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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002

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Photo of flagmantho
2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 330mL green bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale golden-straw color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Decent.

Smell: grainy malt aroma with a little sourness. Not skunked at all, which is nice, especially considering the green bottle.

Taste: very grainy flavor, which is not my favorite but isn't objectively bad. It's actually kind of refreshing, but I'm not going to go out of my way to get this again.

Mouthfeel: very light body but with a good level of carbonation. It's fizzy, rather than creamy, but that does help refreshment a bit.

Drinkability: light and refreshing, but the grain thing is just too much for me. I'll not seek this one out again.

Photo of Sudsy89
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this is an average lager, has the typical pale color, thin feel to it, not much of a head. Taste was average, but I didn't notice the "skunkiness" other reviewers mention. Just a bit of graininess, some citrus taste also. I could drink a few of these, it went well with a Greek dinner. Seems similar to other Euro pale lagers but without as much of a skunky aroma like Heineken.

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord, NH. Stamped as PROD.DATE L9198BY (whatever the heck that means). Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow brew, thin white head settles quickly to nothing.

S/T: Bunch of skunk immediately after cracking the seal. Skunk, raw grains, silage. Taste is the same as the aroma. Hardly any hop, maybe just a tad of lemon.

M/D: Thin and watery, but it has some kinda feel that makes it reasonably smooth/ the tiniest bit viscous. Chugable.

Photo of mrgrinch
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A nice golden yellow, not too light like many lagers. Average carbonation. Not much of a head when poured into a pint glass from the bottle (about ½ an inch) and no retention whatsoever--it disappeared after the first sip. The beer itself appears hearty and full.

Smell - This beer has a pleasant fresh smell with a hint of resin. It reminds me a little of some of the Dutch beers I have tried that have an almost skunky aroma.

Taste - The taste of this beer is not superb. I don't have the best beer vocabulary to describe it, but it has an initial fresh taste that ends in a bit of a sourness. It is pleasant enough to drink, but the tasted didn't knock me out of my chair. It certainly has more character than the typical lighter-bodied beers one might find. I would suggest that it has a bit of an exotic flavor, but that could just be the fact that I drank it in a Greek restaurant with a hummus, a spicy gyro and Greek fries.

Mouthfeel - This beer has a smooth and moderate texture. Nice body and a bit on the flat side.

Drinkability - This beer is definitely easy to drink. It went well with my Greek meal, and all-in-all it was a decent beer. Its weakness is the flavor. That bitter aftertaste is not all that desirable, and I like a beer that has a little taste at the end. I would, however, certainly drink it again.

Photo of philphilphil
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer several time on a holiday to greece. Saw itin the supermarket and thought i'll give it a try.

A - lightish color, small head.
S - lagerish not unusual.
T - a small disappointment. More euro pale lager than munich helles, though wasnt bad.
M - on the more carbonated side, not too much so.
D - well I would buy it if there were other options but it isn't bad.

In short unexciting macro, greek style.

Photo of DrewKid4
2.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served: bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium into cheap tulip glass around the house.

A: Golden straw color with three finger wide head. Little carbonation.

S: Somewhat a sweet citrusy smell, followed by something burning.

T: Tastes like burnt rice and corn. I tried to find a better, more specific verbage but this is it.

M: With low bitterness and carbonation, its actually alright to drink. You don't want to drink just because of the initial taste and smell though.

D: Better than a macro like Budweiser or Miller, but still only a slight notch above.

Photo of Brabander
3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from my brother in law who was in Greece a month ago. Took the can out of the fridge, i like this kind of beer best when it is cooled.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer is light yellow with a good fluffy head. Very little carbonation, that's a pity because i like carbonation in a beer.

The smell is not very inviting but more like 'hmmm wonder if this tastes'. I must say for a warm day as today in Holland every beer tastes as long as it's served cold. During the tasting the beer is actually not bad at all, Far away some citruslike fruitsmell.

Photo of biegaman
3.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fact that Mythos' label lists a seven digit alpha-numeric code as a date of production and that the location for the brewery must put 'industrial area' in its address should dispel any notions you might have had of this being a carefully crafted product made by Old-World artisans. Nevermind Ancient Greece - this is Industrial Economy.

Accordingly, it looks predictably conventional. Its soft yellow hue allows for uninterrupted clarity and makes for an appearance that would meet most people's expectations for what they consider to be beer. Unfortunately, my standards are set a little higher than most others' and without any head or highlighting, to me this looks hardly satisfactory.

