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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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BA SCORE
66
poor

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery visit their website
Greece

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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Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - A very light golden color. Very clear. Light carbonation, light bubbling. No head formation.

S - Whoa skunk - not even pilsner which I was hoping for. Its like I was maced by a black and white varmint in the backyard.

T - A potent pilsner malt flavor. Mega bomb of almost skunky flavors. I love pils, but this seems over the top. Gets a bit bitter mid-stream. Very edgy, biting. I have a hard time going back and forth between this beer being a skunky disaster and a overt pilsner bomb.

M - Light bodied. Lightly biting. Smooth texture.

D - Superbly drinkable. ABV is manageable. Not filling. Does go down like a macro lager.

I've decided this is a good beer that doesn't fill the wussy characteristics of a american macro lager.

katan, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of rousee
3.88/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is not around Boston at all except at THE one gourmet Greek restaurant. It is 10 X better than the other beer (KEO) that they have at Meze --the fairly new place on the bridge next to the new hotel in Charlestown.

Pours a gold straw with no head retention or--just a touch to convince you it is active.
Nose is standard euro-lager-malty, nutty, grassy, pretty good --slighty sweet wheat coming through.

Taste is smooth, clean, and malty --fairly dry finish.
Slight saltinesss too.

This is what I hope for when I try a beer from some country that I have never tried. I approve and would recommend !!

rousee, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

Keegan, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle purchased and consumed at a Greek restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for $3.75. This is only my second Greek beer.

Poured a straw color, with a decent sized white head. Modest amount of lace.

Mild, floral hops and biscuity malts. Rather mild smelling but not bad for a no-frills lager from a country that mainly drinks wine.

Taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops are slightly more assertive, with a nice crisp zap to the palate at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. I've had supposedly authentic pilseners that didn't have this good a mouthfeel.

If this were cheaper, I'd consider it for a summer lawnmower beer. Good, not great, something to look for on Greek restaurant menus that don't offer anything else besides B/M/C.

woemad, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of geaux750
3.64/5  rDev +33.8%

geaux750, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +33.5%
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

RonaldTheriot, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%

kkmiller76, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Onslow
3.43/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark apple juice from the box colour ... has a tasty grass skunk some caramel flavour ... this was another surprise, definetly one of the better greek lagers out there ... good lacing ... pretty nice stuff here...bought from CL Specs as a single.. a single success..

Onslow, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of hackmann
3.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

hackmann, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight macro looks and corny sweet nose with only slight grass but buttery malt backbone and some definite noble bite. Crisp, round with some surprising body.

A step up from your average macro, this is a perfectly passable all-malt lawnmower beer in a can.

StJamesGate, May 12, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent appearance in the Scotch ale glass. Enough white head but not overly carbonated. Not such a bad hoppy aroma, of the faintly skunky sort. Makes me think of Mickey's Malt Liquor for some reason. Tastes better at first couple of gulps, but it's surprisingly favorful. Gets dull after half a bottle.

Still, a touch of malt, a pleasant beery taste with a touch of bitterness, and it's quite acceptable for the style. This one suddenly showed up in the smallest liquor store in my east Denver neighborhood.

mactrail, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle while at dinner at Aegean Restaurant in Watertown, MA. Poured into a pint glass. Not a bad looking lager, as it had a large white head and a nice dark orange color. Smell was a bit malty. Flavor was pretty average. Bit of hops, some malt. Not a lot going on in that department. Was not skunked at all, as other reviews have mentioned. Nicely paired with Greek food. Would order again, but really only to match the cuisine I am eating.

morebeergood, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roaming the streets of downtown Athens will surely deveop a thirst. The locally brewed Alpha is sure to be a welcomed beverage that quenches the thirst while giving the ole dogs a rest.

Alpha is a crisp and cleanly flavored European lager that foregoes the abuse of adjuncts, yet promotes the fresh flavor of lightly kilned malts for a bready, grainy-sweet taste and crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Light acidity of apple and sulfur promotes the clean taste without distraction. Herbal hops have a mild spicy bitterness and light grassy taste to complement the grainy-sweet body. This fresh, tap version seems on par with Heineken when it's also fresh and off the draught.

BEERchitect, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with some low alfa acid Czech style hops. It's clean smelling with some light sweetness and a green bottle skunkiness. The taste is average. It has quite a skunky taste. It's sweet tasting with a light hop bitterness. It goes down smooth with a clean finish. It has a metallic edge to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average Euro lager. It has a bit more mouthfeel than most, otherwise it's pretty basic.

WesWes, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

tbryan5, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of tabascosigned
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

tabascosigned, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Lovely85, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Kgrubb1224
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Kgrubb1224, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of powdersoldier
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

powdersoldier, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Ctruskey
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Ctruskey, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Gagnonsux, May 19, 2013
Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

CHickman, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear yellow with an adequate head that reduced quickly to a collar. The aroma was nondescript, although I did not find it skunky by any means. The taste was sweetish lager, nothing more, nothing less. The feel was light bodied, crisp, clean with decent carbonation. Drinkability was great. Just a lager, and a pretty good lager at that, but a little overprice because it's an import.

kegger22, Sep 11, 2009
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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.