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Pilsner - German
Ranked #808
Ranked #49,354
2.91 | pDev: 18.9%
Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
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superspak from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can into lager glass, best before 7/24/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an excellent euro pale lager. All around great robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesomely clean and nicely rich pils malt showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering and outstanding style example. One of the best generic imported pale lagers I've had.

Nov 17, 2018
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TrojanRB from California

2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear pale gold with head that settles and floats on the surface

Smells a bit like stale cheerios, taste is similar but also adds a lemon rind/floral twist.

On the sweeter side. Above average carbonation.

Sep 08, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold in color with one inch head. Taste is cereal and grain. Light bodied, sweet, high carbonation. Tasty, clean lager. Will get this one again.

Apr 14, 2018
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Ant777uk from England

1.58/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Standard lagery yellow colour! Light foamy head...

Aroma similar to Zywiec with a bit more malt probably.

Less crisp than Zywiec with more of a malty taste, not really a fan! So similar to many other Polish pilsners. Personally I prefer my pilsners more dry and crisp, prefer Zywiec!

Nov 26, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

1.84/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. I’m with Bierkrug on this one, skunky, musty, bleh! Mostly adjunct grains, weak head, minimal carbonation. Much better Polish lagers to be had.

Jan 04, 2016
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Mark13 from Poland

2.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 22.01.16. Nice light aroma of grain, malt and yeast. Very bright golden coloured beer, clear. White three fingered head disappears fast. Very watery in taste, only slight touch of grain and malt. Small hopiness and sourness at finish. Actually it’s not bad as i thought - there’s no significant defects, alcohol is not perceptible, only carbonation is too high. It’s just ultra-watery beer.

Nov 14, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to the instigator of the canned beer revolution, woodychandler. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is malts, light sweetness, hints of green apples, a bit on the bland side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but a poor representation of the style.

Aug 29, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One of the really cool things about a visit to Chicago is the opportunity to visit one of the area Binny's to scour around for additions to The CANQuest (tm). I prefer their South Loop location, especially given its proximity to Union Station, plus it holds a tap room. They also have a dizzying selection of 500 ml European CANs in shrink-wrapped 4-packs and this came out of one of them.

From the CAN: "It's time for EB."; "Original Polish Recipe"; "Rich and Full Taste"; "Natural Premium Quality Beer"; "Pure Polish Pils".

I CANmnenced an inverted Glug and would up with two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with button brightness. Nose had a slight green apple tang and I know that is indicative of a flaw, but I CANnot remember which one. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, but not outright watery. The taste was not of apples, so that was good. It was, however, very sweet, even for a German Pils. It was adjunct-free, which gave it a clean flavor, but it really allowed the malty sugariness to come forward. Finish gave me a brief tickle of green apples in the back of the throat, so maybe I am not crazy after all. This was kind of a Euro oddball.

Jul 11, 2015
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Spikester from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Clear gold with two fingers of white head that lasts about five minutesand leaves some spots of lace. Smell is bready malt. Taste is Euro lager style with a bit more malt than expected. Hops do show up for balance.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is enough.
Overall a slightly sweeter and fulller bodied than typical. But this is and old can.
date is 4 14 2013.

Dec 12, 2014
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LagerCognoscenti from England

3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good appearance with nice head and good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and honey like. Typical lager/ malty aroma is present too.

Buttery sweet taste is balanced by light bitterness on the finish. Nice mixture of bitterness and malty sweetness coats the tongue after swallowing. This has a distinctive cloying sweetness that is different to other Polish beers. I quite like it and find it to be a charming idiosyncrasy rather than a flaw.

Mouthfeel is a little bit oily. It's quite pleasant though! Interesting!

Overall a good offering. Rather sweet but satisfying and somewhat unique. An ok beer by me. There are other lagers I rate higher but I might still pick this up just for variety.

Mark out of 100... 78

Jul 27, 2014
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jsisko01 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden color with a half inch thick, creamy white head. Leaves a spotty lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, bread, and grains.

Taste - Pale malts, grains, bready, and has a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - Simple, but tasty.

Oct 13, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Modest but lasting head. Initially leaves some spots on the glass. Crystal clear, light gold color

Fresh very pale malt aroma. No hop nose.

Very much a macro-lager in terms of the taste. Quite light, almost watered down, malt flavor. I do detect a touch of hop in the swallow. The body is decent, the carbonation high. There's some sourness to the taste as well.

