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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 145
Avg: 2.86
pDev: 32.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery visit their website

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 BuckeyeNation:
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2.34/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Marius
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look; golden clear with a one finger head, which sticks around, nice light constant carbonation.
Smell ; wonderful instant strong malty and buttery notes.
Taste ; fresh, malty, buttery with a light almost creamy after taste.
Feel ; smooth, crisp and fresh finish with a bitter aftertaste
Overall it has a strong thick taste and is different and really nice, will be buying this again if I find it in the UK that is

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Photo of KrissyKat6
2.42/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of anders36
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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...

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1/5  rDev -65%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ordybill
2.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tabascosigned
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of peandyd
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Neutral non offensive lager...could do more

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Photo of stampfler07
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of evlu1441
2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.