eRock_2013 (379) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Was able to sample this African brew (my first beer from Africa I believe) courtesy of a good friend from Ghana. I understand Star lager is an authentic local favorite in its country of origin, and it's not bad for being a standard euro-macro-lager. Pours an exceptionally fresh and full-bodied bronze/gold appearance, more impressive than your average pale lager. Lots of lacing and foam releases a strong grainy and hoppy aroma. The hoppiness is distinctive but in a slightly cooked herbal way, interesting but a bit funky. The sweet grainy malt also has a corn-tinged undertone to it, but is not too unpleasant. In the aftertaste, the noble hops turn sour and my impression is that the hops used are not of the highest quality as one can imagine, but at least they stand out, which is more than Heineken can say. Finished a bit watery and the adjuncts are noticeable, but again it's not bad for what it is.
Alengrin (4065) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2015
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2015 As Star Premium Quality Finest Lager Beer. ’Local’ beer at an African restaurant, from an expensive 50 cl bottle; the owner claimed it to be Nigerian, but the label unambiguously read Guinness Ghana. Medium sized, fairly lacing, light yellowish white head, bright golden blonde colour with somewhat ochre hue and good fizz. Very neutral aroma of green malts, corn, mineral water and the unmistakable skunky odour of a lightstruck effect. Grainy and corny taste but very restrained, watery and neutral, bit ’sweaty’, somewhat minerally, lightly sourish and grain sweet with a very bland and boring, bit watery body, also as a result of the total absence of hop bitterness. Not truly off-putting but terribly simple and good for a country tick, I suppose.
Manslow (969) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Butelka, dzięki Lagerman. Kolor jasnozłoty, klarowne. Lekko kwaskowe, minimalnie cytryna.Piana znika szybko.Średnio gazowane. Całkiem dobre piwo jak na Afrykę.
MichaelAwesome (6288) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. I stil wonder how anyone may call this one a Star but at least that brew is drinkable. Some rice with a touch malt and lots of water. Nearly tasteless with a bit of sugar. Below average. Drinkable.
McTapps (6324) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from an international shop in Herne. Pours out in a clear light golden colour with low head and medium to thin body. Aroma of light amlt and barley. Taste of light hops, barley, grains, bread and straw. Dusty finish. Drinkable but not nice.
Idiosynkrasie (5852) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
625ml bottle [Thank you very much, Aziz, for taking this extra tour from Burkina!]. Clear, golden colour with average to huge, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Grainy and strawy aroma. Taste is grainy, strawy, hints of corn, flat bitterness. As expected.
Erzengel (7113) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
33o ml bottle, found in an African shop in Berlin Rating from somewhere before 2007.
Das Bier ist golden im Glas. Geruch neutral-wässrig. Geschmacklich ohne höhen und Tiefen - neutral mild, leicht süßlich, leicht getreidig. Zum Nachgeschmack kommt eine leichte bittere Note hinzu. Sehr süffig.
Wie erwartet - nicht schlecht, aber auch nichts extrem Spannendes.
kevnic2008 (10763) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Clear golden color, thin but firm head. Sweet hops nose. Aroma is flat, boring.
gruberm (329) - - SEP 1, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
had on draft many times in Ghana. catching up on old ratings. it’s not a bad lager but not ground breaking either. fairly typical for a lager from a country you wouldn’t expect a lager to come from
tomr000 (4) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Flavour quite yeasty. Fizzy (over fizzy), and a bit tacky on the mouth. Plus points - wet.