Zywiec Porter | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec PorterZywiec Porter

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2001

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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

Photo of dfernandez77
1.62/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

First; rich malty caramel, big bananas up front. Next; solvent, metallic, unappealing oxidized metal machine shop smell.

All good; warm deep brown color, very clear, tan big bubble head. Good head retention - moderate lace. I'd estimate SRM at 24.

Malty, sweet balanced, with a bit of roastiness, initially pleasant until the back flavors come through. Then it's just strange; a strong dirty metallic flavor, plus a tinny sharp metallic flavor that just doesn't seem like something you should drink.

Medium body, slightly slick - but less substance than most porters I have sampled.

Overall Impression:
Completely breaks the promise of the appearance and the up front aroma. It just doesn't taste like something that should be consumed. I threw it out.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
1.75/5  rDev -55%

Photo of Halvey
1.88/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge fan or porters, but hated this one

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Photo of squezey
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of njnj2000
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of rredshift
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of BeerbecueSauce
2/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of antman27
2.18/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Not a fan of this porter

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Photo of magpieken
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of schellsbeer
2.32/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to keep in mind that I am reviewing a Baltic Porter and they have a different flavor than American Porters....one that I am really not crazy for.

A - Very nice. Dark brown to almost black. Small head with intense lacing. Nice!

S/T - BALTIC Porter. Has a completely different smell and taste than American Porters. FUNK is what I call it. Fish. Nuts. European. Not American. Don't mean to be rude but just has a different all together smell and flavor. This being my second Baltic Porter, I have to say that American Micro Breweries have mastered and passed the art of brewing great porters and stouts. Nothing compares....Period.

M - Nice Average mouthfeel. Not too thin and not too thick. Very creamy. Nice texture. I do like this part of this brew.

D - NO. For something that has this aftertaste, I will never seek out a Baltic Porter again. Nothing will make me change my mind. Very high alcohol content for a beer that is subpar on taste and smell. However, very nice looking and mouthfeel. I do find these qualities very nice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.36/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Super dark brown color with cola and ruby highlights. Pretty quick tn head and ver hard t see, if any, bubbling.

Light roasted malts mixed with molasses and sasparilla. When I say "light roasted malts" its because thisbeer is dark, the expected, abundant roasted aromas for a Baltic Porter aren't there.

Syrupy cola and coffee malts, with maybe a touch of brown sugar hit the palate first. The middle has cola nuts and some molasses. The finish is roastd blood and tin. The finish on this beers taste and palate kills any hopes of me buying this beer again. All metal and blood. Sounds like an 80's thrash metal album title.

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Photo of brewcifix
2.39/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A- This pours red-brown, but is opaque black in the glass. This porter has a great head on it's shoulders with pretty decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, notes of honey, hay, and some distant chocolate sum up the nose on this one.

T- Deep espresso and roasted malts are subdued by extremely subtle hops, some sweetness, and a heavy alcohol finish. You can taste every bit of that 9.5% ABV for sure! My inner "beer snob" comdemns this. But, my manliness is inflated. I feel like this is putting hair on my chest, and I should be accompanied by some vikings or something. There's a lingering espresso-malt thing happening in my mouth that I really can't complain about.

M- There's a medium amount of carbonation (medium to high for a porter), with medium weight. If not for the heavy alcohol finish, I'd say the tongue weight makes this more drinkable than most fine porters.

Overall, this is a porter for men that want to drink like manly men. It isn't notably complex, and I wouldn't consider it to be among the best I've tasted. As I often say about beers in this category, (out of respect for beers in ANY category): I "wouldn't kick this one out of bed". It's tasty, cheap, and unassuming. Although, I prefer sophisticated, intelligent, beautiful women- I can enjoy the "tasty-cheap-unassuming" type on occasion. If there are better porters on tap or in the store- by all means: buy them. However, if you're on a budget, and nothing else is up your alley- do not be ashamed to give Zywiec Porter a try.

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Photo of curasowa
2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, dark red color with a thin cap of tan head. A strong medicinal/alcohol aroma dominates with notes of roasted malt and caramel. The taste is syrup-sweet, lots of caramel malt flavor and a LOT of alcohol. I know it's 9.5%, but I've had big beers that hide it better. The finish is lingering and astringent and kinda harsh. Drinkability is so-so. Looking at the other reviews, I think I'm in the minority here, but I really didn't care for this beer.

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Photo of bs870621345
2.49/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours black with a ruby color around the edges. Thin tan head with no lacing down the side.

Smell is of coffee, chocolate, and a strange burnt scent.

Taste is chocolatey and burnt. nothing appealing, but not a drainpour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, little oily.

Drinkablility is moderate. Drank 500ml with a friend, and wasn't horrid.

Not an impressive brew at all, tastes burnt to a crisp.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of 54V4G3
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Photo of pperez38
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Troville1990
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of BenHoppy
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste is not roasted chocolatey malts but rather stale barley and malts. If it wasn't for the color I'd never know it's a porter, tastes more like a bad pilsner.

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Photo of PolarBear3
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours an a deep almost black colour with a tanned head that laces and retains well

S - Some burnt coffee, chocolate, some spice and a hint of vanilla

T - Roasted,charcoal woody coffee, chocolate with some liquorice and a slightly metallic bitter finish

M - Medium Bodied with medium to high carbonation

O - Fairly average flavourless porter. No complexity and the bitter metallic finish is very ordinary

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was one of several brews farrardc and stopper and I split during a baltic porter blind tasting.
Pouring at cellar temp in a snifter.
The color is dark cocoa brown with some ruby highlights beige head that fades slowly to a surface layer leaving clingy tight lattice. Aroma is dark fruit and some diacetyl giving a bit of a toffee effect. Slightly roasty on the nose.
First sip reveals a fizzy tingly carbonation. Flavor starts with some sweet molasses but rolls to a harsh astringent flavor with some chemically flavors not overly pleasant. The finish is bitey and it could be from booze, this beer wasnt one of the better ones of the nite.

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Photo of JakerLou
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Achoo_Bacca
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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