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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try Before The End Of July

VBC 2017, Premium Pils, Hamak, Pan IPAni and Oude Gueuze Cuvée René 2017

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 VBC 2017Premium PilsHamakPan IPAni, and Oude Gueuze Cuvée René 2017.

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To start off with, here’s a New England IPA from Zarzecze-based craft brewers Solipiwko.

VBC 2017 is light yellow in colour and forms a slight white head after pouring. The beer’s aroma is fruity; there are hints of mango, grape and citrus, as well as malt and hops. This fruitiness is also reflective of the taste, where reserved yet ever-present notes of tropical fruit blend nicely with malts, a medium bitterness and a touch of pine.

Although not as juicy and bitter as other NE IPAs, VBC 2017 is not short on taste – indeed, it’s one to savour.

Premium Pils, Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei (5%)

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Wittichenauer Premium Pils (left), Pan IPAni, Browar Trzech Kumpli (right)

Next up is a Pils from the Wittichenauer brewery in Saxony, which is not far from the Polish border.

Wittichenauer Premium Pils has a clear light yellow colour and a mild white head that quickly dissipates. When it comes to the aroma, you’ll find notes of herbs, straw and grass. The taste follows suit, albeit with a slight hint of lemon and (dare i say it) metal (!).  All in all, the beer is crisp in flavour and sports a light body.

Light in looks and light in flavour, Wittichenauer Premium Pils almost tastes like a low-alcohol-beer. That said, it is undeniably refreshing.

Pan IPAni, Browar Trzech Kumpli (6%)

Our third beer of the month is a Wheat IPA from Tarnów brewery Trzech Kumpli.

Pan IPAni has a cloudy yellow/orange colour and a frothy white head which remains (the lacing remained on the glass from start to finish in my case). The beer’s aroma features tropical fruit, oranges and citrus. In terms of the flavour, there is a complex mix of fruity notes including mango, peach and pear, not to mention the juicy bitterness of orange pith. Perhaps surprisingly, the taste of wheat is very reserved. The beer also has a resiny texture and feels like an IPA with notes of wheat rather than an all-out Wheat IPA.

Those who love a mix of fruitiness and bitterness will lap up this beer.

Hamak, Browar Cztery Ściany

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This is a Golden Ale brewed in Trzebnica, a town in the north of Lower Silesia not so far away from Wrocław.

Hamak is yellow in colour and a has white head. The smell is of yeast and fruit, while the taste is characterised by summer fruit with citrus and herbs also being present. The beer is quite watery in terms of texture.

I would have expected more maltiness from this Golden Ale. Even so, it still goes down quite nicely. 

Oude Gueuze Cuvée René 2017, Brouwerij Lindemans (6%)

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Last but by no means least is this special edition Lambic brewed in the Flanders region of Belgium.

Oude Gueuze Cuvée René 2017’s colour is brown/orange, while it’s aroma is of pear, orange, sour cherries and peach.  The first impression in the taste is sourness, but upon more consideration one can detect a mild fruitiness, together with an orange zest bitterness and a lemony aftertaste.

A Belgian beer exported to Poland is almost always going to be of high quality, and this refreshing Gueuze is no exception.

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!

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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