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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Photo of katan
3.89/5  rDev +42%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.85/5  rDev +40.5%
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 !!

Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

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 Rabi
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quit being beer snobs, this beer isn't terrible.

Photo of Onslow
3.44/5  rDev +25.5%
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..

Photo of hackmann
3.4/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of animal69
3.37/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hmmm for sum reason I must justify this rating this as a "fair" adjunct lager, guess I'm an outlier then

Photo of StJamesGate
3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of Kyle2015
3.32/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was an easy beer to drink

Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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 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 kegger22
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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 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 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.

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 gabe23
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear, pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Better retention and lacing than I expected.

S - Standard bready, yeasty lager aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T - A bit sweet and fruity up front, with a little hops bitterness at the finish. Actually not bad for an adjunct lager.

M - Light body with plenty of fizzy carbonation.

D - It's as drinkable as any macro lager. I was bracing for the worst, but it was actually a decent beer, and it paired well with my Greek meal. It's not something I would seek out, but I'm glad I tried it.

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 Haybeerman
3.06/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright, clear straw color. Poured a 2 finger cloud-colored head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet, biscuity malt. Grassy and lightly herbal.

T: Just like the nose. Crisp, fairly clean but definite adjunct flavor on the roof of the mouth. Mild bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Pretty average, but most are. Nothing really wrong with the beer.

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.

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