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Alfa | Athenian Brewery

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Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2003

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 165
Reviews by mdcrouser:
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2.05/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Curled up on a cold night, watching a movie, I reached to the fridge for whatever was available, and this is what I found - from the World Market holiday pack of world beers. Glad to try one of each, rather than never have the chance to buy them at all.

Pale gold, iwth little no head, this looks like a classic American lager - uninspired and bored with itself.

Smells like one too - corn, a bit of salt, much like a Budweiser, but with a tinge of "European," actually.

Light, characteristic pilsner flavors tip-toe on the tongue, and quickly down the throat, gone in a matter of seconds.

Barely carbonated, just enough to ensure yourself that it is so, but otherwise nearly flat on the tongue.

While it's nothing to be awed by on its own, this might actually be decent when paired with a salad topped with feta and Greek olives.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Photo of tigg924
2.52/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, gold, with 1/4 inch head. and moderate carbonation. Smells of skunk. Taste is better with light sweet malt, honey, and grass. Overall this strikes me as a slightly below average adjunct lager. Probably will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Marius
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had really wished that at a nice Greek restaurant, they'd have a more diverse selection of native beer, but hey.

A - It took a hard pour to yield a finger's worth of head, but it was gone in a blink. Pale as straw. A little bit of patchy lacing saves it from being totally fugly.

S - There's... no smell to even remark on. Nothing.

T - Typical lager flavor. Nothing special, and certainly not the worst I've had. Still better than Bud haha.

M - The carbonation is very excited for a beer with no head... almost prickly.

O - While I probably won't ever try this beer again, it was worth the junior college try. Not bad, but unremarkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden straw with vibrant thick white cloudy foaming head which leaves a mellow trickled lace down the glass. Aroma is arises as one full of european hops that produce the characteristic skunk tone with mild tones of sweetness from possible corn and malt based graiin. Very grainy in the flavor with the malt sweetness shining through more so than the skunked hops in this beer. A lighter bodied beer built for quenching thirst in a country known for it's wine and ouzo. I personally enjoyed this beer and when eating authentic Greek food this would go as a fine pairing to most dishes. I enjoy it and if on a Greek island could picture myself drinking my share of this malt based beverage.

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Photo of chinchill
3.07/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Alfa on tap on Athens.
Look: Golden fizzy body with a white head that had poor retention.
Malt forward aroma and balanced flavor. Light hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look; golden clear with a one finger head, which sticks around, nice light constant carbonation.
Smell ; wonderful instant strong malty and buttery notes.
Taste ; fresh, malty, buttery with a light almost creamy after taste.
Feel ; smooth, crisp and fresh finish with a bitter aftertaste
Overall it has a strong thick taste and is different and really nice, will be buying this again if I find it in the UK that is

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Photo of KrissyKat6
2.42/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of anders36
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a beer i never heard of before. Until my father brought one home from Greece. It pours a golden straw colour into the glass. The head is white and big, but disapperas quickly, leaving just a thin ring. It has a little sweet smell and also smell from hops and citrus. The taste is not bad, but it isn't good. It is a bit malty and sweet and no bitterness at all. A beer for hot summer days. But i wasn't impressed of it.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, very pale straw yellow colour, with two fingers of thin soapy white head, which leaves a narrow ring of lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells of sweet white grain, and skunky, wet hay hops. The taste is mild pale malt, a bit of mealy rice, and acrid, grassy, weedy, skunky hops. It's like it wants to be a hoppy Euro-pils, but fails on all accounts. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and somewhat cloying, and it finishes off-dry with the same combo of fading malt sweetness and cooked veggie bitterness.

Skunked? Maybe. Skanky? Sure. Eurotrash? Not fair, but oh yeah...

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
1/5  rDev -65%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of avisong
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ordybill
2.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a pale clear yellow with a very small white head. The aroma is skunk with some wheat, I am not looking forward to the first taste. Yep, the flavor is heavy on the skunk side with some grass that follows. Not a good beer at all, Marathon is a much better beer from Greece. This may taste better in Greece.

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Photo of tabascosigned
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of OlaB
2.59/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: golden clear color , gives away a fingertip high head that disappear very fast, moderate carbonation

S: sweet malts , corn

T&F : sweet malts, corns , apple juice. Not a very pleasant taste .Light bodied moderate carbonation

O: Nothing interesting with this beer, a boring macrolager with a boring taste. In a day at the the beach in
30 C i could easily down some of this beers, else is a beer i would not buy . all together is much worse lagers out there than this, but this beer is not very interesting

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of peandyd
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Neutral non offensive lager...could do more

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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
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