Gold Star Dark Lager - Tempo Beer Industries LTD

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 19.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Israel

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RocketWidget on 08-10-2004

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Reviews by captaincoffee:
Photo of captaincoffee
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Goldstar (not Gold Star) is the "best" of the mass produced Israeli beers. There are a few microbrew places (Dancing Camel, Malka, Jem, etc) but at supermarket prices (in Israel) of about $3-4 per small bottle, demand remains meager. Goldstar is just under $2 per small bottle, which would put it in the premium category in the US, but just goes to show you how expensive things are in Israel.

Color is a lovely amber...but don't let that get your hopes up. Smell, taste, and mouthfeel (what mouthfeel?) is more like a lesser Heineken when it hits your lips (reference to Heineken is not a compliment).

If you are in Israel, try one, and then feel sad that this is their best option. I end by saying something nice...it is an easy-to-drink and refreshing (highly carbonated) beer which is better than the mass-produced American lagers (piss).

More User Reviews:
Photo of tempest
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. It wasn't dated, but it also wasn't dusty, so I ave it a shot. It appears a clear amber, more like an Oktoberfest than a Dunkel. It also tastes more like an export lager, with sweet bready malt, at first. Once it warms a touch though, there's a dry caramel note for the finish with a little yeasty bite. This beer reminds me, sort of, of Yuengling, as an easy to drink probably-adjunct lager. It's largely inoffensive and has some pleasant character. If you're curious and want to try an Israeli beer, grab this one.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma was roasted malt with some extra wetness to it.
Pretty tasty. It has an initial roasted malt taste that peters off to a mild bitter.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Nothing amazing but nice and drinkable.

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, plenty of malts and slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.37/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Very thin pour, no head, slightly rust coloured brown with nominal carbonation, Aroma is of nutty malt and grass, and an earthy yeast. Very little texture or taste, lightly bitter. Tasted a bit skunky and flat. Disappointing.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden, slightly dark orange, with a quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, some fruity lager yeast, a bit of caramel, and that's it.

This honestly just doesn't taste that good. It seems slightly skunky, with a weird soapy aftertaste, and a medicinal aspect. There's some caramel and toffee, but it's not strong enough to drown out the other bad flavors.

This is weirdly slick and oily, not really refreshing, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Hey it's a beer from Israel, so that's cool- but it's definitely not a good one.

Photo of matjack85
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5 for a 330ml brown bottle at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. Don't think there's a freshness date on it but can't be sure as the entire label is written in Hebrew. This is my first Israeli beer.

The beer pours a perfectly clear amber color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates in about 45 seconds. Just a few spots for lace.

Very little smell to this. You might get some bready malt if you breath in hard.

On the sweet and malty side. Caramel dominates the flavor. Virtually hopless, but with a surprising alcoholic bite despite the low abv.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

It's drinkable but not that memorable .

Photo of Amalak
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at a restaurant in Hell's Kitchen called Taboon (52nd and 10th Ave). It had a thick, white, foamy head and had a reddish/copper color to it. Definitely had a malty scent to it with a mix of hops.

For a lager it had a decent toasted, nut taste to it. It was slightly carbonated and goes down very easy. Not a bad lager at all.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Goldstar has a thick, creamy, slightly off-white head, a very clear, amber, bubbly appearance, with thin lacing left here and there on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of musty, old malts, some molasses, and turned fruit notes. Taste is of that as well, with essentially no bitterness, but with an overriding old sugar character. Mouthfeel is light to medium and fairly prickly, and Goldstar finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. I would like to try a sample that I knew was fresh. Overall, I rate this one good, but odd.

RJT

Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and sweetness are present in the nose.
T: The taste similar to the smell and has some additional hints of toffee to go along with the dark malts and bits of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied but a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a cut above Euro Dark Lagers and doesn't taste overly watered down, but lacks the depth of taste of Munich Dunkel Lagers.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl Brown bottle brought back by my daughter and her husband while on holiday in and around Isreal, Egypt and Jordon.

Poured into a Budweiser Budvar stemmed goblet: Clear, dull golden coloured body, huge snow white crown on top, bubbles rising through the beer to greet and meet their mates in the head. Unlike so many beers in the lager/pilsner classes, this kept it's lovely head throughout the review, makes a pleasant change.

Odourless, gets my usual score of 3 for a non-smelling lager/pilsner. Long grass and grains might have been in the aroma, but not enough to write about. Even as the beer warmed a little in the glass, nothing worthy of mention came into my nose.

The taste is of weak, pale malts and hidden hops, nothing strong or assertive, pleasant enough but nothing exciting or different.

In short a 'run of the Mill' lager from a strange and distant land, without any distictive attributes or factors.

Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap in Tel Aviv... A darker light-brown lager with a somewhat average appearance poured with minimal or no head... There really wasn't much to judge by way of smell... the beer had a grainy aroma which didn't stand out but instead blends in with most other lagers... The taste was good, but nothing to write home about... wasn't expecting much but it didn't dissapoint... somewhat sweet, bready flavors lend an average mouthfeel... Seemed lighter on tap than in bottle form, but either way, the drinkability is very good... goes down light and smooth with a modest alcohol percentage... Haven't seen this one in America, but worth a try if you can find it in Europe...

Photo of eberkman
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very mediocre darkish lager. Haven't had it in almost 10 years, but I figure that I've consumed more of this than any other single beer, since I was living in Israel during my drinking-to-get-tanked phase before I began to 'respect beer.' Anyway, when you consider the lack of variety at my disposal and the amount I drank, more of htis HAS to have passed thru my system than any other beer. Because even back then my taste was discerning enough to avoid Maccabi.

