Style: European Strong Lager
I was kind of excited to try Warka, which was presented to me as a 500
plus year old traditional brewery from a Polish town of the same name. Reading up a bit, The Warka Brewery is one of Poland’s oldest breweries and second largest. It belongs to the Żywiec Group. Żywiec Group has five main breweries:
Żywiec Brewery, Elbrewery, Leżajsk Brewery, Cieszyn Brewery and Warka Brewery,
and is majority owned by the Dutch Heineken Group…
The brewery is located in the historic downtown of Warka, Poland. It was
supposed to be a “hoppy” Slavic strong lager.
It pours a pale copper in color with a thin, watery head. Unfortunately, the
nose was immediately a sour wine vinegar and it opens sweet & sour body
with a syrupy finish. There’s nary a hint of hops with a very soft CO2 bite.
I certainly hope this one was just a bad example as can often be the case with
International beers, especially those that are relatively unknown, because I’m
sure this isn’t exactly flying off the shelves on American shores.