Warka Premium (Strong)
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Style:
Lager - European Strong
Ranked #7
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
76
Ranked #47,158
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 16.62%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
248
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Poland
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
76
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IceChuggington from Canada

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One of the better Polish beers. I picked it up at my local Zabka, and I was pleased with the result. It was a beer I did not have to chug. 3 Smirnoff Ices/5

Jun 19, 2020
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GingerFinn from Canada

1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I usually love strong Euro lagers. I also enjoy sweet beers. This however, smelled of burnt caramel, and tasted of burnt caramel and some sort of chemicals. I was able to finish the bottle, but just barely. Will not repeat.

Apr 10, 2020
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very tasty dark roasted pilsner. It pairs perfect with pierogis, kielbasa, and creamy pickled soup. It has a clean crisp toasted taste without being too malty.

Jan 25, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(500 ml brown bottle, best before L8203616B0122; purchased single off shelf at Wine Legend... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: brilliantly-clear, dark amber-colored liquid; tight, bumpy, off-white foam, some thin lace rings after each hearty sip... top-up pour resets a more dense head, but it pulls away to a thin collar

S: rather caramel-forward, bread crust just behind; perhaps slight (baked) apple ester; little booze presence; overall intensity moderate

T: caramel and apple; subtly-toasty, moderately-dry finish, though some sweetness does linger... with each sip it gets maltier - more caramelly, but not bready - while a nutty undertone develops... just enough dryness and soft phenolic spice to cleave the sweetness a bit

F: loose foamy skin fraying out the edges of its lightly-rounded, light-medium body... finish does drop nicely, with only a slight residual syrupy drag, and soft spicy warmth stoking... as the carbonation gasses away, its body swells midway

O: kind of a malt liquor and pale doppelbock hybrid... simple, but not too shabby, I'd definitely get it again (1597)

Oct 31, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: some malt sweet, Barley, bready, slight hops, clean finish. Same with the nose. Gold, clear, with an average head but nice ring of lace. Medium body.

Jul 17, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle in a snifter. This solid Polish brew pours a
amber tinged golden color with a very nice head of white foam
that subsides to a very thick ring and light sudsy layer with very
nice lacing. Nose of toasted sweet malts with breaded malt
notes...minimal but clean. Flavors Exceed the expectations
with light breaded malts and a sweet caramel malt over a light
subtly toasted honey malt with very minimal hop notes. Nice mouth
feel; light body, smooth, quenching, refreshing, medium light
carbonation, and a very nice clean finish.

Nothing to hate and a lot to like. This one is perfect for the
summer sun or your next time grilling.

Cheers

Jul 05, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm getting some some cracker, some white bread crust, some malts, slight cereal grain. The alcohol taste is not too rough for a 6.5% Euro Strong Lager. It's not too bad, cheers! B-

Mar 28, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey amber into a tulip glass,minimal head and lacing. Smells of hops and malts,somewhat indistinguishable-Tastes like a full bodied well crafted lager. Feels well carbonated and finished semi dry wit a delicious malt finish . Overall this is better than OK. I would say very good quaffable beer-

Feb 06, 2019
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours with a very impressive white head and is a rich copper color, somewhere in between a yellow lager and a red ale
S: Malt sweetness, a tad aroma of spice, and the roast malt smell comes through
T: Bit of a roast malt sweetness but with a dry finish
F: clean and good carbonation

This beer is best served cold and with food. I had this with homemade pretzels and the combination went together quite well. The saltiness of the pretzels balances out the sweetness of the beer. This is a good beer, above the typical lager, and is worth trying for the sake of trying. Would I add this to my daily drinker selection? No, but I am glad I bought a 500mL bottle.

Jan 06, 2019
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the_awesometeer from California

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear golden color with good carbonation and a nice head. The beer smelled sweet and bready with a hint of pumpkin or Christmas spices. The taste follows the nose very well. Sweet with a slight spice. It really reminds me of a darker or holiday beer. The beer is medium bodied and easy to drink.

Sep 11, 2018
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Never seen/heard of this before so thought I better try it out! Pours with a thick creamy off white head that retains quite brilliantly.....settling down into a dense foamy thick head over this medium colored amber brew. It is very clear overall and the carbonation is reasonably modest and the lacing is quite nice....several even ringed layers stick to the side of my glass. Well looking Lager!

S- Well this has an incredibly strong malty bread aroma.....like Marmite almost! There are underlying sweet yeast, caramel/toffee/molasses, some chocolate wafer and a finish that is sticky and lingers on the nose. I don't dislike it....just wasn't expecting it!

T- The flavors follow suit to the aforementioned aromas, with huge bready yeast, plenty of unfermented barley malt, big time caramel and/or toffee stickiness, hints of milky chocolate, vanilla creme filling and maybe some mocha nuances. This is just a malt bomb on the palate....Marmite affiliations go by the wayside....this is super creamy and rich....almost raisin like in spots....lingers on the palate too!

M/O- Smooth velvety carbonation with wee tight bubbles! Flows so nicely on the palate, I swear this is more like an after dinner dessert.....the alcohol is superbly well hidden and while this is richly flavored, I find it to be quite delectable and social....wouldn't mind having more than one of these in a sitting. I'm glad I decided to try this one and would definitely purchase again....a fine Polish gem!

Jul 20, 2018
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MichaelGennings from Canada

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick white head that disappears fast. The beer is dark golden coloured. The aroma is sickly sweet and kind of grainy. The taste is the same. The finish is kind of dry and flat.

Didn’t really enjoy this beer. I think it’s OK, just not my style.

