Fix Hellas | Olympic Brewery S.A.

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Brewed by:
Olympic Brewery S.A.
Greece
olympicbrewery.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WVbeergeek on 06-20-2003

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2.91
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I keep going to this Greek restaurant and they have Greek beer like Athenian and Mythos, Euro Pale lagers that quite frankly aren’t very good. They are watery and bland. Fix is a Greek beer, also a Euro Lager. However, even though it is a Euro Lager and also fairly bland, it has more taste to it. Unfortunately, the Greek restaurant keep being out of “Fix”, so I got some myself.

Look: It is golden yellow with a one-inch white head.

Aroma: bready, grassy, somewhat yeasty malt aroma

Taste: the taste is like the aroma, but nicer and tastier than most Euro Pale Lagers.

Feel: It is light and easy drinking but not just that.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When did having too much beer in my fridge become a problem? *BING BING BING* Since living with flat-mates is the correct answer, now on to double jeopardy where the scores can really change [to borrow a semi-obscure Die Hard reference]. So yeah, Fix Hellas, sounds like the sort of beer you buy your plumber in a classic Trappist Ale shaped bottle too - perhaps that is to get his/her* hopes up before they open the bottle to discover a boring Lager... who knows.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear golden body, ho-hum, with a thin soap-bubble white head *yawn*. Standard cheap Lager shenanigans I can assure you. I’ve nary seen a head so quick to leave in a long while. 4/10.

S: Grainy nose, with an intriguing sweet hospital disinfectant note to it - never noticed that in a beer before - proving that even with your bajillionth macro Lager tasting you may still note something unique. Huh there’s almost a honeydew melon character as well. 5/10.

T: Not the worst macro Lager I’ve had. This one is inoffensive, but a bit on the meandering side. Flavours of cereal grains, cut grass and a light honeydew note, with a finish that is reasonably dry and bready with a slight touch of bitterness. Again I’ve had much, much worse *cough*VB*cough*. 6/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with an almost flat carbonation. Needs a bit more carbonation to classify itself as a Lager. 4/10.

D: Overall it wasn’t a nasty surprise, though it’s not something I will probably ever see again. If I recall correctly I preferred Mythos if we’re talking about crappy Greek macro Lagers, but in the absence of any other beer whilst holidaying in Corfu I wouldn’t make a fuss drinking this. It’s one of your typical hot weather Lagers in that it needs to be drunk ice cold and quickly to slake that budgie smuggling beach going thirst ASAP [!!!]. So yeah, avoid mostly except in hot - Greek - weather where you have little access to anything else, a winner in my books! 6/10.

Food match: Get into a spanakopita already ya monkey! Seriously thinking about a fried haloumi Gyros right now - damn you awesome Greek food!

*Women can be plumbers too, though I’ve yet to see one I imagine they have bum cracks to show off as well.

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Photo of superspak
3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 4/16/2017. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit, straw, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance of pale/adjunct malt and light earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit, straw, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and solid balance of pale/adjunct malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness. Fairly clean on lager flavors; with some light yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a decent Euro pale lager style. All around good robustness and solid balance of pale/adjunct malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, fairly crisp, and refreshing to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jonb5
3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle, poured into Stone snifter.

A: Dark golden, decent sized head which didn’t hang around for very long, a few bubbles but didn’t look overly lively.

S: Fairly malty, notes of corn syrup.

T: Strong malt backbone, hints of grain and other adjuncts.

M: Thick texture for the style, low to medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

O: A typical Euro Lager, good hot weather beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly no head. No lace. Golden color -- not too light. Clear.

Grainy, unmalted barley aroma. I don't get the thin adjunct smell.

Grainy, slightly sweet initial taste. The swallow draws out a bit of cream. Thin body with a muted carbonation level. No hop noted. For a macro, this isn't too bad,but I would not normally get this beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a fairly standard medium-yellow with a big but lose head which died immediately.

Nose is nothing much in particular. A bit of citrus perhaps some grass. OK for what is is.

Palate much the same. Tastes like a mass-produced lager but with more flavour than your average beer. Bitterness is low.

Mouth is typical. Fizzy.

I found it fairly refreshing but otherwise pretty boring. Average for the style.

Not recommended.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a lager fan but this one is quite drinkable, especially when it's hot in the summer.

It's not very watery, as lagers tend to be, and actually has some flavor.

If you are in Greece and want to try local lagers, this one is a good start.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is dry grains and honey.
The taste has a slight metallic bitterness, a touch of honey and finishes with a mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Fine.

