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Hellenic Breweries Of Atalanti S.A.

Style: Munich Helles 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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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -18.5%
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.


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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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 smcolw
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the country where the founts of Western thought first flowed, Greece is the tap source of another great treasue; Fix Hellas Lager. This Hellenic brew is bilt off of its country deep meanifulness that is traced back to the days of antiquity and could be seen as a necessary addition to any Republic. Pours a crystal clear straw golden haziness with a white frothing head leaving a full trickled lace within each sip of this well traveled beer. My friend brought me back this sample of beer from a trip to Greece and I am thankful to be touched by it's grace. The aroma is characteristic of many European lagers with the slight skunk cabbage hops with a sharp full sweetness to the front. A great tasting crisp flavor that so good in fact if I where a Greek citizen I would have to get my Fix everyday. Great overall lemongrass sweetness that goes down easily with a slight grainy bitter finish, very nice hot weather beer. Definitely on my list of exotic beers light in body and fully carbonated to provide the crisp cooling down sensation in every sip of this Grecian creation. I would definitely partake in this beer while visiting the island without a doubt, ranks higher than any American mass produced beer without a doubt in my book.

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Photo of tempest
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asked a roommate to bring me back a Greek beer from her vacation and here I am.

Not bad, shows sign of a Munich helles and differences from a Euro pale or American macro. The aroma isn't anything special, it's just cheap and sweet. That flavor however, does have some grassy hops in the background of the light and bland malt body. Not a bad beer for vacation I guess.

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Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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 BlackHaddock
2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl Can purchased in Crete with the sole purpose of reviewing it. The third beer in my 'Drinking lager from around the World evening'.

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Very, very pale, a golden straw colour with a fine white foaming head at first. It just looks week, it's too pale.

Weird smell, cooking apples and hay?

Who ever decided to list this as a Munich Helles Lager must have choosen that style for the colour, cos it tastes now't like anything I've had in Munich (O'fest 7 times and other trips too).

Dry nothingness in the taste, a true lawnmower, feet up in the sun throwing beer.

Watery, soul less and boring. There are some decent lagers brewed along side the Mediteranean Sea, but this ain't one of them.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Fatehunter
3.17/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
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 flexabull
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright pale yellow color with a pretty good white head.

Aromas are kind of doughy and sweet.

Tastes fizzy, with some bread dough flavors, and a little sweetness. Finish is dry with mineral hops flavors.

Mouthfeel is not bad, maybe a little over carbonated.

Drinkability is decent. Just another run of the mill lager that I found in Greece. Nothing offensive, but nothing really good either.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Brabander
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of allergictomacros
2.16/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear light gold with a billowy head of white foam that drops quickly.

S - Odd chestnut notes and a grassy hop.

T/M - Somewhat bland. Weird astringent character with sharp off-alcoholicness. Hard, hard carbonation is bordering on painful.

D - Made for chugging for sure. The pain of the carbonation should make it easier to not taste the off flavours.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
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 doktorhops
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
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 jonb5
3.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Andreji
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Haha the last of the greek brews I had decided to keep for a while after purchase (dec. 2003) for no particular reason. One day, it popped out of the fridge and into my glass. Magical? not in a million years.

This brew, honouring the rest of its hellenic macro colleagues, pours its boring straw white head translucid appearance as so to say "hey, look, I'm a lager". Boo-freakin-hoo, the smell is very slight and rather uninterestingly wheaty, and guess what? The taste, closer to a bad pilsen than to a simple crap lager, is rather metallic and definet rubbish. Ugh. Greeks.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 jarmby1711
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This light coloured lager offering , I expect has no pretensions held for it by the erstwhile brewers.
It is well carbonated and crisp and befits joyful consumption in an atmosphere of grilled lamb and octopus.
Yeah , its simple plain and drinkable , but not a reason totravel to Greece for

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BWED
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
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 djura
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MarkQ617
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
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 kitschiguy
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
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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