Hillas | Macedonian Thrace Brewery SA

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
62 Ratings

Brewed by:
Macedonian Thrace Brewery SA

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 05-05-2005

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of wc94wc
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of matjack85
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

 1,028 characters

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of biokid23
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of midnitesun11
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of logicerror
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of MichaelPatch
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Azpittil57
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of illidurit
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of tyelton2
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Treebs
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

 532 characters

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DeezGunz14
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mzeld
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of
2/5  rDev -37.9%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of stampfler07
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

 935 characters

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

 330 characters

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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

 719 characters

Photo of cudmud
2.14/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

 388 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hillas from Macedonian Thrace Brewery SA
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 62 ratings