Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This Autumn

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 Salamander AIPA; HaandBryggeriet, Bez PorzeczkaTap Lager and Świdermajer.

Salamander AIPA, Browar Stu Mostów (6.8%)

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This beer has been available for some time now and finally it receives a review here. For those not in the know, Salamander is a popular American Indian Pale Ale brewed by one of Wrocław's top breweries.

With an amber colour and mild head, Salamander has an aroma of citrus, pine, caramel and malt. Its taste is likewise, with added flavours of mango and grass with notes of currants. The beer also has a pine finish and is mildly bitter.

Despite its high alcohol content, this is not an overly heavy beer. Rather it is a simple and restrained IPA that's nicely balanced.

HaandBryggeriet Mango, Strawberry and Raspberry Ale; Stu Mostów (3.5%)

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Browar Stu Mostów have produced another winner in the shape of HaandBryggeriet, a strawberry and raspberry ale sporting a cloudy red colour.

It smells like fresh strawberries and the popular Polish children's drink Kubuś Malinowy. The taste is very much dominated by the stunning flavour of fresh strawberry juice together with a mild sourness of raspberries. I could not taste the mango so much however. The barley, wheat and hops present also give the beer an earthy and grainy base, while a smidgeon of bitterness resides in the aftertaste.

The outlook for the upcoming weather may not look so good, but taste this beer and you'll be transported back to warm summer days.

Bez Porzeczka, Pracownia Piwa (2.3%)

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Labelled as an "Elderflower blackcurrant beetroot dark flaken Gose", this is one of the latest beers from Cracovian craft brewers Pracownia Piwa.

Bez Porzeczka has a dark violet colour and smells like blackcurrant juice. Accordingly, its taste is a mixture of the sourness of blackcurrants. There's also an added earthy-sweet and salty flavour coming from the beetroot; to be precise, it has notes of barszcz. To add to its juice/soup-like character, the beer has a low carbonation and a medium body.

All in all then, a rather odd affair – so one for craft beer purists looking to try something a little out-of-the-ordinary. 

Tap Lager, Pracownia Piwa (5.2%)

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A Cascade lager? How can that possibly fail?  That's undoubtedly the case here as this beer is certainly tasty.

Tap Lager has a hazy pale golden colour as well as an aroma of grassy hops. The grassy hop motif continues in the taste, which contains notes of mango, pale malts and, as is appropriate for a lager, herbs.

This beer is a nice concept – those who like both pale ales and pilsners will appreciate the blend of the bitterness of pale malts and herbiness of the hops.

Świdermajer, Browar Bazyliszek (3.8%)

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Świdermajer is labelled as a "Sosnowe (pine) summer ale" and certainly, the taste of pine dominates this beer.

Świdermajer has an aroma of lemon and herbs, while its colour is a light and cloudy shade of amber. In addition to the aforementioned pine, Świdermajer has notes of malts, herbs and resin, with a bit of orange zest bitterness to finish. On top of that, the inclusion of wheat (as is standard in summer ales) provides this beer with a wheaty-earthy base and texture.

We at Wrocław Uncut like to recommend beers which offer you a good introduction to different flavours, and in this beer you can try out a relatively intense flavour of pine.

For those curious about the beer's name and label, Świdermajer is a form of Polish architecture that arose in the late 19th century.

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!

About Ian Maloy

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.