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

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229 Ratings
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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
Lebanon

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-27-2002

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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 126
Photo of goschool
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at Carnival, a fantastic Lebanese restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Appearance: The pour is golden with a decent-sized foamy white head.

Smell: The nose is soft with pale malts and an aroma that I'll describe as a weaker version of what you might get by dropping an eighth of a stick of asparagus into a glass of orange juice.

Taste: The flavor profile has pale pilsner malts in front of crisp noble hops. The asparagus is probably a hint of DMS, which takes an otherwise surprisingly solid lager down a peg.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied and crisp with plenty of, but not too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Without the DMS, this would've been a nice beer to drink, or at least try. With the DMS, it works best as a cold and wet beverage to wash down food.

Photo of montageman
3.46/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively poured into a pint glass. Pale yellow, clear, and bit of carbonation is immediately evident. Looks fine, nothing special. Smells sweet, grassy - very refreshing aroma. Taste follows the smell quite nicely. This beer is refreshing, which is good since it's brewed in Lebanon's desert climate. Mouthfeel is thin - almost like club soda. I could easily drink more of these without a problem - very sessionable. Recommended.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer recently at Food Villa in Portland, OR. They have an adjoining Lebanese restaurant (Aladdin Cafe) where this beer is served. The bottle I bought was a 33cl with a white label with the "almaza" name capped with a large blue diamond and the year "1933". Poured to a pint glass.

A: Large carbonation bubbles (soda-like) in a very clear pale yellow liquid. Some clinging froth in a ring and bits of splotchy lace.

S: Hints of skunkiness when first opened (a green bottle stored under fluorescent convenience store lighting? :-/). "Bad" aromas faded quickly and beer seemed OK. Smell is mild hops, crisp and slightly citrus with a bit of the lager twang.

T: Pleasant and with decent flavor. Hops are fresh and dry, followed by a lightly sweetened malt, rice or oats maybe? Not sharp or bitter.

M: Very clean and smooth, almost velvety. Just a trace of clinging bitterness near the tip and back of tongue. Light body and mouthfeel.

D: A nice little surprise - a German pilsener from Beirut?. I would have this again, especially when dining on the spicy/garlicy Lebanese cuisine. Worth a try.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I once worked with a really excitable Lebanese guy (nice, but super high-strung with a short temper), and he once told me this beer was one of the best in the world. Naturally, I was a little skeptical. In my experience, most countries that lack a well-know brewing culture tend not to produce very good beers. There are, of course, exceptions, and this is one of them. Crisp, clean and featuring a really nice caramel grain flavor. Very tasty and drinkable, this was an unexpected but quite welcomed surprise. Recommended.

Photo of acrawf6
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice golden color with a foamy white head.

Smells. Light and has a creamy smell to it. Like vanilla and banana bubble gum. small fruitiness like cocanut. The vanilla is like roman candy. Very strange for me to say that, but that's what i get. If my eyes were closed, i'd say i wasnt even smelling beer.

Taste. Still has a slight unique coconut/banana fruitiness, but is a lot dryier. Dry hops do come out on the taste. Mild maltiness to it, but not a strong presence. Malts come in the aftertaste, a bit like cereal. I also get a hint of a spice that is a touch woody, and reminds me of a jack and coke after it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good. Decent balance and a good carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer. As far as drinking it, i'd say it's quite drinkable for the non-beer advocate and a nice one to enjoy from time to time for the beer advocate.

Photo of drewmprs
2.26/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A thin pilsener served in a 9.5 ounce bottle. I've never had a lebanese beer before, and can't say i look forward to my next after tasting this brew. Very unflavorful and a saucy aftertaste that clung to the palate like a piece of toiletpaper clinging to your shoe. I had it at open sesame in long beach.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almaza is brass color with three fingers of thick, foamy white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The beer is crystal clear and carbonation is quite visible.

Nose is slight malt sugar and sulpher, with hops prettymuch hidden. This isn't out of line for a pilsner but its not what I hope for.

How strange. I know I took a sip of beer, but I could swear I just ate a banana. This pilsner sports hardly any bitterness at all. Its a very mellow taste all around. Not much going on at all here really, just malty sweetness with huge banana off-flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Truth is, I like this beer, but I'll have to rate it low because for a pilsner its really funky.

Photo of DESTRO
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got it at a mediterranean restaurant. pale and with decent head that dies quickly. smells faint, like a decent lager. lightly sweet and low on flavor, honey comes to mind. a bit watery in the mouth, but crisp. nothing stands out, pretty bland. washes down food. but thats about it.

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of 67cuda
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a pale, yellowish-gold color with a medium-sized white head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a little lacing. It smelled quite skunky, with a little bit of hops being overshadowed by the skunk. Reminded me of US-market Heineken a bit with the skunky smell. It tasted somewhat better than the smell, but it was really quite bland.. again, much like US-market Heineken. The mouthfeel seemed pretty average to me, nothing very good or very bad. The drinkability isn't too bad, if you like watery Heineken-ish beer, but with how much it costs I would find something else better tasting.

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 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 Gagnonsux
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is light golden yellow. Head is medium-sized and mildly rocky. The aroma is of light sweet graininess. Taste is lightly sweet, grainy, and dry. The is most reminiscent of something like Beck's or St. Pauli Girl; that is that this is totally average and non-offensive. If I were in Lebanon I'd drink plenty, but in this market it is too expensive and not good enough to warrant buying.

