ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice blend of hops and malt
Appearance- A very enticing golden color with a small white head
Taste- A great blend of malt and hops
Palate- Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- First beer from Ethiopia. If all are this quality then I can’t wait for my next one from this country. HeadyBottomer (6) - - SEP 2, 2015 does not count
Poured this beer from the bottle into a thistle glass while at dinner with singer-songwriter, musician, dj, photographer, and very close friend Moby at an Ethiopian Restaurant in the East Village. Aroma of hops, malt, clay, honey, and lettuce. Taste is sweet with a touch of mango and a clouds taste metallic finish. Palate is light and carbonated with corn syrup and crisco feel. We were on a double date with a girls from OK Cupid. 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. 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. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
12oz bottle. Straw yellow with a super-soapy, steady head. Slight haze. Clean aroma, a touch of distant lemon maybe. Creamy, soft carbonation. As I remembered it, this beer is not bad at all. Somewhat like a noble hopped cream ale, there is a lot of doughy character. Not much hop character, just some faint lemon-peppery spiciness. Subtle and super drinkbable. Excellent session beer, well done.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2008
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. 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. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2008
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. 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!!! MattH (863) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle at Merkato in Los Angeles. Pours a dull yellow. Nice flavor. A little sweet, but decent hop bite. Mouthfeel is substantial for a lager. Went along nicely with the spicy food.