Welcome to 'Piwo Uncut' – Wroclaw Uncut's new series of articles dedicated to craft beer! In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Kontynuacja, the city's number one craft beer venue. Each month we'll be visiting Kontynuacja to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.
In our first edition we've got reviews of four fine beers:
Dobry Wieczór, Browar Pinta (4.5%)
First up is Dobry Wieczór, a great oatmeal stout by old Wroclaw Uncut favourites Pinta. The pouring of this beer gives a welcoming first impression, showing a nice dark black colour with a creamy head that remains there for a good while. It is not too dissimilar to Żyto Rillo, also by Pinta, in that it has a grainy, almost 'alive' texture, making it a surprisingly light and eminently drinkable beer. Unlike Żyto Rillo however, Dobry Wieczór has a gentle coffee smell, balanced nicely by a mild sweetness.
Pacific, Browar Artezan (5%)
Pacific is a pale ale from the Mazovian brewery of Artezan. Like many of the Polish IPAs that have thankfully been flooding the market of late, Pacific too bares a hoppy, sour taste. It is however somewhat lighter than 'hop bombs' such as Imperium Atakuje, or even fellow IPA's like Atak Chmielu. While the sour aftertaste doesn't lend itself to being a session beer, Pacific's dry and slightly fruity body marks it one out as being anything but an average brew.
Limburgse Witte, Limburgse (5%)
Limburgse Witte is a 'white' beer from Belgium. So called 'witte' or 'witbier' differs from German weissbier in the production process, as fruit and spices are generally used instead of hops. Belgian witte tend to be fruity, and Limburgse Witte is no exception – this excellent beer has a lemony flavour (and colour) with hints of tangerine. The use of the spices is also clear in Limburgse Witte, with the taste of the coriander coming through nicely. Limburgse Witte's relatively light body and refreshingly tangy taste make it an ideal summer beer.
Nøgne IPA, Nøgne IPA (7.5%)
With 7.5% alcohol, Nøgne IPA was always going to pack a punch, and this rich and malty beer certainly engaged my tastebuds. Drinking this reminded me of pine forests and fruit, which was contrasted well by a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.
Stay tuned for our next edition of 'Piwo Uncut' in April, when we'll be bringing you reviews of yet more craft beers on tap at Kontynuacja.
Please note that as Kontynuacja regularly change their beers on tap, the four options above may not be available at the present moment. There may well be similar styled beers to the ones listed above, so don't hesitate to ask the staff for an alternative.