Hillas | Macedonian Thrace Brewery SA

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Brewed by:
Macedonian Thrace Brewery SA
Greece
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Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rowew on 05-05-2005

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#42,910
Reviews:
25
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62
pDev:
15.53%
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.14/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Greeks are not known for their beer. I suppose you could brew for their kitchen which uses lots of olive oil, garlic and salt. But unless you visit there (which I probably will soon), you would find out that the micro-revolution is in fact brewing to that cuisine. (Italians are at least a decade into the micro-rev, so the similar Greek kitchen should be just starting... I speculate.) Until then, this is typical Greek beer.

Had at the Santorini restaurant in Chicago's Greektown. Its clarity Looks slightly above average for the style, but its balanced pale Smells are most average. Taste and Feel are also undistinguished.

Glad I tried Hillas, so I get a better sense of what Greece's micro-brewers need to steal market share from.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this at Athenas in Chicago. It poured a clear golden with fizzy white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was my fav from there.

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Photo of Eman17
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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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3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JL_25
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexM
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of TMoney2591
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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Hillas from Macedonian Thrace Brewery SA
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 62 ratings