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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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear and dark gold colored beer with an OK white head that doesn't last.

The smell sweet with a decent amount of Nobel hop in the scent. Mild malt scent that is a little nutty and detectable alcohol but not to an offensive level.

The taste begins sweet and very malty with a lot of candied nut flavor. Bock beer level of sweetness here and the taste of nuts, this could easily be mistaken for a Bock. Fair amount of toasted grain flavor that almost tastes like rye.

Mouthfeel is fairly full.

Drinkability is pretty good but this is not a beer you are likely to chug. Really I think this should be considered a bock beer, it certainly tastes like one.

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Photo of Viggo
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, from the LCBO. Woohoo more Eastern Bloc lagers!

Pours a clear amber/gold, big fluffy white head, settles down to a thin ring rather quick, some lace spots. Smell is sweet, some citrus, minor skunk, booze, metallic, one of the better for this style I've smelled. Taste is not bad at all, almost a figgy caramelized flavour to it, citrus, floral, booze isn't out of control, weak finish, but quite enjoyable when cold, alcohol does not show itself at all. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation. Surprisingly okay.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with an almost orange colour. Very little head to speak of. Somewhat dusty malt smell, with a bit of fruit. Beer has a very bready taste, with some dry crackers and even cookies. Dark fruit taste, with a tad of citrus. DOES NOT IMPROVE WITH WARMTH! Oh man. I drink the beer a bit cool at first, and then let it warm. Usually, this improves smell and taste. Not with this. Beer warms, and their is a foul dust taste. Reminds me of an attic. If the beer is warm, taste is a 2.0. Cold, 3.0. I'll give it the cold rating. Has a carbonation similar to sodas. Still, a bit creamy. Drinkable only when cold.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Super Bowl Sunday, oh yeah! We stop by the local place for perogies, sausage, pancakes, borscht & all that wonderful sour cream that goes along with it. Might as well have a Polish beer to wash it all down. Hey, there's Polish beer everywhere, who's that funny guy with the mustache? He looks like he could use a beer. Heck, I look like I could use a beer after searching three supermarkets for chicken wings.

A grand, engulfing pour, that grows & overflows the boundries of its glass. I overestimated this one. Lots of berries, lots of syrup. More then enough syrup. Syrup for enough pancakes to cure world hunger, & then subsequently drown everyone, three times over. Forget pixie sticks as a mid-day pickup, I'm drinking a jug of this stuff. Okay, not that bad, but it is all about sweet & not much else. I just bit into a chunk of sausage fat, but I didn't notice, because of this beer. I didn't notice all the grease on my shirt either... because of this beer. Sweet like concentrated corn syrup dripped onto sugar cookies, dipped in diet cola, slathered with a honey glaze. With enough salt to counter attack, I'm tit for tat with it. It was so one sided, but still bearable with the right side dishes. Once the coleslaw was done, so was I. I passed the rest, & passed it down the line, where all the family diabetics took turns guzzling down the remains.

If it's ice cold, & I mean, near frozen, it is good malt liquer. If it starts to get warm, you better start sucking on some keilbasa, or you're in line for one sharp headache.

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Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Tim2000
2.44/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle, best before 6 months from now.

Clear, dark amber brew with a rocky head that disappears quickly.

Malty aroma, but slightly skunky and musty.

Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavour, with not even enough hops to start to balance it. Alcohol is present and gives the beer a bit of a bite. Body is syrupy and carbonation is moderate.

Pretty close to malt liquor in my opinion - sweet, bland and alcoholic.

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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 ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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 demcorhip
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear deep straw coloured lager with some coppery hues. Poured with a 1/2 finger off white head. Scantly laced, decent level of carbonation.

Rich bready scents with hints of alcohol and sweetness. Touch a pleasant floral hops with a hint of orange.

Big on the lightly roated malts with decent malt character. Cracker, biscuit, and sweet bready body with a yeastiness and floral hops with a hint of citrus (lemon). Note that as this lager warmed a the adjunct flavours made an unwelcome sweet corny appearance.

Big malt (+adjunct) bodied lager balanced by lightly floral hops. When cold clean and refreshing and covers the alcohol well.

