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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 28 | 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 allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +12.4%

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 -19.5%

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 +1.1%

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 +23.6%

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 -2.6%

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 +19.9%

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 +13.5%

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
Photo of belias
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%

A friend brought this from Greece and said it was her favourite beer of her trip. Poured a pale straw yellow, and started with a half inch creamy white head, which dissipated very quickly, leaving a small ring and no lacing. Smell of malt, what seems like corn and a little skunkyness. The malt character is up front and sweet, and their is a bitter skunky hop flavour present at the end. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. I suppose it would be easy to drink a lot of these, but it was jsut too much of a bland lager for my tastes, not awful but just there. Im sure it'll be great on vacation on a greek isle though.

belias, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.8/5  rDev +42.3%

This beer poured a solid, light gold color with no head at all.

Smells of a honey, bread dough and peach sweetness with hints of dry white flour, bubble gum and an understated skunky dryness.

Tastes of bread dough and white flour with a celery and an organic woody hop dryness. There’s also a slight bit of citrus in the finish.

The mouth feel is light bodied but felt a lot bigger due to the carbonation.

Very nice beer. It could have been a bit cleaner in the finish, but that probably would have detracted from some of the more subtle flavors and smells.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
2.08/5  rDev -22.1%

330ml green bottle poured in a dimpled mug.

Clear, straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but recedes to a thin ring around the edge.

Grassy, herbal, skunky hops abound in the aroma. There is a little sweetness poking around in the background.

Light sweetness and herbal hops at the start. After the heavy carbonation rush, things seem milder and in balance until skunky hops produce a moderately bitter finish. Unpleasant aftertaste is skunky and lingering.

Light bodied and overly carbonated. Harsh caustic mouthfeel.

This definitely isn't a Munich Helles. The misconception is probably due to the fact that it says Hellenic Lager Beer on the label. Hellenic is basically another word for Greek. So it's calling itself a Greek Lager Beer, and that's what it is. It's a sub par euro pale lager. The flavour isn't too bad, but the aftertaste is horrible and just won't go away. The harsh mouthfeel is another liability. Not worth writing home about.

Noxious26, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
2.7/5  rDev +1.1%

This poured from the green bottle to a standard lager yellow with very little head, Rather uninspired. Smell is grassy, not offensive, not terrible. Flavors however in this are rather dull. On the palate there is very little in the way of character, however there is a not too bad hop note on the finish. Not bad going down and dangerously easy to drink, but that appears to be the only redeeming feature of this brew. Other than that, it's rather boring.

funkengruven, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of orfeu
2.38/5  rDev -10.9%

Pale straw yellow with noisy and fizzy white head. Aromas of sulfuric acid and some spicy hops as well as a yeasty "beer" smell (light malts, I guess). The flavor was somewhat spicy, but tended toward skunk at first, then a more or less sickly sweetness kicked in that just didn't sit right with me. Thinnish mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. I suppose this would be okay for washing back a bunch of heavy Greek food, and that's exactly what everyone else who shelled out $4 bucks for every bottle of this stuff was doing at the Hellenic Festival here in Buffalo last weekend. I was the only person I saw not drinking it straight from the bottle. Talk about feeling like a jerk.

orfeu, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%

with my selection of foreign beers available here (expensive!) i wouldn't normally get one that has a not recommended score. so why the mythos? it was free. and having said all that, i think it deserves a little higher mark, it's not too bad.

good appearance. lager yellow, with active carbonation leading to an impressive head. good retention. smell is obvious, meaning it has some smell and you don't have to search too hard to find it, but it's a little off. perhaps a case of the euro green bottle ...

taste is also off, but worse. i don't like it. it's not as bad as happoshu, but i recently had some really good craft lagers and this one just doesn't do it for me. a little harsh. overall average, japan has FAR worse to offer.

davidchollar, May 23, 2006
Photo of jwc215
1.6/5  rDev -40.1%

A friend brought this back from Greece. I figured..Greek beer...well, if this is Greek beer, I know why the Greeks are not known for beer. It is, perhaps, okay for a very hot summer day when the choice is water or this - not much of a difference. It poured a very light straw-like yellow. Not much of a head, and even that disippated quickly. There is no real flavor to it. It doesn't have any offensive taste, but then neither does water. In fact, it tastes like water, with some attempt at beer.

jwc215, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of karst
2.42/5  rDev -9.4%

A Lager Beer revied by beer guide of Cyprus who states "Mythos beer misses from it's smell and taste in can. Beer is not the favourite drink of the Greeks and i experience this every year because i visit Greece 2-3 times a year. This beer is best enjoyed when served in bottle."

I was thinking that except for the skunk in the aroma and flavor it was very forgetable beer. A 4 fingered rocky white head fills the top half of my etched seible and provide significant lace beading sustains a fine cap with a raised meniscus around the surface.

The website is not informative but still entertaining. When the beer is foul you need slick ads and hot chicks.
Unless you need a beer from Greece take a pass on this one!

karst, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of DrJay
2.17/5  rDev -18.7%

Clear straw yellow with a big, fluffy white head. Some lacing and decent retention. Mild malt, spicy hops and a sulfury character in the aroma. Flavour is on the sweet side, a bit of crackery malt in there. Very mild bitterness throughout. Sulfur and floral hops. Short finish, but unpleasantly sweet. Light body with moderately high carbonation. Not my cup of tea.

