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


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
olliejobbins (1525) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
330ml bottle. Uninspiring lager. Pours an amber/reddish gold. Smelt pretty funky - stale? After taste is nice and hoppy but actual first hit is bad. Straw/bad hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DanielBrown (4212) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Pale gold, nice head (thanks to my excellent pouring). I’ve had worse. I’ve also had loads better. Not disgusting. Dry(ish) finish. Not massively flavoursome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
teddybeer (2931) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2012
33cl bottle at a bar in Djibouti. Golden colour with minimal and quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is slightly malty and sweet. Flavour is similar as aroma, with a weak final. Carbonation is medium. Body is light.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
foxo82 (815) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Pershore Road, Birmingham. Looks very bland - no head, no fizz, no life. Smells of skunky stale lager guff. Tastes artificially sweet, no bitterness and a very short finish. Watery palate. Nothing to this at all. Terrible.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - 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 (3476) - 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 (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - 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 (1770) - 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 (3983) - 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.

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