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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%
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 (6191) - 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 !

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4110) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 16, 2016
Quite enjoyable even at not so low temperatures. Creamy and atrong. Drink with preacuton.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (7690) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomekk1978 (1307) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biir (786) - Berlin, - OCT 13, 2015
Nice, refreshing lager for hot summer days in Albania. Without any edges, good or bad ones.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
luttonm (4633) - Seattle, Washington, USA - 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 (9120) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2011
bottle from Kölschtrinker - thanks! Clear golden colour, mid-sized white head. Mild malty flavours, shy hopp touch.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ectuohy27 (1021) - 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!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gangstergafje (688) - 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.


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