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

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BA SCORE
67
poor

206 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-27-2002)
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Reviews by Olek4374:
Photo of Olek4374
2.34/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

hm... lebanese beer. How exotic! This is my first expedition into Middle Eastern beer, which is really, really limited in Alberta. Let's go.

Well it comes in a green bottle. i like the look of green bottles, but they do certainly lead to a large percentage of the beers being skunked. And this one is. I didn't have a pilsner glass handy so I poured it into a tulip. The colour is really weird - it's not the typical bubbly yellow you expect with a pilsner. It's a really murky yellow-brown colour with very little head. After the skunkiness dissipates, you'll notice the aroma is very sweet and malty, which is certainly unusual for a pilsner, which, when made properly, is quite hoppy. The smell is faint for sure - it reminds me of my best friend's apartment growing up. Very odd indeed.

The taste is a little watery with some mild hop and malt notes - not very powerful and certainly not what i think of when i think of a pilsner. i'll give it that it is hoppier than a generic adjunct lager you'll find in North America, however the taste still leaves you with a dissapointing feeling inside. Perhaps this is how the Lebanese prefer their beers - light with some subtle flavour. Looking closer at the bottle, the faint, clear label shows that the beer is a very modest 4% abv. This is not always a bad thing, but I think the brewers were intentionally looking for a light lager in mind when they originally came up with this.

On the whole, this beer is a big letdown. It promotes itself as a pilsner (like many other beers), although it doesn't deliver. It is watery, not flavourful, and looks really weird. There are no offensive tastes, so fortunately there is that to consider. Regardess, I don't see enough positives here to make a repeat purchase.

Olek4374, Jun 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

oberon, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
1.7/5  rDev -39.7%
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?

RoyalT, May 20, 2004
Photo of ExtraStout
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

ExtraStout, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Todd, Jan 27, 2002
Photo of Jason
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jason, Jul 22, 2002
Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
Photo of Cavanaghty
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Kingdom4aPint, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Brenden
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Brenden, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

WoodBrew, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Fatehunter, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Reem
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Reem, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of DESTRO
2.65/5  rDev -6%
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.

DESTRO, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev +6.4%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ThisMoonlife
3/5  rDev +6.4%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of mc4z
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

mc4z, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Rwang
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Rwang, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Trent, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of fifo2007
3/5  rDev +6.4%

fifo2007, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -29.1%

apasternak, Oct 03, 2013
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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
67 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.