Zywiec Beer
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European Pale Lager
Ranked #147
Ranked #48,418
3.08 | pDev: 19.81%
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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Reviews by LisaAnnLynch:
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4.18/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LisaAnnLynch from Pennsylvania, Feb 01, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a restaurant. It was served in a tulip glass with a very dense 3/4" cap of foam that remained intact, leaving a perfect lacing on the glass.
Color was a clear gold
Nice malt character with a perfect noble hop balance and a medium body.
Nothing over-the-top here, and that's definitely a good thing.
A beer like this will generate a fair amount of craft snob hate, but the bottom line is that this is a very well made and refreshing European style lager and a nice contrast to the blandness of American lagers and the often palate numbing imbalance of so many craft brews (especially American ones),
Like other Zywiec products, it is remarkably well made, and sold at a great price for the quality it delivers.

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LuskusDelph from New Jersey, Aug 03, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Zywiec is obviously a mass market beer in Poland and is widely available here in Chicago, making it easy to lump in with average-costing imports like Becks, Heineken, etc. But, be aware that this is a far better beer than any comparably priced import. Nothing offensive here in the taste dept. The taste is fresh, crisp and clean. The carbonation is perfect and adds just the right amount of bite. The alcohol content is a bit higher than others in it's class, but with the richness of the taste it blends right in. This is what mass market American beers dream of being, but can't seem to pull off. This may be a buck or two more than Bud, Miller, Pabst, etc., but well worth it. This is a real quencher and goes down smooth and tasty. An excellent beer for getting out of hand and pounding down a few with an added touch of class! Very tasty!

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MNJR from Illinois, Dec 03, 2009
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4.85/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on tap at a Polish festival in Omaha and man did I enjoy it. It was a hot day and the beer couldn't have been any fresher. I bought a glass and the head curled up along the top and dripped down the outside perfectly. My first smell I noticed more hops and character than I'm used to having in a Euro Pale Lager. This beer was balanced and rich in flavors but refreshing and delicious. No skunk either. I may make this my go to EPL.

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2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
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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mrfosters from New Jersey, Apr 26, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/22/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, cracker, bready grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with weak strength. Taste of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, bready grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, cracker, biscuit, bready grain, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pale lager. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Aug 30, 2014
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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.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Aug 05, 2018
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

trixdout from New Jersey, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

hunterjames from Ontario (Canada), Jul 04, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't mind this beer. Maybe my sample was fresher than others, but there was no skunkiness. I found a good herbal hop presence and decent body for a pilsner. There was some adjuct qualities in the finish. I won't buy it again mind you, but not bad.

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pbrian from Connecticut, Feb 19, 2002
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2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a clear, bright medium gold color with a small but firm cap of white head that remains for the majority of the session while dropping some spotting behind.
Some grass, citrus peel with a little orange flesh sweetness, corn cream and husk, and a bit of musk make of the smell. Fairly standard stuff, but at least it's a little different.
Husky and grainy, the taste is likewise standard but too light even for the style, leaving only a slight metallic taste on the palate when the husk and sweetness fade and dragging an odd note from that sweetness into the finish.
The body is very light and it's crisp, almost smooth but for a slickness that carries through and tries to transition to a sort of smoothness with little effect.

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2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

L - Light thin head that dissapears quickly. A very thin and clear gold to orange colour.

S - very light on the smell. Sweet malts and some grains. Nothing special at all.

T - initial sweet malts with a more bready after taste.

M - Light body, initial burst of carbonation that settles down in the mouth pretty quickly

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aBeeraWeek from Australia, Feb 21, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tivlavrie from Alberta (Canada), Apr 16, 2016
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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well...... Not he best light lager on the block. Although mine was not skunky the flavor was just not there. Light malt presence a touch of bitterness but not much of anything to get your attension. I would pick an Okocim Mocne over this.

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3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, BB date stamped 20 July 2014. Innovative color-changing crown on the back label indicates proper serving temperature.

Golden-amber body has excellent clarity and is topped by a semi-durable head. Minimal lacing.

Decent, lightly sweet flavor and aroma. Seems to need more hops for balance.

O: not bad but not worth seeking out.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

BeerArchivist from California, Nov 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

brutusmuktuk from Michigan, Feb 19, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden in color, very bubbly and typically clear. The large bubbled head isn't quite as thick as other pilsners but is persistent enough to leave a decent lace. Mildly grassy Saaz hop nose upfront followed by a hint of graininess, but there's not much else there aromawise. The flavor is clean, but a bit bland. Hop bitterness is clean and light but malt sweetness and body is light as well, resulting in a balanced but prosaic flavor profile. Finishes clean, dry with a barely perceptible breadiness and a touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Take domestic Bud, get rid of the corn and rice adjuncts and you'll have this brew. Definitely lacking in both malt character and hop bitterness for a good pilsner.

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marc77 from California, Jun 20, 2002
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Kelp from New Hampshire, Jan 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Celtics76 from Rhode Island, Jun 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +62.3%

ipa2014 from California, Apr 10, 2014
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1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maybe this could be a lawn mower beer, it has some hops and malt but not a good mix, its lacking something. The bottle has a "beer thermometer" on it, beer does not need a gimmick like this if its good.

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jdhilt from New Hampshire, Apr 11, 2002
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3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden in color. Not much head. No lacing.

Aroma: Smelled like a very clean lager. No off smells or "skunk". Light malt aroma, with hints of cold apple cider and grape juice.

Taste: nice burst of German noble hops. Clean and clear lager tastes; grape and pear shine through the even light taste.

Mouthfeel: Easy. Some carbonation bubbles that prick the inside of mouth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

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drinksandeats from Massachusetts, Aug 05, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold with a nice aray of white foam. Smell is typical of the euro brews, lacks hops in aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat lingering. Lays in the mouth for a short period. Taste is ok for this Euro Pale Lager. Reminds us of all those other Euro lagers. Drinkable, but not something we will run out a buy. Overall we will not turn this beer down, but we will not go out seeking this one. Give us some peanuts with this beer.

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barleyroad from Pennsylvania, Dec 08, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Afroman from Arizona, Aug 02, 2014
Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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