Almaza Pilsner Beer | Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.

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Almaza Pilsner BeerAlmaza Pilsner Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
Lebanon
almaza-beer.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
285
Reviews:
133
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of meflehelias
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle green, color light yellow, i have tasted many beers but not as the almaza pilsner it has an exceptional taste that can be drank with several dishes, exquisite smell that as you drink it , the aroma feels ur lungs you just want more . exceptionally good a beer made in the lands of the cedars .

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5/5  rDev +78.6%

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Photo of BlakeDaSnake
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Looks good in the glass. Can you say bubbles?

S: like a pound of sticky icky!!!

T: Light and refreshing. Citrus

M: carbonated yet light on the tongue

O: taste pretty, pretty, pretty,pretttty good! ummm....thats a beer you drink after mowing the lawn

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Photo of ham413
4.75/5  rDev +69.6%

Photo of BcharaK
4.5/5  rDev +60.7%

Photo of kegger22
4.12/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't know why I bought this beer. I guess I just wanted to try a "Product of Lebanon". But a funny thing happened...This beer is actually a good pilsener.

Poured a clear, light yellow color with a moderate head that dissipated to a wide collar. The aroma was not that skunky one you often find in these beers; but a clean, fresh, grain smell. The taste was lightly sweet, maybe a little on the bland side, not bad. The feel was light bodied with modest carbonation. Drinkability was excellent.

A pleasant surprise from the land of Cedars. It won't knock anyone's socks off, but very refreshing.

I am way outside the curve on this one, but that's OK.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I once worked with a really excitable Lebanese guy (nice, but super high-strung with a short temper), and he once told me this beer was one of the best in the world. Naturally, I was a little skeptical. In my experience, most countries that lack a well-know brewing culture tend not to produce very good beers. There are, of course, exceptions, and this is one of them. Crisp, clean and featuring a really nice caramel grain flavor. Very tasty and drinkable, this was an unexpected but quite welcomed surprise. Recommended.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ran into this in the food court at our local Lebanese festival in Waterbury, CT. I naturally expected this to be mediocre pilsner fare, macro style boredom in a bottle, but I decided to give it a try since it was the first time I'd run across it. Now looking at my preceding reviewers here on BA I'm frankly a little surprised at some of the horrible assessments. Perhaps it is not reliably distributed where quality may be inconsistent depending on where you find it. But this cold bottle of brew made an instant agreeable introduction to my taste buds. It was indeed a typical light golden color with good liveliness and a short lived two-finger white head. No lacing to speak of. The aroma is mild but seems promising of a normal pilsner grainy biscuit satisfaction. The taste brings this along with a unique almond-like sweetness which I find curiously pleasing. I would say there is a slim cornmeal idea mixed into a very light honey-malt. What I finally determined is that this was a decent pilsner but it also reminded me of something along the lines of a very good no-alcohol brew like Hacke-Beck which I considered one of the better ones back when I occasionally drank that variety to cut down on alcohol intake. I happen to really enjoy those flavors, what I often refer to as cereal beers. This seemed to be in that category a bit, though still worthy of a pilsner label. It has a light-medium body with fine carbonation, very smooth, almost velvety feeling yet enough tingle to make it refreshing and highly drinkable. I would agree that this is no award winning beer, but as pilsners go, I was happily surprised and it went great with my kibbee sandwich and tabouli. I won't pile on this one, I say it's decent enough and a bit different.

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Photo of ChrisBK
3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is the beer i drink the most pretty much because its the most available one here. Reviewing it as served from a 33 cl bottle poured into a pint glass
A- Golden color, not pale at all, very consistent and with a nice head. however the head is short lived and if you like the foam, drink it fast.
S- A distinctive smell, has a faint aroma of fruit, you have to look for it to find it but it pays off when u do.
T- starts off as a typical pilsner that has an edge, then you realize its not so typical, it has a slightly fruitier flavor than other pilsners.
M- Smooth on the mouth, just a tiny bit overcarbonated, but i personally like it that way.
D- an overall drinkable beer, a regular beer of mine. leaves a nice aftertaste and very smooth on the palate. none of that bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of PorterPatrol
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big surprise from Lebanon. Poured from a glass bottle, nice firm pilsener head with an enticing nose.

It's a simple pilsener, but well beyond expected from this primarily tee-totaling country.

Crisp and refreshing, with just enough bitter to round out the finish.

A perfect warm weather beer, affordable without the green bottle skunk. Just easy, well made German-style pilsener quality

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%
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

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Photo of jakewatt135
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had with Lebanese food at Nicolas in portland. Great pairing for the Kafka beef and pita with taziki

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.67/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 9.5oz green bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dirty blonder in colour, with a touch of haze. Active carbonation that produces a thin white foam head.

Smell: Clean aroma / touch of musty apple.

Taste: Smooth and creamy. Light DMS (cooked veggie / corn) flavour turns quite sweet and fruity, with distinct Red Delicious apple flavours. Touch of musty grain way in the back of the palate, along with some sulfur notes. Finish is a bit dry.

Notes: Not a typical Pils beer, but rather enjoyable and a nice surprise and change on the old palate.

Beer was produced in conjuction with Amstel Brouwerij, Holland. Sample obtained at Zu Zu / The Middle East in Cambridge, MA, USA.

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Photo of colonia25
3.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of MattXT
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of queenboadicea
3.57/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light and flavorful pilsner from Lebanon. Has a definite presence of wheat and a smooth body, which makes it a good pairing with super-spicy food. I'm working on memory here...it's been a few months since I first sampled this beer...so I'm going to pick up a 6-pack to have with a Thai dish I'm making for a few friends of mine and myself tomorrow and I'll report in more detail then.

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Photo of tjd25
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head wass hard to get and it disappeared very quickly. The body is of a transparent yellow color body. Nothing really exciting. The smell proved to be more interesting than I expected. Combined to the classic dry hoppiness, an enjoyable nutty maltiness was noticeable. I appreciated this nutty character, showing also hints of caramel. Nice notes of honey appear in the taste too. The taste, if definitely not amazing, was better than a decent number of original German pilsners (from Germany...) I've had. The maltiness is quite round and mixes in a pleasing way with the not overly dry hops. The dry character appear more in the aftertaste. There's even a light creaminess to the initial mouthfeel. Something a little surprizing in there though. Like if someone had dropped salt in the middle of the mouthfeel. Weird. Anyway, this is not a bad beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in trade from RobertDale, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear dark straw color with a decent sized white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet honey like malt with with some nice melanoids , a hint of spicy and floral hop rounds out the aroma. The flavor is fairly rich bready pilsner malt with with a touch of spicy hop flavor and low hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew with a fair amount of flavor for something at 4%.

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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
2.8 out of 5 based on 285 ratings.
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