Travlr (11415) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pale gold, scant white head. Malty taste with medium body and dry hoppy finish. Average.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a really nice example of the style. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma is yeast, biscuit and bread and the flavor is comparable. A little bready, but crisp too. Maybe a little watery, but what a nice surprise for a random pick up.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light yellow with a bit of cloudiness. yeasty nose with some baked notes. little more flavor than expected and a smooth finish.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing. The nose is very biscuity with some sweet cake and toast notes with a pleasant light hop essence. The flavor is a bit fruity with plenty of pilsnery biscuit notes and some light estery qualities. Nice and drinkable pale. Chewy body and a smooth finish, quality creamy mouthfeel. Iím stunned! What a great pale lager to come out of Ethiopia of all places. Fantastic.
cazort (516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Interesting; substantially different tasting from any other beer Iíve tried. Much richer aroma and flavour than I expected from a "pale lager". Full bodied, rich malt aroma. Fairly complex. Not much bitterness. No objectionable qualities. Overall, a surprisingly good beer.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 This a nice, enjoyable beer. I get it in the bottle at Abyssinia in Santa Rosa. Itís a slightly hazy deep yellow-gold with a medium, dense, creamy white head that lasts a long time and leaves decent lace. The aroma is sweet grain, honey and citrusy fruit. The taste is sweet, crackers, grain, hints of honey, lemon, caramel, and apple with a soft honey finish and a long, mellow gum drop-cracker aftertaste. There is no hop bitterness. Itís enjoyable, though.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at my favorite local Ethopian restaraunt shared with Cyn. Really pretty sweet, nice and interesting, this is much better than some would suggest. Also has a honey character too it.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clouded straw with a touch of gold. White head. Nose is slight metallic with grain attributes. Flavor is smooth with a touch of sweet and a mild metallic taste. Slight lemon there and a fairly firm dough presence as well. Freat bubble on the mouth and a great liquid feel too.
I have had this many, many, many times (in the U.S. and Ethiopia) and have found it to deliver a wide range of experiences. I think if you are lucky you will get a fresh sample and get a good tasting. And when itís fresh it is pretty damn good. When it isnít...itís a waste of time.