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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This April

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 BananMarlon, Ju-Rajska PomaracząNokota and Desitka Lager.


Banan, Browar Bazyliszek (6.8%)

To start off with, here's a glorious Weißbier. It looks like a typical Bavarian clear Weißbier, with a cloudy yellow colour, deep foamy head and very good lacing. A whole array of ingredients have been used in the creation of this beer that require a closer perusal:

The wheat, caramel wheat and wheat flakes give a solid wheat base to this beer, while the pilsner malt gives this a sweet malt undertone. At the same time, the use of WB-06 yeast gives ester and phenol notes, resulting in a fruity aroma and banana flavour, as well as the presence of cloves. Meanwhile, Bramling Cross and Admiral hops give the beer earthy herby flavours, while Magnum and Saaz hops result in spiciness and a small degree of bitterness. To add to that, Strisselspalt hops produce a hoppy bouquet.  

All in all, it is no overstatement to recommend Banan be savoured properly; this is a well rounded beer with a wide range of flavours.


Marlon, Browar Solipiwko (5.6%)

Browar Soli Piwko, a brewery team based in Wrocław who brew their beers in various breweries (typically Browar Zarzecze in Silesia), have produced an Oatmeal IPA in the shape of Marlon.

This beer has a medium brown colour and a mild white head. Its aroma is of wheat, hops, yeast and herbs. The taste is likewise, with added spiciness (from the Chinook hops), grassiness (from the Palisade hops) and medium bitterness and mild sour notes (from the Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops). Notes of grapefruit then round the beer off together with hints of malt. Despite the use of oatflakes in the brewing of this beer, its taste is negligible; the wheat used in this is far more detectable.

Despite its medium brown colour, this is a pretty light beer that's easily drinkable thanks to its low carbonation.


Ju-Rajska Pomarącza, Browar Na Jurze (4.7%)

Here we have another beer with wheat, though this time, as the name indicates, oranges feature more predominantly in this fruity beer.  

Ju-Rajska Pomarącza has a dark orange colour and a mild white head. Its aroma is of malt, oranges, wheat and pomegranate. Its taste is similar, being quite sweet with flavours of honey, raspberry syrup, barley, pomegranate and sweet oranges. The finish of this beer is in contrast to what previously befell its appearance, with a light bitterness akin to orange zest.  

Various reviewers online call this a "beer for women", that may or may not be true, but certainly, this beer is for those who like sweet syrupy beers with a minimum of bitterness.


Nokota, Browar Roch (5%)

This brewery, based in Nowe Rochowice in the deepest Lower Silesian countryside, have produced an American Pale Ale in the shape of Nokota.  

It has a dark brown colour and a frothy white head, while the aroma is of fresh hops, summer fruit and citrus. Its flavours are of citrus and grapefruit, making this a refreshing beer, while summer fruit (I could detect plum) gives this a medium sweetness that is balanced with a low bitterness that gains in prominence towards the end.

All in all, this is an APA that may appeal to those who find an average IPA to be too bitter.


Desitka Lager, Browar Perun (4.1%)

Finally, here's a Czech-style Pilsner from Browar Perun.

This looks, smells and tastes like a good Czech Pilsner should: a clear golden colour with an average white head of good duration, an aroma of malt and herbs with cereal and, get ready for this, bubblegum. Its flavour is also representative of those aromas, with a dry end.  

Despite the notes of bubblegum, this is not a particularly sweet beer; the clear notes of herbs and cereal are the foundations upon which this pilsner is built.

Love pizza and beer? From Monday-Saturday 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 selected large draft beer for the price of a small one!



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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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