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Brewed by Birra Malto
Style: Pale Lager
Tirana, Albania

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 1.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.1   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Premium Pilsner Kuqalashe". Translates as the "Red Beer" version of Tirana Beer.


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (3470) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2014
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 !

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4625) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 1, 2011
.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

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quack-Duck (7958) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2011
bottle from Kölschtrinker - thanks! Clear golden colour, mid-sized white head. Mild malty flavours, shy hopp touch.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (10836) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 2, 2011
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

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3340) - 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

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grumbo (606) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
visionthing (2799) - 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)

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3693) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2014
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.


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