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Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackndan on 10-20-2002

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Photo of stoutman
4.3/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty nose, smells somewhat like a golden graham cereal. Almost tastes like a graham cracker sort of a lightly sweet, syrupy, and grainy flavor. The deep straw gold color with a steady stream of carbonation throughout begs to say "drink me'. Not quite enough hops for me, but has the sticky sweet finish and nice mouthfeel most real beer drinkers talk about. Perfectly drinkable, and, surprisingly to me, a dangerously enjoyable beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An O-Fest from Poland? You know, that's what I love about beer... it never fails to surprise me.

A - This is a dark, but perfectly clear, orange-bronze and is capped with a fluffy two finger head that rose up with a nitro-like cascade effect. Thick sheets of really solid lace slide down the glass and leave some crust behind. Nice!

S - Carrot cake and caramel malt with a hint of cinnamon and spice. In fact, this reminds me of those carrot cake flavored and white hard icing-topped ding-dong things that you can get in bowling alley vending machines.

T - Wow! This is a surprisingly forceful and very sweet flavor attack! This is like a dark over-ripe fruit laden Baltic Porter mixed with the spice cake notes of an "Imperial Oktoberfest" if such a thing exists. This tastes and feels much more boozy than it's meager 5.6%, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, that big body and dense sweetness works to this one's favor. Seriously, this is complex, sweet, uber-malty, and tasty as hell.

M - Full bodied, dextrin-y, solid, dense, massive, and muscular. This is one helluva beer. Finishes neutral with a "spice-cake drenched in molasses" note lingering after the swallow.

D - Just this morning I was brewing up a batch of pale ale homebrew, and I happened to sample the malt extract raw after I got all I could out of the can, and this tastes a lot like that raw malty sweet and bran-y flavor. I opened this brew expecting some sort of Polish version of a Euro-Lager and instead I was amazed to be treated to one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had, and that's saying a lot since I've had quite a few and it's one of my favorite styles! An outstanding O-Fest ... from Poland! Who would've thunk?

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from 500ml can into a mug. There is a freshness date of 04-15-2011 printed on the bottom of the can and the ABV is listed as 5.7%.

Appearance: Its body has a golden yellow color with excellent clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Its head builds up to about a two finger tall creamy just off white head of foam that quickly settles down to a wispy thin covering. Some lacing was left at the top of the glass but the rest just slide right down the sides of the glass. I'm not complaining but the can describes the head as "IDEAL HEAD". I would like to have a little taller head with much more hang time on it.

Smell: There are typical pale lager malt notes with modest noble hop notes in the aroma. Overall it's kind of sweet and lightly nutty. (Not at all what I was expecting.)

Taste/Palate: It tastes just like the aroma suggests. There is a pale lightly bready maltiness with a nice sweet and slightly nutty character. For balance it has a light kiss of clean floral noble hops. The finish is quick, snappy and dry with light bitterness and more of the nutty notes in the malt coming through. The texture is smooth and lively with good carbonation.

Notes: Well I was not expecting a Fest beer when I picked this one up but there it is. I was thinking it was going to be more of a Czech Pilsener or a Euro Lager but it is well in keeping with a good old German Fest beer.

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Photo of proc
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if I would classify this beer as a Marzen/Octoberfest. It is clearly a pilsner. Pours out to a bright yellow in the glass with a very active carbonation and a nice, fluffly white head. The aroma is that of hay/freshly cut grass. The taste is superb for a "fizzy, yellow beer". There are hints of caramel and honey with a nice, little hop bite on the finish. Incredibly drinkable. I don't think I've rated a pils this high before.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a good sized foamy white head and extensive patches of lace. The aroma is of fruity malts, with apple and orange mixing with some noble hops. The taste is of crackers and honey with some stewed fruit notes and a subdued hoppiness. Hop bitterness is low too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy for a lager. The alcohol is very understated.

This is a very good euro lager, definitely the best Polish beer Ive tried yet. Id get this again.

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Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle it has a thick head, gold in color, no bubbles...very light. Average nutish smell, fairly dull.

