Karpackie Super | Browar Van Pur S.A. (Brau Union Polska)

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Brewed by:
Browar Van Pur S.A. (Brau Union Polska)

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 12-15-2009

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of claytong
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Beer drinkers having extreme requirements shall choose the Karpackie Super Mocne beer."

--Browar Van Pur

Sunny tangerine with bright amber edges and a fluffy crown of pale khaki colored foam that filled almost half the glass on the initial pour. The head lasts acceptably long, looks decent while deflating, and does an okay job with lace.

The nose has the typical pale malty, musky Euro hoppy and grain alcohol character of the style. It's pretty weak, which probably a good thing, and doesn't deliver much in the way of nastiness.

Karpackie Super is a fairly lackluster Polish strong lager that tastes less potent than most brews of this ilk. This bottle is about one month short of the 'best by' date, though it probably wasn't appreciably better immediately after bottling.

Specifics include sugared grains (mostly corn), an underwhelming grassy hoppiness, a dash of minerals, and a shot of Wyborowa. More hops, for both flavor and bitterness, would fix this lager right up. It still wouldn't be any better than average.

The underbubbled mouthfeel is part of the problem. The beer has no presence at all. It simply washes over the tongue without making any sort of sensory impact.

Karpackie isn't Super. Nor is it Duper. If you have extreme requirements, my suggestion is to drink beer that is actually extreme. This one is instantly forgettable and isn't worth the purchase price, no matter what it might be.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Karpackie Super
Browar Van Pur S.A. (Brau Union Polska)

Pours a lifeless pale amber color, no head. Aromas of fusel alcohol, boozy fruits, stale grain and a floral whiff of hops. In the taste, sugary sweet, definitely strong alcohol presence and dingy fruits and vegetation. Some buttery diacetyl is noticed, a sloppy byproduct of overworked lager yeast. More alcohol, harsh grains and some fruityness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, thin but with a sting of carbonation. Overall, this brew was a beast, and only a malt liquor aficionado would I recommend this to.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, small hints of fruit and a small roast. In the taste, dry fruitiness in a standard European lager with some boozyness at the end. A small bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruity aftertaste. Nice fruitiness, but a bit boozy.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle I was inspired to purchase by my attractive Polish friend this Polish beer was a light amber color with one finger of white head that left spots of lacing briefly before the head disappeared completely. The aroma was of booze, dry grains and bread. The flavors were mostly of corn and adjunct grains, booze, dry grains and bread along with a little hoppy bitterness on the finish. Not very distinct and not much better than an American malt liquor which is a shame considering the style (Euro Strong Lager) can rise far above that level. Still, the mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate. Easy enough to drink but nothing worth returning too.

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Photo of biggred1
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ruby amber with a creamy tan head that shrinks to a film pretty quickly and leaves little blobs of lace on the glass. The aroma consists of grain, butterscotch, fusel alcohol and green apple. Sweet, candied corn and green apple skin with a shot of vodka, yikes. Wimpy and sugary mouthfeel with a hit of alcoholic warmth in the finish. Karpackie Super is a sub-par Polish Malt Liquor at best.

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Photo of samyoung
2.69/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Srodek's in Hamtramck along with two and a half pounds of amazing Kielbasa.

I see a backwards date and hope it's wrong 07/22/11. If that's accurate the trip from Poland has been a long one, 8+ months. Pours clear light amber very little head. Has a cidery sweet smell common with these Euro Strongs. More apple-cidery sweetness with corny alcohol finish. Quickly dissipates with a cider alcohol after taste.

This is what I've come to expect with Euro-strongs: high ABV with a slightly better and more flavorful taste than say a Steel Reserve.

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Photo of tone77
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is of alcohol, some malts, alcohol, a bit of sweetness, more alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and overall nothing to recommend about this beer.

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Photo of vinicole
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden amber. Thin frothy head.
Grainy aroma. Light malt.
A bit of caramel and brown bread. Sweet. Gritty bitterness.
Boozy. Light to moderate body. Sticky and very carbonated.
Not very nice.

