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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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BA SCORE
66
poor

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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 Thorpe429
1.18/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color (resembling apple juice) and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of corn and apple juice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is sweet with hints of bitterness. There are flavors of corn and notes of apple juice.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The sweetness and apple juice flavors can make this a bit difficult to drink for some people. Nevertheless, it has a good amount of aroma and flavors compared to other adjunct lagers.

metter98, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -7%
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...

biboergosum, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of nickfl
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours with a small head of white foam that settles quickly and leaves decent lace.  The body is clear with a deep golden color,

S - a bready malt aroma with some light, herbal hops.

T - Grainy malt up front with some herbal hops.  A touch of corn in the middle with a dry finish and lingering, moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, it has a promising aroma,  but the flavor is a very average e.uro lager.

nickfl, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
2.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

mactrail, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

WesWes, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -15.8%
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...

D+

kojevergas, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

BlackHaddock, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow (apple juice) in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass and a medium sized patch of thick large bubbles. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a very sweet smell - grain/corn adjunct malts along with quite a bit of apple juice.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is quite sweet - there is a strong presence of grainy/corn adjunct malts and apple juice. There is a very light amount of grassy hop flavors. Very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink, though perhaps a little sweet to be sessionable. Enjoyable but not one I will likely seek out again.

dbrauneis, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

plaid75, May 05, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Tone, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.05/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Haybeerman, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ZEB89
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ZEB89, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Gagnonsux, May 19, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -26.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

dcmchew, May 02, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

StJamesGate, May 12, 2011
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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.