Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Zywiec Beer (2013 original review)

There isn’t much to say about Zywiec Beer that I haven’t already said about virtually other pale lager of the style. It’s bland, it’s slightly refreshing and easy to drink. While not a truly bad beer, it’s not something I can honestly recommend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (801) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2013
I poured a 500ml can into a lager glass. It cost $1.99 ($0.12 per ounce).

Appearance: Glowing gold hue; crystal clear; plenty of visible carbonation that settles down eventually. Forms a large, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces very well for the style.

Smell: Pale lager aroma to the core, but milder than most. Nothing off-putting in the nose, though.

Taste: Someone in the beer community needs to write a thesaurus just for beer terms because I’m running out of ways to describe and critique fizzy yellow lagers. Let’s just say I probably would not be able to pick Zywiec Beer out of a lineup because there’s nothing really distinctive or memorable about it. As the can indicia states, the beer is made with only water, barley and hops (what about the yeast?), so no adjuncts seem to be used in this brew. I certainly don’t detect any DMS, even as it warms.

A mild lager taste up front with subtle dry bitterness through the middle. A hint of sweetness as it finishes, but virtually no aftertaste. It’s (relatively) satisfying while it’s in the mouth, but as a whole it’s not a pleasant, worthwhile experience.

Drinkability: Though this beer definitely is a fizzy yellow lager, it’s one of the more drinker-friendly brews of the type. The clean palate makes it easy on the palate, and even though it’s plenty carbonated, it’s not a challenge to drink it down in big gulps. At 5.6% ABV, Zywiec Beer seems a little inefficient for its weight as it drinks like something lighter and more traditionally sessionable. Though I doubt any drinkers will have any trouble sucking one of these downs on a hot summer day.
 Grade: 5/10

NOTE: See my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2018/02/zywiec-beer-2018-re-review-to-bjcp-specs.html

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