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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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BA SCORE
66
poor

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 gnikola
1/5  rDev -63.5%

gnikola, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of matty
1.1/5  rDev -59.9%

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!!

matty, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
1.18/5  rDev -56.9%

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 24, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -45.3%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -27%

beerhunter13, Jan 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -27%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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2/5  rDev -27%

stampfler07, Jul 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -27%

cfalovo97, Nov 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -27%

Bobhoya, May 04, 2014
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2/5  rDev -27%

petluo, May 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -27%

bcsbeer, Dec 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -27%

sharpski, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.08/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of mdcrouser
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

mdcrouser, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of ThaCreep
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

ThaCreep, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Marius
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Marius, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of KnutAlbert
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

KnutAlbert, Aug 09, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

ZEB89, Jun 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

MacQ32, May 16, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
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...

D+

kojevergas, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of MMansfield
2.33/5  rDev -15%

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.

MMansfield, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of dnichols
2.38/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

dnichols, Nov 09, 2007
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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.