Tatra | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.06/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes in February 2010.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Yellow, crystal clear, with a head that foamed up but then died shortly thereafter. No lacing to indicate it was ever there. Corn, cereal grains, and a mild tang in the nose and the palate. If there ever was an identical taste and smell, this is it. DMS, very slight cereal, and a metallic twang. Thin, watery, no depth, hardly any flavor, hardly any excitement here. I poured it just so I can get on with the next beer.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this 500ml can at the LCBO in Hawkesbury, Ont., the label (can) says 5,5% alc/vol.

A: suprisingly dark for a pils, golden almost copper, no head wharsoever.

S: this beer smells fresh, some malt, no hops

T: classic industrial pilsner taste, round, almost sweet, some malt,

M: medium-bodied, missing the cleaniness

D: I won't this one again, much better pale lager are on the marketfor the same price (2,05$).

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.27/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rather strong alcohol taste which is odd for a bohemian type jasne Pelni. While the grassy side is present as in all beers of this style but we find no malt in all its qualities, including one where the sugar comes in a subtle way to make the beverage so easily drinkable, which is obviously harmful for beer thirst.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

After Germany, Poland seems to offer more varieties of imported lager on the Orange County store shelves than any other country. Some are reasonably good, and some are just no. Tatra is marketed as the "beer with character" so you can bet that my expectations will be hoping for the former. On to the beer:

Dark golden color, topped with an inch of soapy head. Some visible large bubbles run through the body of the beer. It has an okay aroma. There's a vague fruitiness, grain soaking in water, dough, and a metallic note.

A mouthfull of not much, and what there is doesn't impress me. The flavor brings a strange fruitness, a metallic edge, a taste of sharp alcohol, and a dry grain taste. The mouthfeel has a slick character and a humming of carbonation.

Tatra isn't going to be one of the first names which I conjure with Polish beer. Could be worse....could have been infected (I'm looking at you New English).

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Photo of gandres
2.29/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle 500 ml to wine glass
Appearance: Golden amber clear, very small off white foam that disappears quickly
Aroma: scent of malt not a lot
Taste: low bitterness, not a lot of taste, watery, abrupt finish
Palate: lively carbonation, good long finish, tart follow through
Overall: Fair beer, but not to repeat look for
Drank: 8/20/2016 11:30 pm

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Photo of emerge077
2.38/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

BBD: 06.02.2010

"Beer with character" and a Polish fellow (feather in his cap and brass buttons on his vest) smoking a pipe on the yellow label. "Truly Polish" on the neck label. 6.0% abv

Pours crystalline amber gold with a decent finger of lasting foam. Dull surface with a decent skim of foam after 5 minutes. Sweet grainy euro pils aroma, some cooked corn. Nothing special, reminds me of past benders of Samson beer at Johnnie's.

Flavor is passable, again just a variation on a worn out theme. Fizzy astringent cardboard corn drink. Bleeehhhh. Horribly metallic, corny, with a cardboard aftertaste. Not worth finishing. This is horrible beer, don't let the new label fool you. Foul tasting, watery corn silage. Do not drink... this is garbage masquerading as beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.39/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Toom Getrankmarkt. Not much to this beer, no aroma, little flavor, just a carbonated beverage that happens to have alcohol. There’s better to be had in Poland....

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Photo of MickeyBeer
2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into an imperial pilsener glass

A- Golden and clear in color, active bubbles of carbonation rising, very little bit of white head that disappeared right away

S- A little bit of malty sweetness and bread aromas. Really not a lot going on here.

T- Pretty simple in flavor. Malts, bread, and a hint of alcohol.

M- Light body that is smooth and easy to drink.

A- To me this is the epitome of many european lagers- smooth and easy to drink with a decent ABV, but really nothing spectacular. It lacks any real aromas or complex flavors. It isn't bad, but it isn't good either.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500 mL bottle of Tatra, a "Beer with Character" according to the label. The beer pours a dark golden color with a very thin wispy head that quickly disappeared--entirely.

The aroma was that of grains other than barley: corn maybe rice. Fairly light on the palate. Flavors of a macro lager abound. There is a ghost of decent bready malt finished by a whisper bitter hops.

Somewhat disappointing for a beer with "Character."

