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Tatra | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 11-26-2004

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.52/5  rDev -17.6%
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."

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Photo of AltBock
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of steeler
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate grainy hop aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where not met.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expiry 02-04-2009, from a can into a tall Boddington's Pub Ale glass, it surprized me with a half finger off-white head and good carbonation to begin with. Initially looked like clear apple juice although it was more pale gold with a slight orange hue once it settled. And settled it did, it was down to a wispy film and minimal lacing after a third consumed and then only slight carbonation. Smell was distinctly corn-inspired with a wet grassy aroma. Taste was much more malt than hops, very macro-lager but not offensive. Mouthfeel was a bit dull and the finish abrupt. I can't say there was nearly enough of a bitter presence, something was missing that might have made this a finer beer experience. Still, it was quite acceptable overall and would likely go down even better if one were kicking back in an outdoor patio in central Krakow or overlooking the mountain vistas in Zakopane and could follow it with a Zywiec Porter. Sto Lat!

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Photo of nick76
2.77/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very true to type with grainy malt and grassy almost herbal hops. The appearance is pale gold with an average head. The taste is also true to type and matches the aroma almost exactly. The aftertaste is clean. The palate is thin but OK for the style. Overall it's a pretty average beer but not "Beer With Character."

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Photo of TerryW
2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 ...

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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$).

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.89/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of lehows
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
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....

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Photo of wl0307
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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...

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Photo of bruachan
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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)

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +35%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.