Layla Dirty Blonde Lager - Ibbl Ashkelon / Tank Beer
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Reviews by blitheringidiot:
2.05/5 rDev -34.1%
Received from a colleague as a gift.
Looks ok with a golden auburn hue topped with ivory cap, but it's all downhill from there!
Smells like old pears, tastes like old pears.
Best before: NSN66.
This is some rough stuff. I hope that it toughens up their army troops!
05-18-2008 16:06:00 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.7/5 rDev +19%
11.2fl oz bottle procured as a single. Pours into my glass a crystal clear amber, slightly brown color with only a bit of fizzy white head that quickly falls to nothing. Aromas start with toasted grains upfront along with a light caramel nuttiness and a touch of coffee even. Mellow spicy hops as an afterthought. Interesting to say the least...clean, crisp and pleasant.
First sip brings a toasted grain malt right off the bat along with a touch of caramel and some light fruity and nutty flavors as well. Flows down with a little green hop bitterness on the back of the palate. A pretty tasty lager that is nicely balanced and finishes clean.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a fizzy, fast moving carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing. Overall, this was a pretty tasty lager with a some nice subtle flavors hidden within. Much better than your standard pale euro lager...I could see myself drinking this again if the situation presented itself. Check it out if you can find it...this is probably my first brew from Israel.
04-16-2007 23:03:45 | More by orbitalr0x
3.3/5 rDev +6.1%
Slight hiss from the 11.2oz brown bottle. Pours a rich and bright amber colored brew with a tight laced and thick white foam head thats healthy, retains very well and clings to the glass and creates a pleasing lacing effect. Its a gorgeous looking beer.
Appealing lager aroma, subdued tartness, sulfur and metallic. Fresh smelling with a delicate herbal character.
Smooth mouthfeel and a light, but even, malty body. Malt character is a bit sweet with an excellent toasty grain and brown bread flavor. Crisp and tingly carbonation and bicarbonate edge, with herbal hops breaking through all of this and lending the beer a tasty depth of spice, earth and some suggestions of wood. Very faint egg-y character lurks beneath, but a metallic flavor seems to dominate the entire experience. Finish is quite dry with emerging tannins. Long metallic linger embeds itself into the palate - not too tasty.
Hmm not a bad offering. Its basic, tasty and drinkable, but a cleaner finish and less metal would have been nice.
08-25-2005 00:28:33 | More by Todd
3.48/5 rDev +11.9%
11.2 oz brown bottle with no readable freshness date.
Thin off-white lace, weathered copper hue ... bright and clear.
Bread crust and herbal hops in the nose. Fresh malt in the aroma with a clean lagered smell.
Light on the palate with a fluffy crispness. Solid maltiness though seems a tad thin, earthy / salty character in the middle enhances the hop bitterness and adds a touch of harshness on the mouth. Finishes with a modest dextrin mouth feel and a lingering herbal spicy hop.
A decent dark lager, nothing I'd go out of my way for.
06-05-2005 00:28:58 | More by Jason
2.6/5 rDev -16.4%
11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Surely a dirty blonde color to the body, yes, but with hardly any appearance of carbonation and little head and / or retention, the name doesn't hold up so well.
Smell: Malt sweetness in the nose with some interesting sourness, and perhaps a bit of candi sugar or yeast, since something's piquing my interest but not lasting a long time.
Taste: I'm not sure if I'm getting residual or adjunct-like sweetness or if there's just not enough punch for the quality to come through, but there's malt sweetness that doesn't lend itself to visceral or quality-like characteristics very much unfortunately. Little to no hop flavors, and an interesting fruit sourness near the end, but the finish is transient and fairly non-existent.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, though with the lack of carbonation it feels more toward the latter, and more watery than it needs to be, with little carbonation even at the end.
Drinkability: I got a single bottle of this for the name and the country and hopefully for something different, and though I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't try it again if I had a choice. A pretty below average brew all around, and nothing more.
03-25-2008 03:22:38 | More by asabreed
4.1/5 rDev +31.8%
It's not often I get to try a beer from a country I've never had anything from before, I think only my 2nd in the last year (Ethiopia was the 1st!). Anyway, on pouring, not much head and seemingly little carbonation (that's a bonus as I hate the bite of artificially added CO2); copper coloured and a bit darker than expected. Yeasty, slightly hoppy aroma. Gentle hop and malt flavour, clean-tasting and easy-drinking. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Basically a nice beer, good either for just one or for a session.
11-22-2003 18:16:33 | More by Imbiber
3.48/5 rDev +11.9%
Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with a very small white head which goes away very quickly. The aroma isn't strong, but it smells like toasted malt and caramel. It tastes the same, except there's some nuttiness and some hops too. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, but it's also smooth. Drinkability is good, it's refreshing and easy to drink. It has just enough taste to make it interesting, it's not a bad choice as a session beer if you wanted something that wasn't overpowering but still has more taste than regular macro lagers.
