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

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
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Ethiopian beer.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Picked this up at one of the most underrated beer stores in Oakland, Alcatel Liquors on Telegraph. Beer poured a straw yellow with some floaters, added for spice I think. Aroma was very sweet which carried onto the taste, very very sweet, like candied pecans. Drinkability would not be where this shines, too sweet, but overall a good beer.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bov (9810) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2009
courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy orange colour with a poor head retention; aroma of paper and sour apples; medium malt body; the sweet malt backbone is dominated by unwelcomed sourish notes; the finish is dry and sourish - not without interest but looks unfortunately not fresh anymore (althoug only 3 months after BB date)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
(Sample Date: 6/6/2009 Source:Other) RB Richmond Gathering. Sugary aroma of candy sugar, some dark fruits, and caramel. Slightly cloudy golden with small white head. Sweet flavor of caramel with a spicy graininess. Sweet finish with almost a sherry like note.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Orange gold with an aroma of honey and old grain. Flavor was much the same and inoffensive.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle brought to me from Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA at the 8th Richmond Gathering on 06/06/2009. Somewhat hazy pale golden orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet honey and corn aroma. Sweet corn flavor with lots of honey and some dry graininess. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours cloudy gold with a small amount of head. I am getting honey on the nose actually, slight malt and uhmm not much else. Light bodied on the palate. Brown sugar along with a fair amount of honey in there as well. This is much better than I expected. Small amount of lacing and light carbonation.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Last pour out of the bottle, looks like backwash, light mud in appearance. Aoma was honey, touch of grain. Flavor matched. Not as awful as I feared, but not good either. And not a pale lager under any circumstances.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (9001) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of maniac. Thanks! Pale amber color with a thin head. Aroma is strong honey notes with some raw barley notes. Taste is grain, honey, light bitterness and something stale and musty in the finish. Thin-medium bodied.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cirrhosis (1224) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
Ok, what to say about this swill? Nothing really all that bad about it, but it is defiantly a bottle of swill. Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow, with no head, zero head, no white stuff on top at all, your mother probably gives better head, but I have seen worse looking beers. A very stale apple juice is what I notice most for a smell combined with iron fillings and mold, not really a bad smell but it sure doesn’t make me want to drink this beer. The beer is a bit to watery feeling for me. Metallic apple juice is the main thing I taste, it taste like its made from mostly corn and no hopes but I don’t think you can get to many quality ingredients in Ethiopia, its also very watered down. The after taste is like donuts, sweet but still bread like. A very low quality beer but its still drinkable if you must."

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
Suprisingly better than I assumed it would be, Never judge a beer by its label - unless its a Harar label. Beautiful 1970’s faded brown and orange label! Pretty lacking in flavour, but not all that bad. Very light gold with head that vanished instantly. Lingering not-quite skunky odor, similar to low quality brews but yet not unappealing to the nose. Low carbonation - drinkable but not more than one at a time. Still got 5 more to go from the sixer...sigh


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