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Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Do colours have feelings? I don't know what I equate with green or purple, but yellow - bright yellow in particular - always makes me think of happy summer days. And although I'm still looking at snowbanks outside my window, the clear, light-golden complexion of Fix Hellas has me thinking warm weather.

The aroma is mostly grainy-sweet but has a very minor grassiness. It also has a soggy cereal flavour - right down to the refined white sugar - that, frankly, I find a little off-putting (I've always been a butter and toast man, myself). It's not offensive but it certainly leaves much to be desired.

Hellas is the native name for Greece. 'Helles' is the German word for 'light' and in brewing refers to a style of lager that's especially smooth and clean tasting. While Fix Hellas may be in the same vein, and despite that it's a clever play on words, the two should not be confused. This is an adjunct lager.

What's the difference? A proper Helles Lager is distinguished by its squeaky-clean and scrumptious malt profile; lesser made industrial lagers are cut with corn syrup that make them overly sweet and foul tasting. This beer definitely tastes more like stale corn bread than oven-fresh, crusty, country loaf.

I wouldn't have bought Fix Hellas if it weren't on discount. Even still, I don't think I'd be willing to again spend $1.75 on a bottle unless they throw in a trip to Mykonos, or at least a free gyro or something. While likely bland and familiar enough to suit most peoples' tastes, I couldn't find any appeal.

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Photo of OlaB
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased this in summer when i was visiting Santorini with my wife

L: light gold in color, gives almost no head at all when i pour in the glass

S: sweet malts ,some hints of hops , citrus. Not much aroma on this beer

T & F:Malt seem to dominate, i can find som hints of hops in the taste but it is not very strong nut a little in the aftertaste who by the way disappear very fast

O: nothing much to write about this beer, a boring industrial lager, taste and aroma is nothing to write home about.But when that is said: when i am in greece in 30 C sun i can easily down a couple of those, and it is far better than a lot of other famous industrial lagers, back home i would never buy this beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes the same. Typical lager style beer. Easy drinking.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at a Coop in Santorini - so it has to be good. Opened at midnight while I enjoyed the views so no way this review will be bad. Overall your European mass lager. You know what you get. Nothing great but not worth throwing away (I am copywriting that motto ....so be warned Fix). A bland boring beer. I will buy more though. Jesus Santorini is nice

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Sweet malty and grainy with corn and hay/straw, light body with a watery texture. The finish is dry, bitter and sweet malty. Ok for a lager.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fix Helles (GR)
330ml can purchased and consumed with dinner in Athens, GR.

Clear amber body has low carbonation but a relatively dark color for style.

Aroma: about equal levels of malts and hops. Sweet.
Flavor: tiny bit less malts than hops.

O: slightly better than Heineken; substantially better than Tiger (Singapore).

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Photo of DypsoBubble
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I worked in a lab and it tastes and smells of something, not sure what but I think it was a phenolic compound. Bland and sticks to the palate. Strangely not so refreshing for a Greek beer. I prefer the more refreshing Mythos or Alpha beers which can be quite good on draught.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Apparently this has been the brewer of Fix for the past five years or so.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, somewhat foamy, but mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some very sparse ocean islet lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale pilsener malt, stale apples, a touch of gasohol, and perky weedy, leafy and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, gritty pale malt, indistinct drupe fruit notes, an ethereal petrol astringency, and more leafy, weedy, and mildly floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly reserved in its plain frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the given style, and a bit too tacky to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fading pale malt at least putting up a fight, while the gasoline and noble hop esters flit about.

Not a bad Euro lager, with many aspects that lean northwards to Bavaria. Anyways, agreeable enough to drink, but I think that I would tire of it after a couple of rounds - it's just not subtle or complex, things that might justify the cause.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Fix Hellas." "Premium Lager Beer." "36 gold medals and prizes." (All of which I'm assuming were bought and paid for, and/or are illegitimate). 330ml aluminum can with blue/white label purchased at a supermarket in Kardamena, Greece, and served into a generic stangenglas in my hotel room. Reviewd live. Expectations are average. 5% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White in colour. Decent thickness. Okay creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is below average - about 1 minute.

BODY: Clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks standard for the style. Not unique or special in any way. I'm generally optimistic.

AROMA: Helles malts and accompanying sweetness. Generic barley. Some residual sugars. It's a bit too far on the sweet side in my opinion, and needs some balancing hop bitterness.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

It's an unremarkable aroma of average strength, and suggests a pretty boring and bland lager.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Generic malty sweetness, bland helles malts, generic barley, and some sticky syrupy residual sugars. It's smooth and wet, but overall presence on the palate is poor; this is unrefreshing and not particularly clean. Additionally, it's overcarbonated and is too thick on the palate. It also has an unbecoming buttery feel.

