Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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64
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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Mythos Breweries S.A. visit their website
Greece

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2002)
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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
3.13/5  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
3.35/5  rDev +24.5%
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
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
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
2.7/5  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 -5.9%
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
1.8/5  rDev -33.1%
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
1.83/5  rDev -32%
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
3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +41.3%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
11.2 oz bottle with unrecognizable date. Pours a clear straw-gold color with a medium white head.
AROMA:
Light sweet malt. Hints of honey.
FLAVOR:
Clean light malt hints of lemon and honey. Also I think I am picking up a tad of herby hops.
MOUTHFEEL:
Light body with medium carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
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 -8.9%
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
1.48/5  rDev -45%
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
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A golden yellow with some suspended particles and some patches of lace witch is remarkable seeing how there's no head

S lemon, grass and and some floral hops

T as it smells really, nothing offensive but nothing special either

M a little better fairly crisp and clean with a good amount of bubbles

D I didn't choose the best beers to review today, there's a blizzard outside my window and here I am drinking lagers from hot countries. that aside this beer is pretty average

to the best of my knowledge this is the first Greek beer I've ever had, for their sake I hope they have many others too choose from

Photo of Long813
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

G: Pint Glass

A: Green-gold clear body, half an inch of head, leaving some lacing.

S: Grains, hops.

T: Grainy, light maltiness

M: Light body, medium carbonation, with dry bitter finish

D: Nothing special about this beer and the grainyness was to apparent.

Photo of towersfall
3.53/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden body with a nice looking white head up top. Looks like a textbook lager.

Smell: A skunkiness will not leave my nostrils at all. Its kind of a put off as much as it is interesting. Has a bit of a hoppy smell to it.

Taste: Metallic greens and lemons as well as a bit of dry taste. Great for the style.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light with a spritzy finish. Goes down better with each gulp.

Drinkability: Easy to down with a solid taste. I would imagine this being a sort of PBR of Greece or something in the sense of each countries lager standards.

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

Reviewed from memory, since the original was accidentally deleted.

Good appearance, typical for an adjunct. Smell was sweet, and seemed like it might have been just a little skunked. Not sure if this is normal for this beer, but I am looking at the green bottle disapprovingly. Taste is about what you would expect for an adjunct lager, clean and crisp, but a little watery. Mouthfeel is appropriate, but drinkability is definitely lacking.

Photo of weeare138
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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.

Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
64 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.