Zywiec Beer | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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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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Added by Todd on 10-08-2001

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV stated as 5.6%. Appears to have been destined for the US market.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with low carbonation and some floating sediment. Forms a decent head of white foam with a fine texture; this remains for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma is almost non-existant - light malt with a hint of grain and perhaps a whisper of noble hops. An underlying note of stewed veg appears as it warms.

Tastes of light malt with a finish that resembles solvent/alcohol. Notes of stewed leaves/veg in the background, and a harsh solvent note. This worsens noticibly as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, with light tingling from the carbonation. Aftertaste of stewed veg/leaves and solvent.

Not a brilliant beer by any standard. Too many unpleasant off-notes lurking in the background. If you're gonna drink it, I recommend keeping it ice cold....

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Photo of Duhast500
1.33/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a dark amber/gold with a slight finger of foamy white head and no lacing.

The smell is slightly bready with sick boozy aroma. Some slight corn aroma in the background that can't make things too positive.

The taste is tangy with a boozy flavor that is like strong vegetable with a bread like flavor.

The feel is light and drinkable and is smooth but leaves an unpleasant aftertaste on the tongue long after it is swallowed.

After two sips I am looking to wash my mouth out.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

884th Review on BA
Bottle to Bulbed Pils
500 ml

Best before 3-14-12

App - A dark colored yellow with a good two finger fast receding head. No cling but color and head are good.

Smell- A euro for sure. Malty sweet, corn and some filler. Not much there.

Taste- Very much a Euro. Follows nose with a little corn and a little sweet. A small touch of lemon. Its just average but no wow or oustanding flavor

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Lemony malty.

Drink- Its a free beer so cant complain. Euro all day long.

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Photo of skypup
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in Zywiec glass at hotel in Krakow Poland.

I had this with traditional fermented rye soup, (Zurek) and it was a pretty good pairing.

A- Light Staw; littele head and retention; no lacing.

S- lightly malty and somewhat grainy, some hops apparent.

T- Slightly sweet toasted malt, cereal grains and mild grass undertones. Lightly bitter finish.

M- light bodied, mildly carbonated. Relatively Crisp.

D- This is a pretty standard Eastern European lager. Nothing special.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Time for a trip to Poland. Not physically but metaphorically... actually not even metaphorically; I'm gonna drink a beer from Poland, are you happy now? Smart ass.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Light amber body with a "cappuccino" foam white head that has decent enough staying power, unlike some other brews. Hmmm, should I go back and change "staying power"? It sounds pseudo-sexual... meh.

S: Grassy and grainy, like most other eastern european beers (except the Czech Republik- they make awesome beers). There is a minor sour yeast note that hides the hops... or IS the hops. I just blew my mind.

T: No real surprises; cut grass and grain on the front palate, giving way to some yeast sour funk, and a sweetness throughout. Neither pleasant nor unpleasant as far as a lager goes. The hops lend their bitter characters in a bland, unexciting way. The sweet and sourness of this beer is the main lingering taste. Meh again.

M: More like an ale in the mouthfeel department; medium bodied with low carbonation.

D: I'm not sure exactly how the silly temperature sticker on the back is supposed to help... maybe it's there to help me remember this completely unremarkable beer once I've finished drinking it. In any case if Poland is as boring as this brew I have no desire to ever visit. Otherwise it's an easy, inoffensive lager that deserves a once off try and nothing more. Double meh.

Food match: Polish food seems too exciting a food match for this. I'm going to recommend a bowl of soup, cream of celery, with a crusty (but make sure it's plain!) bread roll. Sorted.

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Photo of jlenik
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: nothing too special about this. looks fizzy and the head almost floats away...

s: barely any hops, light bread and seltzer water.

t: I taste some alcohol, some sweetness, but it still manages to be refreshing. not really too much going on here but I didn't expect much.

m: slightly thick but nothing crazy. slight alcohol tastes remains.

o: one of my favorite polish beers. great to kick back a few of these and relax with some friends!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the LCBO, sporting a "beermometer" on the back that I totally didn't notice until long after I poured it.

Nice golden hue, clear and bright, with a reasonably tall head that descended into a fine ring.

Nose is sweet, sporting pale malts and just a touch of citrus/herbal hops. Not bad, but pretty faint.

