Zywiec Beer | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Poland
zywiec.com.pl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
938
Reviews:
394
Avg:
3.07
pDev:
19.22%
 
 
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148
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Photo of kylehay2004
2.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear, golden with a 2 finger white head that dissipated quickly.

S -Sweet with fruity and hay notes.

T - Grain, biscuit, sweet malts. Floral notes.

M - Light to medium body despite being so clear.

O - Fairly drinkable. Bitterness is more than expected. Typical pale lager I tried throughout eastern europe.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 1/3/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a slight skunky aroma. Taste is of malt, grass, and a slightly fruity flavor. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing special for the style.

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Photo of spycow
3.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this at Blue Mountain Beer Fest last year for the first time. Poured out into a small cup that was given out upon entry. The beer poured out as a pale yellow, nothing overly exciting there. The aroma was a little skunky, Flavor was on the bitter side also a little light. Nothing made a major impact on me from this beer. I probably won't be seeking this one out anytime soon.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best part about this beer: on the label was a "beer thermometer" that showed the logo when the beer was at the optimum temperature.. sort of the European version of the Coors Light mountains turning blue.. kinda funny.

Back to the beer, I found it to be an above average macro import. It was very smooth and crisp, even moreso than most of the imported stuff. Has a decent ABV of 5.7% but it was very drinkable and went great with pizza. Sure it's nothing spectacular but I'd have it again for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that faded away and left only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has sweet aromas of malts.
T: There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which has notes of corn and grainy malt flavors. A bit of bitterness is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink but there’s nothing interesting enough in this that would make me want to try this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eh, it's beer. It begins with a crisp malt character, mixed wiht some cereal, raw grains with a pilsner malt sweetness and mild astringency. lightly hopped, adding a mild tea-like flavor and bitterness that barely offsets the sweetness. Moderate acidity takes the shape of tomatoes and sulfer, however kinda add to the complexity in a wierd sort of way. A buttery flavor becomes more prominent in the texture, but does add some flavor -- like pop corn. Both crisp an dslick in the mouthfeel, but finishes with a hearty grain flavor. probably a fine beer to chase down the polish sausages.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. I used to share 20-packs from Superstore of this stuff with my Polish friend in school, over ten years ago. Time for a different sort of appreciation. Cheers, Piotr!

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a weak array of understated cob-webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, yeasty pale grain, a hint of sweet wheat malt, some further corny breakfast cereal notes, and a slight floral, weedy hoppiness. The taste is more multi-pronged (barley, corn, and wheat, all) grainy cereal-heavy maltiness, a touch of overwrought, toothless lemon juice, and some mild weedy, mildly off-putting skunky hops,

The carbonation is moderate, not really all that pervasive, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less capable in the smoothness department. It finishes with a fairly hefty suggestion of sweet, complicated malt, and better left unmentioned hops.

A so-so Euro-lager, the sweetness a bit much at times, but the graininess does have its charm, especially when enjoyed in quantity with friends of Polish extraction, who will hear no such criticism.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, BBD 04-30-2008

High clarity, straw colored liquid. A couple inches of foam that soon dwindle down to a broken skim. Dull grainy aroma, a little grassy but no discernable hops.

Taste has a moderately bitter aftertaste, watery body with high carbonation. Flavors were subdued, some pale malt and grassy hop at the end. A step up from swill, but not far from it. One to have several of when you don't want to think much about it. Better than BMC, but not any better than Heineken or similar Euro lager.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a large head with minimal retention. Aroma of crispy malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is constituted of crispy malt with some floral hops. Very refreshing beer but this bottle version may have not travelled that well overseas since there was a subtle skunkyness to be found at the end.

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Photo of zeff80
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/yellow color. It was fizzy and highly carbonated with a white, soapy, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and some light caramel malts.

T - It tasted very sweet. There was also some corn flavors and a light malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty descent lager. It tastes better than it looked or smelled.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a few times. My friend from Poland always brings some to the states when she visits. Finally getting around to reviewing it.

Poured into a pils glass.

Pours a little over a finger of creamy white head. Fades down to a thinner layer. Leaves a lot of splattered lace. Color is a clear straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass.

Aroma: a lot like the typical American macro lagers. Grain and corn flavors, with a lower quality of grassy hops. Some light citrus zest with some pale malts.

Taste: Not as enjoyable as the aroma. It is very bready. Lots of pale malts and grassy hops. It is a bigger beer than I was expecting. Some grain and corn flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy for the style. Crisp as well. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and grainy.

Overall, it is always fun getting to try new beer and a Polish beer is never an exception. This tastes a lot like American macro lagers, but it definitely has that European tough to it with the hops and malt flavors I can taste. Relatively drinkable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber color with a thin white head that cannot hold. It does, however, keep a decent collar and some surface foam. Lacing is minimal. The nose is of a lightly sweetish, bready malt and a light herbal hoppiness. The body is medium with a fine & moderate carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is a reflection of the aroma with a softly sweet grainy malt that's supported by an underlying bitterness; and enriched with a non-distinct herbal hop flavor. It finishes smooth and light, and fairly short and dry. An pleasant beer with some nice malt and hop character.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of adjuncts and honey. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence, but overall there isn't a lot to this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not too flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, since there isn't much to this beer there are a lot of others I'd pick first.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden, effervescent & with a 4 fingers+ white rocky head. Some lacing & good head retnetion

S: Light floral hops

T: Sweet malt up front& then floral hops. Slight lemon & soap notes, followed by a crisp finish


MF: Medium body with some effervescence, need more hops to balance

Drinks okay, pretty tasty for the style IMO. This tasted a little better in Germany, but still worth a shot

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw color; crystal clear. I'm most impressed with the head that lasts and leaves ring lace.

Crisp clean aroma of fresh mown grass; there is slight skunk to this beer along with some metalic smell.

Good hop flavor for the style. Nice pale malt base. Skim milk consistancy in the body. This leaves a sour aftertaste.

This is better than most light lagers. Although flawed, it still is a decent offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear, bright gold with pale lemon accents. The large, off-white head is softly creamy and leaves short-lived, soap sudsy foam on the glass. It's a better than decent look for the style.

Since the nose is full of floral hops, I'm assuming noble bloodlines. I can also appreciate untoasted grain, light citrus and a whiff of pleasant muskiness. Not bad at all. Things are still hummin' along at just above average.

The beer isn't as hoppy or as flavorful as I had hoped after assessing the nose. It's light on pale malt with a bitter, slightly metallic top end. Unfortunately, it becomes even more metallic on the short finish; a development that's made even more bothersome by the relative lack of beer-related flavors. The finish is lightly sweet rather than crisp, and the mouthfeel, which started out thin, ends on a watery, undercarbonated note.

Zywiec is an average EPL, making it a below average beer in general. More hops would help, but if it's been brewed since 1856 (with the same recipe, one would guess), then it's doubtful that we can expect a change at this late date. Besides, maybe there are those who love this stuff and buy it by the case. It isn't for me though.

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