Zywiec Beer | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec BeerZywiec Beer

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zywiec has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is pungent, full, and bready. Taste is of bold barley malt and nice, hefty hop spice. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Zywiec finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mild. This is just a great beer! I look forward to trying it, again. RJT

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Photo of dacrza1
1.49/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Date tasted: July 12, 2013... Glassware: Baltika stange... Occasion: waiting for Matt and Jerry to arrive to begin the golf weekend....Appearance: pale, sallow golden body; large bubbles collect and release for the glass's bottom; frothy, soupy uneven white head that leaves uneven tracings... Aroma: odd, pungent doughy malts leave a locker room funk in the nostrils; not thee fresh pilsner hops hoped for... Palate: oily, almost buttery consistency with minimal presence at the teeth; drinkable, yes--this could be a backyard barbecue accompaniment ...Taste: a rather nondescript lager, with little profile and discussable points; almost perfectly rinsing the mouth... Overall: being a parishioner of a Polish church, the Zywiec is a presence at adult functions for sure; the bottle trumpets itself as Poland's #1 beer, but unfortunately Budweiser does similarly in America, and the parallel may be fitting...not bright or crisp, not refreshing enough to garner future interest, this beer files in behind many better, more engaging lagers...

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Photo of CBurtonHannum
3.92/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What can I say, I like my beer. I had this one for the first time on a whim the other day and was pleasantly surprised. After the first taste out of the bottle, I had to pour it to see what was hiding in the bottle. My wife who generally likes pale ales said she liked it after the first sip. She asked me what it was. "Well" I said, "it looks like a honey ale but has an aftertaste like a lager." Very nice over all and at least as good as Fisher and three of that of Peroni, without the price.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden- light amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is relatively light overall and consists mainly of some bready malt smells as well as some corn syrup and a caramel sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins heaviest of a corn sweetness and nice grainy malt taste. The grain has a large cereal nature with cracked wheat and a corn malt flavor. As the flavor advances some of the sweet corn dries out with a light amount of caramel flavor taking it’s place. In the end the flavors that linger on the tongue produce a rather crisp and clean taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are nice for maintaining a decent balance between the easy drinking nature of the brew as well as for keeping the grainier and malty taste of the brew from being lost.

Overall – Not a bad brew, but nothing too exceptional. It is rather easy drinking and refreshing but lacks much complexity and is fairly simple overall.

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Photo of bigbeard
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Zywiec (Gee-vee-ettes) pours a crisp golden color and omits a citrusy lemon zest aroma. The beer itself has a cereal grain taste with a medium to thin body and has a medium bitterness as well. Moderate amounts of noble hops in the flavor profile give this beer a little bit of a spiciness. The beer finishes dry and moderately bitter. Got the beer as a gift from good friends, one of which is from Poland, thus I do not know how to rate this beer by price. For what it is, it is good, but not normally my style.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very light colored lager with obvious carbonation. Crisp taste without any depth. Could might as well say Zywiec Light. Crisp initial taste tails off and is replaced by a lighter flavor and carbonation. Could work well in a summer situation as a refresher.

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Photo of deanhead
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste like cereal and grain and creamed corn, grape nut aroma.
Clear and yellow colored poured a nice white whispy head that reduced to nothing but a lace of bubbles around the top of the glass.
Clean dry crisp finish. Probably wouldn;t recommned this one to anyone.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nazdrowia! That's how you say cheers in Poland. This is the Polish equivalent of a Bud or Molson Canadian, and it can be found in every bar, in every city, in every Disko, right across Poland. Living there and being a young guy, I was naturally drawn to the social aspect of this beer. Everyone was drinking it between shots of wodka, this was pretty good stuff. The women usually got a couple of pumps of raspberry syrup and drank it from a straw?? Weird, not really my thing. Until I discovered Tyskie and Okocim, this was my go-to/have a fun time/party beer! It pours an average light yellow, smells pretty blah and isn't really something worthy of writing a long review about. So I leave you with this: when in Poland, drink what the Polish drink and that is Zywiec!

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.91/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I was wrapping up at Purdue (through the Indianapolis campus at IUPUI) I was presented with an opportunity to travel abroad and help educate students in Poland. We hit two cities on our tour of Poland; both sister colleges of Purdue University. While there we drank… a LOT. From the vodka to the beers, we pretty much drank every night of the week. But it was part of it. I have since become obsessed with vodka (mostly potato vodka) and always find an excuse to talk about the trip with friends, family, and strangers alike. Working at Total Wine & More I talk about my time spend in Poland in the vodka isle. People trust the Polish when it comes to vodka!

