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

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66
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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews by Olek4374:
Photo of Olek4374
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
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 metter98
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dirty gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pungent light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little bit of malt thin sweetness followed by some breadiness of lager yeast and grain. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better beers in the style but it’s not too bad either.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Mooney's Mediterranean Cafe in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with some moderate amounts of golden yellow highlights and heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a patchy thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with a light hint of graininess and some light amounts of grassy and floral hops.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with a moderate amount of bready malts with a light hint of grainy sweetness to it. That is followed by light flavors of grassy and floral hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent beer, my first from Lebanon, and exceeded my expectations considering it came in a green bottle (though it lacked the skunkiness I have come to expect with that type of packaging). Easy to drink and sessionable, though I would expect it to be best when served ice cold as I had mine.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone pint glass.

Alright, my first trip into the beers of the Middle East and what do I get? This sad excuse for a German Pils, that's what. Not sure what I should've been expecting, but still... Now, the pour ain't all that bad: a nice clear pale straw, though the head leaves something to be desired. I know my nose is not the greatest in the world, but I don't get much from this brew regardless. I think there's some sweet corn, but I could be wrong. Real helpful, right? Yeah, I know, just stay with me here. My sad nose is vindicated somewhat when the taste reveals a good amount of the high fructose stuff, along with some stray generic grains poking through every so often. That's about it. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, but a bit dry and awfully dull, even for a pils. I don't know if I'll ever have the chance again, but if I do, it's doubtful I'd reach for another one of these guys (though I don't know that I'd necessarily turn down a free one).

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of all the few beers I tried in the Middle East, this was by far the best (still isn't saying much) - though Lebanon definitely has more going on for it in wine than beer.

Pours like a standard lager, with minimal head and a little bit of lacing. Flavor is a bit heartier than I was expecting and the feel is standard for this level of brew. Overall it is worth going for as far as a drinking beer - especially if you are in Lebanon or Syria like I was - but it is not a gem to go hunting for.

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Smells like a skunk, taste a little better

Photo of oberon
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -37.9%
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 +11.4%
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 -12.9%
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 +30.4%
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 -1.4%
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 Cavanaghty
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
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 +9.6%
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 -14.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +10%
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 -1.4%
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 -17.5%
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 ordybill
2.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the "World of Beer" in Pooler, GA
Skunky beer aroma that speed into the flavor. Medium sized white head with nice carbonation. Overall, not a good beer

Photo of DESTRO
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +78.6%
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 -0.7%
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 -0.7%
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.

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