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

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66
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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Almaza S.A.L. visit their website
Lebanon

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-27-2002

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Ratings: 238 | Reviews: 128
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 BlakeDaSnake
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Looks good in the glass. Can you say bubbles?

S: like a pound of sticky icky!!!

T: Light and refreshing. Citrus

M: carbonated yet light on the tongue

O: taste pretty, pretty, pretty,pretttty good! ummm....thats a beer you drink after mowing the lawn

Photo of kegger22
4.12/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't know why I bought this beer. I guess I just wanted to try a "Product of Lebanon". But a funny thing happened...This beer is actually a good pilsener.

Poured a clear, light yellow color with a moderate head that dissipated to a wide collar. The aroma was not that skunky one you often find in these beers; but a clean, fresh, grain smell. The taste was lightly sweet, maybe a little on the bland side, not bad. The feel was light bodied with modest carbonation. Drinkability was excellent.

A pleasant surprise from the land of Cedars. It won't knock anyone's socks off, but very refreshing.

I am way outside the curve on this one, but that's OK.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I once worked with a really excitable Lebanese guy (nice, but super high-strung with a short temper), and he once told me this beer was one of the best in the world. Naturally, I was a little skeptical. In my experience, most countries that lack a well-know brewing culture tend not to produce very good beers. There are, of course, exceptions, and this is one of them. Crisp, clean and featuring a really nice caramel grain flavor. Very tasty and drinkable, this was an unexpected but quite welcomed surprise. Recommended.

Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ran into this in the food court at our local Lebanese festival in Waterbury, CT. I naturally expected this to be mediocre pilsner fare, macro style boredom in a bottle, but I decided to give it a try since it was the first time I'd run across it. Now looking at my preceding reviewers here on BA I'm frankly a little surprised at some of the horrible assessments. Perhaps it is not reliably distributed where quality may be inconsistent depending on where you find it. But this cold bottle of brew made an instant agreeable introduction to my taste buds. It was indeed a typical light golden color with good liveliness and a short lived two-finger white head. No lacing to speak of. The aroma is mild but seems promising of a normal pilsner grainy biscuit satisfaction. The taste brings this along with a unique almond-like sweetness which I find curiously pleasing. I would say there is a slim cornmeal idea mixed into a very light honey-malt. What I finally determined is that this was a decent pilsner but it also reminded me of something along the lines of a very good no-alcohol brew like Hacke-Beck which I considered one of the better ones back when I occasionally drank that variety to cut down on alcohol intake. I happen to really enjoy those flavors, what I often refer to as cereal beers. This seemed to be in that category a bit, though still worthy of a pilsner label. It has a light-medium body with fine carbonation, very smooth, almost velvety feeling yet enough tingle to make it refreshing and highly drinkable. I would agree that this is no award winning beer, but as pilsners go, I was happily surprised and it went great with my kibbee sandwich and tabouli. I won't pile on this one, I say it's decent enough and a bit different.

Photo of ChrisBK
3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is the beer i drink the most pretty much because its the most available one here. Reviewing it as served from a 33 cl bottle poured into a pint glass
A- Golden color, not pale at all, very consistent and with a nice head. however the head is short lived and if you like the foam, drink it fast.
S- A distinctive smell, has a faint aroma of fruit, you have to look for it to find it but it pays off when u do.
T- starts off as a typical pilsner that has an edge, then you realize its not so typical, it has a slightly fruitier flavor than other pilsners.
M- Smooth on the mouth, just a tiny bit overcarbonated, but i personally like it that way.
D- an overall drinkable beer, a regular beer of mine. leaves a nice aftertaste and very smooth on the palate. none of that bitter aftertaste.

Photo of PorterPatrol
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big surprise from Lebanon. Poured from a glass bottle, nice firm pilsener head with an enticing nose.

It's a simple pilsener, but well beyond expected from this primarily tee-totaling country.

Crisp and refreshing, with just enough bitter to round out the finish.

