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

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Almaza Pilsner BeerAlmaza Pilsner Beer

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Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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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 matjack85
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
2.66/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 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 ordybill
2.19/5  rDev -21.8%
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

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.36/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.29/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's difficult enough to locate a Middle Eastern beer, but Lebanon has a different culture which allows beer to flow a little more freely. It comes in a green 330 ml bottle, so I'm hoping that skunkiness comes at a minimal. On to the beer:

Pale, somewhat washed out golden colored in the body with visible small bubbles running from bottom to top. At the top rests a rocky, foamy head which slowly drops and leaves a few big spots of lacing. After a stinky first impression with the aroma, much of it withers away to a nose with sulfur, vague fruity esters, dry grain, and husk. In fact, it's not too terrible, though don't confuse it with good.

After so many different national lagers, many of them start to run together. I would draw Almaza closer to Heineken with a few bruises from a long journey than a Budweiser. Slightly sweet, minerals, touch of sulfur, and a light body with little crispness makes the character of this beer.

Not too bad as it is. In the part of the world where it's from, it could easily be worse; there could be no beer at all! (Ironic, considering beer was created in said region.)

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very light hops, almost no smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of watered down light hops.

Overall: Ok I guess, glad I tried it.

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Photo of metter98
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at Balade, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet bready malts and corn are present in the nose along with some faint hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness. Little, if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite coming in a green bottle, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and thought it surpassed any of the typical adjunct lagers you typically see from foreign countries. It also paired well with the Lebanese food I had for dinner.

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Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : pint glass
@ Hoda's Middle Eastern Cuisine

Clear, golden with a foamy white head.

Simple grassy hops, with light notes of sweet, apple esters transitioning into a sweet malty backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A decent beer. It's a bit estery for what I would expect from a pilsner, but still pleasant.

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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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Photo of artoolemomo
2.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has lousy retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber that looks a dull golden straw when held up to the light. No lacing has been left behind. Well, there are a couple spots.

Nose- Starts off with a little bit of bubblegum then transitions into a much more watery aroma that has slight hints of cornflakes and other cereals. Slight vinous notes. A very boring and typical AAL nose. No hints of any traditional pilsner hops.

Taste- Some citrus, mostly lemon which moves into the basic notes of the aroma. Grain, biscuit, and cereal. Cornflakes are more dominant than any of this. Reminds me of Elephant beer. Very dry finish. Some white grape. No real German hops but a pretty good, dry finish makes this a little more tolerable than I thought it would be. Slight mineral and chalk notes on the finish. Still, a below average that strikes as being just a little better than BMC. It does not appear to be lightstruck though it is in a green bottle.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with too much carbonation, such that it's almost abrasive. Crisp, dry finish places this a notch above BMC.

Drinkability- Watery and boring so it's pretty easygoing. But watery and boring so much so that I don't really want to drink it.

Overall- Slightly below average. The only reason I tried it because it's from Lebanon. Could have given you the basic flavor profile without even drinking it. Will not buy this again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light straw color with a big billowy white head of about 3 fingers. Rather rapidly the head fades leaving only a very light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of some light grain and a lot of skunkiness. Along with these aromas are some light notes of a grassy nature and a bit of bread.

Taste – The taste is very light and crisp with some flavors of a light breadiness and some grain as well as well as a more corny taste. As the flavor advances beyond the start, a light grassy and somewhat floral hop taste come to the tongue. These mix of flavors take the taste to its end leaving a light crisp taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the very light flavors of the brew and suit the lower abv and crisper feel of the beer rather well.

Overall – Very light and easy drinking, but nothing special. Just OK.

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Photo of Olek4374
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

hm... lebanese beer. How exotic! This is my first expedition into Middle Eastern beer, which is really, really limited in Alberta. Let's go.

