Brummen | Alfa Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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Alfa Bierbrouwerij B.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity, very similar to apple juice, with a bit of flowers in it.

Taste is sweet with a honey and fruit flavor. A solid bit of hops comes in at the end to cleanup the taste, very Pilsner like in that respect.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew, I guess is pays to expect the worst sometimes. Looks like a light beer and tastes like a Pilsner sums this up nicely.

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Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Redrover
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green longneck. I forgot to check for freshness dating.

Beer poured a bright gold with a large white head. Interestingly, the head was made-up of both the usual small bubbles and some really massive ones as well. I’m not sure what causes that, but it makes the beer appear slightly warped. . Not much in the way of lacing.

Beer had a fresh “euro” lager aroma. I was expecting some skunk aroma due to the green bottle. None was present. some malt was lingering in the background behind the hops.

Taste was decent but not earth shattering. Seemed well balanced with both hops & malt having their say. Hops are slightly in the forefront. This beer would be easy to pair with all but the spiciest food.

Creamy mouthfeel and easy drinkabiltiy round out this beer. I was expecting a Heineken type clone given the packaging, but I was plesently surprised.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden color with a medium-sized snow-white head, lively carbonation, and incredible glass-coating lace. The aroma consists of sweet malt with notes reminiscent of honeysuckle, and a definite hop presence as well, no skunk whatsoever. Taste begins with slightly stinging carbonation, then sweet malt; fades to a somewhat dry ending with mildly bitter hops. Overall, this is a very nice pale lager.

Package reviewed was a 12 ounce green glass Euro longneck.

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Photo of Floydster
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo, split this last night with my dad

Color was a golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a 1/2 white bubbly head, looks more like champagne than beer, still a pretty good amount of lacing

Smell is a little honey and citrus with a strong yeast aroma, smells a lot like a pale ale, also some grassy hops

I also saw several different things floating inside my green bottle

Taste had a sour aftertaste I was not fond of, pretty hoppy for a lager, somewhat dry finish, but taste does not last a long time, a little skunky, can taste lemons and oranges faintly, more flavor than most lagers of this kind, but it is not a good taste and is not balanced with a weird mouthfeel, tried to be too sweet

Could drink a lot of this if you like the taste because it is about as light as it gets, cannot see the alcohol percentage being any more than four percent

Not recommended, first time I have ever seen this beer and I am happy I only paid one dollar for it

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Photo of Shadman
2.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another 1 of 8 in a taster's pack I purchased. Green bottle, Royal lager..oh boy!

all in all an average looking lager. I dinged it because it had a bunch of flake-like particles floating around in it.

not a whole lot going on here. Some faint hop and malt that smelled sweet & slightly grainy.

Slightly sweet malt with grassy, slightly citrus-tinged hop. Tag of metallic aftertaste, but nothing offensive.

found it to be smooth and even-bodied.

typical Euro lager, not bad, but nothing special either

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Photo of elricorico
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, with a fizzy white head. Lots of visible carbonation.

The smell is a bit different from what I expected. Flowery and plant like, almost a smell of overgrown weeds. Not unpleasant, but does take some getting used to.

The taste starts with a bit of honey and citrus sweetness. Hops are dry and grassy. Well balanced and the fullest flavour I've tasted of the style.

The beer has just a touch of body to it and is readily carbonated. Feels pretty good for a lager.

I think I've found a Euro Pale Lager that is worth taking note of. Well balanced, easy drinking, just a nice beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually one of the better Euro Pale Lagers I've tried, still one of my least favorite styles to date. Very clean and crisp with notes of fruit and hops, nothing is too exciting. However, my last Euro Pale was a King Fisher and this one's a heck of alot more drinkable. Won't buy this one at the store but I'll keep drinking them if they're given to me.

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Photo of nick76
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a well balanced beer. The malt taste was replaced by sweetness only and the hops left a taste that was almost medicinal. Smells sweet and a touch grassy and yeasty but does not taste like either. Not a good lager from the taste department but the appearance is spot on.

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Photo of KoG
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle a strong yellow with a decent amount of head the fizzed around the edges and became chunky in the center.

The smell wasn't very inviting, somewhat skunky. Could be due to the green bottle.

The taste was not as watery as I had expected, but not much to rave about. Had some nuances of malt with a predominately hoppy palate.

The mouth was suprisingly smooth and left me refreshed.

As far as drinkability goes, I'm not much of a lager fan but this would definately be a better choice than the American Macros and most of the popular Euros. At $5 a 6 pack it's not too over the top if I happen to be in the mood for a Lager.

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Photo of avaulteriam
1.7/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is one that I did not enjoy. I paired it with Kirin Ichiban and felt that the Kirin was far more drinkable. I am now very weary of drinking from green bottles due to skunk factor... Taste was watery and dirty. Appearance was faulty as well, with pale color and fizzy head.

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Photo of Kreuger
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow color, with a tall white head, at least 2 fingers at first. Which simmered down to a thin layer above the brew itself.

Smell: Not so hot here. Sorta skunky, though certainly not over powering (its not Heineken after all) - which I'll chalk up to a green bottle and a big thank you to my 'local grocer's (well lit) freezer'.

Taste: Remarkably good considering the smell. Crisp with a little lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Clean, and quick from the palate. Decent body for a euro-lager, very smooth going down.

Drinkablilty: Despite the moderate skunkiness I got with this, it went down and fast. The taste was relaxed and not aggressive.

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Brummen from Alfa Bierbrouwerij B.V.
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 12 ratings