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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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BA SCORE
66
poor

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
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 guinb
3/5  rDev +10.3%

guinb, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of djura
2.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

djura, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Lovely85, Aug 25, 2012
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 Wudro
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Wudro, Aug 19, 2012
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 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 pappetros
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

pappetros, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
2/5  rDev -26.5%

stampfler07, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

Keegan, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of petluo
2/5  rDev -26.5%

petluo, May 08, 2012
Photo of FriedGold2112
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

FriedGold2112, May 02, 2012
Photo of Niklas
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Niklas, Apr 22, 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 avisong
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Aclapp
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Aclapp, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of madeofsteel
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

madeofsteel, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -26.5%

beerhunter13, Jan 23, 2012
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 brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
2.83/5  rDev +4%
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.

evlu1441, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -26.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.15/5  rDev -21%
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.

ThaCreep, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of CHickman
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

CHickman, Jul 19, 2011
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
Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.