Warka Premium (Strong) | Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.

Warka Premium (Strong)Warka Premium (Strong)
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Warka Premium (Strong)Warka Premium (Strong)

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Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 06-08-2005

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Photo of Soundguy11
5/5  rDev +50.2%

Photo of Rahuel
4.94/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich taste, malty, caracter, full body

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Photo of Trrogm
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Photo of Savelmaa
4.57/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty, strong, balanced, sizeable, and generally satisfying.

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Photo of Riik3
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Offa
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is another very tasty Polish strong lager.

Golden amber, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top.

The aroma is grain, cooked brown rice, bread crust, grapes and grape juice, hint of hay, and a perfumy sweetness, with a faint, musty alcoholic fruitiness. It's quite nice.

The taste is also very nice, with bread, a hint of herbs and pine, light fruit mix, grapes, bread crust, and a light smokey-woody quality in the finish. It has a flowery quality and is zesty but in feel becomes a bit watery and flat by the finish. Otherwise, it's quite good, with plenty of nice flavour, if a bit on the sweet side. It has a light bitterness but could use a bit more. It's smooth and easy to drink and stays interesting.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewMaven
4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local market is selling assorted Polish beers at 3 for $5. This one poured a clear orange/amber with a foamy white head that receded to a cover after a few minutes and left some lace.

Malty and full flavored. Finished with a hint of alcohol. I couldn't detect any hops here.

Not a thin bodied beer, this one has some viscosity and is not overcarbonated.

The bottle I had just said Warka Beer and had an ABV of 7% so I would assume this was the "strong" one. Good stuff, Poland has some tasty beers!

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Photo of hopman333
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I live in a polish neighborhood in chicago so I try alot of polish beers. This one is a real treat.

The appearance is that of a rich lager ( a bronze / golden hue), very clear.

The smell is well , kind of like Bailey's irish cream, in a good way. Lot's of specialty malt indeed. think of Munich malt with a dash of whiskey.

The taste start's out bitter on the tounge and then upon the swallow the malt seem's to unravel itself to reveal a firm bock like character. Very nice and not too sweet and never cloying. A slightly nutty / fruity character with a slight hint of vanilla to round out the flavor, maybe a touch of mollasses as well. Carbonation is perfect.

This is one helluva beer. Wish I would have tried it sooner. By far one of the best polish brew's I've ever locked my lip's onto. A must try for bock lover's. My bottles said best by 6/ 2008 so I know it's fresh. Very very good. Dont pass this one up

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a standout strong lager. Its named after a Polish hero of the American War of Independence (or at least the town he is from). He is on the label as is a Polish and American flag and the town names 'Warka' and 'Savannah' in cursive script.

It pours a deep copper-brass color with a creamy diminutive head that leaves intricate trails of lace on the glass. Layered malt flavors rush forth in the nose, there are nutty, doughy and fresh grain aromas.

The taste is tightly packed malts with a lean hop balance. As others have noted, there is a definite nutty flavor, perhaps from Munich malts? spicey hops hide in the background and build in flavor towards the finish. The alcohol isnt hidden but its much more restrained than I expected, its less noticeable then in a lot of lower abv lagers and never distracts from other flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is very subtle and well structured. The finish is on the sweet side with good backing bitterness.

This is a very complex, full flavored lager. Its definitely the second best Polish beer Ive tried so far (after Okocim Porter). Highly recommended.

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Photo of LizT
4.11/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warka Strong delivers a clear amber body beneath a frothy head of ivory foam that holds quite well and leaves some transient splotches of leace with each sip. The nose reveals only some sweetish, caramel malt. It's creamy and smooth in the mouth with a medium-full body and soft carbonation. The flavor is surprisingly rich, caramelish, and nutty with a very thin thread of hop flavor and a low-key bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable, but at the same time, it almost adds to the character of the beer and helps to balance its malty sweetness. It finishes with a slowly receeding wave of toffee-like sweetnes that's dried a bit by a wash of alcohol before it fades and more nuttiness appears. Wow! I really liked this beer! But it's not a quaffer by any means. It would work well, I think, with a Thanksgiving dinner; and could certainly hold its ground as an apertif or after-dinner drink; and it might even pair well with a dessert such as a pecan or cherry pie. Very nice!!!

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Photo of polyester
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, look... this beer is reviewed in the context of "what can I buy that's relatively cheap, has a high ABV and won't taste awful". And in that role, it's terrific. This beer won't hold a candle to Chimay or KBS or any of those fancy beers. But it's a good beer in the cheap lager arena, really not bitter or alcohol-y at all, and the 7% and big can means you can get hammered fast. Bonus!

So for those days when you're watching football or whatever and want to get buzzed, forget Bud or Yuengling and pick up a few 4-packs of this stuff. Well worth it.

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Photo of kegger22
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warka strong beer is a medium amber in color with a modest, off white head that didn't last. The aroma is malty sweet, caramel-like. The taste closely follows aroma, sweet caramel candy, no bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

This Polish lager tastes a wee bit like a Scottish ale to me. Quite enjoyable, I believe I will head back to the shop I got this and look for a sixer.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheConnMan
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedChrome
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear liquid had a deep amber color. Inch and a half white colored foam faded over two minutes. Average amount of carbonation rising rapidly. Sticky lace webs.

Cereal grains are quite strong up front and have a hanging hint of alcohol behind them. A blend of sweet corn and burnt barley. minimal hops bitterness to the aroma.

Grain presence carries over from the aroma to the taste, but has a much stronger barley quality then corn. An overall fruitiness is nice in strength. Hops bitterness also is evident.

A bit on the watery side. Carbonation is at just the right balance. Tastes cling a while in the mouth.

A decent brew. Would work well with a fully loaded pizza. Surprisingly balanced in the style. Well worth a try if you can pick up a bottle.

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Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.99/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found under my tree christmas morning...but purchased from davidson's in the south denver suburbs. it has kasimir pulaski's head on the front. for poland!!

pours deep golden into a pint glass. no head, barely any lacing but active and visible carbonation.

taste is excellent, all bright grain and malt, a bit of hop, even a faint note of apple. really extraordinary for a lager. ABV says 7%, but you'd never know it. not too heavy in the mouth, but still has a presence.

all around i'd say this is a pretty solid beer. i tend to shy away from lagers, but this is a beer i'll be revisiting in the future.

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Photo of bignick
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Polish beer, and cannot say I was dissapointed. It was a nice change of pace from the strong hopped out American beers that I typically drink. Rather than an extreme hoppiness, there was a very deep and layered maltiness. What I most liked about the malt profile was the distinct nuttiness. Despite the high alcohol level, it is quite drinkable, and a beer that I will not hesitate to drink again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear dark copper color with a giant head that forms a nice looking dome atop the beer. Light malt in the nose and taste. This beer is relatively bland, but definitely hides the 7% abv well. Some sweet malty flavors, a touch of grass and adjunct. I like the mouthfeel, carbonated enough but not overpowering. An above average euro lager that I could easily session.

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Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really fresh malty smell. Reminds of when I was in Munich even though this is a Polish beer. Th common denominator being that it's fresh and robust. There are many Eastern European brews at the LCBO and most are pale, and some are putrid but some are very fine. This one is very fine. It's strong and flavourful. Warka you are my friend.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdicanio
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's hard not to give Warka Strong a decent rating. It's my regular "go to" beer. It's a bit malty with some sweet notes. The color is between dark yellow and amber, but the head doesn't hold up as well as with other beers. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and, as other reviewers have mentioned, there isn't much of a bitter aftertaste. It's fairly strong (7% ABV). Comes in pint-sized bottles.

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