omhper (22999) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sometimes the world is strange. Just after I’ve first heard that this beer was available in the US, a colleague brought it to me straight from Ethiopia. It is pale yellow and rather hazy. The nose includes a strange but obvious bubblegum aroma. It is surprisingly malty with a velvetty soft mouthfeel, is bready and slightly grassy, and actually not bad at all. My bottle stated it being 4.3% though, so maybe there are two versions of this beer?
Travlr (20909) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2009
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle at a tourist restaurant in Addis. Cloudy yellow with a rapidly disappearing white head. Aroma of bread of candy. Sweet taste with a slight bitter edge. Interesting but not great.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
33cl can. Crystal clear straw body topped by minimal white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread, light honey, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, honey, light spicy. Light-medium body, light sticky.
HenrikSoegaard (12926) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Light bitter finish. Watery palate.
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
6/X/14 - 33cl can @ home - BB: 4/XII/14, canned: 5/XII/13 (2014-1182) Thanks to Annemie for the can!
Clear blond beer, creamy irregular white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, pretty fruity, bit hoppy even, sugary touch. MF: ok carbon, light body. Taste: little bitter, some citrus, bit sugary, sweet. Aftertaste: slightly bitter, sweet and sugary, some banana.
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of malts, straw and hops. Malty flavour, sweet, light bitterness, wheat-like grainy touch. Malty finish, light bitter, light sweet. Not bad, not bad at all.
(From 33cL can @ the ’tick countries & enjoy some good beers’ tasting. 5% ABV. Thanks for sharing, Tim!)
JohnRMurdoch (4266) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle in Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia. Hoppy aroma, pale yellow colour. Resin hop flavour with bitter aftertaste. Mediocre lager.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very malty nose, golden, pours a small firm white head, leaves some lace. Tastes is sweet malt, hops are seemingly absent. Light bodied, softly sweet. Ordinary, but a nice little beer from this country. It comes in a bottle like Duvel(recycled?) The bottle I had said it was 5.2% abv. A big Thank You to Laf-o for the headsup on this one!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I rather liked this beer. Mine had a touch of sourness/citrus and was flavorful. A real surprise to me. Rerate: Again, terrific! It’s a bit sweet. Not much carbo. Re-re-rate: This gets better and better!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 I must have had an old bottle last time, grassy aroma, watery texture and a decent finish. Old rating: I should have known better than to have tried this beer. It tasted spoiled and I doubt that it would have been much better fresh.