TheBeerGod (5349) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 AVOID ethiopean restuarants! Lagerish but a tad fruity, some hops pop out too, but not much
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I enjoyed this. I got some hops on this though they were oxidized to a softness without skunkiness. This made them complimentary to an English chewiness to the malt. Unlike what I’d expected, this beer had body and character.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer surprisingly isn’t that bad. It’s a nice little malty lager. Almost no detectable hop presence. Slightly fruity. Quite malty. A nice complement to spicy East African food. Ten times better than any American macro-lager.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light bronze, slight bread notes and skunked hops.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2001
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s Ethiopian Restaurant Beer!
A good alternative to that awful
honey wine they serve you. As
mediocre foreign beers go, it’s
roughly equivalent to Tsingtao in
quality, and beats the pants off
Japanese swill like Sapporo.