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Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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 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.

Photo of Drew966
2.66/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head from an 11.2 ounce green bottle. The aroma is grainy and skunky. The flavor is grainy and there seems to be a touch of lemon like flavor. Not as bad as I feared, but not especially good.

Photo of dbek
2.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a typical mass produced lager beer intended to be consumed as a refreshment rather than beer. Pours a clear yellow color and has a very weak smell. The taste is very common and also weak with some metalic aftertaste. Too light to the mouth, over-dosed with CO2 to hide its mediochrity. I might drink a couple of these if I had nothing else to drink but that's it...

Photo of gford217
2.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33cl can purchased in Elounda, Crete.

Pours a pale straw with a very bubbly white head that receded fairly quickly and left decent lacing. The aroma is pretty tame with some corn and light sweet malts. The taste is on the sweeter side of things as lagers go with a solid malt backbone with some typical lager grains as well. The mouthfeel is bubbly with a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the finish. This is pretty drinkable, especially while sitting on the beach in Crete, but I would put this on my recommended list.

Photo of Voonder
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear light yellow with little white head. Smell - malty, sweet, grassy. Taste the same, a little too sweet. Lack of carbonation, feels too flat. It's drinkable I guess, but there is nothing special. I would have this on ocasion, but really, you can find much better lagers out there.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank far too much of this stuff while on Crete resently, both bottled and on tap. The choice was normally this or Amstel, so I would choose this because at least it is Greek. This is a review however of a can I drank in the quiet of my hotel room away from the crowds and noise outside.

Looks like your typical Med lager, pale golden, clear and bright, a small white clean looking head sat on top.

Very little aroma, some sweetness about, but otherwise nothing, just like most lagers.

One of the sweetest lagers I've ever tasted, fine if you want a sweet drink and the sun is boiling onto your head. Not so sure it would work on a cold frosty night in England. Not a lot of taste otherwise, just a sweetness.

Very little to add on the mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer. Watery and boring really.

Update: Oct 2011, holiday on Zante: again hads this beer in three forms (can, bottle, on-tap), refreshing but still boring!

Photo of bboven
2.58/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This ia very sweet beer, almost to the point of being under-attenuated. Really not much to offer here unless you have a sweet tooth and also like beer.

It looks and feels like a macro-lager, but the taste is really, really sweet.

I do not recommend.

Photo of daliandragon
2.92/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My mom returned from my parents' Greek vacation two years ago with this uncommon craving for Mythos. I saw it randomly this week at the local distributor and figured a sample was in order. The color is a pale straw with a thin but yielding head. Lots of visible carbonation. Nose is fresh with a little malt and yeast but nothing else.

This one features a reasonable crystal malt backbone with a decent hop laden finish. This somehow tastes a little more authentic than most generic macro lagers. Too much carbonation to really allow the drinker to appreciate the flavor fully. This is not a bad brew but definitely not something you need to look out for. Natch.

Photo of baos
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into glass.

A: Golden in color with 2 finger head.

S: Light malts and a touch of hops and grains. Not much there maybe a bit like Heineken. Heineken is the chicken of beers.

T: A bit like Heineken again I think its the skunky kind-buddy hops aroma and taste.

M: Not much there, but more than a lot of lagers.

D: This beer went well with my μελιτζανοσαλάτα appetizer. If it was as good as the Greek Myths I'd call it nectar and drink nothing but. Its not so hot though, however it does quench the thirst.


Photo of zeff80
2.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of corn anf grains. Kind of an odd aroma that I couldn't place. It wasn't skunky just unusual.

T - Fairly bland. Corn and grains. No real hop character. Somewhat sweet and a hint of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer with a good deal of carbonation.

D - Fairly typical for a European lager. By no means the worst, but certainly not worth buying a case.

Photo of btmo
3.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was in Greece in November 2007, and as is my habit, drank the local beer everywhere I go.

I found Mythos to be an amusing if unassuming little beer.

It was very much a typical macro style lager, but when you drink it in the Plaka just below the Acropolis, or at the Archeology museum cafe, it is pretty darn nice!

Worth a try....

... if you are in Athens.

Photo of watchnerd
1.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle at a local Greek restaurant with dinner. Not as distinctive as other Greek beers I’ve had. It tastes like most other mass-produced European lagers; if you had hidden the bottle and told me it was a Bitburger or Amstel, I probably would have believed it.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.47/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml green bottle, bought at the SAQ

A: Nice blond lager, normal head, S: nice hop nose with a little malt, T: refeshing nice malt taste. D: perfect beer fot hot summer days. I expected a less tasty beer, better than most of canadian blond lager beer. perfectly recommandable.

Mythos Hellenic Lager Beer from Mythos Breweries S.A.
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