Marathon | Athenian Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery
Greece
athenianbrewery.gr

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
28
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
17.12%
 
 
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2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Greywulfken
2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Odd amber color and flat-looking, maltier than other adjunct lagers I've had. Probably not that fresh, so I rated it a little higher than I felt about it.

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Photo of The_Cakeater
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -48.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Brenden
2.99/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is a very clear yellow-gold color. A completely white head almost reaches one finger and shows pretty good retention. When it does fall, it leaves some clinging to the edges. A little lacing manages to stick around in spots.
The smell is all grass, must , grains and leaf, some definite sulfuric notes. There's not a whole lot to say.
In the flavor, a little sweetness comes out with the grains, but otherwise it's just as leafy and grassy, and herbal over all of it.
Light-bodied and a little bit slick, there is a stiff crispness from front to middle in every sip, though it flattens a little into a dryer herbal finish.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kkmiller76
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JackRB
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tone77
2.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains and malts. Taste is crisp, grains, corn, a bit of an off flavor in the after taste. Not horrible, but not to my liking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is about your standard, run of the mill AAL.

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Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of freewill35
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bmoney
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of beerpadawan
2/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Wudro
3/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.38/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a fluffy white head of about half an inch. About the same color and carbonation as ginger ale, and the head's gone just as fast. No lacing. I mean, it really really looks like ginger ale, or some kind of soda.

S - Is that... paint thinner? With some notes of cough syrup. Yuck.

T - There's the typical lager flavor, but with an almost fake grape flavor or Robitussin. It's actually kind of hard to choke down at times.

M - Watery, with an odd boozy finish. Surprising, considering the relatively low ABV.

O - I've had worse, but not many.

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Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some say lager is lager. Not Marathon. Marathon is special. This beer is a pretty pretty pretty gurrrl. Nice foam head. Nothing shocking, but a good head. The taste is real sweet. Beats many English ales for my money. Provided you like a little sweetness in the beer, then this is the beer for you.

If you are a fan of Greek soccer then it will make the match against Germany easier to swallow.

Drinks really nice. Easy on the carbonation. I think Marathon goes down well with music of Italian pianist Giorgi Gaslini 'Plays Sun Ra.'

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best."

--Michael Johnson

Radiant goldenrod with a crystal clear countenance and lemon rind edges. Nearly three fingers of newspaper colored foam was created on the pour, looks decent enough from start to finish, and does an okay job with respect to lace.

The nose is par for the style course in all respects. In other words, it's pale grainy with an undercurrent of grassy-musky hops. Seriously, do any of these Euro pale lagers vary one iota from one another?

Marathon is acceptable beer for what it is. It's slightly ahead of the game due to slightly more malt sweetness and slightly more hop bitterness than the typical version. No real nastiness is another positive of sorts.

Let's go with lightly sugary cereal grains, a soft sort of grassiness and a dash of minerals that doesn't taste out of place at all. Yeah, it's simple, but also decently drinkable and might even be refreshing on a scorching day in mid-July.

The mouthfeel favors the upper end for the ABV and the style. Proper carbonation allows the liquid to expand on contact and there's no trace of wateriness on the finish.

For whatever reason, Marathon is the best of the three Athenian Brewery beers that I've had so far. Maybe it's simply a matter of freshness versus staleness, but this is a decent purchase if you have a hankerin' for a Greek pale lager and nothing else will do.

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Photo of Halley
2.44/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My boyfriend got this beer for me because I ran my first marathon this fall. He's traveled in Greece, and said the beer there was terrible, so we weren't expecting this to be too good. I would say it lived up to expectations.

A-Yellowish.

S-Not too bad--a little pine.

T-Not too much taste, in general. This may not be fair, since I definitely prefer ales over lagers.

M-Fairly smooth, although rather watery.

D-Goes down easily but is not something I would keep drinking.

In all, glad we got the beer for the sentimental value, but would not get again.

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Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Smells a bit like sweet grain...grassy. Faint hops also there.

A little bit of crispness upfront, but not much. The dominant taste of this beer is of a sweet, biscuity malt and grain. It's not really all that interesting of a beer, but I guess it wasn't made to be. Finish isn't really dry...there's a good amount of wet grain that remains for a little while after the swallow. Hop character at the finish is pretty minimal.

It's highly drinkable...but nothing special overall. Again though, it's just made to be quaffed anyway...and for that, it does a pretty good job.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of white head. It is clear and yellow. It smells sweet like an adjunct lager. The taste was sweet at first and is then followed by a horrible metallic taste. The initially taste is bearable, but that aftertaste is nasty. I probably won't be seeking this one out again.

Opa!

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A bit of a pale gold color that was almost perfectly clear. Had a fairly nice 1-finger head.

Smell: Has a solid malt backbone in the smell that seems to have a bit of a spicy scent lingering in the background.

Taste: A spicy malt flavor with a mild hop kick to balance it out. It's smooth, but nothing terribly special.

Mouthfeel: The spiciness give it a bit of a tingle on the tongue. However, the rest of it is thin and watery.

Drinkability: Eh, it's okay, but not something I'm going to feel a strong need to get again.

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2.92 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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