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Brewed by:
Browary Warka Sp. z o.o.
Poland
warka.com.pl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jackndan on 10-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
151
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
16.93%
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +1.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
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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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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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2.71/5  rDev -15%
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 imperialking
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mklisz
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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 krome
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerOps
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
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 stevoj
2.37/5  rDev -25.7%
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 tobelerone
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -6%
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 Eziel
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -6%

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3.19 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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