kerenmk (1585) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel.Thanks DSG. Murky pale golden, white film. Sweet, molasses, corn aroma, generic bitter taste, something artificial tho. Light body, rather soft carbonation, bitter-sweet finish. OK.
onystrom (1315) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear pale yellow color with great head. Nice smooth palte and moderate bitterness.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow with dense white head.
Maltsweet aroma with notes of grain.
Sweet and buttery flavor with notes of mineral and a tiny dry finish
jde123 (736) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bought this beer at an Ethiopian restaurant in Washington D.C. It really complemented the meal rather well, had a cleansing affect on the palate, nice and somewhat creamy (which is quite odd for a lager). If I had this beer on its own, I donít think it would have fared as well, quite bland, a little to grassy, but only on its own. Takes on the flavor of whatever you are eating.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice, clean lager that tastes more like a standard lager than the Ethiopian Harar or Meta. It looks similar to Harar, being a deep straw yellow, very faintly hazy, with a fairly big, creamy white head that slowly shrinks and leaves some light, creamy lace. The aroma is light and sweet but pleasant, mostly light dough with honey and a hint of flowers. The taste is also light but quite pleasant. Itís a bit sweet with no bitterness, a clean flavour of apple with dough and honey and a hint of mineral, plus a lightly noticeable, but pleasant alcoholic warming quality. Itís smooth and drinkable.
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - FEB 5, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is not the worlds best Lager, but itís well above average and better than any produced by Carlsberg....Itís not available outside Asmara, and not allways there either. The locals claim that thealmost every bottle thatís supplied from the brewery is consumed within one or two days...
Taste is therefore fresh and crisp. Starts fruity and ends dry enough. The middle is more blend, but itís well balanced. Even some bottles brought home to Norway tasted....better than Tuborg...
LesArgen (174) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
OK, so itís been eight years since I tasted this beer, but at one time I drank quite a lot of it. When I arrived in Eritrea for the first time in 2002, the country was still recovering from Ethiopian occupation a decade earlier, to such an extent that the beer didnít even have a label. There was something very nourishing about drinking a beer from an unadorned brown bottle in a country that hardly had electricity. My score for appearance (4/5) is for the sight of a few mls of beer hitting the concrete floor of the bar you were in - it was custom to pour a little onto the floor to make sure it foamed up. Foam = drink, no foam = send it back for another one because this one had gone pear-shaped in the production process. When there was foam, Asmara Lager was a very clean, crisp lager beer and one I never tired of drinking.
homawaye (23) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Compared to European Lager beer Standard this is poor. But I think, if you have nothing else to drink, go for it. At least it has got quite a clean palate and some freshness. Hops donít grow in Eritrea, so they are hard to detect in this beer.
jakobf (3) - DENMARK - OCT 16, 2004 does not count
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
When youíre stuck in Eritrea, this beer will do the job. But donít count on it being a huge export success.