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When we were in Poland we found a little bar selling beer for the equivalent of 80p a pint. There were two different one Tyskie and Zywiec. When I got home I was pleased to find that there are a few local shops that sell them both. Although Tyskie was not my favourite while I was away I have begun to like it more and more.
The lager both looks and smells nicer than other lagers I have tried. It is 5.6% which I think must be high range for strength as I have just looked up online and the Government are classing 5.9 % and above as high strength. Whops!! Good job I don't drink it all that often. There is something a bit confusing as where the health warning is printed it says 2.8 - although no % sign - so I am not sure what that means.
It is nowhere near as bubbly as draught lagers I have tried and for me that is a good thing. It is sweet which was a surprise the first time I tried it. I also don't like beer to be too cold so the fact that this is nice at room temperature as well makes it even better.
The cans hold 500ml and look quite classy as they are white with red and gold writing on them. The red crown in the middle shows that the brewery was started back in 1629. The writing is part in English and part in Polish so all the details can be read. There is also a consumer helpline which surprised me a bit as I am not sure why you would phone - "can you tell me what to do with this please?"
I have sometimes just had half a can and finished it off the next day and it is certainly still OK to drink then although I don't know if it would last longer. I have found that when I use it to make shandy it does not work too well - maybe because it is already quite sweet and the lemonade pushes it over the edge.
I cant really say what is in it as under ingredients it says barley and then the next word I can read is "warzone"!! before the address for Miller Brands is printed.
I can't imagine drinking this if I was out all night, but when I am just having a drink at home or a friend's house it is ideal.
It can be bought for £1.89 at Tesco at the moment and that is the bottle but I have never paid more than £4.95 for 4 cans.
Where I live there is a massive Polish community and because of that we have lots of Polish shops and local supermarkets and convenience stores and they stock many Polish imported items, great for me I love trying new things!
This is on sale in cans for £1.09 a time or 4 cans for £4.00 in my local Nisa store, cheap I think for cans that hold 500ml of the stuff though this can also be bought in bottles apparently, though I haven't seen them to be honest on my travels.
Well this as I have mentioned comes in a can in my case and that can is white with gold and red on it. On the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and there is a crown on there and the date 1629 is shown on the top of it (both sides of the can) and down the sides of the can we are told that you need to be 18 to drink this and that it contains 5.5 alcohol however that's me making that out as it is all in Polish. It has a ring-pull to the top of it and so is simple to open.
The Lager Itself:
Well let me start by mentioning two things that I think are relevant within this review. First that nowhere on the can, can I make out how many units of alcohol are in it (I am English) and the other things is that reading through other reviews there seems to be confusion of how much alcohol content there is within it, maybe that's depends on the size you buy I don't know but I would appreciate knowing!
The drink itself is golden yellow with a nice gentle bubble rather than a big fizz to it. Its aroma is rich and yeasty, it taste crisp and fresh but still deep and rather strong with a sort of nutty side to it and a nice natural sweetness.
For me being a Bud or Sol drinker usually this is really rich and really strong, best served chilled and really tasty though I can't drink more than a couple of them in one sitting cos I fall over but I do like it and find that although its very rich in flavours its light and tasty too and very moreish and actually really nice with food as well as being nice to drink on its own!
If you like trying new alcohol than this is very worth a go and really nice and smooth and can be easily purchased in many places now a day especially in large supermarkets!
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Tyskie is a premium polish lager. It is 5.6% and has a fresh crisp taste which goes perfectly with food or in a beer garden on a lovely warm day. It has over 20% of sales in Poland and rightly so as along with Zywiec it is the best Polish lager on the market.
This beer is becoming more popular in the UK, it is not available in too many bars, but you can buy it in any Wetherspoons pub in the UK in their World beer section. Tyskie is one of the most popular beers in Poland alongside Zywiec and rightly so, it has a nice taste, the water comes from polish rivers and it does have a freshness to it without the usual sour aftertaste of many European lagers.
The bottle is 500ml in size, a decent brown glass bottle with a regal crown design, it is clear this is a renowned brand as it has been brewed for over 400 years.
Taste wise, it is fresh with a nice hoppy zing, it doesn't have a bitter aftertaste, it has a clear taste and isn't gassy at all. The beer is available in all decent bars and some supermarkets, it costs £1.85 in Tesco for 500ml which is not bad value, it is a tasty fresh beer which demands repeated tastings, its not complicated just fresh tasting and original.
In Poland this is an old brand, but here its quite a new brand and deserves the recognition it is receiving, this is one of the better lagers on the market. It looks good, tastes good and even though it has a real punch in terms of its strength it doesn't come across in the taste or the aftertaste. I have had many good nights drinking Tyskie and I would definitely recommend visiting your local Wetherspoons to give it a try.
Anybody who complains about the number of Polish people in the UK needs to take a step back and realise what is important - that with the recent EU expansion we have benefited from the arrival of Polish lager. I've not had a bad Polish lager yet - Zywiec, Lech and Okocim are all very palatable indeed, but the king of Polish lagers would have to be Tyskie.
It's quite a strong brew - by comparison with a lager like Stella, for example, Tyskie is 5.6% ABV whereas Stella is 5.2%. I wouldn't advise drinking it in particularly large quantities for that reason, but if you prioritise quality over quantity then Tyskie is for you. A subtle, sweetish but not overpowering taste mean it goes well with food while being very drinkable on its own.
It's worth chilling it until ice cold as this really brings out the taste - during the summer it really is the ideal accompaniment to watching sport, having a barbecue or with a picnic. It's available in 500ml bottles or cans - the cans tend to be a bit cheaper but unlike with a lot of lagers Tyskie doesn't lose anything in terms of taste when canned. I would recommend it heartily.
As a British expat in Poland, I am often asked why I live here. The answer that people usually reply from young men is either because of the beer or the girls! Whilst moving to a country based on a beer is a little far-fetched, I certainly do enjoy Tyskie. It's my local brew and a cold refreshing drink on a warm day or simply if you haven't had one for a while. It's really not very good warm or anything but very very cold.
The beer itself has a nutty flavour, 5.4% alcohol and is quite pallatable. I do find that one of the negative aspects of this beer is that it can often lead to a headache more so than other lagers. The ingredients have changed recently, as the original company was bought out by a multinational. It's changed for the worst but it's still one of my favourite beers and certainly one of the best commercial Polish lagers.
Lager, alcohol content: 5.6%. Brewed in Poland