Brewed by Birra Malto
Style: Pale Lager
Tirana, Albania


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 1.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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"Premium Pilsner Kuqalashe". Translates as the "Red Beer" version of Tirana Beer.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (3570) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
luttonm (2069) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quack-Duck (7517) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2011
bottle from Kölschtrinker - thanks! Clear golden colour, mid-sized white head. Mild malty flavours, shy hopp touch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3315) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
visionthing (2395) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TBone (11918) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle @Sarande sand bar 11.7.2013
Golden color, clear color, small white head. Light notes of diacetyl in the nose, sweet maltyness. Light-bodied. Buttery notes, sweet malty, hints of bitterness and metal in the finish. Slightly unclean.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Marko (3788) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cuso (3807) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle shared by MisoW, many thanks. Pale golden color with medium white head. Unpleasant malty aroma. Malt, cooked vegetable, harsh bitterness.

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