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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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Photo of FrankieW
1/5  rDev -64.5%

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...

FrankieW, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of FriedGold2112
1/5  rDev -64.5%

FriedGold2112, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Guylefleur
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Guylefleur, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Sigmund
1.53/5  rDev -45.7%

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.

Sigmund, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of janubio
1.68/5  rDev -40.4%

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.

janubio, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of Murrhey
1.68/5  rDev -40.4%

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.

Murrhey, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
1.7/5  rDev -39.7%

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 Rwang
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Rwang, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Julian4077
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Julian4077, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

comfortablynirm, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of bmacaskill
1.78/5  rDev -36.9%

Ehhh.

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.

bmacaskill, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of woemad
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

woemad, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of avalon07
1.95/5  rDev -30.9%

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.

avalon07, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -29.1%

apasternak, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of djcira
2/5  rDev -29.1%

djcira, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -29.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of heerboth
2/5  rDev -29.1%

heerboth, Jul 31, 2013
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2/5  rDev -29.1%

tommyguz, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%

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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of TheHoppiest
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%

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.

TheHoppiest, May 14, 2010
Photo of Pleepleus
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%

From notes. Stumbled into Attiki Bar and Grill (Mediteranean) on Decatur Street in New Orleans one night. The young women smoking hookahs at the bar drew me in.
Poured from bottle to small glass a dark golden yellow with minimal head. Smell was minimal with hints of grass and corn. Taste was surprisingly bitter. It had good carbonation, and would be a drinkable beer given the right situation. That is to say if you were stuck in Lebannon with this being the only kind of beer available. Luckily for me I was in New Orleans, the Drinker's Disney World. Not only was the beer disapointing but the hookahs were stuffed with fruity tobaccos which is not what I put in mine.

Pleepleus, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Padron4KM
2.15/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

Padron4KM, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of TerryW
2.17/5  rDev -23%

Pours up a clear, somehow tarnished or dirty looking gold. Moderate white head that quickly settles to a ring / partial film. Minimal lace.

Smells mildly hoppy and grainy. Just a simple beer, some very slight sweetness, mild carbonation, just a touch of bitterness. Nothing especially remarkable or memorable. Typical light beer suitable for washing stuff down with.

TerryW, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.2/5  rDev -22%

0.33l bottle poured in a tulip glass.

That's a terrible beer...

A: Clear pale yellow color with a one finger head
S: Malt and corn, basically
T: Malt and corn. Very light hop taste. But yeah, the corn taste is really terrible
M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very light bitterness if compared with a real German Pilsener
D: Low. Corn should never be used to produce beer. Avoid it!

eduardolinhalis, Mar 05, 2010
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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
67 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.