Basically average in almost every respect.

Photo of jlindros
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the beer you find everywhere in Israel. Every place that sells beer will have this. It's their version of Budweiser essentially, slightly better but not much.

Pours a light fizzy head that reaches a finger but fades fairly quickly, mostly clear tan honey colored beer.

Nose has bits of malts, hints of caramel and toffee, and light nutty, but it goes downhill from there, with light cheap lager, extract, none of the crisp fruits, and a bit like heavy water.

Taste has a bit of bitterness but a bad bitterness like a weird funky extract or minerals in the water. Malts bring light toffee and toasted malt, bit nutty, with cheap lager taste, and hint of minerality. Finish is semi dry, more lingering mineral bitterness, light sticky malts.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, cheap lager tastes, bitterness from hard minerals in the water I think or something like that, and some over stressed yeast, although there were decent malts.

Photo of woodychandler
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Y'know, I sometimes wonder where and how my local, in person trader, tone77, comes up with some of the beers that he drops off for me. Israeli beer, this time! I love Israel, having been in Haifa several times, say no more. Cue up Siouxsie & the Banshees doing "Israel". My mother qualifies to be a Blue Star Mother, but thankfully not a Gold Star Mother. Enough random thoughts, let's drink a beer!

From the bottle: "Premium Beer"; "Our genuine taste since 1950".

My pour netted two fingers of rocky, fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was more towards a coppery amber (SRM = ~ 22) than I would expect from the style and with NE-quality clarity. Nose revealed one big malt bomb. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste reminded me of brown bread. I have written before about B&M brown bread, but this seems like what it would taste like in liquid form. Obviously, this was a very bready beer. Finish was semi-sweet with a lot of the fermentable sugars having been converted into alcohol. Impressive? Not so much. Cool as a novelty from Israel? Heck, yes!

Photo of micahgoldfus
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured quite carbonated, giving way to a fizzy 3-finger head. I'm pretty sure that this is not suppose to be a darker beer. The color is a yellow-amber. Smell was pretty bland, kind of bready, kind of hoppy, just like your average macro beer. Taste was similarly uninspiring: some yeast, some light hop crispness, not much else. Not bad, but the same normal blah beer that you can find anywhere. Seemed to be a session beer. I was however surprised by the mouthfeel: a bit more creamy than I expected, which I liked.

Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a four finger light cream head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is light caramel malt, hops stay in background. Good lawnmower beer. 330ml bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Photo of ernie
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Israel Goldstar is available everywhere in cans and bottles, but it's better to consume it on draught. This brand is slowly disappearing from fancy pubs but still is served in most of Israeli cafes. The colour is copper-red or dark amber, whatever you like. The taste is simple but good balance is a fair compensation for lack of sofistication. Hearty beer, not strong but certainly not bland, designed for consuming in large volumes.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, no date.

medium golden in color, not that dark for what the label describes as a "dark lager". thin head, good head retention. not much aroma, sorta sweet, cracked corn. taste has a mild grainy malt flavor. no hops, dry finish. clean. thin body, medium carbonation, drinks easy.

overall - okay. it was a novelty to try from Israel, but wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of djura
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got it from Israel.

A - Reddish oak caramel color. White foam staying less then minute. Low carbonation.
S - Lots of red fruits. Pale lager malt with some alcohol aroma.
T/M - Very cheap. Taste like washed medium quality dark lager. Only caramel in the mouth, watery, medium carbonation and bitter aftertaste.

O - It is not worth of taste it.

Photo of wardough
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a bottle shop in Jerusalem. The owner says that this is what the locals drink, so I'll give it a shot.
A: Pours a light amber intot eh glass. Looks promising. Good head retention and tight lacing along the top.
S: Slightly bready, but a little less smell than what I'm used to in a lager.
T: Watery, slightly bitter, then a strange metallic taste that lingers. Yuck.
M: Very light on the lips. Thought that it's a little light for the style, but I'm sure that it goes down well on a hot day.
D: Goes down extremely easy.

All in all, I'd pass, but if you're in Israel, might as well try it since there aren't many breweries.

Photo of
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz glass,

Appearance was good - lingering head and nice color. Lots of carbonation.

Smells and tastes like half ale/half lager. There is a faint dry red wine characteristic to this beer that would be excellent if it were more pronounced. I admit I drank this begrudgingly, but was pleasantly surprised and would order again.

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.I really didn't get much on aroma.Taste is kind of bready and bitter.This is something that is the perfect definition of bland.Well I tried it once and that is enough.You are not missing anything if you never drink one!!

Photo of Faune
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- 500 ml brown glass bottle with freshness date marked on the glass just below the neck.

A- Produces a nice thick white creamy head which lasts for a short while and then becomes close cropped and thin. There is some lacing. The color can be described as dark amber. Lots of tiny bubbles.

S- Malty, some hops, grainy, grassy and some bitterness.

T- Malty sweetness, some hops, bread, slightly bitter finish.

M- Lively, lots carbonation, medium bodied with a nice creamy feel.

D- Not outstanding, but, it lives up to its expectations as a beer which was meant to be consumed in large quantities at Mangals (Israeli BBQ s). I cold have a few of these along with some kebabs and skewers of meat.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into Macado's Summer 2009 American pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a large, but thin, off-white head, dissipates rather quickly with some lace. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom, but not too many.

Smell: Grainy malt with floral and grassy hop aromas.

Taste: Starts with a light, slightly sweet taste, finishing with herbal hops and a strange metallic taste. The metal taste takes away from what would otherwise be an average beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with sharp carbonation upfront.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but can't find much that stands out about this one.

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Gold Star Dark Lager from Tempo Beer Industries LTD
72 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.