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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#46,792
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
312
pDev:
21%
 
 
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 312
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.39/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.95/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +31%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
2.37/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +29.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -5.3%
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 +33.8%
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 +29.2%
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 -22.1%
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 +6.8%
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 +19.6%
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 +7.8%
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 -18.5%
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 +3.6%
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 -19.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +8.9%
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 +25.3%
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 -3.2%
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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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 312 ratings