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

Another 500 ml can bought in the polish shop in Arnhem. This one also poured into my Guinness pint glass. ABV 6%.
Nice deep yellow golden colour, with two fingers of white, soapy head. Average retention, no activity in the glass.
Aroma is very faint and it consists mostly of malts and hay.
Lots of malts on the taste, stale bread, you could say sweet. Aftertaste is slighty metallic, nothing too offensive but it's there.
Average carboanation, medium thin on the body.
Maybe the score given doesn't do it justice, since overall it offers a good drinking experience, nothing too vile, nothing too fancy, and for being a cheap euro lager, it does its job well.

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Photo of 50wolves
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tatra jasne pelne. Aroma - smells a tad hoppy, rather weak smelling, appearance - pours clear light coloured with carbonation that disappears quickly (drank from dimpled mug) with white head that disappears quickly. Taste - I would classify as 'piss beer', fairly flavourless with little going for it. Feel - slight astringency which is the only thing that is of any notice in this beer. Overall - I would not drink this again, it is a simple beer with no defining characteristics.

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Photo of bruachan
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a big head vanished into thin air as soon as the glass hit my table—no lacing, no foamy film. nuthin. really weak malt and no hop character to speak of. i suppose it's possible i got a watery pour, but this was pretty disappointing. it fell short of a few of of the BJCP guidelines for a czech pils (not that this should always guide one's opinion)

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Photo of spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, a skunkiness, hops, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it comes across as slightly watery. The taste is made up of lots of breads/grains mixed with a skunkiness and a little bit of hops. It also had a corn syrup and metallic taste to it. It finishes with a corn syrup/skunky aftertaste.

Drink - Pretty much like every other Euro macro beer out there. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of TerryW
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep gold, big head out of the can, but instantly down to nothing. Apple juice look.

A little grass, a little malt in the nose, but nothing particularly inviting. Similarly uninspired taste, but nothing offensive. Just plain.

An unremarkable brew. Tough to find tasty stuff from Eastern Europe ...

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Photo of matjack85
2.71/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 500ml brown bottle at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL. The beer has a best before date on it of June 2 of 2010, so it's plenty fresh. I hope it lives up to it's label claim of being a "beer with character".

The beer poured a clear, medium gold color and made a nice 3 finger fluffy white head. The head lasted a few minutes and I assumed it would leave some nice lacing with all the fluffiness, but after the head settled down, it left no lacing at all.

The smell was very unimpressive - just a lot of sweet grain and a bit of skunk.

The taste was equally unimpressive. Lots of grainy sweetness with just a touch of bitterness from mild hops - but nowhere near enough to call it balanced. The only character this beer has is sweetness.

The low carbonation takes away any crispness but it does give the beer a heavier, smooth, and buttery texture. Not a light bodied beer at all, but not quite full bodied either as the label claims.

It's easy to drink and the 6.0% alcohol is barely noticeable. I just don't know if I'd want more than one due to all the cheap sugar.

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Photo of nick76
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very true to type with grainy malt and grassy almost herbal hops. The appearance is pale gold with an average head. The taste is also true to type and matches the aroma almost exactly. The aftertaste is clean. The palate is thin but OK for the style. Overall it's a pretty average beer but not "Beer With Character."

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

(Served in a strange)
Best before 3.19.2014
A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow crystal clear body with a thin wisp of snow white head that breaks apart and a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has hints of green slightly sweet sulfur that turns briny as the beer opens.

T- The touch of sweetness to a flat pale malt flavor leads to a green Noble hop note in the finish with a bitter hint in the aftertaste. There is a watery flavor that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle crisp carbonation in the finish.

O- Some nice hints of flavor in here but a bit thin and watery and the hops start to take on a soapy quality as it warms.

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Photo of AltBock
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with a yellow oval label that shows a man wearing traditional Polish clothes looking over at some Polish mountains while smoking a pipe. He has this look on his face that looks like he's remembering something funny about those mountains. It's either that or there's something else in that pipe other than tobacco. The bottom half of the label has the ABV% and a small picture of two gold metals that this beer won back in 1856! I guess they don't have any more recent metals. The back label has the importer, US Government warning, barcode, best before date, and some kind of bottle number. The label claims that this beer truly Polish, a Beer with character, and has a full bodied taste. We'll see about that!

