Almaza Pilsner Beer
Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #819
Ranked #49,537
2.83 | pDev: 20.85%
Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Again, I chase the country count and this is what I get.
I'm sure the Lebanese like this. It suits their climate as this is a light and refreshing lager. It also probably suits their food, although I only had it with hummus as an appetizer. So if it does its job, why pan it ?

While the head recedes in less than a minute and Looks flat, it has a gentle copper-tone. Smells are OK; I don't get the adjunct temptation of warmer climates, but I rate it well below average also because it lacks grassy notes. Tastes also are below average as it lacks the style's bitter hops. Feel is OK, but slightly thin.

But, I give some OA Hugs because Almaza survived Lebanon's civil war and lived to provide the stability and grace that only brewers can. The website link on BA is not good; but I did find through a search that Heineken bought a major share in 2004 and that probably explains how I found a copy in the Midwest.

Feb 13, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

2.81/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Out of the bottle and into a glass at Zena’s Lebanese Restaurant in Orange, CA.

Ain’t nothing like sipping on the #789th rated German Pilsner in the world, ya feel me? Good thing it’s ice cold like my first girlfriend, cuz if not, I’m sure it’d be a lil too metallic and skunky like my 3rd girlfriend. Actually, it’s really not that bad. It’s extremely muted with a a bit of a syrupy feel. That’s it!


Jan 24, 2020
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vinicole from England

2.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle. Straw colour. Clear.
Grain and other adjuncts smell.
Cereal in taste. Not much there.
Thin with medium carbonation.
Drunk at a Lebanese restaurant but not again.

Nov 19, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.82/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at Salam in Hillsboro.

A clear straw yellow with a thin white head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks decent. The nose is decent. Mildly skunky with lemon and earthy hops, a clean and minimal malt character and not a whole lot else. The palate is mildly bitter and with a definite skunk note. A mild cereal note is present to accompany the lemon notes. Drying, clean and mildly bitter on the finish this is decent.

Jul 14, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

2.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a medium size white head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of adjunct with some residual sugar notes is OK. Taste is a mix of adjunct and residual sugar notes with very subtle cereal notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Standard mass-produced adjunct lager.

May 14, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 2.37(Including tax and discount)/330 mL bottle ($ 0.212/oz) from Total Wine-Forum, Selma, TX. Reviewed 3/12/19.
Bottle stamped “20171282115” on back label. On shelf at store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Yellow, clear, some effervescence.
Head – Small (< on cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, average density, average retention, diminishing to a two to three mm ring, fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Very light floral hops followed by lightly toasted malt.
Flavor – 3 - Very weak malt and hops. No alcohol (4.2% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation- 2.75 – The total is less than the sum of the parts. This is much more of a weak lager than a German Pils.

Mar 12, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 3/19/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light corn/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity/skunky aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light corn/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light corn/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice German pilsner style. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Nice clean pils malt/grain flavors, with solid earthy hop presence/balance for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Sep 29, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thought this was from Latin America until I got it home. I just grabbed it because I had never seen it before and it is still humid. Not much for head. Dark golden color and a lot of graininess in the nose. Somewhat crisp and relatively smooth. This is not a good beer in the ordinary run of play, but for shot in the dark meaningless lager from a random country, it is easy to drink and fine.

Sep 16, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

2.37/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color. Quite effervescent but the weak white head dissipates almost immediately. Some sudsy foam is left on the beer.

Aroma is uh, blah? Theres a faint whiff of sweet grain, but not much beyond that.

Taste isn't much better than the nose. Grain, sweet lemon drops, a touch of honey, and some faint herbal hops. Its remarkable how unremarkable this flavor profile is. Its not a pilsner, at least a recognizable one - much closer to a Euro pale lager. Quite bland.

Feel is light, quaffable, and refreshing. Moderately carbonated. It wants to be dry, but the sweetness overtakes any dryness on the finish.

Overall this is a horrid pilsner - as a euro pale lager its serviceable, but I'd rather drink almost anything else.

Mar 28, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

2.74/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, hint of sulfur, slight citrus hops, rice, and a hint of pale malt. Barley fits the style of a German Pilsner; closer to a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level and noticeable dryness. Tastes of strong Euro yeast, hint of sulfur, slight citrus hops, rice, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, adjunct hurts both body and aroma, but otherwise average.

Feb 15, 2018
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

2.85/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel mug.

L: Clear straw yellow, thin white head minimal retention.

S: Grainy malt, herbal hops.

T: Grainy malt, quite bready, herbal hops, not terrible but not too good.

F: Light, crisp, clean.

O: Not bad but not good.

Jan 02, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I believe, if I am not mistaken, that this beer came to me courtesy of my local, in-person trader @tone77 & yet I do not see a review from him. Hmm. Would he have given me his only bottle? Or did I procure this elsewhere? The mysteries of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody swirl around.

