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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.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 73
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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my waiting tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a very light or white colored beer. The head had really fine bubbles but did not impress me with longevity. The beer smelled skunky and tasted a little the same way so I was not real happy with that. I will not buy this beer again.

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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 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 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 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 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 elmore
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from the bottle at The Happy Greek in Columbus, OH. Not much of a beer selection there, so I thought I'd give this a try. Poured it from a 330ml bottle into a chilled pint glass. Looked like a typical macro lager. Pale, foamy light head. Some sticky lace.

Typical macro smell. Some light malt and skunky hops. Tastes similar to bud or miller, but a bit of a sweeter malt taste. Mouthfeel is light. Carbonation is adequate for the style.

This a decent American Macro Lager. Nothing really special to seek out.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a small glass at a Greek restaurant - yes, I'm the weird guy here who wants a glass with his bottled beer.

A - clear golden color with a small head that settles, but has a decent lacing though

S - malty scent with a faint trace of hops, very clean

T - clean malty flavor with a slight trace of hops on the finish; has a honey-like decoction quality

M - medium/light body with moderately high carbonation

D - decent Euro-style lager; it's clean and well done even if this is a common style/taste

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 theozag
3.37/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Other than it's taste, I found Aris to be a very average bottle of beer. Certainly an improvement over many beers I have tried, but nothing to write home about, per se.

This brew pours absolutely clear and yellow, with perhaps a few whisps of medium gold that eventually comingle to form an off-white head that fades at a medium pace. Aris smells of sweetened fruit, and its aroma is rather weak. This beer starts mildly hoppy with a little sweet twinge. It is medium-bodied with crisp, refreshing, and fairly light flavors. Aris rolls off the tongue smoothly, but it leaves a mildly unpleasant aftertaste that isn't particularly noteworthy at first, then it never really goes away. i was able to taste Aris for hours after i finished my bottle. But hey, at least it wasn't a repulsive reminder. If ever i need beer in Greece, i'd be willing to drink Aris again.

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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 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 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 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 inebrius
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal golden with a few grasping lace fingers. Nose of donuts and turf. Starts a malt jam on toast that's quickly shoved aside for a fine Noble hop bitterness that lingers in a mild-mannered way. Smooth and quaffable and would no doubt go well with sun-dried tomatoes, Feta and olives in a seaside cafe while basking in the Mediterranean sun. A quality Pils.

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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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