Brewed by Kombolcha Brewery (BGI Ethiopia)
Style: Pale Lager
Kombolcha, Ethiopia


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Bottle; Filtered.
Was 4.8%. Brewed in Kombolcha since 1998. All malt lager.
A local version of Pierre Castel's "The Queen of Beers".

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
July 2011: Brown 33cl bottle (5.5% ABV) poured into a Duvel glass. Obtained from ’Beers of Europe’, bless them. Good rich golden yellow colour, usual lager bright and clear appearance, next to no head though. Slight aroma of grains, otherwise nothing on the smell front: gets my regular score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner. The taste was harmless enough, bland and lager-like, but without any real hop or malt flavours to find. To be fair, it could have been a number of different/same lagers you find anywhere in the world and in a blind tasting would have come out in most peoples top half of the scores. So a typical pils/lager with nothing wrong with it and nothing really going for it either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Eructoblaster (3222) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
On tap at Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa). Pale piss-like body with a fair white foamy head. Weak malty aroma with some hoppy hints. Thin, horrible malty/corny taste that ends with a bad metallic, rotten cereals finish. Avoid!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2011
bottle beers of europe (and africa of course), malty aroma, pale, clear, white foam, normal colour,medium sweetness, lightly bitter, drinkable,medium body, slick feel, smoothylong finish, average carbonation, not bad lager from Etiopia

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bullit (4029) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Light golden colour, white head. Nose is skunked malts, vegetables, hint of corn. Pretty vile. Flavour is slightly better, sweet malted, hint of cooked vegetables. Slightly bitter finish. Not very well done.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (1548) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAY 30, 2011
Appearance: Yellow golden, clear. Some fizzy white head. Aroma: Grains, some malt. Sweetness. Taste: Grains and cereal, slight hops and malt. Some bitterness. Info: 330ml bottle, 20/5-2011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnRMurdoch (3564) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Bottle in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Corn resin hop aroma. Golden yellow colour, not much head. Dry vegetable hop flavour. Sour aftertaste. Poor international lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
joet (2290) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
All malt character with oxidized skunked Saaz aromas. A fine effervescent character. Clean finish. Cereal malt flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Sample #2 of 4 in my African Pale Lager tasting. Pours a clear golden with a thinner fizzy airy white head 2.5. Aroma is lightly sweet with a nice bright fruity note. Pretty full flavored for a pale lager, a strange combination of sweet breadiness and strong bitterness, a touch metallic, a bit fruity, comes close to being German, big maltiness, just a touch of alcohol in the full finish. Medium bodied with a big heavy mouth-feel, nice fairly sharp spread out bit carbonation bubbles. This is pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Travlr (14472) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle at Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Golden yellow, thin white head. Aroma of grass and alcohol. Mixed malt sweetness and bitter taste. Boring.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Straw to light golden in color. Moderate off-white head. Dusty and musty malt mingles with form grassy and herbal hops. HInts of alcohol and medicine. Sweet flavors throughout. Initial grain, followed by some generic bitterness. Hint of malt actually wind in and out. Alcohol flavors are a bit too distracting for the actual heft of this one. This tastes like a 8+% malt liquor. Which is not necessarily a good thing.

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