Brewed by Kombolcha Brewery (BGI Ethiopia)
Style: Pale Lager
Kombolcha, Ethiopia


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Bottle; Filtered.
Was 4.8%. Brewed in Kombolcha since 1998. All malt lager.
A local version of Pierre Castel's "The Queen of Beers".

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamesie1857 (1972) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe - Clear golden yellow, frothy white head, looks as good as any Lager/Pilsener/Klsch/Helles style beer. Nose is a feint lemony kind of tinge, taste has something similar, with a not too bad mouthfeel. Quite enjoyed this to be honest.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (7386) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 24, 2013

Appearance: Golden color with a frothy white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: The aroma was unfortunately not very inviting. Cabbage & malt. (Mybee it was the lovely Akerselva that had some scheisse flowing by at that moment)
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a mild bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Slightly sweet malty and mild hoppy.
Overall impression: It was better than expected. Especially after that aroma. Fresh and easy drinkable.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with KnutAlbert. Enjoyed a lovely afternoon in Oslo by the river, together with Mr Visionthing and Mr Arve_Christian.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
visionthing (5005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2013
33cl bottle (shared by Cunningham - thanks!) Pours golden with a large, white head. Fairly malty aroma with sweet corn, cooked vegetables and hints of fruits. Fairly sweet, not much bitterness, but hints of hops and some bitterness in the finish. Medium to light body. Ok pale lager, but far from interesting. (2013-04-19)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Arve_Christian (4963) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2013
On bottle with Cunningham, thanks. Golden color, good foam. Some fruity aromas & citrus- mostly boiled vegetables and some funny stuff. Light body & complexity. Ok beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Grumbo (2077) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Beers of Europe. By no means the worst pale lager but nothing much going for it either. Pale, lager, carbonated.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
330ml bottle. Uninspiring lager. Pours an amber/reddish gold. Smelt pretty funky - stale? After taste is nice and hoppy but actual first hit is bad. Straw/bad hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DanielBrown (4425) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Pale gold, nice head (thanks to my excellent pouring). Ive had worse. Ive also had loads better. Not disgusting. Dry(ish) finish. Not massively flavoursome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
teddybeer (3641) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2012
33cl bottle at a bar in Djibouti. Golden colour with minimal and quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is slightly malty and sweet. Flavour is similar as aroma, with a weak final. Carbonation is medium. Body is light.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
foxo82 (866) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Pershore Road, Birmingham. Looks very bland - no head, no fizz, no life. Smells of skunky stale lager guff. Tastes artificially sweet, no bitterness and a very short finish. Watery palate. Nothing to this at all. Terrible.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (6765) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
July 2011: Brown 33cl bottle (5.5% ABV) poured into a Duvel glass. Obtained from Beers of Europe, bless them. Good rich golden yellow colour, usual lager bright and clear appearance, next to no head though. Slight aroma of grains, otherwise nothing on the smell front: gets my regular score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner. The taste was harmless enough, bland and lager-like, but without any real hop or malt flavours to find. To be fair, it could have been a number of different/same lagers you find anywhere in the world and in a blind tasting would have come out in most peoples top half of the scores. So a typical pils/lager with nothing wrong with it and nothing really going for it either.

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