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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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498 Ratings

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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 marcpal
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Really one of my only options in the time I spent in the Greek Islands and I surely got tired of it fast. Nothing spectacular.

A - Run of the mill and what you would expect from the type.
S - Not much going on here- Seemed not to dominate any aspect but good aroma for what you want sitting on a hot beach
T - Flavors are again nothing that will blow you away but has the simple carbonation that you would want with extreme thirst. Seemed almost light beer tasting and a bit watery
M - Carbonation was a bit much
D - Suitable for sitting on the beach and looking for simple refreshment and does go down smooth but nothing to write home about

marcpal, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle
5% ABV
I tried this beer on August 31, 2007 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold colour with almost no head but a lot of effervescence. The aroma had hints of malt and wheat. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a high level of carbonation. The flavour was grassy with a hint of hops on the back of the tongue. This was a pretty forgettable beer, but knocked Greece off of my country list.

cyrenaica, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of brendan13
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden straw colour with a couple of centimetres of head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Slighty hoppy spices notes and a grain aroma. Not much of either though.
T - Malt grain flavours dominate with some bitterness on the back of the tongue. Gets a bit cloying & sweet if you let it get warm, so don't.
M - Watery, low body mouthfeel with quite a high carbonation.
D - Drinkable beer that would be fine on a hot summer day on a greek island but short of that I won't be revisiting it any time soon.

brendan13, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of inbeertruth
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this with my wife on my way back to Mykonos, Greece, on a ferry after sweating underneath the hot sun for four hours at the Delos Archaeological Site.

Appearance: Poured the contents of the can into a small, clear, plastic cup. Typical looking lager. Head quickly disappeared without leaving much residuals.

Smell: Hoppy, with some malts. I had to strain very hard for this one.

Taste: Malty and hoppy, very watered down.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with ample carbonation. Refreshing. Mythos' only redeeming value.

Drinkability: Average. The Greeks seemed to be really proud of this beer. The woman on the ferry boasted how this was a great beer simply because it was made in Greece. After being pressured into trying it when I really wanted a Carlsberg, and adhering to my grandfather's axiom of "always be bold, try new things Mike," I had a go. After suffering a sunburn and a killer thirst in the Delian sun, Mythos was just what the doctor ordered. But I wouldn't have it again unless I was in similar circumstances in Greece.

inbeertruth, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Onslow
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad lager at all, better than most 'mass' produced lagers in the world. Has a good head, but retention is low... Aroma is of crisp dew grass and light skunky hops... Taste is refreshing with a touch of crispness. Some muddled flavours, average stuff.

Onslow, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of eberkman
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a clear, light golden yellow with a fairly thick white head that retained well -- the visual aesthetics were definitely a strong suit. Produced faint, grassy aromas with a slightly skunky character. Fairly bland palate with no discernible finish. The front and middle ends presented some very, very faint fruity and grassy notes. Perhaps the tiniest, almost undetectible hop nibble at the end. Mouthfeel was light in a thin, unsatisfying, barely there way rather than in a crisp, brisk, appetizing way. Drinkable in the sense that water is drinkable.

Not a foul beer, but certainly nothing to recommend itself. Donated by a close friend whose also proudly Greek. I imagine that it's listed as an expensive "premium" in a Greek restaurant, but don't take their word for it. It's basically a mediocre lager that gullible customers will leap on as an "import." But I'm grateful for the free refreshment either way.

eberkman, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at a Greek restaurant (coincidentally of the same name) in Coral Springs.

Appearance: Poured from a green bottle, yellowish and clear in color, very small head with little retention, no lacing.

Smell: Strongly grainy, slightly sulfurous aroma. Not appealing.

Taste: Flavor is grainy, grassy and somewhat sharp hop character, especially in the aftertaste. Finishes on the right note, but aftertaste is unappealing.

Mouthfeel: More body than I expected, light-medium, nothing noteable.

Drinkability: Another boring euro lager, but since it was available at the Greek restaurant I was at, it was a natural choice.

hunteraw, May 24, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured straw colored, 2 finger head that slowly melted away to a light lace. Smell was mild, some hops with citrus undertones, perhaps lemon. Not much stood out in the taste, the hop and the malts balanced fairly well, and the aftertaste was a light, hoppy linger on the tongue. Light carbanation and body, kind of a crisp taste. Good enough, drinkable enough, but it doesn't stand out in any way.

micahgoldfus, May 14, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a nice golden color with spider lacing and a fine bubbly head. Smelled kinda skunky and tasted green to me with a bitter finish. I was not to pleased with this beer and will not buy again.

Minkybut, Apr 14, 2007
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 stcules
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden color. Lightly veiled. White head, average. Quite decent presentation.
Malty nose, with hop hints. Quite fresh.
The semll is better than the taste: definitely malty.
Drinkable, yes, but nothing remarkable.
In the aftertaste again some hops notes, but the dominant note is the maltiness.
Quite like an hell.

stcules, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of sewald
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer has some features which remind me of some brazillian "top-quality" mass market beers, such as Original and Serramalte. Its a refreshing lager, with a nice creamy head and some lacing. Smells like Heineken, which made me feel that alot of bitterness was about to come. However, the beer is surprisingly light: some spicy and herbal flavors, but with a very easygoing drinkability.
Overall a medium beer, very easy to drink, but don't expect much from it.

sewald, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Shadman
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

local store has these in singles for $2.39 a pop..why the hell not. Grabbed one from the back of the display in the hopes of getting a fresher one.

