Gold Star Dark Lager - Tempo Beer Industries LTD
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2.96/5 rDev -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.
01-19-2014 19:54:27 | More by metter98
2.98/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-22-2012 16:35:02 | More by jlindros
2.88/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
12-14-2010 01:33:20 | More by mdfb79
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-10-2011 20:42:53 | More by BlackHaddock
3.28/5 rDev +7.5%
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!
10-13-2013 04:45:42 | More by woodychandler
2.78/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
08-03-2011 03:55:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
05-06-2010 22:01:31 | More by tempest
3.18/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-19-2013 22:09:25 | More by jdhilt
3.38/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
12-27-2009 15:09:44 | More by tone77
2.93/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
03-22-2013 03:03:17 | More by jmdrpi
3.18/5 rDev +4.3%
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...
12-16-2007 13:28:28 | More by dsa7783
3.01/5 rDev -1.3%
$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 .
05-07-2013 06:41:35 | More by matjack85
3.4/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
08-22-2013 13:34:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.25/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
02-11-2009 04:22:11 | More by Amalak
3.3/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-15-2013 20:34:02 | More by Fatehunter
Gold Star Dark Lager from Tempo Beer Industries LTD
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