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Brewed by:
Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
Poland
warka.com.pl

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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Ratings:
212
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of 50wolves
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I preface this with the comment that the beer has been sitting in my fridge for some time, expiration date is approx 2 weeks from now. Appearance - Poured into a dimpled beer mug from can, clear dark yellowish with bubbly head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma - has some banana smell to it upon initial smell, fresh. Taste - fairly mild tasting, has elements of banana that I experienced in the smell. Mouthfeel - first impression is 'lacking'. I Can feel elements of creaminess and very slight astringency that would be evident in a lager. Lacks any sort of warmth, is refreshing. Overall - this is the second time that I have had this beer, it isn't a particularly strong beer however it is probably injustice to classify it as 'piss beer'. In my books it is fairly good, not great but good. Have been drinking lots of stout lately so the noticeable difference may be resulting in a slightly more positive review than the beer deserves.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to shaker glass at Polonia in Hamtramck. Pours a deep amber color, little head. Smell is malt and fruit, caramel and raisin. Taste is smooth, finish is crisp, mouthfeel is almost creamy, much fuller than I expected. Not something I'd seek out, but not gonna pass it up if I see it out and about.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Alcohol % on label says 6.5%, not the 7.00% listed in the description. Purchased at a local Polish deli. Color is a dark amber. Head disappears fairly quickly. Taste is lackluster; a bit watery and weak and not and rather fizzy. Not at all like the back label description of "Intense, rich, full bodied taste..." . Perhaps it suffered from being on the patio during a freezing night or two, but (judging by other ratings here), perhaps not. Drinkable, but not one I would buy again.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a decent white head that is gone in 30sec. Dark gold and clear

S- Ok. Lacks any real nose

T- Got some good malt. Nice hops. Typical European beer.

M- Nice and creamy for a lager.

O- Pretty good little beer. If there were worse at a party I would choose this one

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with.... Fish and chips!

Enjoy

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Photo of SmashPants
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: nice brown 500mL bottle, a pretty rubbish Euro label but it's fine I suppose.

Appearance: standard mid-amber in colour with a thin head that dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Aroma: some light caramel without much else.

Taste: a strong, sugary sweetness with some bitterness backing up. Not brilliant, but refreshing none the less.

Aftertaste: some more bitterness comes through on the finish, with the caramel along for the ride but thankfully a bit more limited. Some warming alcohol also.

Mouth feel: light to moderate in body with a fair old dose of carbonation to carry initially the awkward caramel flavour, but then the smoother bitterness.

Overall: hmm... I think the bottle says it best "Strong Beer - Unique Taste". Very interesting, and no alcohol whack for being 7%. I think worth another go, specifically as it is far cheaper than most beers of this ABV - it is a reasonable, higher ABV refreshing ale. Not great, but good for the last week before pay day.

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Photo of stoutman
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brownish-gold color with a fluffy but quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma was heavy malt with dark fruit. Taste is malt, dark fruit, with honey and vanilla. Hops barely detectable, though there was a slight, crisp finish. Smooth creamy palate. Nothing spectacular, but I liked the flavor and alcohol warmth in this on a cool fall day.

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Photo of drpimento
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, off-white head that soon settled down to a scummy islandand ring. Color is a clear medium honey amber with a lot of large bubble trails. Aroma is coincidently of malt, honey, hop. Flavor is mainly two parts: sweet and carbonic tang with a little bitter in back. If it weren't for the pronounced carbonation, it would be about undrinkable. Even so.... Body is ok, while carbonation seems forced. Finish is like flavor, has significant alcohol warmth, and is totally forgettable. A fairly shallow brew. Not for repetition.

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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 StoutItOutLoud
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Returning home from the gym, I don't know what to drink for the night. Hispanic grocery store, discount cart, $1 Warka Strong. Jackpot.

16.9-oz bottle served to tulip. Best by 8/10/2013. Consumed 7/30/2013.

A: This pours a dark honey, amber color, with a ton of rising carbonation. Unlike earlier reviewers, I got a large, off white head. The head took a while to recede, left a small cap of foam.

S: The aroma improves with time. Very sweet caramel, malted grains. Vigorous swirl yields a very pleasing honey aroma.

T: This one's better cold. In fact, the taste's the best part right out of the bottle. Very sweet grains, fruit. Very slight burn or bitterness at the tip of the tongue, either from the hops or the 7% alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation, syrupy, but very drinkable

I'd drink this again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.45 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Re-review as it's been over a year and happened to see this in the store.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color, capped by two fingers of white head. Plenty of bubbles. Good retention time and some lacing. A handsome beer.

Smell - grains, slightly astringent metallicness. Some stale soapiness. Pretty mediocre.