From the bottle: "Extra Quality".

I Pop!ped the cap with no real expectations of quality. As such, I still conducted a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass & then performed an in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose smelled more like a Euro Lager than a German Plisner, kind of sweetish, but lacking in any real character. Mouthfeel was thin & watery. The taste was honey-like, but that was about it. There was nothing to distinguish it from any other cheaply made Lager-style beer. It was really lacking in taste, but at least it did not taste bad. Finish was semi-dry, but so what? This is a beer made for a hot, humid day in the outdoors when anything cold and wet will be refreshing. Otherwise, it is a big nothing. YMMV.

Nov 11, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

2.82/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight floral hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight floral flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Pilsner

Oct 29, 2017
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I purchased a bottle of Almaza Pilsner Beer for $1.59 USD in Pasadena/CA/USA.

Look: Almaza Pilsner Beer had a light layer of foam with medium sized bubbles.
Smell: Almaza Pilsner Beer had an ordinary aroma of fermented grains.
Taste: Almaza Pilsner Beer had a very mellow flavour of grains mixed with vague hints of sweetness.
Feel: Almaza Pilsner Beer had good carbonation.
Overall: Almaza Pilsner Beer is a beer for people who enjoy a beer with light alcohol content. Almaza Pilsner Beer could be considered as an alternative to soda.

Jun 09, 2016
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BeernOnThe4thOfJuly from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong honey nose with hints of fruit. Flavor is that of a typical pilsner with a bit of that honey. Overall, mild and smooth with little hop presence.

Apr 26, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dirty gold body with two fingers of white foam. Sweet malts, bready grains, and some grassy hops. Taste is lighter and sweeter than most pilsners, but still pretty bland and macro finishing. Feel is lighter bodied, and macro in general

Apr 04, 2016
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matjack85 from Illinois

2.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 330ml green bottle poured into a pint glass. There is some kind of code stamped on the back label but can't make heads or tails out of it, so I don't know if this is a freshness date or what. What does 41601908 mean???

The beer poured a crystal clear straw gold color with a ½-finger of white head that dissipated in about 30 seconds and left no lacing whatsoever.

I was afraid of skunkiness with the green bottle and all but thankfully there was none of that at all, but it didn't have a good pilsener smell either. It actually had a sweet bubblegum and fruit aroma along with some grainy malt, but none of the noble hops usually associated with German pilseners.

It didn't taste like bubblegum but was still on the sweet side with a cereal grain flavor. Kind of a bland beer but not offensive. Lacks depth and really lacks any kind of hop bitterness that you usually get with a pilsener.

Between light and medium bodied with mild carbonation. I would have liked it better if it had more spritz.

Easy to drink at just 4.2%abv. but not really a good example of a German pilsener.

Feb 21, 2016
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charlzm from California

2.66/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass from an undated green bottle, consumed January 31st, 2016.

Beer is proper clear light yellow with fizzy white head.

Smell : skunked.

Flavor : slightly grainy, chalky and skunked.

Mouthfeel: correct for style.

Overall - unremarkable pilsener that was lightstruck thanks to a green bottle and who knows how old it was? I would say to avoid this one because of these two points.

Feb 01, 2016
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Pours a light golden? (hard to tell with low light) color with a thin head. Smells mostly of malt. Light mouthfeel with rich malt taste. Nice, first beer I've had from Lebanon

Jan 14, 2016
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MattXT from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at a Lebanese restaurant. Expected the typical German skunk, got none of it. This was surprisingly good, and probably amongst the best of the genre that I've had.

Dec 21, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at the "World of Beer" in Pooler, GA
Skunky beer aroma that speed into the flavor. Medium sized white head with nice carbonation. Overall, not a good beer

Jul 04, 2015
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Foyle from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" white head that drops quickly with no lacing. Clear pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly roasted barley and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel: light and frothy, with a dry slightly astringent finish.
Flavor: biscuit and bread dough, a bit of fruitiness with mild grassy hops.
Overall: pleasant, easy drinking and typical of the style.

Jul 04, 2015
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting sweetness. Not much carbonation. Definitely not your average Euro Lager. Specifically, avoids that skunk and off-putting aftertaste that tends to linger in such green-bottled offerings.

Jun 25, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold pour with white head. Good carbonation. Lite floral notes. Lite, soft flowery taste. Light bubbly mouthfeel. Interesting tang on the tip of my tongue. Refreshing little Pilsner.

May 05, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.29/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Pours a light super filtered straw yellow. Aroma of rice, corn, husk, and sweetness. The flavor is semi crisp, husky grain flavor and very faint bitterness. Light malt flavor, pretty mild. Crisp, light grainy pils with not a lot of bitterness. Not skunked, fairly clean, but cereal grains seem to be at the forefront. Gassy, well carbonated pils. This is very simple beer with no finish. Just another macro pilsner.

Jan 19, 2015
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