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Almaza Pilsner Beer - Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.

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BA SCORE
66
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231 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Almaza S.A.L. visit their website
Lebanon

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-27-2002

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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 126
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

A- 3-finger white head that drops to a respectable 1-finger head that left some decent sticky rings (though I have yet to drink a beer out of my pilsener glasses that doesn't develop a nice head and stick). The body was a straw yellow to light gold with a tight, medium carbonation.

S- Pretty decent, doughy grains/malt aroma with a touch of spicy hops.

T- A touch sweet. Very doughy flavor mixed with some fruity notes. A little light-handed on the hops, providing a little spice in the finish. Flavor was more profound, but not necessarily better, with some warmth.

M- A little prickle from the carbonation. Otherwise, a little light and watery.

D- It's an easy enough drinker, yet a tad uninspired. It's something of a lighter version of a true pils. A good thirst quencher when consumed nice and cold, but I can get that at a fraction of the price.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a local Mediterranean restaurant last night to go with the Lebanese food I had.Poured into a chilled glass a dull lighter yellow with a larger but quick to fade white head.Aromas of sweet aromas along with cooked veg,kinda unpleasant really.Flavors are pretty sweet up front with that "adjunct" vegetal and corn flavor,the aftertaste was off.We drank it ice cold,I couldnt imagine not.

Photo of RoyalT
1.74/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Soft, delicate light yellow in color with some active carbonation and a nice, pillowy head.

Smell – Why does this smell like musty orange juice? There’s an orange, sugary sweetness to this nose that makes me nervous.

Taste – Ah, this is horrid! The sick, sweet, orange syrup flavor is disgusting. How can they call this a Pils?

Mouthfeel – The body was light but there was a heavy-handedness to the ale that ruined the mouthfeel. The carbonation was AWOL.

Sinkability – German Pils? Was ist los mit der weld?

Photo of ExtraStout
3.12/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The body is of a transparent yellow color body. Clear & crisp but nothing really exciting. The smell proved to be more interesting than I expected. Combined classic dry hoppiness and a nutty maltiness was noticeable. I appreciated this nutty character, showing also hints of caramel. Nice notes of honey appear in the taste too.

The taste, if definitely not amazing, was better than a decent number of original German pilsners (from Germany...) I've had. The maltiness is quite round and mixes in a pleasing way with the not overly dry hops. The dry character appear more in the aftertaste. There's even a light creaminess to the initial mouthfeel. Something a little surprizing in there though. Like if someone had dropped salt in the middle of the mouthfeel. Weird. Anyway, this is not a bad beer.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almaza is brass color with three fingers of thick, foamy white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The beer is crystal clear and carbonation is quite visible.

Nose is slight malt sugar and sulpher, with hops prettymuch hidden. This isn't out of line for a pilsner but its not what I hope for.

How strange. I know I took a sip of beer, but I could swear I just ate a banana. This pilsner sports hardly any bitterness at all. Its a very mellow taste all around. Not much going on at all here really, just malty sweetness with huge banana off-flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Truth is, I like this beer, but I'll have to rate it low because for a pilsner its really funky.

Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 9.5oz green bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dirty blonder in colour, with a touch of haze. Active carbonation that produces a thin white foam head.

Smell: Clean aroma / touch of musty apple.

Taste: Smooth and creamy. Light DMS (cooked veggie / corn) flavour turns quite sweet and fruity, with distinct Red Delicious apple flavours. Touch of musty grain way in the back of the palate, along with some sulfur notes. Finish is a bit dry.

Notes: Not a typical Pils beer, but rather enjoyable and a nice surprise and change on the old palate.

Beer was produced in conjuction with Amstel Brouwerij, Holland. Sample obtained at Zu Zu / The Middle East in Cambridge, MA, USA.

Photo of Jason
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little 9.5 oz green bottle with no freshness date. Good amount of sticky white lace and the retention is fine. Some particles in suspension though the golden brew is relatively clear.

Cooked veggie like hop with a sweet grain aroma.

Smooth and slick mouth feel, moderate carbonation and body. Big cooked veggie flavour of cabbage and celery partially from the hops and some DMS. Grainy flavours are sweet and mildly astringent at the same time. Hop bitterness is uniform to the size of the beer. Apple skin and more grain in the finish.

Decent and that is about it, nothing special here … unless you are looking for a beer that is brewed in Lebanon.

Photo of Mora2000
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first beer from Lebanon. The beer pours a clear macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong corn. The flavor is corn, bready malt, hops and some light sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty basic macro lager/German pilsner that doesn't have much to offer.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.26/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very light hops, almost no smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of watered down light hops.

Overall: Ok I guess, glad I tried it.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On selection at local Greek restaurant so decided to give it a try. Poured golden with minimal head in glass mug. Smelled grassy and fresh so looking good so far. Taste was decent, not to thin or watery but had nice hoppy/citrusy tones. Mouthfeel was decent as well with quite a bit of carbonation. Very easy to drink and went well with the meal. All in all I would say far from offensive and actually a fairly tasty beer from a country not known for such. Will gladly have again.

Photo of Brenden
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know if this is an old bottle...I'll try it again and change my review if necessary.

The color is a typical pilsner pale gold. Carbonation is very active for a while. The pure white head is dense and rocky, never completely fading, though eventually turning to foam, and leaving patches of lacing that thin down to very little eventually.
The nose is just grains with a vegetable funk. The funk is the first thing on my nose and it's a little skunky. Well, it is a green bottle and potentially old...
The taste is a little better. There's not that funk in the flavor. It's very mild and unexciting, though. Grains and vegetable, but no real hops presence or malts for that matter.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation that's too heavy at first but tames later. Body is light.
I have to give this another shot, to be honest.

