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


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.4   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
Ethiopian beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (10518) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cirrhosis (1262) - 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."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
VertBaconStrips (2179) - Asshat, 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
Couple of bottles consumed at Meskerem in DC. Pours pale gold. Sweet nose - both corn and honey and some grain. An unassuming beer, but a great accompaniment to Ethiopian food.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
From bottle, median Ethiopian lager (read: standard imitation of American macro style lager), yellow color, middle of the road malt sweetness with hop balance (not as watery or sweet as Bati, nor as wheaty and sour as Meta).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle at Queen Sheba in Sacramento, CA. Slightly hazy light gold color with a fine, strong white head. Light grain aroma. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is lightly bready with a strong dose of citric and noble hop. Arguably an ungespundent pils. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
trymall (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008 does not count
Bottle from an Ethiopian market in San Diego that presented malt and sweet flavors of bananas and honey, which were not overwelming and suprisingly drinkable. My first Ethiopian beer - not too bad, not that great. Will not be stocking my fridge with this beer, but glad to have given it a try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Typical foreign lager. Blonde slightly bubbly and a little watery. This one had a wheaty and lightly spiced flavor which wasnt complex but was quenching and a good way to clean the palate when eating Ethiopian food. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Travlr (15913) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Pale gold, scant white head. Malty taste with medium body and dry hoppy finish. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Was a little scared by the very pale yellow poor with almost no head. However, the worry was for nothing. There may not be any complexity or nuance, or even bitterness to this beer, but it was actually pretty good. The flavor is mild, sweet and biscuity, with a little dextrose. The palate was actually very pleasing, satisfying my entire mouth. Overall, a top of the line pale lager.

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