It tastes like a light nut-brown ale. It has decent quality, but it really doesn't do anything special. When you finish it, it's like, ok that was good, what's next.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark gold in color with a white head that fizzes itself out quickly. malty aroma with caamel, vanilla, and a light fruitiness. honey aromas make a showing as it warms. slight astringency and hints of an almost maple syrup aroma also show up. very sweet with candy like flavors that mirror the aroma minus the astringency. apple like fruitiness combines with the caramel to create a very pleasing caramel apple taste (obviously). lighter medium body with average carbonation. good drinkability, while very sweet, it is not overwhelming at all. worth a try if you can get your hands on it. i gotta admit, i was pleasantly surprised with my first polish beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warka has a thin-to-medium, white head, a fairly good amount of lacing left behind, and a clear, golden appearance. Aroma is of sweet honey and bread crust, and the flavor is of the same, with low-level, grassy bitterness and German bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Warka finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical pale lager appearance. Average head and lacing. Not great but ok.
500ml can. 5.5% alcohol - no longer 5.7% as it used to be.

Smell is typical euro pale lager graininess. Quite inviting and strong enough to make you feel good about taking the first swig.

The taste is mild. A little bit of malt sweetness and some generic hop bitterness in the finish. No herbal or grassy hop flavours.

Overall a pleasant a drinkable lager with no off notes. A good lager bite in the taste and a well balanced finish.


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Photo of yemenmocha
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours apple juice pale golden color. Thin white head dissipates quickly.

Aroma is somewhat faint to nonexistent.

Palate is malty sweet with light hops in the background. Overall a thicker, sweeter pale lager than most that I've tasted from this region.

Sweetness may be bothersome to some drinkers. It's almost sickly sweet.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this is a clear amber colored beer with a distinct orange cast to it. A decent light tan head forms and then falls.

Smell is sweet with a distinct Munich malt aroma to it. Fairly perfumed to the nose the hops are more floral than I expected.

Taste is sweet and very strong with the caramel flavor at the very beginning. Good strong hop in the background to reign in the caramel and it does a good job but this is still a fairly sweet beer. A tasty malt heavy beer that I rather like.

Mouthfeel is good.

Surprisingly good drinkability from a beer from an iffy country. Nearly in the same class as the best of the style from Germany, this is a beer I can recommend.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A couple of years back, my workplace had managed to hire a couple of young people from Poland to work at my workplace for the summer, and being roughly the same age as them, one of the things we had in common was an affinity for alcohol. While they seemed to prefer hard liquor more often than beer, in our discussions about beer almost all of them said that their favorite beer from their homeland was a beer called Warka Strong (at first due to their accent I thought they said Vodka Strong). I was hoping to someday try that beer, but I couldn't find it in America. Then awhile back I managed to find the original Warka beer, which I seized upon and which I am reviewing today.

Warka pours a nice amber/copper color with a decent foam head that thins out in about a minute. The aroma is simple but pleasing, with some nice sweet malts present with some citric and herbal hoppiness in the nose. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but has a slight bit of stickiness to it. The main flavor is of some sweet, slightly caramel like maltiness with perhaps an underlying nuttiness present (almost peanut like). Moderate hop bitterness, with the citric/herbal hop presence noticable. The carbonation is on the lighter side. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish, but it doesn't linger on for too long. The aftertaste brings us some lingering herbal hoppiness, and there is a light alcoholic warmth to finish off the brew.

I was expecting a standard Euro-lager when purchasing this brew, but I knew my Polish friends would not steer me wrong. I would eventually like to try the Strong variation of this beer, but I may have to make a trip to Poland in order to do that (which is fine with me :-). An easy drinking beer, and a good one to relax with.

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Photo of Redrover
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 OZ. brown bottle with clear best by date which is always nice to see on a import (or any beer for that matter). Poured into a shaker, the beer is a crystal clear gold with a thin white head.

It has a nice aroma of spices, grains and something cracker like.

The initial taste is slightly spicy and bitter followed by some sweet bread like malts. It has some mineral elements and touch of floral hops late. It is an easy drinker that would go great with burgers, brats, etc.

The mouth has sharp carbonation and just the right amount of heft.

From the label, they have been brewing since 1478. Well they got this one down pat as it is a nice beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" off-white head above the clear light golden brew. Frothy head lasts and lasts, with lots of lacing. Aroma is light, relatively balanced, with spicy hops tipping the scales a bit. Taste is sweet pale grains, with a crisp Saaz-ish hoppiness. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Not bad, esp for the travelling this can has done.

