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Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
Poland | website

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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3.18
pDev:
26.1%
 
 
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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 kylehay2004
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light amber in color, with minimal head with no lace.

S - Sweet, honey, biscuity and malt.

T - Sweet and piney. Malty and spicey hops.

M - Crisp mouthfeel that is rescued by a dry bitterness that balances the beer.

Overall - very drinkable and fairly sweet.

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Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of floral and grassy hops and bready malts are present in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts and corn along with hints of a syrup-like sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is definitely heavier in body compared to other Euro Pale Lagers.
O: Although this beer is a little sweet, it's not too difficult to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste. It's not a bad beer for the style because there are no off flavors.

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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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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle with a BB date of May 2015.
A light bodied, light tasting lager. The main virtue is a lack of problems. This is clean and not skunky, with decent albeit weak flavor.

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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 TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Let me preface things by saying that I'm ignoring the current designation of this beer and reviewing it as a Euro pale lager (or something generally akin thereto. I'll explain later. Anyway, it pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises white bread, corn, dusty wheat, and light honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a dull sweetness and a vague twang of booze duking it out amidst the aforementioned elements. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty meager beer in general. As a marzen/O-Fest, it's downright terrible, but as a normal Euro lager, it's just mildly sad.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is kind of a throwback to the early days of this site, when one could differentiate between serving styles. In going through my backlog of beer, I came across a 500 ml bottle of Warka which I assumed to be the same as other Warka.

From the bottle: "From Polish Hops"; "Official Sponsor of the Polish National Team."; "Limited Edition Beer 1478"

I Pop!ped the cap and as I began the pour, my curiosity was piqued as the color was clearly NOT that of a Euro Pale Lager. I got a finger of fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and cola highlights. Nose had a chocolaty-anise quality. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly smoky with notes of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Hmmm. Finish had a bittersweet flavor that lingered well after the swallow. Hmmmm.

I also had a CAN from the same period as the above bottle, so I decided to see how that stacked up.

From this CAN: "From Polish Hops"; "Official Sponsor of the Polish National Team."; "Limited Edition Beer 1478"; "The Measure of a Genuine Beer"; "Enjoy Warka responsibly."

The Crack! was loud and clear and I was curious, so I performed an inverted Glug. I got two fluffy fingers of bone white head that quickly retreat to wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with filament-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of biscuit malt and grassy Noble hops. It was clean and adjunct-free, though and I was ready. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was clean, refreshing, lager-like, with a reserved sweetness from the malt and a grassy taste from the hops. It is when I drink these types of beers that I want to weep. Prohibition in the U.S. killed lagers and gave rise to the AAL style that was a hallmark of the early days of The CANQuest (tm) and which CANtinues to haunt me. This was so much better than any AAL could ever hope to be. Finish was semi-dry, CANpletely refreshing and worth inclusion in your cooler.

The original CAN review, dtd 18 June 2010 follows:

The CANQuest (tm) is going Polish this evening in memory of my drinking buddy, Stosh, who owned the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Pittsburgh before he passed, leaving the place to his children. The Red and White dinner platters remain memorable as does Dyngus Day. R.I.P.

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of thick, foamy bone- white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a very Saaz hop/Pilsner bite to it. I am curious as to its being an O-fest. Mouthfeel was slightly watery with a lager-like sweetness on the tongue. I really CANnot believe that this is an O-fest and I have sent the company an E-mail for clarification. Finish was mild, unobtrusive, definitely some sort of Lager, maybe an O-fest, maybe not. Drinkable? Sure. Cooler worthy? Yes, but not worth seeking out. It would be a nice, simple beer to have with a nice, simple Polish meal, no question.

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Photo of jwc215
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle - has a "Best by" but no date:

Pours golden with a white head that has a decent retention before vanishing to a wisp. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet graininess - towards caramel, with a touch of "Euro-skunk" and a touch of soap.

The taste is sweet - in a rather bland way. Some (woody) dryness in the finish, though remains sweet.

The feel is fizzy at first, but eases up. Light-to-medium bodied.

I thought it more of a Euro Pale Lager than a Marzen/O-fest, but I suppose the sweetness puts it into the latter... Anyway, it's a rather bland, sweet, though "drinkable" brew.

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Photo of stevoj
2.37/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Toom getrankmarkt. Musty flavor to this lager, looks great in glass with nice fluffy head. Aroma is light, and taste is of paper and paste.

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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 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 Evil_Pidde
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Color is clear golden. The head is light but still nice, medium-large and white. Only a little lace.

S: lots of sweet malts, but with a slight off-smell of boiled vegetables. Some bitter hops?

T: Sweet malt and some bitter hops, but the alcohol together with a marzipan rather rough taste.

M: long bitter aftertaste. Body is medium as well as the carbonation.

O: just another standard macro lager. This is rather a Euro Pale lager than a Märzen. Absolutely nothing to write home about.

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 5, 2016.

It pours golden yellow with a short-lived white head. Excellent clarity.

Can you say caramel malts? That's what I get on the nose and little else.

Light to medium body.

The taste is overly sweet and malty with almost no hop profile to speak of. Maybe a hint at the end but I really have to think about that. It is fairly easy quaffing I will say.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark golden orange color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is dominated by slightly toasted malts, some caramel and a hint of toffee. The taste much like the aroma is mostly malt with some caramel and a barely noticeable hop finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and under-carbonated for my liking. Overall, I will likely pass on purchasing this beer again.

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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 Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a quite deep gold to almost copper color with a pertinent white head that is frothy in texture, and the lace a nice thick sheet to seal the glass. Nose is dominated by malt, somewhat crisp and fresh, a bit musty and the start a bit too sweet, the top thin. Finish is strong in its carbonation, with the hops adequate and the aftertaste dry and lingering, drinkable, but not something that “Lit my beer fire”.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.7% ABV, Best By 07-16-2011.

A - Golden and mostly clear like a European Okto should be, this has very nice clarity and a thick, short ring of white foam. Good lace left on the glass too.

S - Sweet corn and pils malt open the aroma with an average but certainly not offensive start. Märzen malt profile is surprisingly good and inviting, but the aroma is average overall.

T - Thin Märzen malt profile with pils and bit of corn-like sweetness. Very little English hop to the taste.

M - Medium-light bodied and smooth with a clean profile and lightly dry, crisp finish.

O - Definitely a surprise that this one isn't terrible, after all, I was expecting it to be when I bought a single of it. I suppose lower standards help. A decently drinkable polish brew.

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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 Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can version. Poured a nice amber color with a thick beige head. Malt and caramel aroma. Sweet malt flavor but kind of thin for a Vienna. Granted, GL's Eliot Ness has ruined me as far as other Vienna's go. It is nice to know that people had a beer this good 500 years ago.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, best by 04/29/2016 printed on the back label. Acquired a bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's. 5.50% abv listed on my bottle.

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - A clear golden pour, one finger of thin fizzy white head that doesn't stay long. Ample carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Aroma comes off a bit of skunky. Grainy & malty, with light huskiness. Perhaps comes off a bit metallic. Reminds me of how i felt when i smelled a Heineken.

T - Taste is the same: crisp, creamy, grainy, lightly husky, slightly metallic / skunked. Not papery or chemically laden like some American adjunct lagers.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. Light-bodied, with brisk carbonation. Fairly easy-drinking stuff.

Overall, a decent Polish import, definitely better than many many many of the cheap swill adjunct lagers that permeate America.

Warka -----3/5.

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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.

RJT

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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 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 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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