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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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 282
Photo of FrankieW
1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I used to be an avid Almaza drinker, until other Lebanese beers came along. It was not until I has tried the others that I began to understand the importance of beer tasting. In comparison to many other beers, I find Almaza to be weak in flavour and far too fizzy. Shame it got bought up...

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Photo of Sigmund
1.53/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

280 ml green bottle, a gift from a fellow beer rater, to add another "beer country" to my list. ABV was 4.1%. Thanks, Chris! Don’t expect me to search all over Lebanon for their "great" beers in the future, though. The whiff of fresh skunkiness when opening the bottle is actually the best thing with this beer. Pale golden colour, fizzy, low head that disappears rapidly, little lacing. In the glass the aroma is sickly, soap and rotting vegetables. The flavour (as far as there is any) is grainy and utterly forgettable. Soapy aftertaste. This beer might save your life if you happen to be stuck in the Lebanon heat, anywhere else it’s just a bad joke.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.63/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head. Very poor retention. No lacing. Pale golden in color and extreme clarity.

S- Woof. Skunky and grassy. Has some wheat tones but that's about it. Pretty bad smelling beer.

T- Echoes the smell, grassy and some wheaty flavors. Not as bad as it smells, but not good either. Sweet and malty.

M- Light and fizzy.

O- Avoid. Got in a BevMo mystery pack and definitely wouldn't buy alone.

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Photo of janubio
1.69/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle, 300 ml. Clean golden colour, it pours a small head that does not hold, though there's always a thin ring around it. Smell, well I really don't know what it is, besides being rather unpleasant. Body is absolutely light, watery. Taste, some grain and some citrus, a bit sour and nothing more. Better use your money on another one.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.74/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Soft, delicate light yellow in color with some active carbonation and a nice, pillowy head.

Smell – Why does this smell like musty orange juice? There’s an orange, sugary sweetness to this nose that makes me nervous.

Taste – Ah, this is horrid! The sick, sweet, orange syrup flavor is disgusting. How can they call this a Pils?

Mouthfeel – The body was light but there was a heavy-handedness to the ale that ruined the mouthfeel. The carbonation was AWOL.

Sinkability – German Pils? Was ist los mit der weld?

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Photo of bmacaskill
1.81/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2


First of all, too sweet for my taste. They call this a pilsenser? Hops drowned by sugar, I say.

The colour is nice, but then almost all beer has a nice colour ;-) But the more I drank "almaza" the more it stuck in my throat. It really *is* a sweet beer, and not in a particularly nice way.

Fortunately, I'd bought only one.

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Photo of woemad
1.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

9.5oz green bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew for $1.50. I bought this purely for the novelty of having a beer from Lebanon. The last time I purchased a beer from a predominantly Islamic nation (Harar Stout, from Ethiopia), I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t quite work out that way this time.

Poured a pale, clear straw color, with a modest, mildly fizzy head. Said head dropped faster than Tom DeLay’s chances of avoiding scrutiny over ethics violations. Very little carbonation was to be seen.

Smell was what one would expect from Pepe LePew. There’s also a light, grassy hoppiness, but the skunk aroma overshadows it.

Tastes a little bit better than the smell. The skunkiness isn’t quite so dominant, oddly enough. There’s not much happening, though. There’s a mild, bland dryness and a similarly bland sweet malt flavor. I sense the presence of corn as well. No Reinheitsgebot here!

This is a light-bodied lager with very little carbonation. The mouthfeel is what one would expect of a failed pilsener.

This probably feels good going down after a hot day spent watching surly Syrian troops file out of Beirut, but that’s the extent of it’s usefulness. While not expensive per se, I wouldn’t feel any need to seek this out, but if you do see it and decide to try it due to it’s national origin, it’s not the worse beer in the world. However, that’s about all you can say in its favor.

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Photo of avalon07
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing at all.

S: Very skunky (typical of a green bottle beer), with some traces of hops and grain.

T: Tasted of light hops, lemon, grain, malt, andvthat skunky quality. Mainly, this beer is a watery, unappetizing mess. What flavor exists is completely uninteresting.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, somewhat oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: I tried this beer out of mild curiosity. Simply put, this is not a great beer. It's just a mass-produced brew with little character.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had in a glass from a 12 oz bottle at Aladdin's in Cleveland. Pours a straw yellow color with minimal head. Not very distinctive.

Has an unpleasant "skunky" smell. I'm not sure if this is typical, but it is not desirable. Beyond that smell is a yeasty malty smell.

Taste is unremarkable. Very light, almost watery. A slight spit aftertaste follows the barley and slightly grassy taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, reminding me of all the "pilsners" I had in college.

Unfortunately, it is not as drinkable as those pilsners were. I don't see getting another in my future.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very suprised to find over 50 reviews for a lager from The Lebanon, as I drink my way around the world. There are obviously more BA's playing my drinking game than I thought.

Green 33cl bottle, best before 2nd July 2009, drank on a cold and wet evening in March 2009.

Poured into a Veltins Pilsner stemmed tulip shaped glass.

Ever wished you had never bothered buying a beer?

Looked OK, lager/pilsner golden yellow, with a white bubbly head. Pale golden yellow to be more correct and with a head that soon turned into a wisp and collar.

There is a strange smell cheap supermarket pilsner/lagers have, this had it.

Maize is used in the brew (according to the rear label), that will account for the lightness of colour and weakness of aroma and taste I suppose. I think some BA's would call this a 'lawn-mower' beer or something simular.

I've never wanted to go to Beriut and this beer hasn't changed my mind. This is a bad, bad beer and unless you are 'drinking around the world' don't bother trying it.

