BREWER: Alfa, Egaleo, Greece
STYLE: Weiss Beer
VESSEL: 0.5l tin
DATE OF POST: 19th June 2022
Confusion was running riot in Jymi’s noodle the second Sammy handed me this beer to put under our MOB reviewing noses.
The first thing that set the brain scramble in motion was the fact the tin is upside down. What? Now, there is a nice little intertwined arrow image on the tin art that suggests that this is not just a canning error. It is intentional. The fact all our tin facts are in Greek also clearly added to the confusion but that is my own fault. What really hit me hard in the ‘brain compartment’ was which way up to store this crafty little pup. Even once researched and Sammy confirming how to store, I still had a double take every time I saw Alpha stashed in the beer fridge…
Is it supposed to be upside down? Should I call Sam AGAIN to make sure? What the f is going on? were the daily thoughts and I have to be honest I’m not even sure now. But we are where we are.
Anyway, can cracked and I’m sure you’ll be able to see from the pic, this beer looks AWESOME in the glass!! Plus, the instant almost spicy apricot nose that hit’s you is just a joy.
Swig wise the flavours are great, it slips down very easily and I don’t think this brew would become too much or too heavy so many points awarded here.
HOWEVER: The body ends up being thin very quickly and the aftertaste is so light it is practically non existent if I’m being honest.
There were plenty of marks handed out here but ultimately Alpha has been let down from the severe lack of body. With a few tweaks just to liven it up I honestly think this beer could be a worldy. However, sadly it’s not, it’s good but just lacking pizazz.
Jymi’s Rating: 65%
I’m going to call this beer A for the simple reason I do not have a Greek keyboard to type its actual name.
So, for starters, the can is printed upside down. Now, not only do I not have a Greek keyboard, I don’t speak Greek either. However, from what I can infer, I think this is a deliberate move so that once turned upside down, or the right way up, depending on how you look at it, some magic happens inside the can to liven up the beer.
A has the nose you’d expect from a Weiss beer: wheaty. And whilst it’s not striking in any form, it’s not terrible either.
Again, in the glass A looks like a wheat beer: golden hazy.
Now, unsurprisingly, A tastes like a wheat beer. You may or may not remember that they’re not my favourite brew. BUT, as wheat beers go A is quite nice. It’s well brew and balanced nicely, not lingering too long on the palate, which in my view can be the downfall of many a wheat beer.
Very often, I wouldn’t revisit a Weiss beer once tested. It’s a testament to A, then, that I would happily have another one of these if I somehow stumbled across it. I accept it’s unlikely that this will happen.
Sammy’s Rating: 73%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 69%
MOB review next weekend: SMALL BEER LAGER by SMALL BEER BREW CO.
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