever was an identical taste and smell, this is it. DMS, very slight cereal, and a metallic twang. Thin, watery, no depth, hardly any flavor, hardly any excitement here. I poured it just so I can get on with the next beer.

DmanGTR, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of rodenbach99
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%

I bought this 500ml can at the LCBO in Hawkesbury, Ont., the label (can) says 5,5% alc/vol.

A: suprisingly dark for a pils, golden almost copper, no head wharsoever.

S: this beer smells fresh, some malt, no hops

T: classic industrial pilsner taste, round, almost sweet, some malt,

M: medium-bodied, missing the cleaniness

D: I won't this one again, much better pale lager are on the marketfor the same price (2,05$).

rodenbach99, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ThaCreep
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

ThaCreep, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%

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).

DoubleJ, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of emerge077
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%

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.

emerge077, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of MickeyBeer
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

MickeyBeer, Feb 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Kunstman, Apr 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

poskok, Mar 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Exeter, Oct 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

AgingWarrior, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%

A 500 mL bottle of Tatra, a "Beer with Character" according to the label. The beer pours a dark golden color with a very thin wispy head that quickly disappeared--entirely.

The aroma was that of grains other than barley: corn maybe rice. Fairly light on the palate. Flavors of a macro lager abound. There is a ghost of decent bready malt finished by a whisper bitter hops.

Somewhat disappointing for a beer with "Character."

BeardedBoffin, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Douberd
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

Douberd, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of bruachan
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%

a big head vanished into thin air as soon as the glass hit my table—no lacing, no foamy film. nuthin. really weak malt and no hop character to speak of. i suppose it's possible i got a watery pour, but this was pretty disappointing. it fell short of a few of of the BJCP guidelines for a czech pils (not that this should always guide one's opinion)

bruachan, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

spinrsx, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -13%

Deep gold, big head out of the can, but instantly down to nothing. Apple juice look.

A little grass, a little malt in the nose, but nothing particularly inviting. Similarly uninspired taste, but nothing offensive. Just plain.

An unremarkable brew. Tough to find tasty stuff from Eastern Europe ...

TerryW, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of matjack85
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

matjack85, Feb 21, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Tiernan, Feb 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

WoodBrew, Aug 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

desint, Feb 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

MaxOhle, Oct 12, 2013
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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.