I drank beer in Poland, too. This is one of them. I had more of their porter, and while that is on the list and also in the fridge, I wanted to get this one out of the way. It is a Euro pale lager, and while not like the pale beers here in the United States, has a lasting and memorable flavor. I try to order this any chance I get. Whether you are living in Europe or right here in the United States of America, this is a good and readily accessible beer. Tonight I toast my friends from Poland and my time spent over seas. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: Boring doesn't even begin to explain this beer in the glass. It looks like a cheap domestic. There is little head, and the lace is weak. But imagine sitting in Warsaw, drunk with your classmates. Then the beer looks amazing! I have so many memories from that trip. From seeing Juwenalia to waking up drunk, the trip was great for reasons other than the obvious. Anyway, the beer in the glass looks boring!

Nose: This smells better than I remember. It was a few years ago, so I don't really remember appreciating beer for what it was. Plus, this beer has been made for years. Over 100 years, to be honest. I wonder how the beer has changed over the years. It has a typical European beer aroma to it, and makes me want to just chug this until the glass is empty. I think of German beers when I smell this one.

Flavor: This beer is VERY drinkable. It has some nice notes up front, and then finished smooth and refreshing. This is nothing more than a good drinking beer. They serve these in HUGE glasses (or mugs) over there… and for good reason. The ABV here is low, but you could chug this stuff all day long.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty boring. Not much going on. Not too many bubbles, and the focus here is the finish and the aftertaste. When I move this around in my mouth, there are some intense bubbles… but that is nothing to write home about.

Aftertaste: Maybe the best part of the beer. It is somewhat dry, with a nice pale finish. It is a Euro pale lager, so there aren't as many hops as you would expect from something made on this side of the pond… but it's nice. The finish has me craving for another sip!

Like I said, I spent some time in Poland. I remember drinking this in the airport and in the streets of Jeżów. I remember even ordering this at dinner our first night there. If you have never been to Europe, go. I don't care what country you visit, just go see how life is over there. From meeting and talking to strangers in Paris to ordering drinks from a Russian in Italy, life overseas is something that everyone should be privy to. This beer has a lot of meaning to me… and I will never forget my time spend in Poland.

Żywiec - The bottle says: "Poland's No. 1 Beer"

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Photo of Weli
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden and crystal clear with a fine white head

S-Hay and fresh cut grass, reminds me of summer in farm country, a little bit of funk

T-Sweet and malty up front some what corn flavored, rather light flavor, very little bitterness. No serious off flavors. Quite clean tasting. Could use a bit more hop character to balance. Maybe a touch less sweetness.

M-Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slightly sweet and acidic finish. On the edge of being cloying for this style.

O-Surprisingly tasty for a macrobrew. Way more character than most domestic American offerings.

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Photo of bashiba
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden with a light sticky white head.

The smell is slightly metallic, coppery, with a touch of light sweet malt.

The flavor is light and a touch grainy with a hint of a metallicy finish.

The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

A pretty boring, very average beer, nothing bad, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of FLima
3.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two finger head that is fueled by tiny bubbles that comes from the bottom of the glass.
Clean pale golden color.
Malty and grassy hops aroma, smells similar to a German pilsner.
Good carbonation with medium bubbles.
Taste was a bit surprising, I was expecting more hops, not so bitter and a predominant sweet malty taste. Felt a little oxidation. Not so refreshing and today was a quite hot day.
Light body, but denser than pilsners. The 5.6% alcohol is perceived more than usual. Regular beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear golden yellow crowned with a thick, creamy white head. Mild grain aroma with a hint of pear. Thin, watery body holding a faint malt taste and medium-strength hop bitterness.

An okay lager that didn't quite live up to my expectations based on appearance and smell. Still, it's light, refreshing, and easy drinking.

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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 bark
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is straw yellow (5 EBC), the liquid is clear. The compact two finger head sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is clean and sweet. Some anonymous bitterness and notes of fresh French loaf. Hints of alcohol.

The taste is sweet. Clean as a nanotech lab. Some bread-like flavours. Weak hints of some kind of bitterness. Nuts? Light body. The aftertaste brings some alcohol and dry bitter hints. Alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles small. The liquid is light with some smoothness.