Jun 10, 2018
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mrfosters from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this at my local Canals. A 500 ml bottle for a buck eighty ain't bad. Surprisingly neither was this beer. Poured a deep amber color with a sudsy ,but gone like a ghost head and very little lacing. Bready and slightly caramel aroma. Taste was malty with a mild Mocha after taste. The 6.5% alcohol was definitely present. You know, although this is a beer from Poland , it reminded me of some Scottish ales I've had somewhere in my misspent youth. All in all i'd recommend this. So, there!!

May 19, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold in color with minimal head. Taste is caramel and grain. Light bodied, sweet and medium carbonation. Tasty lager. Nice and malty. Will look to get this again.

Apr 15, 2018
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jsrascal from Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how to technically describe this beer, but for me, it is like a Guiness except it doesn't have that initial sour taste. I really love Warka, but because the alcohol is so high, I usually only drink one. I buy it by the case and it comes in packs of 4, big cans, like 16 or 18 oz. I usually order a case, because it takes a month to get. One of my favorite beers for sure.

Mar 28, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from JAX. BB dated 3-2018.
Pours clear copper-amber with a weak head.
Sweet aroma with hints of caramel and baked bread.
Medium body and crisp carbonation.

Nov 04, 2017
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

8/11/17 (Chicago) - 500 ML can poured into flute glass. Golden orange pour, nominal white head, carbonation and lacing. Strong grain and hops aroma. Sweet malt taste with a hint of fruit. Light mouth feel, very easy drinking. Overall OK offering.

Aug 12, 2017
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass. Best by date of August 2017.

Amber in color, crystal clear with a whispy white head that disappeared fairy quickly. Toasted grain aroma. Sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel, cooked grain balanced by a slight herbal hop note. Crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Purchased for $1.75. Really good value for the quality. A nice euro strong lager.

Jan 16, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to sparse patches, but with light lacing. Aroma of dark malt, mild cocoa, hint of caramel. Flavor is caramel and dark malt, mild cocoa and hints of dark fruit. Finishes malty with slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. I did not have high expectations for this, but ended up enjoying it just fine. A nice malt body that is close to a German dunkel in flavors, but more subdued. Slightly sweet, with interesting suggestions of cocoa and fruit. Although mild in flavor, plenty here to enjoy. Given a choice of any "Euro" style, this would be a welcome choice.

Oct 03, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear orange body, no real head, very minor lacing.

S - A bit funky grain, a bit of sulphur and spice hops. Not inspiring.

T - A pleasant malt heavy open and middle, a sudden hit of honey in the middle that lingers through the close.

M - Very brisk carbonation. A touch sticky. A close that is prickly.

O - Not bad, but also not terribly inspiring. Some fine malt flavors, which is the primary selling point. The feel is a bit aggressive, and the nose is not pleasant. Something I'm glad to try, but not something I'd grab again.

Jul 05, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/29/2015. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a goods bit. Nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy/grainy, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good strong pale lager. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

May 08, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Pours a dark gold, sweet and syrupy. Sweet candy malt and corn dominate the aroma. Small airy head disappears almost immediately. Taste is cooked vegetables, sweet malt. Overall not bad once you get past the sweetness, not as funky/musty as some.

Mar 08, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint can into tasting glass. It pours a clear gold with a snow-white head and lacing. The smell is rather bland. Some malt and a hint of raisin or plum. It tastes better than it smells: it is fairly fruity with plum and raisin, along with the malt. There is a faint taste of caramel at the finish. The taste is a lot sweeter than I anticipated. It is light in body and moderate in carbonation with a manageable ABV of 6.5% Overall, it was better than I anticipated and could be much better on draught.

Feb 28, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One of the really cool things about a visit to Chicago is the opportunity to visit one of the area Binny's to scour around for additions to The CANQuest (tm). I prefer their South Loop location, especially given its proximity to Union Station, plus it holds a tap room. They also have a dizzying selection of 500 ml European CANs in shrink-wrapped 4-packs and this came out of one of them.

From the CAN: "Excellent Composition with Roasted Malt"; "High Quality Beer Unique Taste"; "Warka Brewery is located in the Mazovia region of Poland.. Warka was the birthplace of Kazimierz Pulaski (1745 - 79), Polish nobleman and general, a hero of the Ameri[CAN] Revolution. Brewing tradition dates back to the 15th century, when in 1478 Warka brewers received exclusive privilege to supply the golden liquid to the Warsaw Royal Court."; "A noble recipe with roasted malt gives Warka beer its rich characteristic flavour. A flavour worth savouring!"

I Crack!ed it open and was anxious to see the CANtents, so I began an inverted Glug until the foaming action became too great to CANtinue. I netted two fingers of dense, rocky, off-white head with good retention. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with button brightness. Nose had a husky, malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste had a sort of cereal-like sweetness and I was put in mind of Grape-Nuts. It also held a slight alcohol burn, which worked to keep the sweetness in check. The net result was a semi-sweetness that was quite pleasant to drink. It may be called "Strong", but at 6.5 % ABV, it would not present too much of a challenge to CANsume.

Jul 10, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Warka Strong, just like the company's description, has a thick, soapy, slightly off-white head, a honey-gold, clear appearance, and fairly heavy lacing rings left behind on the glass. The aroma is of rather muted sweet malt and bread, and the flavor is likewise muted, although some sweet bread or malt extract is picked up, along with the noble hop character, which gives it just the slightest balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Warka Strong finishes crisp and easy drinking, with no alcohol pickup, whatsoever.

RJT

Jun 21, 2015
Warka Premium (Strong) from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 248 ratings