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Alfa - Athenian Brewery

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery visit their website

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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -7.7%

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...

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


3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +43.4%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

11-19-2009 03:23:32 | More by Tone
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%

A - Clear, pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Better retention and lacing than I expected.

S - Standard bready, yeasty lager aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T - A bit sweet and fruity up front, with a little hops bitterness at the finish. Actually not bad for an adjunct lager.

M - Light body with plenty of fizzy carbonation.

D - It's as drinkable as any macro lager. I was bracing for the worst, but it was actually a decent beer, and it paired well with my Greek meal. It's not something I would seek out, but I'm glad I tried it.

09-12-2009 00:55:03 | More by gabe23
Photo of kegger22


3.2/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured a crystal clear yellow with an adequate head that reduced quickly to a collar. The aroma was nondescript, although I did not find it skunky by any means. The taste was sweetish lager, nothing more, nothing less. The feel was light bodied, crisp, clean with decent carbonation. Drinkability was great. Just a lager, and a pretty good lager at that, but a little overprice because it's an import.

09-11-2009 05:11:03 | More by kegger22
Photo of PapaEugene


2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Bought the Alfa beer since someone told me it was better and less commercial than Mythos... they might have added... and more watery!

A: Poured it my unavoidable IKEA holiday glass. Very light yellow color and a non-shocking head.

S: Very thin grains and hops.

T: For me tasted like a diluted Heineken... watery. Maybe the best part is the light bittersweet aftertaste.

M: Good when you very thirsty in the Greek heat.

D: Like mouthfeel. Drinking without thinking. But not impressed.

09-01-2009 12:10:37 | More by PapaEugene
Photo of morebeergood


3.35/5  rDev +22.3%

Ordered a bottle while at dinner at Aegean Restaurant in Watertown, MA. Poured into a pint glass. Not a bad looking lager, as it had a large white head and a nice dark orange color. Smell was a bit malty. Flavor was pretty average. Bit of hops, some malt. Not a lot going on in that department. Was not skunked at all, as other reviews have mentioned. Nicely paired with Greek food. Would order again, but really only to match the cuisine I am eating.

08-29-2009 19:19:05 | More by morebeergood
Photo of OtherShoe2


2.63/5  rDev -4%

Pours pale yellow with a foamy white head and some lacing. Some decent bubbles and good clarity.

Skunk heaven on this one. Some light malt aromas and boiled grain.

Some boiled grain sweetness, some hop bitterness, a little mineral edge, and a sour finish. Eh.

Medium body with firm carbonation. Helpful in this case.

Went down with the Greek food like most adjuncts. A palate cleaner. Not horrific, but nothing I'd grab again. Not even really ok. The type of beer I generally avoid.

07-10-2009 22:07:02 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

04-12-2009 17:19:26 | More by WesWes
Photo of babaracas


3/5  rDev +9.5%

Consumed in a Greek restaurant. Not sure about the classification, as the label claims hops, water, barley and yeast. Very neutral smell, pale malt, grainy. Taste: like a euro pale lager with maybe a hint of honey. Mouthfeel is also spot on for a euro lager. Unoffensive, but not worth your time.

03-19-2009 03:49:08 | More by babaracas
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.

01-24-2009 02:48:16 | More by mdcrouser
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +6.9%

330mL green glass bottle poured into pint glass. Best before date stamped on label.

Pours a crystal clear pale straw with a small white head that disappears quickly to a small patch on the surface of the beer.

Nose is wet hay, slight spice. Mildly skunky.

Slight skunk is back in the taste, spice from the hops and weak malt backbone. Not much to it.

Fairly thin, crisp, clean body.

Inoffensive enough to be drinkable. Not as refreshing as one would hope for the style.

A resounding "meh" for this beer. Even for the style, it's nothing to write home about.

11-14-2008 22:14:57 | More by nighthawk
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United Kingdom (England)

2.63/5  rDev -4%

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.

10-17-2008 18:47:38 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Onslow


3.43/5  rDev +25.2%

pours a dark apple juice from the box colour ... has a tasty grass skunk some caramel flavour ... this was another surprise, definetly one of the better greek lagers out there ... good lacing ... pretty nice stuff here...bought from CL Specs as a single.. a single success..

07-20-2008 22:49:41 | More by Onslow
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.

11-09-2007 21:05:42 | More by dnichols
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +15%

Between this and Mythos, these were the only beers that were readily available during my time in the Greek Islands. I actually found this far superior than the other which isnt saying much but it was quite a refreshing beer for days spent on a beautiful yet hot beach on the islands.

Picked up a single can at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax. Also available in bottles at Athens Restaurant.

A: Clear and head is nothing out of the ordinary

S: Cam smell the alcohol and remnants of a lawnmower beer back home. Not something I would set a meal around but great on the beach

T: Bitter taste but still refreshing nonetheless

M: Watery with a tinge of carbonation on the way down

D: Like I said, better option than Mythos but nothing I would seek out back home. Put down more than my fair share on the hot sand and would love to spend time in Santorini doing the same again

09-22-2007 03:30:52 | More by marcpal
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!!

08-31-2007 05:08:27 | More by matty
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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.

06-23-2007 03:38:11 | More by MMansfield
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

2.83/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked this up to try something cheaper and different. Not a great choice...

This beer pours a pale yellow with moderate carbonation. The head dissipates into a clumpy white foam. It smells like every beer I've had out of a green bottle: skunky. The hops make for a pungent, almost rubbery smell that overwhelms the nose. The taste on the other hand isn't quite as bad as I expected. It had a surprisingly full body and a well balanced sweet taste. It's like a dressed up Heineken with a Greek accent.

01-25-2007 22:33:38 | More by Rudgers73
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.

08-09-2006 08:11:14 | More by KnutAlbert
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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.

08-10-2005 18:53:34 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of rousee


3.88/5  rDev +41.6%

This beer is not around Boston at all except at THE one gourmet Greek restaurant. It is 10 X better than the other beer (KEO) that they have at Meze --the fairly new place on the bridge next to the new hotel in Charlestown.

Pours a gold straw with no head retention or--just a touch to convince you it is active.
Nose is standard euro-lager-malty, nutty, grassy, pretty good --slighty sweet wheat coming through.

Taste is smooth, clean, and malty --fairly dry finish.
Slight saltinesss too.

This is what I hope for when I try a beer from some country that I have never tried. I approve and would recommend !!

09-04-2004 04:16:39 | More by rousee
Photo of anders36


2.4/5  rDev -12.4%

This is a beer i never heard of before. Until my father brought one home from Greece. It pours a golden straw colour into the glass. The head is white and big, but disapperas quickly, leaving just a thin ring. It has a little sweet smell and also smell from hops and citrus. The taste is not bad, but it isn't good. It is a bit malty and sweet and no bitterness at all. A beer for hot summer days. But i wasn't impressed of it.

04-08-2004 23:14:55 | More by anders36
Photo of Andreji


2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

I just dont get how 3.0 is "average". Certainly such an average- rather synonim to "mediocre"- brew deserves nothing above 2.5 in all criteria since its well within the averae pack.

The pour, goldish straw toned, translucid, little white head that fades, blah blah (you know the story). Malty and hoppy nose within the parameters, and the taste is just like poppin' open any other "two-point-five" pale lager. No mystery to it. the plain experience of another greek macro.

01-04-2004 12:07:19 | More by Andreji
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