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Aris Greek Lager - Mythos Breweries S.A.

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Aris Greek LagerAris Greek Lager

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BA SCORE
69
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 20.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mythos Breweries S.A. visit their website
Greece

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 09-16-2002)
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Photo of KajII
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

Poured a medium yellow with a small fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was light of flowery hops, straw malts and had a soapy yeast scent. It tasted light and mildly bitter at first and finished vaguely acidic and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation. Overall a light lager with not much to offer.

KajII, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.38/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, pale gold, with a stark white head of about two fingers that drops slowly to a thin layer of foam. Leaves very faint traces of lace.

Aromas of earth, grass, lemons, sweet malt. Bready.

Tastes of grainy, bready malt, a little on the sweet side, balancing noble hop bitterness that is barely perceptable. Finish is sweet/malty.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, smooth, no real carbonic bite, good level of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, nothing aggressive/offensive. Good balance toward malt. Easy drinking beer. Very much to style.

JamnesCameron, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with some tiny bubbles and a short lasting white head.

The aroma is fairly neutral, with a slight bit of florals and honey.

Malty taste and smooth, soft mouthfeel, light flowery notes and sweet malt are present. Actually, this isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be considering the origin and the doom of the green bottle. Desc.

brownbeer, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours macro yellow with a white head. Not as clear as some other macro lagers. Aroma is standard macro but a little sweeter. Flavor is lots of corn but the sweetness is still there. Hops are not present in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a terrible beer, but not much going on in the flavor or aroma department.

Mora2000, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jnezda
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer was yellowy pale that was cloudy with a eggshell head. The head was coarse and fizzy away quickly with little lacing. Immediate smell was a touch fruitywhich was over run with skunk. This was a more skunky lager than I expected our of the Mediterranean region. Carbonation remained strong throughout the beer which turned out to be watery and bland. As light as it was it would have been a decent session but the skunky flavor would over power my ability to enjoy more than one of these beers. Overall I am fortunate to have only purchased a single of this beer. I am not a big fan of the Italian lagers and this is comparable to them but lacks flavor for the style.

jnezda, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This pours a pale gold with an airy, very rapidly fading head. The nose is very grainy, sweet with a barely whiff of hops. Fairly sweet, grainy malt beer, bitterness is very low, finishing bland. Neutral texture, fairly carbonated.

Very poor offering. Fortunately, I bought it as a single and not a six-pack, and I guess that adds a Greek beer for me.

allengarvin, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of elniko
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Straw light coloring, decent head that quickly dissipated. High carbonation apparent.

S: Strong sweet malty tones coming from the nose which not much else to balance it out.

T & M: Pretty standard lager, balance is definitely more to the malty side, finish is on the sweet nice. Not much crispness and the high carbonation from the appearance is not apparent.

D: Drinkable but nothing special. Strange in that I've only seen it in the Metroplex in singles.

elniko, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz green bottle into a pilsner glass.

Aris pours a pale golden hue with a decently-sized cap of bone-white head that retains well thanks to an abundance of carbonation streams. Aroma is rife with sweet corn and rice, with a slightly skunked note to the hops. White pepper and grain husks linger in the background.

Surprisingly, the flavor isn't half bad given the style. Unassuming backbone of crystal malts support a solid hop presence of fresh cut grass, dehydrated orange wedges, and clover. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp and well-carbonated, as the light body serves the style well, making this a fairly drinkable Adjunct Lager. All in all, a serviceable beer that I'd probably reach for over many BMC products. Still, I guess that's not saying much...

wagenvolks, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of smedley
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light golden color, 1/4 creamy white head which disapears quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

S - Pretty bad. Smells cheap, old and skunky.

T - Watery, a little skunky. Very unimpressive.

M - High carbonation, thin

D - Not good. Don't like it. Very cheap tasting. Not sure if I'll finish even one. I just burped and tasted a skunky aftertaste. Wow.

smedley, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very light color, small head dissapates quickly, no lacing

S - Very skunky smell, overpowers any other smells there might be

T - Completely different from the smell. No skunk taste. Pretty clean tasting. No adjunct taste, just clean and balanced. Pretty good.

