Gold Star Dark Lager - Tempo Beer Industries LTD

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. (256 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 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 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 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 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... (685 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 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. (349 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Goldstar is a crystal clear golden beer with a creamy off-white head that has good retention and lacing. There's not much aroma-- maybe funk and lemon. It is light bodied and smooth with a clean finish. There's not much flavor. It's a little funky, almost salty, a touch sweet with a hint of lemon. It's OK. (307 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 shivtim
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A fairly average beer, but it'll do in a pinch.
Pours out tan/brown with just a hint of head. Nose is oddly corn-y. Not much happening. Taste is lager-ish, perhaps with slight bread hints. Not offensive at all. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit thin.
Good drinkability, I suppose! (270 characters)

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. (620 characters)

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!! (272 characters)

Photo of goschool
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer was in Jerusalem when I was 17. I knew it's wasn't amazing, but after a few weeks of Tuborg, Carslberg, and Maccabee, this was a giant step up.

Appearance: The pour is copper with a nice covering of white head.

Smell: There's sweet bready malts with a bit of toasted aroma and a hint of hops in the nose.

Taste: This is better than I remembered/expected it to beer. It's malt-forward with bready, caramel, toasted, and nutty flavors in front of grain and noble hops.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with a bit of stickiness and carbonation that's soft, but not lacking.

Drinkability: This is a quaffable brew. I don't generally love this style, but this one works for me. (717 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 rodenbach99
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bouteille brune.

bouteille achetée en Israel, à part Gold Star et 4,9% rien n'est lisible sur l'étiquette, tout est en hébreu, belle lager ambrée, petit goût de malt, agréable, meilleure que bien des bières désaltérantes provenant de pays chaud, mais cette bière n'est pas une dark lager comme sur l'étiquette. (324 characters)

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