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Aris Greek Lager | Mythos Breweries S.A.

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Aris Greek LagerAris Greek Lager

Brewed by:
Mythos Breweries S.A.
Greece | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 09-16-2002

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 73
Photo of avalon07
1.31/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: When I poured this from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a pale yellow color and a very clear consistency. There were even little bits of something or other floating around. Not a style of beer you expect to have sediment.

S: Very skunky in odor (green bottle alert!), with a little bit of hops coming through.

T: This had a thin, watery taste to it. A small amount of hops, some grassy notes, but little else. Pretty foul, actually.

M: Not much carbonation, even less body. A kind of smooth finish.

D: I picked this one up just to see what a beer from Greece would be like. Bad idea. This is a totally undrinkable beer on the same level as Budweiser, Coors or Miller. Avoid this one unless you're an ardent Greek nationalist.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
1.64/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this Euro Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a pale yellow color, excellent clarity. Produced a small white head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma was awful, classic skunky Euro Lager smell. Light in body, thin/watery beer, skunky taste, some grain and a bit of hops, not much else. The Skunk dominates. Ordered this at a Greek restaurant thinking I would try something new. I didnt even know that the Greeks brewed beer..., evidently they don't do it very well. Avoid. Prost!

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Photo of jnezda
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer was yellowy pale that was cloudy with a eggshell head. The head was coarse and fizzy away quickly with little lacing. Immediate smell was a touch fruitywhich was over run with skunk. This was a more skunky lager than I expected our of the Mediterranean region. Carbonation remained strong throughout the beer which turned out to be watery and bland. As light as it was it would have been a decent session but the skunky flavor would over power my ability to enjoy more than one of these beers. Overall I am fortunate to have only purchased a single of this beer. I am not a big fan of the Italian lagers and this is comparable to them but lacks flavor for the style.

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Photo of Salpta
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was my intro into greek beer, and I was definatly left wanting. The head was poor, but left a beautiful lace most the way down the glass. This is its crowning acheivement. I could not detect any identifiable smells (in the beers defense, i was in a crowded greek restaraunt), the taste was bland to slightly spicy. Kind of a carbonation spice. It sat lightly in the mouth, as to be expected, but I couldnt Identify any real "Taste" to it. Mostly just the carbonation, i guess.

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Photo of jameaterblues
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from an 11oz bottle. The beer poured a very pale yellow color, not unlike most macro lagers. 1/4 inch white head with more lacing than I expected(and it really sticks around....actually kinda impressive how long the lacing lasts). The smell is of beer maybe a little musky, but not bad...nothing distinctive really...kinda euro...a little hops but not much. The taste is light and crisp, or is that mouthfeel, with this beer it is almost the same thing. Before you taste anything, the little that there is to taste, it is gone. It is easy to drink and there is little after taste. Very mild. It is an imported lager. There are alot of these. I can't say that I would pick this one up again, there are just to many others and most are at least slightly more interesting.

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Photo of smedley
2.19/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light golden color, 1/4 creamy white head which disapears quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

S - Pretty bad. Smells cheap, old and skunky.

T - Watery, a little skunky. Very unimpressive.

M - High carbonation, thin

D - Not good. Don't like it. Very cheap tasting. Not sure if I'll finish even one. I just burped and tasted a skunky aftertaste. Wow.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really great, but about what I'd expect from a plain lager from overseas. Tastes like any other plain lager from overseas. Had a little fruity flavor to it but that was all I could find to comment on.

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Photo of NHGrafx
2.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11oz green bottle.

Pours a golden straw color, very clear. Minimal head and lacing.

Aroma is skunky at first, no surprise with a green bottle. After the skunky aroma dissipates into the air you can smell the malts and grain, with a faint skunky smell still there.

Taste is rather bland and watery. Grains and malts, some very faint hop flavors are there with some very mild hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Not bad, but not spectacular either. This is the low end of most lagers. Nothing memorable at all.

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Photo of bluHatter
2.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours with a nice big head, nice lacing. Color is clear copper/blonde.

S: Sweet hops, malts, grassy

T: Corn, reeds, dandelions. Not my favorite sort of taste in a beer.

M: A little carbonation, very light beer. Thin, uncomplicated.

O: When you're out of Heineken, here's a Greek beer that tastes about the same and is just as cheap. The green bottle surely contributes to that character. It's not my favorite beer, but it's not that bad, if you like that sort of thing.

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Photo of ark57
2.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is pale yellow in color with a big fluffy head. The aroma is not half bad with some delicate hoppiness. It does not taste like much. It has a cooked corn taste and a thin body. It trails to nothingness. There is no reason to even consider drinking this. I only had gotten it for free so I'm glad no money wasted there.

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Photo of bboven
2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle at a Greek Festival.

Light yellow, no head, no lacing.

Smells skunked, came from a green bottle so no surprise.

Taste is surprisingly bitter, but not that rememberable.

Mouthfeel ixs highly carbonated, right on par.

I would drink other macro lagers instead of this one, which isn't saying much.

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Photo of soju6
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a billowy head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, grain and a bit musty.

T: Sweet taste of malt and some grain with a mild bitterness and a slightly sweet finish.

F: Light body, mild crispness, fairly smooth with a bit of a grainy texture.

O: A run of the mill Euro Lager, unoffensive and goes best with food.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My bottle has a different label than the one pictured, with less foil and several small Greek flags. Same ugly, light friendly green bottles, though. The pour is a medium straw with a thin white head. The nose is grainy with crystal malts and the unmistakable scent of skunk.

Yeah, this is pretty bad. Not undrinkable bad, but I can feel my face cringe as I swallow, which ain't real good. Basic lager taste without any frills but plenty of skunk. Greek lager doesn't enjoy a great reputation and this one isn't an exception. I don't see any more Aris in my future.

