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Sakara Gold - Al Ahram Beverages Company

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71
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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Egypt

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 02-25-2004)
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2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

borutp, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of MrIncognito
3/5  rDev +8.7%

MrIncognito, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2/5  rDev -27.5%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of strongaf
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -27.5%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sakara is Egypts other main offering. Sakara is a typical american adjunct/euro pale style beer. It is clear golden in color with good carbonation that keeps the thin white head coming until towards the end. The smell is standard grain, barley, hops. The taste follows suite....nothing abnormal or notable about this beer. Mouthfeel is good...again standard beer. Good for drinking in during the hot days in Cairo.

WoodBrew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of rcole1958
4.33/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have rated this beer a touch higher to offset the uninformed post some have made. In my view, in some cases, 10% of a beer's taste is a function of the context in which it is found. Sakara deserves additional points by virtue of to where it is indigenous, and most likely to be drunk. In other words, it is unlikely that Sakara will find itself on the East or West coasts of America, as part of a flight of craft beers.

Having said that, I must point out that after a tremendously hot summer day of sightseeing in Cairo, Sakara is a mighty fine complement to the cooling evening breezes of the Nile.

I have been here for a week and each night Sakara has meet the demands of this homebrewer-- the right beer for the moment!

A clean beer, Sakara does not try to deliver a hop bomb that would insult one's sensibility when seeking relief from the heat of North Africa. Nor does the brew cloy with one's desire to be refreshed in a quick, vanquishing mouthful. I daresay, the Egyptians have this beer just right.

Needless to say, they know beer insofar as 5,000 years ago the Egyptians were not only drinking it, but packaging it with the dead to take to the afterlife. Say what you will about our American or European craft choices, how often do we toss in a six-pack with the dearly departed so that they may quench their eternal thirst?

While I could detail the lingering lacing, excellent head, the nose, and so forth, I would rather wax philosophically. Tonight, Tahrir Square is again filled with those putting themselves in harm's way for the simple freedom of dignity to which all humans are entitled. At the moment I am far removed, in a quieter part of the city, overlooking all of this. Tonight, and I would say most any hot summer night in Egypt, Sakara is a fine beer indeed!

rcole1958, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

had a .5 bottle at a cheap hotel in Alexandria

A: Looked a pale straw yellow without a great head or lacing. Pretty average...

S: Not much nose on this one. Mostly, I pick up a grainy and earthy character. Perhaps a touch of generic hops.

T: Maybe a 3.5 is a generous... I am not sure. For a .4% beer the taste is pretty big. There are lots of malt flavours present... much better than Stella (Egyptian) in this respect. However, Sakara has a light- but quite unpleasant- chemical taste as well.

M: A bit heavier than water and quite fizzy.

O: Bigger grains and body than Stella, but it comes at the price of the chemical tastes... Overall, I think I would take prefer the Stella, but they are really close.

EwaldEichstaett, May 03, 2011
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of two local beers in Egypt, hard to get anything else in Egypt. Had on tap:

A - Straw yellow. Mild head.

S - Not much to smell, light grassy hop smell

T - Classic euro lager type of beer, light on taste of any kind. Grassy hops, Rice?

M - Light bodied, well carbonated.

D - It practically hydrates you, you can drink it all day.

BeerisfoodLLC, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Brabander
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer the last ten days on my holiday in Egypt, Hurgada. Went to the Sinbad beach resort where the have this beer on tap.

The first days i drank this beer out of plastic glassware which is horrible. After i gave the bartenders some Egyptian pounds they were as fast as hell with real glasses.

The beer is not spectacular but it's drinkable when you are there. There is a small head which disapears fast. Good cabonation though. Dry taste with no hoptaste.

In the plane i drank a Heineken because there was no alternative. I don't like Heineken but in such an emergency...

Brabander, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of DerBayer
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was better than many overseas lagers and therefore much better than expected.

Whilst taste is a bit thin there is no trace of adjunct grain and the can prevents it from being skunked.

The colour and appearance is normal for the type a pale staw with bright white fizzy head.

The drinkability was very good since the only alternatives were wine, Stella and Heineken

DerBayer, May 22, 2010
Photo of Toaster
3.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Anyplace else, this would be, at best, an average brew. Unremarkable head, unremarkable color. The flavor is mild, but pleasant and balanced with enough malt so that you know it is beer and enough hops to clean the palate. A hint of citrus sets it above the mass market beers here in the US.

Nonetheless, this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. Sure, it could be maltier, hoppier, etc, etc. Yet, after getting verbally assaulted by cabbies in Cairo, after being shaken down by the Tourist & Antiquities Police twice, after baking in the July Sahara sun for 3 days and after spending 8 hours on a bus from Siwa to Alexandria, a cold Sakara *really* hits the spot. It may not be the best beer in the world, but it is a beer that is desperately needed in a place like Egypt.

