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Tatra - Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken) visit their website
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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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Paracatu
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of leaddog
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden yellow (like apple juice) with almost a finger width of white bubbly head. Bubbles are present.

Smell - Sweet apples and bready grains.

Taste - The flavour of the apples comes through. No hops detectable whatsoever. Slightly bready flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to go around.

Overall - An easy drinking, refreshing lager from Zywiec. Not much to this one, but quite enjoyable.

Photo of rwrk42
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: A dark yellow similar to virgin olive oil in color. No head whatsoever.

Smell: Very light sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Sweet malty taste followed by a slight hop bitterness. Not much else to it. Very mild in flavor. Very typical euro lager.

Was hoping for a bit more flavor.

Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of AgingWarrior
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of hopsolutely
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A stereotypical "Euro lager". Bright golden colour, with almost apple-juice luminescence.

Aroma is pure corn, very sweet. The taste is also very sweet and has no discernible hop flavours. It is similar to a multitude of other Euro lagers; however, not as bland or water-like as some.

Although not a beer style I'd ever choose (unless on a n over-night train within Europe), certainly not the worst variant I've ever tried!

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can from the LCBO, listed at 5.5%. Best before June 9 2012.

Pours a golden yellow colour, bright and clear with about a finger of pearl-white, foamy head that fizzles away within a few minutes. Surprisingly decent, webby lacing left over on the sides. Thin, grainy nose with maybe a bit of grass. Kind of a sweet honey and apple juice vibe which I get a lot with these types of lager.

Lots of grainy barley malt at first, a little sweet. Kind of corny, but not a dealbreaker for the style and it's not terribly prominent. There is some slight grassy bitterness and a bit of lemony citrus, but the malts are pretty dominant. Thin-bodied, kind of watery but syrupy at the same time because of the corny sweetness. Moderate carbonation; not particularly crisp, refreshing or remarkable. Easy to drink, though.

This is a tolerable example of the style, definitely nothing special and not particularly refreshing either, which sucks because that's kind of the only reason to drink these lagers (other than maybe price). Not the best Polish beer I've had by a long shot, but acceptable value for the price. There are no compelling reasons to drink this and I doubt I'll get it again. Very comparable to Zywiec, but I'm a Tyskie or Zubr guy.

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

Can won at a homebrew club meeting. Claims to be 5.5% ABV. Poured at 4C into a Leffe chalice.

The beer is what I figured it to be, an unobtrusive pale lager without much character or flavour. Straw yellows, fizzy white head with no lacing. A bit of cooked corn and sweet mat on the nose. Decent body with sweetness and little else of note. Not what I want in a beer, but it would be a decent alternative to a macro lager.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single can picked up a the LCBO. I'm in the midst of doing a write-up on Polish beers, and have just finished Zywiec, Okocim, Zubr and Tyskie.

Poured into a pilsner pint glass. Bright golden, thin head, some lacing specks, generally unimpressive even as far as pale lagers go.

The nose is certainly among the better I've encountered - grain, apple, a touch of lemon and mild hops.

The first few sips were quite nice: sweet, flavorful, refreshing. But the sweetness of the brew - coupled with the lack of anything else interesting about it - becomes tiresome after a few sips. Really nothing much to say, other than I suppose it's a touch better than most Euro lagers in that the tinny-metallic-herbal character is minimal at best. But there's nothing different here.

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5
Courtesy of johnbjaeger

Skipping past #1, saving that for the weekend when a friend visits to share, lets hope its not a kill shot. LOL
Bottle #2
A - Pours a clear golden yellow with an inch of white foam that slowly faded and was refreshed with lots of bubble floating up from the bottom of the glass.
S - Not alot of aroma for this one, its light and grainy with a bit of lemon, as my wife would say, it smells like corn flakes
T - I'm hit with a bunch of lemon and a corn base. I'm thinking lager, not bad, very drinkable.
M - Crisp carbonation, light bodied, as it warms, or as I drink it more it starts to thicken up and i'm starting to like it less.
D - It starts out crisp and refreshing but quickly goes down hill and becomes tiresome.

I'm going with a lager of some sort, so lets tear off the neatly covered label...

Tatra Malt Liquor
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/623/20919

Well I was right with the lager part, I grew up on Yuengling Lager and I have to say I now find this more drinkable.

Photo of RyanBelle
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is more or less the poster child for the EPL style. It has lots of bubbles, lots of glass lacing, a high alcohol percent (my can is 5.5 abv) and it's got that skunky characteristic which I've come to know and love EPL's for. It delivers. But it does nothing else. A classy high abv session beer that would theoretically get the job done a slight bit quicker than a coors light or comparable light beer. Not "worthy", but at the same time...totally passable and drinkable.

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.

Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
72 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.