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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 147
Avg: 2.86
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2003

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Photo of matty
1.11/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I don't know if i had a skunked bottle or not but this is brutal. Skunk from smell to taste.I am going to get another bottle of this and if it's different I will come and delete this review and write another,otherwise I would not recommend this at all!!

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.21/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the Greek place around the corner from us.

Color is quite dark for the style. Mild copper is what I would say. No real head or lacing. The nose is skunked hops and cardboard. The taste is just downright awful and I could barely stomach more than a sip, but I powered on through a few ounces. This beer is just horrendous. Wow. Light and skunky. Drinkability is quite poor, to say the least.

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Photo of mdcrouser
2.05/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Curled up on a cold night, watching a movie, I reached to the fridge for whatever was available, and this is what I found - from the World Market holiday pack of world beers. Glad to try one of each, rather than never have the chance to buy them at all.

Pale gold, iwth little no head, this looks like a classic American lager - uninspired and bored with itself.

Smells like one too - corn, a bit of salt, much like a Budweiser, but with a tinge of "European," actually.

Light, characteristic pilsner flavors tip-toe on the tongue, and quickly down the throat, gone in a matter of seconds.

Barely carbonated, just enough to ensure yourself that it is so, but otherwise nearly flat on the tongue.

While it's nothing to be awed by on its own, this might actually be decent when paired with a salad topped with feta and Greek olives.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.08/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After having this beer in a bottle, the draft counterpart does not even compare in taste or mouthfeel or any other category. This beer smelled very heavily of skunk. There was no head retention. The only factor that made this beer enjoyable was the surrounding Greek countryside and Aegean sea. Much better in the bottle.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.18/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden brown. Nose grain slightly faded with a touch of yeast. The palate is dry with little flavor except a little bit of sugar in the body of distilled beer. Not really finish if not a little hot under bitter exciting. Euro lager unconvincing. Not really finish if not a little hot under bitter exciting. Euro lager unconvincing.

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Photo of KnutAlbert
2.26/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of a number of pale lagers you find bottled and on tap arund Greece. If you spend your day on the beach, find a table in the shade and order a glass of this from a frosty mug, it it just about perfect. Just half a litre of cold liquid with no taste to bother you. Unlikely to offend anyone.

If you want a beer with more flavour or a beer to take home, this is not what you want.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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...


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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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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 MMansfield
2.37/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single can at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax. Also available in bottles at Athens Restaurant.

Appearance: Pours a very clear pale yellow with a fizzy bone white head. Some scant lacing, not much retention.

Aroma: Musty grains, bready malts, some pungent yeasty aromas, underlying sweetness and some alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet up front, grainy, some moderate bitterness from the hops pull through in the finish which is marked by a cloying sour lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, fizzy and thin.

Final Statement: Not a winner. I would drink it if offered, or in Greece for the hell of it. Otherwise, it's nothing to seek out perhaps to just say you tried Greek beer.

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Photo of dnichols
2.37/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was served a 330 ml bottle and a frosted mug at a local Greek restaurant.

A: It poured a clear diluted yellow body and a slender white head that did not generate much lacing but did support sticky long legs.

S: The aroma of a field of grass and light hints of citrus.

T: It was refreshing with a non-descript front that gave way to a bitter flavor, the tang of grapefruits and sharp white spices.

M: It had a thin, light body with a zesty carbonated body that left a relatively clean palate.

D: It's not bad in a pinch but there much more enjoyable brews. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but would not turn down one if offered.

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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 Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I just dont get how 3.0 is "average". Certainly such an average- rather synonim to "mediocre"- brew deserves nothing above 2.5 in all criteria since its well within the averae pack.

The pour, goldish straw toned, translucid, little white head that fades, blah blah (you know the story). Malty and hoppy nose within the parameters, and the taste is just like poppin' open any other "two-point-five" pale lager. No mystery to it. the plain experience of another greek macro.

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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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Photo of megahurts4
2.56/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Athenian Alfa (Alpha) Hellenic

Appearance: Straw yellow, small head, an some good lacing.

Smell: Skunky, malty grain.