Toaster, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of genaro
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I quickly found that there were few beer choices in Egypt. Sakara sounded very local so I tried it first. It was pretty much what I expected it would be: From a green bottle it poured a light gold in color with a short-lived head. It had a grainy taste and aroma (not as bad as I anticipated). There was some sweetness along with a slight hop bite, and less carbonation than expected. All this led to an unimpressive dry, grainy finish. I never wanted more than one and I quickly found a decent local wine.

genaro, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much just a straight forward yellow color, slightly golden. The white head fades almost instantly into a ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is a little spicy with an interesting twist on the typical lager yeast aroma. The taste is pretty mild, no major biting or overpowering taste. It's actually kind of nice to have something this mild. It's very refreshing and much different than the typical macro lager. Not bad.

dogger6253, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow colour, with lots of coarse carbonation. Except for very initially, there is no head and no lacing.

A slight flowery fragrance. Sweetness, a bit of yeast. It's pretty clean, and expected for the mass-produced lager style. Suitable without being great.

Taste is pretty clean, with a bit of bitterness. Unfortunately, otherwise very weak and flavourless. It's a bit like soda water. It's massively carbonated. That's not too bad, but it makes you feel bloated.

It's drinkable, unoffensive and bland. Hard to prise apart this and Stella, the other major available Egyptian beer.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of scalffd
2.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With the alternative being the Egyptian version of Stella, I would choose Sakara Gold every time. Out of the bottle, it at least pretends to be a beer. When in Egypt, if you don't want to pay expensive hotel or restaurant prices geared towards tourists, you can actually have alcohol delivered right to you (I stayed in a house so it came by scooter right to the door). The best available is Heineken, but if you are on a budget, Sakara Gold is not a bad alternative. It pours a dark, cloudy yellow with a fizzy head which dissapates quickly. It is slightly fruity - lemony - with some hops in the back. Not that good, but hey, you're in Egypt so its not so bad either. Sakara Gold is your average lager, Egyptian style.

scalffd, Jun 02, 2007
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1.68/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden color. Light perlage, creamy head on the top, not very compact on the sides. Quite thick.
In the smell an annoying sweetness, and note of soda.
The taste is sweet too, poor, with a clear metallic note. Heavy, not inviting. Quite carbonated, too.
Dominant sweetness in the aftertaste, and even here, a clear metallic taste.

stcules, May 26, 2007
Photo of elricorico
2.13/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow gold and started with a thick white head that fizzed away rather quickly. Looks like a pale lager generally looks.

The smell is a bit grassy and slightly sour. Almost like a sour acidic mix. Not really pleasant.

I'd best describe the taste as off. Metallic, sour and doughy. One dimensional, nothing really notable in the hops. Gets more palatable as you drink more, I don't know if the off tastes fade or I've gotten used to them. By the time I'm half way through the pint it is a mix of corn and grain. Not bad enough to call it awful, but really not good.

Mouthfeel is average for a lager. This isn't watery, just not as lively as some better lagers are.

Drinkability depends on the situation. If I was in the desert, this would be like an oasis, but really it is just another adjunct lager without much flavour.

elricorico, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of ernie
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted in Egypt. Most beer-like from all Al Akhram range.

Color pale, appearance libely with a high level of carbonation. Crown medium, falls quickly.

Start spritzy, lemony-malty. Then the hops come in, making the brew drinkable. Body light and thin, aftertaste malty with a faint bitterness.

Stick to this when you don't find any imported beers in an Egyptian bar.

ernie, Jun 17, 2006
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3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's kind of like an African Coors light. But in the dry heat, this is good. Pours a light, transparent brown. Short, microscopic head. But it refuses to go away. It stays all throughout, their just isn't much their. Has a bit of a sourdough smell. Reminds me of a deli in California. Decent taste. Alot hoppier than the scent leads me to believe. It gets metallic as it warms. Drink this sucker cold. Maybe it's the atmosphere, but it's highly drinkable. Not much to praise, but a decent light lager. What it lacks in malt, it makes up for in drinkability.

slitherySOB, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hand-carried back from Egypt to Moscow, this brew comes in a tall long neck green half liter bottle with a green and gold label featuring a pyramid and writing in English and Arabic. No ingredient or freshness information.

Pours a very good looking clear gold with lots of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom to feed the one finger white head that lingers very well and leaves excellent lace. The nose disappoints however, full of corn and/or rice. The mouth is prickly and light. The taste is malty, with a healthy portion of hops. The hops are quite harshly metallic, however, and the malt is a bit stale. The finish is slightly rusty, while the aftertaste is chewy. This is not a bad beer, but its good looks ultimately led to disappointment.

Globetrotter, Feb 25, 2004
Sakara Gold from Al Ahram Beverages Company
71 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.