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

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Almaza S.A.L. visit their website

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: 229 | Reviews: 126
Photo of FrankieW
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I used to be an avid Almaza drinker, until other Lebanese beers came along. It was not until I has tried the others that I began to understand the importance of beer tasting. In comparison to many other beers, I find Almaza to be weak in flavour and far too fizzy. Shame it got bought up...

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1/5  rDev -64.2%

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1/5  rDev -64.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Sigmund
1.53/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

280 ml green bottle, a gift from a fellow beer rater, to add another "beer country" to my list. ABV was 4.1%. Thanks, Chris! Don’t expect me to search all over Lebanon for their "great" beers in the future, though. The whiff of fresh skunkiness when opening the bottle is actually the best thing with this beer. Pale golden colour, fizzy, low head that disappears rapidly, little lacing. In the glass the aroma is sickly, soap and rotting vegetables. The flavour (as far as there is any) is grainy and utterly forgettable. Soapy aftertaste. This beer might save your life if you happen to be stuck in the Lebanon heat, anywhere else it’s just a bad joke.

Photo of Murrhey
1.63/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head. Very poor retention. No lacing. Pale golden in color and extreme clarity.

S- Woof. Skunky and grassy. Has some wheat tones but that's about it. Pretty bad smelling beer.

T- Echoes the smell, grassy and some wheaty flavors. Not as bad as it smells, but not good either. Sweet and malty.

M- Light and fizzy.

O- Avoid. Got in a BevMo mystery pack and definitely wouldn't buy alone.

Photo of janubio
1.69/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle, 300 ml. Clean golden colour, it pours a small head that does not hold, though there's always a thin ring around it. Smell, well I really don't know what it is, besides being rather unpleasant. Body is absolutely light, watery. Taste, some grain and some citrus, a bit sour and nothing more. Better use your money on another one.

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?

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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of bmacaskill
1.81/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2


First of all, too sweet for my taste. They call this a pilsenser? Hops drowned by sugar, I say.

The colour is nice, but then almost all beer has a nice colour ;-) But the more I drank "almaza" the more it stuck in my throat. It really *is* a sweet beer, and not in a particularly nice way.

Fortunately, I'd bought only one.

Photo of woemad
1.83/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

9.5oz green bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew for $1.50. I bought this purely for the novelty of having a beer from Lebanon. The last time I purchased a beer from a predominantly Islamic nation (Harar Stout, from Ethiopia), I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t quite work out that way this time.

Poured a pale, clear straw color, with a modest, mildly fizzy head. Said head dropped faster than Tom DeLay’s chances of avoiding scrutiny over ethics violations. Very little carbonation was to be seen.

Smell was what one would expect from Pepe LePew. There’s also a light, grassy hoppiness, but the skunk aroma overshadows it.

Tastes a little bit better than the smell. The skunkiness isn’t quite so dominant, oddly enough. There’s not much happening, though. There’s a mild, bland dryness and a similarly bland sweet malt flavor. I sense the presence of corn as well. No Reinheitsgebot here!

This is a light-bodied lager with very little carbonation. The mouthfeel is what one would expect of a failed pilsener.

This probably feels good going down after a hot day spent watching surly Syrian troops file out of Beirut, but that’s the extent of it’s usefulness. While not expensive per se, I wouldn’t feel any need to seek this out, but if you do see it and decide to try it due to it’s national origin, it’s not the worse beer in the world. However, that’s about all you can say in its favor.

Photo of avalon07
1.93/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing at all.

S: Very skunky (typical of a green bottle beer), with some traces of hops and grain.

T: Tasted of light hops, lemon, grain, malt, andvthat skunky quality. Mainly, this beer is a watery, unappetizing mess. What flavor exists is completely uninteresting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, somewhat oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: I tried this beer out of mild curiosity. Simply put, this is not a great beer. It's just a mass-produced brew with little character.

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had in a glass from a 12 oz bottle at Aladdin's in Cleveland. Pours a straw yellow color with minimal head. Not very distinctive.

Has an unpleasant "skunky" smell. I'm not sure if this is typical, but it is not desirable. Beyond that smell is a yeasty malty smell.

Taste is unremarkable. Very light, almost watery. A slight spit aftertaste follows the barley and slightly grassy taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, reminding me of all the "pilsners" I had in college.

Unfortunately, it is not as drinkable as those pilsners were. I don't see getting another in my future.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very suprised to find over 50 reviews for a lager from The Lebanon, as I drink my way around the world. There are obviously more BA's playing my drinking game than I thought.

Green 33cl bottle, best before 2nd July 2009, drank on a cold and wet evening in March 2009.

Poured into a Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip shaped glass.

Ever wished you had never bothered buying a beer?

Looked OK, lager/pilsner golden yellow, with a white bubbly head. Pale golden yellow to be more correct and with a head that soon turned into a wisp and collar.

There is a strange smell cheap supermarket pilsner/lagers have, this had it.

Maize is used in the brew (according to the rear label), that will account for the lightness of colour and weakness of aroma and taste I suppose. I think some BA's would call this a 'lawn-mower' beer or something simular.

I've never wanted to go to Beriut and this beer hasn't changed my mind. This is a bad, bad beer and unless you are 'drinking around the world' don't bother trying it.

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