Zywiec Beer
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #132
Ranked #31,213
3.08 | pDev: 19.81%
Nov 20, 2021
Oct 08, 2001
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2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by schoolboy from Ohio

I didn't expect much going into this brew, and it lived up to that low expectation. I am not being unkind, it just is not up to my snobbish taste.

It pours a deep yellow with good fix. The aroma is a disappointing soapy straw smell, with no finishing hops. The taste is pretty average - this style is seldom exciting, and this certainly has little too distinguish itself. The finish is not so clean either.

Not recommended. It lived up to (low) expectations.

Nov 20, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Kinisach from Germany

This beer is criminally underrated. This is a superbly balanced beer. I bought it at the LCBO and it had become one of my go-to beers, Never disappoints.

Nov 03, 2021
3.65 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 15, 2021
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3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

500ml can into a pint glass. Coding no help in determining freshness.

Pale watery green yellow body. White head disappears quickly. No lacing.

Mild aroma, slightly malty.

On tasting, malty but not sweet. Faintest of hop bites towards the end. Ever so slightly veggie.

Mouth about medium, finish lagery with a faint bitterness.

Overall, standard mass produced euro lager. Not terrible, but little substance. The complete lack of head retention in these lagers is strange to me given the low abv.

Sep 06, 2021
2.79 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2021
3 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jun 27, 2021
3.5 by plaid75 from New York on Jun 23, 2021
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3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Pours bright pale gold, transparent. One finger finger white head. Head has dissipated leaving a ring around the collar of the glass at 5 minutes.

Smell: Dry grasses, green apples, and corn syrup. The smell is fairly pronounced, but not highly appealing.

Taste: Sweet, and malty with green apple tartness and grassy flavours dominating. I've always found Zywiec to have a medicinal like sharpness combined with a barn like earthy quality, It doesn't sound appealing, but it works somehow.

Feel: Light and dry, with a round softness. Plays at the front and sides of the tongue.

I've been drinking this for years. It has been available at the LCBO and Beerstore for 20 + years, before the craft beer revolution took hold in Ontario. So it does have a soft spot in my heart. Probably my favourite beer 20 years, ago.....now I'd give it a B- to a B if in the right frame of mind, but still worth revisiting every once in a while to think back to days gone bye.

Jun 17, 2021
3.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jun 09, 2021
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Draught in Krakow. I think it was called Zywiec Pils on the (English) drinks list, but I presume this is the same beer. Golden colour, moderate head, moderate carbonation. A fairly decent standard pils in my book.

Apr 27, 2021
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1.6/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by KT3418 from Colorado

Why did this taste like metal? Literally never happened before, not one time. I definitely found this highly disappointing, ill give it one more shot in the future but it tastes like I dipped my keys in water.. I really knew I should have picked a different beer when I saw the cold activated crown on the can. With that being said I wouldn't say Coors Light tastes like metal.

Idk man, first Polish beer, I just thought this was gonna be better than It was to me by a good bit.

Apr 25, 2021
3.68 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Apr 14, 2021
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3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Zywiec is crystal clear and pale amber in color. Streams of pinpoint CO2 support a fluffy, bone white head with fairly decent retention.
The aroma starts out briefly promising with the scent of bread dough and soda crackers. Then comes generic, sugary sweetness giving me a brief impression of drinking something sweetend with sugar and powdered malt. Then come the adjuncts giving hints of corn. All this leads into a finish smelling of fresh cut grass.
Zywiec tastes distinctly malty. On the one hand, there's the usual bready, grainy, soda cracker malt flavors you'd expect. But there's something else here as well. It's as though someone sliced the bread and sprinkled it with powdered malt extract, just to emphasize that maltiness. As with the nose, I find flavors of corn adjunct showing up in the center. The finish is flavors of fresh cut grass.
It's okay, but there are so many lagers that are so much better than this is. I can't say that Zywiec tastes outright bad but the smell and taste of powdered malt sugar does provide an odd quality to the overall drinking procees. In the end, Zywiec is smooth, rounded, and refreshing enough but it just has that odd maltiness to it.

Apr 03, 2021
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5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Korostishevski from Florida

In it's class, this is a great lager. Crisp. Refreshing. Easy to drink. This beer consistently delivers great taste and quality. This is a beer that you share with company and with people that may not understand stouts and ipa's. It's a all day drinking beer. Real easy. I wish this was sold at my publix supermarket here in Florida. I have to drive further to a Russian store to get Zywiec. It's worth it.

Mar 13, 2021
2.5 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Mar 12, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by MattBeer from California

It's decent. Worth drinking half of a big bottle.

Mar 02, 2021
3.26 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Feb 13, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by hybridentropy from Angola

typickal yuro beert

Jan 18, 2021
2.25 by mpenske from California on Jan 04, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

a friend from Poland brought me a 355ml can
it poured a 1 finger head into glass .golden color
very enjoyable and easy drinking lager beer.
light sweetness and malts
overall a good polish lager .

Dec 05, 2020
4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
3.41 by JanglezB19 from Canada (ON) on Nov 29, 2020
3 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York on Aug 11, 2020
2.8 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Jul 31, 2020
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2.56/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by IceChuggington from Canada (AB)

No co to kurwa jest naprawde to jest ok nie zle piwo. JESZCZE POLSKA NIE ZGINELWA. 5 Smirnoff Ices/10

Jun 19, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Dmitry1989 from Canada (ON)

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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3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

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
3.25 by petewheeler from Maryland on Jun 07, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jd333 from South Carolina

I had this beer on draft sitting under a canopy in the central square of Krakow Poland. The beer really was not memorable, but the setting was.

Jan 04, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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
3.18 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Dec 23, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by miwestcoaster from Michigan

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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3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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

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
3.52 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC) on Nov 02, 2019
3.37 by movieclockstar from Michigan on Oct 17, 2019
2.96 by misteil from Ireland on Oct 15, 2019
3.85 by babinsk1 from New York on Oct 03, 2019
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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