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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
Ranking:
#42,690
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
59
pDev:
15.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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Photo of cudmud
2.14/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very clear yellow color. Thick white head of two fingers of foam. No lace; perhaps there is soap residue due to the restaurant dishwashing. Steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: Very Metallic with a slight hint of hops.

Taste: Again, metallic. It tastes of testing a 9 volt battery with your tongue. A slight hint of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Drinkability: Avoid.

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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Treebs
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle served into a mini-pint. Had at a Greek restaurant in down town Chicago.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a pure white head forming on the pour. The head has great retention and sticks around for quite sometime. It recedes slowly leaving behind some sopay lace.

S: Mineral water, some grain and noble hops.

T: Same with some pale malt, cereal grain and surprisingly fresh noble hop character.

M: Highly drinkable with a light body. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent enough Euro pale lager, but still not that great.

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Photo of bditty187
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sickly, pale yellow/gold in hue; gross… fizzy white head, at the apex the there was almost two fingers of foam. Head retention was fair, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap, half finger tall. Small, soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. There was minimal, spotty lacing. Average appearance.

The nose is clean with hints of grain, earth, hay and dust (?). Odd. Macro lager-like but without the adjuncts? The label claims “water, malt, hop, yeast.” Apparently there was very little malt or “hop” used. Hell, maybe they used only one hop. No false advertising here based on what I smell. The nose is way to faint and clean for me to say anything positive.

Amazingly bland palate, clean, weakly malty with no trace of hops. Not watery but not flavorful either. I am baffled with Hillas. It is so bland; lifeless. I tried it once before and it reminded me of Old Style but now it is even more flavorless then I remembered. Mass-produced boredom.

About medium in body, moderate-low carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer well-enough.

In some ways the flavor and drinkability could be rated high. If neutrality and chugability are your thing then Hillas will rock your world. If you like flavor and depth, you’ll hate this beer. Props to Hillas – no green bottle. I never seen this beer until it arrived at Beertopia. Curiosity sparked me to try it – twice. No more, I swear. If it was cheaper, maybe. If I want a beer like this I’ll drink PBR.

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2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four finger bubbly white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Light clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Piney, grassy nose. Starts nearly balanced just on the hoppy side not finding any sweetness, simple lager, slight soapy aftertaste. $1.65 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or. Best before July 7, 2006 and still okay.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Eman17
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TMoney2591
2.82/5  rDev -12.7%
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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2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
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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2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of AlexM
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Hillas from Macedonian Thrace Brewery
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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