Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This January

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 BananKwaśny OlekKurtTroszku ne IPA and Topaz.

Banan, Browar Bazyliszek (6.8%)

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This is a German Hefeweizen, which, as you can work out from its name, has a certain bananarama about it.

Banan has a creamy yellow colour with a slighty white head, while the aroma is of yeast and malts. 

The wide array of ingredients used in the creation of Banan (wheat, pilzeński malts, pale ale, caramelised wheat) give the beer a sweet and earthy flavour. This blends well with the spiciness, fruitiness and hoppiness of the Bramling Cross, Admiral, Strisselspalt, Magnum and Saaz hops.

With a full flavour and high alcohol content, this is a Hefeweizen to be savoured.

Kwaśny Olek, Dziki Wschód (3%)

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Dziki Wschód (or "Wild East" in English), a Lublin-based brewery, mark their debut on the Piwo Uncut pages with this Berliner Weiße-style beer with cherry.

Kwaśny Olek bears a rusty colour, while its aroma is charcterised by sour cherries and lemon. Both of these fruits are also present in the taste, however the sour cherries play by far the biggest role. This all works nicely together with a base dryness, which produces an overall mildly sour feel to the beer.

Fans of Berliner Weiße will appreciate the bracing lactic acid flavours of Kwaśny Olek. Therefore it would seem that Dziki Wschód is one to look out for!

Kurt, Browar Miedzianka (4%)

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Next up is a pilsner from the Miedzianka brewery, which is based in deepest Lower Silesia (more info can be found in our review of their Rudawskie).

With a clear yellow colour, Kurt has a slight aroma of malts.  The beer's predominant taste is malt, with a slight note of sourness in there for good measure.  The hops in the beer play more of a supporting role in Kurt, with the beer's dry and herby notes far more detectable.

Being a pils, this is typically malty and drier than the pilseners you would typically find in Poland. As a consequence, this beer generates more of a bracing experience for your mouth.

Troszku Ne IPA, Browar Pracownia Piwa (5.8%)

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Troszku Ne IPA, one of the latest in a long line of craft brews from the established Browar Pracownia Piwa, is labelled as an "Hazy IPA".

The beer has a cloudy yellow colour and an aroma of citrus and orange zest. Meanwhile tropical fruits, citrus and notes of herbs and malts are all present in the flavour. Oat flakes were used in the brewing of Troszku Ne IPA  and they play a very slight role in the taste, bringing a rather earthy base to an otherwise hoppy beer.

This is a fruity IPA with a bitter finish; an undeniably tasty beer to be drunken slowly.

Topaz, Browar Inne Beczki (4.8%)

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Finally, here's an American Hefeweizen from the Varsovian brewery Inne Beczki (brewed however at the Minipivovar Koníček in Dobrá​, Czechia).

Topaz has a cloudy yellow colour and a white foam head. Banana and malt dominate the aroma, while the beer's taste follows suit. There is also a pleasing presence of malt and cloves. In addition, a slight note of lemon gives Topacz a slightly sour aftertaste.

Topaz is relatively light compared to other Hefeweizen. The beer's somewhat surprisingly mild lemony taste will also appeal to those who like Kristallweizen.

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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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.

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