Compared to most of the other Eastern European lagers I've had recently, this one wasn't bad. Fairly sweet, a bit of grain, and mild bitter herbal hop finish. Slight metallic twang which becomes more prevalent as it warms, so try not to let that happen. Thin, zippy carbonation.

I guess this brew is a cut above some of the other Polish/Ukrainian/Baltic mass-market lagers, but that isn't really saying much.

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Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a two finger head that disappeared quickly - a little lacing - the colour of apple juice

S - grassy hops and corn/malt

T - follows the nose although not badly balanced - a little pepper in the finish

M - light medium body with some carbonation - a hint of bitterness and spice in the finish

O - a drinkable lager but certainly nothing to seek out - I can not imagine someone preferring this style over all others

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Photo of bylerteck
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this in Bialystok. From notes.

A - Poured a sort of golden/apple juice colour. Medium visible carbonation. Bright. Thin cap of white head. No lacing or retention.

S - Icky corn, sweet grainy lager smell that is more like soap than beer.

T - Much like the aroma with corn and sweet grain, with a mild grassy hop character. Hop character is able to balance the sweetness enough and allowed it to grow on me. But just barely.

M - Medium carbonation with a light body and a sweetish grainy sort of finish.

O/D - I couldn't session this, but it is drinkable as a lager. Doesn't taste great but much better than others available in those parts. This was fresh and domestic, I've never tried it at home, but I don't imagine travel would be kind to it.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Zywiec, ABV: 5.6%.
650 ml bottle, a gift (bought in Poland).

From notes:

A: The liquid is very clear, the colour is pale gold, almost yellow, and the white head leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: A light, somewhat sour aroma of bread and citrus.

T: Mostly malty flavours of grains, and some citrus. The bitterness is small to medium.

M: Small to medium body. Easily drinkable.

O: A standard Polish lager - average in most aspects. It would mix well with traditional Polish bread and cabbage-based dishes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.52/5  rDev -17.4%
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 DrewSnyc667
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

650ml Bomber poured into a small .2 L pilsner glass

A - Light straw, pale yellow, an abundance of carbonation. Loose head about 3/4 quickly recedes, leaves a faint lace

S - Buttery, Skunky, Metallic, Very common macro lager

T - Corn husks, strong butter sweetness, not much hop bite

M - Cloying sweetness could really use some hops to cut the taste, Carbonation although very noticeable in the look does little to dry the beer up. Fruity aftertaste...Not real pleasant

O - For $1.99 bomber its ok, but there is a lot better out there and this one will be passed on in the future

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Photo of atr2605
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a transparent yellow color with a white foamy head
S-Very light aroma, no hop presence, a clean slightly sweet malt aroma
T-Very similar to the aroma, just the presence of a little malt, not really any other flavor
M-light bodied
O-Reminds me of a european version of bud. Very drinkable but thats because it lacks flavor and body. Fairly close to the style but still not alot going on in this beer

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-blond color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: malts, metallic and light hops
Taste: sweet malts, grain and light hops. Aftertaste is bit skunked and metallic
Mouthfeel: high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Not my beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden pale yellow, no head, no lace, but a nice visible stream of carbonation, classic euro lager look. Smell was very light, corn, grain, bread, sort of a musky smell, again pretty run of the mill for the style. The taste was crisp, and clean, classic lager, grainy malted taste, slight hint at the european hops. Very smooth and a classic session beer. Overall it was ok

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Platinum gold with loose white froth that dies fast and leaves a dubious film. Grassy hop nose with metallic undertones. Wonderbread sweet malts, slight creamed corn middle with some hay and light spicy Noble hops bite at the end. Flowery finish and cumin linger. Crispy, fizzy, round, sugary stickiness, some salt.

A bit thin and slightly sour, but definitely not the worst Polish lager. Zywiec seem to know it, too; it's 20 cents more per can on average.

A top macro lager - if that seems like a back-handed compliment, it is.

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Photo of horshack7
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: From a 500ml bottle comes a pale golden colored beer with a lacey white head that thins out fairly quick.

Aroma: Not alot of hop aroma. There is a little bit of dryness on the tail end from the hops but a minor note of floral and citrus bits. A twinge of breadiness with a little spice in the back.

