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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Poland

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-26-2004

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 68
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.

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

Picked this up at my favorite Polish deli, Delikateski in Concord, Ca. This wasn't half bad, but overall, nothing to exciting. I don't know if it's storage or age, but most of these tend to be sweet-maltiness, with little else, not much else. Very drinkable, but could have a little more character.

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 allboutbierge
3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.06/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of pootz
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

half liter can:

Pours a honey gold with a decent cap the reduces to a surface lace and laces the glass well.

Light boiled grains and some floral nose to this very faint.

Adequately malty, decent zytec hop balance dry finish...a very unpretentious 2 dimensional Polish Pilsner Decent but not outstanding

Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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 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 sunrisesolara
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from Krakow, poured into a pint glass
expiration date: 24 March 2010
A: pours a golden yellow, one finger head that quickly disappears, leaving very little lace.
S: sweet malts dominate, followed by a slight hint of hops.
T: the sweet, malty flavor is balanced by the hops, decent mouthfeel.
D: I couldn't drink many of these, the sweetness quickly overwhelms what little taste it has. The finish is overly dry.
Not my pick among the Polish choices out there.

Photo of wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev +1%
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

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 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 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 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 Viggo
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've been on a Polish beer kick as of recently, so I picked up a 500mL bottle of this stuff tonight at Binny's right here on the North Side.

Apeparance is a clear gold color with lots of carbonation and a decent head. It's not a bad looking beer at all and I was shocked at how cheap it was @ $1.49 a pop. Not a bad brew.

Smell was very strong in grains. The minute I poured it into my pint glass I could smell it from three feet away. This is certainly quite an aromatic brew, but it does smell good, grans, a little bit of corn maybe? Nevertheless, it's good.

Taste however isn't what I expected. It's a fairly good brew with a nice sweet center to it. There's a nice bit of bitterness towards the end of it, but the flavor dissipates quickly. Not a bad beer at the start of drinking it, but it loses flavor fast.

Mouthfeel isn't as impressive as the other attributes. It quickly thins away and doesn't leave any room left for flavor. This is a good beer to taste at first, but goes down quickly with no strong aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. For how cheap per bottle this stuff is, it isn't a bad beer. It's a smooth brew and it does taste good, but it feels a bit unfinished. Not bad, but it could be better.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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."

Photo of AltBock
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with a yellow oval label that shows a man wearing traditional Polish clothes looking over at some Polish mountains while smoking a pipe. He has this look on his face that looks like he's remembering something funny about those mountains. It's either that or there's something else in that pipe other than tobacco. The bottom half of the label has the ABV% and a small picture of two gold metals that this beer won back in 1856! I guess they don't have any more recent metals. The back label has the importer, US Government warning, barcode, best before date, and some kind of bottle number. The label claims that this beer truly Polish, a Beer with character, and has a full bodied taste. We'll see about that!

I decided to pour this Polish beer into my Imperial Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. When poured, this beer was a clear and pale...Well, I don't want to say it was a straw yellow color because it was slightly darker than that. I'll just say that it was a healthy urine yellow color. That should do it. On top of this urine yellow beer was an extremely fizzy 1/4 of an inch head of foam. This head of foam quickly fizzled away in a blink of an eye. It only managed to leave behind a few fizzy rings along the sides.

The aroma was malty with nothing but malted grains like rice and corn. Maybe I shouldn't have said nothing but malted grains because if it's swirled around, a speck of juicy fruits emerges from the background. Mostly the aroma was all about the cheap malted grains.

The taste was heavily carbonated and crispy with cheap malted grains like corn and rice. I did however receive a tiny speck of malted barley in here as well. What separated the taste from the aroma was that I got more of a juicy fruit presence and a slight hop presence toward the end. The taste was average at best.

This was a light bodied beer that featured a faint aftertaste of cheap malted grains, a speck of juicy fruits, and a subtle and I mean subtle taste of bitter hops. Luckily this aftertaste didn't linger on.

In the end, did this beer have character? Nope! Did it have a full bodied taste? It wasn't even close to that. Was it truly Polish? It sure was because that's where the label said it was from. I thought this was another cheap macro tasting beer. At least this beer was cheap! I don't remember how much it was, but I know I didn't pay much for it.

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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.