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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 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 LiquidAmber
3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a small pint glass. Pour s a medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of sweet grainy malt, and light grassy hops, a hint of lemon, slightly skunked (despite a brown bottle). Flavor follows with mildly sweet grainy malt with hints of biscuit and mild grassy hops; finishes with an odd sweetness overlaying grain and a light bitterness. Light to medium bodied. This has a classic Euro lager malt body with a little more grain and biscuit flavors than normal, which is nice, but with a strange light sweetness that is reminiscent of adjunct lagers, but almost tasted artificial. As with most beer of this style, quite drinkable and inoffensive, but the malt flavors left me wishing for more. The child in me liked the light sweetness, but it was somewhat off putting. I like the husky graininess of beers like this that are otherwise bland, so that is somewhat redeeming. Drinkable in a pinch. Fairly painless tick for this brewery.

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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 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 atr2605
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a crystal clear straw/copper color with a white head that fades a bit quickly
S-sweet malt, cereal aroma, no hop aroma present
T-more sweet malt with the hops providing a nice balance but not lending to the flavor
M-medium bodied and crisp
O-pretty straight forward euro lager, very drinkable

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tatra has a medium-to-thick white head, a clear, deep gold color, bubble streams, and a clear appearance, with moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of very mild or faint sweet malt and grain, and the flavor is of subdued sweetness, bread, a straightforward grain mix, and low hop bitterness (use Icehouse as a point of reference). Mouthfeel is watery, and Tatra Jasne Pelne (full bright) finishes crisp and refreshing.


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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 btheluvdoctor
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this one as a trade from a buddy of mine. I'd say he did right by me as it was an easy drinking beer. I've seen bad reviews of this beer but IMO that's only because folks think the only drinkable beer is an IPA.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Clear medium gold color

S- Not much here at all. Some malt

T- Not that bad. Has some body and substance to it. Good malt and some mild hops.

M- Has some good body to it. Surprising really

O- Not too bad. Will not buy again but it was ok.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with...... Salmon loaf.


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Photo of Howycwap
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Golden orange colour, not much head less than 1 finger that dissapated within 2 or 3 minutes. Barely any lacing

If you take into account the price of this beer at LCBO (1.95 at purchase) it makes up for the lack of distinct flavors. Its more malty than hoppy and there isnt much carbonation.

Its a bit sweet on the tip and end, not overly bitter. It makes a great beer to bring to a gathering or party due to the price and drinkability of this beer. Its in the price range of the cheap stuff but far ahead of any of it.

If price did not matter I would not buy as there is better beer out there. But the price allows me to drink a beer worth drinking when on a budget, its worth your pocket change to buy something for a party.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear golden with good bubbly off-white head, retention is ok, some laces are present, but all quickly dissipates. Smell is clean, malty, rather sweet. Taste is full malty, slightly chalky, bitterness is weak, definitely lack of hops. Low carbonation, the beer loses all gases before being imbibed. Dull.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LBCO for $1.95 CDN. Advertised as 5.5% ABV.

Appearance - Clear, rich golden color with 1.5 fingers of white head with pop-like retention time (not very long). A few bubbles rise to the top and no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Grassy aroma with a bit of a a dank earthiness. Nothing exciting but the earthiness is a bit of a different dimension.

Taste - Grassy with some artificial-like sweetness before transitioning to a dry dirt-like bitterness. For whatever reason, this works for me, despite the fact that it sounds unappealing.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and soft feel with light body.

Overall - Decent beer for the style and affordable. Would purchase on occasion again in the future.

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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 BuckyBeerBeaver
3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For his first ever Polish beer, Bucky spied a 500 ml can of Tatra, produced by the Zywiec Brewery. Tatra was 5.5% alcohol by volume with a best before date of August 3, 2014 printed on the bottom of the can.

Zywiec Brewery was founded in 1852, in Zywiec, Poland, which was then a part of Austria-Hungary. It was nationalized after WWII when Poland was occupied by the Dark Empire. Today, the Heineken Group of Holland controls the operations of Zywiec's parent company with a 61% shareholding, and has modernized the brewery's production.