Taste - surprising caramel sweetness. Some sweet near cherry flavor. A hint of roasted malts almost chocolate sequence on the conclusion. Lots of tasty flavours going on and somehow it pulls it all together.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium bodied, closer to syrupy than I'd like, but not too bad. Dry finish.

Overall - one of the better ones in the style, the nose isn't great, but everything else is enjoyable, refreshing, boozy enough to get a buzz on and affordable. May repeat this one yet again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Musty grains, burnt sugar and caramel, hint of burnt malt and coffee.

T - Flavour is mild, but the sweet caramel and hints of roasted coffee are coming through alongside a hint of alcohol sweetness, grainy malts and toasted cracker notes.

M - A tad thin but still smooth and wet.

O - A reasonably tasty euro strong lager, flavour is mild, but at 7% this stuff is surprisingly drinkable. Probably wouldn't buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense off white head that died down rather quickly but left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is a little sweet and malty with faint hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer itself feels a little thick and coats your mouth to some degree.
O: This is a really easy beer to drink and hides its alcohol very well. I liked the maltiness and thicker mouthfeel compared to other malt liquors, especially the American varieties.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uncle got this for Christmas eve, random choice, I'm game.
500ml Bottle, cool looking polish guy on label, nice that they use brown bottles and not green.

Dark straw/honey, crystal clear, nice white foamy head.

Minimal Grainy/malty aroma.

T: Malty up front, everyone commented it was smooth. It was pretty caramel/molasses-y sweet up front. I thought it had slight noble hop bite. Finishes classic german lager yeast clean. Tasted like a authentic euro/german brew. Not a ton going on but you would struggle to find someone who strongly dislikes it.

M: HIgh carbonation, creamy, light body though, pretty quaffable. Good for a heavy holiday meal.

O: A good strong lager, all my relatives were crushing it, and there arent many 7% that I'd imagine they'd like, that counts for something. A boring style well executed perhaps. A good "table beer".

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden treacle colour with a limited head. Aroma of smoky and sweet malts, however the flavour leans more towards a "malt beverage" or simple barley wine. Unfortunately the alcohol burn in the finish is the most pronounced feature. Although my experience is limited, I don't believe this is Poland's best!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 7/22/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I first met my Polish friends years ago, one of the topics of conversation was of course our favorite alcoholic beverages. I was interested in what their favorite beers were, expecting to hear names like Zywiec and Okocim, Polish beers that are readily available in America. However, my all 3 of my friends, who happened to all come from different parts of Poland, said that Warka Strong was their favorite brew. Of course, a beer that not only was I not familiar with, but a beer that I couldn't find in America. Until 10 years later...

Warka Strong pours a nice amber color. About a finger and a half of cream colored foam forms and lasts for about 30 seconds before thinning out. The smell was not that pleasing. It was a husky, Euro lager type smell, mixed with wet paper and despite the brown bottle perhaps even some skunk. The mouthfeel was moderate for the style with a medium amount of carbonation and maybe even felt a bit sticky on the palette. The brew was surprisingly flavorful. The first sip seemed sugary sweet, and the caramel like malts were very evident. A fruity flavor was present as well as some alcohol flavor. There was a light-moderate hop presence, lending some citric, grassy, and slight floral notes to the brew, and was lightly bitter and dry in the finish. The sweet grains and light alcohol flavor lingered on and the beer finished with some alcoholic warmth.

This beer tasted better than it smelled and exceeded my expectations. This might even pair well with Polish food. All in all, this might be worth trying again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: It's a darker gold, light bubbles floating through the body with a minimal head which comes off white.

Smell: Light hops little weak if you ask me, wish there was more.

Taste: After tasting this, yes there is more to it. It tastes like an imperial marzen...full and creamy taste.

Mouth: Sticky, especially paired with sharp cheddar I can't get enough of how complimenting the after-taste is.

Overall: When you factor in price and what your getting out of the beer, it is like hitting lotto buying this beer. I really liked it, was it the best beer ever no but it was damn sure satisfying. Salud!

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Photo of mick303
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good solid head of foam, leaves a decent amount of lacing, a coppery red-brown coloured beer. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Aromas here are quite light. A fair bit of malt and yeasty character though. Quite solid.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, and a really bitter taste. Has some pear and bready flavours initially, but also a bitter somewhat metallic flavour. Good amount of malt character though, and a lot of sweetness becomes apparent.

I think the flavour starts to improve as the beer warms. Finish remains somewhat sour, although aftertaste is smooth. This beer definitely has some redeeming characteristics and is starting to grow on me a bit more from when I first tasted it. Not amazing but not terrible.

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