M - Decent full feel.

D - Very drinkable.

Not bad, I wasn't expecting much here but this is really good for an adjunct. Not a lot of complexity, but very clean and smooth.

cottonkoozie, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
2.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My bottle has a different label than the one pictured, with less foil and several small Greek flags. Same ugly, light friendly green bottles, though. The pour is a medium straw with a thin white head. The nose is grainy with crystal malts and the unmistakable scent of skunk.

Yeah, this is pretty bad. Not undrinkable bad, but I can feel my face cringe as I swallow, which ain't real good. Basic lager taste without any frills but plenty of skunk. Greek lager doesn't enjoy a great reputation and this one isn't an exception. I don't see any more Aris in my future.

daliandragon, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of nick76
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is not impressive. There are slightly sour grains and soapy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a medium foamy head. The flavor has a nice maltiness to it but an unpleasant, astringent, soapy bitterness. The palate is thin but OK for the style. The aftertaste is somewhat malty and short. Other than the disagreeable bitterness this is a pretty average lager.

nick76, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my waiting tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a very light or white colored beer. The head had really fine bubbles but did not impress me with longevity. The beer smelled skunky and tasted a little the same way so I was not real happy with that. I will not buy this beer again.

Minkybut, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of bboven
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle at a Greek Festival.

Light yellow, no head, no lacing.

Smells skunked, came from a green bottle so no surprise.

Taste is surprisingly bitter, but not that rememberable.

Mouthfeel ixs highly carbonated, right on par.

I would drink other macro lagers instead of this one, which isn't saying much.

bboven, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Goldenrod with a few tiny flecks that stay in suspension and a few slightly larger flakes that don't. The eggshell colored crown looks better than decent. It has a creamyfirm texture and is leaving an acceptable amount of fine lace on the sides of the glass.

Damn these green bottles! Crown cracking led to the unmistakable aroma of skunk. As is usually the case, most of it has faded by the time I get around to sticking my nose over the glass. This Euro pale lager smells like most other Euro pale lagers: untoasted grain and musky hops. Ho-hum.

Aris Greek Lager isn't offensive, I'll give it that. As expected, there's nothing here that any adventurous beer advocate hasn't tasted dozens and dozens of times before. The moderate amount of pale malt sweetness won't be everyone's cup of lager, but I think it improves the beer somewhat.

Since the quality of hop flavor is almost always less than impressive in most Euro pales (especially those in green glass bottles), it helps to have some sweetness to round off the rough edges. This is simple beer and is ultimately forgettable, but I wouldn't mind tossing back a few with a couple of gyros.

The mouthfeel is slightly more full than average (thanks to slightly more barley than average) and is gently carbonated. If Mythos could add a few more bubbles while keeping the beer feeling soft, it would help.

I've seen Aris (with the bottle and label seen above) in local stores, but the 'best by' dates have been several years past. I nabbed this fresh bottle last week expecting... well... not much. And that is exactly what I got. If you want to cross Greece off your countries list, give this one a whirl. Otherwise, don't bother.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11oz green bottle.

Pours a golden straw color, very clear. Minimal head and lacing.

Aroma is skunky at first, no surprise with a green bottle. After the skunky aroma dissipates into the air you can smell the malts and grain, with a faint skunky smell still there.

Taste is rather bland and watery. Grains and malts, some very faint hop flavors are there with some very mild hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Not bad, but not spectacular either. This is the low end of most lagers. Nothing memorable at all.

NHGrafx, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of avalon07
1.33/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: When I poured this from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a pale yellow color and a very clear consistency. There were even little bits of something or other floating around. Not a style of beer you expect to have sediment.

S: Very skunky in odor (green bottle alert!), with a little bit of hops coming through.

T: This had a thin, watery taste to it. A small amount of hops, some grassy notes, but little else. Pretty foul, actually.