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Photo of Pleepleus
2.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes. Stumbled into Attiki Bar and Grill (Mediteranean) on Decatur Street in New Orleans one night. The young women smoking hookahs at the bar drew me in.
Poured from bottle to small glass a dark golden yellow with minimal head. Smell was minimal with hints of grass and corn. Taste was surprisingly bitter. It had good carbonation, and would be a drinkable beer given the right situation. That is to say if you were stuck in Lebannon with this being the only kind of beer available. Luckily for me I was in New Orleans, the Drinker's Disney World. Not only was the beer disapointing but the hookahs were stuffed with fruity tobaccos which is not what I put in mine.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz green bottle. Packaged on 10/03/06 best before 10/03/07. Poured into a pils glass.

Clear golden with a rocky white head and minimal lace.

Aroma is mildly grassy hops, and stale grains.

Flavor is a touch metallic, sour grains, with a spicy finish.

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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 TerryW
2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours up a clear, somehow tarnished or dirty looking gold. Moderate white head that quickly settles to a ring / partial film. Minimal lace.

Smells mildly hoppy and grainy. Just a simple beer, some very slight sweetness, mild carbonation, just a touch of bitterness. Nothing especially remarkable or memorable. Typical light beer suitable for washing stuff down with.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.33l bottle poured in a tulip glass.

That's a terrible beer...

A: Clear pale yellow color with a one finger head
S: Malt and corn, basically
T: Malt and corn. Very light hop taste. But yeah, the corn taste is really terrible
M: Light body and medium carbonation. Very light bitterness if compared with a real German Pilsener
D: Low. Corn should never be used to produce beer. Avoid it!

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Photo of alexgash
2.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing says cold weather and Christmas like a good Beirut Pilsner in a 9.5 oz. green bottle. Just the thought conjures up images of snowflakes, a roaring fire, and reindeer. Or not. Anyway, I drink this now, in December, just to avoid having it sit around getting even skunkier than it probably already is. We'll see...
Clear, golden straw body with lots of bubbles and a fluffy, white head. Nose is predominantly skunky euro hops (shocking). Honeyish malts drip through, along with some chex cereal, but just barely.
Tastes of cardboard honey malts up front. Not much sweetness or "good" malt flavor. Skunky hops stumble in and are mildly bitter. Finish is faintly bitter, skunky, and thankfully short. LIght-bodied, over carbonated, and disappointing. But hey it's from Lebanon; isn't that cool!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, pale gold, with two fingers of huge, white marshmallow fluff head. Scant lacing. Best part of the review.

Aroma of skunk ass (green bottle), grassy, malty. Some earthy notes.

Tastes of skunk, grainy malt, fresh mown grass, quick fading finish. Not much in the way of flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery.

So so drinkability. Other than skunkiness, nothing aggressive/offensive. Not really much to distinguish itself from other similar beers. Can't really compare it to other german pils.

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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 drewmprs
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A thin pilsener served in a 9.5 ounce bottle. I've never had a lebanese beer before, and can't say i look forward to my next after tasting this brew. Very unflavorful and a saucy aftertaste that clung to the palate like a piece of toiletpaper clinging to your shoe. I had it at open sesame in long beach.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw yellow with a crystal clear interior disturbed only by a few streams of energetically rising bubbles. The bone white cap is capable enough and is doing a better than average job of lace deposition. Not a bad look at all.

Most of the green bottle skunkiness that was apparent on crown cracking has faded. What's left is more Euro pale lager than hop-centered German pilsener. The beer is somewhat grassy (gotta be Saaz), but is primarily untoasted grainy.

Not impressed. Almaza is far short of almazing. As in the nose, the flavor has Euro pale lager written all over it. The beer's biggest problem is no discernable personality. It isn't sweet, it isn't especially bitter, and it isn't crisp and clean.

Let's go with watery grain and a handful of dried grasses. Maybe the combination of the green glass bottle and the trip across the Atlantic was too much to overcome. It's hard to know if age is a factor since the label contains no date of any kind.

While the mouthfeel is nothing to write home about, it's better than the flavor. The beer is light (not quite watery) and is lightly carbonated. It isn't a hindrance to sessionability, although who drinks more than one of these? I don't even want to finish this one.

It's easy to believe that the majority of pale lagers from Europe suffer to some extent in making the trip to America. Almaza Pilsener Beer seems to have suffered more than most. Unfortunately, by putting it out of its misery, I only added to mine.

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Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that immediately descends to a vanishing thin film. A very small amount of dots stick.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" and some lime.

The taste is a bit sweet, going to tonic water. Any hint of hops quickly fade. Finishes prickly with "wet cardboard".

The feel is thin and fizzy, even for a pseudo-pils.

Fizzy, yellow water with a thin hint of grain and some hint of something else ... It is somewhat drinkable, for one, but that's about it. it crosses into unpleasant blandness.

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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 wordemupg
2.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass may18 2010

A clear straw yellow with good carbonation and a thumbs width of bone white head that left a partial ring of lace

S grassy hops and skunk

T see above but with a little lemon

M well carbonated but thin and it has a quick finish(that my be a good thing)

D if was hot enough and if they darkened the bottle and I got a fresh bottle I might drink this if it was hot enough and my choices were very limited

Wow I'm so surprised that a beer from Lebanon is sub par

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Photo of toolbrew
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured clear yellow with a thick white head. Head fell quickly. Lots of carbonation

Smells of grains. Some mild hop aroma as well.

Has a dry taste. Some bitterness at end.

Dry and slightly oily mouthfeel. The bitter sensation fades quickly. Odd, oily, astringent taste.

The brew was okay. Probably wouldn't revisit.

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