Zywiec Beer
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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #158
Ranked #49,248
3.08 | pDev: 19.81%
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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Dmitry1989 from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprised by the low ratings! I know this is not a craft, but is a really good beer.

0.5 l bottle from the Beer Store (Ontario)

Look: golden
Smell of grain and caramel.

Taste is very much the same - sweet but naturally so, nice malty taste, no artificial flavors. Little hops but that's actually a benefit as it lets the malty sweetness shine.

Overall - one of the best European lagers I have ever tried! Really enjoyed it and will buy again. If you like sweet, malty, grainy lagers that are still not dark and are still refreshing - this is the perfect beer for you. 5.5% is a bonus too.

Jun 19, 2020
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an 11.2 ounce bottle slowly poured into a 16oz. glass,maybe a finger of foam with short retention and very slight lacing. The appearance is a very clear straw yellow with just a slight amount of carbonation.
The aroma is a malty biscuit aroma. Very nice!
The flavor starts out sweet, then slightly dry, and just enough bitterness to cut the sweetness.
The feel is a smooth medium, I feel more carbonation than I see.
I think this is a solid Euro Pale Lager. I have enjoyed this six pack very much!

Jun 15, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is outstanding for one reason and one reason only - open-fermented vat aged. There is a cellar-like funk flavor, similar to that of a high-quality grass-fed butter that is found in this beer. In some ways, I feel like I am drinking a zwickel rather than a Euro pale lager.

Mar 04, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Date stamp L9097616130519.

Appearance: Bright/clear golden yellow. Thin white head with some occasional islands and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: A bit of noble hops and some apple/white grape.

Taste: Very much like it smells - but a bit on the sweet side with apple juice/white grape juice flavors. Some noble hop bitterness at the finish to counter the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: An ok lager - a bit on the sweet side, but tasty. Went well with a chicken curry and rice.

Dec 23, 2019
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miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Forget the low ratings, this beer is similar to Pilsner Urquell. Very worth picking up if you enjoy a smooth European lager. Served up in 500 ml bottles as a bonus.

Dec 21, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear gold with some rising carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Bright lemon and orange peel with mild floral hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt followed by mild hop bitterness. Short finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and decently carbonated.

Overall: A plain but wholesome beer. Nothing objectionable.

Dec 20, 2019
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MrOH from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stunningly brilliant gold, white head. Decent enough retention and lace
Aromas of baking bread, fresh cut herbs, and of touch of fruitiness
Bready and slightly fruity.
Light and well carbonated
Pretty decent beer for what it is

Dec 08, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml bottle, code L9146616B1151 - bottled on 26 May 2019, 11:51am - no best-before date; purchased single off shelf... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: brilliant, polished-clear yellow-gold liquid; gorgeous, rocky, dimpled, creamy-looking off-white foam stand, slow recede... just a beaut top-to-bottom!

S: potent bubblegum, spicy overtone, with soft banana esters; bit of dough, bit of bready malt... subtle undertone of what I can only describe as wet concrete surrounding an Olympic-size pool

T: clean malty simplicity, lightly-dry finish; apple juice-like esters, with a popping spicy, grassy/herbal bitterness humming after the first sip and sustaining its peppery intensity long after each swill... like in the aromas, a bready malt note seems to linger awhile in the background

F: clean, crisp flow, with a subtle silky wave/wake in the finish; relatively-dry aftertaste, with a bit of the bitterness and carbonation still zapping

O: glad I stumbled across a relatively-fresh bottle; last time I'd checked the same store, these were about a year-plus out from production; this must've been a recent shipment, lucky me!... eminently drinkable in this state; I wouldn't mind going back tomorrow and grabbing a few more (1531)

Sep 30, 2019
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shambeano from Australia

2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle, with a best before date 04/03/2020. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Clear golden amber, with about 3-4 cm of fluffy white head. Has good head retention, slowly subsiding, and leaving some lacing on the way down. Looks good.
Smell: a little grainy, a touch malty, some grassy hop. Not heaps on the nose.
Taste: not a whole lot of flavour really, a touch of corn and grainy malt, not really getting anything in the way of hops.
Feel: lighter bodied, but not much in the way of carbonation makes it feel a little oily to me. Very little bitterness, and not much length of flavour.
Overall: Its okay, but a little on the sweet side. I think some extra bitterness would round it out better.

Sep 24, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on-draft at the brewery. Poured into a tall Zywiec glass

L: Clear light golden pour with big fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Light malts/grains with some lemon/citrus and grass.

T.F: Light... crackery grains. Some sweetness up front. A bit of lemon/grass hops. Modest bitterness for balance. Clean at least... light bodied and good carbonation.

O: A fairly generic Euro lager. Clean and clear (at least when super fresh) with no bad flavors. An easy drinker... nothing exceptional. When in Poland...

Sep 04, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had it on a Polish Air flight. It was the only choice (cheap bastards wanted to charge me for spirits)
Pours a clear golden color with a large well retaining head.
Aromas of grainy malt and perhaps corn adjunct. Sweet with a touch of caramel malt aroma and a tiny hint of grassy hops.
Sweet taste with notes of grainy and caramel malts. I’m not getting any taste of corn I thought I smelled earlier. (Perhaps its all malt?) Very little bitterness, just a touch of grassiness and a tiny iota of bitterness in the finish.
Medium to light bodied with a soft mouthfeel. The finish is wet and malty while the carbonation is gentle.
Too sweet for me, not balanced or crisp enough. I find my perception very different from the other reviews. Did I have a different version? Did it sit on the airplane too long? Regardless, I didn’t like it too much.

