Amstel | Athenian Brewery

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Athenian Brewery

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dcmchew on 10-29-2013

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of Knobs303
3.86/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While in Greece with my family a few years back, I drank Amstel the entire month I was there. It was summer and the local Restaurants kept the Amstel Very Cold. I quite enjoyed it and look forward to drinking it again on my next trip. I had it in both Bottles & Cans and found both very similar. The Cans were nice to pack for the beach and enjoy on those Hot days.

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Photo of mishi_d
2.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev +4.9%

It seems to me that this is the same beer as what's brewed in holland. Just with Greek water, now it's brewed here. Had in a local restaurant in Naxos town. It went down quite well, but that might just have been because it was the 3rd of the evening.

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Photo of Mdez
3.06/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this quite few times while on a tour of Greece as it eventually presented itself as the best of marginal options. It's characteristics weren't anything exceptional or worthy of note but were better than anything else readily available. It seems that almost all Greek tabernas/taverns serve local beers because they'd rather specialize in wines or the harder stuff. In some of them (as I've seen in Spain), you can just get a beer and they'll ask if you want a small or a large; they won't say what the beer is...amazing. Anyway, this is marginal, but pretty good for a Greek beer.

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Photo of rex_4539
1.98/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the kind of beer that gives beer a bad name.

Sadly, it's one of the top selling beers in Greece.

Bad aroma, tasteless, there is nothing good about it.

But I guess you need to have the bad ones in order to appreciate the good!

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Photo of Phoodcritic
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bobhoya
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Verifying this listing took some digging. Because the beer's label lists the website as "" I was skeptical this was brewed by Athenian and figured this listing was unnecessary and these reviews should be moved to the main Amstel page, but I did some research and I've since come around. Here's what I've come up with for the two people who give a shit: Amstel was bought by Heineken way back when, and Heineken owns Athenian according to wikipedia. Athenian (with plants in Athens and Thessaloniki) brews this Amstel exclusively for the Greek market. I'd put this in line with the different per-country Guinness listings, but it's obviously contracted to Athenian by Heineken. So do with that what you will.

Review is truncated since I believe the recipe is pretty much the same for Greek Amstel as for Dutch Amstel.

33cl bottle into generic stangenglas in Kardamena, Greece. Expectations are average. BB: 05.2015. 5% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Suggestive of overcarbonation, the head occupies 50% of the glass. It's a muted off-white colour and doesn't have a great complexion. I'd call it average. Could be frothier, could be creamier, could be better. Spotty lacing. Above average retention, clocking in at about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Standard macrolager. Clear translucent yellow with no visible yeast.

AROMA: Bland. Clean barley. Helles malts. A dab of sweetness. No yeasty notes or hop notes here. Average in strength. Typical.

TASTE: Clean. Barley and helles malts make up the entirety of the flavour. Any hopping was purely preservative. Luckily, it's not watery, but boy is it insipid and boring. A very plain beer with no interesting characteristics. Simple as hell.

TEXTURE: Clean, smooth, wet, and refreshing, with slight overcarbonation. Suits the taste generally well. In its defense, the softness is nice. But it does dry slightly on the finish, which is unpleasant.

OVERALL: Drinkable as hell, which is why it sells. It's not the blandest macrolager out there, and would make a nice table beer for pairing with food, but I won't be buying it again and wouldn't recommend it to friends. Maybe just stick to wine when you're in Greece.

High C-

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Photo of MattMorin
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jammi24
4/5  rDev +39.9%

Photo of Gajo74
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in Greece and am assuming it is the Greek version. Pours a straw color, ok head. Grassy aroma. Malt taste but with some bitterness due to hops. Grassy and herbal finish, slightly lemony which leaves a weird aftertaste.
A simple, uncomplicated beer. Not so flavorful . Nothing special.

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Photo of Nine_Tails
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Surely the worst beers I 've had. We'll serve in cheap bars and no choice but to drink it you have left.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Ppin
2.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ZEB89
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thewilliamhart
2.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bird_soul
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%

A – Decent enough light-ish gold colour With Typical Dutch head of two fingers of white foam. The foam here is a little rocky but still retains well and leaves some spotty lacing in the glass.

S – Not much to report it is very mild in the aroma. Some slightly sweet malts but no hops.

T – Simple and crisp taste. Good malt flavour and character very like the Helles beers. The malts are slightly sweet but not overly so. The hop flavour also seems to slip by until the end when there is a slight final flourish of bitterness.

MF – Happily this is pretty full in the mouth it feels crisp and fresh and has a slightly drying finish.

O – When in France this seems to be my go-to beer in the pubs which always have a limited tap selection. It is better than Pelforth (another French pub favourite) and easier for a session than Leffe.
Chilled to 5 degrees C it is more than palatable and very refreshing.
So with limited choice and great need for refreshment this beer is more than welcome but it has only once graced my fridge in Northern Ireland. In my opinion slightly better than the Heineken but still not what I would call an amazingly great beer.

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Amstel from Athenian Brewery
2.86 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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