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 pizza.
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 Czarna Wolga, Dymy Marcowe, Baron von Jaizen, Kurt and Pozycia Klasyczna.
Czarna Wolga, Browar Artezan (5.5%)
This is a Sweet Stout, a form of beer that is usually either made with lactose (making it a Milk Stout) or, as in this case, with oats.
Czarna Wolga is an fascinating beer which reminds one of the maxim "Don't judge a book by its cover", in that its cola-like appearance and presence of bubbles may be indicitative of a light drink. However, while the body is indeed low, the tastes contained within it certainly make their presence felt in the mouth.
The beer's aroma is of oats, chocolate, malts and a touch of coffee, and that also rings true when it comes to the taste. Two extra things about this Sweet Stout mark it out: the inclusion of oats give Czarna Wolga a velvety texture that coats the tongue nicely, and its slightly bitter-chocolately aftertaste remains in the mouth for ages; I was still enjoying the taste five minutes after I stopped drinking.
All in all, this is a solidly good beer. The fact that Wrocław Medical University recently found that Dunkel beers in Poland are quite healthy also means this beer can even be recommended for health reasons 😉
Dymy Marcowe, Browar Pinta (5%)
Next up is a Smoked Beer from established craft brewer Pinta.
Dymy Marcowe has a dark ruby colour, white head and good lacing.
The beer contains an array of ingredients that deserve attention. For starters, it contains various Weyermann® malts, which are produced in a red brick building in Bamberg – the biggest supplier of European malts to the US beer market. Their barley malt gives this beer a smoked beech aroma and flavour while also producing notes of honey and a tinge of vanilla.
In addition, Munich II and Carafa® Special III malts give the beer its dark colour and malty flavour. The addition of Caramunich® (III) malt also gives Dymy Marcowe a caramel flavour. On top of that, the use of Tradition hops brings a somewhat spicy flavour and a hint of green apple. The last noticeable ingredient, Saflager™ W 34/70 yeast (common in German pilsners), brings floral flavours to the table too.
If you are tired of hoppy beers with the standard usage of the same old hops, I recommend you getting to know different malts and yeasts; this beer offers a genuine opportunity to do just that – so why not give Dymy Marcowe a go?
Baron von Jaizen, Browar Podgórz (5%)
Our third beer of the month is a Dunkelweißbier from Browar Podgórz.
Baron von Jaizen has a cloudy-brown toffee colour and a light white head. Meanwhile the beer's aroma is of banana, malt and yeast. The yeast is also fairly present in its taste, which results in the beer going in the direction of dryness; despite that, banana and cocoa notes are present here alongside hints of cloves and nuts.
With a light body and only a hint of the taste of wheat, this is not a typical Dunkelweißbier and may appeal to those who would prefer a yeasty and malty beer.
Kurt, Browar Nepomucen (4.3%)
One of Browar Nepomucen's latest creations, Kurt is an American Weissbier.
Like with Kingpin's Most Wanted (see last month's review), this contains a mixture of wheat and hops, so while the golden cloudy colour and white frothy head makes it look like a standard Weissbier, the aroma indicates that this will go in a different direction. That means notes of fresh hops, blackcurrant, cherry and cloves. Indeed, these flavours are prevalent in this beer, with the added flavours of citrus, grass, hay and a rich taste of wheat.
This seemingly complex mixture feels good on the tongue, and with a medium carbonation, Kurt sinks down nicely. Anyone looking to branch out from standard Weissbiers would do themself no harm by trying this one.
Pozycia Klasyczna, Warsztat Piwowarski (5%)
Finally, here's a Pilsener by Warsztat Piwowarski.
Pozycia Klasyczna has a light brown colour and aromas of damp hay and earth. It tastes rather 'earthy' too, while notes of cereal and straw keep up the field motif. Malt and mildy sweet caramel also feature in this satisfying beer.
This is a somewhat unusual pilsener that would appeal to those who fancy drinking in a beer garden on a warm summer evening.
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