Athenian | Athenian Brewery

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Athenian Brewery

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 04-26-2002

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by CharlieMopps:
Photo of CharlieMopps
2.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour revealed a golden straw color with just about an inch of short-lived, bright white head. To be honest, it had all the looks of your typical mass-produced Euro lager, and nothing really stood out as far the as the looks go.

In the aroma department, this beer had a surprisingly delicious smell, akin to the sweet, buttery diacetyl smell of some rather refined lagers. Mostly biscuity pale malt and that tempting lager scent. "The Greek Beer" may be hiding some tasty secrets.

Sadly, I was mistaken. Up front there was a nice touch of that diacetyl, but this was snuffed out midway through by a drying, adjunct tinged transition. The finish was bereft of flavor, just a watery end to something that started with a lot of promise. Hop bitterness was at a minimum, with no real discernible presence.

I could see Athenian as a drinkable beer, in a lawnmower sense, but its drying nature doesn't even make it thirst-quenching and kills what subtle flavor exists in the beginning. Regardless, it was privilege enough to be able to try a Greek beer to begin with.

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Photo of fdrich29
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer a few times at the restaurant of the same name in Lowell, Massachusetts. I'm all about the belly dancers.

When I go out for Indian I always order one of those big bottles of Taj Mahal. If I'm not having wine at an Italian restaurant I'll order a Moretti (Rosa if they have it). To continue that trend, Greek restaurant I'll have a bottle of Athenian. What do they all have in common? The thought of buying those beers outside of their respective restaurants would never cross my mind. But paired with the food and atmosphere they work.

I like the sweet, malty aroma and flavor of Athenian and it goes down very smooth. It probably ranks as the worst beer that I actually look forward to drinking in the right situation.

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale in color. The head is quite thin, and disipates before you even have time to take a swig. The aroma is a bit of wheat and not much else. Taste? wheat, maybe honey, a slight suggestion of hop--not much. Mouthfeel, light very light, watery. Drinkabilty--you can drink it, like water. Don't order this ever, not even in a Greek restaurant.

The style pairs nicely with Greek food, but a Keo or Marathon would offer much more flavor.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Athenian- The Greek beer

Had this one at Uncle Nick's on 7th ave. between 50th and 51st (NYC)

Poured a light copper/ yellow with very little to no head.
Smelled of corn grit.
Taste was unimpressive. Cheap corn taste with a sweet almost lemony flavor coming out.
Mouthfeel was smooth no bitterness.

Overall, this must be Greece's budweiser. Not a beer I'll have again. Although my meal was excellent!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.62/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, Athenian is at least unusual; and if you went on vacation there and enjoyed some, you might learn to love it. Or perhaps if you are of Greek descent. In any case, it pours a tarnished light-copper body beneath a full head of frothy white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin surface covering; and it leaves some nice lace as well. The nose is a little unusual. It's kind of perfumey with a sweetish, doughy (lightly sugar cookie-ish) maltiness; some floral, leafy, and herbal hops; and a whiff of higher alcohols from a hot and fast fermentation. It's actually reminiscent of many Russian beers, for what that's worth. In the mouth it's light bodied and smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests with the addition of a firm bitterness that keeps it toned-down and lingers dully in the finish. It's not very well made, but it does somehow have a charm about it. Interesting.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of bditty187
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw-yellow hue, no animation, the white head is modest in size, about a half a finger, rather frothy. The retention is decent, thick soapy bubbles remain throughout consumption. It laces rather well for a cheap lager. The bouquet is a mix of grass, hay, a little bit of grain, a hint of malt, on the back is sulfur. It is not offensive but it is not inviting either. The palate is sweeter than the nose indicated and the grassy/hay taste is more prevalent as well but this time it has a cooked feel to it. The back of the bottle lists the ingredients as water, yeast, malt, and hops. Towards the end a hop note emerges, dryish, it fails to add any bitterness. The absolute finish is sweet and lingering. No adjuncts? Really? Fooled me. Every single beer drinker as had Athenian before; it just had a different label from a different country. Ultimately it is indistinguishable from countless other flavorless lagers. There is a slight hops spiciness in the aftertaste that tries to cut the sweetness, it fails. Medium in body, typical modest yet appropriate carbonation, the mouthfeel is adequate. This is a fair offering, kind of bland but you could do worse. I’m glad I finally broke down and bought a 12-ounce bottle for $2.00 in Omaha. Worth trying if you’re at a Greek Restaurant with standard American offerings.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This lager poured a large white head of fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. There was virtually no lacing with this lager. There was a lot of carbonation observed rising to the top. It had a sweet aroma to it and a yellow body. This lager had a lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Athenian was served in a pint glass. On the bottle it said the beer was best before 11/06. It pours a pale golden yellow, with pretty much no head at all. The beer has a bready malt smell to it, and to me it smelled pretty similar to the BMC beers. Once I tasted it, it had a strong taste of dough/bread/grain and nothing else. It has a little more taste than BMC, but that's not saying much. Athenian is a pretty non-offensive beer. It doesn't taste bad, but there isn't much to the taste other than it tasting like grain. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery, but in certain situations I could drink quite a few of these. Not a bad macro-lager, I've certainly had worse, but overall it's just average.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best before June 06.

Clear golden in color, frothy white head, sticky lacing.

bready malt aroma.

Flavor is grainy and sweet, short metalic finish.

Boring. If you gave me one I'd drink it, or maybe if I was having dinner at a greek resturaunt, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- an interesting bottle and a nice frothy pour. a nice thick lacing on my glass but only a half finger head. color is that of light yellow grass. A dying grass color.

S- toasted malts. a sweet bready yeast as well.

T- taste is that of a corn cob grain-ness. Very yeasty and earth like tones. A dry aged taste.

