uncouth (3) - Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I first experienced Bedele at a local Ethiopian restaurant and thought it was the perfect accompaniment to my spicy dibs dinner. I’ve had both the regular and the larger bottle size, the latter of which lasted me through the dessert. Slightly cloudy yellow color, malty taste with a subtle hint of honey. Just a great beer to go with any spicy meal.
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!
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this one was pretty tasty. Poured a slightly hazy golden color, with a short white head. Aroma is malty and lagered. Flavor is a touch past it's prime, but malty and sweet. Carbonation is mild. A bit of estery fruitiness, but very subtle. Hops are mild, and taste like Saaz. Mild breadiness. Flavor is very nice. I'm a fan. The haziness makes me a little wary, but besides that, it's great.
Martinus (2914) - 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!)
omhper (19698) - 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?
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden body with a thin, almost non-existent, white head. No Skunk! Woohoo! Malty, slightly sweet, aroma with some toffee and honey. Thin to moderate body, surprisingly full. The flavor is quite malty with almost no hop character. I'm really wondering if this is what a well-kept, aged light lager tastes like. Not skunky or oxidized, but there is no hop character and an odd smoothness and thickness to the body. A truly interesting experience, especially considering what I was expecting. The world is so damn intriguing...
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle -- Very pale, cloudy yellow (actually pretty similar in appearance to a Belgian white but without all that froth) with a small white head. Not much retention but a bit of lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Not a bad palate, with much more going on than I’m used to in a pale lager. Flavour is more malty sweetness with a little sourness at the end. Not at all bad.
Lunkie (1431) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky yellow colour, poor head and lacing. Sweet hop spice aroma. Full malt hop flavour and smooth palate.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear yellow gold hue. Small frothy white head. Sweet, rusty nose. Pale malts, sweet, sugary, tastes like its full of adjuncts. Nothing special here, although it is pretty good considering where its from. Lightly herbal hops in the sweet finish. Yes, Ethiopian beer, oh yes.
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!