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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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467 Ratings

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Mythos Breweries S.A. visit their website

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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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.

03-29-2006 04:28:20 | More by jwc215
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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!

03-15-2006 23:28:32 | More by karst
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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.

03-11-2006 01:18:03 | More by DrJay
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

03-03-2006 16:43:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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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.

02-24-2006 03:15:50 | More by chakadrum
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

02-23-2006 22:27:31 | More by Viggo
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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.

01-04-2006 04:50:08 | More by TheEclecticGent
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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.

11-06-2005 05:18:37 | More by Zorro
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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.

10-06-2005 23:41:00 | More by ADR
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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.

09-05-2005 10:14:14 | More by Weizenmensch
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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.

08-22-2005 02:14:22 | More by EMV
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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.

08-10-2005 18:36:12 | More by SaCkErZ9
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2.68/5  rDev +0.4%

aroma: lightly malty and sweet. sour, tart, citrusy--like lemon rind. earhy, bohemian, yeasty.

apearance: dull yellow, clear. medium to low carmonation. 1/2" head quickly fell. White fluffy head.

taste: mildly sweet. bitter balance. bitter flavor. vegetable flavors on the side of corn. mildly fruity and citrusy. medium mouthflle. clean refreshing finish. finishes slightly bitter, slightly buttery, and slightly grainy.

aftertaste: similar as to how the beer finished. lingers for a few minutes. not to dry, not to sweet.

impression: smells and tastes a little light stricken, probably because of the yeast sourch. Bohemian lager, grainy, earthy, sour.

06-18-2005 21:37:48 | More by BEERchitect
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3.05/5  rDev +14.2%

Have tasted this in Kos island, Greece 1999 & 2000 and also in Zakynthos, Greece in 2003.

Served at 4 degrees, pours giving reasonable off-white head on a pale golden body. Looks OK, but head begins to subside quickly to give light coating.

Smells floral (not fruit), reminds me of the smell in the Greek countryside in Kos that is heavily scented with thyme.

Taste disappoints, being a bit bland and tasting almost the same as Alfa hellenic beer. It would be hard to tell them apart in a blind tasting.
Quite refreshing nonetheless, and faced with little choice on Greek holiday islands, it is a reasonable stand-in. Definitely not the worst to drink while on holidays, but if you saw it in your local shop you would not ever consider it.

06-14-2005 16:02:43 | More by JohnfromDublin
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2.68/5  rDev +0.4%

I had a couple of these at lunch at Greek Islands, which is a huge and very good Greek restaurant with locations in Lombard & Chicago, IL

11.2 oz funky green bottle. There was a place for freshness dating, but I couldn’t figure it out. I guess you could say it was Greek to me….

The beer poured a bright, clear gold with a large initial head. The foam went down to a skimming and the beer had a touch of lace.

The nose was of grain, a bit of sulfur and some floral (saaz) hops.

The taste was just ok, the beer started off well with a bit of bitterness and some malty sweetness, but as it warmed, the taste picked up a bit of that sulfur/skunk thing. It went well enough with Greek food, but this is not a beer I would drink on its own.

The mouthfeel was solidly average with good carbonation and a bit of a chewy texture. Drinkability is slightly below average without food and average with food.

I’m still looking for my first real good Greek beer. Opah!!

06-03-2005 19:46:52 | More by Redrover
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1.85/5  rDev -30.7%

I think that the long trip from Greece to Williamsburg, VA didn't treat this beer too kindly. A strong skunk smell rushed out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. Pours and looks like the standard Heine-clone. Taste was rather flat. I think that this was skunked, but I'm not going to try it again unless I'm in Greece. A 7,000 mile trip in a green bottle, coupled with a long wait on the shelf before purchase, will almost always end in a skunked beer.

05-04-2005 01:47:26 | More by WMBierguy
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2.65/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a very pale yellow (surprisingly pale) with a nice white, creamy head made up of very small bubbles. Nice looking head, but poor color.

Aroma is almost non-existent. Slight maltiness, slight sweetness.

Flavor is ok, but also weak. A decent malt/hop balance, but nothing special. Some bitterness that gives it some interest, but it just doesn't have much to it. Mouthfeel is decent and reasonable. but nothing special. As a result, the drinkability is not great. I can drink this, but it doesn't excite me.