Aug 13, 2012
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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

3.12/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new & relatively cheep ($1.60) find.
Pours with a decent looking white head, quickly dissipating. Deep yellow/gold in the glass. Sharp fresh 'lager' nose. Nice prickly mouthfee. Flavors of hop and malt with the malt winning out slightly. Pleasant finish, clean aftertaste...good BBQ quaffer.

Jun 06, 2012
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of pure white head. The retention was pretty good and it left lacing in spots off the collar. The aroma was of grains, a hint of crystal/sweet malt and some light minerals. The flavor was comprised of grains, a slightly sweet maltiness and a touch of citrusy hops. Clean and simple but also very… boring. A good session beer but nothing to think about. The mouthfeel was average, the body light/medium and the carbonation standard.

Jan 15, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Man, there are a lot of random Polish beers around here... This one pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, corn, flowers, grass, and minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light tin-like streak somewhere in the background. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I treated this as a Euro pale lager, as that's what I assumed it was when I bought it. As a pils, it's pretty crappy, but it's a fairly standard and thoroughly average EPL.

Oct 25, 2011
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light, clear golden, with a one finger white head that leaves a little lacing.

Nose is a little malt sweetness, not much else.

Taste is slight malt, slightly sweet and some mild hops to finish.

Mouthfeel is light, good carbonation.

One of these is enough for me, maybe not a bad summer beer, but not worth seeking out.

Jun 28, 2010
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RomaniIteDomum from Florida

3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden a la BMC with a deceptively nice head.

Smells like an average Euro Lager. Not much else.

Tastes half decent, actually. Fresh and lifely grains, nice hops.

Light in the mouth, but not watery.

This one is so easy drinking and unobtrusive it is crazy. Goes well with food.

Apr 20, 2010
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mrmanning from Canada (ON)

2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO-Light gold body with a thin white head. Slightly sweet malt characters with some hops in the background. Aroma is also a tad sweet. Aftertaste is sweet, anfd suprisingly not skunky, as I would have expected.. Plain, ordinary, nothing spectacular

Mar 09, 2010
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An impulse buy.

Clear, pale gold with a decent white head. Fair retention for a pils. Bottle dated! Aroma is grainy with Saaz spice.

Doesn't taste like much actually. The beer mouthfeel is there, albeit very low carbonation for a pils, there's just no flavor. As it warmed up I did get Dunkin' Donuts sugar-free, reduced fate cornbread muffin taste out of it though. I guess that's not terrible.

Dec 17, 2009
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BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A half liter bottle of EB "Natural Premium Quality Beer". A darker golden beer with not much head to speak of. A bread dough component to the aroma. A malty, almost husky, flavor on the palate. A little sweet in the center, followed by a banal bitterness toward the end. Fine feeling on the palate, but its drinkability suffers due to its flavor.

This is one of those beers that needs to be ICE cold while you drink it.

May 16, 2009
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Zorro from California

2.36/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden colored lager with a minimal head formation.

Malty and a little grassy smelling, not a highly hopped lager. Mildly woody smelling but just not that fragrant a lager.

The taste starts out malty but not that sweet with a mild hop aftertaste. Not a Pilsener in my book, just slightly bitter. Really just not all that flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy enough to drink by why would you want to when Beck's is actually a better beer.

Feb 12, 2009
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear, light gold with a solid 1 finger bright white creamy head that was moderately lasting. No visible carbonation was observed and only a slight broken ring lacing was left after the head dissipated.

S: The nose yielded light dried honey-toast, soft flowery hops and a light toasted caramel which was fairly decent and moderate in strength.

T: fresh bread and dried lemons, honey and just a touch of sourness in the finish. Citric hops and fresh flowers with a lemony finish rounds things out here. Overall sweet with a soft lemony touch on the finish gives this some credit per style.

M: light, oily, with no carbonation felt and was buttery slick in texture on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was sweet, smooth and easy enough going down. A decent example per style.

Sep 05, 2008
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aforbes10 from Iowa

2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from kkulacki...thanks! Pours straw-yellow, with a quarter inch white head that falls off to just a thin covering. Laces thinly. looks very clean and clear. Smells of clean malt, notes of apple. Taste is very crisp and clean. mild sour malt, hint of apples in the background. Touch of ethanol. Well made, overall. Nothing special, but nothing bad about it either. thin to medium bodied. Easy drinking, no complaints.

Mar 17, 2008
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white puffy head. Some attractive lacing noted.
Smell is mild with a slight maltiness present.
Taste is crisp and refreshing, and begins to present some slight dryness at the finish.
Easy drinking. A nice thirst quenching beer. Would pair well with many different foods.

Nov 01, 2006
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