Gold Star Dark Lager - Tempo Beer Industries LTD
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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
3/5 rDev -1.6%
A : honey brown coloring, 1 finger of greyish small bubbled head, appears medium-well on the carbonation
S : very mild, slightly malty and some citrus
T : sweet upfront, fresh pears and some orange, nutty and a slightly bitter finish
M : medium carbonation, feels light, easy to drink, lighter bodied
O : This was okay, it tasted a bit cheap but it was easy to drink. Nothing stood out, negative or positive.
10-06-2013 09:08:28 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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
3.18/5 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
3.3/5 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
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
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
United Kingdom (England)
2.49/5 rDev -18.4%
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).
06-14-2012 11:46:29 | More by captaincoffee
Gold Star Dark Lager from Tempo Beer Industries LTD
72 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.