DuffMan (7512) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. It’s 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 I’ve tried from the U.S. and Canada. Well done!
piscator34 (2046) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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. There’s 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.
georgekessel (68) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m 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
CTwriter (34) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Found by the bottle at Addis Red Sea, an Ethiopian restaurant in Boston. It was crisp and good with the restaurant’s 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 I’d drink by itself; a little too selzer water for me.
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale gold, small white head. Light sweet corn nose. Slightly sweet palate, mildly hopped. Better than expected
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle bought in Paris at an African shop. At first I was a bit skeptical: beers from hot countries usually do little more than quench your thirst. But I was pleasantly surprised by the slightly sweet taste. Quite a good mouthfeel actualley. This beer deserves to be better known !
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle at Ethiopian resturant in Paris’ latin quarter. Sweet honey and spice. Hits the tonuge sweet like bread and honey and finishes with a bit of hops. good mouthfeel. A nice beer. went great with my food, although I hear that etiopian honey wine is even better.
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(33cl bottle) A hazy golden body with a white head. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, honey, some spice. Taste is medium sweet, bread, caramel, light spice, light bitterness, line. Light-medium body. I imagine my rating is inflated somewhat by my expectations being exceeded, but I would order it again.
presario (4811) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Attractive looking Pale Lager. Gold with a frothy head that stays around for a bit. Not much for aroma. A hint of vegetable-like hop in the flavour and additional bitterness finish. Takes a little getting used to the flavour but not difficult to drink.
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the Brickskeller, Wash DC, 9/2/05: Hazy yellow with a thin bubbly head. Extremely biscuity and sweet-malt based. Silky finish. Cookie in a glass. Not as bad as I’d feared.