Brewed by Birra Malto
Style: Pale Lager
Tirana, Albania


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 1.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.06   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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"Premium Pilsner Kuqalashe". Translates as the "Red Beer" version of Tirana Beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
JefVerstraete (1656) - Ghent, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2013
Pale blond, bad lager, artificial malty taste. Too sweet, no bitterness or hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5132) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle at some bar in Tirana. A medium bitter pils with a little malt in the palate. Quite refreshing and no strange flavours in the finish. Probably the best pils I have had in Albania.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ogivlado (6012) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottled 330ml. -Courtesy of heavy, shared with him and Marko. Supposed to be red but it’s bright yellow coloured with small white head and wet cornflakes nose. Wet cornflakes and something similar to boiled vegetables in the taste with rather dry watery finish. Not good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Marko (4094) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 17, 2012
Thanks to heavy’s parents if I remember correctly. Shared with him and ogivlado. Calls itself "red", but pours a light golden body with a tiny white head. But this is Albania, home of "lägers", dark pilseners and whatnot, nothing too strange there. Anyway, The nose is very light and grainy, with extremely light notes of something I can’t read from my notes. Sweetish creamy taste that somehow manages to end salty. Ordinary crappy lager that manages to be watery, which doesn’t help it at all. Meh.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
heavy (2195) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 11, 2012
0.33 l bottle my parents brought from Albania and I forgot about it. Marko didn’t luckily. It poured pale golden body with medium sized head. Slightly sour corn and barley aroma. Not really good. Flavor was also a bit sourish, also sweetish floral malty. Thinner in body with short watery finish. A crappy beer, nothing good in here.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Straw colour. No head. The aroma is a bit appley. Taste is diacetyl and acetaldehyde...now that is a winning combination.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
The head is ok, it smells mild barley. The taste is a bit soft, then malty. In the aftertaste it is a bit fruity. It´s ok. The brewery makes commercials with HACCP on the label! 10/9/8/9/11/9

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle in Shkoder. Gold and lame head. Aroma is sour, and the flavors are worse with terrible array of sourness from green apples to soured milk. Awful and too highly carbonated to gulp the pain away.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
visionthing (3047) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
33cl bottle from a small shop in Sarandë, Albania. Enjoyed straight from the bottle at our balcony at Kaonia Hotel. I didn’t notice the huge difference from the regular Birra Tirana. Pretty standard lager without any offensive aromas and fairly well balanced. Mild and sweet malt with just a hint of hops. Very refreshing in the heat and far better than most Greek macro lagers we had on Corfu. (Sarandë, Albania - 2011-05-25)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
flyweightnate (11) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Pours a light amber, clear, moderately effervescent. A tall frothy white head with little lacing over a clean scent, with a hint of citrus. A sweet taste, light on the tongue with minimal bitterness. Definitely a light body, with an appropriate slick texture. Moderately astringent, but that fades quickly to leave only a lingering, salty sweetness. The aroma is simple, but hard to pinpoint. Standard cereal notes that fade out to leave a gentle toasted feel, with an overt but quiet tinge of citrus or spruce that dances across the sides of the tongue. An incredibly clean flavor, overall, and good balance from a common beer. The body is very light for my taste, but it makes for a very drinkable beer that could pair well with a wide variety of traditional local dishes, which tend to be light and savory. An excellent representation of the southern Balkan styles.

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