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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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BA SCORE
66
poor

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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avisong

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

04-06-2012 03:57:14 | More by avisong
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Aclapp


2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

03-29-2012 18:25:47 | More by Aclapp
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madeofsteel

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:55:37 | More by madeofsteel
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -27%

01-23-2012 23:09:29 | More by beerhunter13
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 14:15:01 | More by BEERchitect
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

11-27-2011 03:00:42 | More by brandoman63
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 06:33:50 | More by evlu1441
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -27%

11-16-2011 02:18:52 | More by bpfrush
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:52:32 | More by ThaCreep
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CHickman

New York

3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:53:09 | More by CHickman
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mactrail

Washington

3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 04:07:21 | More by mactrail
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:54:11 | More by Haybeerman
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StJamesGate

New York

3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2011 17:24:28 | More by StJamesGate
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plaid75

New York

3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:44:52 | More by plaid75
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 12:44:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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woemad

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle purchased and consumed at a Greek restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for $3.75. This is only my second Greek beer.

Poured a straw color, with a decent sized white head. Modest amount of lace.

Mild, floral hops and biscuity malts. Rather mild smelling but not bad for a no-frills lager from a country that mainly drinks wine.

Taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops are slightly more assertive, with a nice crisp zap to the palate at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. I've had supposedly authentic pilseners that didn't have this good a mouthfeel.

If this were cheaper, I'd consider it for a summer lawnmower beer. Good, not great, something to look for on Greek restaurant menus that don't offer anything else besides B/M/C.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:32:34 | More by woemad
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.18/5  rDev -56.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:31:09 | More by Thorpe429
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alfa Hellenic beer has a thick, white head and a clear golden appearance. Carbonation is medium to high, and a decent amount of lacing is present down the glass. The aroma is of fine barley, and a tad bit of hops can be picked up. Taste is again barley, with some hop back end. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and Alfa finishes refreshing, but not as dry as American lagers. Overall, I enjoyed this one and was glad it was not skunked (green bottle).

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 23:33:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:02:42 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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megahurts4

Louisiana

2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:42:47 | More by megahurts4
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flexabull

California

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Milos Greece.

Pours a clear yellow color with a decent white head.

Aromas are a little bit creamy with some breadiness as well.

Taste is clean, with not a lot of funky adjunct flavors. (though I'm sure there are some in here). There is a malty creamy sweetness, and a long crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but smooth.

My favorite beer I've had here. Very refreshing on a warm Greek afternoon. And lucky for me, it seems to the cheapest of the weak bunch of beers that is available in Greece.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 13:59:07 | More by flexabull
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:57:11 | More by biboergosum
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 20:34:49 | More by TMoney2591
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katan

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - A very light golden color. Very clear. Light carbonation, light bubbling. No head formation.

S - Whoa skunk - not even pilsner which I was hoping for. Its like I was maced by a black and white varmint in the backyard.

T - A potent pilsner malt flavor. Mega bomb of almost skunky flavors. I love pils, but this seems over the top. Gets a bit bitter mid-stream. Very edgy, biting. I have a hard time going back and forth between this beer being a skunky disaster and a overt pilsner bomb.

M - Light bodied. Lightly biting. Smooth texture.

D - Superbly drinkable. ABV is manageable. Not filling. Does go down like a macro lager.

I've decided this is a good beer that doesn't fill the wussy characteristics of a american macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:53:10 | More by katan
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Tone

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:23:32 | More by Tone
Alfa from Athenian Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.