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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
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Ethiopian beer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
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.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
fiulijn (14581) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle at Dukem in U Street, Washington DC
Hazy light blond color. Some aroma of straw and almost no flavor, low bitterness, a bit honeyish. Useless.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Biohazard (10) - USA - JAN 3, 2008
An interesting find at Massawa on Haight st in San Francisco. The beer pictured and described appears to be "Harar Light" ... there is also a Harar Dark. Only had time to sample one. Beer is imported via Oakland so perhaps that contributed to this beerís freshness. Lager was a hazy golden, with fruity aroma and light creamy head. Beer was easy to drink with complex fruit ester character of banana and citrus and light malt backing. Finish was clean. More enjoyable than most reviews here would lead you to believe.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Upon my completion of a graduate thesis on Ethiopian Liturgical Chant, what better way to celebrate than by cracking open a Harar? This beer is surprisingly honey-sweet and had a delightful medium body. Perfect for accompanying a humongous mound of gored-gored!!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
330ml bottle.
Pours a hazy amber yellow w/ small head that almost disappears. Smells bready and sweet. Watery mouth feel. Flavour is sweet and thin with a hint of caramel and chocolate in the finish as it warms. Light hop characters. Not bad overall.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4401) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle from a little Ethiopian restaurant in St. Paul. Pours an almost clear golden color with a small head. Sweet malt and honey aroma. The taste is a blend of wheat, honey, sweet malt and almost reminds me of a sorghum beer. I really didnít find it bad at all, just not spectacular.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head leaving some laces. Sweetish malt aroma. Medium body with a sweet, unclean malt profile. Finishes fairly dry though. Tasted at The Axum Cafe in San Francisco. 210307

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2007
[330ml - Bottle] A light gold color with a small head. There was a buttery flavor all throughout the beer. It was a decent lager in my opinion. Some nice off flavors and it seemed to travel well.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant in D.C. on 1/20/07
Stark white head is actually fairly dense, though small. It slowly recedes to partial-cover, leaving no lacing behind. Bubbly/fizzy liquid is a deep bronze. High clarity.
Papery acetyldehyde meets spoiled fruits and light sulphur. Peachy and lightly milky, there nonetheless does seem to be some malt sweetness behind the flaws. Powdered sugar rounds out the finish, with more apples and peaches and Iím left wondering where the beer went. No alcohol apparency, medium strength of aroma.
Wet, actually undercarbonated texture imparts a sweet, not-quite wholesome flavor of light honey and dough, but some light sourness and spoiled fruit flavors sit rather heavily on the end. Not oxidized, and the beer seemed to be selling fairly briskly while I was at the restaurant, so I dont think itís a case of it being too old. Furthermore, the beer was kept refrigerated so it hadnít gone bad on the shelf. Perhaps the trip from Ethiopa to America? More likely, poor brewing exacerbated by the usual pasteurization and filtration. Light body, some doughiness and heavy powdered sugar-like sweetness. No alcohol noted.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
after4ever (6129) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2006
12-oz. Served with a big injera of ethiopian food at Queen Sheba; that was probably the best thing about it. Pours cloudy amber/orange with a thin film of dirty white head. Not much going on anywhere--ever-so-slightly chewy mouthfeel; nice moderate carb and lowish body. Some bready/wheaty notes on the nose and the palate. Refreshing enough and perfectly suited for the food. Not a drainpour, and probably one of the last beers to stagger across that particular finishing tape.


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