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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured it into the glass I thought "not another euro lager" but to the surprise of my taste buds I was highly impressed.

Color is average at best for most euro lagers with light amber coloring and a half finger of head that fades to lace faster than you can pour.

Smell is again as the appearance average with no real notes to speak of other than the slight skanky musk of a pilsner with some malt.

Taste ... this will make me buy this one again. Smooth malty goodness with sweet notes of honey, caramel, and a slight spice to it. Well balanced and no notes of "skanky euro pilsner musk".

The mouthfeel is kind of heavy and allows for good transitions in the mouth. Little carbonation to speak of on the tongue. Try this beer and don't be fooled by the look.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm matching this review to it's profile based on the 7% abv.

It does seem a little like a Maerzen though...caramelly and mild.

High-clarity amber tone, lots of foam at first, dwindles to nothing. Smell is vaguely sweet and bready, like a German lager.

Taste has a very strong, yet clean toasted graininess, than smoothes out into a round caramel sweetness. Very light and drinkable at 7%, clean aftertaste, no harshness. A bargain at $1.50, i'll pick this up again...

Tallboy cans, very fresh. Smooth with no off flavors, nice toasted malt and sweet apple notes. Clean and refreshing, it's a solid budget buy for the style. Raising scores a little bit.

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Photo of berserker256
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. I hate when the imports jip me of that .8 of an ounce. The "best before date" is six months from now. Golden bronze color with a short-lived head and good clarity. Occasional bubbles stream to the surface. The aroma is better than what I'm used to in strong lagers. There's a welcomed absence of that alcohol/chemical scent. I only detect sweet carmel maltyness and grain. Good texture and it leaves that sticky sweet film on your teeth. Sweet malt flavor with a little carmel and perhaps a tiny trace of honey. Starts off easy and gets heavy towards the end in terms of drinkability. Pretty filling. Good beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear golden amber brew. Foamy head lasts well, with good lacing. Aroma is sweet, somewhat adjuct-laden, as expected for the style. Taste really follows the nose, the adjunct notes are present throughout, but actually not so much in a bad way. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth from beginning to end, esp for the style, and drinkability is great. Reminds me of DFH Malt Liquor, just not quite as strong. Surprisingly worth a try.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear coppery colour. Nice lacing off the pour, after the head recedes a bit. Quite a rich caramel malty aroma, very mildly hopped. Mild bitterness that's present throughout, just not the focus here. Malt is definitely the focus. Light caramel and brown sugar with some nuttiness. There's a bit of spicy alcohol in the finish as well. Medium bodied, slightly drying. Easily quaffable with more flavour than I expected.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept passing this one up at the LCBO, I'm not sure why. Figured some good strong beers would help me through this damned snowstorm.

Pours a dark golden, almost amber hue, with about 1/3 inch of white head. A few scattered flakes of lacing, and a thin head survived the first few minutes. Not bad.

The smell is malty and sweet, with a note of butterscotch or caramel.

The taste is flavorful and surprisingly smooth for a 7%er. Malty with a bit of dark fruit, licorice and caramel. Filling and rich, but almost too sweet for my tastes. A slight tin flavour to the finish, but other than that a solid brew.

One of the better Polish beers I've encountered at the LCBO. Nothing to get too excited about, but still a fine effort. I'll probably pick up another bottle or two to get me through this wintry week...

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty ordinary looking beer, doesn't froth up too much, with a clear gold-with-a-touch-of-red hue to it. Astringent malts on the nose, not bad, but not all that great either.

It actually tastes pretty good. A lot of grains in the flavor, with a bit of astringency the only hint of this beer's rather high alcohol content. Tastes like a liquid bowl of raisin bran, sans raisins. Probably a little too quaffable considering the 7%, so be careful with this one.

I like this beer. Give it a try.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Polish beer that has turned up in rural Shropshire, mostly for the migrant workers, but also for beerhunters like me.

This gold and black 500ml can was best before 23 Mar 2011, poured into a 'Leffe' stemmed tulip glass (twice).

Deep golden body, clear, bright and darker than most lager beers. The pure white head soon turned into a thin wisp and collar.

Malty molasses in the aroma, treacle and toffee type smells, but not overly sweet.

The taste is all malt, a slight hop feel towards the end of the mouthfeel, the alcohol is fairly well hidden, just appearing once the malt flavours begin to fade in the mouth.

Pleasantly suprised, thought this would be an alcoholic street drinker special, this isn't the case.

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Photo of kjyost
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won this beer at a homebrew meeting. Poured ~4C into a Duvel tulip. Not expecting much here, let's see how she pours...

A: Rock solid look here. Amber to reddish. Crystal clear. Nice White / light tan head and it even leaves lacing! Tons of carbonation cascading upwards.
S: Not much going on here. Canned corn, cooked vegetal and sweet malts. Not at all enticing.
T: Another complete 180. Not a complex beer, but a good beer. Enough caramel and sweet flavours to keep me interested. A light fruitiness is very, very nice and pairs well. A hint of smoke or chocolate even.
O: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting. A well balanced beer, that was enjoyable from first sip to last. Not necessarily a beer or style I would hunt for, but a beer worth revisiting.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lately I have been induging in a variety of Polish beers that are readily available in the Buffalo area and I have to say for the most part I have been pleasantly suprised.This poured a beep clear golden with a quick to form and quick to fade 1/2 finger white head,somewhat sweet and toasty in the nose a little caramel and hints of alchol even more so as it warms.Nice full mouthfeel it even seems to coat the mouth a little starts out with some caramel sweetness over top of some toasty grain the alcohol seems to stay in check there is a subtle peppery spic in the finish wich caps it off quite well.Being of Polish dissent its great to try the different beers from there many of wich people have no idea about.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an average one and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head. Ton's of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Dark amber in color. Looks good for a low cost euro lager.
Smell is sweet sticky carmel malts, lager yeastyness, juicy white fruits( white grape and pear). Not bad overall but not great in the smell dept.
Tastes sweet and carmely right away. Some grainy malts, typical lager yeast breadyness. Not much else. A touch of lingering hop bitterness. A bit on the sweet side but still enjoyable.
Medium high carbonation, thin bodied, a bit coating and sticky on the finish.
Overall this is a good beer for the price and will get this again when needed. $1.80 for a 500ml single.

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