Alfa - Athenian Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +43.4%
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.
02-20-2010 04:53:10 | More by katan
3.88/5 rDev +41.6%
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 !!
09-04-2004 04:16:39 | More by rousee
3.65/5 rDev +33.2%
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.
12-17-2010 02:32:34 | More by woemad
3.63/5 rDev +32.5%
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).
11-19-2010 23:33:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.43/5 rDev +25.2%
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..
07-20-2008 22:49:41 | More by Onslow
3.4/5 rDev +24.1%
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.
06-23-2013 21:06:48 | More by hackmann
3.38/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
05-12-2011 17:24:28 | More by StJamesGate
3.35/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
06-08-2011 04:07:21 | More by mactrail
3.35/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
08-29-2009 19:19:05 | More by morebeergood
3.3/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
11-30-2011 14:15:01 | More by BEERchitect
3.28/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
04-12-2009 17:19:26 | More by WesWes
3.25/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
03-11-2010 20:34:49 | More by TMoney2591
3.23/5 rDev +17.9%
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!
07-19-2011 02:53:09 | More by CHickman
3.2/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
09-11-2009 05:11:03 | More by kegger22
Alfa from Athenian Brewery
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