Oh, Poland… We love you but we keep missing the chances to taste some of your craft beer. Either the stores are closed or we spend our time somewhere in the woods on the shore of one beautifully green lake. Not too long ago we did just that — spent a couple of days chilling by the lake and eating Polish watermelons. One day, we decided to step out into the world for a brief moment to see what town folks are up to. We drove to Olsztyn, which is a gorgeous town with a medieval castle, and noticed that in the three years we haven’t visited there it turned decidedly more hipster. This means that in an area once barren — near the castle — a brewery-restaurant Browar Warmia now stands tall and proud. Welp, we thought, this must be a sign. So we went on and bought two of their brews that they had bottled (they had more on tap) — a weizen and an American pale ale. We drank two of the four bottles that same evening by the lake and brought back the other two for a better photo-op.
Appearance: Hazy amber-coloured body with a thick white head.
Aroma: Slightly sour, yet pleasant apples.
Taste: The apples don’t make an appearance here; rather, the taste is quite bland, with a not-so-pleasant bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Quite light and watery.
Notes: We wished for a firmer, rounder body, but then remembered that many Polish weizens are like that — a bit watery and bland. However, this does not justify a subpar weizen. Looking back, this one seemed much better by the lake but our decision-making skills might’ve been compromised then by previously imbibed alcohol.
Style: American pale ale
Appearance: Opaque copper-coloured body with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: Loads of sweet tropical fruits, especially mangoes! Lovely!
Taste: Malty sweetness is almost non-existent, as there are only hops and more hops. Sure, they have some subtle fruitiness, but overall it’s just a bitter beer.
Mouthfeel: Soft and watery.
Notes: Wonderful aroma killed by the blunt bitterness that in the end made the beer hard to drink. A shame, really.
P. S. The labels, which feel very home-made, say: Good, because brewed in Warmia. Well, it takes more than lovely woods, scenic lakes and Medieval castles to brew good beer. Points for trying, though.
Disclaimer: We had the beers on 21-08-2016