Alfa | Athenian Brewery

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Brewed by:
Athenian Brewery
Greece
athenianbrewery.gr

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
60
Avg:
2.86
pDev:
19.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of katan
3.89/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - A very light golden color. Very clear. Light carbonation, light bubbling. No head formation.

S - Whoa skunk - not even pilsner which I was hoping for. Its like I was maced by a black and white varmint in the backyard.

T - A potent pilsner malt flavor. Mega bomb of almost skunky flavors. I love pils, but this seems over the top. Gets a bit bitter mid-stream. Very edgy, biting. I have a hard time going back and forth between this beer being a skunky disaster and a overt pilsner bomb.

M - Light bodied. Lightly biting. Smooth texture.

D - Superbly drinkable. ABV is manageable. Not filling. Does go down like a macro lager.

I've decided this is a good beer that doesn't fill the wussy characteristics of a american macro lager.

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Photo of rousee
3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is not around Boston at all except at THE one gourmet Greek restaurant. It is 10 X better than the other beer (KEO) that they have at Meze --the fairly new place on the bridge next to the new hotel in Charlestown.

Pours a gold straw with no head retention or--just a touch to convince you it is active.
Nose is standard euro-lager-malty, nutty, grassy, pretty good --slighty sweet wheat coming through.

Taste is smooth, clean, and malty --fairly dry finish.
Slight saltinesss too.

This is what I hope for when I try a beer from some country that I have never tried. I approve and would recommend !!

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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 Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of mobrado
3.69/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had this twice. Once in Boston - blech. Once in Santorini after a long walk down on the donkey path - so refreshing. I will choose the positive review. A typical lager from Europe. Golden color, very strawy and mild hoppy taste - nothing remarkable but refreshing. I had 2 large steins and a beer had never tasted so good as it was very hot out. Beer snobs will rip this apart, I think some beers are meant for their own turf, and this is one. Looking forward to another

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Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle purchased and consumed at a Greek restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for $3.75. This is only my second Greek beer.

Poured a straw color, with a decent sized white head. Modest amount of lace.

Mild, floral hops and biscuity malts. Rather mild smelling but not bad for a no-frills lager from a country that mainly drinks wine.

Taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops are slightly more assertive, with a nice crisp zap to the palate at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. I've had supposedly authentic pilseners that didn't have this good a mouthfeel.

If this were cheaper, I'd consider it for a summer lawnmower beer. Good, not great, something to look for on Greek restaurant menus that don't offer anything else besides B/M/C.

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Photo of geaux750
3.64/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alfa Hellenic beer has a thick, white head and a clear golden appearance. Carbonation is medium to high, and a decent amount of lacing is present down the glass. The aroma is of fine barley, and a tad bit of hops can be picked up. Taste is again barley, with some hop back end. Mouth-feel is light to medium, and Alfa finishes refreshing, but not as dry as American lagers. Overall, I enjoyed this one and was glad it was not skunked (green bottle).

RJT

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Photo of Rabi
3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quit being beer snobs, this beer isn't terrible.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Gajo74
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with decent head and lace . Grassy aroma and slightly herbal. Similar grassy flavor in the taste, toasted malts and light hops. Very crisp and light bodied; easy drinking.
I don't feel this one is as bad as others make it out to be. It's drinkable and a nice light and refreshing option. Also, if this is an american adjunct, it tastes like all grain to me. Certainly much better than other american adjuncts.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.46/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Onslow
3.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark apple juice from the box colour ... has a tasty grass skunk some caramel flavour ... this was another surprise, definetly one of the better greek lagers out there ... good lacing ... pretty nice stuff here...bought from CL Specs as a single.. a single success..

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had straight from the bottle at a Greek festival. Wasn't expecting much, but this is a pretty decent AAL. Aroma we pretty much what I expected from a beer in a green bottle: sweet corn and malt, some vegetal notes. A long pull from the bottle reveals a medium feel with nice carbonation, with corn flavor a some actual peppery hops come through. Much better than expected, and better than most AALs I've come across.

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Photo of hackmann
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: crystal gold body with maybe a one finger white head that disappeared before my eyes; a spot or dot of lacing here or there.

Aroma: oh hum, another lager bouquet; in the bottle a little Euro must smell or green bottle smell; in the glass – sweet grains and grassy hop

Flavors: grainy, light herbal hop and dry grass, multi grain bread, for a Lager pretty good

Mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing, light flavors, light to moderate body, moderate carbonation,

To the Point: once again a typical Lager; average at best as far as Lagers go; refreshing and pleasing on a hot summer day. Hard to justify the $12.99 a six pack. The price is in play for the okay rating.

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Photo of animal69
3.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight macro looks and corny sweet nose with only slight grass but buttery malt backbone and some definite noble bite. Crisp, round with some surprising body.

A step up from your average macro, this is a perfectly passable all-malt lawnmower beer in a can.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent appearance in the Scotch ale glass. Enough white head but not overly carbonated. Not such a bad hoppy aroma, of the faintly skunky sort. Makes me think of Mickey's Malt Liquor for some reason. Tastes better at first couple of gulps, but it's surprisingly favorful. Gets dull after half a bottle.

Still, a touch of malt, a pleasant beery taste with a touch of bitterness, and it's quite acceptable for the style. This one suddenly showed up in the smallest liquor store in my east Denver neighborhood.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle while at dinner at Aegean Restaurant in Watertown, MA. Poured into a pint glass. Not a bad looking lager, as it had a large white head and a nice dark orange color. Smell was a bit malty. Flavor was pretty average. Bit of hops, some malt. Not a lot going on in that department. Was not skunked at all, as other reviews have mentioned. Nicely paired with Greek food. Would order again, but really only to match the cuisine I am eating.

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Photo of Kyle2015
3.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was an easy beer to drink

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Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with some low alfa acid Czech style hops. It's clean smelling with some light sweetness and a green bottle skunkiness. The taste is average. It has quite a skunky taste. It's sweet tasting with a light hop bitterness. It goes down smooth with a clean finish. It has a metallic edge to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average Euro lager. It has a bit more mouthfeel than most, otherwise it's pretty basic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roaming the streets of downtown Athens will surely deveop a thirst. The locally brewed Alpha is sure to be a welcomed beverage that quenches the thirst while giving the ole dogs a rest.

Alpha is a crisp and cleanly flavored European lager that foregoes the abuse of adjuncts, yet promotes the fresh flavor of lightly kilned malts for a bready, grainy-sweet taste and crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Light acidity of apple and sulfur promotes the clean taste without distraction. Herbal hops have a mild spicy bitterness and light grassy taste to complement the grainy-sweet body. This fresh, tap version seems on par with Heineken when it's also fresh and off the draught.

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Alfa from Athenian Brewery
2.86 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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