Tatra | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

TatraTatra
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3.04/5
180 Ratings
TatraTatra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Poland
zywiec.com.pl

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 11-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,552
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
180
pDev:
17.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
35
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Photo of Sammy
2.07/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -2%
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 djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can, 5.5% ABV. Kind of stuck trying to figure out the need for this one's existence alongside the normal Zywiec.

This beer pours a crystal clear, luminous golden yellow hue, with three fingers of billowy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which plays nice and makes haste in its departure from this world, leaving some decent hanging curtain lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately sweet pale grain, kind of a corn grist/barley blend, a slight metallic alcohol edge, bristling sulfur, and strangely bitter weedy hops. The taste is soft, bready malted barley, a grainy corn astringency, soft, muffled booze warming, and understated herbal, citrusy, and grassy hops.

The carbonation is present, but on the low and airy, frothy side, the body medium-light in weight, but smooth all the way through, if in the manner of hard water. It finishes a wee bit off-dry, a waning bready character set against a waxing, yet still sedate Continental hop bitterness.

I know it's kind of disagreeable, and even lazy, to cite 'inoffensiveness' as a leading attribute, yet here it is indeed apt - there seems to be multiple potential sources for off-flavours, yet everything, in the end (not to forget the beginning and middle), meshes quite well, rendering quite a decent, if eventually forgettable, and of course drinkable in the now, eastern Euro-lager.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled nabbed at a bodega in Brooklyn, NY.

APPEARANCE: Clear pale copper body. Off-white head. Fairly frothy. ~5-7 minute head retention.

AROMA: Grain. 6-row. Mineral-forward water. Grassy hop character. Mild aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with a biteen more hop oomph than was anticipated (but which is still extremely mild overall). Grainy, a bit metallic, not too sweet. Balance isn't dialed in, but it's tolerable.

Fairly shallow for the style. Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, somewhat stale, medium-bodied, overcarbonated. Not boozy.

OVERALL: Approachable and enjoyable for what it is, but overall it's not stellar. Drinkable and pleasant, but far from world-class. I'd get it again at Polish prices.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of emerge077
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The CANQuest is visiting Poland this evening, or better, Poland has come to Chez Wood! CAN you dig it?!?

From the CAN: "Beer with character ... Full-bodied taste"; "Tatra beer is brewed from the finest natural ingredients: malted barley, choicest hops, and pure mountain spring water. Based on an unchanged traditional recipe. Each batch is crafted by brewmasters dedicated to producing exceptional Tatra beer."; "Enjoy Tatra responsibly."

My initial pour created a finger of foamy, bone-white head that was intent on dissipation. Bye! Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Pale lager, my butt! This was much more colorful than most AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers. Nose had the standard lager sweetness, nothing wrong with that, but it CAN become boring. Mouthfeel was medium with a clean, crisp lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was likewise clean, refreshing and adjunct free! While there was nothing especially notable about this beer, I would choose it over the Warka that I had earlier. I CANnot say exactly why, but it was a nice overall beer that might make its way into the cooler, especially on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very clear, golden yellow. A big fizzy white head was initially present but faded down to reveal nothing more then a thin layer of film like lace on the top. Lots of visible carbonation came streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and it left a tiny bit of residual lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was light, nice grain and yeasty bread like smell mixed in with some kinda light fruit, maybe some banana, and a touch of alcohol, but it was pretty standard lager. The taste was like a really strong budweiser. It tasted like your standard fare macro lager, buch just stronger. Typical grain adn yeast, maybe some corn in the flavor.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeerOps
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 tone77
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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 stevoj
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
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 plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

English label slightly different than one pictured. No indication that it is a pilsner.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet malt, some corn and a dull hop.

The taste was moderately sweet with a hop that balanced out most of the sweetness. Certainly on the more robust side.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent euro lager.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.28/5  rDev -25%
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 spinrsx
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Latarnik
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tatra is a crystal clear but deeply concentrated golden; this heftier, slightly more brawny complexion instills a confidence in the beer that initially did not exist. It would only have been apt for a beer named after a mountain range to have a climbing, mountainous head but the Polish, always good humored, apparently have a thing for irony.

The bouquet blends synthetically sweet with organically grainy, the farmhouse wall and the laboratory floor. The unprocessed, unpolished sweet scent of malted grains is diluted with just a few drops of industrial-strength corn sweetener, not enough to entirely suffocate the raw, rural character of the malts but enough to spoil it.

You ask me, Tatra tastes pretty good. Naturally, it helps that I've waited until the can was nearly frozen solid and that I was nearly passed out from dehydration. Hot, sunny weather (like the kind I'm subject to today) can indeed make beers more refreshing, but it's a mistaken belief that it can make them any tastier. This one actually *tastes* alright.

And that has less to do with today's temperature than it does the ingredients that went into the beer. Although there is a fair dose of the (expected) corn syrup flavour, Tatra is much more malt-heavy than its mass-produced counterparts. Corn may be the dominant grain, but it's still appreciably grainy nonetheless, and that's good enough for me.

I really don't expect much flavour from beers of this ilk; when it comes to macro lagers, an absence of bad flavours is infinitely more important than a presence of good ones. As it stands, even after a little warming, there isn't much of anything distracting me from enjoying all 500ml of the can. In fact, I seem to be enjoying it just fine.

Throughout its history, Poland seems to have always had the misfortune of being neglected, taken for granted, or outright invalidated; their beer is no exception. There is still much reverence for Czech and German brewing traditions, yet Poland's brewers seem to have been forgotten. Too bad, some people don't know what they're missing.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.98/5  rDev -2%
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 wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

599ml can poured into pint glass dec16 2009

A clear golden yellow with tonnes of bubbles and a thumbs width of off white head that falls after a couple minuets leaving no lace

S sweet grains and some mild hops

T not far from the smell but almost has a tin flavor that's nothing special

M good carbonation but still a little thin but not to bad

D lower grade for the pretty average taste and smell

nothing overly offensive just a little average in my books, there's better Polish lagers out there for a similar price

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale lemon-gold with a brilliant clarity and a snow white capping that was fizzy and sudsy, quickly dissipating without much thought. Effervesce was extremely light with but a few straggly bubbles rustling to the surface at any given moment at country break neck speed (that is slow for all you city slickers).

S: The nose was composed of dried whole corn ears with fresh green leafy stalks. A dried buttery toffee sweetness is also evident adding to the mix. The overall perception was light, offering little in the way to entice nor offend ones perception.

T: The initial flavor was sweet caramelized grains and toffee. There was strong hints of dried corn as well buttered bread dough along with a herbal hopping of rosemary providing a warm piney, honeyed flavor. The palate was buttery, and mushy, lacking a crispness of a Czech pils as well as the bright saaz hopping. The finish finds a spicy, warm and subtle alcohol presence that rounds out with light traces of white mint. Overall the flavor was typical euro-lager, with a buttery malted sweetness, light lemon notes, and not quite the full bodied flavor the label advertised.

M: medium-full with a honey-like consistency, very slick texture wise, with an easy carbonation factor that makes this slide around with relative ease.

D: reasonable, though a bit sweet, so a pounder feels about right here. Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this, labeled as a Czech pils, but lacks crispness and the bright saaz hopping ive come to expect per style. A average/decent beer by itself , per style comes off as a poor representation.

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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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