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

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Almaza Pilsner BeerAlmaza Pilsner Beer

Brewed by:
Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at Lebanese restaurant, West Chester OH. Pours deep golden with a long lasting white head and some lacing. Nose is of hay and some biscuit malt. Body is medium, crisp. Taste is grassy hops, and sweet biscuit malt. Finish is long and clean. Better than American macro, I could drink a second bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my first beer from the middle east, i think. enjoyed at house of kebob on colorado boulevard. pours darker than most of these light pilsners, sort of brassy in color, almost no head. beer looks almost flat in the glass. smell is some light middle of the road rather neutral malts, and balanced out bittering hops only, maybe kent goldings or something low key. flavor is similarly basic, but none of that gross adjuncty taste the american versions all have. my girlfriend actually really enjoyed this beer. i thought it worked well with my lamb kebobs and hummus. feel was weak, i have to subtract for the lack of carbonation, just totally absent, but i also have to add back on because it actually did have some body, which is welcomed here. overall im glad i tried this, but its nothing special.

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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 C20Percent
2.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Very pale yellow with bubbles. No head.

S: Like a light pils. Some wheat here -- some fruit there. Aroma very unorganized.

T: Light. Airy. Some sweetness in the background. Some fruit flavors. Taste like the best Miller Lite ever.

M: Light body -- very little carbonation.

O: No real flavor. Beer doesn't really stand out. Nice to have at a Greek restaurant, but would never purchase off the shelf. Value-less beer.

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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 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 Drinkerofales
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a pure white head and some lacing.

Smell is light, hint of fruitiness, yeast and malt, all weak.

Taste is lightly tangy, but not much more. It has all the aspects of beer, but all are on the weak side.

Feels fizzy and light, easy to drink, but nothing special.

Overall, it's the Lebanese Pilsner. They try to call it a German Pilsner, but let's be honest, too much fizz and not enough flavor has this fall short.


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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 soju6
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle while stranded at Washington Dulles Airport of all places.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma, mostly of fresh grain with a hint of sweetness.

T: Starts with a nice crisp nip with a mild grain flavor. As it warmed a bit there was a bit of honey sweetness. Very mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Very non-offensive beer.

O: Not what I would real call a German Pilsner but still was not a bad beer. Probably goes best with spicy foods.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almaza (Arabic for diamond) has a medium, white head, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is initially skunky (green bottle), but then it's mostly malt and a touch of hops. The taste is similar, grain up front and a light hop bitterness present to round it out. Some sweetness and paper flavor is here as well. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Almaza finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, it's an average beer.


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Photo of mactrail
2.66/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Faint hint of lemon, rather sharp flavor. Pours a light golden. Normal head, decent carbonation. Spritzy with a light mouthfeel. Tang of bitterness emerges in the aftertaste. A little bit of dirty cardboard is the main flavor. Malt may have been used somewhere in the manufacturing process.

Refreshing at first gulp, but utterly standard kind of lager. I think it's an American Adjunct Lager, but the line seems to be blurred with these multi-national pale beers. In any case, if you're comparing to actual German Pilseners this is not a competitor.

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Photo of awmiller
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad brew coming out of Lebanon. This brew poured up a pale golden-colored body with a one-finger fizzy head with minimal retention and lacing effects. There’s quite a bit of carbonation going on! Aromas and flavors of grass and apples and something akin to fresh-husked corn. Very light bodied and surprisingly smooth with a dry finish with a nice subtle bite and aftertaste.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy appearance with lots of light head that quickly settles down leaving some retention. Smell consists of bread, grain and a hint of fruit.

Taste was very light, but picked up grain, bread, corn with a small hint of hops and sweetness. The taste is clean, but nothing stands out. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a dry grainy taste.

