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 ToneControl
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was introduced to this beer by my mate who's just come back from a year in Poland. He will drink only 3 Polish beers, and this is the only one I can find in the UK.

It's impressively well-balanced for such a strong beer, but ultimately I couldn't drink more than 2 of these in one evening, it starts to get less refreshing (although not as much as the extra strong lagers popular in Scotland), and I turn to other beers. In a way, it's got a similar balance of thirst-quenching-property against strength as Stella Artois or Red stripe, but of course it tastes better than those.

It forms a large head, which disappears quite quickly. I do like this stuff, I always pick up a few bottles of this at my local store.

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Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a good head, but little lacing. Has a nice malty scent, slightly sour. Good taste, an excellent cold beer, it has a nice malty flavor without being too sour. Goes down very smoothly. An excellent lager, one of the best I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of Auraan
3.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden body with abundant carbonation bubbles rising to a long lasting finger and a half, thick, white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent lager, very well done. Scents of noble hops upfront, imparting notes of jasmine, pepper and further floral aromas, malt character is grainy, but with light notes of honey present as well. Overall impression of aroma is of a good lager, bordering on fantastic, very nice. Flavor begins with notes of sweet honey-like and grainy malt along with floral noble hop flavors and earthy hops at moderate levels. These flavors continue in the middle. Finish is dry with notes of noble hops imparting floral, peppery and earthy flavors, with honey-like and grainy malt balancing. Aftertaste is honey, grainy malt and floral noble hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic pale lager. It is rich and flavorful, with an excellent noble hop and honey malt character. It is one of the top examples of the style I have sample and at a very good price. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation and a light sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, heavier lager, though still within style. Very nice. Overall this is a fantastic pale lager. From aroma to mouthfeel it nails the style perfectly. It is also the perfect Winter pale lager, as it is slightly heavier than examples from further south and west. Poland makes an excellent lager at an amazing price, well worth adding to the regular rotation.

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Photo of JohnW
3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale with decent fairly tight head, aroma hints at being crisp and dry. Light refreshing texture, drier than some with a slightly floral hint from the yeast I guess, and no vices in the aftertaste. Have tried this from bottle and can, and think its better in the bottle, seems to have more character, a bit thinner in texture in the can.

It is rather over carbonated, and tastes a lot smoother and richer if you get the 'fizz' out by stirring or shaking. Can be bought a lot cheaper here in UK than the usual Macro brewers pretend lager and is preferable to them too. Not a great beer, but would make a decent session beer well chilled on a hot summer day, especially after getting the 'fiz' out!

John W
Bham UK Dec 2005

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Euro pale lager made in Poland and imported by Heineken. What do you expect? And yet it was a bit better than anticipated. Served cold, poured frothy yellow in the glass with a decent head and a bit of skunk (despite the brown bottle) but some malt in the nose. Taste was both a touch sweet, a bit biscuity and somewhat balanced with fruity hops, though far less than one might expect. Very easy drinking beer--almost too much so. You could put down a few of these on a cold night in Warsaw (or War-shington). Hand-delivered by UF from Pittsburgh. (Thanks UF!)

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the land of my paternal family. This beer pours a clean, clear, sharp, yellow with about an inch of white head that had good retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma is mostly a light grain scent, with a hint of soft hops and a slightly sweet finish. That pretty much sums up the flavor profile as well, except for the fact that the beer is a bit sweeter on the tongue.

The body was surprisingly full for the style. drinkability was very good, I'd happily grab a bottle of this to have with a sandwich at the park for lunch. Overall, a very nice brew that's worth a shot if you see it.

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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 endovelico
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%

Focused and rich, tastes like sweetened chamomile iced tea. Light gold in color; honey, grainey and hay aromas; Light-bodied and sweetish with medium acidity and a peppery finish.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: It smells of medium low bready malt and bread crumb and floral hops.

L: A brilliant gold pour releases streams of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface to help produce a 1.5" robust and persistent white foam cap.

T: big rich malts, primarily bread dough and bread crumb with light grain mixed in. Moderate to moderately low floral hops and a mild bitterness season the beer. It ends with very pleasant lingering bread crumb and spicy hop flavors and a mild balancing bitterness.

F: Medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5ml bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice clear straw yellow, with ok carbonation. The head is small, white and leaves lots of lace.

The Smell is nice, a bit nutty and crisp hops.

The taste is good yet mild not real bold of even pronounced. Sum nuty bread and mild hops.

