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

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BA SCORE
66
poor

194 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass may18 2010

A clear straw yellow with good carbonation and a thumbs width of bone white head that left a partial ring of lace

S grassy hops and skunk

T see above but with a little lemon

M well carbonated but thin and it has a quick finish(that my be a good thing)

D if was hot enough and if they darkened the bottle and I got a fresh bottle I might drink this if it was hot enough and my choices were very limited

Wow I'm so surprised that a beer from Lebanon is sub par

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 08:12:53 | More by wordemupg
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:58:26 | More by TheHoppiest
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madjr80

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smelled like any other euro lager that you may have tried.This was very pale in color, a bit like a light lager. The head quickly disappeared within seconds of pouring. I am not sure if the beer was on the shelf too long, but it was not something that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 00:28:54 | More by madjr80
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meflehelias

Lebanon

5/5  rDev +79.9%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 07:31:52 | More by meflehelias
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 03:07:22 | More by TMoney2591
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a light golden with mild white head. Minimal retention.

Smells a bit sweet like fruity or citrusy malts.

Tastes mild. No bitterness that you would associate with a pilsner. Fresh grains.

Mild but thorough carbonation, moderate body.

Pretty good, but not fantastic. Easy to drink. Better to compliment food than to drink on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 20:56:27 | More by Cylinsier
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janubio

Spain

1.68/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 22:17:22 | More by janubio
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 15:55:37 | More by eduardolinhalis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:57:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 12:42:11 | More by oberon
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kegger22

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +48.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 21:43:47 | More by kegger22
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cL green bottle with no freshness date poured into pokal.

Pours a gold body, clear, with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly.

Some corn and sugary aromas, with just a mild bit of florals.

Taste is predominately cooked veggies and corn, a bit on the sweet side with some mildly bread-like malt flavour. A brief grassiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, with moderate carbonation. Not as crisp or clean as I'd like.

Drinkability's ok, it's not great tasting or particularly refreshing, but I suppose it's not painful either. Reminds me of an adjunct lager, which is likely is.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:36:25 | More by nighthawk
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 20:44:38 | More by tone77
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thekanna

Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at the Lebanese Taverna in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

A: Typical lager appearance: Clear, straw yellow, with about a finger or two of foamy head.

S: Adjunct grains with some faint sweetness lingering in the background.

T: Adjunct malts -- wheat, rice (maybe?) -- with a light sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing, though a bit watery.

D: Unobtrusive lager that pairs well with strongly-flavored Lebanese dishes by providing, really, nothing more than a break to clear the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:38:07 | More by thekanna
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Brenden

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 20:36:55 | More by Brenden
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As they say, "When in Rome..." Had dinner at a Lebanese restaurant in DC and had to try the Lebanese beer listed on the menu.

Poured with a scant white foamy head that vanished rather quickly. Very pale straw color with perfect clarity. Some visible carbonation. Lacing. Um... NO.

Aroma was doughy, light grains and a hint of sweetness.

Flavor really followed suit on the aroma here. Not terrible, but nothing really exciting. Undercooked/raw dough, sweetness and some grain flavors.

Very like body and carbonation is a little light. Watery.

Sure it was drinkable and not offensive, but nothing to write home about here.

The good news is that the food was awesome! Order another type of beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 10:11:18 | More by Reagan1984
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NewGeneric

California

2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this the other night after work. Poured clear golden straw color with thick head that faded very quickly leaving very little lacing. Smelled of malt and bready yeast with just a faint hint of hops. Tasted like malted grains. Pretty smooth and not very fizzy. Easy to drink, like water, just not much flavor there though.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 06:35:25 | More by NewGeneric
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GRPunk

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

A- 3-finger white head that drops to a respectable 1-finger head that left some decent sticky rings (though I have yet to drink a beer out of my pilsener glasses that doesn't develop a nice head and stick). The body was a straw yellow to light gold with a tight, medium carbonation.

S- Pretty decent, doughy grains/malt aroma with a touch of spicy hops.

T- A touch sweet. Very doughy flavor mixed with some fruity notes. A little light-handed on the hops, providing a little spice in the finish. Flavor was more profound, but not necessarily better, with some warmth.

M- A little prickle from the carbonation. Otherwise, a little light and watery.

D- It's an easy enough drinker, yet a tad uninspired. It's something of a lighter version of a true pils. A good thirst quencher when consumed nice and cold, but I can get that at a fraction of the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:28:15 | More by GRPunk
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Skidz

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out pale straw and sits bright gold in the glass with a smallish soapy white head. Fades rather quickly and leaves little around the glass.

Prickly aroma of grassy hops, honeysuckle and clover. Bready yeast notes dabbed along throughout. Hints of honey crisp apples and faint bits of pepper.

Dull concentrations of watery malts and muted hop bitterness. Little else around to speak of, aside from the taste of flloury raw noodles.

Crisp, light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and mild-medium bitterness.

This showed promise at the nose, but fell far short from there on out. A lusterless beer without enough balance, nor enough hops, to make it a quality pils.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 00:46:53 | More by Skidz
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 23:05:01 | More by BlackHaddock
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:54:53 | More by philipquarles
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:03:06 | More by jwc215
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tmoneyba

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Jungle Jim's.

Poured clear pale color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sweet grassy aroma. Light body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Light bitter flavor with soft bittersweet finish of short duration.

Worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 02:04:28 | More by tmoneyba
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nick76

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 05:44:48 | More by nick76
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Offa

California

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent, clean, basically enjoyable pale lager, although it is rather nondescript and doesn't really seem to be much like a real German pilsner.

It is gold, with a medium white head steadily shrinking to wispy top and ring.

The aroma is light grain, apples, and a little grass.

The taste is similar, mostly light grain, apples, apple skin, with hints of grass and vegetable. It's somewhat tasty, lightly sweet with a drier finish but very little bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 16:31:16 | More by Offa
Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
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