Brewed by Al Ahram (Heineken)
Style: Low Alcohol
Giza, Egypt


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.53   EST. CALORIES: 15   ABV: 0.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
Can. Pours golden, with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet corn. Taste is sweet and metalic.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2005
Can. Grainy aroma, pale yellow color, grainy and light bitter flavors, very light, very bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2005
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2005
Can. Golden colour with a small white head. Weak chemical cornz aroma and a sick sweet taste. Waterz bodz and a appel kind of finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ogivlado (6104) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 12, 2004
Canned(500ml). -pale golden, little quick-disappearing head, high carbonated with some corn aroma, ordinary N.A. taste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
Can. Yellow color with a nice white head. Taste was all corn. It was good initially but something went wrong real quick. Draino.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2003
I have to agree with Jacob. This is water and chemicals. I did'nt see it was a low alcoholic beer first, but it was very unpleasant and undrinkable. Too bad that all moslems have to drink bevarages that contain alcohol in the black alleys and in the thair secret romms and back rooms where Allah does'nt see them!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2003
[Brewed and canned in Egypt by Al Ahram under license from Hürlimann] I feel extremely sorry for all the moslems of Egypt, who aren't allowed to drink alcohol. This is the beer that all the true moslems are drinking all the time. If they ever tried any other beer, they would probably never drink this awful beer again. It is completely watery with some disgusting chemical notes. I suspect that this is carbonated Nile water mixed with urine to get the colour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Oakes (13138) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 My first Birell was from Switzerland but I didn’t have any real notes on it, so this re-rate is based on a can from Al-Ahram of Egypt, purchased at my local halal meat shop. The colour is light gold, kind of dull, and there is not much head. The aroma has a lightly toasted malt character with a hint of bread, along with somewhat pee-like hops and distinct brussel sprout. The body is kind of watery, the flavour like hollowed-out grain husks with a hint of rooty hop. My first notes simply said "There are worse" and that’s true, but this is no prize.

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