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Birra Tirana Kuqalashe

Brewed by Birra Malto
Style: Pale Lager
Tirana, Albania


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
"Premium Pilsner Kuqalashe". Translates as the "Red Beer" version of Tirana Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 16, 2016
Quite enjoyable even at not so low temperatures. Creamy and atrong. Drink with preacuton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gangstergafje (699) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2016
The beer is just a golden pilsener. The color of the beer is a nice golden yellow. The beer is crystal clear. A small amount of foam forms, that collapses quickly. It looks good. The smell is just pilsener to. There is a nice hoppy bitterness and a good malty sweet touch. The balance of the beer is quite nice. The taste is pretty much the same as the taste. Nice bitter and sweet balance. The beer is quite fresh and easy drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (7051) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2016
Appearance: Clear golden color with an ok white head. Dotted lacing.
Aroma: Caramel malt and mild herbal.
Palate: Medium (light) body. Moderate sweet and a decent bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Caramel malty, some grain and mild herbal hoppy.
Overall impression: Not that bad for a pale lager at 4%. But nothing to recommend either. Surely ok at 35 degrees Celsius at an Albanian beach. Not fit for Norwegian summer.
Personal stats: Bottle from Torbjřrn

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
[8072-20160226] 330mL bottle. Burnt caramel syrupy grains and wet wort aroma. Clear, yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet toasted grains flavour. Medium body. Fair. (4/2/4/2/9) 2.1
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Don’t pick it if you don’t know it’s good."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2016
2016-02-26. Dark yellow body, small white head. Aroma is a bit odd, sweet pale malt, caramel notes, possibly a bit of oxidation. Flavour is similar, muted caramel notes, lightly rough grainy notes. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Not very good. 4/2/4/3/7 Bottle shared by Blankboy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
[My bottle (330ml) shared with GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours an oily-looking yellow-gold with little to no head. Aroma is malty, grainy, grassy and buttery -- could be worse. Flavour of caramel malt, a touch of fruit, grain and light grassy hops. Light to average bodied. Not good but not as bad as I feared.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biir (831) - Berlin, - OCT 13, 2015
Nice, refreshing lager for hot summer days in Albania. Without any edges, good or bad ones.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
mlady (299) - Prievidza, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2015
0.33l bottle in Tirana,clear pale golden,mid sized head,not a good lager,even by Albanian standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomekk1978 (1314) - Z±bki, POLAND - SEP 3, 2015
Aromat: słodowo- owocowy (wiśnie), nieco herbatników i karmelu, wsparte ziołowym chmielem.

Wygląd: barwa złota, głęboka, klarowna. Piana biała, średnio pęcherzykowa, niewielka i szybko opadająca.

Smak: zdecydowana słodycz, wręcz lepkość, co ciekawe przy tak niskim ekstrakcie. Następnie kwaskowość, owoce, z wyczuwalną chmielową kontrą. Całkiem to nawet smaczne, choć lagera czy pilsa raczej nie przypomina. Goryczka poniżej średniej, jednak zdecydowanie wyczuwalna, nieco drażniąca i dość długa. Zaskakująco wysoka pełnia, jak na tak mizerny woltaż. Zapewne przez słodycz i stosunkowo wysokie wysycenie.

Na koniec małe wyjaśnienie. Na mojej etykiecie nie było podanego żadnego stylu, do którego można przyporządkować to piwo. Dlatego też pozwoliłem sobie na recenzję z przymrużeniem oka. Przyjmując, iż jest to pils trzeba by odjąć 1 do 1,5 punktu. Mimo tego śmieszny wynalazek z Albanii, który dostałem w prezencie od znajomych. Dzięki.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ectuohy27 (1032) - ESTONIA - JUN 27, 2015
Strange beer. Standard off-putting cheap hop aroma, but really refined and interesting taste, with lots of yeasty elements almost like Lithuania; anything but typical. Finishes cleanly too. Intrigued, too bad I didn’t bring back more!

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