Alfa - Athenian Brewery
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2.29/5 rDev -16.4%
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...
07-01-2014 15:11:59 | More by kojevergas
3.05/5 rDev +11.3%
.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.
05-04-2014 01:12:28 | More by BWED
Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.