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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Greece

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 LuthersMug
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this one at a local Greek festival, so the atmosphere was festive. And the weather outside was perfect.

A - Dull, peachy color with a small amount of head. No lacing noticed.

S - Not that intense of a smell, grainy and yeasty.

T - Decent flavor, malts were noticeable up front. Grainy, with the smallest hint of hops. Finished very smooth.

M - Felt good in the mouth, nice carbonation, the malts felt good. Slightly dry at the end.

D - Average beer, glad I tried it especially since I was at the Greek festival.

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

Pours a clear yellow color with a large white head.

Aromas are corny, sweet, and a little bit creamy.

Taste is dry, with some corn like sweetness, and a light malty creaminess. Finish is crisp, with faint mineral hops flavors.

Mouthfeel is ok, decent carbonation, and with some body.

Drinkability is not bad. Cold, this one is fairly refreshing, but I'd rather drink one of the other euro lagers while here in Greece.

Photo of Metuo
2.87/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this for three weeks while in Greece over the summer. This bottle was purchased on the other side of the Atlantic.

A: Golden straw colored, fairly standard lager. Thin one inch white head that disappears quickly.

S:Clean hops with a slight citrus twang.

T: Watery hops, almost bland and a little skunky, but not terrible.

M: Overly carbonated, it bubbles up quite unpleasantly.

D: Very light, so in turn very drinkable. Could (and have) polish off a few of these.

Drink this in Greece. Maybe its nostalgia talking, but the American import lacks the depth of the Greek offering.

Photo of ChrisBK
2.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

serving: 0.5L bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Had it in a bar in greece.
A- a slightly paler color than most lagers, with a solid head.
S- nothing to be impressed with a somewhat skunky smell, not just from one sample, but always has that distinct slight skunk.
T- And thats when the skunk hits ya. not as hard as the smell suggests, but still, has that distinct taste. kinda figured it is meant to be that way.
M- a bit flat, but that might be the sample i tried.
D- a somewhat drinkable beer if you feel adventurous, i wouldnt make it a regular thing though.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had any chances to buy this beer, but it wasn't until earlier in the day that I did at a Mediterranean restaurant. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Pale yellow in color with a soapy head that dissipates quickly. The nose brings some sweet pale malt, a little spiciness, and some sulfur. At this point, it's another Euro lager, but the taste seperates it from the usual. It's on the sweet side, almost like a German helles lager. The stink and sulfur level is low, and there's a little unique hop spiciness to make Mythos interesting. Smooth bodied, small bubbled, approchable...that's good enough.

Surprising. Sure, it won't pull Greece out of bankruptcy, but Mythos would make a good companion with Greek/Mediterranean cuisine.

Photo of clarkm04
2.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance- A very pale yellow color. Very clear yellow throughout the beer. A decent light head retention that dissipated throughout the drink.

Smell- Very light on the nose. A little malt note but not much that stands out. As others have mentioned I'm grateful for the lack of shunkiness that seems to permeate other European pale lagers

Taste- Crisp and refreshing. Very typical for a lager/light lager. Finishes highly clear. A little grainy taste and slight notes of maybe lemon but it's fairly standard.

Mouthfeel- Not much in the mouthfeel. Fairly straightforward for a lager. Nothing much sticks out.

Drinkability- Like all lagers, this beer is highly drinkable. You could probably slam six of these in a session.

Overall- Glad I tried it but nothing special or unique about this beer compared to a dozen other lager beers that you run into. Definitely not a beer I would seek out or probably try again. I enjoyed having this beer at the Greek festival I attended and it paired very well with the gyro I drank it with.

Photo of flagmantho
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +9.7%
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 +18.2%
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 +11.5%
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 -9.7%
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 +16.4%
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%
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 +23.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +13.4%
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 -7.1%
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 +12.6%
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 +12.6%
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 -5.9%
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%
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 -5.9%
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.

Opa!

Photo of 1759Girl
1.92/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
64 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.