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Photo of BeerOps
2.74/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spycow
2.79/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of metter98
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fusel alcohol and apples are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has slight hints of sweetness along with notes of apples, adjunct malts and alcohol, the latter of which lingers through the finish. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very tasty and you can definitely notice some of the alcohol in the smell and taste. It is reminiscent of an American Malt Liquor.

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Photo of emerge077
2.86/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BBD: 08.07.2010 $1.79 from Gene's Sausage Shop.

This was an odd one. Poured into a 22 oz. mug, there was 3 fingers of active foam with large bubbles. Within a minute or so, it was completely still with no head. Typically that would seem like a sign of infection, but the other aspects of the beer were ok. It looked like juice or cider in the glass.

Oddly enough the first whiff I got reminded me of bourbon. Sour mash sweetness, wet wood, and earthy. Later it was sweet and appley.

Sort of astringent and undercarbonated, sweet with poorly masked booze. It does remind me of cookies with dried apple. Sweet with some odd spices, maybe nutmeg. Dry aftertaste from the alcohol. At $1.79 this might be a better deal than Night Train, but it's about as drinkable. I think my curiosity for obscure Polish beers is satiated... at least for the time being.

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Photo of tapman
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Euro Strong Lager? WTF?

Anyways, let's get into it.

Dark gold color, so I'm hoping for a little extra flavor with this one, and a big head that dissipates to NOTHING. No lacing to speak of. A few blips a CO2 lethargically struggle to the top.

Toffee and raisin, though relatively weak compared to similar flavors in a beer like Spaten's Optimator.

Butterscotch. Diacetyl? Maybe not, but there is a little hop balance, though this one could have used more.

Thin and flat.

Meh. It was less than $2 and I didn't find out until a week later that it was 9% for over a pint of brew. Once again, a brewery better than Kalnapilis. Kalnapilis sucks eggs!

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of iftcoach
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Once more, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has dropped off something new and different for me to try. Prost!

From the bottle: "Original blend of traditional Polish recipe".

My pour netted a finger of fizzing tawny head with mild retention. Color was a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty-sweet with a hint of fusel alcohol. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was thin, not necessarily watery, but very light-bodied and the taste was very sweet, almost sugary, on the tongue. The finish held a little bit of heat, but it was still mostly what I would characterize as sweet in a beer. This was not my first encounter with the style and there are far worse out there, I can assure you. That said, I am not recommending it, either. It is another crappy style and other than wanting to review it from a CAN, one is more than enough. It is more of a novelty than anything else.

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Photo of Derranged
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Magners pint glass.

A- Dark golden/amber in color, thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

S- Floral notes with sweet malts.

T- Very sweet, almost had an artificial sweetness to it, malty and boozy.

M- Medium carbonation, syrupy, numbs the lips a little bit.

0- A bit too sweet. Not great, not bad. It's offers a cheap buzz with a drinkable taste. I won't be drinking this too often as it is not widely available to me.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First time trying the style and taste exactly as it sounds. Take a lager and bumb up the ABV. The usually hony, malt sweetness of a lager is increased to the point of this tasting like a tea of sort.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden copper colour, with one finger of tight soapy off-white head, which settles quickly to a thin cap, leaving no evidence in the way of lace. It smells of sweet bready malt, earthy, somewhat spicy hops, and faintly nail-polish like alcohol. The taste is sweet grainy malt, some dark, sugary fruit, a bit of spiced caramel apple, and surprisingly mild warming alcohol. The carbonation is moderate to low, the body medium weight, mostly attributable to the various sugary components, and consequently smooth. It finishes still sweet, with a minor flare-up of the boozy sort.

A somewhat interesting tipple, much like this brewery's other strong offering. While malt-liquor-ish in the beginning, it turns into a fairly even, if still saccharine, affair. Hides the booze well, and is cheap, with some minor hints at greater aspirations.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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