Żywiec APA
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,633
Ranked #43,551
3.47 | pDev: 16.71%
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear gold in color with one inch head. Taste is pale malt and honey. Slightly bitter, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes for a good traditional pale ale.

Aug 04, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle carried by my friend on his return from Poland. 22.01.2018 is on the neck label, so I assume that's the "best by" date.

Pours a clear amber-gold with a smallish head and moderate to low carbonation. Smell is straw and wheat. Maybe raw malt.

Taste is sweet, malty, lagery, with a little hops. This would go better labeled as a hoppy lager.

Mouthfeel is syrupy. Overall, not a fan.

Sep 17, 2017
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml on-tap at Beer House, Krakow (10 PLN):
This one was a solid, if a little uninspiring, beer that wasn’t as hoppy & bitter as I’d have expected for a beer of this style but it was a well-balanced, enjoyable offering that was edging closer to an American IPA styled offering but at least it was crisp & easy to drink. It’s one that I’d possible consider having again if I found it on-tap in Poland but it’s certainly not one to seek out I’m afraid.

Sep 12, 2017
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Ant777uk from England

3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to quite like the original Zywiec, though after much drinking it becomes a bit dull. Hopefully this is good!

Looks very refreshing in my wine glass (wine glasses are great for IPA's, try!)

Good balanced bitterness and apricot from the aroma, though it does not blow you away.

The taste is similar...neither the bitterness or fruit dominate, it's well balanced though a bit uninspiring, as though it is mass produced for the masses...which it pretty much is considering Zywiec are owned by Heineken.

Unfortunately this is the only IPA/APA in many Polish bars, as Heineken seem to have a partnership with at least half!

Overall it's a very tame and easy drinking IPA, however it's still the best thing on the menu in many bars around Warsaw. It's pretty good still overall

Jul 21, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

2.74/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Gdansk. Pours pale gold with medium head that goes with a couple specks of lace. Nose is light C hops with some skunk. Taste is grainy with some fruity hops and sweat sock. Very high astringency in finish. Overall, bad.

Jun 18, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml brown glass bottle from a convenience store in Wroclaw. Label has "2014" on the label even though the best before date is July 2016...they probably started brewing this in 2014?

Has a decent balance of pale malts and floral hops. Very middle-of-the-road for an American Pale Ale, without much in terms of intricacy or subtlety.

Drinkable fare from Zywiec, but not a brew I'd buy again with the myriad superior options available in Poland.


Mar 11, 2016
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color: clear, amber. Foam ecru color, fine and medium bubble at the beginning creates a sizable cap of by fairly quickly dwindle to a few "spots" on the surface of beer. Aroma: sweet tropical fruit, caramel. The whole served very nicely.
Taste: it is far worse, fruits little, leads the caramel. Gentian low, short and strange pepper. Saturation medium can be. Unfortunately, little alcohol comes out.

Dec 04, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear golden-orange with a medium-big ,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lemon zest,grapefruit,orange,grassy
-Follows the nose
-finishes dry
-medium bitterniss
-light to medium body
-medium to high carbonation
A proper bang-for-your-buck pale ale

Nov 23, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500mL bottle with a best before date of Nov 23, consumed today. Bought this one in Poland before I came back to the US. Pours a light amber with a head that sticks around, good lacing. Nothing too much in the aroma department, some light malts and sweetness. Taste is off, this is not a pale ale by any means. It's sweet, a hint tart, and finishes bitter. Too heavy and it sticks to my mouth. No hops to speak of, oh well!

Aug 11, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.5 Plato.
Poured into english pint.
Pours hazy golden with reddish hue, white head is not dense, but with ample retention. Smell is not intense, pine resin and citrus, classic enough. Taste is not very bitter, malty and rather balabced, citruses, boring. Medium body and carbonation.

Apr 30, 2015
Żywiec APA from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 26 ratings