GregClow (3013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Can shared with blankboy, mds, jerc & mabel. My can from a falafel joint near my office. Egypt-brewed version. Pale gold colour with a wispy white head. Aroma is quite vegetal (tomato juice, peas & carrots). Thin, watery body. Flavour is light and inoffensive at first, but it develops some unpleasant rotting fruit notes as it warms. Pretty gross stuff.
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can shared with GregClow, mds, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a pale gold with lots of bubbles and a spare diminishing white head. Weird and unpleasant aroma of burnt caramel, grass and vegetables. Flavour, unfortunately, follows the aroma. Average bodied. Awful, a small sample was more then enough for me.
jercraigs (8810) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can. Crisp yellow body with a small white head. Very grassy, grainy aroma with sweet vegetal notes. Very sweet, dilute flavour with notes of caramel and mild vegetal notes. Average palate has a bit more body from the residual sugars I think.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can. Pale golden beer, fast fading white head. Thin worty aroma. A nasty combination of metal and urine. Flavour is sweet and simple, worty and pissy as well. Watery finish. Not good.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2006
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Birell brewd under license by Al Abram in Egypt. Light gold blond colour, small white head. Some carbonation. Sweet light hoppy aroma and cooked vegetables. Not really enjoyable. Flat, sweet taste. Finish is sweet, with a slight taste of cooked vegetables again. Much to sweet, no texture, clearly no alcohol, rather a bad one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Mine also was from Egypt.
Sweet malt nose, golden, small firm white head, with lace. Faint malt taste, light bodied, sweet. Ordinary.
I thought I had a new country. $*!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
1.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Like Nuffield, I also had a can of Birell brewed in Egypt under license by Al Ahram. It was fine. Sort of O’Douls-ish. Rather uneventful, light, and innocuous. Not disgusting. Pull-back top - very old school.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can. Pours golden, with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet corn. Taste is sweet and metalic.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can. Grainy aroma, pale yellow color, grainy and light bitter flavors, very light, very bad.
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 I had a can from Al Ahram in Egypt, brewed under license. It was largely disappointing. The color was relatively dark, an amber that suggested some malts, but at the same time it seemed like food coloring. Some head. At first all I could detect was a kind of mineral water flavor, being fizzy but without flavor, but the cardboard, corn cob, and tin can flavors welled up and make it difficult to drink, much less enjoy. At least the palate wasn’t the problem, as it had a bit of body and the carbonation wasn’t out the mainstream. It wasn’t aggressively unpleasant, just mostly unpleasant. One sort of cool thing was the pull-back top, the kind that leaves a sharp, curled up piece of metal, the kind of which I haven’t seen on a beer can in many years.