The mouthfeel is ok, nice body but could use a better carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good a nice refreshing and easy drinking brew. MK

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I generally enjoy Euro Pale Lagers more than the next guy and this one is an old favorite. Not as good as most of its Belgian, Dutch, and German counterparts, but still very drinkable and well balanced Euro pale lager.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, malts. Taste is good, sweet, malts, bitter at the finish, surprisingly flavorfull. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a good quality brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5 @ Cafe Palonia, Salem MA.

Our server pronounced it jew-vee-et.

Orange tinged gold color with a pleasant white head. Head sticks around for about half the glass before dismissing itself.

Floral and springtime meadow hop aroma over sweet malty goodness. Taste follows up on that malty goodness and is bolstered by a light and airy, yet pillowy mouthfeel.

Good stuff. If more fresh European lagers were available I'd probably drink more of them. Some one get on that. Thanks.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing all that special but still pretty solid. Sold in 16oz bottles for pretty cheap at a liquor store near me. Good to grab one or two before a party just to have people ask what you're drinking and how to pronounce it. Na zdrowie!

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank quite of few of these over the past few months and I can say that I've never been disappointed. Quite a nice looking beer--straw gold, foam for a brief moment--but nothing out of this world. I don't recall anything out of the ordinary about the smell--certainly not anything negative that others have noted. I don't mind the flavour, but a friend who tried it when I first brought it home was immediately turned off by it. A good brew to have now and again, but nothing to die for.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look; pours pale gold , with little frothing, carbonation is little, so the small head doesn't stick around long

Smell; immediate fresh sweet smell upon opening the bottle, grainy and fresh.

Taste; Crisp fresh lager more on the bitter side than a typical euro-lager. surprisingly nice, but missing something...

Feel; a dry fresh Finnish to it but goes down thicker, "creamy" feeling.

Overall a nice change to what I normally drink, quiet nice, would get it again.

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

Out of all Polish beers, this has to be my favorite.

It's golden colour is just the begining to it's smooth malty sweet taste. Unlike a several bad experiances with beers from Poland, this did not have a metallic aftertaste, it was instead sweet and small.

I would recommend this.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear golden with a minor head of white foam. Smelled slightly fruity/grassy, but otherwise, like a plain old beer. Not very prominent.

Taste was clean, crisp, smooth. For some reason it seemed tastier than the average lager, though I can't recall many distinguising characteristics.

I could have put back a few of these. Very drinkable. Great summer beer.

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Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically how a lager should taste and look. Nice, goldish color with great medium lasting foam. Nice bubbles after pouring into a glass. Decent aroma. First few sips and tastes indicate that it is better than a bud, then the malt aftertaste comes into the play, which is fine for a lager.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - This is another easy drinking Euro lager that can be considered as another standard patio refresher in the summer.

Appearance - clear straw yellow-gold with a head that recedes to a medium layer and some good lacing. Later the head disappears to a thin ring.

Smell - a relatively clean lager with some sweet malt balanced with mild hops. Maybe a tiny bit of smokey meat in the background...?

Taste - another good but typical easy drinking Euro lager. Well balanced but not too sweet to start and slightly drier than other similar beers. Low in malt and low-medium in hop levels. Nothing great, nothing bad.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy while watery and refreshing. Carbonation is held well.

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Photo of rotsaruch
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, golden straw color with a very impressive white head that slowly dissipated into a sheet of lace that clinged to the glass. A pleasant malty aroma was noticeable with a slight floral hop fragrance. It had a biscuity, sweet malt taste that was balanced by a floral/spicey hop flavor. The body is medium with a fine to moderate carbonation that leaves a slightly creamy mouthfeel. It finishes smooth and light with a fairly dry aftertaste that lingered. Overall, a pleasant beer with some nice malt and hop character.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright golden with a hint of a white head.
the arona is light and clean with some malt and a hint of hops
the flavor is clean and malty, noble hop spice, minerially, clean.
zywiec is nice on a hot summer day, goes down smooth. i used to live in michigan little poland (hamtramick) and zywiec was served in all the polish resturants and it goes really well with the combo plate!

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Photo of Jdiddy
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great Pilsner in my opinion. Has that nice bitter taste. Color is what you would expect, a nice copper with very little head. I expected it to foam up a bit more. It is one of the better Pilsners I have tasted actually. Would be a great sumer beer and one that you could drink TONS of.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma-faint barley and hops. Maybe beer is too cold, but aromas are faint.
Look-Dark black color, medium white head. Lasting with large bubbles.
Taste us heavy toasted barley. Rye/ pumpernickel. Smooth sipping with a lot of flavor. Late sourness that is not unpleasant.
Mouthfeel- low carbonation. Thin smooth feel. Would be great with a hearty beef stew with a lot of carrots, potatoes, dill and rosemary. This beer always satisfies....na zdorovie.

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Zywiec Beer from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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