Zywiec Beer
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European Pale Lager
Ranked #146
Ranked #47,490
3.07 | pDev: 19.87%
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +37.5%
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)

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Photo of shambeano
2.79/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

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Photo of Gajo74
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of jonmikel
1.46/5  rDev -52.4%
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.

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Photo of Mythran
5/5  rDev +62.9%
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!

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Photo of elnachooo
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of TigerSoul
3.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of abnormal
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
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-

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Photo of HighGravityMan
3.97/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of BulleitBob
2.64/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.56/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Moir1994CT
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +62.9%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
1/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this beer years ago and it was horrible. Picked up another bottle last week just to give it another shot. Was just as bad, possibly worse. Here's what this beer tastes like..... Take a weak garbage lager and keep it in the backyard shed on a shelf next to the lawn mower for about 5 years. Then stick it in the fridge overnight and enjoy!

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Photo of mrfosters
2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 500ml can. A very nice gold hue. A tight micro foamed one finger head , that must of had a train to catch , cause it left in a hurry . Grassy, corny , citrusy aroma. Taste was...okay..kinda middle of the road bland. I know I've had this years ago , and it seemed better then, or , maybe I was worse then .Also, I was curious about their claim on the can that they only used three ingredients , malted barely , hops , and mountain water . UH.. no yeast? Or, do they not consider that an ingredient? I do , but , what do I know? Peace, please.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is light yeast and hops. decent session beer.

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Photo of Nass
1.77/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This is not okay. This is one of the nastiest euro lagers that I have come across. Maybe my bottle was too old. I would not know because there is NO DATE on the bottle or the label. It is sort of puzzling to me because all the other Poland lagers that I had were really good. This is close to undrinkable. Maybe I should revisit it. I don't know I have a lot of other beers to try out so I probably won't get back to this one for a while but for now Cheers! D

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Label has Best before: '04.08.2018'.
Clear, straw colored body.A little white head settles to thin cap and middle island. Few, scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of hay and wheat, light pepper. Not the most pleasant of aromas.
Taste of cracker, bread malt, and mild spicy hops. Sweet, honey like at the back end.
Thin to medium mouth feel, clean but with some tongue bitterness.
A mild lager, but still tastes like beer.

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Photo of janubio
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden colour, decent head that dissipates quickly. Smell of grain and citrus, promising, but wait a few minutes and it decays to a really unpleasant aroma.
Light body.Taste is again grain and some citrus, hints of banana and honey, refreshing. It never comes as unpleasant as the smell, it could be a decent beer without that.

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Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew. Here goes:

A: Great. Massive, fluffy head and lacing. Pours clear gold as well. Only downside is the lack of body carbonation.

S: Good. Hay, wheat, and lighter peppers - the traditional pilsner hops smell. Horseblanket.

T: Fairly one-dimensional. Can taste the pilsner hops but not much else (no cereal grains or baker's yeast, like in other pilsner beers). Still good, though, just nothing to write home about.

F: Little undercarbonated.

O: Good beer. Has its flaws, but good nonetheless.

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