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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:
219
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
16.17%
 
 
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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honeyish colour with fast dissapearing head. No aroma. Taste was a bit of malt, a bit of bitter. A drop of fruit and spice. Neutral mouthfeel, slightly grainy. I would like more malt, and yet not all that bitter. Not too drinkable. There are a lot better Polish beers about.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of spycow
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Poured smoothly into the pilsner glass with almost no head and non-existent carbonation. Nice clear deep brown color.

S: Smelled of coffee, carmel, and toffee with a faint hint of something else sweet.

T: First sip went down well. The slightly sweet taste came out along with the hints of carmel and toffee. It isn't overly complex or bitter. Left a light pleasant aftertaste that finished well.

M&D: It continued to go down well. Coated the mouth lightly and easy to drink. The alcohol content was not that noticeable for 7%. You could easily drink a few before they caught up with you.

Would recommend trying especially at $1.50 a bottle. If the belgian strong ales are little expensive this is a nice alternative.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, 6.5% ABV. "Beer Unique Taste" - all righty then. Strong like bull, no?

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of creamy, puffy, and latently bubbly white head, which settles slowly, leaving some more or less consistent water spout lace around the glass.

It smells of warm bready cereals, grainy pale and caramel malt, a touch of dried honey, mild leafy and grassy noble hops, and a suggestion of hot alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a slight buttered toastiness, ethereal field honey, soft weedy, earthy hops, and a hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly understated, just a wee frothiness flitting about, the body so-so smooth, a bit slick, warm, and sporting a heady medium weight. It finishes off-dry, the sweet, bready, and somewhat caramelized graininess lazily lingering.

While just a wee bit one-sided, this is an enjoyable and drinkable enough strong Euro lager, without any of the bitter edge or skunkiness I've come to expect from its forebears around here. The alcohol that begets the 'strong' denomination is noticeable, sure, but pretty well integrated, for the most part.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My can displays 6.5% ABV, not 7%.

A: Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 8th, 2010. Pours a clear gold with a three finger head of mild thickness - which retains decently. Of mild appeal.

Sm: An extremely light smell of standard barley, but it's barely detectable to my broken nose. That said, it's not a bad smell, just a lightly pronounced and generic one.

T: Hmm. Opening is standard, but the rest... It's a very bold beer for this style. Notes of sweet toffee (in a lager!?), off-cream, and a crisp finish. There are a couple secondary hints of flavours I can't place and won't pretend to. The alcohol comes out in the finish, which is jarring. I don't particularly like what they're trying to do, but it should be said that it isn't generic. I appreciate beers that cross boundaries - I just don't care for this one. I'd like to hear from people whose palate is better than mine about which flavours are present in this beer, because they're very familiar but difficult to separate.

Mf: Too wet. Too smooth. The finish is nicely crisp, yet inconsistent.

Dr: Not going to buy it again. It is an interesting take on the style, and is fairly high ABV (relatively speaking), but it doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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...

2013:
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 Phyl21ca
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention and light lacing. Aroma of adjunct is kind of gross with loads of residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by adjunct and sugar which does not make for an interesting drink. Body is quite full with an oily feel and medium carbonation. Light notes of fusel alcohol are perceptible. I don't see myself drinking this again in the near future.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Exactly midway between tangerine and goldenrod. A crystal clear appearance suggests that this might be a reasonably well-brewed Euro strong lager. A 'best by' date that is still far into the future says that it will definitely be a fresh one. The sawdust colored lid looks decent enough and doesn't leave much lace.

The nose is just okay for the style. It's predominantly pale malty, with a hint of background caramel, and is mildly hopped with what is probably Saaz. Thankfully, medicinal alcohol is at a minimum.

Since Warka Strong is the second highest scoring ESL on this site, I expected more. Its only real positive is that it tastes much less strong, much less fusel alcohol-like than the typical version of the style.

More hops would improve things quite a bit. WS isn't that sweet and isn't in need of a bitter counterbalance, but it could use a huge influx of flavor. What better reason to add more lemongrassy hops? The lightly toasted, thin caramel malt backbone can't carry the flavor load all by itself.

The mouthfeel is a few notches too light for the style and is lacklusterly bubbled to boot. More mouth excitement would help make this beer more interesting and more drinkable.

Me Tarzan. You Jane. Warka Strong. Actually, the beer isn't very strong and it isn't very good either. I almost wish the alcohol was more prominent. Malt liquors and Euro strong lagers need to be ballsy to be good. This one is simply boring and forgettable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
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 TMoney2591
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Are you drinking a wimpy Polish beer? Wanna get the girls' attention? Then try Warka Strong: A Stronger Beer for a Stronger Man. ... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty white foam. The nose comprises musty caramel, light wheat, light buttery biscuits, and a definite air of green apple flesh. The taste pushes the green apple to the fore, fruity caramel (still as musty as before), a light twinge of alcohol, sweet flowers, and straight cane sugar. It's all just a sweet, boozy mess. The body is a hefty-aspiring medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a sorta painful beer to drink. It's too sweet, it's too fruity, and there's way too much alcohol on the tongue for the ABV.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear amber lager body, faint ring of carbonation.

S - Lots of simple malt sweetness in the nose. Some subtle alcohol.

T - Sweet, with a light flavored simple sweet malt base. A roasted malty bread profile. The 7% abv disguised fairly well.

M - Clean and drinkable. Sweet and light to me, the abv an afterthought.

O - I was pleasantly surprised here. An inexpensive Polish beer at the local store, with a good balance of flavor and drinkablity. A complete steal for about $1.50 for a half litre.

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Photo of jwc215
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber with fairly high carbonation and a bubbly head that quickly fizzles to barely a lace, and after awhile, to nothing.
Thin aroma - sweet malt with alcohol in the nose.
The taste was very malty. Very reminiscent of a malt liquor. For a malt liquor, it's not bad. But, besides a touch of sweet caramel and alcohol, with a touch of water, there is not much to the taste.
I have had beers with higher abv's that cover the alcohol taste more. This has little else, except leaving something of a sticky, caramel flavor. Nevertheless, the watery qualities does even it out a bit. I was easily able to finish it, but was not feeling the need to go get more. It's better than malt liquors, but not by much. The thought that I had after it was a Polish version of a "lets get bombed" brew. While not offensive it really doesn't have much to it to make it anything above average.

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Photo of aasher
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger white head. It smells of pale malts and that's about it. The flavor is of only pale malt and light honey. It is so, so light. The honey like sweetness is moderately appealing though. It drinks so, so light in body and is pretty thin. This beer just isn't complex in any manner. I can see why the store can't keep it in stock, being 1.99 but I wouldn't drink this again. It's a middle of the road beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some alcohol. Taste is of malts, caramel, some alcohol, slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500 ml. bottle that does have a "best by" date but it is unreadable. Sampled on February 22, 2010. The pour is actually kind of copper-amber with beautiful clarity but virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is malty with a bit of licorice and a vague dash of hops. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. The taste is sweet, well-malted and has a nice toasted bread backdrop. There is also a hard liquor feel to it as well like bourbon. It was a strong ale that did a yeoman's job hiding the 7% ABV.

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