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Zywiec Bock | Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BrewMaven on 05-19-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 57
Reviews by Huffs:
Photo of Huffs
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a nice tan head, which did not last or lace much. Was clear in appearance with a very nice ruby color. Aroma was very mild with slight caramel, malt notes. Taste was of a mild malt with good caramel / toffee notes, really liked the taste of this bock. Mouthfeel was mild, like a lager, with a nice light caramel back on the aftertaste.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clean and sweet malty treat. Taste is caramel, sweet chocolate, and light tree bark. Not the most complex of brews, but certainly one to sit with and get again. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewMaven
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saw this in the Polish section of my local market. $5.99 a 4 pack of 500ml cans.

Nice clear ruby brown on the pour with a massive tan head. Head drops leaving plenty of splotchy lace.

VERY lacking (to me) in the smell department. I really couldn't pick up anything here..It IS allergy season though I'm not having symptoms at this time.

Taste is also really quite simple..a bit of initial sweetness followed by a clean finish..Nothing offensive by any means but my taste buds were a bit bored.

Fairly thin mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Regardless of my taste/smell impressions, I do find this to be a very pleasant, easy drinking session beer. Would be great to bring to gatherings so as to not have to slum it with whatever everyone else brings. Cheers!

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Photo of olduo2
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tomb_ride
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of G_Mad
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, cherries. Taste is malts, bready, again some cherries, a slight medicinal flavor at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber, long lasting head, a halo of sticky lace around the glass.
Rapid rising carbonation, good surface coverage.

Caramelized sugars in the aroma, toasty nutty malt. Taste is much the same, a light sweetness, husky grains, toasty nutty malt. Dry aftertaste with a very light bitterness. Pleasant and drinkable, not overly sweet, but not especially memorable either.

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Photo of sdrenfrow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bagnz0r
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Zywiec Bock has a thick, cream-colored head, an essentially clear, copper appearance, lots of bubble streams, and a lacing sheen left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy bread crust and malt, and the flavor is of that, with mild hop bitterness. Think of Roman Meal brand bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Zywiec Bock finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.

RJT

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kurgan3
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a large head that descends pretty quickly to a wispy cover. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is very malty. Caramel/toffee with a touch of honey.

The taste is also malty. Caramel/toffee, some hazelnut with touch of honey. A touch of alcohol is present. It is sweet, with a bit of earthy dryness balancing the malty sweetness in the finish.

It is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It is very smooth.

This is a nice, malty drink. If you like a brew with complex, but smooth, malty character I do recommend this one. A nice example of the style.

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OHBridgeGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ultrasrs
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up recently, but best before 10/30/15, wish I looked at that before buying.

Pours a decent fizzy slight fluffy, decent lacing, crystal clear chestnut auburn color.

Nose typical macro like bock, some biscuity candy wheat, caramel, creamy wheat, toffee and nutty notes, but also yeasty and soft metallic note, mild fruity esters, candied fig and raisin, touch paper oxidation.

Taste brings the same, dried candied fruits out front, fig date flavours, fruity esters, into syrup notes, candy sweet toffee and caramelized wheat, touch biscuity, and bit nutty. Faint paper oxidation, touch of grassy hop bitterness. Finish sticky syrupy, lingering candy syrup toffee caramel and candied fruit.

Mouth is med bod, bit syrupy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, wasn't expecting a whole lot, but it was fairly decent, a hint of oxidation, bit too syrupy, otherwise pretty good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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: "Archduchal Brewery in Zywiec A.D. 1856"; "Original Recipe From the Zywiec School of Brewing"; "Dark Beer Rich Malty"; "Zywiec Bock, brewed in the early years of existence of the Archduke's Brewery in Zywiec, is back in limited edition. The rich, malty flavor and artistry of Zywiec brewers have made Zywiec Bock become a milestone in the development of Zywiec Brewing School."

I needed to get started as I have plans to go out later this evening so I Crack!ed it open and CANmenced an inverted Glug. This resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely sweet! I was put in mind of maple syrup, frankly. Phew! Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness. The taste was a sugary malt bomb. Holy cow! I CAN't believe that it is only 6.5 % ABV. Man, this was sugary, sweet and a bit much for this guy. I found myself hoping that as it warmed, I might get more out of it, but to no avail. In fact, the sweetness seemed to increase and I found myself writhing around on the floor, going into diabetic shock/coma. I think that it is time to return to the triage of APA/AIPA/DIPA hoppy beers. Finish had a caramel-like sweetness that was pleasant, but I was literally shaking from the inherent sugar in this one.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good appearance. Ruby amber colour with lively carbonation and good lacing. Smells sweet and malty. Hints of toffee. Taste is malty but less sweet than the smell. Well balanced with bitterness and treacle like aftertaste. Warming alcohol Is present.. This is a satisfying chewy beer with plenty of flavour. Rather enjoyable if not terribly spectacular. Good with food and a step up from Zywiec's pale lager in taste. A good introduction to the bock style for me

My mark out of one hundred would be 79.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of c014572
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500c bottle. Pours a nice dark brown brew, 1/2 inch head. Has a great aroma, hard to describe, but definitely bock. Great body with just the right balance of hop as to a very noticable malty sweet finish. A nice bock, not as good as ayanger, but very drinkable for those who like the style. Definitely worth the money. I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of endless1408
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Zywiec Bock from Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
3.76 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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