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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 20.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2003)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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2.3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Corn silk yellow beneath almost three fingers of ivory colored foam that looks better than the heads on most beer of this ilk. Persistence is fine and lace deposition is commendable as well.

Thanks to the green glass bottle, skunk was appreciated on crown cracking, during the pour, and now that nose is perched over glass. It's no worse than Heineken, however. Pale grainy, grassy hops... you know the drill.

Alfa is a Euro pale lager, end of story. It really doesn't do anything different than the vast majority of such offerings around the world. Maybe a little more background sweetness, but that's about it.

The flavor is as simple as the nose: pale grains and grassy hops that are most likely Saaz. Actually, this stuff might be even more simple than the style average, and that's saying something. Only a lack of nastiness keeps the taste score from falling another notch.

The mouthfeel is yet another lowlight. I've had light beers that weren't this thin and watery. The carbonation is big and soda-like rather than fine and well-incorporated.

For whatever reason, Alfa Hellenic Beer is not as good as Athena, which is probably Athenian Brewery's flagship offering. This ship is pretty close to sinking like a stone, because it's barely 'C' worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 12:44:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
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2.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

50cl green glass (ugh) bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Thessaloniki corner mart and served into a plastic cup in my hostel. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served after removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Fairly thin - disappointingly so. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Has a mediocre complexion and consistency. Head retention is average (~2 minutes). Not real creamy or frothy.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks pretty standard for a macrolager.

AROMA: A generic aroma of basic barley, maybe some corn/maize adjunct, and malty sweetness. Evokes a low-quality brew made from cheap ingredients. Possesses no notable hop character or yeasty notes. Luckily, there aren't any detectable egregious off-notes.

I'm not looking forward to trying it.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It's like any other macrolager. Has a very generic build. Barley, malty sweetness, and helles malts. That's it. Very simple - even for the style. I also pick up on some off-putting adjunct.

Unbalanced. It's okay I guess, but there's just nothing notable here at all. Even a bit of hop character would be nice. About as boring and bland as they get.

Smooth, wet, and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Some brisk crispness would be nice. This texture doesn't feel particularly well suited to the taste. Meh.

OVERALL: Middling execution and a bland flavour profile make this a brew that can definitely be missed. Nothing to taste here, lads. Move along...


Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 15:11:59 | More by kojevergas
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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.05/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 01:12:28 | More by BWED
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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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2/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev +9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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Appearance: crystal gold body with maybe a one finger white head that disappeared before my eyes; a spot or dot of lacing here or there.

Aroma: oh hum, another lager bouquet; in the bottle a little Euro must smell or green bottle smell; in the glass – sweet grains and grassy hop

Flavors: grainy, light herbal hop and dry grass, multi grain bread, for a Lager pretty good

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing, light flavors, light to moderate body, moderate carbonation,

To the Point: once again a typical Lager; average at best as far as Lagers go; refreshing and pleasing on a hot summer day. Hard to justify the $12.99 a six pack. The price is in play for the okay rating.

Serving type: bottle

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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.