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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
joet (2434) - 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 (2440) - 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 (17657) - 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 (5133) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle at Red Sea in SD. Nose is sweet malt, taste is sweet and slightly malty pretty decent

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bought in Greenfield, MA. Golden body, slight head. Malty nose. Taste of malt and corn. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Poured from bottle golden with good carbonation and diminishing head. Malty sweet aroma with doughy flavors that reminded me of cream corn. Body is creamy, and finish is hop without bitterness and lasting malty goodness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ungstrup (31419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of dusty hops and light notes of metal. The flavor is sweet with notes of corn, malt, and dusty hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oakes (13903) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
Golden-straw colour with lots of sparkle. Grainy, slightly industrial nose with aged herbal hoppiness. Malty start, finishes slightly tart. Quite sweet throughout, with some very light herbal hop flavour but no bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Served in Belle Vue glass at Ethiopian restaurant in Toronto. Bright clear golden with lots of rising bubbles. Small white fizzy head, Grains and grass mainly in aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel, slight stickiness. Sweet entry. Off-dry finish. Has some doughiness to it. Not so bad, even if it is cloying. Next year, in Ethiopia!

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