Hellas Pils

Hellenic Breweries of Atalanti SA


This was the first Greek beer I've ever had. In all likelihood, this was the last Greek beer I'll ever have (probably because it's the only Greek beer I've ever seen). This had a very metallic taste to it, the kind you get from drinking Coors or Bud Light from a keg. While it was kind of drinkable, and I finished it, It had a flat taste to it, and was not at all impressive. Plus, the label was kind of bland. Not too much redeaming about it. Plus, I had it at Taco Mac, a local bar/restaurant known for its 100+ beers, so this wasn't cheap, either. I could have lived without it. Then, as I was finishing it, I noticed that it had an expiration date on it: 29-06-2000 (June 29 '00, for those of you not used to how the rest of the world writes dates). Please note, I drank this on April 25, '01. Whoops. Now, that might have contributed to it's overall unpleasantness, it will be yet another reason to think poorly when I recall this beer. Sorry Greece, nothing personal. Just bidness. I still like your Gyros.

Reviewed: July 21, 2001

Rating: 3/10

Steve might've gotten a really old beer. I recently took my parents out to a local Greek restaurant. My wife and I had been many a time, but this time we noticed Hellas was now on their menu. Naturally, I had to try it. The first sniff was a little off-putting. Pretty skunky. But the taste was alright. A clean, crisp, standard European pilsner. Not at all bad, and paired nicely with my platter of marinated eggplant and tomato casserole, along with hummus and grilled (!) pita. My dad, the world's harshest critic of food AND beer, also liked it. So hey--if you're at a Greek restaurant, and you want something different to wash down your pastichio or souvlaki, be brave and give this a try.

Reviewed: November 12, 2005

Rating: 5/10

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