Taste: Malts and grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

It is just your average brew. Nothing really stands out. It is a tad malty.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OK, so... my mind was pretty much made up about this one as soon as I laid eyes upon it. It was just going to be some run-of-the-mill "Euro-lager", probably just like every other plain pilsener and lager out there. I'll admit... the style(s) can be refreshing, but I don't find examples of them to be very interesting or different from one another.

This one is a Greek lager, the second beer I've had from Greece (as far as I can remember... the other one being Mythos). My wife recognized it as a new one at whatever
PEI LCC store she was in.

This one had a bit more head at first than I thought it would. It was pretty much all gone within seconds, though. The colour is as expected... pale, clear, & golden.

The smell is pretty much what I predicted... green bottle skunk, some malt / grain, corn, & maybe a bit of honey.

The taste... more of the same. A bit skunky, light malt flavour, some corn / rice, and something fresh... honey / wheat notes, I guess. A bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

The feel is normal / average. Lightly carbonated, a bit watery, with a dry finish.

It's fairly drinkable, but why bother? I can't see why the local LCC would add such a beer (it must have good profit potential, ie, be cheap) to their listings. The only interesting trait of this Adjunct Lager From Away is that it's new-to-us and foreign.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a foamy white head and some lacing. Some decent bubbles and good clarity.

Skunk heaven on this one. Some light malt aromas and boiled grain.

Some boiled grain sweetness, some hop bitterness, a little mineral edge, and a sour finish. Eh.

Medium body with firm carbonation. Helpful in this case.

Went down with the Greek food like most adjuncts. A palate cleaner. Not horrific, but nothing I'd grab again. Not even really ok. The type of beer I generally avoid.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Green can, brought back from Crete to review at leasure. Being called Alfa, it is the first beer of an evening tasting lagers from around the world, Australia next!

Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, it looked a solid lager, golden yellow and clear, clean and neat looking. The large white head that arrived as I poured soon turned into a wispy covering, even with the Duvel glass trying to keep it going with the carbonisation bubbles rising up the centre of the beer.

Normal lager non-smell, gets my regular 3 for its nose.

Refreshing, dry and a pronounced metallic feel and taste. Tangy and sharp but more of a sunshine beer than a serious session lager.

Lacks the body and umph of a good Pilsner, a holiday beer, nothing more.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a pale clear yellow with a very small white head. The aroma is skunk with some wheat, I am not looking forward to the first taste. Yep, the flavor is heavy on the skunk side with some grass that follows. Not a good beer at all, Marathon is a much better beer from Greece. This may taste better in Greece.

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Photo of PapaEugene
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought the Alfa beer since someone told me it was better and less commercial than Mythos... they might have added... and more watery!

A: Poured it my unavoidable IKEA holiday glass. Very light yellow color and a non-shocking head.

S: Very thin grains and hops.

T: For me tasted like a diluted Heineken... watery. Maybe the best part is the light bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Good when you very thirsty in the Greek heat.

D: Like mouthfeel. Drinking without thinking. But not impressed.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up to try something cheaper and different. Not a great choice...

This beer pours a pale yellow with moderate carbonation. The head dissipates into a clumpy white foam. It smells like every beer I've had out of a green bottle: skunky. The hops make for a pungent, almost rubbery smell that overwhelms the nose. The taste on the other hand isn't quite as bad as I expected. It had a surprisingly full body and a well balanced sweet taste. It's like a dressed up Heineken with a Greek accent.

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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 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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Photo of drabmuh
2.82/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and clear with no head no lacing moderate carbonation. 

Aroma is vegetal and sweet. Not a horrible aroma but also not appealing.

Beer is light in body and sweet with a musky dry finish. Tastes like boiled vegetables a little. Not a good beer. If you are Greek and like shitty beer go crazy.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL green glass bottle poured into pint glass. Best before date stamped on label.

Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a small white head that disappears quickly to a small patch on the surface of the beer.

Nose is wet hay, slight spice. Mildly skunky.

Slight skunk is back in the taste, spice from the hops and weak malt backbone. Not much to it.

Fairly thin, crisp, clean body.

Inoffensive enough to be drinkable. Not as refreshing as one would hope for the style.

A resounding "meh" for this beer. Even for the style, it's nothing to write home about.

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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.