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Harar Beer - Harar Beer Factory

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harar Beer Factory
Ethiopia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brakspear on 08-14-2003)
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

03-06-2013 03:54:17 | More by nmann08
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An American Macro-Lager? Your ass. I am calling BS on this one. Bring in the experts and lets figure out the right style of this one.

Pours clouded straw with a touch of gold. White head. Nose is slight metallic with grain attributes. Flavor is smooth with a touch of sweet and a mild metallic taste. Slight lemon there and a fairly firm dough presence as well. Freat bubble on the mouth and a great liquid feel too.

I have had this many, many, many times (in the U.S. and Ethiopia) and have found it to deliver a wide range of experiences. I think if you are lucky you will get a fresh sample and get a good tasting. And when it's fresh it is pretty damn good. When it isn't...it's a waste of time.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 06:53:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a goblet. AAL really? Whatever. This is an African lager. Beer is clear and yellow. carbonation is steady and moderate. Forms a thin head but doesn't leave much lacing behind. Looks like what a 6 year old would describe if you asked them what beer looks like. This is generic beer.

Aroma is good, for a pilsner. Its fine a sweet but overall a little weak.

Clean, medium to low body, no aftertaste really. Some sweetness and a little carbonation in the mouth. Overall its just OK. I like it OK but I probably wouldn't drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:32:21 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

02-19-2013 04:27:03 | More by SocalKicks
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow body with a slight haze and tiny bubbles gliding through it. There is a spongy white head that last for a few sips and then is gone.

S- The faint smell of leaves and raw grain are soft and the overall smell is pretty clean.

T- The light pale malt flavor has a slight sweetness to it with a slight tart note of buckwheat to follow. There is a soft dry sulfur note at the finish with a slight herbal quality. The herbal note increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a clean finish.

D- The smooth but slightly tart flavor has a nice start but the whole flavor and aroma is a bit dull. The flavor and aroma are very clean and need a little something to add interest.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 17:54:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

05-12-2014 01:04:11 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very pale straw yellow body, large soapy bubbles that fall slowly. Body has some cloudy character to it with slow rising carbonation. Head settles with a puck that is pock marked

Nose is actually interesting. Honey, and spices. Sweetness that isn't macro smelling. It's actually quite nice not unlike a braggot with some spice.

Taste is light bodied with some actually playful carbonation. A little grainy on the finish, but also some sweet honey without a lot of sugar syrup stickiness or sweetness. A little noticeable gas but nothing outrageous, and nice light bodied.

Overall this is actually pretty darn good, for and "adjunct" supposedly. Probably the best one I've ever had in this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:11:01 | More by smakawhat
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

09-05-2013 23:47:33 | More by ROGUE16
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KAF

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

07-09-2014 03:05:54 | More by KAF
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Dope

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

11-27-2013 20:44:18 | More by Dope
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bigred89

Maryland

3/5  rDev -7.1%

12-04-2011 02:25:24 | More by bigred89
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Offa

California

4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a tasty lager with a slightly unusual character that it hard to pin down.

Faintly hazy deep straw yellow, it has a medium, dense, creamy white head that shrinks quite slowyl and leaves fairly decent lace.

The aroma is sweet and flowery in a somewhat unusual, fruity-honey way. It has grain, honey, citrus, and light fruit.

The taste is sweet with white bread, grain, hints of honey, lemon, a faint hint of caramel, light fruit, primarily apple, and a hint of herbs or spice. The finish is soft with honey and a hint of herb. It has a long, mellow aftertaste of white bread, fruit, and herbal-honey-drops. The sweetness is light but persistent, balanced with a light spicy hint, cleansing quality, and light herb quality, but no clearly defined bitterness. Somehow, it stays interesting, light but tasty and cleansing, aromatic.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 18:18:53 | More by Offa
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DogFood11

California

3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an ethiopian market in LA. The store owner saw me checking out the ethiopian brews and said this was his favorite after work type beer. I was going to buy a sixer but he said its on him as I've purchased many beers from there. Gotta love beer drinkers and their attitudes. So I cracked this bitch as soon as I got home and poured it into a pounder glass. A bit darker in appearance than your typical lager and the head lasted longer than normal as well with some partial stickiness. The smell had me intrigued as it had that english yeasty presence up front with a sweet grain/malty backdrop. Very refreshing brew. I found the taste to be sweet but it had enough bitterness to balance it out. the mouthfeel was outstanding. Big carbonation that is pleasant and not overbearing. I could session this with ease and pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 02:24:04 | More by DogFood11
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -38.1%

11-11-2012 01:26:00 | More by cfalovo97
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -38.1%

11-30-2013 14:27:02 | More by jsprain1
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

04-05-2014 04:27:49 | More by SkinniePost
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-29-2013 01:16:55 | More by Dreadnaught33
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass prytop bottle at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Nice to see some different African options at Disney other than just Tusker!

Pours a bright golden orange with decent off white head. Nose is a little fruity with some dried grain notes and a hint of honey. Palate is crisp and fairly dry. A little honey flavor and some earthy pine hops.

Nothing to really write home about but cool to try. Tasted pretty good in the hot Florida sun surrounded by loud tourists.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 17:36:08 | More by SFLpunk
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therica

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second beer of the night at the Ethiopian restaurant in Frederick Maryland, and the better of the two (Tusker). Unfortunately it turned out to be the last bottle of it on stock, as well. They gave me a Meta Export Lager after this one, and it was of far less quality (will review once I add the brewery & listing which aren't on this site yet).

A= nice golden with slight orange-stain, a modest head fading quickly.

S= Wow, quite a surprise! Very nice and enticing, slight sweet fruity flowery with some hops and apricot apparent, and of course, malt.

T= following the scent, I was glad to find that the taste was just as good. I hadn't expected much, but would love to find more of this. Much like the scent. Mild sweet-malt-floral aftertaste with apricot.

M= very nice, nothing detracting whatsoever, one to actually savor.

D= very very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 04:07:27 | More by therica
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gshackles

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-29-2012 18:47:35 | More by gshackles
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

01-22-2013 00:57:27 | More by alysmith4
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light golden yellow with a nice fluffy head that sticks around awhile with fair lace. Smell there is little that stands out except for a light honey grain. Taste is grainy with a light metallic bitter that ends dry. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. A little stale and bitter for me, I would like to try a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:01:47 | More by Bookseeb
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.8%

10-19-2013 16:09:33 | More by tedho21
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker pink glass at an Ethiopian Restaurant in San Diego - Bayu in Hillcrest.

Appearance: Dirty straw yellow with a slight haze. White head about 1/4" thick upon pouring, but died down to a thin head across the top. Some strands and dots of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Not strong - a bit sweet mostly.

Taste: When first poured, some German style hops and what I thought was sweet malt, but as it warmed up, the sweetness becomes much more pronounced. Not cloying, but definitely sweet - honey with something else in there - something grainy that I can't place. The hop flavor eventually goes away as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, but with some good and smooth thickness to it.

Overall / Drinkability: Not something I would go out of my way for, but glad I tried it and it went quite well with Ethiopian food that evening. I could have easily had another so I will say it has good drinkability for the sitting I had it in. Not sure it would go well with all foods though.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:34:07 | More by damndirtyape
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-24-2012 21:18:09 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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Harar Beer from Harar Beer Factory
75 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.