M: Not much carbonation, even less body. A kind of smooth finish.

D: I picked this one up just to see what a beer from Greece would be like. Bad idea. This is a totally undrinkable beer on the same level as Budweiser, Coors or Miller. Avoid this one unless you're an ardent Greek nationalist.

avalon07, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a good head.

Smell, grainy with green-bottle skunk. Ugh.

Tastes nothing like the smell. Sweet and mild. A bit of corn? No hops.

Mouthfeel all right.

This is not half bad. Nothing I'll go out of the way for, but it's drinkable.

Strix, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of elmore
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from the bottle at The Happy Greek in Columbus, OH. Not much of a beer selection there, so I thought I'd give this a try. Poured it from a 330ml bottle into a chilled pint glass. Looked like a typical macro lager. Pale, foamy light head. Some sticky lace.

Typical macro smell. Some light malt and skunky hops. Tastes similar to bud or miller, but a bit of a sweeter malt taste. Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is adequate for the style.

This a decent American Macro Lager. Nothing really special to seek out.

elmore, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a small glass at a Greek restaurant - yes, I'm the weird guy here who wants a glass with his bottled beer.

A - clear golden color with a small head that settles, but has a decent lacing though

S - malty scent with a faint trace of hops, very clean

T - clean malty flavor with a slight trace of hops on the finish; has a honey-like decoction quality

M - medium/light body with moderately high carbonation

D - decent Euro-style lager; it's clean and well done even if this is a common style/taste

scoobybrew, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
2.65/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a clear yellow with a decent, billowing white head. Aroma is bad eggs. Definitely had some green bottle funk. Not just some, but a lot. Really couldn’t smell much else besides that. Taste is interesting, there is some malt but a definite mingling of other tastes that I cant put my finger on. Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. If it didn’t have so much green bottle fun it would be a decent beer.

hwwty4, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aris is a typical European pale golden lager that leans towards being a Czech-style pils. It's clear, golden, and effervescent beneath a creamy head of bright white. The retention and lacing are average; and the aroma offers a fairly generic combination of grassy hops and sweet malt. It's medium-light bodied and crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers malty sweetness, immediately followed by grassy and lemon-ish hops, and then more grainy and cereal-like maltiness at the swallow. The bitterness is solid, and it lingers in the finish with some grainy huskiness and grassy and herbal hops.

NeroFiddled, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of cbl2
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6/3/2005 $3.00 11.2 oz 5.00% Best by 6/05 clearly marked on bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a clear pale yellow in color with tight carbonation leading to a thin white head.

Aroma:

Crisp and clean, though presence of either corn or rice is definitely detectable in this one. No hops to speak of, with some weak malt presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Reminiscent of a bud. Corn was not listed as an ingredient, though it tastes like it is. A definite thirst quencher, and goes down easy, but this is not a beer to seek out. No real redeeming flavor characteristics, just tastes like your average macro.

cbl2, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
2.17/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from an 11oz bottle. The beer poured a very pale yellow color, not unlike most macro lagers. 1/4 inch white head with more lacing than I expected(and it really sticks around....actually kinda impressive how long the lacing lasts). The smell is of beer maybe a little musky, but not bad...nothing distinctive really...kinda euro...a little hops but not much. The taste is light and crisp, or is that mouthfeel, with this beer it is almost the same thing. Before you taste anything, the little that there is to taste, it is gone. It is easy to drink and there is little after taste. Very mild. It is an imported lager. There are alot of these. I can't say that I would pick this one up again, there are just to many others and most are at least slightly more interesting.

jameaterblues, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.
A hazy pale yellow/gold color with a medium, rich head that did last.
Smell of a very slightly skunked pale ale. Hops and grain, with some lemongrass and sweetness.
Taste was a bit of skunk as well, but nothing intense. A bit more lemon and butterscotch in the finish. Some malt and hops. Crisp. Pretty good cold.

Mebuzzard, Feb 07, 2006
Aris Greek Lager from Mythos Breweries S.A.
69 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.