Tatra poured a crystal clear golden colour with a thin white head that disappeared inside one minute. This beer actually looks more like a cider...but certainly has the aroma of a beer. Sweet malts dominate the aroma, with a hint of wet dirt...the combination of which actually works well. Its taste was sweet light malts up front, with a hint of wet dirt that disappears almost instantly, and a mildly bitter finish which lingered for a few seconds. I would describe Tatra as a smooth beer, easy drinking and light bodied, though with a bit of a thin mouthfeel to it. In summary, a decent beer most notable for that unique 'wet dirt' aroma and taste (not a bad thing in this case), but not memorable enough that I would buy it again. It was interesting enough that I will try some other Polish beers though. Tatra is reasonably priced at $1.90 per 500 ml can.

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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 BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml can: now available in the UK with English writting on the can, labelled as 'TATRA Beer'.

This can was bought for me by my father from one of the many Polish shops in Boston, Lincolnshire: I drank it at his house on 10th Nov 2013.

It looked the same as almost every other Pilsner/lager we all know and love: golden, clear and bright. The usual none staying snow white head that swiftly retreats into a wisp and collar was another feature I was expecting: I wasn't disappointed either.

Slight malt/grain aroma (gets my usual 3 for a non-smelling Pilsner/lager).

Taste wise it was a refreshing blend of semi-flavours: mildly malty with an undercurrent of hop bitterness. Nothing to pontificate about and nothing to set it apart from the hundreds (or thousands) of similar lager based brews from around the world.

Mr Average in every way.

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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 Olek4374
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 500mL can from sherbrooke liquor store in Edmonton.

It pours a nice golden yellow with a couple of fingers of head, although this dissipates rather quickly. The beer has very little smell to it - although there are some faint malty aromas which are prevalent. The taste is very pleasant - it's a wee bit sweet but has some solid bitter notes to it - this is something that is not often achieved flawlessly in a euro lager, but the brewers here did a pretty decent job. The mouthfeel is good - fairly light with some moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very tasty beer. It's a little hard to find here, although I might seek it out one of these days.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A random can from the LCBO...

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Mild with grassy notes, light caramel, bread and a hint of metallic on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, light grassy notes, bready caramel, hint of sour metallic citrus on the finish and a honey sweetness lingers.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking, but nothing spectacular, though I wasn't expecting to be blown away. Typical euro pale lager and nothing more, it's pretty unlikely I'd ever pick up another can of this.

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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 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 zachloveshisbeer
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I lived in Poland for about 8 months, in a small, provincial town that resembled something out of a Disney movie as a kid, or an English period piece with Daniel Craig. While there, I found that the only beer available was lager and lager, and occasionally, dark lager. I liked the beer prices in Poland and liked how I could pick up a few brews from the supermarket (being from Canada, we can only buy liquor in liquor stores). This one was something I picked up as an alternative to the Zywiec I normally drank, and I was glad I did. It poured a decent light yellow and it smelled really quite sweet, but not off-putting. I drank it from the pint glass I had in my concrete, Communist flat and I enjoyed its sweet nectar as it flowed nicely. I had another just to make sure, but this is one I would probably pick up from my local liquor store just for the nostalgia. It won't change anyone's life, but it will make you happy you tried something different.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure we need another Polish Lager in BC ( we have 5 already) but this is a decent take on the style that has a full mouthfeel and tasted pretty fresh probably due to the can. I used it to make beer brats for a New Years Day lunch party and I tasted pretty good out of the can as I cooked those sausages.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 10/4/12.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is very mild and is of malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grassy and hay flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is drinkable but nothing too special.

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Photo of leaddog
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden yellow (like apple juice) with almost a finger width of white bubbly head. Bubbles are present.

Smell - Sweet apples and bready grains.

Taste - The flavour of the apples comes through. No hops detectable whatsoever. Slightly bready flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to go around.

Overall - An easy drinking, refreshing lager from Zywiec. Not much to this one, but quite enjoyable.

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