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Grabbed a six pack of this for an (expense account supported, natch) work function - the novelty of anything alcoholic originating from the land where the concept of booze is a non-starter, was too much to resist. Not cheap, though, at 18 bucks for the sixer.

This purported Pilsner-style lager pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, and rather loosely foamy, dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean upswell lace, and I didn't have to wait all that long for it to go down.

It smells of semi-sweet wet pale grain, like the smell of a field of wheat or barley after the rain, very cereal-like, a bit of white wine, and quite mild floral, weedy hops. The taste is mostly gritty, grainy cereal malt, a suggestion of adjunct corn meal, watery clover honey, and herbal, musty hops slightly poking through.

A subtly frothy carbonation provides a decently capable, and smooth mouthfeel, the body medium-light in weight, with no alcohol readily apparent. It finishes just off-dry, still a bit cereal-oriented, yet with no nasty aftertaste, as if I was expecting something of the sort.

All in all, a more or less beginner's Pilsner, one better than the usual corporate dreck denoted as such, but hardly in the same league as the Central European standards. I could probably have a few of these before wanting something a bit more fully flavoured.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lebonon....they make beer?!?!? Your sh&tin me! C'mon...no way. How do they have time to make beer between morter attacked from Syria??? Well it is true my friends...Lebonon has a beer and it is not too bad. I have been trying to find an analogous beer to compare and the best I can come up with is Heiniken/Stella Artoisish type beer. It is golden in color, white head, not much smell, decent taste, and could be drunk at any bomb shelter soiree! Drink up my friends!

Photo of Fatehunter
2.31/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body. Low retention on the head.
The aroma is faint: honey and grain.
The flavor is nothing. Water and water and a tiny bitter at the end.
A fizzy texture, light body and high carbonation.
A less than average beer and certainty not a pilsener.

Photo of DESTRO
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got it at a mediterranean restaurant. pale and with decent head that dies quickly. smells faint, like a decent lager. lightly sweet and low on flavor, honey comes to mind. a bit watery in the mouth, but crisp. nothing stands out, pretty bland. washes down food. but thats about it.

Photo of meflehelias
5/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle green, color light yellow, i have tasted many beers but not as the almaza pilsner it has an exceptional taste that can be drank with several dishes, exquisite smell that as you drink it , the aroma feels ur lungs you just want more . exceptionally good a beer made in the lands of the cedars .

Photo of philipquarles
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a surprisingly large white, meringue-like head. Nice retention and lacing with little visible effervescence. Smells faintly of light, grainy malt and maybe a hint of hop. No skunking, thankfully. Even weaker taste, with a sweet malt-water character and only the slightest of hop notes noticeable at the finish. Feel is thin and undercarbonated. Not an offensive pils, just nothing really going on here. Very uninspired.

Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is pretty skunky. Not a lot of taste here. Some maltiness but a lack of flavor for the most part. Feels light in the mouth. Does go down pretty easily. Overall there is nothing special about this one.

Photo of puboflyons
2.4/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle with no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on Aug 1, 2010. The pour is a straw-yellow with a short lasting fizzy head along the lines of an American macros. The aroma emphasizes the malty ingredients but comes up feeling kimd of stale or old. The taste is about the same with a strong malty character and a lot of bread. Yeah, there are some hops in there if you swish your tongue a bit. Nothing extraordinary here but at least I can now say I drank a beer from Lebanon.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.16/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz green bottle. Packaged on 10/03/06 best before 10/03/07. Poured into a pils glass.

Clear golden with a rocky white head and minimal lace.

Aroma is mildly grassy hops, and stale grains.

Flavor is a touch metallic, sour grains, with a spicy finish.

Photo of jwilliams606
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Had at Disney. I thought it was a good beer.

Photo of Beejay
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, with a white head. Crystal Clear, but the head is a bit lack luster.

S: Some sweet smells, with a little bit of fruit and a touch of skunk. Perhaps a touch of rice.

T: Light and slightly fruity. There is a touch of a crisp rice flavor in the finish, and a fairly watery presentation overall.

M: Medium in body, carbonation seems a touch low for the style. Still there is a little crisp refreshing quality to it.

O: Overall it is pretty forgettable, another country's version of the pilsner. Meh.

Photo of thekanna
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at the Lebanese Taverna in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

A: Typical lager appearance: Clear, straw yellow, with about a finger or two of foamy head.

S: Adjunct grains with some faint sweetness lingering in the background.

T: Adjunct malts -- wheat, rice (maybe?) -- with a light sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing, though a bit watery.

D: Unobtrusive lager that pairs well with strongly-flavored Lebanese dishes by providing, really, nothing more than a break to clear the palate.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almaza (Arabic for diamond) has a medium, white head, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is initially skunky (green bottle), but then it's mostly malt and a touch of hops. The taste is similar, grain up front and a light hop bitterness present to round it out. Some sweetness and paper flavor is here as well. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Almaza finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, it's an average beer.

RJT

Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at Balade, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet bready malts and corn are present in the nose along with some faint hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness. Little, if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite coming in a green bottle, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and thought it surpassed any of the typical adjunct lagers you typically see from foreign countries. It also paired well with the Lebanese food I had for dinner.

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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
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