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 MiLo, Bliss, Tarzanka, cHOPskie Lato and Jasumi.
From left to right: Tarzanka, MiLo, Bliss
MiLo, Browar Nepomucen (4.8%)
This is a Weißbier brewed to commemorate the partnership between Milicz (Mi) and Lohr am Maim (Lo).
Sporting a cloudy amber colour and a frothy head, MiLo has an aroma of cloves, malt and banana. The beer’s flavour is likewise, with its slight sourness and a mild maltiness combining nicely with the notes of estery.
Like a good Bavarian Weißbier, this is a beer to be respected. It’s properly stodgy and has a clear, pleasant flavour.
Bliss, Browar Nepomucen (5.2%)
This is classed as a “Chocolate and Nuts Porter”, and indeed, that’s what it tastes like.
With a dark brown head, this has an aroma of chocolate, coffee and nuts. Its taste is nonetheless more refined, with flavours of walnuts and hazelnuts, coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate and malt.
Bliss has a medium level of bitterness and slips down the throat quite nicely, giving one a well-balanced array of tastes to savour.
Tarzanka, Piwna Stacja (5.8%)
This is a New England IPA brewed by Poznań-based brewery Piwna Stacja.
The beer has a cloudy amber colour, while its aroma features citrus and tropical fruits. This is also reflected in the flavour, blending very effectively with the beer’s mildly bitter finish.
In contrast to hoppy West Coast IPAS, New England IPA’s like this one tend to be creamy and smooth, whereby the fruity flavours take precedence over hops.
This effort from Piwna Stacja is no exception, and it is an exceedingly good beer in its own right.
cHOPskie Lato, Browar Recraft (4.4%)
A summer ale in these dark November days? Why not?
Produced by Browar Recraft, which is based inbetween Bytom, Zabrze and Katowice in Upper Silesia, cHOPskie Lato contains an interestingly array of ingredients. For starters there are different hops, namely Summer, Sticklebracht and Fantasia, which give the beer flavours of apricot, melon, pine, citrus and creamy carmal. The presence of US-05 yeast also gives cHOPskie Lato a crispy taste, which combines well with the beer’s Pilżenski malts, barley and wheat.
Such a copius amount of ingredients could create a confusing taste. Thankfully in this case the flavours go hand in hand with each other, resulting in a sold and relatively sweet beer.
Jasumi, Browar Deer Bear (5.1%)
Finally, here’s an APA brewed with jasmin tea and lichi, made by the Deer Bear brewery in Toruń.
Jasumi has a slightly hazy orange colour, while the smell of lichi and strawberry are present in the aroma. The beer’s predominant flavours are of lichi, while the citra hop base is underpronounced, giving only a mild bitterness. The taste of jasmin tea is slight, with herbal and hoppy notes coming out in the aftertaste.
This beer is more sweet than bitter, and it’s fair to say that you need to be a fan of lichi in order to appreciate this rather distinct brew.
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!