Cunningham (4019) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
After washing my house, this was a quite refreshing lager in the heat.
[Can Torbjørn gave me after last visit to his summer house in Albania]
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Dull gold. Appley, flat with fusel notes. A cornucopia of faults in an oily-slick, heavy-bodied package. Bleh.
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
On Tap in Tirana. The head is medium, the color gold. It smells watery a bit carbonation. The taste is scarf, musty a bit malty, but not nice. 10/4/3/4/-/3
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can in Tirana. Glassy gold with a short-lived head. Aroma is diacetyl meets plastic. Tastes very poorly made with adjuncts and other non beery items. Oily. Barely drinkable industrial swill
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
visionthing (2395) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
50cl can from a shop in Tirana. Drank it at the hotel in Budva, Montenegro. Pours golden with a white head. Sweet and malty and fairly well balanced, some bitterness in the finish. Quite drinkable, but not a great beer - certrainly not "The star of beers", but still a fairly decent pale lager from Albania. (2008-06-18)
Arve_Christian (2736) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2012
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Backlog 2011, can from Albania
Light color, body & complexity
Standard industrial, refreshing
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 2007: I bought this 50cl bottle at the International Green Week in Berlin (2007). The chap gave me a half pint mug and a vase glass with the beers name on, as soveiners, he was a smashing bloke, a real ambassador for his product and country. Those glasses were the ones I poured the beer into.
I had already tried it on tap and while chatting to the stall holder he gave me a brochure all about the brewery and their expectations; very interesting stuff.
German technical assistance has built the brewery, they only brew one beer at the moment, but more are on the way. This beer is available all over Albania and also in Kosovo and Montenegro. They are intending to export to Italy, Greece and Macedonia in the near future.
The pilsner called Stela (Star) is a bright, light grain colour. A true pilsner in taste also, dry and clean. No sweetness at all, the mouthfeel is strong for this style of beer,
The aroma, like most pilsners is fairly thin with hops and a light yeast smell.
This is a very nice example of a European Pilsner and I will endevour to find it again on my travels.
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 2, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Platt herber Antrunk mit zunehmender Metallnote. Im Mittelteil bitter, wenig herb, monoton. Billig hopfiger Abgang mit den zuvor erwähnten Noten. 9/6/9/6/8/6
Eructoblaster (2853) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can - 500ml. Boring blond body with a thin, fading white foamy head. Thin malty/hoppy aroma with flowery hints. Taste carries bad soapy/chemical notes. Ends with a curdled milk finish. Avoid!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 11, 2010
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can in Tirana. Palish golden with small white head. Nose of cereal, butter and skunky hops. Buttery flavour and cereal taste. Very low hop bitterness. Short and metallic finish. Terrible but I can’t say I was expecting much.