Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery visit their website
Greece

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2003

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Reviews by BWED:
Photo of BWED
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5 L bottle into a pint glass. Kaliviani, Crete, Greece.

A- Very light gold. Whitish head retains poorly.

S- Straw aroma, with a slight citrus hint.

T- Sweet grainy and bitter earthy dry hop.

M- Clean and easy drinking. Light body. Nice crisp finish.

O- Maybe the best mass produced Greek beer so far.

More User Reviews:
Photo of madeofsteel
2.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had really wished that at a nice Greek restaurant, they'd have a more diverse selection of native beer, but hey.

A - It took a hard pour to yield a finger's worth of head, but it was gone in a blink. Pale as straw. A little bit of patchy lacing saves it from being totally fugly.

S - There's... no smell to even remark on. Nothing.

T - Typical lager flavor. Nothing special, and certainly not the worst I've had. Still better than Bud haha.

M - The carbonation is very excited for a beer with no head... almost prickly.

O - While I probably won't ever try this beer again, it was worth the junior college try. Not bad, but unremarkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden straw with vibrant thick white cloudy foaming head which leaves a mellow trickled lace down the glass. Aroma is arises as one full of european hops that produce the characteristic skunk tone with mild tones of sweetness from possible corn and malt based graiin. Very grainy in the flavor with the malt sweetness shining through more so than the skunked hops in this beer. A lighter bodied beer built for quenching thirst in a country known for it's wine and ouzo. I personally enjoyed this beer and when eating authentic Greek food this would go as a fine pairing to most dishes. I enjoy it and if on a Greek island could picture myself drinking my share of this malt based beverage.

Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Alfa on tap on Athens.
Golden fizzy body with a white head that had poor retention.
Malt forward aroma and balanced flavor. Light hoppy aftertaste.

Photo of anders36
2.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a beer i never heard of before. Until my father brought one home from Greece. It pours a golden straw colour into the glass. The head is white and big, but disapperas quickly, leaving just a thin ring. It has a little sweet smell and also smell from hops and citrus. The taste is not bad, but it isn't good. It is a bit malty and sweet and no bitterness at all. A beer for hot summer days. But i wasn't impressed of it.

Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, very pale straw yellow colour, with two fingers of thin soapy white head, which leaves a narrow ring of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of sweet white grain, and skunky, wet hay hops. The taste is mild pale malt, a bit of mealy rice, and acrid, grassy, weedy, skunky hops. It's like it wants to be a hoppy Euro-pils, but fails on all accounts. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and somewhat cloying, and it finishes off-dry with the same combo of fading malt sweetness and cooked veggie bitterness.

Skunked? Maybe. Skanky? Sure. Eurotrash? Not fair, but oh yeah...

Photo of peandyd
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Neutral non offensive lager...could do more

Photo of evlu1441
2.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the 2nd Greek beer I've run into, and if its anything like the last, it should turn out to be a half decent lager. I don't have high hopes for this one, but I might be pleasantly surprised.

The beer pours a nice light amber colour. It's darker than I expected. The head is minimal, and it looks a lot like any other lager, though slightly better due to the colour in my eyes.

The aroma is slightly sweet and mildly grainy, with a tiny hint of grassy hops mixing with a slight skunky-ess.

The flavour is sweet and malty up front and this fades into a crisp and kind of dry finish. There is a hint of hops, but it's gone before it really registers.

Overall, this is an okay beer. I might get it for the novelty at a Greek place, but it's nothing special as an everyday beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alfa Hellenic beer has a thick, white head and a clear golden appearance. Carbonation is medium to high, and a decent amount of lacing is present down the glass. The aroma is of fine barley, and a tad bit of hops can be picked up. Taste is again barley, with some hop back end. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and Alfa finishes refreshing, but not as dry as American lagers. Overall, I enjoyed this one and was glad it was not skunked (green bottle).

RJT

Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color (resembling apple juice) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of corn and apple juice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is sweet with hints of bitterness. There are flavors of corn and notes of apple juice.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The sweetness and apple juice flavors can make this a bit difficult to drink for some people. Nevertheless, it has a good amount of aroma and flavors compared to other adjunct lagers.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Green can, brought back from Crete to review at leasure. Being called Alfa, it is the first beer of an evening tasting lagers from around the world, Australia next!

Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, it looked a solid lager, golden yellow and clear, clean and neat looking. The large white head that arrived as I poured soon turned into a wispy covering, even with the Duvel glass trying to keep it going with the carbonisation bubbles rising up the centre of the beer.

Normal lager non-smell, gets my regular 3 for its nose.

Refreshing, dry and a pronounced metallic feel and taste. Tangy and sharp but more of a sunshine beer than a serious session lager.

Lacks the body and umph of a good Pilsner, a holiday beer, nothing more.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.18/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden brown. Nose grain slightly faded with a touch of yeast. The palate is dry with little flavor except a little bit of sugar in the body of distilled beer. Not really finish if not a little hot under bitter exciting. Euro lager unconvincing. Not really finish if not a little hot under bitter exciting. Euro lager unconvincing.

Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The smell featured a grainy malt with some corn sweetness and the typical euro skunk.

The taste consisted of a suprisingly robust toasted grain, adjunct and balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a better than average euro lager.

Photo of megahurts4
2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Athenian Alfa (Alpha) Hellenic

Appearance: Straw yellow, small head, an some good lacing.

Smell: Skunky, malty grain.

Taste: Malts and grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall:
It is just your average brew. Nothing really stands out. It is a tad malty.

Photo of Rudgers73
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up to try something cheaper and different. Not a great choice...

This beer pours a pale yellow with moderate carbonation. The head dissipates into a clumpy white foam. It smells like every beer I've had out of a green bottle: skunky. The hops make for a pungent, almost rubbery smell that overwhelms the nose. The taste on the other hand isn't quite as bad as I expected. It had a surprisingly full body and a well balanced sweet taste. It's like a dressed up Heineken with a Greek accent.

Photo of CHickman
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a cloudy 2 finger white head that faded slowly, leaving very light lacing; decent looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, corn, light floral hops, caramel, grass, hay, husky grains and herbs; very faint nose, typical for a Euro lager.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, corn, floral hops, caramel, grass, hay, grains and light herbs. Mouthfeel is light and very crisp, with low carbonation and a watery feel, and a light body.

High drinkability, this went down easy and is a decent beer and average for this style. This is a typical lager with a Greek twist on it; enjoy it with a gyro!

Photo of marcpal
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Between this and Mythos, these were the only beers that were readily available during my time in the Greek Islands. I actually found this far superior than the other which isnt saying much but it was quite a refreshing beer for days spent on a beautiful yet hot beach on the islands.

Picked up a single can at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax. Also available in bottles at Athens Restaurant.

A: Clear and head is nothing out of the ordinary

S: Cam smell the alcohol and remnants of a lawnmower beer back home. Not something I would set a meal around but great on the beach

T: Bitter taste but still refreshing nonetheless

M: Watery with a tinge of carbonation on the way down

D: Like I said, better option than Mythos but nothing I would seek out back home. Put down more than my fair share on the hot sand and would love to spend time in Santorini doing the same again

Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow (apple juice) in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass and a medium sized patch of thick large bubbles. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a very sweet smell - grain/corn adjunct malts along with quite a bit of apple juice.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is quite sweet - there is a strong presence of grainy/corn adjunct malts and apple juice. There is a very light amount of grassy hop flavors. Very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink, though perhaps a little sweet to be sessionable. Enjoyable but not one I will likely seek out again.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.21/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the Greek place around the corner from us.

Color is quite dark for the style. Mild copper is what I would say. No real head or lacing. The nose is skunked hops and cardboard. The taste is just downright awful and I could barely stomach more than a sip, but I powered on through a few ounces. This beer is just horrendous. Wow. Light and skunky. Drinkability is quite poor, to say the least.

Photo of nighthawk
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL green glass bottle poured into pint glass. Best before date stamped on label.

Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a small white head that disappears quickly to a small patch on the surface of the beer.

Nose is wet hay, slight spice. Mildly skunky.

Slight skunk is back in the taste, spice from the hops and weak malt backbone. Not much to it.

Fairly thin, crisp, clean body.

Inoffensive enough to be drinkable. Not as refreshing as one would hope for the style.

A resounding "meh" for this beer. Even for the style, it's nothing to write home about.

Photo of Stijn
2.97/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine beer, nut nothing special

Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours...well, if you've seen one American Adjunct Lager, you've seen 'em all: pale golden straw with a thick and frothy white head that leaves a bit of soapy lacing behind. Luckily, there's more aroma here than elsewhere, with notes of corn, rice, and grass (as per usual), along with some extra pungent blend of spices and flowers. Hard to explain. The usual bitter corn syrup is there in the taste, joined by an added herbal grassiness that seems unique. The body is a teensy bit heavier than usual, but still quite light. The feel is watery, with a crisp, dry finish and moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent adjunct lager, but nothing to build temples for.

Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Milos Greece.

Pours a clear yellow color with a decent white head.

Aromas are a little bit creamy with some breadiness as well.

Taste is clean, with not a lot of funky adjunct flavors. (though I'm sure there are some in here). There is a malty creamy sweetness, and a long crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but smooth.

My favorite beer I've had here. Very refreshing on a warm Greek afternoon. And lucky for me, it seems to the cheapest of the weak bunch of beers that is available in Greece.

Photo of Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I just dont get how 3.0 is "average". Certainly such an average- rather synonim to "mediocre"- brew deserves nothing above 2.5 in all criteria since its well within the averae pack.

The pour, goldish straw toned, translucid, little white head that fades, blah blah (you know the story). Malty and hoppy nose within the parameters, and the taste is just like poppin' open any other "two-point-five" pale lager. No mystery to it. the plain experience of another greek macro.

Photo of Tone
3.12/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow/copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct, yeast, slight hops, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct LAger. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct, pale malt, grain, yeast, and very slight hops. Overall, another average european take on an american adjunct lager.

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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.