Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This Easter

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 Tropi Hoppi, Spółdzielczy Ósemkowe, Pozycja 69, 1 na 100 and Pils.

Tropi Hoppi, Browar Deer Bear (5.8%)

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First up is Browar Deer Bear's Tropi Hoppi, which is classed as an American Wit IPA.

It has a golden colour and white head that quickly dissipates. The beer's aroma features hints of tropical fruits, plus wheat and grassy hops. With a base that is medium bitter, Troppi Hoppi has floral and malt notes, while a mild touch of coriander is also present. Another interesting ingredient is amchoor, also known as mango powder. It is made from unripe mangos, which gives this beer a citrusy aftertaste. This in turn goes well with the sweet flavour of lime kaffir.

We're seeing more and more variations of IPAs and in this new brew, Deer Bear have produced an interesting beer that gives a strong flavour to contrast the seasonal diet.

Spółdzielczy Ósemkowe, Browar Spółdzielczy (8.5%)

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Here we have an Imperial IPA from a brewery marking their debut on the Wrocław Uncut pages. Browar Spółdzielczy are based in Puck in the Pomerania region, north west of Gdańsk.

Spółdzielczy Ósemkowe has a lightly hazed amber colour, while its aroma is a mix of summer fruit, malt and herbs. The beer's tastes includes notes of peach, apricot and wheat. The presence of Carapils malt gives this a caramel flavour, while a touch of Vienna malt also adds some sweetness. Despite the strong flavours in this beer, its use of US-05 yeast helps to generate some crispness. This all comes together rather well, culminating in a dry pine finish.

Spółdzielczy Ósemkowe's hefty 8.5% alcohol percentage means you'll have to drink it "responsibly", which is challenging given how tasty the beer's flavours are.

Pozycja 69, Warsztat Piwowarski (5.1%)

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This is an American Pils from one of our local breweries, Warsztat Piwowarski. 

With a golden colour and creamy head, Pozycja 68 boasts has an aroma of fresh hops and citrus.  The inclusion of Citra hops gives this a taste of bitter citrus (typical of American Pils), which balances well with its herbs and dryness.

The beer's name might be filthy, but its taste isn't – a very decent pils.

1 na 100, Browar Kormoran (1%)

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This is a low-alcoholic beer labelled as a "Light Rye American ale".

The beer has a cloudy amber colour and a white head with good lacing. Its aroma marks it out from other low-alcohol beers, with a rich aroma of hops, citrus, resin and lime. 1 na 100 has medium bitterness thanks to the use of Citra hops, which also generates a citrus flavour that mixes well with the notes of tropical fruit and herbs.

While the flavour of 1 na 100 is certainly not as intensive as a 4-5.5% APA, this excellent brew stands out from other low-alcohol beers due to its array of flavours and medium bitterness level.

Pils, Browar Trzech Kumpli (4.4%)

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The Tarnów-based Browar Trzech Kumpli returns with this pils.

This looks how a good pils should: a golden colour plus a frothy white head with lacing. The beer's aroma features malt and grass with a bit of hops. When it comes to the taste, Trzech Kumpli's pils embodies flavours of pale malts, caramel and herbs. The beer also has a relatively strong bitter base (at least for a pils) .

Polish breweries are making more and more decent pils nowadays, and this crisp and tasty effort from Trzech Kumpli is one to try.

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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