Keep this one cold, becomes much less drinkable as it warms. Could be sessionable, but not to hard to find something better. Wont be buying this one again.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a dark yellow with a thin almost non existent head, a little boring but the color is nice. Smell is a little bit of vegetable and some sweetness, not too bad. The sweetness is carried into the flavor, along with some malted barley notes. Overall not all that bad. For something this strong it is actually quite smooth and dangerously easy to drink.

I don't suggest this as a session beer, But it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle sampled at the Polish Pavillion at Folklorama in Winnipeg.

Tasty looking brew. Pours a coppery lager colour with a 1/2 inch amber head and medium carbonation. Very pleasant to look at. Smell is less impressive, some skunkiness followed by alcohol and a cloying caramel sweetness.

Taste isn't unpleasant when very cold. Some nuttiness, summer fruit such as apple and apricot. Spicy notes followed by a wholesome breadiness. As it warms though, the taste becomes almost too sweet to bear. There's no decent hops to balance this out, and that makes things very hard. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated but very creamy smooth. Drinkability is low because I need to worry about the dentist bills incurred by drinking more than one of these in a row.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden orange colour... Slightly off white head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded fairly quickly to nice thin layer... very sparse carbonation and very light lacing...

Aroma - Quite sweet fruits (light lemons, oranges, apples), light toasted biscuity malts, some light boiled rice notes, some spicy hops, grassy, vanilla hints, faint pine traces, caramel sugariness, herbal notes...

Taste – Creaminess, light fruits (bitter oranges, apples, some pears), butteriness, some biscuity malts, light spicy / floral hop bitterness, toasted bread notes, light honey sweetness, nutty traces, light vanilla...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy. Light to medium bodied. Pretty drinkable considering its strength...

Overall - A pretty decent strong lager - nothing amazing but probably worth a try...

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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 Suds
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, light copper color with a moderately-sized, stable soapy head. It’s a fresh aroma that’s focused on light malts and grassy smells, backed with just a slight whiff of hops. The aroma isn’t all it could be, but it’s pleasant, mild, fresh, and inviting. Not much alcohol in the aroma, given the ABV. The taste left me a little under-whelmed. A serious sweetness, without a corresponding malt quality, is the first thing that hits you. Don’t get me wrong, there’s malt in the taste, it’s just not pronounced in a manner that corresponds to the sweetness. This leaves the beer with a hollow, and just this side of cloying feeling. I wouldn’t call it well balanced. Behind the sweetness, there’s some grassiness. A lot more hops would help. Moderately carbonated. The mouthfeel is very nice….full, soft, rounded, and mouthfilling. It definetly gives you the sense that you’re drinking something substantial, which is nice…very filling. I wish that there were some complexity to the flavor to go along with it. All in all, this one isn’t bad…it would go well with some polish food (Bigos?). On it’s own, it’s not a standout. I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

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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 scruffwhor
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a highlighty amber with some spearse lacing and a one finger head that quickly disappeared into nothingness. Smell was a metallic, toasted malt with a few bananas. Tasted almost the same as the smell except instead of a metallic taste, it was more like hard water and the malt presence was more pronounced. Hop flavor is pretty light. Taste likes German hops were used.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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 bignick
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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 zjungleist
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice, rich amber color and a reasonable white head. Smell is pretty basic, malts and slight hops. The taste however threw me a big curve ball. My first three sips tasted straght up like vodka, and it's not as if I'm not accustomed to drinking 10%+ brews. Thankfully the harsh flavor faded. Other than that, a basic, malty, strong lager with poorly masked alcohol. Mouthfeel was pretty average for the style, well cabonated and slightly slick. But personaly, I can't say this was much better than average.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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 fisherman34
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper/ orange in colour with a fair bit of carbonation. Aromas are of ripe soft fruit, caramel, menthol, and a bit of alcohol. Medium bodied lager type of mouthfeel with this one. Strong malt presence with at least some herbal hop contribution. I was expecting bad things from this beer, but it’s not too bad at all (although not really my style). It would probably go over well with the malt liquor crowd.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
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 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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