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

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209 Ratings

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Almaza S.A.L. visit their website

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 Reem
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Reem, Sep 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

dmorgan310, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of mc4z
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

mc4z, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.89/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light straw color with a big billowy white head of about 3 fingers. Rather rapidly the head fades leaving only a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of some light grain and a lot of skunkiness. Along with these aromas are some light notes of a grassy nature and a bit of bread.

Taste – The taste is very light and crisp with some flavors of a light breadiness and some grain as well as well as a more corny taste. As the flavor advances beyond the start, a light grassy and somewhat floral hop taste come to the tongue. These mix of flavors take the taste to its end leaving a light crisp taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the very light flavors of the brew and suit the lower abv and crisper feel of the beer rather well.

Overall – Very light and easy drinking, but nothing special. Just OK.

Darkmagus82, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of heerboth
2/5  rDev -29.1%

heerboth, Jul 31, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -37.9%

comfortablynirm, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of DbbC
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

DbbC, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Boone757, Jun 23, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

randylangford, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of LuckyJohn
3/5  rDev +6.4%

LuckyJohn, Jun 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Evoforen, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Olek4374
2.34/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

hm... lebanese beer. How exotic! This is my first expedition into Middle Eastern beer, which is really, really limited in Alberta. Let's go.

Well it comes in a green bottle. i like the look of green bottles, but they do certainly lead to a large percentage of the beers being skunked. And this one is. I didn't have a pilsner glass handy so I poured it into a tulip. The colour is really weird - it's not the typical bubbly yellow you expect with a pilsner. It's a really murky yellow-brown colour with very little head. After the skunkiness dissipates, you'll notice the aroma is very sweet and malty, which is certainly unusual for a pilsner, which, when made properly, is quite hoppy. The smell is faint for sure - it reminds me of my best friend's apartment growing up. Very odd indeed.

The taste is a little watery with some mild hop and malt notes - not very powerful and certainly not what i think of when i think of a pilsner. i'll give it that it is hoppier than a generic adjunct lager you'll find in North America, however the taste still leaves you with a dissapointing feeling inside. Perhaps this is how the Lebanese prefer their beers - light with some subtle flavour. Looking closer at the bottle, the faint, clear label shows that the beer is a very modest 4% abv. This is not always a bad thing, but I think the brewers were intentionally looking for a light lager in mind when they originally came up with this.

On the whole, this beer is a big letdown. It promotes itself as a pilsner (like many other beers), although it doesn't deliver. It is watery, not flavourful, and looks really weird. There are no offensive tastes, so fortunately there is that to consider. Regardess, I don't see enough positives here to make a repeat purchase.

Olek4374, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of FLima
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, almost amber color with lots of head with medium retention.
Aroma of an adjunct lager but not unpleasant, bready malts, vanilla and adjuncts. Some floral hop notes.
Sweet malt and corn flavor with floral and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body and unexpected low carbonation.
This seems to have a bit more hops (though low on alpha) than usual for an adjunct lager. Not a pilsner but decent for an adjunct lager. Better than the average mass adjunct lagers.

FLima, May 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

cfalovo97, May 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Giggy, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

bshiban, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of pmorey
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle pour at our local Lebanese restaurant. Bright golden color with thin head. Heavy carbonation and left with a "Perrier" aftertaste. Not a beer I would choose on my own, but strangely enough it did make for a good pairing with my curry.

pmorey, Mar 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

stampfler07, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body. Low retention on the head.
The aroma is faint: honey and grain.
The flavor is nothing. Water and water and a tiny bitter at the end.
A fizzy texture, light body and high carbonation.
A less than average beer and certainty not a pilsener.

Fatehunter, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
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
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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (date stamp 120201509) poured into a Shaker pint glass. Given to me by a Lebanese colleague who knew I liked beer. Very kind.

Appearance: Pale clear gold color. Thin white head with some tiny islands of lacing.

Smell: Practically none at first - but a bit floral as it warms up.

Taste: Light, crisp, clean malt, hint of honey-like sweetness, light bitter finish and then some floral aftertaste. A bit unusual of a finish, but I think it works.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation just south of fizzy, but not bad. Thickness underneath a bit watery.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing beer overall. Did go well with food though (Cottage Pie). Where this beer shines is in drinkability. I could easily have another and I can see myself enjoying this with a Lebanese meal sitting out in the heat or inside. In a way, it is what a pilsner should be - highly drinkable and cleansing of the palate, and this beer delivers in regards to that theme. I find this surprising in light of the very light flavor and aroma, but sometimes a good beer does not need to be rich in everything.

damndirtyape, Oct 28, 2012
Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
67 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.