A perfect warm weather beer, affordable without the green bottle skunk. Just easy, well made German-style pilsener quality

Photo of jakewatt135
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had with Lebanese food at Nicolas in portland. Great pairing for the Kafka beef and pita with taziki

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 queenboadicea
3.57/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light and flavorful pilsner from Lebanon. Has a definite presence of wheat and a smooth body, which makes it a good pairing with super-spicy food. I'm working on memory here...it's been a few months since I first sampled this beer...so I'm going to pick up a 6-pack to have with a Thai dish I'm making for a few friends of mine and myself tomorrow and I'll report in more detail then.

Photo of tjd25
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head wass hard to get and it disappeared very quickly. The body is of a transparent yellow color body. Nothing really exciting. The smell proved to be more interesting than I expected. Combined to the classic dry hoppiness, an enjoyable 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 johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear dark straw color with a decent sized white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet honey like malt with with some nice melanoids , a hint of spicy and floral hop rounds out the aroma. The flavor is fairly rich bready pilsner malt with with a touch of spicy hop flavor and low hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew with a fair amount of flavor for something at 4%.

Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the LCBO (Robertson: Ottawa), a few days in the fridge.

A big, white head settles fast. Spotty lacing. Big bubbles hurry to the top. There's some ever-so-slight fruit in the lagery, fresh, not-too-bad nose. The front is sweet. A thin middle shows a bit of sugar, and maybe apples if I'm sane. Strange, the finish is sweet. Almost sugary. There's a little hoppy bitterness.

You know, this isn't bad. For a light lager, it's a decent, fresh, drinkable beer. In spite of the green bottle and the fact that Lebanese beer probably doesn't move off the LCBO shelves too quickly, there's no skunking. I had bottom-of-the-barrel expectations for this beer and was happily surprised.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is surprising on a variety of levels. First of all, the beer is from Lebanon, which is quite odd. Being an Islamic country, I wouldn't expect it to have a large brewery. Anyway, the novelty of drinking a Lebanese beer is what first compelled me to try this out.

I was expecting the typical macro-brew, Heini-clone pilsner. Its appearance is exactly what one familiar with the style should expect. The taste surprised me, though. It has the typical Pilsner flavor, but the sharp bite of bitterness is subdued, with some other identifiable taste adding another level to the flavor. Maybe its brewed using Lebanon's famous cedar wood? The beer tastes super dry, with no aftertaste whatsoever.

Overall, it was an enjoyable beer. I recommend trying it just to say you've had a Lebanese beer. The fact that its taste is interesting and surpisingly good is an added bonus.

Photo of montageman
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow, clear, and bit of carbonation is immediately evident. Looks fine, nothing special. Smells sweet, grassy - very refreshing aroma. Taste follows the smell quite nicely. This beer is refreshing, which is good since it's brewed in Lebanon's desert climate. Mouthfeel is thin - almost like club soda. I could easily drink more of these without a problem - very sessionable. Recommended.

Photo of putnam
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A truly amber liquid, like clover honey with sunlight shining through it. The head is respectably irregular. Bubbles are medium-small. The smell packs a wollop of toasted grain, charred corn, pozole, grits and a hint of fresh corn sweetness; all on the nose. Reminds me of a boiling pot of tamales. Rich, supple, creamy texture supported by ample gas bears hay-like, boiled sweet grain nuances: Kasha, groats, wheat etc. A supple, roasty, mellow Euro-pils or a characterful, avante garde American Lager.

Photo of ADWnyc
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank in half liter bottles in multiple locations in Lebanon.

Fairly clear straight-forward pilsener appearance. Straw colored to light golden. Fairly weak aroma to the nose, although there was some subtle hint of freshness. Mouthfeel was about average, with some mild crispness and very light body. Overall a fairly decent beer. Certainly one of the better offerings in the Levantine area. Very drinkable in its favor.