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Photo of nick76
2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is not impressive. There are slightly sour grains and soapy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a medium foamy head. The flavor has a nice maltiness to it but an unpleasant, astringent, soapy bitterness. The palate is thin but OK for the style. The aftertaste is somewhat malty and short. Other than the disagreeable bitterness this is a pretty average lager.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Goldenrod with a few tiny flecks that stay in suspension and a few slightly larger flakes that don't. The eggshell colored crown looks better than decent. It has a creamyfirm texture and is leaving an acceptable amount of fine lace on the sides of the glass.

Damn these green bottles! Crown cracking led to the unmistakable aroma of skunk. As is usually the case, most of it has faded by the time I get around to sticking my nose over the glass. This Euro pale lager smells like most other Euro pale lagers: untoasted grain and musky hops. Ho-hum.

Aris Greek Lager isn't offensive, I'll give it that. As expected, there's nothing here that any adventurous beer advocate hasn't tasted dozens and dozens of times before. The moderate amount of pale malt sweetness won't be everyone's cup of lager, but I think it improves the beer somewhat.

Since the quality of hop flavor is almost always less than impressive in most Euro pales (especially those in green glass bottles), it helps to have some sweetness to round off the rough edges. This is simple beer and is ultimately forgettable, but I wouldn't mind tossing back a few with a couple of gyros.

The mouthfeel is slightly more full than average (thanks to slightly more barley than average) and is gently carbonated. If Mythos could add a few more bubbles while keeping the beer feeling soft, it would help.

I've seen Aris (with the bottle and label seen above) in local stores, but the 'best by' dates have been several years past. I nabbed this fresh bottle last week expecting... well... not much. And that is exactly what I got. If you want to cross Greece off your countries list, give this one a whirl. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a clear yellow with a decent, billowing white head. Aroma is bad eggs. Definitely had some green bottle funk. Not just some, but a lot. Really couldn’t smell much else besides that. Taste is interesting, there is some malt but a definite mingling of other tastes that I cant put my finger on. Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. If it didn’t have so much green bottle fun it would be a decent beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This pours a pale gold with an airy, very rapidly fading head. The nose is very grainy, sweet with a barely whiff of hops. Fairly sweet, grainy malt beer, bitterness is very low, finishing bland. Neutral texture, fairly carbonated.

Very poor offering. Fortunately, I bought it as a single and not a six-pack, and I guess that adds a Greek beer for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy golden-yellow in color, with a few flakes i suspension, as another reviewer noted. I suppose we can conclude this is normal for this beer. Profuse streams of carbonation drift lazily to the surface. The head is white, moderate in size and rather dense, the lacing in thin bands about the glass walls.

Aroma: Pale malt, profuse grassy hop notes, and a little mustiness. No skunk noted, the green bottle was kept from the light.

Taste: Opens with clean malt, a little mild bitterness appears later in the taste, along with some phenolic alcohol. Finishes with a lingering mild metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very full, quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of a very bland style, it is inoffensive and far from memorable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of KajII
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

Poured a medium yellow with a small fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was light of flowery hops, straw malts and had a soapy yeast scent. It tasted light and mildly bitter at first and finished vaguely acidic and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation. Overall a light lager with not much to offer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden straw. The head was white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with Saaz hops present in the nose. Very slight DMS (vegetal) aroma grew to very noticeable as the beer warmed and the head fell.

The flavor was not crisp with a definitely cooked vegetables flavor in the background.

The finish was slightly above dry and slightly fruity/vegetal into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

When I first opened the bottle I thought we might have a winner. As the beer warmed I was saddened to find we did not...

11 ounce bottle. Dated Best Before End 04/04.

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Photo of smcolw
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy head that dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. No lace at all. Surprisingly cloudy. Golden color (at least it's darker than straw).

Mostly grainy smell, but it doesn't have the usual adjunct weakness of a macro. No hop smell sadly.

Very spritzy but relatively rich for the style. Unbelievably sweet with lots of caramel. Short aftertaste. No hop! Some lingering alcohol.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Apparently, Aris is a shortened name, much like Mike is to Michael. Who knew? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light grains (it smells just as vague as I typed it), light seaweed, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grain coming across as ever-so-lightly toasted. The body is rather light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this beer likely didn't set out to do much, and that's exactly how much it accomplished. If it doesn't care, neither do I.

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Photo of cbl2
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6/3/2005 $3.00 11.2 oz 5.00% Best by 6/05 clearly marked on bottle.


Pours a clear pale yellow in color with tight carbonation leading to a thin white head.


Crisp and clean, though presence of either corn or rice is definitely detectable in this one. No hops to speak of, with some weak malt presence.


Reminiscent of a bud. Corn was not listed as an ingredient, though it tastes like it is. A definite thirst quencher, and goes down easy, but this is not a beer to seek out. No real redeeming flavor characteristics, just tastes like your average macro.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours macro yellow with a white head. Not as clear as some other macro lagers. Aroma is standard macro but a little sweeter. Flavor is lots of corn but the sweetness is still there. Hops are not present in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a terrible beer, but not much going on in the flavor or aroma department.

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Photo of matjack85
2.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was given this bottle by a Greek friend of mine who said they serve this at the Greek restaurant he frequents. 11.2oz green bottle with a production date of 10/19/11 stamped on the back label.

The beer poured a clear pale gold color and made 1 finger's worth of bubbly white head, but the head dissipated in mere seconds and it left no lacing behind as I drank it.

Slightly skunky and slightly sweet smell.

Mostly tasted of grain (corn) and sweet malt with a touch of hops for balance but with very little bitterness.

Light and crisp with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Nothing to get excited over, but very drinkable.

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