03-22-2005 03:15:55 | More by Dukeofearl
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -25.1%

Presentation: 330ml green bottle, 5.0% ABV

Appearance: Pale golden color. No head, but some carbonation.

Smell: Skunky with a smell of bread. I am really not impressed.

Taste: If you smell it, you don't have to taste it, because you already know what it would taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is what I liked the most on this beer.

Drinkability: Mythos is of the worst beer I ever had. I think the greek gods are against us.

03-14-2005 03:30:10 | More by Barraclou
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2.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Medium gold color with the smallest of heads, just a layer of white foam almost paper thin. Smells of cereal grain and light grassy malt. Taste matches exactly. This is a non-descript euro lager that is really not worth wasting your beer budget on. I swear that most of these euro lagers come from the same vat…..

01-19-2005 23:42:23 | More by TastyTaste
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Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +6%

Bottle from favorite Greek restaurant...light straw color...white frothy cap ...some herbal pilsner saaz aroma...light body pale malt sweetness over light hopping....light quick finish...another characterless pilsner-like beer...sems like a major UK mega brewer want a presense in the Greek tourist islamds and restaurants...this is a mediocre attempt at a pilsner bettern than some and not as good as continental pilsners.

01-04-2005 19:38:05 | More by pootz
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1.25/5  rDev -53.2%

11/23/04- Purchased at Weimax Wine and Liquors in Burlingame, CA

Appearance- Beautiful think frothy wine head. Nice golden color and decent lacing.

Smell- Possibly the worst beer I have ever smelled. I don't think I have ever had a skunked beer as bad as this one. And from reading other reviews, it seems that thins may be it's normal smell and taste. Smells like a skunk died in my kitchen.

Taste- I don't even know why I tasted this. I guess I had to if I wanted to review it. Horrid and udder skunkiness. Tastes like sweet urine and vomit. I guess buried under the stench and bile there is some malt there, but I'm not going to take another sip to find out.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation is fine, but swallowing it is a problem.

Drinkability- I really hope this was just a super bad bottle. This is damn bad. It even leaves a putrid aftertaste. Already have downed two pints of water in the past 15 minutes trying to get it out of my mouth and nasal cavity.

11-24-2004 00:58:09 | More by GClarkage
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +19.9%

pours a gold color with a frosty shortlived head and swathes of soft lace. The aroma is of crackers, rye bread and some spicey grassy hops. The taste is a slightly abrasive maltiness with grassy hops. The aftertaste is metallic and slightly astringent. The mouthfeel is thicker than expected with a healthy carbonation. The crisp and rather full bodied nature of this lager makes it quite refreshing and drinable. It has more flavor than other macro lagers.

11-14-2004 22:56:41 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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2.63/5  rDev -1.5%

color is that of golden yellow with a touch of shade to darken, head came out strong, disipated fairly fast, but the carbonation keeps the head alive in trace amounts, (atleast until the first sip), scent is very lager...nice and crisp. flavor is easy to find here and gets better if you can "aggravate" or bubble it up.. but straight out the glass its run of the mill center of the tongue lager flavor, the aftertaste is nice. It could have a bit more mouth, flavor stays just on the center of the tongue...

10-13-2004 05:54:55 | More by schrist275
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3.03/5  rDev +13.5%

The colour is yellow with a tint of gold. The white foam is two-finger high and quite thin.

The smell is dominated by a citrus-bitter flavour, but there is also a scent of yeast.

The carbonation is quite mild with small bubbles.

The taste is also... quite mild, but on the other hand, it is balanced without any major weaknesses. There is a fine fresh citrus-tone throughout the taste and a touch of almonds and marzipan. The aftertaste is all dry, mild hops and a touch of lemon.

This is yet another fresh standard lager. There is nothing special about this; an OK thirst-quenching brew for hot Mediterranean days.

10-09-2004 17:06:00 | More by bark
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1.6/5  rDev -40.1%

I am starting to wonder if the myth is that there are really any good Greek beers out there. Clear golden color with a short-lived thin white head and hardly any lacing. The aroma is somewhat skunky with a light hoppiness underneath. Light-bodied and carbonated with a sour hops flavor along with some sour malt for balance. The finish was equally unpleasant. I can only assume this was a bad bottle but it was highly undrinkable.

09-08-2004 18:09:03 | More by Dogbrick
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