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


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
kramer (6531) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle. Animal kingdom. Pours a clear gold body with a small wispy white head. The nose is all corn and sweet malt, zero hops. The flavor is much the same, very sweet from the corn, with a slightly clingy soggy grain finish. About what you would expect from a pale lager from Ethiopia. Light bodied and a little clingy with fizzy carbonation. New country tick. Had to do it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tim Webb (426) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
33cl bottle at the Beer Garden Inn, Addis Ababa. Immaculate condition, beautifully presented largely pointless, could-be-from-anywhere little blond job from the style that will tell young aspiring Africans across the continent what to drink. They do not have to list the ingredients so I am guessing 30% adjuncts. Tasting notes: nothing offensive.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
blackmetal (223) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
Not as bad a some would suggest, but is slightly bitter but otherwise not spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tarmok (1362) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2016
Clear golden liquid with white head. Aroma of hay, caramel, flowers. Taste has straw and caramel, copper, medium sweet, medium bitter. Light body, light feel, average carb, astringent, long fin

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
indrekr (495) - ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2016
Appearance: golden, fast disappearing white foam, clear. Aroma: hay, bread. Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, light bitter, astringent finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AgentAle (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
Aroma is honey, tart, caramel and light straw. Taste is basic light sweet malts , honey and saome sweet grain flavors. Pretty basic overall but crisp and fairly smooth. Appearance is a clear gold with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vipinvelp (4180) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Clear yellow, white little lacing foam head. Sweet barley aroma - sugar added? Pale ale taste, nothing special. (Velp 201609)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tderoeck (9041) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2016
20/VIII/16 - 33cl bottle traded with Alengrin @ Gents Bierfestival - BB: 23/VII/15 (2016-894) Thanks to Alengrin for sharing the bottle with the group!

Clear orange beer, creamy irregular white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet and sugary, grains, dusty, cow fodder. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: marzipan, little sweet, watery, weird bitterness. Aftertaste: watery, bit metallic, meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle from a trade with tderoeck, shared with the Ratebeer crew at GBF. Thanks for the country tick! Irregular, off-white, stable head over an old gold coloured beer, as good as clear. Nose of soaked chicken corn, cereals, hint of grass and a faint sulfuric touch (molten plastic). Sweetish corn on top of sourish grain as expected, but none of both very outspoken, more or less fizzy, thin body but strangely a bit less thin than many other standard pale lagers; the sulfuric accent returns a bit retronasally and there is a weak echo of grassy bitterishness in the finish, but otherwise it goes down neutral, grainy and watery. Bland industrial lager as usual, but to be honest, I found it less off-putting than I thought it would be, I had worse African lagers than this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
77ships (8968) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2016
Thank you for sharing Alengrin! Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ Gents Bierfestival 2016. Presumably vintage bottle. Clear orange, little white head. Nose is metallic rain water, very metallic with low corn. Taste is sweet corn, sugar, watery, quite watery, massively metallic & rotting corn. Metallic & watery body. Quite poor.

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