Overall, the only thing that stood out was the smell. Taste is really no different then a North American light beer. Maybe if it was as hot as the Middle East, I would chug a bunch back.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this at Me Jana in Court House tonight. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with two inches of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks like a BMC macro.

s - Smells of grain, bread, and corn. Not offensive but not a ton going on

t - Tastes if bread, grain, wheat, and corn. Again, not that great.

m - Light body and high carbonation. Over carbonated.

o - Overall not a great pilsener. Nothing really stands out in this one. Would not seek it out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dirty gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pungent light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little bit of malt thin sweetness followed by some breadiness of lager yeast and grain. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better beers in the style but it’s not too bad either.

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Photo of Beejay
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow in color, with a white head. Crystal Clear, but the head is a bit lack luster.

S: Some sweet smells, with a little bit of fruit and a touch of skunk. Perhaps a touch of rice.

T: Light and slightly fruity. There is a touch of a crisp rice flavor in the finish, and a fairly watery presentation overall.

M: Medium in body, carbonation seems a touch low for the style. Still there is a little crisp refreshing quality to it.

O: Overall it is pretty forgettable, another country's version of the pilsner. Meh.

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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 david18
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was in a Lebanese restaurant so what kind of beer do you drink? Lebanese, right? It was pretty standard pilsner, not really anything special. Very light, very ordinary but it was fun to have since I'd never tried it before. I wouldn't recommend but I would highly recommend Lebanese food if you've never tried it.

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Photo of KingRamer
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I came across this brew at the US Embassy in Lebanon on a mostly cool late spring day. The locals all rave about it, most likely out of a hometown pride, but it is a serviceable beer which is fitting for a most beautiful country which makes most of North America look boring.

Looked to me as exciting as most Pilsner not having much of a head.

Actually smelt a bit nutty and fairly crisp, the only really impressive part.

Tasted more nutty than expected but only as much an impact there as Pilsner or a light lager could have.

Not much body at all, great initial taste that fades as quickly as it surprises you, overall watery.

Would only indulge if your going to be eating the freshest of foods reminiscent of those found commonly through out this area. The food hear really is awesome.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. green bottle into pint glass

A: clear gold with a very short-lived head and no lace. It appears to be decently carbonated, but it can't maintain a head. Possibly a bad sign...

S: Sulfur. (Green bottle?) Some pale malt in the background, but mostly sulfur.

T/M: Fizzy yellow beer mouthfeel. Very little hop character and lots of bready malt. Hop presence doesn't even balance the malt, and the finish isn't all that clean. It doesn't taste bad, and the sulfur from the aroma isn't present in the taste, but it's not a pilsener.

Overall: It's not horrible, and it doesn't taste bad. It's actually quite drinkable. But the label creates expectations that the beer fails to meet, and I don't like that.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The body is of a transparent yellow color body. Clear & crisp but nothing really exciting. The smell proved to be more interesting than I expected. Combined classic dry hoppiness and a 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 WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lebonon....they make beer?!?!? Your sh&tin me! C' way. How do they have time to make beer between morter attacked from Syria??? Well it is true my friends...Lebonon has a beer and it is not too bad. I have been trying to find an analogous beer to compare and the best I can come up with is Heiniken/Stella Artoisish type beer. It is golden in color, white head, not much smell, decent taste, and could be drunk at any bomb shelter soiree! Drink up my friends!

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Photo of ADWnyc
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank in half liter bottles in multiple locations in Lebanon.

Fairly clear straight-forward pilsener appearance. Straw colored to light golden. Fairly weak aroma to the nose, although there was some subtle hint of freshness. Mouthfeel was about average, with some mild crispness and very light body. Overall a fairly decent beer. Certainly one of the better offerings in the Levantine area. Very drinkable in its favor.

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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 smcolw
2.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No starting head, very light bubbles on the edge. Leaves no lace. Golden color and nearly clear.

Raw lighter grain aroma. Very mild hop. Close to macro styled pilsner.

Tastes like a macro lager; grainy, hopless, and overly carbonated. In short, a lawn mower beer.

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Almaza Pilsner Beer from Brasserie Almaza S.A.L.
2.8 out of 5 based on 279 ratings.
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