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Athenian - Athenian Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-26-2002)
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Reviews by fdrich29:
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3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer a few times at the restaurant of the same name in Lowell, Massachusetts. I'm all about the belly dancers.

When I go out for Indian I always order one of those big bottles of Taj Mahal. If I'm not having wine at an Italian restaurant I'll order a Moretti (Rosa if they have it). To continue that trend, Greek restaurant I'll have a bottle of Athenian. What do they all have in common? The thought of buying those beers outside of their respective restaurants would never cross my mind. But paired with the food and atmosphere they work.

I like the sweet, malty aroma and flavor of Athenian and it goes down very smooth. It probably ranks as the worst beer that I actually look forward to drinking in the right situation.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 04:54:49 | More by fdrich29
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-02-2012 03:35:47 | More by FriedGold2112
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

04-10-2012 02:27:03 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of CuriousMonk


2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head that faded to a sloppy, uneven white film after the first sip and left zero lace. Aroma of stale air, like being in an old attic, along with some malt and a bit of corn syrup sweetness. Thankfully, there was no staleness in the flavor, which was basically some mild sweet malt. No bitterness to speak of at the finish. Fairly smooth on the palate. This beer probably would have faired better with me if not for the off-putting aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:01:19 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of yemenmocha


3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden to light amber with white head that quickly dissipates.

Nose has a suggestion of honey, and is otherwise faint.

Palate has honeyed malt taste, light hops, and a short finish. Slight herbal/vegetal like quality.

Very easy drinking, better than domestic adjunct lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 18:30:39 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of nick76


2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is like cereal grains and some latex type hops. The appearance is pale gold with a three finger foamy head that turns clumpy. The flavor is sweet and malty accompanied by an unpleasant bitterness. The palate is very thin with a slightly malty and metallic aftertaste. This one is almost drinkable but not something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 05:50:01 | More by nick76
Photo of Dodo2step


3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- an interesting bottle and a nice frothy pour. a nice thick lacing on my glass but only a half finger head. color is that of light yellow grass. A dying grass color.

S- toasted malts. a sweet bready yeast as well.

T- taste is that of a corn cob grain-ness. Very yeasty and earth like tones. A dry aged taste.

M-dry and grainy with some malts. Not too much just dull but ok.

D- not bad and i could do a few but this is nothing to buy a sixer of. I dont think i would ever have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 18:21:38 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this from a bottle to a glass.

Was a good looking brew yellow in color.

Smell was a sweet malt and yeast.

Taste was similar to the smell and thought it was not a bad euro brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth.

Good brew, could drink a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 01:27:25 | More by GoodKnight1220
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2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour revealed a golden straw color with just about an inch of short-lived, bright white head. To be honest, it had all the looks of your typical mass-produced Euro lager, and nothing really stood out as far the as the looks go.

In the aroma department, this beer had a surprisingly delicious smell, akin to the sweet, buttery diacetyl smell of some rather refined lagers. Mostly biscuity pale malt and that tempting lager scent. "The Greek Beer" may be hiding some tasty secrets.

Sadly, I was mistaken. Up front there was a nice touch of that diacetyl, but this was snuffed out midway through by a drying, adjunct tinged transition. The finish was bereft of flavor, just a watery end to something that started with a lot of promise. Hop bitterness was at a minimum, with no real discernible presence.

I could see Athenian as a drinkable beer, in a lawnmower sense, but its drying nature doesn't even make it thirst-quenching and kills what subtle flavor exists in the beginning. Regardless, it was privilege enough to be able to try a Greek beer to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 22:31:08 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy adjunct with a smattering of grassy hop.

The taste was upfront grainy with a pronounced corn sweetness. Some musty hops dry out the flavor a bit.

The mouthfeel was typical for the style.

Overall a run of the mill euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 01:22:19 | More by plaid75
Photo of oelergud


3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange golden body with low carbonation. Large white head, tiny to small bubbles. Decent retention but not much lace.
Pleasant malty scent, almond, faint prune, abit of spice and only a faint hit of that all too familiar lager note.
Grain, hay, earthy and dark flavors. Good balance, malty up front dwindling into a semi rough hop aftertaste.
Light body, almost no coating and hydrating, nice and dry finish.
Very drinkable, I was pleasantly surprised at this brew.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 21:05:36 | More by oelergud
Photo of sleazo

New York

2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Slightly darker than what I was expecting. Minimal head but I think this place does not handle their glasswear properly.

S-Not much smell to speak of. Slight hop scent and a little Euro skunk.

T-taste is a little maltier than your standard euro with a sweetish profile and a tiny ammount of hops. Meh.

M-light bodied with a mid level carbonation.

D-typical lager like beer. A tad better than your BMC. I would like the beer from the country of my paternal grandmother to be better.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:38:46 | More by sleazo
Photo of Osiris9588


2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale in color. The head is quite thin, and disipates before you even have time to take a swig. The aroma is a bit of wheat and not much else. Taste? wheat, maybe honey, a slight suggestion of hop--not much. Mouthfeel, light very light, watery. Drinkabilty--you can drink it, like water. Don't order this ever, not even in a Greek restaurant.

The style pairs nicely with Greek food, but a Keo or Marathon would offer much more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 04:41:50 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffed brass with a sparse cloud of fine, dust-like particulates. Not a bad looking head other than the dingy white color. It has some character and manages to lay down a good bit of smeary, messy looking lace. An okay look for the style.

