Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Zywiec Original Beer - Poland 16-3-11

The Low Down:
Brewed to an original recipe since 1856, this beer is steeped in Polish tradition. It has survived occupation by both the Russians and the Germans, and that's a pretty awesome feat for a brewery.

This is what I told myself right up until I opened the bottle. This beer has bitterness, to the point that it could be called a Zywiec bitter. There is a little fruity goodness, but the hops and bitter tang win through.

The bottle at first I didn't like, as it looks like a European childs toy from the 1800's, but it gains a great deal of respect as it has a sticker on the back that reads: "Refrigerate, wait until Zywiec logo appears, this indicates the ideal drinking temperature".

Science, in this case, is an adjective used to describe this bottle.

Packaging: 9/10
A scientifically advanced bottle that manages to mix with the traditional brewery style.
Refreshment: 6/10
Easy to drink, but not as easy as some due to the extra bitter flavour.
Flavour 6/10:
Bucket loads. Most of them a kind of hoppy bitterness, but tinges of summer fruits as well. oh and a little bit of a booze finish.
Alcohol Content: 7/10
5.6%. This is basically a lager, but you get quite a kick out of it.
Price: 7/10
$4.30. 500mls. In a science bottle, with a good drop of alcohol. A reasonable deal.
Total: 35/50

A reasonably generic beer, but with a mild manor and a science bottle. A traditional Polish Easter breakfast comes to mind when drinking this beer: Cold-cuts served with horseradish sauce and beet salads, breads, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, marinated vegetable salads and chocolate cake, amongst others. So drink it with breakfast on Easter Sunday.