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

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
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Photo of Beerman1977
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of BierBliss
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of BigCheese
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -7.8%
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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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 Prestonlegal
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
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 rjpetrizzo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of Kingghidorah
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of cdicanio
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Wordslinger
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle. best before 07.18.2012.

very clear dark golden color, no head. smells like corn, grain, a little boozy. taste is decent. clean, smooth, slightly sweet malt flavor. one note taste. medium body, higher carbonation, kinda fizzy.

the label wasn't real clear that this was the "Strong" version, but the 7% abv was noted on the label. decent, my first Polish beer.

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Photo of caholley
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of traumaqueen
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Campodog
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of rwrk42
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: A dark yellow similar to virgin olive oil in color. Okay head but limited.

Smell: Very light sweet malty aroma with some caramel and corn

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Sweet malty taste followed by a slight hop bitterness. Not much else to it. Very mild in flavor and easy to drink

An okay beer.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Warka Premium (Strong) from Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
3.34 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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