Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Greece

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500ml bottle with dinner in Athens.
Compared to the widely familiar Heineken, this beer is softer, with a higher malt/hops ratio. It's modestly less bitter and slightly less carbonated. No skunky tones. Rather average.

Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. I've had this at every Greek restaurant that I've been to, which isn't that many, but it always seems to go well with the food.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of thin, weakly foamy dirty white head, which quickly sinks away, leaving some decent spectral tree branch lace around the glass as things slowly drop off.

It smells quite strongly of grainy pale cereal malt - barley and corn/rice alike - it reminds me of Czech Pils' dimmer cousin - and is a wee bit skunky in its grassy, weedy hoppiness. The taste is somewhat simpler - warm cereal grain, a hint of gasohol, and dead grassy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is middling, and generally inoffensive, the body medium-light in weight, and more than a tad clammy in its weak attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, and surprisingly clean, with a little cheap grainy sweetness lingering, the green bottle skank thankfully well and done by this point.

Nothing particularly special, a plain, inoffensive Euro-lager, unless of course you're out and about and getting your Greek on (I know that has other connotations, but I'm strictly talking about their cuisine) and tolerable enough to have a few, that is if the retsina isn't quite doing it for you.

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L green glass bottle (ugh) with uninteresting label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local corner mart here in Thessaloniki, Greece, and served into a generic cup. Served cold. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 5% ABV. BB: 02/15.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Fair complexion and consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent pale yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Clean.

Not a unique or special appearance for the style. Looks a bit underwhelming, but it's generally appealing overall.

AROMA: Clean barley, mild helles & pils malt sweetness, and a touch of floral hop notes. A pleasant aroma of mild strength overall. I'm optimistic, but it's not horribly appealing.

No yeast character, hop character, off-notes, or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: Pils malts, a touch of diacetyl/buttery character, clean barley, a hint of floral hop character, and some generic helles malt sweetness. It's not imbalanced, but clearly it's not very carefully constructed. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I guess I like it in a general sense. As with many beers in the style, it lacks complexity, intricacy, nuance, and subtlety. There's nothing unique or special going on here, and it's largely unremarkable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light, clean, and crisp. Not overcarbonated. This texture suits the taste well enough. It's fairly executed, and I'm impressed they can do this on a large scale. It's light-bodied, with a nice overall presence on the palate. No complaints here, but it's not custom-tailored specifically to the taste by any means.

OVERALL: You've had a beer that tastes just like this before - regardless of which country you're from. It fills Greece's 'generic drinkable lager' category, and there's nothing wrong with that. I've definitely had worse, and this is refreshing in the hot summer. Hides its ABV well enough. I could have a 6-pack of this in one sitting. Surprisingly enjoyable for a beer at this price point.

B-

Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

aroma: lightly malty and sweet. sour, tart, citrusy--like lemon rind. earhy, bohemian, yeasty.

apearance: dull yellow, clear. medium to low carmonation. 1/2" head quickly fell. White fluffy head.

taste: mildly sweet. bitter balance. bitter flavor. vegetable flavors on the side of corn. mildly fruity and citrusy. medium mouthflle. clean refreshing finish. finishes slightly bitter, slightly buttery, and slightly grainy.

aftertaste: similar as to how the beer finished. lingers for a few minutes. not to dry, not to sweet.

impression: smells and tastes a little light stricken, probably because of the yeast sourch. Bohemian lager, grainy, earthy, sour.

Photo of nickfl
3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, straw colored body.  The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Light honey and grainy malt.  Some surprisingly strong herbal hops.

T - grainy malt with a light honey flavor and some spicy hops.  A sighted malty finish and lingering grainy cereal notes.

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - not bad, it is a pretty standard euro lager with a watered down pilsner flavor.  Better than bud, but not great.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

This is an all-malt, green-bottled Euro lager from Greece, so it's a rarity of sorts. It is an exceptionally clear, pale yellow with a solid white lacing. This lager brings a hint of cooked corn and hops with a side of grassiness in the nose. It gives a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. This beer has a hint of sweetness, but a dry malt palate throughout. Dried grass comes to mind, with a bit of bread as well. The hops show more bitterness than flavor, and some cooked veggie flavors show up in the dry finish. This lager has a bit more life compared to the typical fizzy yellow lager. This one is worth a go.

Photo of Todd
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 0.33L green bottle. Cryptic best before end date on the back label.