One problem is that the sticky syrupy feel coupled with the overly sugary taste suggests cheap malt extract, redolent almost of homebrew. Boy, this needs balancing hop bitterness.

I like it in a general sense, but it's unbalanced. The build is simple, boring, and insipid, lacking any complexity/intricacy, nuance, or subtleties of note. It's not well-layered and has mediocre amplitude as well as below average depth of flavour. At least the duration and intensity of flavour are average for the style.
Nothing here stands out in any way. Why brew this?

No yeasty or off-notes come through, and it's not boozy to its credit. Additionally, it's not astringent, harsh, gushed, oily, or hot. This could definitely be far worse.

OVERALL: Downable swill. It'll get you drunk. It's a basic lager meant to fill a specific market category, and lacks any true flavour and/or inspiration. I'll easily finish this can, but I wouldn't get this beer again; there are other cheaper bland lagers in Greece that drink just as well as this does.

Evidence perhaps that when in Greece, one should stick to wine and ouzo.

D+

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer to me is a bit underrated. Had this at the hotel bar at the Hilton in Athens. The color was a pale golden yellow as you might expect from a Euro lager, as well as a similar mouthfeel. The taste has a fruitiness to it though that I think separates it from the rabble of common Euro lagers. Very refreshing on a warm summer night.

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Photo of peensteen
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear deep blonde colour, one finger of crackling white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is clean and malty, a bit of noble grassy hop, but mostly grainy biscuit. Taste is malty, again grainy with a bit of biscuit/cracker flavour, light lingering bitterness, grassy mid palate, wahes away clean with not much aftertaste. Medium carbonation, light bodied but substantial in feel. A nice easy drinking lager, far from top of the style but certainly better than its current rating would suggest though.

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Photo of BWED
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml can poured into a mug. Kaliviani, Crete, Greece.

A- Clear and gold. Light however, nearing yellow. White head retains at a small pad.

S- Dull toast. A little metallic aroma. Hops are earthy, but there is this slight fruity layer to it. Almost has a Belgian yeast aroma, but not quite.

T- Mild malt, but fairly forward in the beer. Hops not so detectable, a little earthy.

M- Clean and wet. Slight bitterness lingers.

O- The aroma is different than most. I think this is a better choice than the more popular Mythos.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Yiamas, Glasgow (£3.25):
Medium amber with a decent sized, bubbly white head on top, although it did take an aggressive pour.

Corn & light hops with a refreshing, grassy hop aroma, with some lemon & other citrus notes. Not all that bad really but not that strong on the nose either.

Light tasting with corn, citrus & grassy hops plus a sweetness throughout with a tiny bit of skunk right at the end.

Light bodied with a slight citrus tang on top of medium carbonation and a refreshing taste with hints of skunk towards the finish.

Not a bad attempt at a macro pale lager, the beer was enjoyable enough and the refreshing mouthfeel certainly helped this some. Not all that great but certainly better than expected.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

I am not fixed. I can drink this, but the aftertaste is of some sort of mass produced cheap candy. Like one of those fake strawberry sucker things that you get from the desk of a dry accountant in an attempt to keep you awake while the tax-ponzi scheme sucks away your precious time, and at only a quarter cent a piece what can go wrong. Right? Wrong. It is the aftertaste....the stickiness of the sugar but it was not sugar.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Euro classic lager nose but plenty of cereals. The taste is fairly neutral, with a touch of spice that adds non-negligible a few bodies in a slightly lower drink without making it extraordinary. Finish low enough, just the presence of a little wheat and most importantly, easy to drink quite interesting.

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Photo of djura
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got it from Greece,0,5l bottle.

A-First few seconds is good,but after,there is nothing,really nothing in the glass. Dark pale col,or,almost as IPA. One finger high white foam,lasting for few seconds. Very low carbonation.

S-usual for EPL.

T/M-Carbonation is high,spritzy. Taste is watery with low bitterness,medium sweetness.

O-Pass it,nothing special.

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Photo of Brabander
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from Mrs. Brabander when she was on holidays on Krete.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks normal. Decent white head with no carbonation.

Smell is not pleasant. It smells like a wet cellar in the morning.

Taste is not spectacular to say the least. Very twisted taste with a dryness at the end.

Next time Mrs. Brabander goes to Krete she can leave this beer on the isle!

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