flyweightnate (11) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kraddel (4505) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Thnx To Karin .
Pours really clear blonde, very small white head .
Smell is metallic, malty . Quite average lager scent .
Sweetbitter malty taste, that fades into grainyness, rather dry . Actually not to bad at all for a lager !
jmgreenuk (5619) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
.33l bottle found in a Pristina, Kosovo market. My friend translates Kuqalashe label as a special (winter seasonal? maybe 50th anniversary?) "Red" beer from Tirana. Rich, slightly bitter-hop nose, amber malting. Definitely can get some sort of ’red’ idea from this, christmasy character over lagery base. Sweet, coating mouthfeel. Sugary. Clove, cinnamon, bark. Tastes to me like a spiced-up macro lager
Quack-Duck (8391) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from Kölschtrinker - thanks! Clear golden colour, mid-sized white head. Mild malty flavours, shy hopp touch.
Koelschtrinker (12275) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Milder Beginn, z.T. Kurz wässrig. Im Mittelteil steht die Herbe allein und wirkt ein wenig ruppig, kurz darauf trocken. Bitterer, weiter trockener Abgang. /8/7/8/9/8
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
Grumbo (823) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from a supermarket in Tirana. Pours a deeper golden colour with a just off white head. Mild aroma of malts and hops. Average carbonation, medium sweetness, with a sweetish finish. It’s ok.
visionthing (3427) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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)
Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Right down the middle of the style in a number of respects, including color, with a slightly more prominent metallic note in the finish. Bottle purchased in Pristina, Kosovo.