Its aroma, too, leaves much to be desired. Fortunately, I seem to have gotten to the beer before the UV lights have; although it is lightly skunked, the aroma hasn't been entirely corrupted. Faint hints of cereal grains can be deciphered despite the prominent smell of corn; there may just be a good smelling beer beneath the skunking and adjuncts...

which is a thought the taste would also suggest. A substantially more filling, bulky body of malt issues a lightly sweet, bready flavour that is, by and large, unaffected by the taste of the corn adjunct. Although there is no discernible hop flavour, a tide of bitterness washes over the palate with each sip. Minor hints of apple juice suddenly arise from the aftertaste.

The Greeks invented a lot of things but beer was not one of them; going by this national brand they evidently have no claim to having perfected it either. And apparently they're not too familiar with the concept of UV rays; I rather like this beer but the green bottle has got to go if it ever has a chance at being a truly palatable, pleasurable lager.

Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a Mythos tonight with my Greek food at Skara Grill in WR. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. Decent sized head forms. A bit darker shade of yellow than most macro lagers. Plenty of carbonation. Smell was pretty average, mostly corn. Taste was actually decent. Noticeable amount of malt, and a clean and crisp aftertaste. Mouthfeel was bubbly and smooth. Drinkability gets decent marks in my opinion, as I have had much worse. I think this is a decent choice to pair with a cuisine, better than some Mexican or Asian lagers I have tried to pair with dinner. Definitely preferred this ice cold when it came to the table. Reminded me of my honeymoon in Greece, where Mythos was drunk everywhere, so maybe I am partial to this beer.

Photo of seand
2.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly clear straw color with a fair amount of dense white head. Some retains, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: Right after opening the bottle you can smell that slightly skunky smell that many euro lagers seem to have (after being exported to North America, at least). Skunkiness with a bit of grain and something like leather.

T: Mild, slightly grainy, mildly sweet.

M: Medium to high carbonation, light to medium body.

D: Light in body and flavor, so not hard to drink.

Photo of rarbring
3.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear light yellow beverage, with a white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is somewhat sweet, dried grass.

The taste is sweet bready, some lime, and a bit of seedy bitterness at the end.

Medium carbonation, quite refreshing.

Easy to drink in warm surroundings when served really cold.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer....

Appearance-pale golden color, white fizzy medium size head, nothing out of the ordinary.

Smell-grainy, light fruit, almost peach like, alcohol fumes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light, dry, bits of alcohol and grain, nothing out of the ordinary, smooth.

Drinkability-on a hot day this is fine, not unique.

Overall-inoffensive lager, I'd call it more of a euro pale than a helles by its profile. Not too impressive.

Photo of BucBasil
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 500mL pint glass from the tap.

A: The beer is a pure gold with plenty of carbonation and a weak, pure white head.

S: Lemony, weak hop character, cracker.

T: Light malt, finishing very smooth with some bread. Nothing special.

F: Highly carbonated, somewhat harsh at times.

D: Eminently drinkable. I downed pints of this during my trip to Greece. Seems to be the national beer if Greece. A very easy, unoffensive lager.

Photo of Jayli
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at The Greek Corner in Cambridge
4/14 in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear pale yellow with more of a film than a head that sits on top. No lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is very grainy, some pale malts mingle in and bit bready.

T: Taste starts with a cereal, grainy flavoring that becomes a bit more bready in the middle. Finish has a bit of pale, light malts and just the slightest bite .. perhaps hops but the type of hops are undistiguishable no matter how hard I tried.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, ok tasting. I would have others of the style before opting for this one.

Photo of Veillantif
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The only other time I'd had some of this, I was already pretty much trashed. But some friends who do archaeological work in Greece raved about it, so I thought I would give it a shot in earnest.

A=A pretty golden color, with a head that quickly rises to well over an inch, but then suddenly dissipates to a trace.

S=Like Peroni in a stainless steel thermos.

T=Just what I had expected from the smell, but not even as agreeable. Pretty offensive, actually, and changes for the worse--far worse--as it lingers on the palate.

M=Utterly predictable for this variety of lager; inoffensive, although I must say that the taste (see above) makes it hard to pay attention to texture per se.

D=Offered this where there were no alternatives, I wouldn't refuse to drink it again. But I would sure wonder why there are no alternatives. Drinkable--barely.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is a fine lager beer for a day of recovery after the ridiculousness of hard liver. a monstrous foam attempts to peak above the rim of the glass, but i play defense and prevent it from assaulting my counter. it appears innocuous, the color of an Irish plucked eyebrowline. malty aromas, very little hop presence, an interesting yeast profile. it is all malt and yeast in this one and the flavor is pretty one dimensional. for me, though, today it is the perfect beer to make sure that barley wines have not wrecked my palate forever. thanks, greece.

Photo of buschbeer
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass from a green bottle from Europe, not good. I got a couple of inches of white head. The beer is yellow. The smell is slightly metallic, but I get some malt and yeast in there, too. The taste is rather bland. It's like drinking a macro lager. There's a little more flavor but not much. It tastes a lot better at a Greek restaurant with flaming cheese and shots of Ouzo.


