mpersinger (349) - , California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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).
trymall (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Travlr (12278) - 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 (1401) - 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.
BückDich (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. I’m stunned! What a great pale lager to come out of Ethiopia of all places. Fantastic.
cazort (535) - 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 I’ve 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. It’s 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. It’s enjoyable, though.