Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not a bad looking beer. Yellow and fizzy as expected but with an impressive fluffy white head. Maybe that head is a result of some horrible chemical put in this beer because there is definitely a hint of rubbing alcohol in the finish of this one and everything that comes before it is a horrid grainy mess with classic green bottle skunkiness thrown in for good measure.
TBone (11359) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled (BB 02/2008)
Golden color, small white head. Strange aroma of tobacco. Unoffensive, harsh-malty lager. Quite watery, but with some ashy hops. New beer country!
oh6gdx (19677) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2007
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottled. Golden colour with small white head. Aroma is hay, white bread, some skunkyness and overall very boring. Flavour is saltwater, hops and some earthyness. Boring and watery and slightly offbalance too.
Marko (3724) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 26, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can brought from Albania by a friend (thanks Krešimir!)
Big thick white head that went away at a medium to slow pace. Pale golden colour. Odd nose... touch of hops, cloves?!? and some malt.Taste.. smooth, oily mouthfeel, notes of metal, odd chalky grainy maltiness, background chewy herbal hops, bit eggy. Hoppy aftertaste. Not the worst beer I’ve had. Odd and fascinating in a way, and unlike Norga, kinda what I expected from an Albanian beer. Messy.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 this too was my first albanian beer. very standard lager with a hoppy twist
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2007
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Found this at Carrefour in Athens. My first albanian beer. A typical uninteresting lager.
Quack-Duck (7223) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
can, 500ml. Pale yellow colour, large head. Hoppy nose. Malty and hoppy flavours, slightly dusty, but still pleasant. Hints of grain and fresh bread. Full flavour, having in mind that the beer has only 4% ABV. Much better than expected - this one was really good!
conor23 (110) - Elgin, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong skunky aroma. Nicy spicy hops flavor. with lingering bitterness. Good, flavorful beer.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin white head on a pale golden body. This beer is far better than I expexted. I expected on of those over-alcoholic soviet type of brew, but it was quite drinkable! I lrearned thatthe brewery was set up by the czech under communism, and the beer indeed reminds of a classkic Czech Pilsner. A nice experience.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale golden color, minimal head. A hint of skunk and grass in the aroma. Flavor is a bit grassy and sweet. Light bodied.