LesArgen (131) - 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.
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.
DrBeer (825) - 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
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...
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.
kappldav123 (3759) - Markkleeberg, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also, but not much foam. Aroma sourish and a bit sweet. Tastes washy, a bit malty, finish a little bit drier. Very drinkable and good lager!
kerenmk (1210) - 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.
Pinball (9656) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Several bottles, 33cl, back in the 90s.
I was in asmara 3 weeks on a IT infrastructure job, and even back then I found pleasure in beer, and new exotic beer. The brew was somewhat similar to faxe fad, a little less bitter than HOF, and a little bit smoother. Also very slightly sweeter, but it is more or less just like any other macro lager. At the time i found it pretty good, as it was definetly drinkable. I ususally only rate from notes, but this is an exception - iím not going back to asmara, eritrea anytime soon, although it is a nice town, located on a plateau on the mountain with very nice climate due to the high location.
omhper (17458) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 Bottled. Quite a misearble sight upon pouring: Pale yellow, a mere dozen or so of bubbles tries in vain to form a head, but of course fails to do so. Neutral aroma. Sweetish with clean rounded mouthfeel where the limited carbonation creates an almost velvetty sensation. Fruity with notes of melon. Low bitterness. This is not really every day industrial lager stuff, and itís actually quite refreshing, and almost meadlike with itís soothing fruitiness and complte lack of malt flavour.
Hansen (5447) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks Barak (DSG)! Light yellow coloured and has a white head, medium duration. Sharp aroma, perhaps hops. Flavor starts light sweet and finish medium to heavy bitter. Dry texture and soft carbonation.