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


on tap


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
Ethiopian beer.

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Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
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 (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2008
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
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 (21214) - 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.

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 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
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!!!

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.

badgerben (5324) - 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 didn’t find it bad at all, just not spectacular.

Papsoe (25056) - 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

BrewDad (5667) - 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.

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