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

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BA SCORE
67
poor

217 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 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.

metter98, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw yellow with a crystal clear interior disturbed only by a few streams of energetically rising bubbles. The bone white cap is capable enough and is doing a better than average job of lace deposition. Not a bad look at all.

Most of the green bottle skunkiness that was apparent on crown cracking has faded. What's left is more Euro pale lager than hop-centered German pilsener. The beer is somewhat grassy (gotta be Saaz), but is primarily untoasted grainy.

Not impressed. Almaza is far short of almazing. As in the nose, the flavor has Euro pale lager written all over it. The beer's biggest problem is no discernable personality. It isn't sweet, it isn't especially bitter, and it isn't crisp and clean.

Let's go with watery grain and a handful of dried grasses. Maybe the combination of the green glass bottle and the trip across the Atlantic was too much to overcome. It's hard to know if age is a factor since the label contains no date of any kind.

While the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, it's better than the flavor. The beer is light (not quite watery) and is lightly carbonated. It isn't a hindrance to sessionability, although who drinks more than one of these? I don't even want to finish this one.

It's easy to believe that the majority of pale lagers from Europe suffer to some extent in making the trip to America. Almaza Pilsener Beer seems to have suffered more than most. Unfortunately, by putting it out of its misery, I only added to mine.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -28.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, darkened gold body with an assemblage of large bubbles slowly, lazily feeding a simple, white head.

Smell: Nothing too appealing or inviting; grainy husk notes with some meager hints of tired spicy, herbal hops.

Taste: Bready, conspicuously husky mixture of both pale and pils malts with a faint degree of supporting sweetness. Spicy, vaguely herbaceous hops with a low level of bitterness to counter. The flavors quickly washes out beyond a hint of pervasive buttery diacetyl until reaching the quite dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Subpar but essentially tolerable (at best). Perhaps when in Lebanon you could get it LebanON with Almaza, but, otherwise, it's best to just pass it by.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +7.1%

SocalKicks, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of oberon
2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
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 TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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).

TMoney2591, May 04, 2010
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.

biboergosum, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my first beer from the middle east, i think. enjoyed at house of kebob on colorado boulevard. pours darker than most of these light pilsners, sort of brassy in color, almost no head. beer looks almost flat in the glass. smell is some light middle of the road rather neutral malts, and balanced out bittering hops only, maybe kent goldings or something low key. flavor is similarly basic, but none of that gross adjuncty taste the american versions all have. my girlfriend actually really enjoyed this beer. i thought it worked well with my lamb kebobs and hummus. feel was weak, i have to subtract for the lack of carbonation, just totally absent, but i also have to add back on because it actually did have some body, which is welcomed here. overall im glad i tried this, but its nothing special.

StonedTrippin, May 12, 2012
Photo of Jason
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

nickfl, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mactrail
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Faint hint of lemon, rather sharp flavor. Pours a light golden. Normal head, decent carbonation. Spritzy with a light mouthfeel. Tang of bitterness emerges in the aftertaste. A little bit of dirty cardboard is the main flavor. Malt may have been used somewhere in the manufacturing process.

Refreshing at first gulp, but utterly standard kind of lager. I think it's an American Adjunct Lager, but the line seems to be blurred with these multi-national pale beers. In any case, if you're comparing to actual German Pilseners this is not a competitor.

mactrail, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this at Me Jana in Court House tonight. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks like a BMC macro.

s - Smells of grain, bread, and corn. Not offensive but not a ton going on

t - Tastes if bread, grain, wheat, and corn. Again, not that great.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Over carbonated.

o - Overall not a great pilsener. Nothing really stands out in this one. Would not seek it out again.

mdfb79, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent that is crisp and clean along with Czech hops and a skunky green bottle aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a light pale malt taste that goes down easy and finishes dry and skunky. It has a mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average German pilsner. I'm not a huge fan of the style and this certainly doesn't blow me away.

WesWes, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 jwc215
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that immediately descends to a vanishing thin film. A very small amount of dots stick.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" and some lime.

The taste is a bit sweet, going to tonic water. Any hint of hops quickly fade. Finishes prickly with "wet cardboard".

The feel is thin and fizzy, even for a pseudo-pils.

Fizzy, yellow water with a thin hint of grain and some hint of something else ... It is somewhat drinkable, for one, but that's about it. it crosses into unpleasant blandness.

jwc215, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No starting head, very light bubbles on the edge. Leaves no lace. Golden color and nearly clear.

Raw lighter grain aroma. Very mild hop. Close to macro styled pilsner.

Tastes like a macro lager; grainy, hopless, and overly carbonated. In short, a lawn mower beer.

smcolw, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +7.1%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium golden with no appreciable head, but some spottty lacing. Clear, with no haze or sediment. Smell is quite grassy with some noble hops and a touch of grainy sweetness. Taste is inoffensive, just not much flavor here. It's pretty clean and somewhat crisp with some more grassiness and some cereal grain. Not overly sweet, and although not fantastic, an okay run of the mill pilsner. The mouthfeel is very light and could be a little crisper. It's not all that slick, though, which is good. Not bad, I've certainly had other "national" beers that were worse. Its amazing to me that this is still produced at all. A novelty, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting.

Georgiabeer, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's difficult enough to locate a Middle Eastern beer, but Lebanon has a different culture which allows beer to flow a little more freely. It comes in a green 330 ml bottle, so I'm hoping that skunkiness comes at a minimal. On to the beer:

Pale, somewhat washed out golden colored in the body with visible small bubbles running from bottom to top. At the top rests a rocky, foamy head which slowly drops and leaves a few big spots of lacing. After a stinky first impression with the aroma, much of it withers away to a nose with sulfur, vague fruity esters, dry grain, and husk. In fact, it's not too terrible, though don't confuse it with good.

After so many different national lagers, many of them start to run together. I would draw Almaza closer to Heineken with a few bruises from a long journey than a Budweiser. Slightly sweet, minerals, touch of sulfur, and a light body with little crispness makes the character of this beer.

Not too bad as it is. In the part of the world where it's from, it could easily be worse; there could be no beer at all! (Ironic, considering beer was created in said region.)

DoubleJ, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head from a tiny green bottle that fades quickly leaving some lace. Pale yellow color. Nose is skunky. Very light bodied and carbonation. Didn't expect much from a Middle Eastern country got some sweetness, no hops nothing like a pilsner. Good for a quick thirst killer but you need 2-3 bottles to really get into this. I needed it for a new country (#55). $1.75 for a 280ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 24, 2004
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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
67 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.