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

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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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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle.

Nice clear amber with no significant head and no lacing throughout. Steady rising carbonation gave it a crisp, quenching look.

Smell of sweet malt stood out, no hops were present.

Taste was sweet throughout with almost no bitterness on the finish. The finish was complimented with a slight burn or carbonation. The grain gave an almost adjunct syrup taste which was acceptable.

Crisp carbonation and a mild finish with no bitterness or residue on the palette.

Not a bad beer for a winter night, at it's price and size. I drank it solo but it would pair well with almost any lunch, dinner or snack.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Mid amber with a one finger head. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet sugary malts, honey and caramel. Some corn and boozy heat also.

T - Sweet honey and caramel malts, grain with a alcoholic sting at the end.

M - Syrupy medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad really. Not sure what would be the right time and place for drinking this stuff. Sweet and boozy without much else.

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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 thehyperduck
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served ice cold. In general I seem to like Polish lagers more than the average BA, so seeing this one's relatively high overall grade has me feeling pretty hopeful.

Pours a nice bright, translucent orange-amber colour, topped with about a finger of soapy white head that dissipates before a minute's time has passed. There is a decent wispy cap left over on the surface, and a creamy collar around the edge of the glass. The aroma is enjoyable, but muted... lots of malt, very sweet and bready in nature, but with some definite syrupy adjunct notes. Some grassy, floral hops with maybe a hint of lemon or some other citrus fruit. No booze, at least not until it warms a bit.

Plenty more bready malts in the flavour, buttered bread for sure with a light caramel or honey sweetness in the background. Herbal, grassy hop notes intermingle with a weird, half-fruity-half-corny, sweet, syrupy taste toward the finish. Not exactly cloying, but not refreshing either. Light lingering sweetness in the finish balanced by some grassy dryness; the alcohol is hidden well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with fairly mild carbonation for the style, just enough to provide a bit of bite. Medium bodied, and leaves a slick feel behind on the palate.

[Updated Aug. 10 2014]

This beer reminds me of Zubr, another strong Polish lager I am fond of, except this one has more alcohol and it shows up a bit in the flavour as it warms. This is above average for the style because it's not a chore to drink, the flavour is approachable and the alcohol is masked, but that's basically all I can say. I'll likely get this again at some point, but there are other Polish beers I'd stick with first. Worth a try, and still the best-quality strong Euro lager I've ever had.

Final Grade: 3.56, a B grade.

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Photo of kjyost
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
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 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 azdback
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a regular pint glass. Very light. yellow orange color. Super carbonated and a small one finger head tops this. Almost need a sound portion to this grade because the carbonation was like pouring sparkling cider.

Smell is euro adjunct??? Belgian yeast strain and wheat or hay. Some soggy spoiled citrus fruit smells as well.

Taste actually not that bad. It has a very thick sweet malt bill that you must fight through but all of the flavors that I got from the smell aren't there. That's a good thing!! There is that dank European soggy fruit taste, but it isn't overpowering.

Mouth is crisp and refreshing at first, but does leave a bit of dryness way back on the tongue.

Overall I wasn't expecting to like this and didn't, but was quite surprised at how bad it wasn't. This was a sample and samples are always great 'cause they're free. Not a bad example of a European Lager. Thanks Bill for this freebee!!

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Photo of heygeebee
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour, intial fizz, than no real head.

Aromas of malt, but not much else, Some euro-lager undertones but dulled by higher ABV.

Taste is quite sweet, no malts, so really forget 'lager' - almost like a English Stong Ale. Hmmm, will get cloying methinks. Some honey as a taste-adjective, but not much.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky.

Overall, there are really quite a lot of beers in the world, and this seems to be just one of them. Average

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Photo of rarbring
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The brew is clear dark copper, has an off-off-white head, rather high and some lacing.

The smell is mostly old grass and wet cardboard.

Extremly, nearly offending sweetness, cheap raisins, an insepid alcoholic flavor, nearly no bitterness.

Light carbonation, soft and boozy feeling, very sweet.

Nope, this is not my kind of beer, boozy, sticky and frankly quite uninteresting. I do not understand the ranking it got so far ...

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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 Homebrew35
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains and malts mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. I can also pick up on the alcohol taste. It finishes with a bittersweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was happy with the fact that it was at least a little bit different than the hundreds of other euro beers that are available at the lcbo. It had a little bit of a Vienna lager aspect to it. That being said, it still wasn't anything fantastic. Happy I tried it, but wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of paxkey
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

different bottle than one pictured.

pours out golden with a huge head that is gone real fast.

very malty smelling. maybe some corn? nose is quite weak. a little horse in there as well.

drinks thick and sweet. not refreshing at all. just heavy and malty. the aftertaste is surprisingly short.

taste is uninspiring. mouthfeel is kinda gross and the sweetness is not at all enjoyable.

not a drainpour but hard to finish.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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 imprezawrxsti
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
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 rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer has a crystal clear light copper hue with a few big bubbles popping of the base to support a light beige head that is gone before the first sip.
S- The slightly sweet honey malt aroma has some graham notes that come through as the beer warms followed by some pale malt notes. There is a faint toffee or toasted note in the finish.
T- The light flavor of pale malt has a touch of sweetness followed by a flat watery taste in the finish with just a bit of honey malt sweetness coming through as the beer warms.
M- The light mouthfeel has a soft fizzy finish with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice character in the aroma but no follow through in the flavor. The sweetness is almost syrupy with out much support.