Taste: A decently crisp mouthfeel to start. The malts seem that they are there to balance it a little bit. As for the hops floral notes mostly and a little bit of dryness.

Notes: It's not too bad not anything to write home about but it could come in handy on a hot spring or summer day. Cheers.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/25/2012 on the label, so I think I have some time to finish the sixer that was a gift.

Pours a transparent, light yellow. Smells lightly sweet and almost buttery.

Taste is good for the style, it has some flavor. It's light bodied with a crisp finish.

This is beer at it's most basic. It's good for summer when you just want to drink a beer to quench your thirst without giving it a lot of thought. A much better alternative to most AAL's.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Poland Champion #1 Beer of Poland look good. It have gold body. Many head for style. So much fizzy. Smell is like Poland springs water. Much nice for you to buy. With corn. Is clean taste you want have. Make for you now. Zywiec has delicious beverage. If feel you like drink to make proud family. Buy for you want have. You will like.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 4-pk of this from Woodman's in Beloit, WI for $4.69 in summer 2011.

Pours a rather clear semi-copper color with a rather thick head of foam. Scent is mostly of malts and it's not a very good scent either as it sort of reminds me of vomit sadly enough. There is a ver fine and thin taste to it. Semi-sweet malts and a touch of almounds is what I pick out. Still very drinkable but too thin and watery for my liking.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a thin soapy white head which recedces to no lacing and no real head. The aroma was of grains and some bland malts. The taste had a grainy and corn backbone, but then there was a nice sweet undertone from the middle to the back end. A slight hop bite but hard to find. The mouthfeel was heavily carbonated. Overall it was an above average euro. The sweetness makes it stand out a little bit from the others.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent lager....accompanied an excellent Hunter's Stew at a local Polish restaurant. Crisp bite, nice combination of malt and hops; but would have liked it to be a bit hoppier. Fruity undertones, fairly strong carbonation. Nice dry finish. Hazy gold with a fluffy white head that held on for a good bit. Probably served a bit too cold, so I let it sit for a while. Easy drinking and complimented the hearty stew nicely. If I'm back at this place, I'll have another. I may, however, ask them to serve it in something other than a Stella glass...

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Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev 0%
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 thehyperduck
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 mL single bottle, with label that claims the brand to be Poland's "#1 Premium Beer". #1 in sales? Quality? I have no idea, but if it's #1 I obviously can't go wrong. Also, the label says it is 5.5% rather than the 5.7 listed here.

Pours the familiar translucent gold characteristic of most euro pales with a half-centimetre of white, soapy head on top. Retention is poor as this head vanishes within a minute or two, but some lacing remains behind. Some bubbles stream to the top but not an overwhelming quantity. Smell is grassy with a disheartening twinge of corn adjunct.

Taste is mellow and mostly smooth; and not really what I was expecting. Yeast and some grain malts with a surprisingly sweet undertone. Not much bitterness to speak of, but a floral hop presence is evident. Clean finish. Mouthfeel is light and watery with the high carbonation level expected of the style.

This is quite drinkable, but I'm still left to wonder why I would seek it out over things that are easier to find like Carlsberg, Grolsch, Heineken, etc. It's serviceable, but why bother going out of your way for that level of quality? If you're in the mood for any old euro lager, just grab what's readily available because they all have about the same to offer. If you're a lager fan and Zywiec is staring at you from the shelves, there's no reason not to give it a shot (it is super-cheap, after all), but don't expect much.

[Updated Dec. 13 2013]

Another bottle, this time compared side-by-side with Lech, Lezajsk and Zubr in a cheap Polish lager showdown. I was probably a little harsh on this one last time - it's a passable Euro lager, and although it claims the only ingredients are barley, hops and water, it sure tastes like they forgot to include 'corn' in that list. Not the worst imported lager I've ever had, but I would not place it in the upper half of that broad category, either.

Final Grade: 2.95, a C.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker side of golden with a stiff off white head. Smells sweet with some soapy leather. Taste is a lot higher quality than smell. Although taste is light and refreshing its a bit more flavorful than your average adjunct. I would have liked just a little bit more bitter hop to balance the cereal sweetness. A little more enjoyable after the leather burned off. Really enjoyed this one with a steak fajita. I'll get it again. Na zdrowie (Pronounced "Nasdrovia" - to your health in Polish).

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