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 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 Zakładowy Mleczarz,Zakładowy Fajrant, Sunshine Stones, Wąsosz Pszeniczn and Tropicalia.
From left to right:Zakładowy Fajrant, Zakładowy Mleczarz, Tropicalia
Zakładowy Mleczarz, Browar Zakładowy (5.5%)
We'll start off this month with Zakładowy Mleczarz, which, as its name in Polish indicates, is a milk stout. A milk stout is typically made with lactose, a sugar that's derived from milk. Accordingly, Mleczarz has a sweet and sugary taste that combines with flavours of coffee and milk as well as cocoa and a hint of smoke.
In terms of how it looks and pours, the beer has a dark brown colour and a mild frothy head. When it comes to the taste, the sweetness, despite being clearly present, is not overpowering and the beer has a nice balance.
Compared to other milk stouts that you may know, such as AleBrowar's Sweet Cow, Zakładowy Mleczarz has a lighter body. That, together with its low carbonation, makes the beer quite a lesiurely one to drink.
Zakładowy Fajrant, Browar Zakładowy (4.2%)
Here we have a session IPA, and quite a nice one at that.
Zakładowy Fajrant is brewed using the American hops of chinook and equinox, the latter being a new hop that is tipped to be dominant among American hops. The hops provide an aroma of flowers, as well as some orange zest with hints of tropical fruits.
The taste is quite interesting, with an array of flavours being present: spices, pine, flowers, herbs and notes of tropical fruits. The beer has a slightly bitter finish and aftertaste, akin to the bitterness of grapefruit zest.
Zakładowy Fajrant's low carbonation also makes this a session IPA one can easily sink down – while still enjoying the flavours of course!
Tropicalia, Piwne Podziemie (4.7%)
Next up is another session IPA. As its name indicates, Tropicalia has a tropical nature to it.
The beer is brewed with a whole array of hops: Ahtanum, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Warrior, Chinook and Columbus, the last of which comes largely from the US but also from Australia and New Zealand. Such a mix could make this a rather vague beer, but thankfully that hasn't happened.
In fact, this beer has a pleasing blend of tastes and also boasts pleasant aromas such as mango, passion fruit, citrus, pine, grapefruit zest and pineapple. On top of that, Tropicalia's mild bitterness mixes well with the mildly sweet fruity tastes.
When all is said and done, this is a very tasty beer indeed.
Sunshine Stones, Browar Piwoteka (4.1%)
Łódż brewery Browar Piwoteka have produced a quite pleasant APA with this offering.
Made with a single hop, cascade, Sunshine Stones appropriately has aromas of malt, flowers, pine and has a mild grapefruit quality to it. The beer is mildly sweet, with a hint of peach and sweet citrus. This blends well with a somewhat earthy base and a strong presence of malt, which is followed by a grapefruit zest-like bitterness.
If you are keen to get to know your hops, I can recommend this beer as a means of becoming familiar with the cascade taste.
Wąsosz Pszeniczne, Browar Wąsosz (5.5%)
The Wąsosz brewery tend to produce beers that are at the cheaper end of the market. However, despite the lower price tags thay are still able produce quality beers, and with this Weissbier, they have yet again produced something worth drinking.
Wąsosz Pszeniczne has a mild amber colour and a very minor frothy head. Its aroma is of wheat, as well as yeast with notes of cloves. It tastes likewise, being also mildy sour and with a dry aftertaste.
Wąsosz Pszeniczne has a much lower body than more established Weissbiers sold in Poland, such as those made by Okocim and Książące, making this somewhat novel and therefore worth trying.
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