Appearance: Golden/yellow beer, touch of haze, and a patchy tiny bubbled, sticky white lace.

Smell: Bready, extremely floral/herbal (skunk) from the Saaz hops.

Taste: Fairly smooth on the palate, going a bit coarse and grainy as you get into the beer. Body is borderline medium. Sweetness is low, but even. Hops have that distinct "skunky" flavour that overwhelms, with a thin flash of a semi-citrusy-lemony hop bite. Quite herbal, which runs into the bready/dry finish.

Notes: Wasn't really impressed by this beer, pretty average. Although the "skunked" aroma and flavour is part of the character, it's a bit too much a part of it.

Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle

Typical presentation, light, clear, minor off white head, leaves minimal lace.

No nose

minimal flavor, maybe some corn.

Adjunct lager all the way...what can ya say....washed down a meal at a local Greek diner well, enough but not much going on beyond that

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

330mL slender green bottle proudly stating its "Original Quality" (what does that mean?) and its years of brewing heritage - since 1997. Wow, almost a quarter of a generation.

Pours nicely with lots of head retention and different layers of lacing. Jaundiced pale yellow colour, average carbonation.

Aromas of grassy, slightly skunky hops (perhaps due to the green bottle and its long trip here) and not much else. Mildly inoffensive.

Taste is slightly below average - age doesn't really show... a little bit of adjuncty sourness on sides of tongue, very watery, unimpressive but not undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is appallingly thin and entirely lacking in body. Drinkability on the other hand would be higher for a very hot day when you feel like a very cold beer, but not very good on a cold winter's night (or any other scenario for that matter).

Notes: Who in their right mind would classify this a Munich Helles Lager? It's not Bavarian, in fact it doesn't have anything in common with any German lager, it's very thin and would be much better classified as a generic Euro Pale Lager. I reviewed it as such. If this were a pale Munich lager just about every other beer in its class would be superior to it. Overall this beer is not too bad, but it's entirely meaningless - just fizzy yellow water really.

Photo of btmo
3.31/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was in Greece in November 2007, and as is my habit, drank the local beer everywhere I go.

I found Mythos to be an amusing if unassuming little beer.

It was very much a typical macro style lager, but when you drink it in the Plaka just below the Acropolis, or at the Archeology museum cafe, it is pretty darn nice!

Worth a try....

... if you are in Athens.

Photo of pat61
2.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am drinking this from a green bottle poured into a lager glass in April 2015. The bottle has a 10-2015 best by date which is hillariously optimistic.
L: Brilliant straw with a 2” lacy white foam cap.
S: There is a slight skunk, most of which I am able to swirl out. Light malts and a light sweetness with some corn lie behind the skunk.
T: The beer is grainy, a little sweet with an undercurrent of something harsh and chemically. The aftertaste is minerally with a sharp, unpleasant aftertaste.
F: Light bodied with above average carbonation.
O: There is very little good I can think of to say about this beer.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml green bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV is stated as 4.7%.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear straw yellow colour with medium carbonation and some floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. Aroma is weak; some light nutty malt, a fleeting hint of cooked leaves and a whisper of solvent.

Tastes of light malt with a faint bitter finish. Subtle notes of stewed leaves with a background hint of solvent. Hop character is non-existant. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with slight astringency. Almost no aftertaste - a ghost of light malt.

A bog standard macro lager - OK for a hot climate. Taste could be cleaner, but this probably isn't a problem if it's served cold. There are plenty of better beers out there - pass on this.

Photo of ADR
1.75/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, clear and totally ordinary in appearance. Soupy head swims with murky marks, poor laces or head retention. Lightly grassy aroma, verging on eggy and sulfurous. Slightly overcarbonated, very thin mouthfeel. Little going on in the flavor, some elements similar to the aroma, and emphasized by the catty aroma. Too gassy at the finish to even call this one particularly drinkable. Unfortunately, this is sold in six packs, maybe the rest will have some novelty appeal at parties, but I always feel a little bad bringing these kind of brews.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden straw crystal clear with a vibrant white artificially carbonated white head, leaving lace thoroughly around the edges of my pint glass. Aroma is a characteristic European green bottled mildly hopped beer, with the skunk aroma from the hops and an underlying malt sweetness. This beer is a bit watered down in the flavor with a slightly fruit toned grainy sweetness this beer is good at cooling you down in the hot sun, but as far as being a challenging well developed representation of any beer I say no way. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated making me burp with every couple sips, nothing special to note about this beer. A fairly drinkable speaking in quantity but why would I wan to drink a lot of this beer with so many other great beers waiting to be tasted.