Aug 14, 2019
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jonmikel from Spain

1.46/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I drinked it from a bottle in Poland, bought at the supermarket.
The look is Good but the smell is pretty non-existent.
The taste is way too bitter for me.
The after feeling in mouth is not that bad.
I wouldn't recommend it but it is Poland's most popular.

Aug 12, 2019
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Mythran from Canada

5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer they make. I made an account for this post after seeing the other posts bashing this golden gift from Poland. Drink this every chance you get! 500ml bottle!

Jun 28, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza con un dedo espumosa que desaparece en poco tiempo. Ligera y de baja carbonatación. Aroma a malta y un poco de maíz. En boca es refrescante, dulce con un toque ligeramente cítrico. Me gustó un poco mas que la Tyskie.

Jun 11, 2019
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zywiec is one of the more enjoyable, plain ol' drinking beers out there. Three ingredients: water-hops-malted barley. No corn or other adjunct ingredients (so some of these reviews are incorrect, it is not an adjunct lager). It has a cleaner, brighter profile than others in the same category. I especially like it in the 500ml can, poured into a mug from the fridge or freezer. Great to end the work day with before moving on to more robust, intense bevvies.

Apr 11, 2019
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abnormal from Alaska

3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into pilsner glass, a beautiful crystal clear deep golden color, two fingers of dense white head, excellent retention and some impressive lacing.

Aroma: Floral, grassy, sour, grainy. Surprisingly hoppy for an "ordinary" pale lager.

Taste: Nothing like the aroma. Apple juice like sweetness dominates the body, dry and crisp malt has a cracker like taste to me, yeast is there as well as some muted floral hops. The finish is ever so slightly bitter, dry and nutty.

Feel: Light bodied, carbonation is crisp and biting but soft and creamy at the same time. It's hard to describe, but very good.

Overall: I'm so glad I've tried this after years of putting it off. Well made and delicious.

Mar 10, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks weird in that there is a nice creamy/fluffy head with 0 bubble movement in my Teku beer glass. Had to check to see if it was dead flat,nope nice carbonation with no bubbles,hmmm- Smell some cereal grains, maybe rice? Taste -neither offensive or tasty. Sort of like fruity cardboard.Feels well constructed. Overall this beer is drinkable and not terrible. Better than American adjuncts. Reminds me of Coors somehow-

Feb 06, 2019
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HighGravityMan from Kansas

3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is for those who want something refreshing without going into adjunct territory. Slightly sweet and bready malt is balanced well by a mildly bitter and grassy hop character. It makes a versatile and reliable dinner companion - especially with the hearty, carb-heavy dishes typical of polish cuisine.

Dec 22, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow,reviews for this go from one extreme to the other which I found interesting because it sat a out in the middle for me.
Earthy grass hop and light malt aroma with a somewhat identical taste. It wasnt world class but far from some offensive disgusting lagers I could mention. Wouldn't be my first pick but had it while out to eat and went well with the meal

Dec 19, 2018
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BulleitBob from Kentucky

2.64/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, I've tried a few of those 'generic' Euro lagers from Aldi and this one does not stand out from them. (Oddly enough, Aldi has a few wines and Scotch whiskeys with high marks; nothing in the beer aisle stands out). Zywiec is perfectly drinkable on a summer day in a Hamm's beer kinda way; refreshing, inoffensive, somewhat bland. Perhaps the Pale Lager style has burned me out as I'm more of a Dragon's Milk, Centennial IPA kind of guy. It's December at the time of this writing, so I'm leaning toward IPAs, Scotch Ales and Stouts.

Dec 08, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into SN Spiegl.

Excellent clarity, crisp golden color, and a fluffy rocky head of 3 fingers. For the style, it does not get any better than this.

Sweet, clean aromas of sweet creamed corn, hay, sugars, and grass.

Sweet creamy malt base of pilsner and pale malts balanced by grassy Czech Saaz hop. Sweet creamed corn, grassy hop, slight maple syrup and brown sugar.

Crisp, clean feel. Slight hop resins hanging on afterwards. Pretty much spot on.

Overall, for a Polish lager, this one delivers. It's not my kind of beer, but I respect the integrity of this beer's near flawless execution.

Nov 18, 2018
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DypsoBubble from England

3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer tastes really fresh and refreshing. One of the best Polish ones I've tasted. There's some stronger Polish ones out there but this one takes the edge on taste. Great Summer drink.

Nov 12, 2018
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Some find this to be an average beer from poland but i find it to be quite enjoyable. It has a nice sweet undertone too it too. Like a slight brown sugar or maple taste way down in there.Very smooth and drinkable. Not too bitter but not nonexistent either. A tad expensive to get in the states for importation reasons but i still find it very reasonable for the quality. I would definitely recommend trying it.

Nov 09, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer will always remind me of the night I partied in Hamtramck. This is a sweet beer with not many other notes of complexity. The Polish version is very sweet unlike the German counterparts, German beers usually infuse hops where as this beer is just malty goodness.

Oct 08, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light straw yellow color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells mainly grassy hops and sweet yeastiness. It’s simple but pleasant enough.

This is very simplistic and non-complex but pretty tasty nonetheless. This tastes super crisp, with a nice herbal and crisp grassy hop flavor, and a nice biscuity malt flavor. I’m having this relatively fresh, so I think that certainly affects the higher rating.

This is light bodied, and super crisp and clean, with a solid level of carbonation.

This is much, much better than the standard Euro lager. This is nice stuff.

Aug 05, 2018
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