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


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (4725) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2006
Orange-yellow appearance. Some maltiness and a trace of fruit.It has a sharp edge and a general feel of not being quite right without anything being obviously wrong.Stiil my first rating from Ethiopia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4561) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle. Pale golden beer with a light head. The aroma is dry and the flavour is dry and slightly vinous. Overall an average lager.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
17thfloor (2443) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark gold with white head Aroma is bready with some lemon. Taste is sweet and some malt. Nothing special

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1456) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
Now this is progress. Twenty years ago, to support the blighted nation-state of Ethiopia you bought famine relief records and endured the execrable trilling of the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Boy George and Sting. Today you can walk into a Melbourne bottle shop and choose from four Ethiopian beers. Not that drinking Ethiopian beer is necessarily more pleasurable than sniggering at a lyric like, “We are all a part of God’s great big family, and the truth, you know love is all we need”. But at least this method of supporting the Ethiopian economy involves drinking. Having arrived at Purvis Cellars in Melbourne entirely unprepared to choose between Ethiopian lagers, I brought a decade of beer-hunting expertise to bear on the problem and picked the one with the shiniest label. (Would have bought all four, but there were 200-odd beers to choose from, and Melbourne is 1,000 km from home via planes, trams and automobiles.) The self-proclaimed “Queen of Beers” is as bright in the glass as its dazzling gold label. It raised a scrawny film of foam and surrendered some lightly fruity fumes – Fruit Gums, blackberries and a waft of tramp pants. This is surprisingly flavoursome – quite full-bodied for a lager, with an unexpected stickiness. There are lots of sugars and juicy citrus – orange and mango cordial, quince paste. It’s too sweet to be sessionable but very malty and unexpectedly drinkable. Frankly, I’m shocked at how good this is. (33cl bottle from Purvis Cellars, Melbourne; best before September 2006)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5498) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2007
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. A soft, clean, gently fruity lager. Minimal hops. A hint of Shreddies in the finish. Inoffensive, and quite refreshing and drinkable. The softness and the fruit is fairly enticing. I wouldn’t object to spending some time in Ethiopia with this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skinnyviking (8396) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle. Medium high white but quickly disappearing white head. Clear golden body. Sweet and fruity aroma in a pleasant mixture of pears and peaches. Not as sweet as feared. First impression is low hopped with the addition of some acidity. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (838) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Pours pale golden with a nice thick white head which slowly subsides. Malty aroma, some caramel. Tastes sweet and malty, aftertase of citrus hops and mild bitterness. Quite nice.

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