Photo of 1759Girl
1.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance> Clear golden yellow. Lively. Big foamy head that dissipates slowly. Looks mighty fine thus far...

Smell> But wait! Is that notes of metallic amongst the grain?

Taste> Way too bitter and metallic. Lacks any and all complexity and leaves you with a fierce aluminium hang.

Mouf> Seltzery, meh.

Drinkability> Won't have again.

Photo of goldbot
1.86/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pale straw yellow with medium white head. Lots of carbonation and a touch of spotty lacing. Some sediment is suspended in the beer.

Aromas of bready malts and corn. A small amount of hops as well with a touch of floral and citrus notes. Taste is mostly more of the same: mostly malt and even less noticeable hops.

A light body and only a bit crisp on the tongue. Overall I wasn't really impressed by anything about this beer. The taste fell flat for the most part and it wasn't as crisp as I would have liked. I think some American counterparts would have been more refreshing and satisfying than this.

Photo of RyanBelle
3.14/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle of this fine Greek lager and I have to say I'm impressed that they've followed the style but gave it a very mineral-laden taste twist. It would be refreshing on a hot day and it tastes pretty transparent so the drinkability is definitely there. I'd be game for a Greek session with a bunch of Mythos on ice no question about it. Note: Serve VERY COLD.

A - It looks nice and golden straw yellow, not much of a head to speak of, but leaves a little bit of light lacing inside the bottle. Standard for the style.

S - It's gonna lose marks for smell because its skunky, and mid way through the bottle you may taste some skunkiness. This passes, however.

T - This is your standard, slightly skunky, slightly mineral-y Euro Macro Lager. It's a nice taste though, and something I would buy again.

M - It's like slightly fizzy water, nothing to write home about here.

D - The best part of the beer is the drinkability. It goes down smooth but with enough character to remind you that you are drinking a quality made Euro beer and not anything else. This is a pretty standard beer, but the first I've tried from Greece. They put a nice spin on the style though if I must say, try a bottle and you'll see. Worthy of a try at least.

Photo of schoolboy
3.83/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a strange one. There is nothing wrong with this brew. Itlooks and smells good. But I think it falllsdown by not doing anything bold.

True to the style, it is boring. Somehow it deserves to lose some points for the lack of distinguishing characteristics. Yet, as I said, it doesn't do anything wrong.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with unrecognizable date. Pours a clear straw-gold color with a medium white head.
Light sweet malt. Hints of honey.
Clean light malt hints of lemon and honey. Also I think I am picking up a tad of herby hops.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Easy drinking lager but certainly nothing exciting. I get the sense there is tad more flavor than some of the American lager.
NOTES: BBCSD-0912-DanielleV

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.45/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in a 50 cl green short-necked bottle with a label that's in green and gold. The font is kind of "crazy". And there is a picture of an unicorn.

A: It pours golden with a really large white creamy even & compact head that leaves lot of lacings.

S: Weak in smell. Faint malt and faint bitter hops.

T: Smooth. Malt and faint bitter hops. Not so strong in taste. A bit rough.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is short but holds a dry bitterness, that's kind of rough though.

D: This could work on a warm greek beach in summertime. In cold wintery Sweden in mid-january, I don't think so.

Photo of Minotaur
1.47/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

There is a reason why for many years I thought I did not like beer; this has the worst qualities of every bad American beer I had tried in my youth.

Its only plus is a red-gold color from an attractively labeled bottle with a unicorn logo. The head is a clear white that sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing. It has a unicorn on it: how bad could it be?

The smell can only be described as somewhere between faint skunk and rotting vegetation.

The taste is initially non-descript with a strange creaminess. A bitter, grassy hops creeps in at the end and sticks on the tongue. The overall impression is something mostly tasteless that becomes increasingly unpleasant.

It has a medium mouthfeel which could be pleasant with only the slightest amount of positive flavor attribute.

It could be drinkable if not for the fact as the beer warms, the aroma comes through in every sip and at least to me was completely unpalatable.

In reinforcing opinions from 3 others I proceeded to dump the remainder of the bottle.

Photo of theboozecruise
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up dirt cheap at a going out of business sale... figured it was worth trying, right?

I poured it from a 12 oz. (or close to it) green bottle into a pint glass... clear golden color, bubbly, very small white bubbly head that didn't stick around to party long at all.

Smell was mostly straw, a little of the funk typical with green bottled lagers.

Taste was more of the same, drinkable but not all that refreshing. I wasn't expecting much from this lager and it landed right about where my expectations did.

File this one under the 'typical Euro macro-lager' category for mediocre beer.

Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
64 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.