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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 tpd975
2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank along with dinner at my favorite Greek joint Acropolis in Tampa.

A: Pours a pale yellow hue with a small short lived white head. No lace.

S: Subtle grain with hints of metal and skunk.

T: Ceral grains, corn, and light grassy hops. This is not good.

M: Light in body, lots of carbonation to carry the not so good flavor.

D: Next time I will stick to the American Macros on the menu, or better yet I will have wine.

Great restaurant, bad beer.

Photo of Seanstoppable
2.51/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amusing that the last reviewer was a fellow NS resident, especially given that I picked this up from the NSLC for similar reasons: when I notice something new, I have to try it at least once.

Poured a clear yellow color with plenty of bubbly white head, which you can watch deflate for a bit, before it sort of lingers for a bit longer.

Smell is somewhat grainy, with a bit of malt. A slight sour tinge also unfortunately accompanies the smell.

Taste is also grainy, with some slight sweetness. No real malt flavoring as far as I can tell, despite a hint of it in the smell. Nothing really more to say.

Not as carbonated as I would have expected, given all of the head upon the original pour. Very light, with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a pretty underwhelming beer. I hope it isn't representative of the entire style.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is mild and sweet. Taste is crisp and malty with some sweetness. Feels great in the mouth and goes down very easily. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Brenden
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
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 thekanna
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Lebanese Taverna in Adams Morgan, Washington DC

A: Very typical lager-like; strong transparent yellow with a decently impressive head that laces.

S: Adjunct malts (corn, maybe?) with a nice honey sweetness.

T: Adjunct malt backbone supported by a slightly phenolic body and a faint sweetness at the end. Not much to distinguish it from other macro-lagers.

M: Crisp and well-carbonated.

D: Paired decently with the Shawarma I was having, but it didn't have any unique flavors to pique my interest.

Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a corn adjunct sweetness smell here. Reminds me of if I were to pop open an Amstel Light. Nothing offensive or spectacular.

Body here is pretty sweet, quite a bit of corn adjunct sweetness going on here. Really, the flavor profile isn't much more complex than that. The finish does see some hops though, which lightly smatter against the sides of the tongue. There's also a faint bit of breadiness here. The aftertaste is fairly clean, with some sweetness clinging around for a little bit.

It's fairly forgettable, but fairly drinkable too. There isn't a whole lot of character here...but if you're in the mood for something inoffensive on a hot day you may reach for this.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber colour with white head of standard thickness, fairly quiet bead and a pretty slippery, thin lacing. Looks really, really average. Nothing exciting going on here at all.

Nose is horribly sweet with a powerful bread yeast whiff, slight honey hint and an odd oatmeal underlying, or at least a sort of wet grain mash throughout. Nothing particularly hoppy about it, and yeah, a pretty horrible effort.

Taste has a bit more going on, although front palate is quite weak and watery, with a slight honey character coming through for the mid and then getting caught up with another hint of that doughy yeast. Hops appear at the death to save the day (Tarantaraa!), and while they deepen, rather than lessen, the bread yeast character, there is enough of a metallic edge to them to save this from the dark realm of rotting zombie flesh horror. Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than I would expect, but would like more of a tingle from the carbonation.

Overall, this tastes like a bad German pilsener, but really it just smacks of poor brewing. Not tasty, and not refreshing, not much to recommend.

Photo of dhd1491
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this one over at Christos in Marietta...

Pours pale yellow with thick white head.

Tastes a lot like a Heineken. Refreshing and light-bodied with a bit of creamy mouthfeel. Overall, smoother and easier to drink than a Heiney; none of the skunky-sour aftertaste that you can sometimes get. Not bad, but nothing to write home about either. Good with a gyro, but what wouldn't be?

Photo of MAB
2.52/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, pale yellow. White fizzy head dissolves quickly.
Predictable nose- slight skunky scent but not an off-smell.
Bland. Light sweetness disappears fast.
You could drink this or drink water. Water is better for you.
If you need to drink beer fast, this is a candidate. Very forgetable.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a small one finger head and no lacing

Aroma is pretty faint, sweet and sugary malt is there, slightly skunky

Taste begins on a sweet honey note, which is quite pleasant. Not as hoppy or as complex as typical helles lager but the malt profile here isn't too bad.

I drank this beer everyday in Greece, and for a beach beer this is a lot better (and cheaper) than Corona or a lot of other lighter macro lagers.

Photo of tmoneyba
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Source single cave.

Poured clear amber color with small frothy white head that was mostly diminsihing with minimal lacing. Average sweet grainy aroma. Light body with thin texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with light sweet finish of short duration.

This beer did not meet my expectations.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.77/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

A - clear golden with a short lived white head in an Ommegang goblet. Not too impressive.

