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Brewed by Harar Brewery (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Harar, Ethiopia

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
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Ethiopian beer.


1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
beerguy101 (5279) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
This pale lager pours a hazy orange gold color from a 330ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is banana, bread and honey. A medium to light bodied Pale lager. Malts are sweet and bready. Lots of banana flavors, which I think are unintentional. Tastes like an undercooked loaf of banana bread with the cardboard wrapper still in place. Definite drain pour. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is sweet with some residual bitterness.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2006
This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a thin soapy white head and no lacing. Herro Rara this smells nasty upon first wiff. A whole boatload of bananas and sweet malt with hay grass and shoes mixed in. The flavor is impressively boring and inexoribly obtrusive. Dry and mango-like with sweet malts and hay grass and an obnoxious banana peel front. Cardboardiness dominates the finish but this is essentially banana bread. Biscuity. Mild carbonation, sticky and buttery mouthfeel...not good. This beer is so bad it caused an instantaneous explosion of my bowels! Bleh...bad beer!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (9939) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
Lightly hazed golden lager with a creamy white head. Chalky bready malt aroma with notes of wild honey. In mouth, a sweet malt with signs of oxidation, and chalky notes, lightly oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Not bad. Thanks Kris!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4504) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2006
(330ml bottle) Ottawa Sendoff Party. Many thanks to Pours a quick dissipating white head with a clear, small-sediment filled golden body. Nose is bready, grainy and rotten apples. Flavour is malty with a shoe polish elixir tongue. Pretty good!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle: Pours to a medium yellow, near marigold except itís darker in color, somewhat hazy, with a small white head that really sticks throughout the beer. The aroma is sweet corn, corn syrup, maize, flour, and light yeast. Taste is corn syrup, lightly sweet corn, mild grains, overall a pretty typical pale lager with the usual vegitable notes present in something that has probably not had the best of traveling/shipping conditions. Light bodied, though very smooth, medium carbonation, overall a very tasty and well done pale lager.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6673) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
deep yellow gold with a generous head that laced its way down the glass (extra points for appeaarance right away!). Sweet faintly bready aroma (not yeasty though, so maybe more cookie). Pale malt flavour is very apparent with a pleasant green hop note, no stanky corn, no metallic tang, and no musty funk... all of which I would have expected from a beer from Ethiopia with a grungy shitty looking label. Itís not justice to simply say my expectations were exceeded (though they were), but it is more proper to say that this is actually a solid pale lager that is better than ALL the macro pales Iíve tried from the U.S. and Canada. Well done!

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
Gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt, with a bit of bubblegum and herbal hops. Medim sweet on the palate, with some interesting (if not out of place) spice notes. Thereís a bit of a Hallertau note near the end too. The finish is not so clean, but you can tell that there is some German influance to this beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
Iím a Hefe fan so the hazy appearance of this beer in the glass had me drawn in. However it really lacked flavor. It finished rather clean, dry on the palate (I prefer sweet). The best part is the insane warning label

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
Found by the bottle at Addis Red Sea, an Ethiopian restaurant in Boston. It was crisp and good with the restaurantís spicy lamp. High in carbonation, there was little aroma. It was a great palate cleanser and tasted better as the meal went on. Not one Iíd drink by itself; a little too selzer water for me.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3340) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
Pale gold, small white head. Light sweet corn nose. Slightly sweet palate, mildly hopped. Better than expected


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