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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 JohnW
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The labelling on the can is confusing, unless this Browary Warka has been taken over by Zywiec Brewery Group recently?

The can says 'Warka 1478 Strong' 6.5% alc and below Dwuslodowy (whatever that means!) but labeling at the side says 'Grupa Zywiec'

Beer poured bronze coloured, and a lively head to start, which quickly disappeared. Aroma mainly of sweet malts, slightly roasted and fruity. The flavours matched this, initially fairly sweet, with hints of dried fruit and caramel - just a little bite at the back from the 6.5% alc, and a rounded smooth texture, though no real hop flavours. I thought this an enjoyable drink - especially at the price - and whilst not great on character or depth, a decent beer to savour. Not a session beer for me, but would certainly enjoy it again.

B'ham UK Dec 2010

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Photo of StoutyMcStouters
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: nice amber color, head last for all of two seconds after pouring, just leaving a thing layer of bubbles across the top.

S: Smells like malts, a bit of alcohol kick.

T: Aside from the initial potent taste of alcohol, its nice and sweet just the right amount of malt in this brew, very pleasing on the tongue as the taste fades away to a faint honey like nothingness. I am very pleased at the taste for a mere two dollars a bottle.

M: The mouthfeel follows the same formula as the taste, after the initial alcohol shock it becomes very smooth and creamy.

D: Very easy to drink, goes down nice and smooth, despite the alcohol taste and content it drinks like a session beer.

For the price this beer is worth a try. This is my first time reviewing it, I usually drink this beer after a heavy hitting barleywine, it makes for a nice change of pace and goes great with any kind of beef.

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Photo of curasowa
2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with one finger of fluffy head that fades with minimal lacing. The aroma is a mix of nutty and green hops and sweet grain/adjunct. The taste starts out pretty thin, but then builds into a creamy, strangely sweet end. Its a bit on the flat side, which exasperates the sweetness, which almost reminds me of honey. Finish is slightly lingering, will some mild bitterness coming through and the body is medium. The bottle does a good job of describing this one - it says ' Beer Unique Taste' around the top and I'd have to agree.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Bronze coloured body, with brassy highlights. This beer started out with a solid finger and a half of head, but it didn't stick around nor lace. Very nice clarity but lacking in body carbonation.

Smell: Very plain caramel malt, and that's it. Warming didn't really help it's case either, which is a bit of a shame. Pretty much average in both nose and potency.

Taste: Very malty, which is to be expected but it comes off as a bit too bread-like and seemingly unroasted. Starts with a healthy kick of sweet caramel malt that quickly turns to a bitter kick of alcohol that is not well hidden at all. I've had worse, and I want to grade it lower but it is clearly labelled a strong beer.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation became completely absent at the 3/4 full mark. The change in flavor between sweet malt and solvent alcohol I think could have been handled a bit better too. Then again, I don't really want to taste solvent alcohol. On the plus side, nothing but a mild caramel aftertaste the quickly departs but it's not enough to make up for it's flaws.

Drinkability: Well it is light in the body for a strong beer, but this is one of those beers whose high alcohol content hurts it's case. I wouldn't look to grab this on a hot day and while the absent carbonation might appeal to some, I'm just not a fan of flat beer.

Final Thoughts: When I drink this, I'm perplexed. It honestly tastes like I'm drinking a high class malt liquor, which then begs the question, if you are drinking malt liquor are you really looking for something high class? I wouldn't pick up this beer again, but I'll give it one thing. I was honestly expecting it to fare a lot worse.

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Photo of gestyr
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep gold into a glass with a nice thick, long-lasting head. Head leaves some lacing.

S: Slightly grainy with overtones of adjuncts and sweetness. A slight alcohol presence is also there.

T: A bit of sweetness, some malty flavor, a slight alcohol sting and a little bit of hops.

M: A bit thin but not bad

D: I would drink this again.

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Photo of madjr80
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a single 16.9 bottle just to try something new. It had a much darker color than I expected. I also was not aware of this beers strength. It sure does pack a punch at 7 percent. There is a strong aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. The consistency of this beer is good for a session, but not at 7 percent. Just an average beer.

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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 FLBeerGuy
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with a small white head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is weak sweet malts.

Taste is sweet and malty, sweeter than it smells.

Mouthfeel is average, not too much carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet to drink too much of.

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