S - pilsener malts, sweet pale malts with slight bittering hops. Somewhat metallic aroma

T - sweet pale maltiness with a tinge of lemon zest and hops. Mildly metallic... clean aftertaste

M - Light bodied, well carbonated

D - Pretty good but I wouldn't want more than one or two

Overall - meh, I've had better and worse.

Photo of bsend
3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: This beer poured a traditional euro lager pale golden color. There was lots of little carbonation that lead to a fizzing light head. The head remained for a small part of this beer. Holding it up to the light, lots of light shines straight through this.

Smell: Very light, average scent of grains and barley/hops.

Taste: Above average taste for a Euro lager. Clean, crisp and fresh. This beer treads usual territory, however pairs well with Greek food especially Spicy green olives.

Mouthfeel: This light bodied lager feels easy on the mouth. The light carbonation is reminscent of other lagers in this style.

Drinkability: Light in body and alcohol, makes for an easy drinking that doesn't let down in the flavor department.

Final Thoughts - Though nothing special, this beer was fun to try from the Greek market for an authentic Greek night.

Photo of Duhast500
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a straw, light yellowish with a slight white head.

The smell is grainy with a hint of wheat and corn. A bit muted.

The taste is was a bit bland. Not a real lot there. Grainy hop feel and a tiny bit of a malt feel.

On the good side this beer does have a nice, easy drinkablity and mouthfeel. It a little watery but does not weight very much on the pallete.

Photo of papat444
2.52/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this at the SAQ.

Had this with a late lunch of bread and camembert cheese.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle.

Appearance: Clear, pale gold body with a thick, fluffy white head. Looks good as per the style.

Smell: Corn with a bit of skunkiness. A bit off-putting and not particularly pleasant.

Taste: Marginally better but other than a cereal-like aspect to it, there's not much going on taste-wise. Doesn't taste skunky (thank goodness) but the taste goes fast, not much to latch on to.

Mouthfeel: A bit better. Clean & crisp with some good carbonation. Not too bad.

Drinkabilty: Not hard to drink but there's nothing really taste-wise to make it worthwhile.

Overall: Not offensive by any means but kind of bland a little. Drink this cold because i found it the taste deteriorates as it warms.

Photo of Offa
3.52/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had two bottles of this at the ame time, both slightly different in labels and one saying 5% and the other 4.7% but otherwise calling the beer the same thing. Based on what I've found looking around, I think that these are just different bottlings of the same beer, one old and one newer and perhaps slightly changed. The newer-looking one (4.7%) certainly tasted and looked not only better but fresher and newer.

The 4.7% was gold with a medium white head slowly shrinking to a ring. The 5% bottle was gold with a much smaller, fizzy-airy white head steadily, more quickly, shrinking to a ring.

In aroma the 4.7% smellwed rather German overall but like a lesser, more mass-produced German beer, yet still decent enough: sulphur, herbs mostly. The other smelled strongly of grain with faint hints of apple and herb, overall more of a US macro style.

In tastem the 4.7% was quite German but again a thinner more mass-produced Germanstyle, mostly bready with herbal hops. The character was light and a bit thin but the herbal bitterness lingered. The other was very, very light in flavur msotly grain with hints of grass in the aftertaste. Dryish, the bitterness was faint and only in the finish, vanishing immediately and the overall character was very thin.

My scores are based solely on the 4.7% bottle but I descrbied both for reference.

Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these today at the downtown Portland Lebanese restaurant I recently found, Habibi. 330ml (green) bottle (poured to a tapered glass) with lunch - a kafta sandwich and plate of garlicky hummus.

Not a Helles Lager: this one, per the label, is a 'Hellenic Lager'!

My first review of a Greek beer (country #31).

A: Pours crystal clear, a pale straw-color. Burst of carbonation swirling around with each pour (happened several times, glass was tiny), then subsiding to a few random stragglers. 1/2 finger of snowy head lasts barely 30 seconds, leaving a thin ring and lacy dots.

S: Mildly sweet, no hint of skunkiness despite the green bottle. hints of dry grass and a vague mint, bready grain.

T: Nothing too complex, but a nice honeyed bread/malt melding with a floral, lightly spiced hop. Bitter enough for balance. finishes dry, slightly salty?

M: A little thicker/creamier than expected, fine viscous coating. Mouthfeel stays springy and light, matching the body, not overly carbonated. Very pleasant.

D: At just 4.7%, this paired very well with the stronger flavors of the Lebanese cuisine. I made sure to have at least 3-4 sips before the food arrived, stealthily scrawled some notes, then compared once the food and beer met up. A satisfying example of the style - would have again in the right setting (such as today).

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.04/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 2/7/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden yellow colored body, with a huge creamy white head, lasting, with okay lacing. Has a light strange aroma, maybe corn or something. Sweet. Has a watery palate, and a sweet taste, with that same corn from the aroma, in the flavor.

Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
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 TheHammer
2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured with a finger and a half of head, although doesn't seem to lace well. Gold color with green highlights when the light strikes it. Seems a little cloudy, however has clear signs of carbonation.

Smell - Everyone's favorite four legged mammal returns, as the beer smells quite skunky. Bread aroma with a slight touch of lemon I think in the background. Even after the beer has had a chance to warm up and clear most of the skunk, it's nothing great.

Taste - It starts with an almost light popcorn taste, which then turns to a slightly bitter corn taste with a hint of lemon and then ends with a watery end with a slight sweetness. Really the whole experience is watery and subdued. This stuff tastes like it was designed to be guzzled.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is quite good and it doesn't transition too fiercely but I find it leaves my mouth quite a bit filmy, which isn't that appealing. Thankfully it doesn't linger, all in all not bad, nothing great though.

Drinkability - The most redeeming quality of this beer. It goes down light and smooth. The filmy aftertaste isn't so bad that it effects putting it down. It also is quite refreshing, albeit a bit watery.

Final Thoughts - This is one of those beers that I am sure is just the "Generic Fallback" beer of Greece. Nothing stands out or impresses and the beer is clearly meant to be guzzled down. It's not that it's a bad beer, it just leaves the pallet wanting something more. Maybe if I lived in Greece, it wouldn't be that bad, but the import cost for this beer makes it not worthwhile to buy again.

Photo of becktone
2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes 12-30-08

Eye: The beer is clear as water and is a light yellow in color. Head formation is pretty nice, then again I poured this one at room temp....about 60-65 F. Retention is fair, it started out quite large but has fallen from three fingers to about 1/2 a finger in a very short time. Lacing is thin and spotty. I'm really not all that satisfied with the way this one looks, I'd like a darker shade of gold, it just looks like garbage, better head retention wouldn't hurt eiter.

Nose: A light malt sweetness and some graininess accompanies it. Spicy hop notes are present in just enough amounts to give balance to this beer. One can tell from the aroma that this is a Munich Helles rather than a pils or Euro Pale, it has more malt sweetness than either of those styles. Thats all there is here, this is nothing great, but nothing that is all that bad about it either. A tad more strength with the aroma overall would be nice. Average.

Tongue: None of the sweetness that was detected in the aroma...well I guess it was to be expected, it was barely there in aroma anyway. Slight notes of graininess. Really not much flavor at all. Very watery. Flavor, if you call it that in such small amounts, is fleeting. Its almost like this is flavored water. This is one of the weakest tasting beers I've had in a long time.

edit: getting some burnt popcorn flavor here, you know, those brown pieces of popcorn in the microwavable bag?.... yeah there's a bit of that acrid taste here; it is however much less mild and more hidden, yet tones of it are hinted at. Just the idea of it is unappetizing...its also not very strong, more of a subtle note with a watry front of some carboard, all in small amounts yet detectable. They don't stand out, yet they are there and are noticeable if one is looking for flaws. Not very pleasing.

Feel and Drinkability: I've never said this before, but this beer is wet...I mean the finish is very wet feeling, very watery. Carbonation isn't as high or as prickly as I thought it would be. It drinks like water, feels like water, tastes very watery... This is easy to drink, but it doesn't satisfy. Way overpriced. Don't go seeking this one out, its definitely not worth it. Those greeks better watch out, a beer like this might anger Dinoysis, and who knows what he'll do exact his revenge....

Photo of markwise
2.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle from Greek restaurant in Orlando.

Lager with corn, rice, and slight berry aroma. Taste is watery with lots of corn, rice, and some noticeable hops.

Finishes with lots of water and corn. So much corn that it is sweet, but it is totally out of character.

Not much that impresses or strikes me as remarkable.

Photo of steeler
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new bottle i saw at the LCBO. Onto the review, pours out a nice light yellow color, with little laceing. Looks like a nice light lager. Smell was pretty good, nice floral hop aroma and a bit of skunk in the background. This tasted great! Goes down nice and smooth, with little hop bite, its just like velvet. Sometimes i just enjoy a light flavorful lager. Mouthfell is nice and full, perfect carbonation, like velvet. Drinkability is great, i have slammed mythos all night, and it was great. Great cheap beer!

Photo of Macca
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a pale golden colour with very little head which disappears quick smart. Not a good looking beer.

Pleasant enough light malt aroma. Bready. Some funkiness. Quite like that.

Graininess continues on the palate. A bit sweet. Not unpleasant. No length though.

Ok mouthfeel.

Not as bad as I was expecting. I dare say it would taste a whole lot better if I was sitting in the sun with the Aegean in front of me.

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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
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