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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

499 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Greece

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass from the bottle at the little Greek place around the corner from us.

Pours a golden straw color with a minimal white head that fades quickly without much lacing. No lacing in the end. The nose is ligh grain and some German Helles characteristics. It's too bad skunked hops cover everything up. Feel is light and skunky with high carbonation. I could not finish this one.

Thorpe429, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount if visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head consisting of large bubbles that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate amounts of sweet bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of artificial sweetness and notes of underlying bready malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the artificial type of sweetness in the taste is a little strange.

metter98, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a nice foamy white head with better retention then expected. Aroma of skunk is not very surprising considering the green bottle and the distance it traveled. Very little hops are present in this beer with some limited sweet malt. Body is thin with a very watery mouthfeel.

Phyl21ca, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -44%

ygtbsm94, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered this one up with dinner at Mythos in greer of all places, go figure, they tried to stay true to form i guess. served in a frosty mug, this one was consumed on 08/24/2010.

the pour was a light, clear pale yellow color with a small head that capped the glass for just a few moments before it fell back down to earth and left nothing but fizzy water in its wake.

aroma of wet hay, cardboard, touches of light grains and corn dotted the landscape, nothing at all really standing out for me here. flavor follows suit exactly with minimal flavor and a too light body that makes this better suited for a water replacement then anything else. clean, with little aftertaste, i had enough of this one right at the start.

overall this could have been better but it is what it is right.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn anf grains. Kind of an odd aroma that I couldn't place. It wasn't skunky just unusual.

T - Fairly bland. Corn and grains. No real hop character. Somewhat sweet and a hint of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a good deal of carbonation.

D - Fairly typical for a European lager. By no means the worst, but certainly not worth buying a case.

zeff80, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

nickfl, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of jlindros
2.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Went to some Mediterranean tapas bar in Baltimore with very little beer selection, so decided to try a Greek beer, something I've never had before.

Light fizzy head fades instantly, crystal clear watery pilsner color.

Nose light unhappy sulfur lager, light skunk as well, light toasty pilsner like, little fruity, faint straw pilsner.

Taste starts with toasty pilsner, light straw and grainy husk, very light sulfur lager but the skunk is not really there until the finish. Light hop grassy and slightly minty. Finish adds slight skunk, light minty grassy hops lingering and touch of sulfur.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall typical "imported premium-like pilsner", light skunk and sulfur, husk, typical pilsner characters, etc.

jlindros, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I reviewed this one over 4 years ago, but always felt I might have given it a bad shake, since I bought it from a wine store that didn't handle their beer very well.
A new sample is in my hands, so why not give Mythos another chance, eh?

Clear, pale ywllow, big, puffy white head, crumbling quickly. Typical lager look, not bad.

Aroma: faint whiffs of lemon and honey, but overall it's airy and dry, with grainy whispers off in the distance. Nondescript.

In the mouth, it's soft and wet, and palatable. Easily drunk, moist, but lacking anything special. Moderate carbonation, light body, quiet, dry finish...very mild, a typical beer-beer of the usual stripe. Just lacks, lacks hops, lacks malt, lacks anything beyond wet, grainy, and "beer."

There's no need to knock it this time around, there's nothing wrong---maybe it's a particularly fresh sample---but you don't need to knock yourself out to try this one. Ho meets hum in the land of Greece.

feloniousmonk, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pilsner and Munich malt scent that's a bit sweet along with a nice German hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a crisp pilsner malt flavor that goes down with some prickly carbonation. It has a German hop presence and a green bottle skunkiness to it. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This isn't a bad beer, however I'm not inclined to buy anymore.

WesWes, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of jwc215
1.6/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A friend brought this back from Greece. I figured..Greek beer...well, if this is Greek beer, I know why the Greeks are not known for beer. It is, perhaps, okay for a very hot summer day when the choice is water or this - not much of a difference. It poured a very light straw-like yellow. Not much of a head, and even that disippated quickly. There is no real flavor to it. It doesn't have any offensive taste, but then neither does water. In fact, it tastes like water, with some attempt at beer.

jwc215, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of smcolw
1.83/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a spritzy and slightly sweet beer. The aroma is all raw grain. The look is clear, pale yellow color with a modest start to the head, but it dies to a single bubble layer and leaves no lace.

Definitely overcarbonated. It reminds me of the beer from Utica Club or Genesee--just another national macro, this time from Greece.

smcolw, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev +23.5%
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-

kojevergas, Jun 30, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -44%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank far too much of this stuff while on Crete resently, both bottled and on tap. The choice was normally this or Amstel, so I would choose this because at least it is Greek. This is a review however of a can I drank in the quiet of my hotel room away from the crowds and noise outside.

Looks like your typical Med lager, pale golden, clear and bright, a small white clean looking head sat on top.

Very little aroma, some sweetness about, but otherwise nothing, just like most lagers.

One of the sweetest lagers I've ever tasted, fine if you want a sweet drink and the sun is boiling onto your head. Not so sure it would work on a cold frosty night in England. Not a lot of taste otherwise, just a sweetness.

Very little to add on the mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer. Watery and boring really.

Update: Oct 2011, holiday on Zante: again hads this beer in three forms (can, bottle, on-tap), refreshing but still boring!

BlackHaddock, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
1.25/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

11/23/04- Purchased at Weimax Wine and Liquors in Burlingame, CA

Appearance- Beautiful think frothy wine head. Nice golden color and decent lacing.

Smell- Possibly the worst beer I have ever smelled. I don't think I have ever had a skunked beer as bad as this one. And from reading other reviews, it seems that thins may be it's normal smell and taste. Smells like a skunk died in my kitchen.

Taste- I don't even know why I tasted this. I guess I had to if I wanted to review it. Horrid and udder skunkiness. Tastes like sweet urine and vomit. I guess buried under the stench and bile there is some malt there, but I'm not going to take another sip to find out.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation is fine, but swallowing it is a problem.

Drinkability- I really hope this was just a super bad bottle. This is damn bad. It even leaves a putrid aftertaste. Already have downed two pints of water in the past 15 minutes trying to get it out of my mouth and nasal cavity.

GClarkage, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +11.9%

wrightst, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of weeare138
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale, light straw colored gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Mild bits of lacing remain.
Smell is of light dms, corn husk, pilsner grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a very mild fruit flavor of melon coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, fruity, and spritzy. It actually is like a light champagne.

weeare138, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light hints of lemon yellow. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of artificially sweet malts and just a touch of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet bready malts with some light hints of grain and corn. There are some very light amounts of earthy hops that fade extremely quickly but impart a light amount of bitterness (which fades quickly).

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: This beer is not offensive but definitely not great - there is a somewhat artificial sweetener flavor in there that seems to contribute the overall hints of sweetness to the beer. Light flavor and low alcohol makes this one pretty easy to drink but this one is a little too boring for me.

dbrauneis, Apr 06, 2013
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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
64 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.