Hillas | Macedonian Thrace Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Macedonian Thrace Brewery
Greece
verginabeer.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 05-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Eman17
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, served at Greek Islands restaurant in Lombard, IL. I have never seen this beer anywhere at all.
A - pale golden body with nice clarity and a soft white head
S - pale malt, grassy hops, typical pale lager aroma
T - mild flavors of cereal grain, spicy and grassy hops, yeast, quite sweet overall flavor
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation, finishes clean and a bit dry
O - pretty typical [Euro] pale lager. About as exected and average for the style.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a fairly clear golden color. The head is pretty frothy. Nice carbonation. Nose is somewhat skunky. Somewhat foul smelling. The taste is a whole lot better than the nose. It has a crisp feel to it. Slight sweet flavor.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled about 3 weeks ago. Bought a single bottle to try. 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "MYTHOS" pilsner glass.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a fizzy head. Some lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of grassy grains for the most part. Tasty pretty much follows the nose. Lighter side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it was drinkable though nothing super exciting.

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Photo of cdalglei
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly better than average pale lager to accompany Greek food. Mostly cereal presence in the aroma and taste, pale golden in color with thin white head.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JL_25
2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexM
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I think I'm the only one in my vicinity that's not having this at a nearby Greek restaurant. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises toasted cereal grains and light moss and tobacco notes. The taste sweetens the grains, dumps the greens (thankfully), and drops in a bit of hard water. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very fluid feel. Overall, this is a thoroughly underwhelming little beer, one that refuses to even try to distinguish itself from the usual "Euro pale lager" fare.

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Photo of little_star
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WDGBHOPCAST
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anthony-martinez
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Brams17
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LukeGude
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Potensdux
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of axxe
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bighandsjohn
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of wc94wc
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of matjack85
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I ordered this beer with my dinner at the Greek Village Restaurant in Schaumburg, IL. It was the only beer on their list I hadn't tried before. 300ml brown bottle served in an undersized Miller Light glass. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear pale yellow color with a 1-finger white head and hundreds of tiny carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Retention was less than a minute and there were only a few spots of lacing left on the glass. (I wonder if this was due to restaurant dishwater soap residue on the glass as most reviewers said their head retention was good with lots of lacing.)

Typical Euro pale lager smell. Some grain, some grass, and a pleasant noble hop aroma.

Better taste than most Euro lagers. Has a pilsner malt flavor balanced with mild noble hop bitterness. Borders on sweet, but the sweetness is subtle rather than overbearing.

Clean and light with moderate carbonation.

A nice easy drinker with no offensive tastes or odors. Very sessionable, but not at $5.50 per glass restaurant prices.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of biokid23
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Hillas from Macedonian Thrace Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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