M-dry and grainy with some malts. Not too much just dull but ok.

D- not bad and i could do a few but this is nothing to buy a sixer of. I dont think i would ever have this beer again.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not as bad as i was expecting. i was thinking that it would be in the order of grolsch, etc..

it comes in a brown bottle and the six pack is completly incased in cardboard. very smart to help ward off being light struck. heinken should do this with their six packs.

appearance and smell are typical of the style. some good looking lace going on. very clear piss yellow.

smooth clean taste. very drinkable. i'm glad i tried it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it has been many a moon since I last had this beer, and as I was having lunch at a Greek Restaurant, what better opportunity to resample a beer than with authentic food and a true Greek beer.

After its decamping the 330ml brown bottle, it resides in the glass a limpid gold with a modest bright white semi-creamy head that slowly dissolves leaving a thin sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is the prototypical lager sweet malt with a fresh crispness, and the start lightly sweet with a decent grain profile, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic, the hops subdued and the after taste dry, and I must say it accompanied the Pork Souvlaki and the Greek salad quite well.

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Photo of plaid75
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy adjunct with a smattering of grassy hop.

The taste was upfront grainy with a pronounced corn sweetness. Some musty hops dry out the flavor a bit.

The mouthfeel was typical for the style.

Overall a run of the mill euro lager.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.92/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and a rich golden color and is topped off with a creamy white head that stops collapsing at about 1/4 inch of thickness. The nose is spicy almost peppery hops and sweet malt. The taste is a pleasant hops on top of dry malt favor. The sweetness of the nose is in contrast to the dryness of the flavor. The mouthfeel is soft and sharp at the same time. The sharp is from the strength of the hop bitterness and soft appears to be from the water used. Generally speaking this is a satisfying beer and I am rather enjoying it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal-clear medium golden color with a half-inch snow-white head that retains well. Carbonation is moderate with very good lace. The nose is unremarkable, just some malt notes. Taste begins with mild malt notes, followed by quite bitter, jagged hops and a very dry finish. The mouth feel is reasonably good. A competently brewed beer, but rather unremarkable.

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Photo of arguemaniac
1.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Normally I like to write a very detailed and thorough review, organized into sections that specifically address taste, mouthfeel, aroma, etc., but this beer isn’t worth it. A pale yellow color with a foamy but quickly dissipating head. A totally unimpressive aroma: a very mild grainy scent with sugary notes too. The mouthfeel is entirely too thin and besides a malty grain flavor and some funky (for lack of a better term) sweetness, there really wasn’t much to the taste either. Virtually no hop character. Maybe I just got an old bottle or something, I did get it from a store that has a tendency to keep its impressively large selection of singles stocked with bottles that have been there for a while. Still, even if I got my hands on a fresh example, I can’t imagine it being too much better. Man am I glad I only bought a single of this one (I had just never had a Greek beer before, so I thought is worth a try for sake of experience). It isn’t THE worst beer I’ve ever had, but it's not to far from it either. Not recommended.

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Photo of crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of granger10
3.42/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on markdown from $1.99 to .99 at my local beer store. Pours a lighter golden color with some brownish highlights in the middle. Medium head rises and falls quickly. Solid lacing. Aroma is really unusual. Reminiscent of Hawaiian sweetbreads and a spicy hop character, I've never noticed those two characteristics side by side like this before. Taste has more of that bready, yeasty sweetness and then is backed up by that czech-like hop character. Rather fizzy on the palate, the body doesn't sustain the flavor characteristics like it should. Alcohol is noticeable and a bit hot. Very unusual beer here but I like it's unique qualities. Good try for the summertime.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered white head that quickly and leaves traces of lace. Clear, golden amber color. Light carbonation. Nose is faintly hoppy/malty. Starts just on the hoppy side, finishes light and crisp. Could be a good summer beer, very similar to their Marathon. $1.89 for a 330ml bottle.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head that faded to a sloppy, uneven white film after the first sip and left zero lace. Aroma of stale air, like being in an old attic, along with some malt and a bit of corn syrup sweetness. Thankfully, there was no staleness in the flavor, which was basically some mild sweet malt. No bitterness to speak of at the finish. Fairly smooth on the palate. This beer probably would have faired better with me if not for the off-putting aroma.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this from a bottle to a glass.

Was a good looking brew yellow in color.

Smell was a sweet malt and yeast.

Taste was similar to the smell and thought it was not a bad euro brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth.

Good brew, could drink a lot.

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Photo of jabocu
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into glass. As you'll read below, I was not impressed with this beer, as it just tasted like a basic macro lager. However, I had this at the BEST greek restaraunt I've ever been to. It's called "Never On Sunday" and it's downtown Greenville, SC. Anyway...back to the beer.

Poured a very clear pale yellow with a very small white head that was almost gone before I could get the bottle back on the table. The smell was sweet malt and cereal, and almost a slight skunk aroma. The flavor was more of the same macro lager style I'm used to and didn't leave much for the imagination to figure out. A little sweet malt, but had that faint skunk "twinge" taste. Watery with a crisp carbonation. Would never order this again.

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Photo of oelergud
3.77/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange golden body with low carbonation. Large white head, tiny to small bubbles. Decent retention but not much lace.
Pleasant malty scent, almond, faint prune, abit of spice and only a faint hit of that all too familiar lager note.
Grain, hay, earthy and dark flavors. Good balance, malty up front dwindling into a semi rough hop aftertaste.
Light body, almost no coating and hydrating, nice and dry finish.
Very drinkable, I was pleasantly surprised at this brew.


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Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev +7.5%

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Athenian from Athenian Brewery
Beer rating: 2.79 out of 5 with 45 ratings