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sweet and fizzy, little bitterness, bugger me, not good, skunky cat pee. Painful to drink. But a new country for me. I really can't right too much more about it, other than it was awful, very thin, and painful to drink, and its making this character rule pretty darn hard to pass, not good.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow brew with a webby looking head that is white in color and the consistency of cotton candy. It fades to a thin skim of white suds. Not a bad looking lager although it doesn't have much style compared to others.

Smell is sweet, slightly bready and a touch on the stale side. After a few minutes of sitting the stale scent fades and a thin but pronounced bready scent comes through.

Taste is sweet with a corn like flavor mixed with fresh lightly toasted bagels. A little muted in the flavor department if you ask me but at least it doesn't taste watered down.

Smooth beer that could use some more bubbles. It seems that some more CO2 would give that little bit more acidity and sharpen the faint traces of hops. A good one ice cold on a hot day in Greece but I'd be more inclined to cook with it rather then struggle to drink a sixer.

Photo of Brenden
2.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one's from a while ago...I just found the undated notes.

The color is a pale yellow color. A white head pretty quickly dissipates to a foam and leaves very light lacing.
Some bready grains are on the nose with a skunky aroma mixing things a bit. Other than that there's a faint hint of some hops.
There's a light underlying sweetness to this one and an herbal hops note throughout. That skunkiness is still there, though not as marring as if it were light-touched. There's a little citrus / lemon peel zest and the grains are prominent.
This one is crisp and carbonation is at a good level. Body isn't as light as I had expected; this one's medium-bodied.
It's an interesting if underwhelming and fairly typical beer.

Photo of anders36
2.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This Greek beer pours a slightly hazed pale straw colour into the glass. Comes with a big white head that disappears quickly, leaving a thin ring of head. The smell is a bit hoppy and the taste has a bit of metalic flavour. There is no bitterness in the after taste.
This beer is not my favourite beer and i think this was the first and last time i drank it.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
1.12/5  rDev -58.4%

Got this bottle from a co worker who was ranting and raving about this beer...we definitely have different tastes in beer, and this is just a nasty brew. Very generic, watery taste..taste like an over produced beer not ranking much higher than a domestic in my book. Never again.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pale and clear yellow-gold topped with a thin but nice looking cap of white foam. Nice lace for the style.

S - Skanky dank skunk butt. Wheew-wheee! I could smell the skunk from arms length when I cracked this one. Still a month to go before the "enjoy by" date on the back label, so no excuses for this.

T - Chewy caramel malt and astringent grassy hops. Complete turn around from the nose. Finishes with a nice flourish of grassy-lemony hops.

M - Light bodied, well carbonated, thirst quenching. Finishes extremely dry.

Smells terrible, tastes pretty good. A drinkable warm weather brew for warm climates.

Photo of beerinabottle
3.56/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Disappointing. Below average euro lager. Probably tastes better on a Greek beach than at home in the Irish midlands.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I bought this Greek beer at the Friar Tucks in Savoy, Illinois. It pours fizzy yellow, with two fingers sized white head, and plenty of lacings and carbonation. It has relatively little aroma, a metallic taste, with strong notes of malt and wheat. It has a light body with no edge or bite, malt after taste, and is not filling.

Photo of dirtylou
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Parthenon in Madison

appearance: green bottle (hooray skunk!), obviously a very pale and watery body

smell: real doughy, standard filthy "euro skunk" characteristics, euro hops

taste: a bit watery, taste reminiscent of corn, euro hops, skunky...not good, all too similar to other crappy green bottle imports

mouthfeel: watery, light bodied

drinkability: easy drinking but not good

Photo of Fatehunter
2.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
There is a faint aroma of grain. That's all.
The initial moderate bitter taste goes to a lemony sweetness. Not great, nor horrible.
Crisp texture with moderate carbonation and light body.
A below average euro pale lager but not the worst.

Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a non-descript aroma that has corn and grain in it.
Appearance- A pale yellow color (think Heineken or BMC) with a large white head.
Taste- Has a fairly unique sweet flavor that differs from many euro brands of lagers.
Palate- A light bodied beer with medium carbonation. A different flavor of a lager, I would drink this again.

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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
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