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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To try This October

Welcome to the latest edition of 'Piwo Uncut'. In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, the city's best venue for craft beer and quality tapas. Each month we visit Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.

This month we're reviewing Projesja Marynarz, Hohenfelder Weizen, Big Chmielowski, Huncwot and Czarny Kur.

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From left to right: Hohenfelder Weizen, Profesja Marynarz, Big Chmielowski

Profesja Marynarz, Browar Profesja (6.1%)

To start off this review, here is a beer from one of Wrocław's newest breweries. Having tried a few of their latest beers, Browar Profesja really seem to be finding their feet right now. Profesja Marynarz is an IPA, a style of beer that has gone from being relatively unknown to a common staple among beer lovers in Poland. This brew makes a positive first impression with its pleasant aroma of fresh hops, which feel like they have just been picked. In a good mouthful you can also detect sweet notes, plus a mixture of ripe oranges and toffee. Browar Profesja tastes fairly (but not overpoweringly) sweet, though with a slightly sour edge. This mixture of flavours, together with its astringent finish, makes this a beer worth checking out.

Hohenfelder Weizen, Privatbrauerei Hohenfelder (5.4%)

Next up is Hohenfelder Weizen, a Weissbier from Germany. This is from a brewery in Nordrhein-Westfalen (north west Germany), which is actually a bit of a novelty given the dominant grip the Bavarian Weissbiers have on the market. Hohenfelder Weizen has a cloudy, deep golden colour and a strong aroma of bananas, as well as that of wheat, yeast and a hint of vanilla. It tastes likewise, with the addition of a slightly tangy notes and a delicate but detectable taste of cloves. The aftertaste meanwhile is rather dry, herby and yeasty. This is not as sweet as your average Weissbier, which in turn makes it a fascinating and of course tasty alternative for seasoned Weissbier drinkers.

Big Chmielowski, Pracownia Piwa (4.5%)

This APA has a distinct aroma of ripe tropical fruit together with a note of pink grapefruit. Big Chmielowski has an attractive bright yellow colour and an evidently sweet smell. The sweet aromas are not strongly reflected in the taste however, which is more dry, citrusy and hoppy with just a few notes of caramel. Nevertheless, there is a slightly sweet finish that leaves a satisfying taste in the mouth.

Huncwot, Pracownia Piwa (5.9%)

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Huncwot is an AIPA with a red amber colour, frothy head and mild lacing. It has a nose of tropical fruits, herbs and a hint of spruce. When drinking this bottled AIPA you can taste a mixture of dryness and herbs, with a bittersweet vibe coming from fruits like grapefruit. To compliment this, there's a lot of maltiness to bring balance to your palate. This is a beer that demands regular sipping, such is the complexity of its taste.

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Czarny Kur, Browar Widawa (5.5%)

Finally, from the Widawa brewery just outside of Wrocław, we have a Schwarzbeer. Like many dark beers, Czarny Kur boasts fine aromas of coffee and chocolate. Even so, despite being a dark lager, Czarny Kur is very much stout-like thanks to the prevalence of dry roasted malt in both its smell and taste. Yeast is another ingredient that plays a part in Czarny Kur's characteristic aroma. Dry, somewhat bitter and fairly light, this is a very drinkable session beer.

Please note that as Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo regularly change their beers on tap, the five options above may not be available at the present moment.There may well be similar styled beers to the ones listed above however, so don't hesitate to ask the helpful and knowledgeable staff for an alternative.

Love pizza and beer? From Monday-Friday you can enjoy Happy Little Truck's renowned pizza in the comfort of Marynka Piwo i Apertivo's interior. On Wednesdays you can also take advantage of the weekly promotion, which allows you to buy a large draft beer for the price of a small one! 

Ian Maloy

Ian is a singing teacher who has been living in Wrocław for several years. Dobrze mówi po polsku. Ian can often be found in town eating excellent vegan/vegetarian food, drinking beer from micro-breweries, bird-watching around Lower Silesia, jogging by the Odra, lighting candles in the Russian Orthodox church and banging his head in various moshpits to Polish metal/hardcore bands.

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