04-28-2007 23:37:59 | More by bluejacket74
3.2/5 rDev +2.9%
this is surprisingly not a bad little brew from israel, of all places. it's a kosher brew to boot...i think a that's a first for me. methinks this may be tank beer repackaged for a couple of reasons: it was in the tank beer slot at the beer store, they're both brewed by the same brewery, both were referred to as 'dirty blonde' lagers, the tank beer site is no longer functional, and tanks and israel do not equal good PR these days, so they may have made a name switch, or i may be reading too far into this. anyway, to start, the best before date is cleary marked on the back of the bottle, and my best before was 21 may 2004, so this is seemigly a fresh batch i found. the brew pours a decent amber colour with a moderate head that dissolves waaay too fast. no lacing either. boo! the smell of caramel is quite evident here along with a hint of toasted grain, perhaps. the taste, while not very complex, parallels the smell but adds a bit more sweetness and a bit of maltiness as well. in general, this is a clean, refreshing brew that, while not superb, is alot better than i had anticpated. i'd try it again in the warmer months.
09-12-2003 02:31:25 | More by SixpointJMH
2.75/5 rDev -11.6%
A pretty enough brew- golden, a good amount of head that stays for a while, pretty clear. Not un-appealing. Smell and taste are pretty basic, some sweetness and maltyness, not too much in the way of hops. Kinda reminds me of a slightly less tasty PBR, but you can actually let this guy warm a little without being afraid of it. Mouthfeel is kind of bleh, nothing exciting. Overall easy to drink, and I could have a few, but this is an unexciting brew on the whole.
07-17-2006 03:03:28 | More by scooter231
3.78/5 rDev +21.5%
A beer from Isreal called Layla with a guitar drawn on the label? Okay, sure, I guess so.
Pours dark rust and headless with a hoppy nose speckled with caramel malt and yeast .
Fresh tasting with a clean finish. The beer shows surprising balance for a macro lager and has a mild body that is still satisfying, like a decent English ale.
Wish we knew the abv but this is tasty enough with a sessionable character to it.
04-03-2006 02:09:44 | More by daliandragon
3.18/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts and pale hops but they don’t seem to mix very well.
T: The taste starts out bready with a little sweetness, containing flavors of grain, caramel and nuts. There’s a decent hops presence that comes in to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty and it seemed to get better as I drank it, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, in a style that usually doesn’t do too much to impress a beer-drinker, this beer isn’t that bad. I could drink a few, but wouldn’t pick it if I had a decent group to choose from.
01-10-2008 04:21:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.08/5 rDev -1%
Poured copper with a thin bubbly head that almost immediately disappeared to a few bubbles. It left virtually no lacing.
The smell was thin - some vague hops and a touch of sweet malt.
The taste was on the watery side. Some hops and grains hint at emerging, but never really manifest themselves fully. Rather bland on the whole, but not much in the way of offensive either.
The label claims that it is full-bodied, but medium-bodied would actually be a stretch.
It is fairly smooth, but more from the wateriness than from the flavor. There was nothing especially bad about it, but nothing stood out either. It's a mediocre brew, at best.
07-20-2006 03:03:42 | More by jwc215
2.78/5 rDev -10.6%
I saw this beer at my local store and was very shocked to see it came from Israel. How could I pass up the opportunity to try an Israeli beer? Even though it was a bit pricey I decided to give it a try. The pour was a murky copper color which surprised me because I was thinking that this was going to be a pale lager. But then I looked on the bottle, its a "dirty" blonde lager. Well, that's a good way to describe it. The smell was nice with a strong toasted grain flavor and a caramel sweetness. I noticed hops on the smell but they seemed to be very weak. There was an added off flavor which I would equate to DMS in the smell. That flavor seemed to follow in taste esp. in the finish. The taste was nice at first, really caramelly sweet, but after awhile it was cloying and too sweet for my liking. Maybe because this was an older bottle the hops were too degraded but this beer definitely needed a little more on the hoppiness. There was also a little metallic flavor in the body. This is a thick beer esp. for a lager. The aftertaste lingered and was not really pleasant. I'm glad I tried it but I'm not going to get this one again.
07-16-2004 00:19:47 | More by granger10
3.35/5 rDev +7.7%
From Osage Beach HyVee 33 cL bottle best before N5N66 ( June 6 '06?)
Tastes fresh and am pleased to find it fresh tasting. Brewed from Belgium malts and Bavarian Hops with the local water source from the Judean Mountain Aquifer.
Sour fruity yeast aroma a little unusual for a lager.
04-01-2006 20:51:17 | More by karst
2.9/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a four finger, white head that quickly fades to a ring leaving some lacing. Chrystal clear amber color. Very light carbonation and very light bodied. Malty nose. Starts malty, some hops, way too watery, finish is clean, not a typical lager. $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
05-09-2006 22:36:03 | More by jdhilt
2.35/5 rDev -24.4%
The color is light amber and without any haze. The head leaves some nice lace although it dies quickly.
This smells like freezer burn--that kind of smell from something that has sat in the freezer for over a year. I can detect very light malt, little else.
