Jak sie masz! Polish Beer on the High Steet

Well. Hasn’t this post been a while in coming? I’m suffering from a terrible brewing and writing lethargy at the moment. Lots of work on and the unrelenting wet and cold have rather put me off the whole thing a bit.

I’ve got ingredients and a whole pile of stuff to write up, so I guess I ought to just knuckle down and get on with it…

Last weekend, I found a Polish deli in Witney, and joy of joys it was rammed out with beer – none of which I recognised and all at a bargain price of £1.49 a pop!

So I had a small splurge and got myself and Peter (my father-in-law) a few bottles to sample.

First off:

Zywiec – Biale

Using Google translate and it’s camera mode, I was able to work out that this is a Wit, or white beer. Arriving in a glass, it was very wit-like, with an odd soapy character to the nose. Maybe it’s got spices in it? Coriander can do that. I’d compare it to Hoegaarden or Blue Moon but more approachable…if a little bland.



Brewery Okocim – Cztery Chmiele

A very pale lager indeed, very clean on the nose but there’s some saazy sort of spice if you sniff closely. Lovely light malt sweetness with a touch of fruit on finish. Very refreshing very drinkable.



Zywiec – 1860 Bock

Bock? Lovely. I was in the mood for some solid maltiness and by crikey did I get it. A lovely chestnut brown and suffused to the gills with dark malts character. Sweetly malty, strong with lashings of roast and a tasty bitter note on the back end. An excellent beer I will get myself a few bottles of this on the next outing to Witney. At 6.5% it’s a real big winner of a beer at one pound forty-nine. Bargain!



Brewery Okocim – Piwo Ciemne

Almost impenetrable black. Surprisingly white head.  Eve said the aroma reminded her a lot of jacket potatoes…and on reflection, she’s right: this beer is fairly heavy on the roast malts. I’m suspecting that this is a fairly bockish lager with black malts included. A nice, easy-drinking, black/dark lager.



Zywiec – 1865 Marcowe.

I liked this one a lot, it’s a nice dark malty lager. Slightly spicy with a lovely dose of maltiness with lashings of sweetness. Complex and clean and tasty. I thought that this was another marvellous bargain of a beer.



So there you go, a new source of interesting weird and wonderful beers on the high street. That’s got to be a good thing.


3 thoughts on “Jak sie masz! Polish Beer on the High Steet

  1. Wow! You’ve had a chance to try out the best examples of beers coming from big corporation breweries. Żywiec is a part of Heineken Group and Okocim is a part of Carlsberg. Although the beers you’ve tried, are quite good if you compare them to other on polish market. You should really try some of polish craft beers. You will be amazed! Especially Browar Pinta, Alebrowar, Artezan and Widawa, are must-try!!!! Good luck in finding them!!!

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