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


on tap

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
Ethiopian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12371) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
presario (4901) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6025) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 Id feared.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5598) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nuffield (3892) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 AVOID ethiopean restuarants! Lagerish but a tad fruity, some hops pop out too, but not much

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joet (2409) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 22, 2002
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 Id expected, this beer had body and character.

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