I decided to pour this Polish beer into my Imperial Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. When poured, this beer was a clear and pale...Well, I don't want to say it was a straw yellow color because it was slightly darker than that. I'll just say that it was a healthy urine yellow color. That should do it. On top of this urine yellow beer was an extremely fizzy 1/4 of an inch head of foam. This head of foam quickly fizzled away in a blink of an eye. It only managed to leave behind a few fizzy rings along the sides.

The aroma was malty with nothing but malted grains like rice and corn. Maybe I shouldn't have said nothing but malted grains because if it's swirled around, a speck of juicy fruits emerges from the background. Mostly the aroma was all about the cheap malted grains.

The taste was heavily carbonated and crispy with cheap malted grains like corn and rice. I did however receive a tiny speck of malted barley in here as well. What separated the taste from the aroma was that I got more of a juicy fruit presence and a slight hop presence toward the end. The taste was average at best.

This was a light bodied beer that featured a faint aftertaste of cheap malted grains, a speck of juicy fruits, and a subtle and I mean subtle taste of bitter hops. Luckily this aftertaste didn't linger on.

In the end, did this beer have character? Nope! Did it have a full bodied taste? It wasn't even close to that. Was it truly Polish? It sure was because that's where the label said it was from. I thought this was another cheap macro tasting beer. At least this beer was cheap! I don't remember how much it was, but I know I didn't pay much for it.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Color is a transparent lighter orange. Almost half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was only present on a thin layer on top while drinking. Low active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Pepper and oats come out first. Prairie grass and some buttery yeast on the body. Lingering grains are present throughout. Some airy dough rounds this one out.

Taste: Some buttery yeast mixes with some grains on the front. That quickly yields to a soapy, oaky body which doesn't seem to fit. Some metallic tones some up on the back end with more oats and doughy yeast.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low. Soap and metallic textures linger on the palate.

Overall: Disappointed here. Definitely some off flavors popping up on the body. I would definitely pass on this and go to other Polish pale lagers.

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Photo of tone77
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, hints of green apples. Taste is grains, light malts, hints of band-aid at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not horrible, but it's a beer I won't be buying again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A stereotypical "Euro lager". Bright golden colour, with almost apple-juice luminescence.

Aroma is pure corn, very sweet. The taste is also very sweet and has no discernible hop flavours. It is similar to a multitude of other Euro lagers; however, not as bland or water-like as some.

Although not a beer style I'd ever choose (unless on a n over-night train within Europe), certainly not the worst variant I've ever tried!

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Photo of rwrk42
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: A dark yellow similar to virgin olive oil in color. No head whatsoever.

Smell: Very light sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Very Light bodied but clean and smooth. Sweet malty taste followed by a slight hop bitterness. Not much else to it. Very mild in flavor. Very typical euro lager.

Was hoping for a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Noelan
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml can from my local LCBO, served in a pint. Grabbed it because of the fascinating art on the can.

Look: Golden color with a finger and a half of white head that almost instantly dissipates. 3.5

Smell: First comes a piney grass smell, followed by earth undertones. Wasn't expecting the piney grass smell but with my second smell I actually kind of liked it. Very different. 2.75

Taste: The initial taste is exactly as described in smell, pine and grass. Followed by a sweetness that I cant describe, and finishing with a kick that almost reminds me of malt liqueur. 2.75

Feel: Almost zero carbonation. soft feel. 3.25

Would buy this again, but could not drink it regularly. The earthiness is both desirable and problematic.
Overall: 3.0

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Photo of sunrisesolara
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can from Krakow, poured into a pint glass
expiration date: 24 March 2010
A: pours a golden yellow, one finger head that quickly disappears, leaving very little lace.
S: sweet malts dominate, followed by a slight hint of hops.
T: the sweet, malty flavor is balanced by the hops, decent mouthfeel.
D: I couldn't drink many of these, the sweetness quickly overwhelms what little taste it has. The finish is overly dry.
Not my pick among the Polish choices out there.

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Photo of kjyost
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can won at a homebrew club meeting. Claims to be 5.5% ABV. Poured at 4C into a Leffe chalice.

The beer is what I figured it to be, an unobtrusive pale lager without much character or flavour. Straw yellows, fizzy white head with no lacing. A bit of cooked corn and sweet mat on the nose. Decent body with sweetness and little else of note. Not what I want in a beer, but it would be a decent alternative to a macro lager.

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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.05 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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