Photo of JISurfer
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A beer from Lebanon. Too interesting to pass up on, too bad I didn't! Just kidding. At anyrate, not a good beer, but not a bad one either. Very light on the palate, with little to no aftertaste. What taste is there, is one of your average Euro lager, nothing more, nothing less. Kind of a skunk smell and taste as well. Just a smidge in the hops arena, but nothing to really speak of. Figured I hadn't had a brew from Lebanon, or anywhere else in that region, so why not. Go for it if you want, but I probably won't try it again.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is surprising on a variety of levels. First of all, the beer is from Lebanon, which is quite odd. Being an Islamic country, I wouldn't expect it to have a large brewery. Anyway, the novelty of drinking a Lebanese beer is what first compelled me to try this out.

I was expecting the typical macro-brew, Heini-clone pilsner. Its appearance is exactly what one familiar with the style should expect. The taste surprised me, though. It has the typical Pilsner flavor, but the sharp bite of bitterness is subdued, with some other identifiable taste adding another level to the flavor. Maybe its brewed using Lebanon's famous cedar wood? The beer tastes super dry, with no aftertaste whatsoever.

Overall, it was an enjoyable beer. I recommend trying it just to say you've had a Lebanese beer. The fact that its taste is interesting and surpisingly good is an added bonus.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Squat looking, rather funky sized bottle, 9.5 fluid ounces to be precise. Looks just like the BA Avatar. No strength or freshness or listed, there isn’t much information on this one except for that it has ‘Product of Lebanon’ with the main label listing the beer as ‘almaza Pilsener Beer’, with a date of 1933 underneath what .

Appearance: Pale golden body with some thin urine looks. Decent white head that is frothy and rocky

Nose: Reasonable clean nose. Light fruity citric twang, but it is low on strength. Some hops and grain toasted malts. Weak.

Taste: Very light and thin tasting pilsner malts with an even thinner hop character then…urgh…..I get that horrid vegetable fat after-taste. OK at first but completely ruined by the sickly finish that reminds me of congealed lard.

Mouthfeel: Difficult to work on this with the horrid after taste still lingering. When I can concentrate I find that it’s thin at first but half decent, then the cold sickly slimy vegetable fat ending coast the mouth. As with the taste, average start, awful finish has a sweet dimension.

Drinkability: Not good, the fatty high cholesterol finish makes this hard to stomach to be honest.

Overall: Well, I gave it a try. Perhaps I may try another fresh off the tap if I’m ever lucky enough to attend a BA Pub Crawl of Beirut.

Photo of tjd25
3.56/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head wass hard to get and it disappeared very quickly. The body is of a transparent yellow color body. Nothing really exciting. The smell proved to be more interesting than I expected. Combined to the classic dry hoppiness, an enjoyable nutty maltiness was noticeable. I appreciated this nutty character, showing also hints of caramel. Nice notes of honey appear in the taste too. The taste, if definitely not amazing, was better than a decent number of original German pilsners (from Germany...) I've had. The maltiness is quite round and mixes in a pleasing way with the not overly dry hops. The dry character appear more in the aftertaste. There's even a light creaminess to the initial mouthfeel. Something a little surprizing in there though. Like if someone had dropped salt in the middle of the mouthfeel. Weird. Anyway, this is not a bad beer.

Photo of alexgash
2.24/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing says cold weather and Christmas like a good Beirut Pilsner in a 9.5 oz. green bottle. Just the thought conjures up images of snowflakes, a roaring fire, and reindeer. Or not. Anyway, I drink this now, in December, just to avoid having it sit around getting even skunkier than it probably already is. We'll see...
Clear, golden straw body with lots of bubbles and a fluffy, white head. Nose is predominantly skunky euro hops (shocking). Honeyish malts drip through, along with some chex cereal, but just barely.
Tastes of cardboard honey malts up front. Not much sweetness or "good" malt flavor. Skunky hops stumble in and are mildly bitter. Finish is faintly bitter, skunky, and thankfully short. LIght-bodied, over carbonated, and disappointing. But hey it's from Lebanon; isn't that cool!

Photo of beergeek279
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 9.5 oz green bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a film of white head. The smell is strong sweet malt and a bit of cooked veggie. The taste is typical adjunct lager, slightly sickly sweet with the slight DMS flavor. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, if it wasn't a novelty, I may just have another.

Reminded me a lot of PBR. This certainly isn't Westvleteren, but it's not completely godawful either. If it wasn't a novelty, I'd try another one someday.

Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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?

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

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.

Photo of TerryW
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the LCBO (Robertson: Ottawa), a few days in the fridge.

A big, white head settles fast. Spotty lacing. Big bubbles hurry to the top. There's some ever-so-slight fruit in the lagery, fresh, not-too-bad nose. The front is sweet. A thin middle shows a bit of sugar, and maybe apples if I'm sane. Strange, the finish is sweet. Almost sugary. There's a little hoppy bitterness.

You know, this isn't bad. For a light lager, it's a decent, fresh, drinkable beer. In spite of the green bottle and the fact that Lebanese beer probably doesn't move off the LCBO shelves too quickly, there's no skunking. I had bottom-of-the-barrel expectations for this beer and was happily surprised.

Photo of queenboadicea
3.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light and flavorful pilsner from Lebanon. Has a definite presence of wheat and a smooth body, which makes it a good pairing with super-spicy food. I'm working on memory here...it's been a few months since I first sampled this beer...so I'm going to pick up a 6-pack to have with a Thai dish I'm making for a few friends of mine and myself tomorrow and I'll report in more detail then.

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