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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kozlak of the Bro War

 Kozlak is a Bock beer (Kozlak means bock) brewed by the Amber Brewery of Kolbudy, Poland. In Polish Browar means brewery. Bro - War.

Poland is Europe's 3rd largest beer producer, just behind Germany and the UK. There are 80 active breweries, although not as many as teh 137 that were operating before a certain dictator decided to invade. There most unique style of beer is called Grodziskie beer, a top-fermenting, smoked wheat beer. communist rule saw all the breweries taken over  by the state.

As communism began to fall many breweries were closed for rationing purposes. Since the return of capitalism breweries have come back strong and the Polish beer palates are expanding.

A friend bought this at Corti Brothers in Sacramento for $3.49 for a 550ml. It has an ABV of 6.5%.

It pours a reddish brown with a thin head that leaves little lacings. The arome is sweet with prominent caramel malts and wheat and maybe some hints of dark fruits and nuttiness. The taste upfront roasted and caramel malts, nutty, bready with hints of dark fruits and earthy hops. Its medium body and smooth, with light carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer and I'm impressed by my first Polish beer. There are other Bock beers which rival this one, so I suggest you Try It. However, its very smooth with a great feeling in your mouth, and very very drinkable.

Bocks are a great way to celebrate Oktoberfest, don't forget to check out our Events page for upcoming Oktoberfest events! Yes, this is a Polish beer, but the Poles deserve a little ecomonic activity due to a German event - the Germans owe them big!

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