Clean as most Central European pale lagers tend to be. And perhaps a bit boring.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a crystal clear straw-golden color with light foam that quickly disappears from sight, leaving only a ring around the inside of the glass.

This has a light, crisp aroma. It’s not a big grassy hop aroma—far from it— but its definitely fresh and vibrant for being what it is. Flavor is decent. Decently fresh, decently crisp, decently…well, decent. Like a macrobrew with actual hints of flavor. Finish is crisp, with a touch of honeyed sweetness and an easy-sipping effervescence that makes me think I’d try this again sometime. Nothing stands out but it wasn’t offensive to the palate in the least.

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.85/5  rDev +58%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks like a good pale lager. Clear yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky foam. Can't knock it for it's look.

S - Smells kind of grainy, kind of skunky (sort of like Heineken) with a touch more hops.

T - Not bad it's better than Heineken. Still a touch skunky, good floral hops and grain seems balanced.

M - Light and kind of crisp.

Overall not something I would seek out again. Kind of terrible actually.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: big brown 500mL bottle. If I'm honest, the label is quite cheesy and tacky.

Appearance: pours a pale straw yellow colour with a big, fluffy head that settles to a thin film, with some spotty lacing.

Aroma: light barley and grains, something that smells almost a bit vegetal. Not entirely unpleasant either.

Taste: sweet bread malts and a good dose of lager grain flavours. The vegetal flavours take a back seat with a touch of floral hops.

Aftertaste: hops and malts back off, the vegetal flavour comes through as a bit of boiled vegetables.

Mouth feel: light bodied, medium carbonation. Suits the style.

Overall: good for the price. 500mL for AU$4 (for one bottle, not for the case etc). Pretty good value. Can't get it much better for that price.

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Photo of NV9
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pilsener glass.

Nice looking beer, good half inch-plus of head and nice carbonation, fades quicker than I thought it wood though, strong golden colour.

Not much to smell, a bit of corn and grains, very mild.

Lots of flavour, bready malts, some hope present, a hint of citrus.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty nice tasting beer that falls short in the more subjective areas.

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

A-Pours Bright yellow. Clear body and a well fluffed head. Constant carbonation rising.

S-Smooth and sweet with a bit of skunkiness. A sugared bread aroma. Grains. Mild nose but it smells quite quaffable.

T-Sweet bread with light skunk. Mild grassy hop flavor. Very mild. Malt leads the way. Grain and corn on the back end. Actually pretty pleasant.

M-A bit bigger in body. Carbonation is not too eccentric. Smooth for the style. Semi crisp.

O/D-This went down very nicely at a barbeque. Not as poorly produced as many other Euro Lagers. I enjoyed it to a certain extent.

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Photo of gsnowman
2.34/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one at work from a bottle. Tasted pretty standard for a polish beer (I never really taste the difference between any of them anyways).

Didn't realize that it was 5.6 percent alcohol, doesn't really taste that strong. Just noticed it on the bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly more malty than you average pale lager, but nothing outstanding on this one. From all appearances another average lager. No aroma or flavor characteristics to set it apart....

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Photo of Converge
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours a pale straw-golden color with a foamy white cap. Settles to a thin film that leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Mild skunky twang with undertones of honey, subtle grassy hops, and corn. Really watery and subdued.

T - Tastes old. Musty, stale grains, wet cardboard, definitely oxidized. Mild grassiness in the finish, I wouldn't go as far as to call it at all hoppy. Maybe a touch of faded honey sweetness. Slightly metallic. Overall, not good. Really thin and watery.

M - Over-carbonated, but not quite as thin as anticipated. Fitting for the style, but not so much so for my palate.

D - I'm assuming this bottle is a bit past its prime, but even then I don't think this would have been anything spectacular when fresh.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours Clear golden with a medium large white, aggresively sizzeling head. Only a little lace.

S: Rather mild smell, mainly sweet malts. Boiled vegetables, and perhaps some corn. Only faint bitter hops.

T: Sweet malts, a bit bread. The boiled vegetables are held back some, compared to the smell. Some bitter hops.

M: Aftertaste lingers with both bitterness, but also creamyness. Body is watery light while carbonation is strong and offensive.

O: A typical macro mainstream beer, for those who care more for buzz in relation to the cost rather than high quality.

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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.07 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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