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Brewed by:
Mythos Breweries S.A.
Greece
mythosbrewery.gr

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 09-16-2002

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48
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73
Avg:
2.85
pDev:
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aris is a typical European pale golden lager that leans towards being a Czech-style pils. It's clear, golden, and effervescent beneath a creamy head of bright white. The retention and lacing are average; and the aroma offers a fairly generic combination of grassy hops and sweet malt. It's medium-light bodied and crisp in the mouth. The flavor offers malty sweetness, immediately followed by grassy and lemon-ish hops, and then more grainy and cereal-like maltiness at the swallow. The bitterness is solid, and it lingers in the finish with some grainy huskiness and grassy and herbal hops.

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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 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 johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer three of World beer Sunday imported from Greece.
Pours a deep golden color with a decent white head that displays minimal retention and lace. Smells of bready malts with a hint of melanoid, smells quite German actually. This initially opened with intense aroma of skunk, but over the couple of minutes as I pulled up the listing those aromas are all but gone. Taste is caramel and burnt sugars, bready malt and little to no hop flavor. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. This one wasn't half bad, or maybe it was just that much better than the last one. Sweet and malty almost to a fault and I could have used a few more hops.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.
A hazy pale yellow/gold color with a medium, rich head that did last.
Smell of a very slightly skunked pale ale. Hops and grain, with some lemongrass and sweetness.
Taste was a bit of skunk as well, but nothing intense. A bit more lemon and butterscotch in the finish. Some malt and hops. Crisp. Pretty good cold.

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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 tone77
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly skunky, grains, just a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, grains, malts, mild yet refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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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 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 CHickman
3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer reiew from mid-December 2010: pours a clear yellow color with a 2 finger snow white cloudy head that faded slowly and left very good lacing sticking to the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, grains, caramel, grass and wheat; very typical Euro lager odor that's nice, crisp and sweet.

Tastes of sweet malt, light grains, caramel, grass, citrus hops, lemon and wheat; typical Euro lager taste as well that's light, crisp and refreshing. Above average and very drinkable, it went well with my Mousakka.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I saw the beer was from Greece, I knew I had to give it a try. Poured a pale yellow Color (Macro lager??) with an enormous white puffy head. Smell is slighly of malt, but nothing else. Taste is not unpleasant but is thirst quenching. Finish is a slight dryness but very difficult to discern. Nothing special.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of wagenvolks
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz green bottle into a pilsner glass.

Aris pours a pale golden hue with a decently-sized cap of bone-white head that retains well thanks to an abundance of carbonation streams. Aroma is rife with sweet corn and rice, with a slightly skunked note to the hops. White pepper and grain husks linger in the background.

Surprisingly, the flavor isn't half bad given the style. Unassuming backbone of crystal malts support a solid hop presence of fresh cut grass, dehydrated orange wedges, and clover. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp and well-carbonated, as the light body serves the style well, making this a fairly drinkable Adjunct Lager. All in all, a serviceable beer that I'd probably reach for over many BMC products. Still, I guess that's not saying much...

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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 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 AtLagerHeads
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little lager. Dark gold body with something of a white head and smidgeon of lacing. The nose is mostly of malt with slight accents of a adjunct, but not too bad. Decent taste and clearly refreshing when a little warm weather beer is the right thing for a lazy afternoon. Crisp finish and easy drinkability.

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Photo of Shaw
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at my local Greek restaurant. I'm always looking to try new beers and I've never had a brew from Greece before! I expected it to be a light lager, and it was.

I would classify this beer as a Euro Pale Lager instead of an American Macro Lager, however. The bottle says it's brewed with malt, hops, water and yeast. No adjuncts, which I consider a hallmark of the Macro Lager style. Also, the hop aroma was much more pronounced in this beer than in US macros.

It looks pale, with a foamy head. The smell is of noble hops, though light.

The taste is average and balanced. Light but far from flavorless or watery.

Mouthfeel is light, just as expected.

Overall this is just an average beer. Good for quenching the thirst and not much more.

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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 tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow. Decent carbonation, but the foam is above average, and the lacing is definitely good.

Smell: Sweet corn. Sweet hops. Sweet beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, yet drinkable beer. Thin-bodied also. It's a weird taste/feel combo.

Drinkability: Not too thirst-quenching. It's not bad though.

Overall: A decent beer.

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Photo of Strix
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a good head.

Smell, grainy with green-bottle skunk. Ugh.

Tastes nothing like the smell. Sweet and mild. A bit of corn? No hops.

Mouthfeel all right.

This is not half bad. Nothing I'll go out of the way for, but it's drinkable.

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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.

Appearance:

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

Aroma:

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.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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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