Gold Star Dark Lager - Tempo Beer Industries LTD

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of 50wolves
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours amber golden into a dimpled beer mug, absence of any head or lacing, looks very thin. Aroma - struggling to get anything here, yeasty?? Taste - fairly bland, the most noticeable thing here is the mouthfeel (astringent) Mouthfeel - astringent l but not overly so for my liking overall - lacking of any sort of taste / smell, mouthfeel is appreciable. I compare this to other mass brewers, overall not bad but definitely not memorable. (452 characters)

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. (243 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toast, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but it's pretty sweet and unmemorable to me.

Serving type: bottle. (556 characters)

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. (638 characters)

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. (344 characters)

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. (650 characters)

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! (1,074 characters)

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 (546 characters)

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. (293 characters)

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. (292 characters)

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 . (632 characters)

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. (379 characters)

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). (844 characters)

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. (962 characters)

Photo of CMB2012
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle with a description I cannot read. It says on the front in English "Our Genuine taste since 1950." My Mom and Dad picked this up for me on their recent trip to Jerusalem. Poured into an American pint.

A- Pours with an extra large fizzy head that is customary for many adjunct lagers. The difference is this one is off white and thicker than I'm used to. It dissipates slower too and leaves some decent pillows. The color is dark to amber gold and is clean as can be.

S- Sweet caramel, toffee, toasted grains, raw barley, clean and crisp hops on the end. It's a little fruity, smelling somewhere between a grape and a raisin, but this is subtle. The whole aroma is subdued, but again this is in an American pint glass, so yeah. Overall nothing off putting.

T- Faint caramel and grains, tiny amount of that fruit character, and then stale hop finish. I'm not impressed.

M- Watery with super tiny carb bubbles that are barely noticeable except for the rough dry finish.

O- The aroma and look on this one aren't too bad, but the taste and mouthfeel are totally disappointing. I can't say for sure if anything went wrong in the transportation process, but the stale character of the hops could point to oxidation. I don't hate it, but barely a step up from American adjuncts. (1,287 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought by a friend who lives in Tel Aviv, apparently this is one of their "go to" beers.

Pours a nice amber color with a large white head, dissipated after a while.

Aroma is interesting, can't put my finger on it; somewhat fruity.

Taste; some grains and a bit of grassy hops.

Overall; I didn't care for the mouthfeel, it was really lacking crispness which I think would have helped it a lot.

If I find myself in Israel, which odds are I will in the "near" future, I would have no problem drinking this. (508 characters)

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. (923 characters)

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

Had this both on tap and from the bottle. Not much difference IMHO.

A: pretty good, but the color was too light for a Dunkles. Decent frothy head and some lacing!

S: Bread, malt, maybe a bit of caramel. Not much nose.

T: Average is a pretty good adjective for this beer. It may have a slightly 'darker' taste than your average beer. But it is by no means a dark beer. There are some hops and a decent frothy malty body. I did not get the metallic flavor some others have mentioned.

Overall, I was expecting worse. Goldstar is definitely worth a shot if you are spending some time in Israel. (but you should track down some Taybeh anyway) (645 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark? It's maybe slightly more towards amber than gold, but this is not a particularly dark beer. Light bodied, with a firm but small crown of white foam. Minimal body to promote lacing. A but unfortunate.

Nose is frainy and light, with maybe just a touch of green pepper. It's very mild and rather bland, however. But at the very least, it's bright, dry and inoffensive. Certainly no cloying sweetness, which you often get.

Taste is similar. Bland, but dry and clean. A little grain character and a very weak bit of bitterness on the back. It's all very bland, but inoffensive. Feel is light.

Not a great beer, but certainly better than many. It's clean and drinkable at least, and with a small amount of flavour. It's still very average in the large scheme of things, however. (781 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12/11/10 notes. Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottles said it was imported from Israel to Long Island, NY.

a - Pours a murky brown color with no head and very light carbonation evident Looks ok.

s - Smells of bready malts, dark fruits, sweet fruity malts.

t - Taste is a drop from the smell. Tastes of grain and bready malts, wheat, sweet fruity malts, and maybe some rye?

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok beer but nothingh special at all. It was actually better than I thought it was going to be, but in the end, a bit forgettable. Wouldn't seek out but wouldn't be opposed to having again. (649 characters)

Photo of anakar
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great basic, not expansive, Israeli beer. If you're ever in Israel try only this (Not Macabi or Nesher!!!). Nice, rich, caramel-like and even better from the tap. not too strong and not too rich, but fairly priced.
This is Israeli pride (and you can ask anyone here and they'll say the same) (291 characters)

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. (341 characters)

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. (648 characters)

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. (557 characters)

Photo of JamesC7625
4.47/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I am in Israel, Gold Star is the beer I drink the most of. It normally available on tap in most bars.

Appearance:
Dark caramel with a light head.

Smell:
Mildly hoppy with some malt

Taste:
Delicious! If there were a beer I could serve to both BMC disciples and my friends who apreciate real beer, this would be that beer.

Mouthfeel:
Not too heavy, not too light, just right.

Drinkability:
I could easily drink 5 or 6 of these in a sitting. (448 characters)

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Gold Star Dark Lager from Tempo Beer Industries LTD
73 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.