Average looking lager with decent head retention and nice lacing. slightly floral/spicy aroma with just a hint of 'green bottle syndrome' aka skunk.

Slightly sweet slightly spicy taste. Smooth..unoffensive easy to drink..if fresh, a nice beer on a hot day

Shadman, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of scottoale
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the little 330ml. green glass bottle with a "best before end" date or code?...a light golden lager with a 1/4" white foam head that settles rather quickly. Decent carbonation and bits of slippery lace that slide back down into the liquid.

Light malt in the nose, almost wheaty, definitely grainy with a distinct skunky aroma that takes over. The taste is pale malt that starts off sweet, turns a bit skunky with some fizz and ends rather dry on the tongue. Nothing really special here, just another average lager of this style. Light body, easy drinker and that's about it.

scottoale, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a Russian Fish market...hmm sketchy...

Pale yellow, moderate carbonation, no head. Slight skunky smell, but not bad at all. The taste is sweet, crisp, and surprisingly smooth. Very average, not bad, not great. Drinkable thought.


Rudgers73, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
2.95/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very inoffensive brew- deliberately middle of the road, but still true to the style. Though not as flavorful as some helles, what can you really expect form a greek macro? Decent head retention, bright pour, sticky malt aroma. Easygoing hops not enough to counteract the malt, but this was expected. I didnt get any weird skunk or metallic tastes, though it was served at a greek restaurant, with good turnover. Drinkable, but not on my list of repeat brews.

kernalklink, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
1.8/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Tried this at a Greek festival a few weeks ago.. was not impressed. I was expecting Greece's version of Budwiser, but I think it tasted worse! I haven't tried any other "Munich Helles Lagers" to compare it to though, so I guess I can't say for sure.

Smell was mostly grass, and I could tell before taking as sip that it was skunky. The taste was, sure enough.. skunked! Very watery too, with a touch of hops and straw. Maybe I'd enjoy this in Santorini, but only because I'd be on the beach enjoying a fantastic view.

alysmith4, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Derek
2.83/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally gave this a try at the local Greek restaurant.

A: Clear, golden-yellow. Pours with a nice head, no retention, initial hints of lace.

S: Floral & slightly grassy hops with a little grainy sweetness.

T: Good amount of hop flavour, mostly floral, with some grass & metal as well. A little breadyness, but too much grainy sweetness.

M: Moderate body (fairly full for its strength); carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: A little sweet for my taste.

Munich Helles?

Derek, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden sorta colour. Quite a dark yellow I'd say, more so than expected. Head is unremarkable but not bad.

S - Big whiff of skunk on opening the bottle, but it peters out quickly. Sweet malty notes and floral aromas.

T - Sweet and grainy. A touch of alcoholic flavour and apple is interesting. Hops and bitterness are mild, and aftertaste is clean.

M - Typical fizzy lager.

D - Not bad, not great. Not really anything special.

allergictomacros, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of hanco005
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this at a local Greek restaurant over the weekend. I ordered it as my “appetizer” before my Gyros sandwich.

A—pours pale straw yellow with a fizzy ¾ inch white head that fizzes away instantly leaving a thin sheet of bubbles on the top, lacing is spotty

S—grainy with some stale floral tones, slightly skunky, but I don’t think the beer is skunked

T—very mild grains, not much for flavor in this one, slightly bitter, but otherwise nothing

M—crisp, light bodied, good carbonation

D—I wouldn’t have this again. I tried it on a whim since I was having Gyros…

hanco005, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a pale golden color with an enormous head that recedes very slowly into nice lacing. The aroms is of soft malts with a faint noble hop presence. The taste is a lot like the aroma, but with a noticable metalic flavor which is quite unpleasant. The mouthfeel is rather light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this would be a decent beer if not for the metalic taste. That being said I will not buy this beer again.

KarlHungus, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow gold body. Moderate clarity. Big white foam which all sized bubbles streching around the glass.

Grassy nose. Green bottle made me think skunk at one point, but its not really there.

Slightly sweet start. Small hop note at the end. Bit of apple. Extremely clean finish.

Light/medium mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

While not necessarily noteworthy, there's nothing offensive here. I saw green bottle and thought skuny, adjuncty euro-lager, but this is indeed a decent approximation of a helles. If I'm ever in Greece I know there's at least one local drinkable beer.

RonfromJersey, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Parthenon in Madison

appearance: green bottle (hooray skunk!), obviously a very pale and watery body

smell: real doughy, standard filthy "euro skunk" characteristics, euro hops

taste: a bit watery, taste reminiscent of corn, euro hops, skunky...not good, all too similar to other crappy green bottle imports

mouthfeel: watery, light bodied

drinkability: easy drinking but not good

dirtylou, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of CrazyMike
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden appearance accompanied by a grassy, almost fruity, smell.

The taste is a strong combination of malt and grainy hops. Definatly herbal and fruity. It is also kind of sweet. The aftertaste was smooth, but kind of skunky and bitter.

Overall, this beer is not to bad. Can be refreshing but quite pricey.

CrazyMike, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don’t recall ever having a beer from Greece. This one pours a clear yellow color with a beautiful frothy head. The head is stable, and leaves intricate lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a let-down, however. There’s a core of cereal grain, with a little grassiness and a euro-lager sulfur hop smell. The aroma is, though, a little faint. The taste is modestly sweet, with a background of graininess. It’s light bodied, and very carbonated. A little more substance in the mouthfeel wouldn’t hurt this beer. The finish is a little sweet and lingering. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one.

Suds, Aug 13, 2006
Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
64 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.