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Photo of ccs
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold hue, almost no head. Smells sweet, malty. Has a good taste, sweet, malty with a nice roast at the end. Tastes very much to the Oktoberfest style. Mouthfeel is good, just the right amount of carbonation. This is a great beer, very drinkable and perfect with a nice dessert.

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Photo of jackndan
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warka Beer: From Poland, in a half liter can. Deep amber color, with a thick rocky white head. They claim that this beer has been around since before Columbus sailed. I was fully expecting a skunked out euro-lager, but instead found a slightly thin Vienna style lager. Very, very sweet, with dominant malt tastes, almost honey like. A simple hop presence at the end does what it can to balance out the sweetness. Nevertheless, this was a surprisingly good beer, particularly for $1.29 a can.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale brass with a frothy white head that flees fast and no visible carbonation. Forest honey malts and flowery noble hops on the nose. Big bread dough malts, some caramel pears, a whiff of booze and spice cake hops. Dry finish, metallic linger. Light to medium, some chew, no burn or fizz.

I don't know what style to rate this against - from earlier reviews this was once labeled a Vienna lager and the 'other' beer site has it as a "premium" lager.

Regardless, solid malts and enough hops - better than most out of Poland.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Gift from the neighbor. Never heard of these guys but I'm assuming it will turn out to be a generic euro lager. Not in a green glass so I can at least hope for the best.

Look - Pours a straw yellow with a two finger soapy head that retains fairly well for about 15 seconds then drops down to a cloud formation amongst the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be moderate as expected and the head leaves a touch of lacing. 3.25.

Smell - Pale malts with a touch of toastyness and grass along with a small hint of lemon zest. Not much else coming through on the nose, but it does smell a bit better than average for the style plus the lack of nasal killing skunk is always welcome. 3.5.

Taste - Follows the nose completely with that bit of lemon coming up first and lingering around the tongue. Malts are notcable though do not take dominance. Finishes grassy and easy. 3.5.

Feel - This is where this beer won the most. Body is moderate with the perfected amount of carbonation and a creamy finish despite the fact that there is no retaining head. 4.

Overall - Probably the best Euro lager I have had. Isn't too often one makes it all the way to the U.S. without becoming a skunked mess. This could easily become a regular if it didn't have an import obvious price. I'd surely have again. 3.5..

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Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is Poland's version of a pale lager, similar to Stella or Harp, etc. It's pretty decent, and can be a nice complement to what is usually pretty heavy food. If I'm at a Polish place, I'd get this one, and maybe try others from this brewery as well.

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Photo of pootz
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Poured a gold clear lager in the glass...good cap fair retention

Decent nose like sweet grass and bread

Good dose of malt in the front herbal balance from hops clean finish with biscuit after taste...

Rich mouth feel medium body on this lasger...drinkable and satisfying...one pf the best Polish lagers on par with Okocim.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light amber in color, clear, with about half a fingers' worth of light off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - pale lager type of smell, but with a slightly heartier edge to it.

Taste - much like the smell, but more biscuity than I originally noticed or would have guessed it to be. There's a little bite to it in the middle and then the following toward the finish.

Mouthfeel - the texture is actually fairly well balanced - not lingering more or less toward watery or creamy.

Overall - not very intriguing, but still a pretty solid and decent brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 4/29/2016. Pours crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with balanced pale malt and earthy hop notes; with decent strength. A bit too yeasty in the aromas. Taste cracker, corn, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly grainy/bready, and lightly crisp/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Fairly clean on lager flavors with some slight yeast ester notes present. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid pale lager style. All around well balanced and robust pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the commander of canned beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is grains, malts, some hints of corn, light and refreshing. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a decent beer, but a bit milder than other Polish lagers I have tried.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before: 6/24/15. 5.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, corn flake, caramel, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid malt and caramel aspects that make it one of the better Euro lagers I have had in a while.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.49 pint bottle from Gene's Sausage Shop.

Fizzy bright gold, some retention in the form of a wispy skim and thin soapy ring around the rim. Visible carbonation trails.

Aroma is a little dull and muted, soapy sweet florals and maybe apple. It's difficult to pull out anything really.

Flaccid feel, clean and dry aftertaste, apple and papery notes dominate. Pretty much like every Polish lager out there, very clean but one dimensional. Not much in the way of noble hops here, they may have already faded (bottle not dated). Pretty dry. Clean and easy to drink, went well with smoked alpine sausage from Gene's also.

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