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Hillas - Macedonian Thrace Brewery

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.04%


Brewed by:
Macedonian Thrace Brewery visit their website
Greece

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rowew on 05-05-2005)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a coupla these at the Pegasus restaurant in the Greektown neighborhood in Chicago. Nice place. I asked for their best Greek beer (when in Rome... right?) and this is what I was served.

A - Pale yellow, standard lager color. A crisp white cap dissolves quickly, and little lace is left on the 6 or 8 oz glass that I was given. Have you guys ever noticed that almost all "ethnic" restaurants, whether they are Indian, Asian, Greek, etc. all give you a glass with your beer that is smaller in volume than the bottle of beer you ordered? American, British, German, Belgian, and Irish-style pubs all give you a massive glass to hold your big beer, but it seems like any restaurant with origins in Asia or the Mediterranean want you to pour your 12 oz beer in two servings. What gives? (sorry for the rant)

S - Gentle grain and a wisp of honey that sets it apart from most "basic" lagers.

T - On the sweet side for the style, but that helps it stand out a bit. Although it is pretty basic.

M - Crisp, light, refreshing. Pairs well with the Dolmades dish that I ordered, and with the Spanakopita that I finished for my wife.

D - A good, but very simple lager. Every country in a warm climate has its own iteration of a refreshing pale lager, and this is no different. A step above BMC for sure, but it isn't anything special.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 15:16:53 | More by pmcadamis
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wc94wc

California

3.5/5  rDev +7%

04-08-2014 04:29:41 | More by wc94wc
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I ordered this beer with my dinner at the Greek Village Restaurant in Schaumburg, IL. It was the only beer on their list I hadn't tried before. 300ml brown bottle served in an undersized Miller Light glass. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale yellow color with a 1-finger white head and hundreds of tiny carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Retention was less than a minute and there were only a few spots of lacing left on the glass. (I wonder if this was due to restaurant dishwater soap residue on the glass as most reviewers said their head retention was good with lots of lacing.)

Typical Euro pale lager smell. Some grain, some grass, and a pleasant noble hop aroma.

Better taste than most Euro lagers. Has a pilsner malt flavor balanced with mild noble hop bitterness. Borders on sweet, but the sweetness is subtle rather than overbearing.

Clean and light with moderate carbonation.

A nice easy drinker with no offensive tastes or odors. Very sessionable, but not at $5.50 per glass restaurant prices.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 15:16:00 | More by matjack85
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Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-02-2014 22:33:44 | More by OregonGrown7
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California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

02-10-2014 04:08:14 | More by biokid23
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midnitesun11

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-26-2014 05:19:32 | More by midnitesun11
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California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-05-2014 00:14:43 | More by logicerror
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California

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-25-2013 23:48:46 | More by MichaelPatch
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California

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

11-26-2013 09:32:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

10-10-2013 13:46:51 | More by harpus
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Azpittil57

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

07-13-2013 22:26:25 | More by Azpittil57
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illidurit

California

2/5  rDev -38.8%

07-05-2013 03:10:26 | More by illidurit
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tyelton2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.3%

07-05-2013 00:53:55 | More by tyelton2
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Treebs

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle served into a mini-pint. Had at a Greek restaurant in down town Chicago.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a pure white head forming on the pour. The head has great retention and sticks around for quite sometime. It recedes slowly leaving behind some sopay lace.

S: Mineral water, some grain and noble hops.

T: Same with some pale malt, cereal grain and surprisingly fresh noble hop character.

M: Highly drinkable with a light body. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent enough Euro pale lager, but still not that great.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 18:10:26 | More by Treebs
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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

01-18-2013 08:07:53 | More by ste5venla
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DeezGunz14

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

12-31-2012 06:44:36 | More by DeezGunz14
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mzeld

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

12-31-2012 03:29:21 | More by mzeld
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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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stampfler07

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

07-16-2012 03:14:18 | More by stampfler07
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +22.3%

06-06-2012 20:51:14 | More by Beermazter310
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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

05-11-2012 23:03:01 | More by zonker17
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FosterJM

California

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1038th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
11.2 oz

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- More of a lighter yellow with a bit of gold in the glass. A semi puffy 1 finger head with some good retention and lace where there.

Smell- A nice mix of a little bitter with some sweeter malts. It was an interestinga aromatic as the lager yeast was well hidden this benefited from that.

Taste- Again, the lager yeast was hidden to me and didnt have that usual skunky flavor but was a bit sweet with a nice little tinge of bitter and a bit of wheat for some reason. A little pepper I found complimentary in the flavor layers.

Mouth- A bit light bodied and medium carbed. Very clean and crisp. Needed a bit more body for me.

Taste- Better than average but not by much. One of the few Greek beers I have seen besides Mythos. Cheers to new countries importing some pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:13:01 | More by FosterJM
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Duff27

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inch white head on a 3 SRM colored body. Above average head retention and some lainh.

Grassy smelling, grainy.

Pretty clean tasting. Crisp. Not overly sweet and some faint hop bitterness.

Lower carbonation for the style. Medium mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer from Greece! Would take one of these over a BMC product if given choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:37:31 | More by Duff27
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +22.3%

12-28-2011 00:46:04 | More by justinm4bama
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mithrascruor

California

3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat pale straw color. Very clear, with a bit of visible carbonation. Nice white head is fairly thick, and has moderate retention, turning to a bit of a film and leaving some lacing.

Smell: Aroma of grains and some grasses, with a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Grains, grasses, and some honey. Just a bit of spice from hops towards the finish. A bit one-dimensional. A somewhat bitter aftertaste builds up after a while.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth - a bit creamy even - with just a bit of graininess. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and generally pleasant.

A decent Euro lager - nothing special, but quite better than many alternatives

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:01:46 | More by mithrascruor
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Hillas from Macedonian Thrace Brewery
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