Well it comes in a green bottle. i like the look of green bottles, but they do certainly lead to a large percentage of the beers being skunked. And this one is. I didn't have a pilsner glass handy so I poured it into a tulip. The colour is really weird - it's not the typical bubbly yellow you expect with a pilsner. It's a really murky yellow-brown colour with very little head. After the skunkiness dissipates, you'll notice the aroma is very sweet and malty, which is certainly unusual for a pilsner, which, when made properly, is quite hoppy. The smell is faint for sure - it reminds me of my best friend's apartment growing up. Very odd indeed.

The taste is a little watery with some mild hop and malt notes - not very powerful and certainly not what i think of when i think of a pilsner. i'll give it that it is hoppier than a generic adjunct lager you'll find in North America, however the taste still leaves you with a dissapointing feeling inside. Perhaps this is how the Lebanese prefer their beers - light with some subtle flavour. Looking closer at the bottle, the faint, clear label shows that the beer is a very modest 4% abv. This is not always a bad thing, but I think the brewers were intentionally looking for a light lager in mind when they originally came up with this.

On the whole, this beer is a big letdown. It promotes itself as a pilsner (like many other beers), although it doesn't deliver. It is watery, not flavourful, and looks really weird. There are no offensive tastes, so fortunately there is that to consider. Regardess, I don't see enough positives here to make a repeat purchase.

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Photo of FLima
2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, almost amber color with lots of head with medium retention.
Aroma of an adjunct lager but not unpleasant, bready malts, vanilla and adjuncts. Some floral hop notes.
Sweet malt and corn flavor with floral and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body and unexpected low carbonation.
This seems to have a bit more hops (though low on alpha) than usual for an adjunct lager. Not a pilsner but decent for an adjunct lager. Better than the average mass adjunct lagers.

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Photo of pmorey
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle pour at our local Lebanese restaurant. Bright golden color with thin head. Heavy carbonation and left with a "Perrier" aftertaste. Not a beer I would choose on my own, but strangely enough it did make for a good pairing with my curry.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body. Low retention on the head.
The aroma is faint: honey and grain.
The flavor is nothing. Water and water and a tiny bitter at the end.
A fizzy texture, light body and high carbonation.
A less than average beer and certainty not a pilsener.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Mooney's Mediterranean Cafe in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with some moderate amounts of golden yellow highlights and heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a patchy thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with a light hint of graininess and some light amounts of grassy and floral hops.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with a moderate amount of bready malts with a light hint of grainy sweetness to it. That is followed by light flavors of grassy and floral hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a pretty decent beer, my first from Lebanon, and exceeded my expectations considering it came in a green bottle (though it lacked the skunkiness I have come to expect with that type of packaging). Easy to drink and sessionable, though I would expect it to be best when served ice cold as I had mine.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (date stamp 120201509) poured into a Shaker pint glass. Given to me by a Lebanese colleague who knew I liked beer. Very kind.

Appearance: Pale clear gold color. Thin white head with some tiny islands of lacing.

Smell: Practically none at first - but a bit floral as it warms up.

Taste: Light, crisp, clean malt, hint of honey-like sweetness, light bitter finish and then some floral aftertaste. A bit unusual of a finish, but I think it works.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation just south of fizzy, but not bad. Thickness underneath a bit watery.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing beer overall. Did go well with food though (Cottage Pie). Where this beer shines is in drinkability. I could easily have another and I can see myself enjoying this with a Lebanese meal sitting out in the heat or inside. In a way, it is what a pilsner should be - highly drinkable and cleansing of the palate, and this beer delivers in regards to that theme. I find this surprising in light of the very light flavor and aroma, but sometimes a good beer does not need to be rich in everything.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle tried 15 Mar 2011. Courtesy of jk who picked it up in Oman, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug.

Large white head. Well carbonated. Clear dark golden yellow in color. Aroma is primarily skunk with some mineral and sweet grain in the background. Fairly sweet to start. Thankfully the skunkiness is not nearly as present in the flavor. Slight graininess. Light effervescent body, minimal ethanol. Slight hint of lemon and mineral water in the finish. Aftertaste is a very faint bitterness.

I would drink this if I was in Lebanon. And could get it unskunked.

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