Since I was in Chicago, and there was a place across the street from the hotel that sold some local fare, I thought I’d stop and pick up a nightcap of something I couldn’t find in Central Illinois. Unfortunately, the selection wasn’t great, but the clientele must be Polish, because they had 4-5 different types of Polish beers. I just decided to pick one and went for Zywiec.
The bottle doesn’t indicate what style of beer it is, it simply says it’s a “Polish Prized Original Beer. Premium Quality Beer. Natural Ingredients. Pure Mountain Water. Traditional Recipe.” That’s a lot of marketing talk with no indication of a beer style. The bottle also indicates that it’s 5.6% ABV.
When I poured it into the glass, it had an extremely thin head. It was very, very pale yellow and super clear. It had sort of a skunky kind of aroma, sort of like a Heineken, along with a bit of fermented corn sugar smell.
It was crisp and a bit sharp on the tongue, and had a bit of the Heineken type skunky bitterness. However, the aftertaste was a bit bready or yeasty, like a pilsner. If I had to guess it is a lager or pilsner style beer.
I’m sure it would go well with almost any food, and would probably go down like water on a hot day. It was interesting to try something different, but it’s not one that I’d likely buy again.