The last time I was in Greece, I was barely sober enough to make it back to my
ferry for the return sojourn to Italy, so I honestly don’t recall much in the
way of the local beer among the buckets of Amstel and quarts of ungodly crappy
Ouzo. Now, with my brow firmly high on my countenance, I was delighted to see
if there was anything worth considering in trying a macro Greek lager.
Athenian Brewery was established in 1963 and is a part of the Heineken Group,
so I wasn’t expecting much from my green bottle.
It’s a pale lager, pouring a light straw in color with virtually no head to
speak of. The nose is Earthy and the first sip is balanced by a moderate CO2
bite, but this was obviously light struck, so I’m sure it wasn’t exactly
brewery fresh. It’s likely and adjunct beer as well, although I’m just
While there’s plenty of reason to go to Greece again – and I can think of
several, including one Die Königen need not know about (as this was long
before I was smitten with my bride) – but this ain’t one of ‘em. I’d stick to
the Amstel, were this my only other option.