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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

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Added by rowew on 05-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,401
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
59
pDev:
15.48%
Bros Score:
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Gots:
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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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3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1038th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
11.2 oz

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- More of a lighter yellow with a bit of gold in the glass. A semi puffy 1 finger head with some good retention and lace where there.

Smell- A nice mix of a little bitter with some sweeter malts. It was an interestinga aromatic as the lager yeast was well hidden this benefited from that.

Taste- Again, the lager yeast was hidden to me and didnt have that usual skunky flavor but was a bit sweet with a nice little tinge of bitter and a bit of wheat for some reason. A little pepper I found complimentary in the flavor layers.

Mouth- A bit light bodied and medium carbed. Very clean and crisp. Needed a bit more body for me.

Taste- Better than average but not by much. One of the few Greek beers I have seen besides Mythos. Cheers to new countries importing some pretty good beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inch white head on a 3 SRM colored body. Above average head retention and some lainh.

Grassy smelling, grainy.

Pretty clean tasting. Crisp. Not overly sweet and some faint hop bitterness.

Lower carbonation for the style. Medium mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer from Greece! Would take one of these over a BMC product if given choice.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat pale straw color. Very clear, with a bit of visible carbonation. Nice white head is fairly thick, and has moderate retention, turning to a bit of a film and leaving some lacing.

Smell: Aroma of grains and some grasses, with a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Grains, grasses, and some honey. Just a bit of spice from hops towards the finish. A bit one-dimensional. A somewhat bitter aftertaste builds up after a while.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth - a bit creamy even - with just a bit of graininess. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and generally pleasant.

A decent Euro lager - nothing special, but quite better than many alternatives

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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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3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, great label,

A: Pours gold with a firm white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Sweet pils style malt, Helles like.

T: Sweet malt again, very bready. Good noble hop flavour, grassy.

M: Light-bodied, smooth and crisp, a clean brew.

D: A good EPL that probably benefits from the brown glass on import. Definitely one of the better brews I've had in this style.

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4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

One finger white head. Dies down to a cap of foam on top. Pale straw/golden color. Very clear in color with bubbles rushing to the top. Some decent lacing, and the retention is quite good.

Smells of fruity lager yeast and some grainy malts. Pretty clean and straight forward lager fragrance.

Grainy malts, strawberry fruity esters, and a slight hop bitterness.

Well carbonated, low end of medium bodied, a clean refreshing bite on the end.

All around a solid lager. Hats off to the Greeks for this one. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a coupla these at the Pegasus restaurant in the Greektown neighborhood in Chicago. Nice place. I asked for their best Greek beer (when in Rome... right?) and this is what I was served.

A - Pale yellow, standard lager color. A crisp white cap dissolves quickly, and little lace is left on the 6 or 8 oz glass that I was given. Have you guys ever noticed that almost all "ethnic" restaurants, whether they are Indian, Asian, Greek, etc. all give you a glass with your beer that is smaller in volume than the bottle of beer you ordered? American, British, German, Belgian, and Irish-style pubs all give you a massive glass to hold your big beer, but it seems like any restaurant with origins in Asia or the Mediterranean want you to pour your 12 oz beer in two servings. What gives? (sorry for the rant)

S - Gentle grain and a wisp of honey that sets it apart from most "basic" lagers.

T - On the sweet side for the style, but that helps it stand out a bit. Although it is pretty basic.

M - Crisp, light, refreshing. Pairs well with the Dolmades dish that I ordered, and with the Spanakopita that I finished for my wife.

D - A good, but very simple lager. Every country in a warm climate has its own iteration of a refreshing pale lager, and this is no different. A step above BMC for sure, but it isn't anything special.

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