1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.

Alfa - Athenian Brewery

Not Rated.
AlfaAlfa

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
66
poor

113 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 20.51%
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)
View: Beers (11) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bcsbeer
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of guinb
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of djura
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one in Greece.
A-Got it on tap,so it is very good looking beer in the glass. Pale color,with just enough bubbless in it. One finger white foam,staying all the way.
S-Usual,but weak smell for pale lagers.
T/M-Drinkable,low bitterness and carbonation.
O-I like it,nothing special,but i would like to drink it again.

Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of nickfl
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Wudro
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of pappetros
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of stampfler07
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of petluo
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of FriedGold2112
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Niklas
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of drabmuh
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Aclapp
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of evlu1441
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of ThaCreep
2.15/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.