The flavor is an improvement from the smell. The flavor is flat, although I taste the light malt. Very round (like an ale), moderate body (like skim milk), and very high carbonation--perhaps the most I've ever had.
Certainly far better than the mass produced lagers in North America and Europe. Still, this is a dull beer which might take care of your thirst but not your tastebuds.
05-07-2006 19:16:12 | More by smcolw
2.93/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a creamy 1" head. Plenty of quick rising carbonation bubbles. No lacing develops.
Smell: only a bit of grass / hay and some sweetness is able to be picked up by the nose.
Taste: light grainy maltiness with some grass, mild bitterness, and somewhat sweet for a lager. Dry throughout. Simple and dull.
Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Light in body. Clean aftertaste.
Drinkability: bland and rather dull. Like a macro with some more grainy maltiness. Glad I picked up a single, not a sixpack.
05-23-2006 11:18:54 | More by Gavage
2.8/5 rDev -10%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Dark copper color with minimal head and no lacing. Smell is malty sweet with a slight strawberry presence. Taste is a mild malt, with more of the berry sweetness. Very low carbonation, just barely feel it on the tip of my tongue. I'm not sure if it's not supposed to have a lot of carbonation or if it's just flat. This looked interesting in the mix and match section, I doubt I'll get it again.
08-09-2006 04:33:36 | More by bort11
3.55/5 rDev +14.1%
A decent beer here. Pours a golden orange color with a small film of a head that departed into the unknown even before the first sip. The aroma has some fruity malts and has a nice estery quality. Theres some hop mustiness and a hint of ripe cherry. A refreshing and lightly sweet body of malt comes through in the flavor. The body is flavorful and medium to light. Overall, a pretty mellow and flavorful beer. Not bad.
02-29-2004 15:18:15 | More by pezoids
2.63/5 rDev -15.4%
11.2oz poured into a pilsner. Best before date not clearly indicated.
Light copper with steady carbonation supporting a two finger head that shows strong retention. Sticky.
Toast, grains, and caramel in the nose. Some tea like aromas as well.
Light caramel malt upfront, but there is an off, almost acidic note that quickly turns astringent. Dry and somewhat hoppy finish, but the transition is awkward.
The mouthfeel suffers from the biting flavors, and abundant carbonation. Not impressed enough to desire another.
09-11-2005 06:27:03 | More by ypsifly
2.98/5 rDev -4.2%
Whiskey and water colored. Vaguely sooty aromas combine with hash and burlap notes, its like the grains were smoked over a campfire. On the palate its dry with a splintered edge of dry wood flavor. Raisin cookie fruits can't compete with the tide of watery neutrality on the finish, nor with the dirty bitterness.
08-04-2005 00:10:10 | More by putnam
3.08/5 rDev -1%
It pours a crystal clear deep ingot gold, a touch more memorable than a typical macro. A finger of thin white head drops off to fine fizzy froth. Dots of lacing polka across the inside of the glass.
The aroma carries a light malt sweetness with berry and biscuit. The hops bring a mild noble tang, and pepper tries to mitigate a metallic tang, but a spray of skunk nonetheless comes through.
Upon tasting, a moderate malt sweetness is rounded with berry and biscuit. It may not actually be in there, but a taste of corn flashes by. The character crisps as the hops spice lightly and a tinny edge hones a fair bitterness. A nip of yeast precedes a rather dull, dry finish. It's utterly average, not offensive, and forgotten once it's gone.
Light bodied, it actually has a slicker feel than expected, and it coats amiably with a carbonated pep.
It's usually not a good sign when I don't care if I have another of a given beer. Ambivalence aside, it speaks of adjuncts, assumedly with none truly present, and just doesn't have enough to get out of its own so-so way. Granted, it's decently refreshing and it goes down with nary a thought, but you know, so does water. I finished it, and I have five left. I'll drink it, or I won't. I honestly don't care one way or the other.
Oh, and it definitely cannot hang with good barbecue. Trust me on this.
03-12-2007 16:46:51 | More by Foxman
3.03/5 rDev -2.6%
An Isreali beer. Who knew? Not a bad beer. It has a dark amber colorwith a nice head that doesn't seem to want to retain all too much. a caramel smell leads to a caramel taste. I detect slight hops, but not enough to notice all to much. It's an average beer. I would put it in the same catergory as Labatt's Blue.
11-04-2003 23:44:53 | More by CBFanWish
3.43/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours a brown with an orange tint when light is held to it. Nose is like dirty water. Slight sugary sweet tone to it. Flavor is a little bit better than I was expecting, but still pretty lackluster. Metallic aftertaste is preceded by a slight sweet touch and a deeper typical lager. Feel is standard on the carbonation. Drinkable, sure. If this were cheaper, I might go for it in larger quantities, but I am not so impressed that I would be dropping the money for it ever again really. At least I get to add another country to the tally.
12-30-2007 21:52:37 | More by RblWthACoz
Layla Dirty Blonde Lager from Ibbl Ashkelon / Tank Beer
74 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.