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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 thekanna
2.65/5  rDev -6%
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.

thekanna, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Brenden
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Brenden, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Reagan1984, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
2.68/5  rDev -5%
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.

NewGeneric, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

GRPunk, May 02, 2009
Photo of Skidz
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Skidz, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

philipquarles, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of jwc215
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
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 tmoneyba
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

nick76, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Offa, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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 BuckeyeNation
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
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 toolbrew
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured clear yellow with a thick white head. Head fell quickly. Lots of carbonation

Smells of grains. Some mild hop aroma as well.

Has a dry taste. Some bitterness at end.

Dry and slightly oily mouthfeel. The bitter sensation fades quickly. Odd, oily, astringent taste.

The brew was okay. Probably wouldn't revisit.

toolbrew, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ate dinner this past weekend at Cafe Jaffa, a Middle Eastern restaurant over near Newbury Street. I am told that they are out of the two Israeli beers on the menu, so I decide to try this Lebanese beer for the heck of it. Poured from the bottle into a smallish beer mug. Crisp yellow color, with a hazy white head that disappears quickly. Smelled like a macro. Taste was OK, very dry on the palate. Nothing made me want to have another, but it was worthwhile to at least try a beer from such an unusual location.

morebeergood, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Jellyfin
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a recommendation from the proprietor of a Beer store in Bethesda, MD.

Poured into pilsner glass golden with a good amount of head.

Taste was a little lighter than pilsners that I'm used to, but not bad. Smelled a little funky.

Surprisingly refreshing.

I could really see drinking a few of these on a hot day, if it weren't for the price, and the smaller bottle.

Jellyfin, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of PorterLover83
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at a local restaurant that serves greek and mediterranian food. Poured out a nice golden color with not much of a head. Had a light malt with a spicy hop smell. Taste had a good balance of hop and malt. Crisp, clean and a little spicy on the palate. Light mouthfeel and it went really good with the food. It may be a hit or a miss but I thought it paired well with the food.

PorterLover83, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Bones54
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer with a traditional lebonaise meal. While it did go well with the meal - blendin nicely with the spices of the dish - it did not do much to impress me for its style. It is at best an average german pilsner. I found it a bit more skunky than some others I've had, however this might be attributed to it being a import and handling during shipping.

Bones54, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Onslow
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Med Chef near the Space Center.... 11.2 oz bottle ... seems to have a good amount of foam ... bitterness is medium, not as skunky as some euro lagers can be: in between a pilsner/pale lager .... is a very clean beer when served cold, as it warms it loses its appeal... i can see drinking this if I was stuck in Lebanon...

Onslow, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of deg
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tired this beer at a Middle Eastern restaurant. They handed me a bottle with a glass. I poured the beer into the glass, and took a sniff. I smelled corn, which had me a little worried since most beers that I've had that smell like corn taste bitter. There was a little bit of a head. To my surprise, the beer didn't taste bitter. It had a light taste, much lighter than I'd expect for a pilsner. The beer went down smoothly.

deg, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On selection at local Greek restaurant so decided to give it a try. Poured golden with minimal head in glass mug. Smelled grassy and fresh so looking good so far. Taste was decent, not to thin or watery but had nice hoppy/citrusy tones. Mouthfeel was decent as well with quite a bit of carbonation. Very easy to drink and went well with the meal. All in all I would say far from offensive and actually a fairly tasty beer from a country not known for such. Will gladly have again.

Kingdom4aPint, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.23/5  rDev +14.5%
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 biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
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 rodenbach99
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bouteille verte acheté à la saq

brassée au liban par maintenant une filiale de heineken, cette bière blonde houblonnée (moufette) est très agréable par les journées chaudes, elle est rafaichissante, l'équilibre entre le malt et le houblon est parfait, meilleure que bien des produits canadiens.

rodenbach99, Nov 21, 2007
Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
67 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.