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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Drink This Spring

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.

This month we’re reviewing FramboisCórka Młynarza, RaISa Bowmore Barrel AgedPomarańczowy Radler and Pelican.

Frambois, Brouwerij Lindemans (2.5%)

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Our first beer of the month is a Fruited Lambic from well known Belgian brewers Lindemans.

This raspberry beer is burgundy in colour and sports aromas of raspberries, ester and rose.  The beer’s flavours are understandably on the fruity side, with sweet raspberry playing a dominant role.  There’s also a tannic taste in the mix too – like the bitterness caused from brewing black tea too long. This adds an interesting contrast that’s akin to red wine, while the typical Lambic wild yeast used in this gives off yeasty notes.

All in all, the masters of Lambic have come up with another winner here; it’s low in alcohol but very high in fruitiness and quality.

Córka Młynarza, Browar Warownia (4.8%)

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Next up is an American Wheat from Piwo Warownia.

Córka Młynarza adorns a clear yellow colour as well as a weak white head and lacing. In terms of smell, a good sniff reveals notes of lemon juice and lemon zest. Meanwhile the beer’s flavours are of lemon and honey-like sweetness. This all blends nicely with the presence of earthy malts and pine, while the beer has a certain dryness about it too.

Although it is an American Wheat, the sweetness and maltiness of this beer (the name means “The Miller’s Daugther”) makes it more of an English Ale.  In any case, it’s certainly tasty and comes recommended.

RaISa Bowmore Barrel Aged, Browar Maryensztadt (9.4%)

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Our third beer of the month, an Imperial Stout with a twist, comes from Browar Maryensztadt.

RaISa Bowmore Barrel Aged  has a black body and brown frothy head.  Its aroma is of coffee, wood and whisky, which is a result of the beer being brewed in barrels once home to whisky.  The whisky certainly plays a strong role in the beer’s taste, giving it an intensively malty flavour as well as notes of ripe fruit, brown sugar, dates, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, coffee, smoked resin and even hints of spice.  On top of all that, hints of smoked wood and peat give the stout an earthy base.

This creamy, full-flavoured and high alcohol beer is quite an experience!

Pomarańczowy Radler, Inne Beczki (2.5%)

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Our penultimate ‘beer’ of month is in fact a Radler from Inne Beczki. 

Pomarańczowy Radler has a golden colour and mild white head. The drink smells of orange (fitting, given pomarańczowy being in its name), plus lime, grassy hops and lavender. When it comes to taste, the Radler feels like a weak orangeade – more bitter than sweet (a bit like the tasty Kinnie drink you can buy in Malta) with added notes of rye malt.

With low carbonation and body, this is a refreshing drink better suited to the warmer days on the way. 

Pelican, Browar Nepomucen (4.9%)

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Finally, here’s a Fruit Weizen from Browar Nepomucen. 

The beer has a bright orange-yellow colour and a white head that dissipates in seconds. The aroma comprises of mango, apricot, peach, banana and vinegar, all of which (apart from the vinegar) are also present in its flavours.  Wheat and malt add to those fruity flavours, while the yeast adds a fairly dominant note too. 

The array of fruity flavours makes this a very good version of a Weizen that gives us a foretaste of the summer fruit that’ll come our way in a few months.

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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