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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 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 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 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 thehyperduck
2.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO, listed at 5.5%. Best before June 9 2012.

Pours a golden yellow colour, bright and clear with about a finger of pearl-white, foamy head that fizzles away within a few minutes. Surprisingly decent, webby lacing left over on the sides. Thin, grainy nose with maybe a bit of grass. Kind of a sweet honey and apple juice vibe which I get a lot with these types of lager.

Lots of grainy barley malt at first, a little sweet. Kind of corny, but not a dealbreaker for the style and it's not terribly prominent. There is some slight grassy bitterness and a bit of lemony citrus, but the malts are pretty dominant. Thin-bodied, kind of watery but syrupy at the same time because of the corny sweetness. Moderate carbonation; not particularly crisp, refreshing or remarkable. Easy to drink, though.

[Updated Nov 4 2015]

Another tallboy can from the LCBO, listed at 5.5%. I'm getting more of a musty, grainy aroma/flavour off of this glass, which is the first I've had since 2011. Tatra is a tolerable example of the style, but not one of the better Polish beers I've had by a long shot. It is, however, acceptable value for the price: $1.95, which is literally as cheap as it gets here. It's a middling-quality selection by Polish lager standards, which puts it well ahead of Lezajsk, but it's also priced like a value-brand lager, which makes it more appealing to me than labels such as Lech or Zywiec, which I find to be of similar quality. It'll never be a regular purchase, but you could do worse for a toonie.

Final Grade: 2.99, a C grade.

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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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single can picked up a the LCBO. I'm in the midst of doing a write-up on Polish beers, and have just finished Zywiec, Okocim, Zubr and Tyskie.

Poured into a pilsner pint glass. Bright golden, thin head, some lacing specks, generally unimpressive even as far as pale lagers go.

The nose is certainly among the better I've encountered - grain, apple, a touch of lemon and mild hops.

The first few sips were quite nice: sweet, flavorful, refreshing. But the sweetness of the brew - coupled with the lack of anything else interesting about it - becomes tiresome after a few sips. Really nothing much to say, other than I suppose it's a touch better than most Euro lagers in that the tinny-metallic-herbal character is minimal at best. But there's nothing different here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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 mikereaser
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5
Courtesy of johnbjaeger

Skipping past #1, saving that for the weekend when a friend visits to share, lets hope its not a kill shot. LOL
Bottle #2
A - Pours a clear golden yellow with an inch of white foam that slowly faded and was refreshed with lots of bubble floating up from the bottom of the glass.
S - Not alot of aroma for this one, its light and grainy with a bit of lemon, as my wife would say, it smells like corn flakes
T - I'm hit with a bunch of lemon and a corn base. I'm thinking lager, not bad, very drinkable.
M - Crisp carbonation, light bodied, as it warms, or as I drink it more it starts to thicken up and i'm starting to like it less.
D - It starts out crisp and refreshing but quickly goes down hill and becomes tiresome.

I'm going with a lager of some sort, so lets tear off the neatly covered label...

Tatra Malt Liquor

Well I was right with the lager part, I grew up on Yuengling Lager and I have to say I now find this more drinkable.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is more or less the poster child for the EPL style. It has lots of bubbles, lots of glass lacing, a high alcohol percent (my can is 5.5 abv) and it's got that skunky characteristic which I've come to know and love EPL's for. It delivers. But it does nothing else. A classy high abv session beer that would theoretically get the job done a slight bit quicker than a coors light or comparable light beer. Not "worthy", but at the same time...totally passable and drinkable.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good thing its brewed with "Natural Ingredients", gtfo. Pander to me again Heineken and I promise...

A: Tons of carbination. White frothy head with medium size bubbles. Fair lacing.

S: Grainy, but not very aromatic.

T: Has almost a cidery quality. Tastes like husk. The higher alcohol level is as noticeable as a Molson Dry, that's a slag.

M: Carb level makes this a standard lite lager on the tongue.

D: Because it comes in a tall at my seller, the size is enough to not want to get another one.

