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Piwo Uncut: Five Beers To Try This September

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 MangołPoprosze To Nowe IPARaburbonMilo and Londoner.

Mangoł, Browar Kazimierz (4.2%)

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Our first beer of the month is a ‘Mango Milkshake APA’ from Kraków brewers Browar Kazimierz.

Mangoł has a cloudy golden colour with a white head that quickly dissipates. The beer’s aromas contain whiffs of mango, orange, citrus, apricot and hay; each of which are present in its taste. This is largely thanks to the use of standard APA hops like Amarillo and Columbus, as well as two hops that may be new for you – Summer and Vic Secret. These latter two hop varieties increase the beer’s tropical fruit and apricot flavours. Despite the inclusion of lactose, I found Mangoł to be fairly dry. To round off, the beer has a mild bitterness level with notes of yeast.

I had expected something more ‘mangoey’. Still, this is a refreshing and velvety beer that you can sup quite nicely.

Poproszę To Nowe IPA, Browar Ziemia Obiecana (6%)

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Next we have a ‘Hazy IPA’ from Łódż craft brewery Browar Ziemia Obiecana.

Poproszę To Nowe IPA sports a light-orange colour and a slight white head, while its aroma features hints of citrus and orange. The beer’s taste has strong notes of oranges, citrus, raisins, mango and orange. This is supplemented rather nicely by earthy tastes of wheat and honey-malt, plus a slight bitterness.

This fruity IPA is one to look out for!  Savour it slowly and see how many of the fruity tastes you can recognise.

Raburbon, Browar Artezan (6%)

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Moving on now with another beer style – a ‘Saison with Rhubarb’ courtesy of craft beer veterans Browar Artesan.

Raburbon is slightly cloudy and yellow in colour, while its white head is on the slight side. The beer gives off aromas of rhubarb, banana, esters and spices. As for the taste, a sweet banana flavour is present, something that contrasts with the sourness of the rhubarb (which remains in the aftertaste). There are also notes of peaches and spices in there too.

Although some may find this to be a fairly mildly tasting Saison, you wouldn’t know it given the beer’s high alcohol content. All in all, this is nonetheless a satisfying, tart beer.

Milo, Browar Nepomucen

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Our penultimate beer of the month is a Hefeweizen from another familiar name – Browar Nepomucen. 

Milo has an orange-brown colour and a white head. Its aromas and tastes are identical; a nice banana base links up with a dry and earthy yeast base. In addition, there’s a pronounced undercurrent of cloves.

Not very complex, but that’s it! This Hefeweizen is simplicity down to a tee, however the beer is undoubtedly high quality and a match for any good German Hefeweizen.

Londoner, Browar broVca (5%)

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Finally, here’s a New England IPA from the now-established Browar BroVca. 

Londoner has a hazy-yellow colour and an almost-white frothy head that remains throughout.  Its aromas are of white fruit (think pear, gooseberry or grapes) and vanilla. The taste features mild touches of those white fruits, however the sourness of grapefruit and apples make a stronger impression.  Notes of pine and malt are also present.

NEIPAs are becoming increasingly popular over here in Poland, and this tasty beer is a decent standard bearer.

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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