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 (553) - 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.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, 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 it’s fresh it is pretty damn good. When it isn’t...it’s a waste of time.
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
Biohazard (10) - USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 beer’s 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.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!!!