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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 biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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 ChrisCage
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Comes in a nice looking yellow can that says Tatra Beer, and the abv is 5.5% as opposed to the 6% listed here on the site. It is a lighter shade of gold in color and has a nice looking frothy head that unfortunately disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a fizzy patch of bubbles and a 3/4 complete ring at the top of the brew. There is moderate lacing clinging to my glass as well, making for a decent, but unspectacular beer.

S- It smells maltier than an average lager, but is definitely more typical of what the Euro style is. Aside from the sweetness, it is somewhat adjunct like with boiled corn and or rice thrown into the mash but it isn't offensive. The alcohol comes through ever so slightly and the finish has a soft herbal bitterness to it.

T- Much like the aroma in the fact that the sweet malted barley hits the palate right away, followed by a muted metallic alcohol tinge. It is somewhat dry on the finish, but more in a grainy fashion than a hopped finish.

M- This is a moderately medium bodied brew. I didn't allow this one to chill like I normally do, which I feel has actually mellowed out the carbonation, as it looks more aggressive than it really is. Overall nothing to write home about but it isn't something that is bad...somewhat creamy, somewhat crisp.

D- Generally this is easy to drink, however, it is slightly boozy and metallic, and really comes through on the side and back of the palate as it warms, so I would recommend having this extra cold. Other than that, it is one of the better Eastern Euro beers that I've had and would get this one again.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite Polish deli, Delikateski in Concord, Ca. This wasn't half bad, but overall, nothing to exciting. I don't know if it's storage or age, but most of these tend to be sweet-maltiness, with little else, not much else. Very drinkable, but could have a little more character.

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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 allboutbierge
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle

This is the closest thing I have ever tasted to a European style macro ice beer. There's a lot of fruity esters in there, but lacking any sort of metallic taste or premonitions of an impending headache, I'll avoid making any direct comparisons to Key Ice, Bud Ice, Icehouse and the rest of the of the Motley Crew.

Aroma is lively and sweet, with some faint notes reminiscent of maraschino cherries. The aroma alone tells you to await a strong lager. Taste is far from offensive and is much more refined than its US trailer park brethren. Esters linger, but a forefront of smooth malt heavy biscuit comes through too.

I realize that this is not an ice beer, but the parallels it has in taste and aroma, justify an indirect comparison. Overall, its not a bad beer, but its not one that I nor many people on this site will be rushing to revisit anytime soon. However, all in all, for costing only 2€, it was 2€ well spent.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
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 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 pootz
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

half liter can:

Pours a honey gold with a decent cap the reduces to a surface lace and laces the glass well.

Light boiled grains and some floral nose to this very faint.

Adequately malty, decent zytec hop balance dry finish...a very unpretentious 2 dimensional Polish Pilsner Decent but not outstanding

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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 crossovert
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can. Best before 09-02-2010.

Pours an orangey yellow with gold hues and a foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving not much lacing.

It has a very earthy hop aroma, very spicy. The malt is there too though it is rather dull.

It is another Polish pale lager that isn't a true Euro pale lager. It is heartier but not exactly better. The malts are bready and pleasant. There is a slight bitterness, but not much. The hops have a slight lemon hint.

It is full bodied for the style though it has a decent carbonation.

It is the kind of stuff you drink when you want to have an easy drinker that packs a little extra abv.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack at the Caputo's in Hangover Park.

Nice two finger, flat white head, that quickly dissipates efore I even take a sip. I like the golden hay and overtone of copper color with better than average bubbling.

The aroma is a plain,wet corn and light oasted graing with some nice sunshine kissed, fres cut grass.

The taste starts of very lightly toasted and grainy sweet. But the grassy and faint lemony hops balance that out. Th finish is smooth, but very light in the flavor department. Good malt profile throughout the whole taste of this beer.

Clean palate with just a little graininess. This is an awesome session lager.

This is a pretty good Polish lager in my opinion. I will definetly buy this again.

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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 StevenBilodeau
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, Tatra was something that aroused my curiosity due to its high volume of purchases at the store I work at. It is a good Pilsner like beer, light lager style. It has a malty back bone with sweetness. Dry finish, almost too dry. Quick head, little lacing.

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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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Tatra from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.05 out of 5 based on 173 ratings.
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