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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This August

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 Księżniczka BobrawaDeep Funk, Tropique, Premium Pils, and Bonsai.

Księżniczka Bobrawa, Browar Rzeka Piwa (3.8%)

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Our first beer of the month is a Cherry Gose from Bydgoszcz’s Browar Rzeka Piwa. 

The beer has a light orange colour and sports a deep and frothy white head.  In terms of smell, notes of cherries, summer fruit, grass and a hint of spice are all present. The beer tastes of sour cherries that have briefly been introduced to the vat, producing more of a watery effect than anything else.  Lactic acid is also mildly present on the palate, somewhat reminiscent of conserved gherkins.  There’s a bit of earthiness to the taste too, thanks to presence of oats and wheat.  The surprising inclusion of salt into the recipe can also be detected, not in a dominating way, but rather something akin to the salt in a caramel and salt ice-cream.

Ultimately, in my opinion this doesn’t really feel like a cherry beer and a gose. I do however appreciate the brewery’s bold move of using salt, and those seeking a contrast to the usual hoppy or malty beers may find this refreshingly different.

Deep Funk, Browar Funky Fluid (7%)

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It’s time for another Piwo Uncut debut! This time out it’s the turn of Warsaw-based brewers Funky Fluid. Deep Funk is a Foreign Extra Stout.

The beer has a brown-black body and a cappuccino-coloured frothy head that remains.  Its aromas are of chocolate and vanilla with notes of winter spices. When drinking this you are first struck by the taste of bourbon (bourbon chips were used in its brewing). Then flavours of rye, cappuccino, walnuts, hazelnuts and roasted barley make their very welcome appearance. To finish, the bourbon kicks in again. After all that, there’s a dry aftertaste of smoked oak.  The beer also has a creamy texture that sinks down quite nicely, almost as smooth as a Guinness.

This is the first I’ve heard of Funky Fluid, and this is a stunning introduction for me; the best stout I’ve drunk for years! Recommended. 

Tropique, Browar broVca (6.8%)

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Our third beer of the month is a Tropical New England IPA from Browar broVca. 

Tropique has a cloudy brown/yellow colour and a white head that quickly dissipates.  Its aroma is what one would expect from the name, with mango, passionfruit and pineapple making a key appearance (though there is also a hint of pine there as well).  This is somewhat replicated in the taste, with an intermittent bitterness proving a constant companion throughout the drinking experience. 

This juicy and tasty beer is very likeable, however it would be wise not to sink down too much of it given the high alcohol content. 

Premium Pils, Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei (5.0%)

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No prizes for guessing the type of beer this is.

Wittichenauer Stadtbrauerei’s Premium Pils has a yellow colour and a thick white head that disappears before you can blink. When it comes to smell, the beer gives off mild aromas of cereal, straw and malt.  It tastes relatively malty too, with notes of caramel and straw. On top of that, the sourness of lemon is present in the aftertaste.  It’s a pils that ticks all the boxes, though the word “premium” comes across as a bit of a marketing gimmick.

Regardless, this is a solid pils that will nicely refresh you on a hot day.

Bonsai, Browar Sancti Lucas (5.8%)

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Finally we have an IPA with Sencha tea; this one comes from Browar Santi Lucas. 

Bonsai adorns a cloudy amber colour and a medium white head that remains. The beer’s aromas are of resin, citrus and bergamot. This interesting IPA features nicely balanced fruity, malty and hoppy flavours, together with notes of caramel, bergamot and grass. Overall, it is mildly bitter.

Bonsai almost feels like a hoppy version of the Iced Tea you can find in the south of the US. For that very reason, you’ll find this a refreshing, enlivening and tasty beer.

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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