The nose smells more Euro Pale Lagerish than it does American Macro Lagerish, although now that I think about it, I'm really not sure of the relevant differences. EPLs smell more mustily noble hoppy to me and AMLs smell more grain-like I guess. In any case, this one is no better than average on its best day.

S'okay on the palate, nothing to get even the teensiest bit excited about. The flavor still says 'Euro' to me for some reason. Do all of these third tier European brewers get their hops from the same cut-rate supplier? It sorta tastes like they use minor variations of the same recipe as well.

This one is sweeter than most and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that corn was used in addition to barley. Hops are along for the ride and provide just enough bitterness to keep Athenian in grudging balance. There's a hard water, mineral-like character that's especially noted on the short finish and each mouthful ends on a drying note. This is inoffensive beer if nothing else.

Given the rest of what it offers (or fails to offer), the body/mouthfeel is none the worse for wear. It's light--as expected--and the carbonation is within the wide range of acceptable. It's unremarkable so I think I'll quit remarking on it.

Athenian is strictly average beer whose appearance is its best quality. It's nowhere near good enough for me to break out a hearty 'Carpe Diem!'. I am tempted, however, to dust off another Latin phrase: Caveat Emptor. Latin... Greek... it's all Greek to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 12:44:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Athenian was served in a pint glass. On the bottle it said the beer was best before 11/06. It pours a pale golden yellow, with pretty much no head at all. The beer has a bready malt smell to it, and to me it smelled pretty similar to the BMC beers. Once I tasted it, it had a strong taste of dough/bread/grain and nothing else. It has a little more taste than BMC, but that's not saying much. Athenian is a pretty non-offensive beer. It doesn't taste bad, but there isn't much to the taste other than it tasting like grain. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery, but in certain situations I could drink quite a few of these. Not a bad macro-lager, I've certainly had worse, but overall it's just average.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 00:57:37 | More by bluejacket74
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2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into glass. As you'll read below, I was not impressed with this beer, as it just tasted like a basic macro lager. However, I had this at the BEST greek restaraunt I've ever been to. It's called "Never On Sunday" and it's downtown Greenville, SC. Anyway...back to the beer.

Poured a very clear pale yellow with a very small white head that was almost gone before I could get the bottle back on the table. The smell was sweet malt and cereal, and almost a slight skunk aroma. The flavor was more of the same macro lager style I'm used to and didn't leave much for the imagination to figure out. A little sweet malt, but had that faint skunk "twinge" taste. Watery with a crisp carbonation. Would never order this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 03:19:32 | More by jabocu
Photo of Vancer


3.53/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, it’s not an American Macro, it’s a Greek macro lager! And really not bad, the real style is a pilsner, and this one meets the requirements. Nothing really big about it, but drinkable.

Standard clear yellow, small white head quickly dissipated. Just some whiffs of sweet malt, no euro smell to it. Quaff starts with medium bodied malt, very dry finish. Very macro-ish, but well balanced and crisp = although a little thin.

Had it a Taverna Opa in Miami, it paired well with the spicy Greek meats and vegetables.

Label states best before 10/06 and 5% abv. – points for good info.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 17:27:02 | More by Vancer
Photo of Padron4KM


2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best before June 06.

Clear golden in color, frothy white head, sticky lacing.

bready malt aroma.

Flavor is grainy and sweet, short metalic finish.

Boring. If you gave me one I'd drink it, or maybe if I was having dinner at a greek resturaunt, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 06:08:55 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it has been many a moon since I last had this beer, and as I was having lunch at a Greek Restaurant, what better opportunity to resample a beer than with authentic food and a true Greek beer.

After its decamping the 330ml brown bottle, it resides in the glass a limpid gold with a modest bright white semi-creamy head that slowly dissolves leaving a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is the prototypical lager sweet malt with a fresh crispness, and the start lightly sweet with a decent grain profile, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic, the hops subdued and the after taste dry, and I must say it accompanied the Pork Souvlaki and the Greek salad quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 17:47:35 | More by Gusler
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3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on markdown from $1.99 to .99 at my local beer store. Pours a lighter golden color with some brownish highlights in the middle. Medium head rises and falls quickly. Solid lacing. Aroma is really unusual. Reminiscent of Hawaiian sweetbreads and a spicy hop character, I've never noticed those two characteristics side by side like this before. Taste has more of that bready, yeasty sweetness and then is backed up by that czech-like hop character. Rather fizzy on the palate, the body doesn't sustain the flavor characteristics like it should. Alcohol is noticeable and a bit hot. Very unusual beer here but I like it's unique qualities. Good try for the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 12:55:14 | More by granger10
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2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, Athenian is at least unusual; and if you went on vacation there and enjoyed some, you might learn to love it. Or perhaps if you are of Greek descent. In any case, it pours a tarnished light-copper body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin surface covering; and it leaves some nice lace as well. The nose is a little unusual. It's kind of perfumey with a sweetish, doughy (lightly sugar cookie-ish) maltiness; some floral, leafy, and herbal hops; and a whiff of higher alcohols from a hot and fast fermentation. It's actually reminiscent of many Russian beers, for what that's worth. In the mouth it's light bodied and smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with the addition of a firm bitterness that keeps it toned-down and lingers dully in the finish. It's not very well made, but it does somehow have a charm about it. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 00:31:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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Athenian from Athenian Brewery
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