DrJay, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a nice foamy white head with better retention then expected. Aroma of skunk is not very surprising considering the green bottle and the distance it traveled. Very little hops are present in this beer with some limited sweet malt. Body is thin with a very watery mouthfeel.

Phyl21ca, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of chakadrum
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

It has a pale gold color. Virtually no head. Slightly slipping lacing on the glass.

Strangely enough, the smell reminds me of being in a Dunkin Donuts. Almost a hint of grape smell.

Not a whole lot to say about the taste. Reminds me of Rolling Rock to some degree but much much sweeter. Has that skunky sort of feel to it (skunky as in flavor not as in being "skunked").

Stings the mouth somewhat and leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue.

Just feels a bit too sweet to be something I could drink a lot of, if I wanted to drink a lot of it. Glad I tried it, but never care to have it again.

chakadrum, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Viggo
2.35/5  rDev -12%

Pours a clear golden, medium fluffy white head forms, disappears fast, little spots of lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, some citrus and some skunk, not much there. Taste is sweet with some vanilla, citrus and a little skunk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth.

Viggo, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
1.45/5  rDev -45.7%

This beer was not impressive at all. I had it at a Greek restaurant in Decatur, GA along with lamb. At least the lamb was good. The color is a clear straw yellow with very little carbonation and a very thin head. The smell is very light but sharp and bitter. The taste is also thin with very little flavor and sulfurous overtones. The mouth feel follows the taste – very thin.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +12.4%

Smell is grains and mild Pilsner malt with a fair amount of grassy hops; scent is much like most Euro lagers.

Taste is a bit sweet at the start with a good strong herbal hop bitterness in the finish to knock the sweetness back down. A bit grassy and basic for an Euro lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Completely average Euro lager here. Flavor is very similar to a Heineken except a little sweeter; average in all respects.

Zorro, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of ADR
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%

Pale yellow, clear and totally ordinary in appearance. Soupy head swims with murky marks, poor laces or head retention. Lightly grassy aroma, verging on eggy and sulfurous. Slightly overcarbonated, very thin mouthfeel. Little going on in the flavor, some elements similar to the aroma, and emphasized by the catty aroma. Too gassy at the finish to even call this one particularly drinkable. Unfortunately, this is sold in six packs, maybe the rest will have some novelty appeal at parties, but I always feel a little bad bringing these kind of brews.

ADR, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.03/5  rDev -24%

330mL slender green bottle proudly stating its "Original Quality" (what does that mean?) and its years of brewing heritage - since 1997. Wow, almost a quarter of a generation.

Pours nicely with lots of head retention and different layers of lacing. Jaundiced pale yellow colour, average carbonation.

Aromas of grassy, slightly skunky hops (perhaps due to the green bottle and its long trip here) and not much else. Mildly inoffensive.

Taste is slightly below average - age doesn't really show... a little bit of adjuncty sourness on sides of tongue, very watery, unimpressive but not undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is appallingly thin and entirely lacking in body. Drinkability on the other hand would be higher for a very hot day when you feel like a very cold beer, but not very good on a cold winter's night (or any other scenario for that matter).

Notes: Who in their right mind would classify this a Munich Helles Lager? It's not Bavarian, in fact it doesn't have anything in common with any German lager, it's very thin and would be much better classified as a generic Euro Pale Lager. I reviewed it as such. If this were a pale Munich lager just about every other beer in its class would be superior to it. Overall this beer is not too bad, but it's entirely meaningless - just fizzy yellow water really.

Weizenmensch, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of EMV
3.05/5  rDev +14.2%

I tried this one for the novelty of having a Greek beer in Montreal, and it was a pretty average offering as far as beers go. It poured a clear light yellow with ample carbonation, and had a surprisingly attractive white head that hung around for a few. The smell wasn't bad, with easily detectable hops, and a slight citrusy aroma was also present. I didn't pick up any skunk in this particular bottle, although I've heard that this can be a problem with this one.

As for taste... it wasn't bad at all, but nothing outstanding either. A tad on the light/watery side, and a little sweet without a discernable aftertaste. I could easily see this beer hitting the spot on a warm beach. Definitely better than the Corona/Bavaria's of the world, but probably not terribly practical after paying for the import either. There's easily better stuff for your buck. As far as the novelty goes.... worth a try at least, and what more can you expect from a beer that proudly states on the bottle, "Since 1997"!.

Also, as a side thought: if you're in Greece.... who'd be drinking beer anyways with all the local wines/grippa/ouzo around? Like I said before.. enjoy the novelty.

EMV, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%

Served in a .5 litre green glass bottle. Enjoyed while on vacation in Mykonos, Greece. Beer has the strong odor of skunk, like some of the other beers here. The taste is fruity but the skunk flavor is a bit overwhelming at times, especially as the beer warms toward the end of the session. A nice beer though for a hot Greek summer afternoon. My try one or two more while in Hellas.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 10, 2005
Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
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