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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
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 !

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2005
(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.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
presario (4609) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5646) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
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.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
I thought this smelled kind of strange, my cousin said it smelled like rice. Thin and bready sweet, overly carbonated, the lingering bad tasting finish caused me to make that "bad beer face". Bottle at the Brickcellar, D.C.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5223) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Got this in the discount bin at Chevy Chase. Pours gold with a splash of orange. Small white head. Aroma is bit better than expected. Aroma is honey and alcohol along with malt and perhaps some sugar. Taste is more honey and malt. Nice sweet taste. Surprisingly good! Mouthfeel is a bit sweet and carbonated. Finish is semisweet. Surprisingly good beer and rather sweet without being corny.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2004
I was very impressed with this warm weather lager. Much more complex than your Crystal or Red Stripe. Hazy. Light on the palate, a little yeasty. Went well with spicy ethiopian food.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2003
The thing I liked about this beer is that it *looks* foreign, unlike the made-for-export swill like Kalik or some of the South American beers. The label is splotchy and basic, the back label is stuck on for the essential U.S. government warning and cash refund info, and it has every quality of being a "rare find". True enough, however, the beer inside isn't a testament to thousands of years Abyssinian civilization. Substantial and moderately remaining white head, deep yellow body, dirty aroma. Flavors are metallic, slightly bitter, grassy, and dusty. I don't think the palate held up as well as it should have--a watery quality persisted. Below average in the world of international lagers, but not at the bottom.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Aroma is light and soft, slightly sweet with faint hoppiness...Sunny gold color--decent head and sea-foam lace...Flavor places bready malts against understated hops that provide a nice dryness but little flavor otherwise...Moderate carbonation adds to bite...This has more body than I expected--a pleasant surprise, but the balance of flavors isn't quite there...Certainly not a contender in the import lager derby, but acceptably quaffable.


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