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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 10/4/12.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grassy and hay flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing too special.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -11%

djrn2, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

acurtis, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

emerge077, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
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 DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

DrunkinYogi, May 10, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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...

wl0307, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

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 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
Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

biegaman, May 03, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

plaid75, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from the LCBO.

Pours an insanely bright and clear golden, darker than most Euro lagers, medium sized but slightly fizzy white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots stick. Smell is sweet, sugary, somewhat fruity, honey, strawberries, apricot, toasty, almost a doppelbock sweetness to it, very heavy and malty, some light grassiness, not bad. Taste is similar, sweet and toasty, some citrus, floral, lightly fruity, honey, weak in the finish, watery, biscuity/bready malt. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not a Czech pilsner but alright for a Euro lager. Has a real nice maltiness to it, not bad stuff.

Viggo, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

599ml can poured into pint glass dec16 2009

A clear golden yellow with tonnes of bubbles and a thumbs width of off white head that falls after a couple minuets leaving no lace

S sweet grains and some mild hops

T not far from the smell but almost has a tin flavor that's nothing special

M good carbonation but still a little thin but not to bad

D lower grade for the pretty average taste and smell

nothing overly offensive just a little average in my books, there's better Polish lagers out there for a similar price

wordemupg, Dec 17, 2009
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 WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -11%

WoodBrew, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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 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
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerForMuscle, Feb 06, 2014
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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.