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.36/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting sweetness. Not much carbonation. Definitely not your average Euro Lager.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
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 nick76
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

OK I am going to go against the grain here. Maybe it was the Greek food I had with this beer but this beer is actually good! The aroma was basic but not skunky in any way; it was just malt and a decent amount of grassy hops. The head was pretty nice. The flavor was malty with a nice hop balance and really quite good. The palate was a tad thin but for the style it was OK. Overall I was quite surprised with this rather generic looking pilsner. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full of carbonation, the pour raises a four-finger head of large bubbles that gradually settle into a rocky top. The bright white foam of the head leaves plenty of leggy clingers as it recedes.

Not much aroma, a faint hint of grain.

Clear and light yellow, this light Pilsner has little body, but enough hop bitterness to make it refreshing in a hot climate, with an undercurrent of the dry, mineral-rich water found around the Mediterranean.

It was sufficient to wash down the pasta and meatballs for dinner tonight.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (date stamp 120201509) poured into a Shaker pint glass. Given to me by a Lebanese colleague who knew I liked beer. Very kind.

Appearance: Pale clear gold color. Thin white head with some tiny islands of lacing.

Smell: Practically none at first - but a bit floral as it warms up.

Taste: Light, crisp, clean malt, hint of honey-like sweetness, light bitter finish and then some floral aftertaste. A bit unusual of a finish, but I think it works.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation just south of fizzy, but not bad. Thickness underneath a bit watery.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing beer overall. Did go well with food though (Cottage Pie). Where this beer shines is in drinkability. I could easily have another and I can see myself enjoying this with a Lebanese meal sitting out in the heat or inside. In a way, it is what a pilsner should be - highly drinkable and cleansing of the palate, and this beer delivers in regards to that theme. I find this surprising in light of the very light flavor and aroma, but sometimes a good beer does not need to be rich in everything.

Photo of jneiswender
3.27/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer served in a nice Lebanese restaurant in Paris. Served in a small pint glass from the bottle. Temperature was cool.

A-yellow body, fluffy white head

S-floral smell and sweet honey

T-very sweet grain front and honey aftertaste

M-light

D-Very different than a run of the mill pils. The honey edge is a pleasant twist. Overall flavor profile is okay. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of crossovert
3.27/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz green bottle. Good looking packaging, if only e bottle was brown.

Pours a deep gold with a white, fizzy, fast-dissipating head.

I don't get any skunk in the smell, it all depends on how much light it gets, this one was way in the back on the bottom shelf of the store in a store void of windows. It is mostly rainy sweet with an herbal hop kiss.

It has an interesting flavor, that Lebanese water is some interesting stuff. It has some robust grain flavors, a nice spiciness form more than just the hops, sourdough pretzel mineral water, and a bit of paper. It has a very unique flavor that reminds me of the food from it's area, im sure it would go good with middle-eastern food.

The mouthfeel is a bit too dry for the style, reminding one of an even-dryer Heineken.

It is okay, not really a pilsener and i didn't really rate it to the German Pils style, but a solid light Euro-styled lager.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer recently at Food Villa in Portland, OR. They have an adjoining Lebanese restaurant (Aladdin Cafe) where this beer is served. The bottle I bought was a 33cl with a white label with the "almaza" name capped with a large blue diamond and the year "1933". Poured to a pint glass.

A: Large carbonation bubbles (soda-like) in a very clear pale yellow liquid. Some clinging froth in a ring and bits of splotchy lace.

S: Hints of skunkiness when first opened (a green bottle stored under fluorescent convenience store lighting? :-/). "Bad" aromas faded quickly and beer seemed OK. Smell is mild hops, crisp and slightly citrus with a bit of the lager twang.

T: Pleasant and with decent flavor. Hops are fresh and dry, followed by a lightly sweetened malt, rice or oats maybe? Not sharp or bitter.

M: Very clean and smooth, almost velvety. Just a trace of clinging bitterness near the tip and back of tongue. Light body and mouthfeel.

D: A nice little surprise - a German pilsener from Beirut?. I would have this again, especially when dining on the spicy/garlicy Lebanese cuisine. Worth a try.

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